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Old 02-22-2014, 05:23 PM
 
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Don't take this wrong honestly i'm not bashing white women here. i'm just curious why black women seem not to age as much as white women.

I swear some of these black women in their 60's still look hot!
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Old 02-22-2014, 05:27 PM
 
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Melanin protects the skin from UVA rays which accelerate skin aging.
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Old 02-22-2014, 05:34 PM
 
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Melanin protects the skin from UVA rays which accelerate skin aging.
Thanks for the info.
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Old 02-22-2014, 05:36 PM
 
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Black don't crack.
At least that's what I've heard.
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Old 02-22-2014, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Utica, NY
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Avoid the sun = problem solved.
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Old 02-22-2014, 05:48 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Yeah, melanin.

One of my best friends is black and almost the same age as me, within a couple of weeks - both 57. Granted I have a few decades of sun exposure that she didn't have but damn, she is gorgeous with not one single wrinkle or line on her face. I think I definitely show my age more than she does - she could pass for about 40.

Then again she's had a hip replacement and a brush with cancer, and I haven't so there is that.
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Old 02-22-2014, 05:50 PM
 
Location: South Bay Native
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Black don't crack.
At least that's what I've heard.
That's what I heard too. In most cases it seems to be true.
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Old 02-22-2014, 06:05 PM
 
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I don't think it is anything necessarily intrinsic but related to sun exposure. Given the same amount of exposure I think darker skinned people may fair better. But UV exposure no matter how much melanin still damages collagen. I have seen plenty of dark skinned people with lines on their face and I have seen plenty of fair skinned people who look absolutely flawless - and this is probably related to exposure more than anything.

Think of it like this - fair-skinned people not only have a disadvantage regarding the amount of sun exposure they can endure but then they also seemingly intentionally spend more time in the sun. Those two factors right there will increase the visible damage. Left alone there would not be any difference in my opinion.

Also, don't go by pro-photos of celebs who have professional make-up artists (emphasis on artist).
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Old 02-22-2014, 06:33 PM
 
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I've heard melanin and oil production in the face.

People's whose faces are a bit more oily tend to maintain smoother skin over the years. This is why women of color with dry skin may not look youthful very long, and why white women with oily skin may look youthful much longer than their dry skinned counterparts.
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Old 02-22-2014, 06:40 PM
 
Location: West of Louisiana, East of New Mexico
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I'm oily and dark....hooray, LOL!

Generally speaking, black women age better when comparing women of similar socio-economic status, lifestyle habits etc. White women that live "clean" (no smoking, minimal drinking) age pretty well, though.
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