The Truth About Look­ing Younger

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Tues­day, 8.30pm, SBS One I think this is a ter­ri­bly mis­lead­ing ti­tle. The Truth About Look­ing Younger con­jures up cheap pay-TV pro­grams about women who have had too much plas­tic surgery and the ever-in­creas­ing cost of cos­met­ics. But this is an episode of the BBC’s es­timable Hori­zon doc­u­men­tary pro­gram, and there’s noth­ing junky about it. We join plas­tic sur­geon Roz­ina Ali on the cut­ting edge of skin pro­tec­tion tech­nol­ogy. She makes it very clear that she has a per­sonal in­ter­est in all of this. In­cred­i­bly, though she has had no plas­tic surgery done, Ali is 44 years old. She is the kind of woman with per­fectly lu­mi­nous skin who could pass for half that age. Ali be­gins her jour­ney by in­ter­view­ing and ex­am­in­ing two per­pet­u­ally self-amused Cock­ney truck drivers. Spe­cial tech­nol­ogy al­lows us to see the dam­age in their skin, os­ten­si­bly from the sun. The sun? In Lon­don? Not so very dam­ag­ing, you might think, since its ap­pear­ances are rarer than Princess Anne’s. But soon enough we are off to really hot places such as Egypt, and then un­der­wa­ter, where a whole new ap­proach to sk­in­care can be ob­served in na­ture. Have you ever won­dered why co­ral, which re­lies on the sun for pho­to­syn­the­sis and there­fore can only grow in quite shal­low water, pro­tects it­self from sun dam­age? What about the fish that in­habit co­ral reefs? How do they not die of skin can­cer or shrivel up from sun­burn? Could the pres­surised eye of a squid save us all from the per­ils of sum­mer? Truly re­mark­able view­ing, with a very pos­i­tive mes­sage for the fu­ture of skin health — es­pe­cially as sum­mers in­evitably get warmer.

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