Did prior generations have better skin?

Dear DR. Have womens skin change threw the generation or it just look that way....I was looking at old pics from past generations from the 20's-50's and there skin is just flawles and more beautiful. Thanks

That’s an interesting question and I’m thinking it depends on where your family lived and what types of jobs they had.  Some of the prior generations really stayed out of the sun more than we do (and sun exposure makes a huge difference to aging).  Women earlier this century weren’t flying around to Hawaii, the Bahamas or Mexico and they generally weren’t participating at all in outdoor or mountain sports.  They were covered up more and often wore hats outdoors.  Also, the ozone layer wasn’t thinning then.  It’s hard to know isn’t it!

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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