The Science of Looking Young

Looking young plays a huge part in overall appeal and appearance, most importantly in the reputation of a person. When we were younger, most of us did not care much about how we look. However, as we become more and more mature in life, how people perceive us gets more and more important because it adds to the respect and politeness we get from the people around us. Therefore, looking good naturally becomes not just a luxury, but a serious consideration in order to make the best out of our chosen careers.

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Jim Carrey, 52 years old, less than a year ago

Why do we have to look young in order to look better?
To answer that, we need to answer the following questions:
1. What is it about youth that makes us look better?
According to Marisa Swanson of The Fashion Post, Our skin has 3 essential proteins:
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1. collagen – 75% in our skin when young. Connective tissue that binds together vessels and cartilage, among other things. It’s part of your skin matrix that when strong, keeps skin firm and plump.
2. elastin – job is to keep skin resilient. Skin turgor (elasticity) test – If you’ve ever pinched skin on the top of
your hand, versus the hand of a senior citizen, you’ll see that young skin immediately snaps back whereas older skin does not. That’s due to the amount of elastin and its strength.
3. hyaluronic acid – also part of the skin matrix and works to lock in moisture, also aiding in skin plumpness.

2. How do we measure “looking older?”
Source: imgkid.comAccording to Changiz Geula, PhD, research professor of neurology at the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, “With aging, we’ve always studied things that decline.” Science Daily also says aging body comes from aging cells, which become less resilient and able to weather the stress of everyday life. As a result, our skin especially tells the tale of what’s happening throughout our bodies. That’s why our body age. Dermatologists agree that most early signs of aging are due to overexposure to the sun. Sun’s rays destroy elastin and contributes to loss of moisture by evaporation. Thefore the signs are the opposite of the attributes I mentioned earlier:
1. wrinkles  2. skin discoloration  3. dry skin  4. saggy skin

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3. How exactly do we look younger?
According to Marisa Swanson of The Fashion Post, there are 2 basic reasons why some people tend to look better with age while others do not:
1. genetics – how parents and grandparents have shown their signs of aging
2. skin care
a. starting in your mid to late twenties, you need to moisturize your skin daily with a moisturizer that has SPF protection. Dermatologists recommend applying SPF 15 (or greater) sunscreen every day, even when it’s cold. For maximum anti-aging benefits, make sure to apply sunscreen to your ears, neck, décolletage (shoulders and chest) and hands, too. As much as possible don’t stay directly under the sun for more than 10-15mins.
b. Exfoliating your face once per week gets rid of dead skin, helping new skin show on the surface, this alone will make skin look younger, more glowing and will reduce the look of lines, too.
c. cellular level – eating right. Nutrients such as beta carotene, vitamin C, selenium and zinc are abundant in fresh produce, while vitamin E is found in healthy nuts and seeds. These antioxidants help increase cellular regeneration and the production of elastin and collagen, keeping your skin firm and wrinkle-free. Essential fatty acids, such as those found in flaxseed and fatty fish, help your skin function properly and aid in tissue repair. Bottom line: If it’s a whole food, it’s good for both your body and your skin.avoid adding toxins. don’t smoke. minimize preservatives.
d. hydrate – drink right. moisture, promotes removal of waste products through perspiration. at least 8 glasses a day.

4. How can looking young help us in our careers and in everything we do in general?
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1. Halo Effect. According to concept of psychology, the attractiveness of pretty people casts a ‘positive halo’ on their other characteristics.- habitual tendency of people to rate attractive individuals more favorably for their personality traits or characteristics than those who are less attractive.
2. Self-confidence. More energy. More productive. Feels good because of positive feedback from environment.
3. Better persuaders – Shelly Chaiken’s Journal of Personality and Social Psychology “because they possess characteristics that dispose them to be more effective communicators”1. Halo Effect. According to concept of psychology, the attractiveness of pretty people casts a ‘positive halo’ on their other characteristics.- habitual tendency of people to rate attractive individuals more favorably for their personality traits or characteristics than those who are less attractive.
2. Self-confidence. More energy. More productive. Feels good because of positive feedback from environment.
3. Better persuaders – Shelly Chaiken’s Journal of Personality and Social Psychology “because they possess characteristics that dispose them to be more effective communicators”

Sources:

http://www.thefashionpost.com/

http://www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/news/2015/02/Gefen-superagers.html

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