Back in the Edwardian era of Downton Abbey, those with fair complexions went to great lengths to protect their skin from the sun. Pale, creamy skin, like that of the Crawley sisters, was a symbol of wealth, whereas a tan, leathery complexion was a demonstrable stigma of the laboring working class.

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.