Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Like Mother, like Daughter

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Like Mother, like Daughter

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Byline: Helen Hawkes

SOME of us hope that we will turn into our mothers and some of us worry that may happen.

We may hear ourselves using the same phrases with our own children, or copying her mannerisms.

But what about the way your mum has aged? Can looking at your mum give you an idea of what you will look like in 20 or 30 yearsa time?

Genetics does play a part so if you love the way your mum looks, thatas good news.

Certainly bone structure is one thing that is inherited and, if your mother has a strong jawline or cheekbones, you can thank her now.

However, Fiona Tuck , Managing Director of Skinstitut Australia and author of The Myth Minx, says genetics only plays a part in the ageing process for skin.

aWhile genetically good skin may hold some truth, genes donat determine everything,a she says.

aYour genetic good fortune isnat limited to your parents so while they may or may not have the perfect skin thereas no guarantee that you will be the same. You may be the person that draws the short straw and develops acne or allergies that no other family member has.a

Lifestyle is of course a major factor, she says.

aThink of it this way, we may be born with a genetic predisposition towards heart disease, cancer or diabetes for instance but we do not necessarily inherit these diseases.

aGenetically predisposed people, who are careful with their diet, regularly consult a GP, exercise daily, and look after their total health may never develop these conditions.a

Diet, skincare and lifestyle will be the main attributes to how your skin looks, according to Fiona.

So the more care you take with what you eat and what you put on your skin, the more you can manipulate that gene pool.

aIn other words with the right products, diet and care, acne, scars, and premature aging can all be successfully treated.

aBut be warned a neglect, sun damage and partying to the max could mean those genetically blessed looks could all head south at an accelerated speed. …

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