Wearing sunscreen, not smoking, and maintaining a low level of stress are things we hear about all the time to live a long, healthy life. Recent studies involving identical twins suggest that an unhealthy lifestyle might hurt a lot more than your lifespan, it can actually hurt the way you look.
Below you’ll see a set of twins who are 52, but the one on the left has smoked for 14 years and spends a lot more time in the sun than her younger-looking twin on the right. While sunning and smoking are 2 huge skin agers, stress and weight are up there too. Carrying a few extra pounds actually helps you to look younger over age 40 by smoothing out the face making wrinkles look less obvious.
Overseas, there are huge warning slogans on the sides of cigarette cartons like ‘Smoking Causes impotence.’ Since there isn’t a photo appropriate enough to accompany that statement, maybe they can put this picture on the cartons along with the warning; ‘Smoking Causes You to Look Old.’ Appeal to our vanity and you have our attention.
You can see the 5 other sets of twins involved in the study HERE.