By Alexis Farah, Everyday Health
If the risk of getting cancer or heart disease isn't enough to scare you away from that cigarette or tanning salon, maybe taking a look in the mirror will.
Recent studies have shown that seeing the premature aging effects caused by spending time in the sun may be enough to encourage teens to wear sunscreen, for example. And additional studies that simulated the negative impact of smoking on the skin and mouth have been successful in encouraging adolescents to attend smoking termination programs.
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"Most people are motivated by the threat that is perceived as real," says Josie Howard, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in psychodermatology and is a Simple advisory board member. "Wrinkles and stained teeth are visible and therefore have a significant impact for most, while the thought of illness may seem remote and hard to fully imagine," she explains.
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