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.

If you’re planning to glam up your nails this holiday season, you could be putting your health at serious risk.
A new study, “How Safe is Your Nail Salon,” released by the City of New York, reveals a number of alarming findings about the safety and cleanliness of salons, including:
•Fifty-six percent of New York salons are in violation of health and safety rules, and customers have been infected with hepatitis and staph infections due to unclean conditions.
•There is “little to no regulation on the manufacturing of” UV lamps, used to dry nails, even though they can be as harmful to skin as tanning beds, according to the report.
•Toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl pthalate—known as “the toxic trio”—are found in many nail products, even though they have been linked with reproductive harm, respiratory problems and cancer. Of the 10,000 other chemicals contained in nail products, 89% have not been tested by independent agencies.

The usual day-after-Thanksgiving leftover turkey sandwich is a nice tradition, but it won’t fight wrinkles and like whipping up a zesty turkey bolognese will.
According to research presented at the British Society for Investigative Dermatology, a diet rich in cooked tomatoes could help prevent premature aging and provide an extra tool in sun protection.

Holiday weight gain is practically a national sport. According to the Calorie Control Council, the average weight gain during this festive, food-focused season is one to three pounds, which doesn’t seem like a lot … until you realize it’s over a four-week period. Research also shows that most people either fail to lose those pounds—or they drive themselves to extreme measures, like crash dieting. If you’re on a crash course of gaining and losing weight, you are putting undue stress on your skin’s ability to expand and contract, which, over time, will result in loss of elasticity and accelerated aging. Maintaining a fairly constant weight is just as important for your skin as it is for your overall health.