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Glowing Skin: Genetics Or Lifestyle?

Glowing Skin: Genetics Or Lifestyle?

Our physical appearance is defined by the genes inherited from our parents. This is true not only for skin colour, but also for its delicacy, its type (normal/oil /dry), its ability to tan and its sensitivity. Studies also show that genetics plays a role in the ageing of skin, and among several skin ageing criteria, depending on your origins, the capacity to keep a healthy glow not only depends on your habits, but also on parental heritage. Regarding the global ageing evolution, some studies showed that darker skins age later than fair skins.

We are genetically predisposed to have certain skin-related characteristics, but this factor is negligible compared to the influence of lifestyle factors.

Food: if we follow a poor diet - too much fat/gluten, not enough fruits and vegetables, unvaried diet - we risk suffering from deficiencies (vitamins, minerals) and inflammations. Result: a dull, blemished complexion.

Hydration: It's recommended that we drink 1.5 litres of water per day. Extra and intracellular hydration keeps the skin supple and boosts intracellular activity.

Tobacco: it is estimated that smoking increases dramatically the appearance of wrinkles. But that's not all: dehydration, excessive secretion of sebum, a dull complexion and poor skin tone are also likely to occur.

Sun: Even though genetics plays a role in the ageing of skin, the majority of wrinkles are caused by exposure to the sun. It's important to avoid over exposure and to apply an appropriate sunscreen.

Sport and sleep: these facilitate the oxygenation of tissues, the elimination of toxins and boost cell renewal. A daily 30 minute walk and getting at least 7 hours sleep at night is beneficial to the skin.

Skincare: cleansing both morning and night, followed, at the very least, by a suitable moisturiser will help maintain a glowing skin and among several skin ageing criteria, depending on your origins, the capacity to keep a healthy glow not only depends on your habits, but also on parental heritage.

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