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How You Can Tell if You'll Age Well: What to Look For in the Mirror

At 66, with seemingly no plastic surgery, Helen Mirren is stunning.

Did your grandma ever show you a photo of herself at twenty?

Were you shocked at how beautiful she was?

Age really does a number on us, doesn’t it?  On most of us, anyway.

There are those women who are stunning well into their sixties and seventies.  Helen Mirren comes to mind.  Angelica Huston.  Gloria Steinem.Beautiful skin, flowing gray hair.  What’s your secret, we want to know.  Usually they don’t have one.  They just shrug and tell you to drink lots of water or something equally unimpressive.

Shine from Yahoo reports that while environmental and lifestyle factors of course play a major role in how you age, genetics is a much larger factor.  According to Shine, “A 2009 study of twins…revealed that up to 60 percent of skin aging is due to genetics.”  Basically, whether or not your skin will look as good as Dame Helen’s over there is just the luck of the draw – providing you don’t actively screw it up by frequenting tanning salons, smoking etc.

With that said, Shine has published a list of 7 ways you can tell if you’ll age well just by looking at yourself in the mirror right now.

1.  Look at your parents: If they look good, chances are you’ll look good.  In fact, “first degree relatives can give you the strongest sense of how you’ll age, since genes direct the cellular functions that have an enormous impact on appearance.”  Again, even if you Brad and Angelina are your parents, environmental and lifestyle factors like smoking, lack of exercise and too much sun can take down even the most stellar DNA coding.

2. High cheekbones: Good bone structure is key in supporting your sagging, aging skin.  As we age our skin loses elasticity.  Good bone structure will keep you appearing younger longer.  “Look at Sophia Loren, Eartha Kitt, Bo Derek, Linda Evans, Lena Horne and Raquel Welch,” says Montclair, New Jersey dermatologist Dr. Jeanine Downie. “They’re all great beauties with very high cheekbones who aged so gracefully.”

3. Facial symmetry. This is no surprise.  Facial symmetry has always been held as a standard of beauty.  But facial symmetry apparently affects your health.  As Shine reports, “Left-right symmetry in growing embryos requires very close control on each side to keep them in sync,” says Ian Stewart, Ph.D., author of Why Beauty Is Truth: The History of Symmetry. As babies develop in the womb and through childhood, stressors such as toxins, disease and emotional trauma can affect symmetrical growth. As a result, adults with higher facial symmetry show a strong resistance to stressors they may have encountered growing up.”

4. Skin Coloring: The greater amount of melanin in deeper skintones can preserve the youth of your skin longer.  I’m not suprised to learn that.  I’ve noticed black, Asian and Hispanic women tend to look younger than white women of the same age.

There are three more quick ways to tell if you’ll age well over on Shine, click on over if you want to check them out.  So, what’s the verdict?  Are you going to age well?  What about your children?

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