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6 Secrets to Gorgeous Skin

Some people have complexions that are radiant. What can we learn from their daily skin care habits?

By Shelley Levitt
WebMD Feature

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

More than a great wardrobe or a skilled hand with make-up, healthy glowing skin is the key to turning heads.

Just ask Kelly Campbell, a Los Angeles public relations consultant and mom. She regularly gets stopped by strangers complimenting her on her seemingly poreless, lit-from-within complexion.

The key to that gorgeous skin? She was born with it.

"Honestly, I've always been lucky to have good skin," Campbell says. "Except when I was pregnant and I broke out from all the hormones, I've never had trouble with my skin."

Yes, some people win the hereditary lottery when it comes to good skin, just as others are blessed with the kind of metabolism that lets them eat vast amounts of pizza, chocolate, and Chunky Monkey without gaining an ounce.

"Not all skin is created equally," says Paula Bourelly, MD, a dermatology professor at Georgetown University. "You can't underestimate the value of genetics."

But genes are just the starting point. Beautiful skin is also about good skin care habits, practiced day in and day out.