Lifestyle choices that are doing your skin harm

People born at the same time can age at different rates according to a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The researchers collected data on the subjects’ kidney, liver and lung function, dental health, the blood vessels in the eyes, metabolism and immune system function at the ages of 26, 32 and 38. They measured cholesterol, fitness levels and the length of the telomeres. These are the ends of chromosomes, which have been found to shorten as we age.

The findings were enlightening. Some people aged one biological year for each chronological year of life, while others aged three years of biological life for every year lived. The impact of this accelerated ageing was seen both internally and externally. Adding to this, those whose bodies were biologically ageing more quickly than the rest were consistently rated as appearing aesthetically older.


Genetics accounts for about 20% of how we age. The rest is environmental, health and behavioural factors. This includes:

  • Smoking
  • Poor diet
  • A lack of, or poor-quality sleep
  • Stress, or holding anger/grudges
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Sun exposure
  • Repetitive facial expressions
  • Using skincare products that irritate your skin
  • Poor skincare regime

Treating Doctor, Dr Linda Williams says the right skin care plan needs a holistic approach. It needs to look at the individual’s genetic predispositions, environmental factors, lifestyle and overall health.

“For the best anti-ageing results, treatments and at-home skincare products need to be used in conjunction with an overall lifestyle. This will promote healthy, beautiful skin from the inside out,” she said.

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