As scientific breakthroughs and healthier lifestyles push life expectancy rates upward, centenarians are becoming more the rule than the exception.
In fact, the Office of National Statistics predicts that approximately one out of every three babies born today will live to be 100. Meanwhile, academic institutions and biotechnology companies continue to research ways to delay the aging process even further. For example, biologists at the University of California, Los Angeles, recently announced that they have identified a gene, called AMPK, that they believe can slow the aging process throughout the entire body when activated remotely in key organ systems. When the scientists tested the theory on fruit flies, the insects’ lifespan increased by about 30%, and they stayed healthier longer.
These aging breakthroughs come with a major skinpact because as we live longer, our skin needs to go the extra distance, too. You can start on the road to younger-looking skin by incorporating an effective skincare regimen to keep lines and wrinkles at bay, regular exfoliation to promote healthy cell turnover and daily sunscreen application to protect against future sun damage. Practicing healthy habits, such as eating well, and avoiding aging behaviors like smoking, drinking in excess, sleeping on your side and sipping from a straw, will also help keep your skin looking youthful.
You have a long life ahead and so does your skin. By showing it the care it deserves, come your one hundredth birthday party, you can look as good as you feel.
How are you ensuring that your skin lasts a lifetime? Share your approach by commenting below.