Selfies make us look older, says expert

Selfies make us look older, says expert

22 January 2016

How many selfies do you take each day? Research shows that it takes around 20 photos to get the best-looking selfie, and even then we’re not always happy with the end result. It may come as no surprise then to hear that the rise in social media and the popularity of selfies has led to an increasing number of people opting for Cosmetic Surgery and Non Surgical treatments.

Nobody wants to look older than their age, particularly in photographs that will be shared with friends and family across social media. It is thought that by undertaking Anti-Ageing procedures and treatments, selfie takers can look the best version of themselves.

According to one expert, getting snap happy is not necessarily the best indicator of how we look in real life. That’s because both the angle of the camera and the lens on our smartphone adds around seven years to our age.

He said: “A phone’s 28mm camera lens does exactly what time does to your face, enlarging the front of your face so that it looks bigger, as well as amplifying the features that get larger as you age.

“Add to that the fact that you tend to look down at your phone, which makes the skin on your neck and jowls look saggy.”

More simply put, the way we take our selfies often results in less than flattering photos that mimic the ageing process.

So what’s the solution? Aside from taking fewer selfies and asking others to take your photograph for you, it’s recommended to copy the celebrities and hold your phone high above your head and off to one side. This gives your face sharper angles and leaves your facial features in proportion.

Selfie sticks are also a good way to achieve more flattering shots as it leaves your jawline more defined and gives fullness to cheekbones, emulating a youthful appearance.

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