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.

We’ve seen it on the tennis court and the golf course, at marathon starting lines and on hiking and biking trails … “athlete’s face”—the dark tan and deep wrinkles from countless hours of unprotected exercise in the great outdoors.

From prematurely aged skin to blistering sunburns and skin cancer, the sun’s power to harm our skin is well documented, and I see the devastating effects every day in my medical practice. Whether you’re a pro athlete, weekend warrior or spectator in the stands, use this trio of play-safe tips so your skin—and health—don’t have to pay the price later.

There was a time when women believed they could do little or nothing about the state of their skin and the ravages of aging. Thanks to advances in skincare science, we now understand that genetics account for just 20% of visible aging changes, and the remaining 80% depend on habits and lifestyle. Today, it is possible to become an active participant in “the march against time” and the quest for healthier, more attractive skin.

Across cultures, men historically have looked for women with clear skin, high-arched eyebrows, full lips and a cherubic face. These qualities, recognized as beautifully feminine, are the physical features associated with women at peak fertility.

We’ve all heard it said that men look more distinguished as they age, that they become more masculine in appearance. The unfortunate reality is that women do, too…