How many ways can you reliably use to tell someone’s age? A team of seasoned doctors from reputable hospitals and we here at The Blind Side recently unearthed 10 surprising ways of how your body can reveal your real age.
The forehead is made up of a strong underlying muscle that’s responsible for eyebrow movement. As the individual grows older, they use the forehead muscle frequently. If let’s say you receive startling news, your eyebrows will shoot up. In stressful situations, the forehead’s muscle creases. Doctors believe that forehead lines begin to appear when an individual clocks 30 years. However, some women develop wrinkles when they reach 25 years.
Stress puts the forehead muscle under a lot of pressure. This is why some people appear way older than their actual age. At 60, the forehead’s muscle sags and loses tension present in younger years. At this point, the temporary lines have developed into permanent wrinkles. This might be accompanied by a receding hairline. Menopause also contributes to the formation of forehead lines.
The biological changes in hormone production make the skin to lose firmness. This is the reason why women’s faces tend to age faster than men’s. Forehead lines tend to increase in length since the underlying muscle loses its firmness with time.
At birth, an infant’s face is usually round and full. This shape persists until puberty where the body enters into a new growth phase. The skull widens gradually as the facial bones grow bigger. This causes the temples to sink due to loss of fat. Unfortunately, the temples continue sinking with age. On the other hand, severe malnutrition and chronic diseases bear similar effects.
A team of experienced forensic anthropologists based in North Carolina discovered that the skull has four stages of development. The first stage occurs between 0-6 years. Significant changes in the temples take place between 12-18 years. At 60-65 years, the eye sockets grow larger and this contributes to the decline of soft tissues. Women’s faces tend to age faster compared to men.
A man’s face enters the final phase of skull development in their late 60’s. The advanced deterioration of facial temples causes an individual to have droopy eyes. If the individual led an athletic lifestyle for a majority of their life, they are likely to have more sunken cheekbones. Cosmetic surgery enables patients to restore a youthful appearance through temple filling procedures. This involves injecting filler materials inside hollow temples to restore a round shape appearance.
The glabella is a part of the forehead muscles. Just like the forehead, changes in emotional states manifest through this region. When you frown, your glabella protrudes. Prolonged mental stress causes thin lines to appear on the glabella. Age makes the glabella sag, however, this is noticed in people in their late 50’s. As the skull expands with age, the forehead loses its elasticity.
The eyebrows and glabella begin sagging since the underlying muscles lack initial tension. Individuals who’ve reached 40 years have a protruding glabella that probably has creases. At 60, the glabella appears sags below an individual’s eyes. You may come across people aged from 30-40 with creases on their glabellas. This is an indicator of overwhelming mental stress. Heavy drug abuse also distorts the forehead’s appearance.
Prolonged exposure to the sun also causes lines to appear across the glabella. It’s possible to get rid of lines and liver spots on the glabella using cosmetic creams. You can get your glabella restored to its previous firmness by undergoing cosmetic facial surgery. The results will make you appear 10 years younger.
Our eyebrows provide aesthetic value and prevent down pouring sweat from trickling into the eyes. Advancing age has several effects on our eyebrows. For instance, most men aged 50 years and older, experience severe thinning of the eyebrows. In some cases, the eyebrows lose their glossy appearance. Genetics also plays a role in eyebrow deterioration. At 50, some individuals will notice Grey hair in their eyebrows.
This is because the follicles responsible for eyebrow growth are dying. White eyebrows indicate that an individual is most likely above 60 years of age. This is due to the fact that all the hair follicles are dead or severely aged. As the forehead muscles lose elasticity with age, the eyebrows enter into a sagging phase. Women experience this phase in their forties. In women, the eyebrows tend to fade near the tail-ends.
This makes one appear like they partially shaved each brow, which is embarrassing. You’ve probably noticed that some old individuals tend to have narrow eyes that appear sunk in the orbital sockets. Old age also causes the eyebrows to appear sagging right above one’s upper eyelids.
6. Under Eyes
One physical characteristic common in individuals aged above 60 years is the presence of eye bags. The eyes are firmly attached inside openings known as orbital sockets. Growth causes the orbital sockets to expand causing deterioration in muscle elasticity. In addition, the loss of previous tension leads to wrinkle development. The presence of prominent dark circles around the eyes appears in one’s mid-fifties.
Doctors attribute this to loss of bone mass and fat that help in maintaining a full appearance. Dark circles begin appearing at the age of 45. At 55, most individuals have both dark circles and hollow eye bags due to rapid fat loss as a result of the ever-expanding orbital socket. Sometimes, it’s difficult to correctly estimate the age of an individual by assessing their under eyes. Some types of allergies cause darkening around the eyes.
This happens due to congestion of blood vessels below the eyes. Sleep deprivation also causes a congestion of blood vessels that are popularly referred to as eye bags. You may notice crow’s feet appearing just above the sagging eye bags. Crow’s feet occur due to a combination of advanced aging and overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Cheekbones give a definite shape to the human face. They also ensure the skull maintains a symmetrical appearance. The face contains fat deposits that diminish with age. Individuals clocking their mid-fifties or early sixties notice a prominent appearance in their cheekbones. The diminishing fat deposits around the cheekbones lead to sagging of the skin. The difference in genetic makeup can delay the appearance of cheekbones. People with high body fat have a slow metabolism rate.
Hence, the fat deposits around their cheekbones deteriorate at a very slow rate. Old age causes the cheekbones to sag. This distorts the youthful arc that forms at the top of the eye and winds up at the mouth. If you notice an individual with sagging cheekbones surrounded by age spots, the person is most likely 50 years old. Women experience faster deterioration around the cheekbones than men because the female body consists of higher fat compositions.
You can tell the difference between an emaciated and aged person by looking at the cheekbone’s appearance. Old age causes the skin above and below the cheekbone to sag. An emaciated individual will have both protruding cheekbones and orbital sockets.
Our cheeks play a similar role to the cheekbones. Full radiant cheeks indicate good health and youth. It’s easy to distinguish a teenager from a pre-teen by looking at their cheeks. You’ll notice acne spots on the teenager’s cheeks due to puberty taking place. A pre-teen (ages 11-14) has smooth cheeks that are nearly flawless. In the fourth stage of development, the skull loses a lot of fat around the eyes and cheekbones. Aged skin is vulnerable to the sun’s rays.
A 50 –year old who spends a lot of time outdoors has a high risk of developing aging spots on the face. Some people notice uneven skin complexion whenever they compare their cheeks in the mirror. Beneath the cheeks are fat pads. These soft tissues contain enough fat to provide a full appearance to the cheeks. As we approach the mid-forties, the fat pads gradually slip out of position.
This occurs due to reduced production in the elements that bind skin tissues firmly. Individuals with high-fat deposits in their cheeks may develop laugh lines due to sagging. These occur on either side of the nostrils and end at mouth corners.
3. Lower Jaw
Our facial bones are subject to wear and tear that comes with aging. A man in his mid-thirties has prominent high cheekbones that stand in great contrast to a 70-year old senior. According to researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center, the cheekbones drop significantly when one clocks 60. When the eye sockets expand with age, the lower jaw bone gradually slips lower. This gives one a long face appearance and hollow cheeks.
Old age also diminishes the fat deposits above the lower jaw bone. As a result, the lower jaw bone protrudes visibly. Loss of teeth as a result of old age also causes the jawbone to stand out. You can tell the age of a person by looking at the general appearance of their cheekbones. A child usually has an oval face. As we reach puberty, the lower jaw bone grows outwards and gives the face a round shape. Genetics influences the appearance of cheekbones. Men with high testosterone levels usually have prominent upright lower jaws..
Cartilage and soft tissue make up the nose. The nose remains static until puberty where it widens and elongates. If you look at 60-year olds, you’ll notice the droopy appearance of their nose tips. Aging deteriorates the nasal cartilages responsible for providing a firm appearance. This causes the nostrils to widen and make the nose tip appear flat. Changes in the nose’s appearance take place when one hits 40.
The nasal cartilage doesn’t regenerate, and this is the reason why people seek alternatives from cosmetic surgeons. Liver spots may appear on the nose due to exposure to sunlight. Advanced nasal cartilage deterioration occurs if the individual suffered a serious injury to the nose. Women who’ve just entered menopause are likely to have worse nasal cartilage deterioration compared to men in the same age bracket. The chemical changes in women’s bodies during menopause affect the skin’s ability to retain firmness.
One obvious sign of advanced age is the presence of a “double chin”. The chin tends to deteriorate significantly between ages 50-60 years old. As the face ages, it loses firmness due to shifting bones and loss of fat deposits. Advanced aging may cause the chin to have a coarse appearance due to diminishing secretion of important elements. Genetics influences the rate of chin deterioration.
Individuals who have strong bones experience lower chin deterioration compared to soft-boned people. As age progresses, sagging cheeks plus a deteriorating chin create a full “jowling” appearance. Jowling is whereby advanced age causes the skin to sag below the chin and lower jaw. A sagging chin can be accompanied by deep mouth lines. This is usually present in individuals that are well advanced in their 60s.