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Old 01-17-2013, 06:26 AM
 
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How to know if you're aging? Well, if the clock is ticking, you're aging my friend. But please don't worry about such things! Lots of good advise above. I agree with the poster who said if you worry about it, it will be. If it's true that you are what you eat---it's even truer that you are what you think.

To be fair, it's easier said than done. I am on the backside of 40 and must admit I have a little anxiety (but only a wee bit) about turning the big 5-0. But I did receive a nice compliment the other day. I was sitting having lunch with a bunch of 20-somethings at work and they were talking about getting older. I giggled to myself that such a young bunch of people were concerned about aging. When I asked them how old they thought I was---they all agreed I was about 35. Not! I am 48. It made my day.
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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No one is answering my question, how do you know whether you look young or old to other people?
You have to ask them, not us.

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FYI, people who have had Botox don't look younger. They just look like older people who have had Botox. Unnatural isn't a good look for anyone.
Agreed. You can't fool Mother Nature.

OP, I suggest you Google something like "botox gone wrong" and see how badly botox can mess up a face. It's frightening ... and very sad.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Ageing is a fact of life for humans, animals, plants, fish, birds, trees, you name it. Everything eventualy dies. No escaping it.
You can slow it down as a human by taking care of yourself by not smoking, drinking alcohol to excess, doing drugs, eating right, etc.
You are only 23. You are still young but your body is maturing. You probably still look good. You can't always look like you did when you graduated from kindergarden, middle school, or high school. YOU ARE NOT OLD. You have decades left to live. When you get to be my age, 66 in another week, then you can see how much you have aged. But you know what, I plan on ageing for as long as I can.
There is only one way to escape it and that is to die young. No one wants to do that. Live your life, enjoy it. Plan for the future. You got many years left. Don't worry about not looking like you did at 18. You have much time left and if you worry about things like this you will just speed up the process.
As far as botox and other artificial ways of looking young, someone asked one time why I didn't color my grey hair.
My answer was "I ain't painting the chrome".
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:18 AM
 
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Default I met this nun at a mixer

and was told by her friend that she had just left a cloistered order which meant she was locked away from everything. From what I could tell she lived a simple life of bad food, hard work and little sleep. Well she looked and acted like a teenager although she was in her 30s.

So what's up with that?
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Take a quick look at the calendar. If today's date is later than the date of your birth you are aging.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:05 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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No one is answering my question, how do you know whether you look young or old to other people?
Not something you need to worry about terribly at this point. As other people have mentioned, we all age, it is a fact of life. I have seen your other threads and men are not going to throw you to the curb because you have turned 30.

I get better as I get older, how about that?

Keep yourself hydrated and take care of your skin. Try not to stress out in life. Laugh lines are much more attractive than frown lines.

As we age you will start to notice subtle lines here and there that were not there before. Small lines around the eyes and on the forehead. If you scowl a lot you will notice the lines in between the eyebrows as well.

When we get a bit older, our skin loses its elasticity. At your age, you don't have to worry. I just turned 39 in December and I have noticed a little bit of a change.

I don't have many wrinkles, but I do have some grey hair. I can either keep it natural or cover it. Right now it is natural and I have a grey streak sort of like Stacy Londons. Other people seem to like it more than I do.

Quit worrying so much about what men think. Once you have enough positive self esteem going about yourself, these worries won't matter so much. You are always worried about what other people think, what men think. If at 30 you will be thrown into the pile of all of the other 30+ year olds.

It just does not happen that way. Sure, some men will turn to the younger model, then they will think, "OMG what have I done." Who cares.

Another thing to keep your skin young....don't smoke.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Long Neck,De
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I know I was called ma'am today while I was in a retail store by a older salesperson..it put me in a bad mood. I'm only 23
I would not let the salesperson calling you ma'am upset you. It is most likely the person's way of showing respect for the customer. Dealing with customers they must show respect. (No matter what they are thinking).
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:15 AM
 
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Look at photos of Lindsay Lohan for the past five years. Try not to do that.

Most PITA about aging is sagging, not wrinkles, although creases appear first. At 23 you are a long way from sagging.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:38 PM
 
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How do you know? Just look in the mirror, do you have wrinkles, is your skin saggy, etc?

If you are worried, eat healthy, protect yourself from the sun, drink very little and don't smoke. I am 25 and and adults think I am 12-14, pre-teens/teens mistake me for someone their age. I avoid the sun, I don't smoke or do drugs and I drink very very rarely.

It also still has to do with genetics, my dad was still getting carded in his 40's and people can't believe my mom is 48. Face and skin type can play a part as well, I have a slightly roundish chubby like face without being fat and I have slightly oily skin. I read faces with more fat and that are more oily age better.
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