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Do you think it's possible to look older if you have a "young face"?
I'm 34 this year and constantly being told I look like I'm in my early 20s. It seems to mostly be my face that looks young - all the women on my mother's side are the same. I have quite a "thick" smooth skin with very few lines or marks. And no kids/never smoked/never spent much time in the sun etc. Even when I didn't dye my hair and had a fair few greys, it made no difference. It happens whatever I'm wearing - from plain black dresses to skinny jeans and breton tops. I've tried different make up styles from natural to bold eye liner or red lips. I've worn glasses for over 10 years. Tried very short hair and very long hair. (Not all just for the purpose of looking older obviously!)
I try not to let it bother me but just recently had another experience of someone tell me in a work context there was no way I looked like I was in my 30s because I have such a baby face and it really knocked my confidence.
A lot of people say "oh you'll love it when you're 50" and maybe I will but I sure don't love it now... I work in a job where having life experience is considered an asset and it really doesn't help when people are always saying "oh you probably weren't even alive yet when that happened..." and turns out they're talking about 1995 or something (I was born in 1983!).
No advice but I can totally relate, OP. I'm 23 but look about 16 and constantly get sneered at when out with 2 year old DD, I've even had comments made about 'kids having kids' and how awful it is. Also had the ' you'll be thankful when you're 50 comments' which are nice in theory but 50 is a long, long time away.
I sometimes wonder if I'll age overnight one day or something!
I can definitely relate. I'm 30 with 3 kids and often get confused for a school child! I get constantly quizzed about how old I was when I had my first child. No one in my working world takes me seriously when they first meet me. It seems everywhere I go all people want to talk to me about is how young I am!
I get that too. I'm turning 35 this year, and my husband is a decade older than me, so very conscious of it. He looks young too though. I have to say it's beginning to bother me a little less than it used to now that I'm almost closer to 40 than 30.
I had this a lot until quite recently. It was really bad at work being mistaken for the student intern! Anyway over the past 10 years I have switched and wear a lot of Cos and some light make up. The structure and the make up plus my advancing years now it seems to have settled!
I used to look young but as I approach 36, it's like age is suddenly catching up with me! I think the years of being tired (I have dcs) and sun damage from when I was much younger has caught up with me.
I used to have this but having my DD has made me age rather quickly! Do you smile a lot? Try to smile a lot less! Probably sounds weird but people struggle to patronise you when they're not getting that kind of positive feedback. It is annoying.