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Will I wrinkle like my mother did?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The genes you inherit from your parents do influence how your skin ages. If your mother had a lot of wrinkles, you may be susceptible to lines on your skin. But genes are not the only thing determining how many wrinkles you'll develop over the years. Many other factors contribute, including the environment and your personal habits.

To limit the lines on your face and body, protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun's rays. Wear protective clothing and hats and use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher when you go outdoors. Avoid direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Avoiding tobacco will promote younger-looking skin, too. Talk to a dermatologist about other ways you can ward off wrinkles. 

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