How Your Reflection Changes With Age

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Let’s face it, as soon as we saw the Evil Queen staring at herself in that mirror, we knew she was asking for trouble. We all tend to scrutinize our reflections from time to time, analyzing every faint line or trace of a wrinkle and, according to new research, what we focus on changes, as we get older. So, as it turns out, the Evil Queen might have just been jealous of Snow White’s youthful jawline. The new study, “Mirror on the Wall: A Study of Women’s Perception of Facial Features as They Age,” published in the May issue of Aesthetic Surgery Journal, sheds light on how women perceive themselves differently as they age.

Researchers in Turkey asked women seeking consultation at a cosmetic surgery outpatient clinic: Which facial feature they focused on most when looking in the mirror, which feature they noticed in other women, what they liked and disliked about their own face and what facial feature they’d most like to change. Their findings revealed that women in their 20s were mostly focused on their noses and skin. Women in their 30s and 40s were also concerned with their skin, but the area around the eyes was also a focal point. Women in their 50s shared the eye-area concerns, but were more focused on the waning definition in their jawlines. Participants also revealed that regardless of their age, they generally compared their own features to those of women in their 20s and 30s.

What about you? What do you tend to scrutinize the most when looking in the mirror?

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