The quest for great skin is a journey, and while life is short and meant to be lived to the fullest, I’ve had to make changes to my lifestyle throughout the years to redefine my skin’s future. For instance, these days, I’m the first to tell you to run from the sun, but it wasn’t always that way.
Growing up through long, lousy winters in Illinois, my friends and I couldn’t wait to get outside at the first sign of sun. We were desperate to get a tan, and we worked at it with baby oil, reflectors and all the tools of the trade. When I moved to Florida to attend college and medical school, I continued my sun-worshipping ways and was known for having the best tan among my classmates. Later, during my dermatology residency, I used to sneak into the psoriasis clinic after hours to work on my “base tan” by catching some rays with the UV light boxes used to treat psoriasis patients.
By the end of my residency, though, the medical community knew significantly more about the sun’s power to harm skin than was known during my invincible years in the 1970s and 1980s. I became vigilant about sun protection, knowing that any amount of sun exposure damages skin, and the damage is cumulative, contributing to premature aging and an increased risk of developing skin cancer.
When it comes to how our skin ages, science has taught us that DNA accounts for only 20% of visible aging. Our environment and daily habits are responsible for an astounding 80%. That means the choices we make today will affect the way we look and feel tomorrow, next year and well into the future.
The good news is that even if you thought you were a goner as a result of years of abuse to your skin, all is not lost. With the right skincare routine, lifestyle changes and the right attitude, you can reverse many of the most common signs of aging, so your complexion looks healthy and youthful again.
Remember, your future face is in your hands, and it’s never too late, nor too early, to change your skin’s destiny. Just like me, you can redefine your skin’s future.
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