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They say that you should always look to your mother (and grandmother) to determine how your skin will age. And there's a reason for that. The way your skin ages is dependent to a large extent on your genetic make-up, also known as an intrinsic factor. Intrinsic factors (those things you have no control over) determine your skin color, your skin make-up, pore size and a number of other inherited skin related traits.

But, you can't pin everything on Mom because in addition to your genes, extrinsic factors (those you aren't born with) are also at play. Extrinsic factors include things such as exposure to the sun, pollution and smoking. It also includes your diet, how you manage stress, how much sleep you get and what you eat. These are all things that are under your control.

Intrinsic factors will influence whether your skin is light or dark, how much melanin you produce and whether your pores are large, medium or small. But, if you spent most of your childhood getting sunburns and still don't pay attention to your skin, even the greatest genes aren't going to help you. Conversely, if your skin genetics aren't of the highest pedigree, yet you watch your sun exposure, eat and live well and treat your skin to skin beneficial ingredients including antioxidants, cell communicating ingredients, exfoliants and sunscreen, then your skin will show it.

Great looking skin is under your control. And no, if it ages poorly, you can't blame Mom.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed]
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      Vikki Hall wrote Feb 18, 2010
    • My mom despite being sick for the last yr of her life had great skin....and she had smoked for 40 yrs.
      Me on the other hand do not smoke (except that 1 time in 7th grade on a dare) but I worshipped the sun like no other. I now use sunscreen all the time.



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      Pharmagirl wrote Feb 18, 2010
    • Daily sunscreen use is the best thing you can do to help your skin age well - kudos!



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      Vikki Hall wrote Feb 18, 2010
    • I used to spend 5-6 hrs a day in my car. The windows are tinted and so is the sun roof but that does not matter.... the damage we get in unexpected places.....



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      Marya1961 wrote Feb 18, 2010
    • Thanks for sharing! My mom dealt with oily skin and large pores most of her life..but believe it or not, now at 73 she has minimal wrinkles and very healthy looking skin..I dealt with acne and large pores as a young person and still get break-outs off and on now, but I use sunscreen, do regular at-home facials, moisturize with oil-free gel, and do not smoke..my diet is clean also.estatic



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