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Skin Science 101 February 11, 2009

The human skin has evolved over roughly 7000+ generations. These genetically driven changes have been fueled over the millennia by selection for what is optimal for one thing only : Sex

Biologically speaking, skin has the same ultimate purpose as the rest of the human body : contributing to the continuation of species. As a result, the genes that were passed down to you and everyone you know are the good ones that produced a healthy, radiant, glowing skin, protected the body and most important of all : attracted a mate. The bad skin genes that caused disease, weakened the individuals, and turned off potential partners didn’t get passed on and were eventually lost from the gene pool.

The way our skin works in an intriguing manner, as seen in the different stages of life :

1) Babies – A baby’s skin is soft and supple to encourage its mother to take care of it

2) Teenagers – During puberty, the skin may look aggravated, angry, and out of sorts – but that’s just because it’s adapting like the rest of the body to the surge of hormones and physical changes – therefore you have the breakouts and acne.. etc etc

3) AdultHood
(or called, Child-bearing years – or for the guys, ‘attracting your mate’ years) 20-30 years old – This is when the skin really counts, as people who look their best are more likely to attract a mate. We cannot doubt how much the skin is to a person’s beauty. Those with clear, radiant, baby-smooth skin has the highest mark in the gene pool competition. It’s no wonder that the skin’s genetic program is designed to reach a peak during the courtship and reproduction years. This is when our skin looks the best. And keep in mind, these are the years that have been selected for maximum health with minimum maintenance.

4) OldAge – This is when it all starts to fall apart. After serving it’s purpose (attracting a mate and bearing children) , the skin starts to fall apart and take a dip.

Summary :
Skin was built for sex. Skin health peaks during the reproductive years ; after that ; we ALLLLL need help.

And it’s never too late to start to care for your skin (while you are in your 20’s and 30’s). – Daniel Yarosh