How a face ages
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In Her Eyes2 of 8
Susan Sarandon's skin still looks as smooth today as it did in 1977. Where you can see the effect of aging is around the 65-year-old star's eyes, which appear more deeply set than before. The reason? Eye sockets widen and become longer, a result of cheekbones beneath the eyes descending and offering less support, according to research on facial aging published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
What's Age Got to Do With It?3 of 8
This superstar singer still looks amazing at 72. Whether because of genetics or injectables (as has been speculated online), Tina Turner's skin hasn't lost its firmness. However, her face does reveal signs of aging around the lower half. The same study on aging and facial structure also found that our jawbones thin as we age, causing a less-sculpted jawline and chin.
It's Complicated4 of 8
From 1979 to today, Meryl Streep remains virtually unchanged—and without the help of cosmetic surgery, insists the actress. Of course, even with her radiant complexion and impressive cheekbones, the 62-year-old actress isn't entirely immune to aging. Note the slightly longer lobes—for which we can all thank gravity (and heavy earring's)—and the broader forehead, the result of thinning along the hairline.
Getting Cheeky5 of 8
A cute-as-a-button baby face like 65-year-old Sally Field's will serve a woman well in her later years. While a too-thin face can look gaunt as it ages, a fuller one remains youthful. Even the former Flying Nun's softly rounded cheeks still look pinch-worthy.
What a Drag6 of 8
At 68, French actress Catherine Deneuve still has a sultry appeal, but years of smoking have taken their toll on her skin. In addition to causing wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, the chemicals in nicotine break down collagen and elastin, the fibers that keep healthy skin taut.
On the Nose7 of 8
Strong features and major sex appeal make Sophia Loren, 77, as captivating as she was in 1958. One feature that has lost some of its definition is the star's famously regal nose. Experts have found that as we age the nose begins to droop, because the connective tissues supporting it weaken.
Totally 80s8 of 8
The secret to aging gracefully? Not fighting it. At 87, legendary entertainer and activist Ruby Dee is truly naturally beautiful. Does it really matter what's shifted, fallen or lost its definition?