To ask when you first started noticing signs of aging and what were they?

(61 Posts)
Croccy1979 Sun 30-Dec-12 11:38:23

Mine - it was dead on 30
Started getting grey hairs
Lines under my eyes
Cellulite and saggy bum
Lost the ability to eat what I like and not put weight on

MonaLotte Sun 30-Dec-12 11:39:44

30 lines staring round side of mouth :-(

HollyBerryBush Sun 30-Dec-12 11:40:20

15 - grey hair.

I hate getting in a mirrored lift (bad lighting, tinted glass) and thinking 'feck!that's my mother staring back out at me" !

I just avoid mirrors grin

Whocansay Sun 30-Dec-12 11:56:16

32. I finally realized what people meant by crows feet. I was not happy!

SpacegirlRevisited Sun 30-Dec-12 12:00:28

Seeing friends after a few years and how they had aged.

It made me realise that when I look in the mirror I hadnt really been 'looking'!

AloeSailor Sun 30-Dec-12 12:01:33

30. Grey hair and dark shadows

autumnlights12 Sun 30-Dec-12 12:01:37

40 and skin hasn't changed much since my twenties. But, I have to watch what I eat. Am definitely lumper. That could be 3 babies not my age though! Have more energy than I did at 21.

Chottie Sun 30-Dec-12 12:03:29

My hands no longer looking youthful and plumped up, just a bit sinewy and gnarled (well you did ask smile)

ditto feet

jellybeans Sun 30-Dec-12 12:06:04

Late 20s, fine eye lines, first grey.

Autumnchill Sun 30-Dec-12 12:08:16

38, frown and laughter lines appearing deeper. Got a new skin regime this year though and noticed a difference already with the minor lines.

digerd Sun 30-Dec-12 12:08:28

I was in my mid-40s when I noticed tram-lines on the back of my thighs in shorts after sitting on a garden chair. I otherwise noticed no change since my 20s, so was YUCK, here it comes - ageing.

Tragedies Sun 30-Dec-12 12:14:31

Just beginning to feel it now, although visible signs have been there for a while! First grey hair at 27, a few wrinkles along the way which are now deepening, having to be careful what I eat permanently and those vile, sneaky dark, wiry hairs on my upper lip and chin - ugh! The skin on my face is soft. I only look at the rest of me if it is clothed.

The worst, though, is the time it now takes for me to recover from a late night or any event that in the past I would have shrugged off. We moved in March - I packed everything myself and moved everything but the furniture using my car. I have been completely exhausted ever since!

I am working full time in a demanding but satisfying career and am utterly blessed with great colleagues and a sometimes difficult but sympathetic boss with a fantastic personality and enormous intellectual powers. Every day at work I feel I learn more.

There are huge emotional issues with estrangement from one grown-up child and only very rare meetings with another. My third child and I are very close although she has now flown the nest.

My parents lived well into their 90s but I really cannot see myself being able to go on that long.

In the meantime, I will put on the mask when necessary, have as many laughs as possible, and try to squeeze whatever I can out of life for me and those around me.

But today I am slumping on the sofa - giving a big dinner party tomorrow for NYE.

I am 60.

19, when my hair started falling out.

GreenyEyes Sun 30-Dec-12 12:29:47

Put a mirror on your lap and look down into it.

You will never have sex on top again.

Loveweekends10 Sun 30-Dec-12 12:31:45

Well first I noticed I could sit up unaided and then I started eating solids and I could say mum.

Basically you start ageing from the second you are born!

TheKnackeredChef Sun 30-Dec-12 12:32:52

I plucked out a chin hair this morning and realised it was grey rather than its usual dark pube-like appearance. Cannot decide whether this is a good thing or not.

quoteunquote Sun 30-Dec-12 12:37:32

I was two and a half, I realised I didn't need to climb on a chair to swipe things off the side, realised I was growing.

Binkybix Sun 30-Dec-12 12:48:46

I doubt that people are paying too much attention to your face when you're on top!

GreenyEyes Sun 30-Dec-12 12:51:33

Binky 'people' might not be paying much attention to it, but since I saw what it looked like that's all I can bloody well think abaht!

HecatePropolos Sun 30-Dec-12 12:54:00

I suppose I noticed it very young, as in realised I was aging. Moving up through school, leaving school, my first grey hair, etc.

But I realised I was getting old when the following things happened;

The first time I listened to the music my son was listening to and I said t"good grief. You call that music. It's just a horrible noise. There's no skill there at all."

No longer finding people falling over funny grin but gasping in horror and worrying that they're hurt. (whether that's getting old or just having grown up I don't know)

Discovering my new doctor is younger than I am.

People who are on here who weren't even born when I left school, moved out of home, etc.

my hands. I have old lady hands.

ChristmasJubilee Sun 30-Dec-12 12:56:23

When ds3 held my hand and said "your hands feel just like grannies." I was 45!

BunFagFreddie Sun 30-Dec-12 12:58:23

Hecate, funny but true. I realised I was getting old when I went to a club and was genuinely shocked at how young some of the people looked. I honestly wondered whether their parents minded them being out so late. blush

When DH and I walked into Republic , when it opened in our nearest town .
There was a live band playing loudly
We walked out saying we're too old for this shop !!

Talking about Millenium Eve , and realising the person I was speaking too would have been too young to have been celebrating .

RooneyMara Sun 30-Dec-12 13:03:52

A bit over 30 - a few grey hairs here and there. I still have very few at 39, not that I pull them out, Oh no. grin

And then being in the playground and messing about with ds and him saying, Mum, stop embarrassing me.


Tee2072Thing Sun 30-Dec-12 13:06:32

Around 30 when my arthritis really began kicking in and my hands started to look like my mothers.

Now that I'm nearly 44 I don't notice any more!

juniperdewdrop Sun 30-Dec-12 13:08:19

I'm 44 and I'd say it's a bit of sagging on my face I've noticed, around the mouth. I don't have wrinkles or grey hair yet but that's genes. I'm usually taken for at least 10 years younger.

KenLeeeeeeeInnaSantaHat Sun 30-Dec-12 13:15:11

28. The skin around my eyes, mouth and jaw line just doesn't seem as firm as it did a few years ago.

KenLeeeeeeeInnaSantaHat Sun 30-Dec-12 13:15:41

And also being diagnosed with osteoarthritis at 28. THAT made me feel bloody old. sad

sudaname Sun 30-Dec-12 13:25:07

I looked much older than l was in my twenties - l seemed to have crows feet very young and having jet black hair got very early grey hairs showing - early twenties.
But strangely and luckily for me it all seemed to slow down then and l grew into my face age iykwim in my thirties. Then right up into my late forties still had an early thirties face and often got mistaken for DDs sister etc etc.

Then l hit 50 -mid fifties now - and although l still only have a few wrinkles and no deep ones at that, so face wise cant complain really but my body has just got that horrible thick waisted barrel shape that l hate and have always dreaded. l just cant shake it off. Up to being 50 l was a perfect size 10 and am 5ft 8 so really slim.

And l had a waist <sobs>

GrumpySod Sun 30-Dec-12 13:27:09

19: grey hairs and wrinkles.
Other bits of me slowly degrading throughout my 20s.
38: middle age spread and slight hearing loss
42: needed glasses
44: drooping jows appeared

CaptChaos Sun 30-Dec-12 13:32:29

37 - my metabolism wandered off to look for something, and never came back!

DoNotDisturb Sun 30-Dec-12 13:36:46

Autumnchill what is your new skin regime then? My wrinkles need it!

Sallyingforth Sun 30-Dec-12 13:38:31

erm - I can't quite remember...

thebody Sun 30-Dec-12 13:48:13

When your mumsnet name is now ironic!

teamboleyn Sun 30-Dec-12 13:57:26

It's taking longer and longer for my face to settle and lose the pillow marks in the morning.

OddBoots Sun 30-Dec-12 14:04:25

I'm still living in blissful ignorance.

cheekybaubles Sun 30-Dec-12 14:06:43

White pubes, sooo not funny

MsVestibule Sun 30-Dec-12 14:09:06

Physically - first grey hair at 30ish, but didn't really make me feel/look old. I continued to look as gorgeous as ever throughout my 30s wink but I swear the day that I hit 40 (nearly 2 years ago) was when it all started to go downhill.

I've always had an apple shape, but a few weeks on WW would shift it easily. Not now. I've avoided sunbathing since my early twenties, so fortunately don't have any wrinkles, but have definitely developed that jowly look. It won't be long before I'm an anonymous middle aged woman that nobody gives a second glance to in the street <sad and vain emoticon>.

Mentally, I've always been very old, so my actual age has probably just about caught up with my mental age!!!

TraineeBabyCatcher Sun 30-Dec-12 15:01:22

Physically- nothing as yet.
Mentally- going back to school after having ds and feeling that everyone was acting like immature idiots and wondering what had happened.
Being a mum from 15 and finding many teenage things silly.
Seeing the college kids this year and thinking they looked about 12.

But I still don't feel like an adult, even with a 5 year old son, a long term partner, a house, a car, bills to pay etc.

My skin is doing okay but has a few fine lines and wrinkles and a duller look than my dewy youthful heyday.

The biggest sign of ageing is how long it takes to get over anything out of the ordinary. So tiring more easily and two-day hangovers if I become one of those embarassing 40 somthings that still thinks they look sexy dancing on tables after a bottle or two of wine.

Noticing very handsome 20 somethings and they no longer notice me - that one is quite tough on the old ego.

PessaryPam Sun 30-Dec-12 15:10:50

Sagging under the chin, that jowly look. It's got bad now and I am nearly 55. I have a friend whose late 40s and her chin sag is worse though, not that that's much help.

redexpat Sun 30-Dec-12 15:38:01

I found a white pube.

redexpat Sun 30-Dec-12 15:38:47

Oh and when having your eyebrows waxed the beautician says 'do you want me to do your upper lip and chin too?'

VestaCurry Sun 30-Dec-12 15:40:50

Late 20's. lost 2 stone and noticed a very slight slackness of skin on my neck just above my throat. Was gutted! Probably a lesson in not gaining weight and keeping weight stable throughout life!

rogersmellyonthetelly Sun 30-Dec-12 15:44:00

32/33, slight crows feet, and creasing on my chest when I first get up in the morning. Now at nearly 38 I have started to notice slight jowls (yuck) and the odd pure white eyebrow hair which I pluck, and slightly flat saggy arse. No grey hair yet though.

ThreeBoostsOneGalaxy Sun 30-Dec-12 15:47:42

At 37.5 it seemed as though everything started falling apart: I hurt my back and had some dental problems. I now do Pilates once a week and floss daily.

Iceaddict Sun 30-Dec-12 15:48:39

30! Loads of grey hairs and 2 laughter lines sad

Teahouse Sun 30-Dec-12 15:49:32

40-started on HRT, couldn't shift my Buddha belly, started getting wrinkles around the eyes, and on my neck, plus the odd grey eyebrow hair (& pubic if I'm honest!).

LaLaGabby Sun 30-Dec-12 16:02:44

All late twenties:
Had to ask my younger sister to open an M&S sandwich for me.
Had to ask my pupil how to put my phone on silent.
Was meeting someone in the city centre for coffee, decided the only acceptable place was John Lewis cafe.

MrsToddsShortcut Sun 30-Dec-12 17:21:04

Realising that the reason I wasn't invited for lunch/evenings out by my younger twentysomething colleagues, was that they viewed me (at 35 and pregnant) as a 'Mum', therefore part of the 'Older Generation'.

And realising quite a few years back that John Taylor is no longer 'too old for me' and that it would now be entirely respectable for me to date a member of Duran Duran (wives not withstanding grin)

Dogsmom Sun 30-Dec-12 17:50:46

First grey hair was at 23, I pulled it out and sellotaped it in my diary.

I feel better and more confident in my body now (37) than in my 20's BUT did feel old last year when I got called a MILF by some spotty schoolkid aged about 15 hmm DH thinks it was a compliment but it made me feel so old to realise that yes I could easily be a parent to a kid of that age.

Now - 28. Realised I was spending a lot more money on expensive make-up yet still couldn't manage to look as good as I did as a skint student.

Although it might be down to stress hmm

2sugarsandadog Sun 30-Dec-12 18:07:07

This year, really.... and at 47 must be in denial. Grey hair doesn't count, OK, 'cos Boots can sort that out for you. But I have - all of a sudden, really - noticed bags. Not wrinkles, really, but backs under my eyes. So much so that when I pull my skin taut I look - ahem - quite a bit younger. Instead of old. Somewhat superficial after reading Tee's post .....

Agent64 Sun 30-Dec-12 22:52:06

The past couple of years - especially in the last year. I'm late mid 40s.

General sagging. Face included - love the comment upthread about pillow face. Yup.

Hair thinning where I want it to be (on my bloody head). Sprouting elsewhere confused

BertieBotts Sun 30-Dec-12 22:58:04

But Greeny it doesn't look like that unless you usually sit on your partner's chest while you have sex with them grin Surely better to put the mirror on the floor and then look into it while lying on your front?

DP is 24 and has laughter lines and definite forehead wrinkles. I am the picture of youth <twirls>

nokidshere Sun 30-Dec-12 23:03:12

I'm 52

I still look the same as I did in my 20's and 30's

don't I??????????????

2kidsintow Sun 30-Dec-12 23:11:06

I vividly remember looking at my Great Aunt's hands and the skin on them, thinking what a difference there was between her shiny skin that showed creases and my skin that was matt and smooth. (I must have only been about 8).

Now I look at my DDs smooth and matt effect hands and compare them to mine.

I also remember a shopping trip when I was about 30 when I first realised how many lines I was getting in my forehead and around my eyes (shopping mirrors are not the best)

The amount of grey that I have also caught me by surprise the other day. I'm 38. DH thinks I should grow the grey out and stop dyeing it. I've told him I'm not considering that for at least another 10 years! (And then some)
And he hasn't even got the decency to have one grey hair! And he's older than me.

Plomino Sun 30-Dec-12 23:26:50

This Christmas , walking into Hollister and thinking there'd been a power cut . Then having a Fine Young Thing leap out from behind a yucca whilst blinding me with his Armand Hammer Ice White teeth , and ask me if I was buying for my grandson .

I'm fucking 41 FGS.

chandellina Sun 30-Dec-12 23:28:08

There are lots of signs along the way but I reckon we're all going to the same place and should enjoy the ride.

BalthierBunansa Sun 30-Dec-12 23:28:36

When I found several grey hairs at 18 years old grin

Illgetmycoat Sun 30-Dec-12 23:32:41

My face started coming loose at the age of 35. Before that it was firmly stuck to my bones.

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