Porexia: An obsession with the size of one’s pores.

“I hate my pores.” It’s a seemingly constant complaint among women over 30. In fact, a recent Harris Poll found that 45% of women wish they could change the size of their pores, and almost 30% are more concerned about their pore size than they are about wrinkles. Dermatologists have begun to use the term “porexia” to describe patients who are so fixated on their pores that they continually study them in a 10x magnified mirror. While a 10x mirror may do wonders for eyebrow-plucking accuracy, when it comes to pores, it can distort reality and not only warp the way you see yourself, but also the way you perceive the world sees you. At that magnification, even regular pores can look like blackheads.

If you’re eating a diet rich in sugar and starchy carbohydrates, you’re accelerating your aging process. That means that sooner rather than later, this high-glycemic diet will show on your face in the form of early lines and wrinkles.

The culprit is a natural process called glycation, where sugar in the bloodstream attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products, often referred to by the ironic acronym AGEs. The more sugar in your diet, the more AGEs you develop.

Filler Face: Unnatural-looking facial features that can be the result of filler overindulgence.

Who can forget Goldie Hawn’s mega-lipped character, Elise Elliott, in The First Wives Club? She’s the perfect example of taking filler to a scary extreme and ending up resembling an exaggerated Halloween caricature of yourself.

When it comes to flirting with filler, the best philosophy is “less is more.” While a little bit of cosmetic enhancement can go a long way to improving not only your appearance but also your confidence, too much can just as easily have the opposite effect.

Keratosis Pilaris: A common skin condition, also known as “chicken skin” or “goose flesh,” characterized by rough, bumpy skin on the upper arms and tops of the thighs.

If you’re experiencing an unwanted skin souvenir in the form of tiny, rough, slightly red bumps on your arms, thighs or backside, you are not alone. This condition is called keratosis pilaris and is estimated to affect approximately 40% of adults and up to 80% of adolescents. Keratosis pilaris is a build-up of a protein called keratin at the opening of the hair follicle. This build-up produces spiky overgrowths of skin that can worsen as weather turns cooler and drier.

With every change of season comes new fashion, and we’ve all succumbed to that “look of the moment” skirt or dress … only to toss it into fashion purgatory after it is replaced by a new trend. Meanwhile, the tried-and-true classics in our closet, like the little black dress, remain the wardrobe staples we can always count on to help us look our best.

The phenomenon known as the “paradox of sunscreen” pertains specifically to UVA light. In spite of the wide­spread use of sunscreen over the past 30 years, photoaging and skin cancer rates have continued to rise. If sunscreens were effectively protecting us, this would not be the case.