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What facial factors show your age? 

Wrinkles and fine lines have long been the focus of age-targeted interventions, but advanced technology has brought forth new measures which give a full picture of how age is perceived. By understanding these, you can have the ability to select treatments targeting these various factors. Beauty researchers established the degree to which skin tone affects perception of age, healthiness and youth.

Anti AgingResearchers (Matts, Fink and Grammar) isolated the role that skin tone plays in the perception of age. Digital facial images were taken using a custom high-resolution digital imaging system and cross-polarized lighting was introduced to eliminate skin surface texture. 3-D facial forms were created and shown to 430 people who were asked to estimate the biological age (ranging from 10 to 60 years of age) and rate each image according to 15 attributes to assess perceived attractiveness, health and apparent skin condition

• 3-D forms with more homogeneous skin were rated as younger, healthier and more attractive as compared to those with less homogeneous skin tone.

• Estimated biological age ranged from 17 to 37 years, demonstrating that uneven skin tone alone can account for up to 20 years of age perception, independent of facial form and topography.

• Melanin concentration and distribution played a major role in the perception of age. Strategies to improve aging skin should address color distribution in addition to other features.

Based on this, when you meet to discuss your anti aging skin care needs, you will want to address the overall concerns of aging in order to insure that you will be satisfied with the results. Many will focus on the lines and wrinkles and feel that if those are taken care of they will look younger. However, as these studies indicate it is equally important to address the skin tine, evenness of skin color and pore size. This doesn’t mean that you have to medically address these concerns, the Clarisonic can assist in skin tone improvements and air brushing makeup can easily camouflage uneven skin color.

The importance of even skin tone

In the age-old quest to retain youthful beauty, reducing wrinkles and fine lines has often overshadowed maintaining even-toned skin. But a glance at art across cultures and centuries shows that luminous, even skin tone is considered ideal. From the palest white powders used by Japanese courtesans to the bronzers applied by women of today looking for even, sun-kissed color without the risk of tanning – changing skin tone to enhance beauty has been an ongoing interest of women for hundreds of years. In recent years, medical science has offered pharmacological tools to help with pigmentation changes due to natural aging, photo damage or skin conditions, and many of these tools and understandings are now being reapplied to the world of cosmetics. Still, the connection between skin tone, skin health and perception of age is only beginning to be illuminated.

Anti-aging – Fine Lines & Wrinkles

The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is one of the most common signs of aging in people around the world. Yet, regardless of when wrinkles are first noticed, they are an unwelcome indicator of age, especially for women who are leading more active lives and are looking for ways to look and feel their best. Increased life expectancy has changed the concept of aging and, in turn, propelled anti-aging research that has led to a multitude of topical applications. Skin science is advancing at an exponential pace, yet profound gaps remain in patients’ understanding of the biological mechanisms of skin and the research supporting interventions that can help to preserve supple, smooth, youthful skin and nourish, replenish and renew aging skin.

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