Do wrinkles look worse in a tinted window?

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Do wrinkles look worse in a tinted window?
« on: 11/08/2016 10:53:02 »
Sandra asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Please explain why wrinkles are exaggerated in a tinted car window- they look so much worse than in a mirror!! I could have a nervous breakdown !!!
What do you think?
« Last Edit: 11/08/2016 10:53:02 by _system »

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Re: Do wrinkles look worse in a tinted window?
« Reply #1 on: 12/08/2016 10:01:28 »
Might the darker light owing to the tinting be exaggerating the shadows cast by small wrinkles, making them look more distinct?
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Re: Do wrinkles look worse in a tinted window?
« Reply #2 on: 12/08/2016 12:04:11 »
Probably looking downwards to see your reflection in a car window, whereas looking straight-ahead into a mirror. If you look downwards into a mirror the same unflattering effect occurs due to gravity pulling any loose skin forward, making folds/wrinkles deeper.

Also a proper-mirror is more reflective than a dark-window, so will provide more "fill light", which makes wrinkles less obvious by filling shadows in the folds/wrinkles with reflected light.

On before-after comparison-photos for anti-wrinkle treatments the "after" photo usually has more fill-light.
« Last Edit: 12/08/2016 12:34:43 by RD »