The secret to looking 10 years younger

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A new study reveals that getting a full eight hours of beauty sleep is key to a youthful appearance.

According to scientists, the secret to appearing younger than our years has more to do with lifestyle choices than our genes.

This means that by living by a few simple rules, we can guarantee that we’ll be the last of our peers seeking anti-ageing treatments.

Protecting skin from the sun’s harmful rays, wearing high factor sunscreen (even in a cloudy day), quitting smoking and taking multivitamins also help to ensure healthy-looking skin.

And for those of us with a strict skincare routine, who use moisturiser daily, we can match the lucky few who are genetically blessed to Osterley their youthful looks.

Telltale signs of ageing can be early as our mid-20s – only recently a report revealed that an increasing number of millennials are having injectables as a preventative measure – or ‘prejuvenation’ as it has been called.

Whilst this trend for younger patients seeking fillers and Botox is unlikely to disappear anytime soon, this new research suggests there are measures that help to stave off the ravages of time.

Exercising regularly to maintain an ideal weight helps, too, adding weight to the school of thought that our well-being is as much dependant on nurture as it is nature.

The research was conducted by Harvard University in conjunction with skincare specialists at Olay. The collaboration also involved in out from genetics firm, 23andMe.

The research is to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Previously, the researchers found that genes had a large part to play in the maintenance of of youthful skin but now we can all take comfort in the fact that, by tweaking a few habits, that all-essential gene variant is not necessarily a must-have.

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