Tired, old-looking skin? Here’s why…
New research suggests sunbeds, smoking and not eating enough fruit can age a woman’s skin by a staggering 10 years! Lifestyle choices can account for as much as 33 per cent of how old us women look, which doesn’t explain why I’m getting the odd wrinkle (sob) – I don’t smoke, eat plenty of fruit and avoid tanning salons like the plague.
The recently-published study revealed the factors influencing the participants’ skin (including 585 women in the UK, China and Spain) were the same, regardless of backgrounds and skin type.
The Simple Skincare study was led by Dr Andrew Mayes, who told The Daily Mail: “We already knew genetics accounted for about 50 per cent of how old people look, but we didn’t know how much would be accounted for by their lifestyles.
“Even we were surprised by just how much it was; both in terms of the number of years and the percentage.”
Carried out over the last eight years and involving women aged between 45 and 75 in the UK, 25 to 70 in China, 30 to 70 in Spain, the study’s participants were asked questions about their lifestyles. The questions included whether they liked to tan in the sun and if they smoked, as well as how often they used moisturizer and whether they eat fruit and veg.
Taking digital images of the women, the research also assessed how old they looked in order to identify their perceived age and if they looked older or younger than their real age.
The research team then compared the perceived ages of those with good versus bad lifestyles, concluding that the difference was 10.4 years.
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