If you believe wrinkles are the most obvious signs of ageing, then think again, as a new study claims that skin tone is the most apparent indicator that you are growing older.
Distribution of melanin and haemoglobin in our skin becomes uneven giving us brown age spots and spider veins, as we grow old, according to the research. "In a young, healthy face, the only contrast is due to the features - the mouth, nose and eyes. But as you age, you acquire concentrations of haemoglobin and melanin, and shadows due to lines and wrinkles, and it is this contrast that gives a major cue to our perception of age," said Paul Matts, a member of the research team.
For their study, researchers from Procter & Gamble took high-resolution digital images of 170 women aged between 11 and 76 years and showed them to members of the public, Daily Mail reported.
Those shown the pictures were able to guess the age of women from their skin colouration alone.
The findings helped researchers conclude that those in pursuit of a fresh-faced look better concentrate on the condition and colour of their skin, instead of wrinkles.