It's not all 'like mother, like daughter' in genetics game

Genetics may play a part in how you look but you still need to look after yourself to keep that young glow alive.
Genetics may play a part in how you look but you still need to look after yourself to keep that young glow alive. George Doyle

SOME of us hope that we will turn into our mothers and some of us worry that may happen.

We may hear ourselves using the same phrases with our own children, or copying her mannerisms.

But what about the way your mum has aged?

Can looking at your mum give you an idea of what you will look like in 20 or 30 years' time?

Genetics does play a part so if you love the way your mum looks, that's good news.

Certainly bone structure is one thing that is inherited and, if your mother has a strong jawline or cheekbones, you can thank her now.

However, Fiona Tuck , Managing Director of Skinstitut Australia and author of The Myth Minx, says genetics only plays a part in the ageing process for skin.

"While genetically good skin may hold some truth, genes don't determine everything," she says.

"Your genetic good fortune isn't limited to your parents so while they may or may not have the perfect skin there's no guarantee that you will be the same. You may be the person that draws the short straw and develops acne or allergies that no other family member has."

Lifestyle is of course a major factor, she says.

"Think of it this way, we may be born with a genetic predisposition towards heart disease, cancer or diabetes for instance but we do not necessarily inherit these diseases.

"Genetically predisposed people, who are careful with their diet, regularly consult a GP, exercise daily, and look after their total health may never develop these conditions."

Diet, skincare and lifestyle will be the main attributes to how your skin looks, according to Fiona.

So the more care you take with what you eat and what you put on your skin, the more you can manipulate that gene pool.

"In other words with the right products, diet and care, acne, scars, and premature aging can all be successfully treated.

"But be warned - neglect, sun damage and partying to the max could mean those genetically blessed looks could all head south at an accelerated speed."

If you live on fast food and very little sleep, eventually your skin will tell the tale while if you have a natural, fresh diet and are early to bed, early to rise, you will glow with good health.

Of course other factors besides food and sleep make a difference.

Regular exercise increases blood flow to all cells and that includes skin cells.

Stress can play havoc with your complexion, aging it before it's time with premature lines. So regular relaxation will pay off in good looks.

Not protecting your complexion from harsh UV light will also eventually show up as sun spots and pigmentation as well as wrinkles and sagging.

Cosmetic practitioners estimate 90 per cent of skin aging is caused by the sun.

Hormones can also be a factor in skin health, with women struggling with breakouts and sensitivity through both adolescence and menopause.

Prevention is always better than cure, says Fiona.

So, what you do now, will be how you look in 10, 20 or 30 years' time.



Eat clean and lean

Getting the essential nutrients that the body and skin needs will give you the best skin you can have.

Avoid refined white foods, trans and hydrogenated fats and processed/junk foods.

Ensure you eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies and drink lots of clean filtered water.

You also need fish, lean protein, nuts and seeds are a regular part of your diet.

Visit a skin expert

Getting expert advice on choosing the right products for your skin will ensure that your skin is kept in optimum skin health.

Keep it simple

Sometimes doing too much to your skin can be more detrimental than doing nothing.

Overzealous cleansing and exfoliating are enemies of good skin.

Use antioxidant and vitamin enriched cosmetically skincare daily to protect and enhance healthy cell function.


UV SPF 50 applied daily to the face is the ultimate defence against premature ageing.


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