Do you look younger or older than your age? Do you know why?

China
October 14, 2008 7:39am CST
Earlier today someone asked me weather I was a high school student! Believe it or not, I am actually a postgraduated student. Lots of Chinese look younger than their ages. U wanna know why? I will tell u the truth! It is not only food and life style. The way that we speak also makes things. U know when u speak "thanks", where is your tongue? How many facial expressions do you have? Well, ok, then, when a Chinese speak, the whole face is almost immobile! The tongue doesn't move too much. But if someone speaks good English, soon his or her face will change. This is the reason that lots of overseas students soon become much more mature than their agemates in China. I am only 3/4 Chinese. Obviously, it is something about genetics. Maybe next year, things will be quite different. Who knows! Do you look younger or older than your age? Do you know why?
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@anne12d (676)
• Philippines
14 Oct 08
I look younger than my age. There's this one time I scrub for a Surgeon and ask me what's my age, I told her then she was shocked to know because I look younger. Well, I guess its because I tend to feel young, make sure that I smile a lot in a day and laugh a couple of times in a day. I'm stressed yes but by doing so, I think it helps to make me look younger than my age. Also, I don't wear make up in my daily life not unless I need to wear make up. I guess it's not only in the genes but also how we take care of our selves physically, mentally and emotionally.
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• China
14 Oct 08
I don't wear make up either. Actually, I have never wore make up. Lol! Keeping happy is a pretty good stragety to be young. Cheers
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@anne12d (676)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
Yes it is!!! Cheers... High Five!!! Stay happy and beautiful!!!
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@peedielyn (1209)
• United States
15 Oct 08
Unfortunatly, I look like I am 16 but I am actually 30. This is a bad thing. I get carded all the time, or people ask me how old my brothers and sisters are when they are actually my kids. I have tried to dye my hair, change my style, but in the end I still look young. I asked my dad why and he said that it was in our genes. He's 48 and looks like he might be alittle older than me, other than the white hair. His face hasn't changed a bit since I was a little one. My brother lookes about 28, his real age. MY bio-mom looks about 70 and she is the same age as dad. I think my brother got his chemistry from mom and mine from dad. In some ways it's alright. I mean, if I look 30 when I am ninety--do you know how frisky I could be LOL??!! I am kidding. My size has something to do with it too. I am 4'11" at my tallest and just hit 115 all muscle. I was never really built too girlish and have always been athletic. So who knows, I guess I should just be happy with what I have! Have a good night!
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• China
15 Oct 08
Well, then u are a living legend. I am kidding too, lol. I guess it is a rare gift! U should feel proud of your genes! Have a nice day or good night
• Philippines
14 Oct 08
It is not for me to say that I look younger than my age, but yes, when I tell my real age (to selected people) they would say that I don't look it; that I look much younger than my age. One of the reasons must be because I am still single at this point (check my profile hahaha!) and don't worry about simple and big things that much. I watch what I eat but not to the point of depriving myself. My mantra is moderation in everything.
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• China
14 Oct 08
After someone got married, they soon become much older. I did notice that. I don't why. It really happens! On the other hand, things may be different from person to person
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@wolfie34 (26773)
• United Kingdom
14 Oct 08
Modesty aside my friend but no one believes me when I tell them how old I am, so I always make them guess and they always, always say younger! This is a great compliment to me as I feel that working out at the gym keeps me fit, healthy and young, I do have a cute boyish face and when people say I am 28 I want to hug them and I am deeply flattered, when I turn round and say actually I am 37 they are amazed, the shocked looks and I mean genuine shock on their faces. Even my gym instructor thought I was in my late twenties, he shook his head in disbelief when I said, no late thirties! Mind you I got his age totally wrong, I thought he was 22, he was only 18, bless him!
• China
14 Oct 08
By the way, I thought u were in 20s when I saw your pic. After I checked your profile, I knew the truth and was shocked too. Working out at the gym is a very good stragedy too keep young. My uncle used to go to the gym. He is much younger as well as handsome!
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@pimagro24 (1046)
• Thailand
14 Oct 08
I'm look younger than my age, but I don't know why?
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• China
14 Oct 08
Maybe you have had more fruits. Maybe you don't cry or laugh too much! Maybe your have slept enought. Maybe it is just it meant to be...
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@applefreak (3130)
• Singapore
16 Oct 08
wow that's good news to me, in a way. give that i'm chinese, guess i do look younger than my age. however, i looked older when i was younger. strange isn't it? looking older when young and looking younger when old. not too sure if it is the language i spoke. spoke mainly mandarin when i was younger but switched to english as i grow up because of work requirements. or maybe i stopped laughing so hard at jokes. might also be the fact that grown ups are not supposed to show their emotions. cheers ;p
• China
16 Oct 08
It is not weird though. Lots of people tell me the same thing. Lol Have a nice day!
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• China
17 Oct 08
She always has a smile on her face
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• China
17 Oct 08
U know what? The last sentence that I wrote was supposed to be wrote somewhere else. Lol, this is my mistake!
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@justinus (1105)
• Karawaci, Indonesia
15 Oct 08
I look older than all my old brothers although I am the youngest, I don't know, we all undergo very hard life for years, perhaps I got the most severe unhappy life than my brothers (sorry this make me sad)... but thank you, you are reminding me to stay more cooler right now.
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• China
15 Oct 08
I hope u will aways be happy. Forget something, destiny still awaits. Have a nice life!
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@justinus (1105)
• Karawaci, Indonesia
15 Oct 08
Sie, sie, thanks a lot. I hope so. Ni how ma?! Good luck and be happay also young lady!
@dong1970 (1573)
• Philippines
19 Oct 08
I look younger at my age now and my only secret is to keep on smiling.Smiling keeps me young.
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• China
19 Oct 08
Smiling will keep some people young! I guess your smile expression must be right. Lol Someone smiles with a wrong way! Then, both their eyes and cheeks suffer! Have a great day!
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@shaggin (59880)
• United States
19 Oct 08
I think that I look a lot older then 25. When I was young I took that as a compliment but now lol I am actually getting deep creases in my forehead and I know that I look a lot older then I did in high school and I don't like it at all. My complexion is so blah. I recently cut my bangs to cover my wrinkles to help make me look younger but I cut them a little to short and now I just look stupid so I have to wait for them to grow out a little more lol. If I have wrinkles this bad at 25 I cant stand the thought of how I will look another 10 years from now. I remember a relative of mine said that she couldnt even wear makeup to cover up the wrinkles because the makeup would settle in the creases and make the wrinkles appear even worse. I wish we could stay young and beautiful forever hehe.
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• China
19 Oct 08
Oh, he he.Thanks for your humorous response! Well, come on, you are only 25. Besides, you don't look older at all. I guess you just keep low-profile or be modest somehow! Anyway, I hope you will always be happy. Then, u will stay young!
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@bellis716 (4801)
• United States
17 Oct 08
Age guessing is funny. When I was 12, people thought I was 18, but when I actually became 18, people thought I was about 12. I believe that people thought I was older when I was still a child because I matured physically early. Most girls did not mature that early 60 years ago. The problem was, once I matured, I stayed the same size. People frequently equate size with age. One of my ancestors was a native American. She gave me a skin that did not age as fast as my friends with very fair skins. Sad to say, but life finally caught up with me. I'm still small, but nobody thinks this gray haired granny is a schoolgirl anymore.
• China
17 Oct 08
There is so much that our hearts can grow. Then, everything else starts to overflow. Time flies! But if we just keep our hearts young...
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@BYOLA2871 (4371)
• South Africa
16 Oct 08
everyone in my family look younger than their age and i guess it is an hereditary thing when my dad became sixty people still believed he was inhis early 40s .i am almost 40 now but a lot of times people easily take me to be less than 30,ireally cant explain this but its just there
• China
16 Oct 08
Oh, yeah, sometimes, it is very hard to explain! Anyway, I guess it is a good thing! Enjoy your gift!
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• China
16 Oct 08
When I am in school, I always look younger than my age. But after my baby is borned, I look older than my age. I think it is due to the work pressure and workload and also due to family load.
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• China
16 Oct 08
All any of us needs to take everything easier! Everyone has pressure somehow. But different people treats it differently.
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• China
16 Oct 08
Many people said that I was much younger than my age, although I have already been a senior student in the university, a lot of people thought I was a freshman.I don't whether it is good or not, no one wants to grow old, but looking younger, sometimes even childish would be of no help when looking for a job, or going on for further study. One of the reasons is that, since I have stay at school for a long time and had little contact with the society, I am really lack of work and life experience, which makes me look immature.
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• China
16 Oct 08
Don't worry about work experience. No one born to own experiences! U will make it. Have a nice day
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• Ireland
15 Oct 08
i look older, i'm 16 and i was told yesterday by someone they thought i was 20 or 21
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• China
15 Oct 08
Lol, it doesn't mean that u look older. U are just more mature somehow. Have a nice life
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@sharra1 (6341)
• Australia
15 Oct 08
Well I am not Chinese but I have always looked young for my age. Reason? Well my skin is still young and supple, I stay out of the sun a lot which is rare in Australia where most people sun bake as much as they can to turn their skin tanned. I do not mind being white and do not try and get a tan. Sun baking ages the skin rapidly. I have spent a lot of my life meditating and dealing with stress which is a known aging thing. So I am not that surprised that I look 10 years younger than I am. Oh and I keep myself young by enjoying my life and not acting my age as some people say I should. Ha, get over it, life is to be enjoyed, the older I get the younger I feel and I intend to be as young as I feel.
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• China
15 Oct 08
Oh, good point! I appreciate it! I think I will learn something from you. Like you said, life is to be enjoyed
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@salonga (27788)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
Ohhh, do you mean those facial exercises for looking younger are not really effective? You mean those Chinese faces are immobile when they are talking so these means their facial muscles hardly moves. This contradicts the theory of facial muscle exercise which encourages a lot of facial movement. What can you say about this? I'm confused? But one thing is certain though. Lack of enough sleep can make one looks older than his age. Those who love night life and hardly sleep enough grow old too soon. Those who dehydrate themselves by not drinking enough water get's their skin wrinkled so soon; as well as those who don't like to eat fruits and veggies which are the source of Vitamin A and C which are good for the skin. And smokers do also mature easily. But there is one truth. Most smokers do not grow old! Why? Because they die young! Ha!ha!ha! I'm glad I am never a smoker and also I look younger than my age because I am living a healthy and contended life. Thanks be to God!
• China
15 Oct 08
Well, it depends on the way that the facial muscles move! U know, someone likes smile, then they look younger. On the other hand, someone likes yock! There may be some wrinkles on their chins! Anyway, I am glad that you look younger! Have a nice life!
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@lovely30 (26)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
well, im my sitution i look younger than my age, i know it from many persons that i met, coz if the notice my life im always keep smiling until they asked me a question how old i am, and they never belive that im at that age coz i look young, and they asked whats my secret, i told them nothing, then they said really yup, well maybe because i never keep seriously my problems and i make my self in joy to, make some jokes in which i cant remeber my problem, and when i can join a group i will lead some jokes too that keep smile to evrybody
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• China
15 Oct 08
U share your jokes with others. It means you share your happiness and your smile with others. It is great!
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@roanne05 (1290)
• Oman
15 Oct 08
i also look younger than my age! it seems because i am petite..hehehe!
• China
15 Oct 08
Anyway, if u look younger... Some people would like to look younger while some people would like to look more mature! If u are happy...
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@donn_juan (325)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
i look younger than my age..alleluia! but i dont know why...i often sleep late, im busy..maybe because i love to laugh...;o)
• China
15 Oct 08
Laugh, the world laugh with u! Today, I was force to dance somehow. Thus, I have to perform in the new year paty! I am not good at dancing. It is really funny to do that! The dancing director can't help laughing at me! I didn't really care! Lol Anyway, I had a chance to laugh too! Also, I do hope I have more reasons to laugh
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@subha12 (18444)
• India
15 Oct 08
i look much younger than age. I am an indian. Indians do not generally look younger. may be its in my genes. my mom also looks younger
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• China
15 Oct 08
Yeah, u are right, some people are born to look younger! It is hard to explain! But it happens