Why do some people age faster than others?

There are many reasons why some people age faster than others, including diet and genetics. Another factor that we can control are the products that we put on our skin.

Recent studies show that skin creams don't deliver what they promise, and over time may actually cause your skin to age faster.

According to Patrice Mercier, the former head of Research & Development at Christian Dior Beauty and now the team leader at Paris based cosmetics giant Sephora, "The science of anti-aging has improved so much in the last 20 years but many consumers stick to what they know. For example, take a skin cream that you can buy from your local drug store. Have you read some of the ingredients? They are basically petroleum derivatives. It simply coats the outer layer of your skin and makes you feel hydrated but it does nothing to actually address the root causes of skin damage and skin aging. In the meantime free radicals are wreaking havoc on your collagen matrix. So it shouldn't be a surprise then that after 10 - 20 years of using that sort of skin cream your skin shows that damage."

Our top 3 tips:

1. THROW AWAY THE FACE SOAP. Trade that soap that you've been washing your face with for the last 20 years with an all natural option, or learn about oil cleansing. Even using a hot wash cloth is better than using soap to wash your face. Apply toner after cleansing if you need to remove excess dirt from your face and pores.

2. SHOP AT AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL APOTHECARY. They may be hard to find, but if you look hard you'll probably find someone in your town that makes all of their skincare products by hand and uses 100% natural, organic, and botanical ingredients that actually benefit your skin. You can also shop online at a trusted apothecary like ours.

3. EAT A WHOLE FOODS DIET. (And drink lots of water). It may seem like a no-brainer, however life gets busy and often it's easier to grab a bagel or bag of pretzels than make a smoothie. Try this challenge: shop the outer aisles at the market; you'll find that by avoiding the inner aisles, you'll be choosing whole foods like fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, and grains and avoiding packaged foods.

Photo: Co-founder and 47 year old Lisa Brodar's makeup-free face

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