Ageing Well: Best Celebrity Eyes – Over 50

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Ageing Well: Best Eyes of Celebrities Over 50

Think about the widely known stars or TV personalities of Australia’s best channels, including  presenters Lisa Wilkinson and Karl Stefanovic.  For celebrities from Hollywood to the Red Stitch Theatre and NIDA, there is one significant downside to having large-screen or even cinema-size screen fame.  As Mel Gibson, Hugh Jackman, Susan Sarandon, and Meryl Streep, are all well aware, our celebrity favourites age in front of the ever-scrutinous eyes of the media. Celebrity eyes are constantly being captured for digital eternity by the flashing cameras of the paparazzi.  Whether under the temporary effects of medication, celebratory alcohol or sleep-deprivation from grueling film schedules – or whether revealing sagging eyelids and under-eye bags, or the asymmetrically drooping eye brows that seem to come with age, there’s just no hiding of the eyes of a celebrity over 50.

The public’s perception of famous celebrities needing to maintain perfection (rather than simply striving for an optional best look) doesn’t seem to help. There are pressures and standards that stars of the cinematic screen feel compelled to abide by – and as many will attest, can make or break your acting career.

The Ageing Eye: Looking Younger with an Eyelid Lift

For the average person, ageing is a natural process that happens over time. Most will attest that ageing suddenly seems to accelerate as we get older, happening at a seemingly faster rate in our 50s and 60s than ever before.   There is some science behind this apparent increase in ageing; collagen loss, facial volume loss and even skeletal bone atrophy – can leave your facial, body and eyelid skin looking saggy.  As everything moves a bit south, even our smiles can start to look perennially down turned and the skin between our eyebrows reach their ‘infamous 11’s’ look (worry lines or frown lines on the forehead, which are treated with anti-wrinkle injectables).

Fortunately, the surgery most sought after to reduce the ageing appearance of the eyelids is an Upper Blepharoplasty, often complemented with sequential skin rejuvenation treatments along with collagen-stimulating ingredients in your eyelid area serums. We’ll discuss this a bit more later in this blog, but before you decide on a rejuvenating surgery or eyelid serum, learn why the eyelid area is so vulnerable to ageing quickly.

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The Youthful Eye: How it Varies from an Ageing Eye

Eye Anatomy and Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

If you look at the anatomy of a younger eye, the upper eyelid sits generally resting around the top area of the iris.

The lower lid and lashes also sit comfortably around the lower part of the iris, typically with no white showing above or below the iris.

The inner edges of the eyelids may be slightly visible but they rest against the eye, and the eye stays well-lubricated through natural blinking and fully functional tear duct glands.

Human eye anatomy illustration.

What is eyelid ptosis?

In the aged eye, the eyelids start to droop, sometimes unevenly. Drooping or sagging skin is called ptosis (pronounced “toe-seas”). Eyelid drooping often occurs more visibly on one side of the face than the other.  Often, it’s the right eye lid (the car window-side of the face) that begins to droop most; but this can vary significantly. If that side of the face is dominant in making facial expressions AND gets more sun exposure, it MAY show ageing more rapidly than the other side of the face.  Eyelid ptosis can often be remedied with an Upper Blepharoplasty Surgery or Canthoplasty. Sometimes an alternative injectables treatment can also remedy the problem of eyelid ptosis.

Example of Eyelid Ptosis

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Your entire body and face are asymmetrical – even if you have a well-shaped nose – it’s not the same from left to right.

With eyelid asymmetry, asymmetrical ptosis is often not overly noticeable unless you actively search for it (we can see you heading for your mirror now).

Sometimes you won’t even notice it in the mirror but it looks highly evident in photographs.

Eventually, however, the eyelid ptosis can be more extreme and impede one’s vision.

Back to Celebrity Eyelids and Ageing Eyes

There may be widely varying looks of individuals in their 40s.

Some look younger by 10 years or more, and some looking older than their biological age. It often depends on genetics combined with how much sun exposure they had throughout their lives, and what skin care treatments they’re getting to look their best.

Eyelid ptosis and ageing eyelids are unavoidable, however, even though the process can be stalled or temporarily remedied through injections or – for longer lasting results – eyelid lift surgery known as a Blepharoplasty.

Our eyes are the windows to our soul, a saying that is as valid now as it was when it was first uttered.

The tiny lines and deeper wrinkles that eventually take form on our faces, tell the truth about our age – or at least point to the age range we fall under.

Once we reach 50, we begin to recognize those wrinkles well.  Often, we’re not a huge fan of them.

So which timeless leading film stars seem to wear the signs of ageing like a second skin that seems to defy gravity and time alike?

Here are our blogging team’s picks of Best Celebrity Eyes – over 50!

We’ve come up with a shortlist of the 5 mature leading ladies of Hollywood that still have that same sexy, fresh sparkle in their eye even though they’ve reached the half century mark.  (Next blog we will cover our top 5 celebrity males with the best eyes).

Sandra Bullock

Since she wowed us back in the 1990’s in Speed, Sandra Bullock has solidified herself as an award-winning actress with looks to make men love her and women across the world wish they could be her. No frills and fancy-free, Sandra embodies the girl next door that seems to age slower than almost any starlet in Hollywood. Miss Congeniality herself swears by her “8 minute beauty regimen”–which includes everything from start to finish to get her out the door.

“I use a face cloth and Artistry cream,” Bullock said. “I put mascara on today because I wanted to make a bit of an effort.” She may be one of the lucky ones who doesn’t need the help of fillers or injectable treatments… or at least not yet.

Vanessa Williams

This former beauty queen and head-spinning athlete has never gone a day without being a stunning head-turner.

With sparkling baby blues and a milk-chocolate, fine-pored complexion, Vanessa has been an object of the public’s admiration for over a decade’s time frame.

So what’s Vanessa Williams’ secret to aging gracefully under the spotlight?

Williams herself admitted in an interview back in 2004 that that youthful glow she sports is no miracle, it’s thanks to injectable fillers. “I love it,” she confessed. “But I also want to act, so I don’t do it to freeze my face.” Even natural beauty needs a pick me up sometimes!

Julianne Moore

This natural redhead hasn’t seemed to age a day since becoming a household name in Hollywood.  Sometimes red heads DO seem to hold their youth longer than the rest of us.  Naturally fair and perfectly freckled, Julianne accredits her fresh-faced looks to protecting her skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

 “I say this to every young person I know: Stay out of the sun! I have very fair skin and it would have been super-damaged. I always wear sunscreen and I walk on the shady side of the street.” It appears that those preventative measures have paid off because Julianne looks far younger than her years. Seriously, does she even have a single wrinkle?

(Our Dermal Clinicians advise you to choose one of the high physical-based sun blocks such as from the Medik8 range, Obagi or DNA Renewal).


Demi Moore

Demi Moore came to fame in the infamous 1980’s Brat Pack era. But from the looks of it, she hasn’t aged much since then. Because she IS in the spotlight, her youthful face has been the subject of media speculation for some time.  Demi’s striking looks and amazingly fit body have scored her many high-profile romances and countless magazine covers, not to mention becoming the first actress to earn a cool $12.5 million for a major motion picture—back in a time when that salaries for female actors were – sadly – simply unheard of.

An advocate of the raw diet, Demi blends in with her 3 daughters (father Bruce Willis) looking just as if she’s a slightly older sister in the group. Don’t believe us? Just check out this twinning Instagram post her daughter shared.

We’ve watched Demi transform herself onscreen as well as in real life, a sort of Madonna version of an actress always changing and leaving people to guess her next move. Whether she’s dressed up or dressed down, Demi’s killer looks haven’t changed one bit. In fact, her little to no makeup face is a true testament of her high cheekbones and bright heterochromia eyes. Although she will never outright admit to plastic surgery, there’s got to be a little something extra that gives Demi an edge on the competition.

Christie Brinkley

Brinkley is now in her early 60s, approximately aged 62. Let that sink in for a minute. Whatever the fountain of youth is, Christie seems to have it at her fingertips or in her cabinet jars – or at her Dermal Clinician’s office. Joking aside, this is a woman that defies ageing. California girl, through and through, Christie looks nearly as good now as she did gracing the covers of Sports Illustrated in the 1980’s.

The public has adored Christie for decades, but it’s easy to see why. Bouncy blonde hair and a beautiful, open smile that can light up a room, Christie commands the camera’s focus. She’s still considered as hot as ever even though she’s approaching her golden years.

Genetics are likely the leading factor to her fresh-faced success, but Christie also credits her beauty to skipping on the face powder, eating an apple a day, and exfoliating her skin every day to keep those pores nice and fresh. If you didn’t just run out to buy a bag of apples and exfoliator, you should. I mean, just look at her.

Honorable Mentions in Best Celebrity Eyes (as they entered their 50s):

Courtney Cox, Kathy Ireland, Elle McPherson, Michelle Pfieffer, and Heather Locklear.

Whether we like it or not, we’re a youth-obsessed culture.

These celebrities still know just how to turn heads. Our next blog will feature the male actors who do the same.

Need a little something extra to help you feel like you’ve turned back the hands of time around your eyelid area – and help you remember what it was like to be smiled at by strangers?

Schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our trusted, highly experienced Dermal Clinicians (Hayley, Sarah or Lauren) or with one of our Expert Plastic Surgeons or Eyelid Lift Surgeons to help you revamp your facial appearance and rejuvenate your eyelid and facial skin.  Send an enquiry form or call us during Clinic Hours on (03) 8849 1444.

We look forward to helping you get your eyelids and facial skin back to where it belongs – firmly above the iris and with noticeably less eyelid ptosis. 

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