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Do you think people visibly age more between 40-50 than between other decades?

(110 Posts)
LaurieFairyonthetreeEatsCake Wed 24-Nov-10 19:22:32

Inspired by another thread I'm wondering what people think?

I think it's quite hard to be precise about age below 40 but once someone gets towards 50 you can definitely say they're over 40 - maybe confused

I look older than I did 15 years ago but not radically so - with highlighter and soft lighting I could still just about pass for 25 ish hmm

cybbo Wed 24-Nov-10 19:26:46

<looks in mirror>


foxinsocks Wed 24-Nov-10 19:28:09


though my personal opinion is that I have aged more after about age 35 I reckon, so for me it would be age 35-45

FrameyMcFrame Wed 24-Nov-10 19:28:35

I dunno but I hope not.

purplepeony Wed 24-Nov-10 19:51:53

no- being 50+ I have to disagree.

I think the biggest ageing takes place between 55-60, or 55-65. All to do with fall in hormones.

Jellykat Wed 24-Nov-10 20:00:49

No, not necessarily..I am between 40-50,and doing ok,people are shocked when i tell them my age. Both my mum,and granny,looked really young for their ages' until they hit the menopause.. then it happened really fast, like the melting women in that film "She"!

Maybe it's a genetic thing...Will let you know in 3 years time smile

MaeMobley Wed 24-Nov-10 20:18:09

I am 41 and have noticed that I have aged a lot more in the last year.

I read somewhere that 41/42 is the "tipping point" which is depressing.

It's not the wrinkles that are the issues (I see 30 year olds with more than me); it's the general sagginess.

mathanxiety Wed 24-Nov-10 20:31:33

I tend to look horrible if I miss out on sleep for a few nights in a row no matter what my age. However, MaeMobley, I think you're right about 41/42 being a tipping point -- you pay more for the bad stuff you do to yourself after 42ish and it takes longer to recover from overdoing it.

nameymcnamechange Wed 24-Nov-10 20:32:44

No, I think 50-60 is the big ageing decade, especially in women.

Jajas Wed 24-Nov-10 20:34:52

I look my age (mid 40's) no-one looks shocked or surprised when I say how old I am angry. Mind you maybe I should be relieved that they don't say I look older confused.

SugarSkyHigh Wed 24-Nov-10 20:36:13

I think you age the most during the decade in which you give birth to your DC's!

NoelEdmondshair Wed 24-Nov-10 20:37:23

God - what a depressing thread!

maggiethecat Wed 24-Nov-10 20:45:20

Not depressing - I find it comforting that it's not just me. Sugar, I agree with you. Pre kids (and I had first dd at 37) people could not believe my age and thought I was at least 10 years younger. Now, I can see that friends are surprised when they see me for the first time in years.

Of course it does not help when dd says that I have cats' whiskers - the lines running from nose to chin grin

saggarmakersbottomknocker Wed 24-Nov-10 20:48:09

i was better at 40 than 30 (had 3 small children and it showed) but now I'm 47 I'm definitely in decline.

Does anyone have any scaffolding? Most of me appears in need of shoreing up. hmm

HeavenForfend Wed 24-Nov-10 20:49:08

I would say between 0 and 10 wink.

FranSanDisco Wed 24-Nov-10 20:50:58

I think now I've hit 45 I look my age more definitely. I used to say my age and peoplew would say 'never' and all those correct things grin but now they just nodd as if to say 'thought so' sad blush. It's downhill all the way now isn't it.

AnnoyingOrange Wed 24-Nov-10 20:51:00

Ithink it's linked to the menopause and the loss of oestrogen

FrameyMcFrame Wed 24-Nov-10 21:25:36

Oh well, if I neck loads of HRT pills I should be ok then! grin

Jajas Wed 24-Nov-10 21:38:28

Oh god it is depressing isn't it, but hey we are here and we are typing away so obviously haven't lost the use of all our faculties grin!

AnyFucker Wed 24-Nov-10 21:40:37

I don't particularly like aging (I am 45) but I don't fancy the alternative !

MaudOHara Wed 24-Nov-10 21:44:18

I'm 40 and think I have really aged in the last two years. I have lines around my eyes; frown lines and grin lines that stay put when I'm not smiling and my face has a general sagginess to it.

I wasn't sure if this was down to my age or loosing a lot of weight last year - as is oft said on MN - "its your arse or your face after 40"

Jellykat Wed 24-Nov-10 21:44:36

Well i intend on eating lots and lots of cream cakes at 50, and inflating my wrinkles with natural filler!

Might have trouble with my skinny jeans tho' wonder how far the 5% Elastine will stretch..

Bluebell99 Wed 24-Nov-10 21:46:21

Yes - I remember going to a 10 yr course reunion, and being most shocked by those who had been 40 and were now 50. One woman who had looked fab at 40, was completely grey by 50. She had been a bit of a hippy chick. But now I am 42, I feel I'm really showing my age, rubbish grey coming thro hair etc. I was only 35 at the reunion, with two small children, sleepless nights, but looked so much better!

nameymcnamechange Wed 24-Nov-10 21:47:04

Apropos of nothing in particular, did you see that John Travolta and his wife (Kelly Preston?) have just had a little baybee and she is 48.

TheProfiteroleThief Wed 24-Nov-10 21:48:54

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