There's an old saying, "Daughters eventually end up looking like their mothers." But is that accurate? Is it possible that the future of our skin has been predetermined by our genetics? The answer is yes and no. Genetics can be responsible for a predisposition to certain skin conditions, such as acne and eczema, as well as melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. On the brighter side, skin elasticity can be genetic to some degree, so if your mother has exceptionally youthful skin, you can hope for the same. Despite this, there is overwhelming research that shows the most common signs of aging are exacerbated by lifestyle. So even if your mother passed down glowing skin genes, you may look older more quickly if you make poor lifestyle choices. It is well known that sun exposure is the #1 cause for premature skin aging (as well as skin cancer). But other environmental factors can drastically increase wrinkles, pigmentation, and a lackluster complexion. These include cigarette smoking, poor diet and exercise, and free radicals. If you refrain from smoking, always use sun protection, and maintain a good skincare regimen, your skin will absolutely look more youthful, longer. What is the best thing to pass down to your children? Good habits! Set a good example by not smoking, wearing a minimum SPF 30 everyday, and following a quality skincare routine morning and night. Trust me, they will thank you later.