While many men and women across the country and around the world continue to look for the fountain of youth, the answer may already be dictated in our genes. Recent scientific studies have shown that the color and complexion of a person’s skin tones will influence how old people think they are. In short, those with smooth and evenly pigmented skin tones are seen as more youthful and attractive. Rosy glows have always been associated with youth and are also associated with a perception of increased health. Women have known this fact for decades, as they have applied blush and rouge on their cheeks in front of the mirror every morning. Even skin tone has long been known to be a factor in age appearance and drives the sales of foundation and powders for women. However, recent studies have extended the effect to men and shown skin tone can affect the perception of their age as well.
Uneven redness or pigmentation in a man or woman’s facial skin tones automatically makes men and women look older to those around them. Melanin is the pigment found in the surface of the skin that gives it the color and no matter how dark or light the skin tone is, even pigmentation and smooth appearance is the biggest factor that adjusts age perception. As such, it may not be as important for individuals to fill in the wrinkles and lines of their aging skin if they continue to have uneven tone. Instead, focus on improving the overall quality of your skin color and renew that youthful vigor with rosy red cheeks.