Did you know that the human face can make more than 10,000 unique expressions? It is a landscape of our emotional life, displaying our amusement and intelligence, our vulnerability and strength, our compassion and kindness. As we get older, many of these expressions begin to “stick,” revealing themselves in expression lines even at times when our faces are not showing emotion. These fine lines and wrinkles, along with enlarged pores, dull skin and other signs of aging, cause many of us to become dissatisfied with the reflection we see in the mirror.

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.

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.

Do you have a drawer full of skincare products that are collecting cobwebs … a constant reminder of unfulfilled promises? We call this the “product graveyard” and it haunts us all. In fact, a recent survey found that 20% of women have at least six unused or expired products in their bathroom cabinet. Between pretty packaging and clever advertising, it can be tempting to buy into every new skincare “product breakthrough” or miracle ingredient. But many of the touted benefits are more hype than help, leading to frequent disappointments that have conditioned us to set low expectations when it comes to achieving real skincare results at home.

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.

Athlete’s foot got its name because the fungus that causes it is prevalent in locker rooms, pool-changing areas and other places that the sports-inclined among us tend to frequent. But the reality is fungus is everywhere in the environment and whether you get it is a matter of your individual susceptibility—not your athletic prowess. In fact, one in three people have some form of foot fungus—and most are completely unaware they have this condition.