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"I have good genes." The claim
: Forty-four year-old Gabrielle Union told Elle
that her secret to ageless skin is "part genetic." Natural skin oils often soften the skin's aging process, and the actress calls her oily skin both "a blessing and a curse." But with wrinkle-free skin at forty-four, we'd err on the side of blessing.The truth:
"While good genes definitely play a role in certain skin conditions like oiliness, skin color, and skin thickness, you might be surprised to learn that approximately 30% of aging can be attributed to genetics and 70% to personal habits," Rouleau tells us. She explains that evaluative twin studies have shown that lifestyle factors play a huge role in the skin-aging process. "For example, if one person smokes or works in a profession that causes her to have more exposure to UV rays, she's bound to age faster than her non-smoking twin who is rarely exposed to harmful UV rays." So, while good genes are helpful, ultimately how you take care of your skin will affect how it ages.What works:
Unsurprisingly, Rouleau tells us that sunscreen is the most effective anti-aging product. "Considering that UV light (even daylight coming in through windows in your home, car or office) is the number one cause of premature skin aging, it’s crucial that you block those harmful rays day in and day out," she tells us. "Along with using a skin-care routine with action ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, peptides
, and salicylic acid, find a well-formulated moisturizer with sunscreen and apply it generously to the face and neck 365 days a year." For sunscreen that won't clog your pores
, Rouleau recommends looking for formulas that contain zinc oxide