A Youthful Appearance
This being my area of expertise, it’s hard to know where to start, but first and foremost, I consider myself a bio-dork, so I’ll start there!
Biology of Youth–Universal
The biological purpose of reproduction creates attraction to a youthful appearance by both men and women.
Researches have found the female perception of beauty changes throughout the month (just like us woman to change our minds!). Women typically prefer a mature, masculine looking man. These characteristics include a heart-shaped face and small chin with full lips.
During menstruation, however, woman are typically more attracted to softer, more youthful features. These include a small nose, large eyes, and defined cheekbones (which males find to be attractive characteristics for females).
Thanks to medical advancements, we’re living years longer, and thanks to the economy, we now have to work during those extra years! The lines on our faces reflect the years of hard work, dedication, and stress from work and life in general. And let’s face it, the depth of the lines are in direct proportion the difficulty of life experiences. Although not technically visible, these experiences have a direct effect on our psychological traits as well. Therefore, one could make the jump that an older appearance on the outside reflects negative traits on the inside (I’m not saying it’s right or it makes sense).
“I want to look the age I feel” -Personal
Yes, it is our culture to jump to conclusions from physical characteristics to psychological traits, making personal beauty to many a reflection of how they feel on the inside.
Yes, life makes us feel tired sometimes, but it’s also full of exciting events! Graduations, marriages, reunions, divorce (hey, for some people it’s a good thing!), children, grandchildren! All these things make us happy; they spark that joy we associate with being young and excited. Is it wrong to want your face to reflect this youthful joy?
Youth, No Longer Wasted On the Young