WILL YOU AGE LIKE YOUR MOTHER? How to work with what’s in your genes and im­prove it!

While you may have in­her­ited Mum’s gor­geous cheek­bones, you might have been gifted her vari­cose veins, too. Vic­to­ria Wood­hall has looked into the sci­ence of age­ing to see what you can do to look your very best in the years to come, us­ing the lat­est treatm

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It’s said that if you want to know what you’ll look like in 20 years, look at your mother. That might make you feel very pos­i­tive – or send you run­ning to the near­est shop for the most pow­er­ful anti-wrin­kle cream you can find!

Skin type, bone struc­ture and hair type can all be in­her­ited from our moth­ers. If we have a strong fa­cial re­sem­blance, we may also have a sim­i­lar age­ing pat­tern. ‘High, prom­i­nent cheek­bones with a good fat cov­er­ing are such an im­por­tant as­set – and if your mother had them, you’ll be lucky if you in­her­ited them,’ says Dr Mervyn Pat­ter­son, of Wood­ford Med­i­cal Aes­thet­ics. ‘They sup­port much of the lower face, help­ing to keep the can­vas of the face pulled back­wards and up­wards.’ On the other hand, if your fam­ily cheek­bones are not strong, you may start to see your mother’s mar­i­onette lines ap­pear as the cheeks lose their vol­ume and the skin creeps down­wards.

‘Sev­eral fac­tors of age­ing, such as the risk of hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion and the level of skin sag­ging, are re­lated to our genes,’ says ocu­lo­plas­tic sur­geon Sab­rina Shah-de­sai, who spe­cialises in eye re­ju­ve­na­tion. One study showed a 61% her­i­tabil­ity fac­tor for droopy eye­lids, for ex­am­ple. The good news is there is much we can con­trol – and we have ac­cess to far more so­phis­ti­cated skin­care and ‘tweak­ments’ than the gen­er­a­tion be­fore us did. So, we took five gripes to some of our favourite

ex­perts and asked whether we’re at the mercy of our genes, and found out how we can in­ter­vene.

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