If you had to guess, how old would you say the actress below looks?
25? Maybe 30? How about 40?
Well if any of those numbers were your guesses, try again!
Just over a week ago, 50 year old film and television actress, Elise Neal shocked the internet when she posted the above photo on her Instagram page. The photo immediately went viral alongside the popular hashtag and adage: blackdontcrack.
This “blackdontcrack” phenomenon was scientifically explained by beauty brand, Olay, and Harvard Medical School Dermatology professor, Dr Alexa Kimball. They set out to study the skin aging process of Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic and Asian women in their 20s to 70s. Their findings concluded that basically, African American women age much slower than women of other ethnicities.
The study asserted:
“…that women of African-American background aged slower than women of Caucasian background as far as skin appearance was concerned. In fact, the aging process seemed to be slowed down by about 10 years. We believe this is not just due to the higher melanin content in their skin which serves as natural UV protection—although it certainly plays a role. We are now studying the exact molecular pathways in dark and light skin more closely to determine what drives this apparently slower skin aging process…
We have definitely seen that women of African-American background aged comparatively slower [that Caucasian women]. The study also revealed twice as many exceptional skin agers in this group—women who looked more than 10 years younger than their real age—than in the Caucasian study group. This does not mean women of African-American background don’t experience visible skin aging, but on average less/ later than lighter skin types.”
With that, we’ve added our top list of celebrity women who have aged flawlessly! These models, singers, actresses, authors, and business women have proven that beauty doesn’t end at 30 or 40 years old! Check them out in the gallery above!