Everyone has that 50-something friend with barely a hint of wrinkles and a fresh, taut complexion. While good plastic surgery can't be ruled out in every case, some people really are blessed with good skin.
"There's definitely a genetic component," says Mary Sheu, M.D., a dermatologist and an assistant professor of dermatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "Part of it is one's ability to continue to generate collagen and elastin, the components of the skin that give of us structure, elasticity, and resistance to wrinkles." Another hereditary aspect: your skin color. The darker your skin, the more melanin it contains. This natural pigment determines your ability to tan and blocks the penetration of UV light, the naturation radiation that causes skin to become thin, crepey, and wrinkled, says Dr. Sheu.
So how can you make the best of what your genes gave you? Practice smart wrinkle prevention by avoid the following skin-damaging habits >>