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Do women really age more quickly than men?

New study finds that may not be the case.

By Kim Anne Jan 23, 2013 7:12PM
Neil Mockford/FilmMagic/Getty Images; Michael Kovac/WireImage

We’ve grown up hearing all about the phenomenon that women age more quickly than men, but as it turns out, the opposite seems to be the case.

According to a study conducted by anti-aging product Forever Youth Liberator by YSL, men believe that they actually age faster than women, not the other way around. The study polled 1,000 women and 1,000 men and found that over half the men believed they start to look old first, with two thirds of men saying they think their wife or girlfriend looks better for their age than they do. 

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“We wanted to discover the age at which men and women most widely consider to be the point of aging,” said a spokesperson for YSL, according to the Daily Mail. “There has always been an assumption that women are more susceptible to age faster than men. But this research shows that this stereotype is changing.”

But why? 'Women have always been much more aware of the aging process and as a result this may mean they are making provisions that men aren't,” said the spokesperson. “Females have had it drummed in to them about the effects that things like smoking, sun exposure and a bad diet can have on their skin and overall appearance, so perhaps women are taking action to fight the signs of aging.”David Mcnew/AFP/Getty Images,

 

The study also found that more men may worry about aging than we think, with two thirds of those polled saying they worry as much as women about the aging process. 

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But it looks like not all those stereotypes have been washed away quite yet. The research also revealed that two thirds of all adults think men become distinguished as they get older, while only 31 per cent said the same of women.

Tell us: Do you think you age better than your partner?

Photos: David Mcnew/AFP/Getty Images, Neil Mockford/FilmMagic/Getty Images; Michael Kovac/WireImage

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Jan 23, 2013 8:34PM
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A 50 or older old man will generally look more youthful than a woman of the same age IF (and its a mightly big IF) they are physically active, not fat/paunchy, bald, or really grey hair than blends in with ther face to give them a 'grey appearance.'

 

It is a reality that overall holds up although there are many exceptions- particularly since women have a tendency to take better care of their looks.

 

Let's face another reality.  From 18-25 women have all the advantages in the dating world if they are similarly attractive as their male counterpart.  This starts to even out by age 30 and by 50 or older men have an advantage.  Those who are in denial of this, well, are in denial.

 

Of course, these are overall generalities, and there are many exceptions.

 

Jan 23, 2013 8:33PM
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Women are done by age 25. After that, even with all the procedures, it's all down hill; heading to be a old bag.
Jan 23, 2013 8:19PM
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I think it has to do with how you take care of yourself.  You have to fight the aging process, and not give up on yourself.  I think a lot of people give up on themselves, they say, I'm over 40, why bother?  So they don't work out, don't eat right, don't take care of their appearance...  they just let it all fall apart.  It's sad to see people let themselves go & not care.  In high school, there was this girl who was a horrifying snob, both rich and beautiful.  She had hair like Farrah Fawcett Majors & a perfect figure.  She would say stuff like, "You're not pretty enough to be my friend."  If you did not have perfect hair, you would hear about it, from her.  Thirty years went by...  I saw her.  She looks like hell now.  And she's not rich anymore...  it's karma, huh?
Jan 23, 2013 8:17PM
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I believe nature has a mechanism in place to help with this issue.

 

Just about the time you start getting ugly, your eyes fail!

Jan 23, 2013 8:11PM
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i always looked young for my age. so i guess when i'm 90 i can look forward to looking not a day over 85. oh boy!
Jan 23, 2013 8:05PM
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I think women also have many things we can do to look younger.  Cosmetics can make a huge difference.  Hair color and dye are huge... Most women do not go bald... Many women are much more open minded about lazer surgery, botox etc... Men can get the attitude that seeking those kind of treatments are unmanly.
Jan 23, 2013 8:02PM
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Men age faster because they have to put up with women.

Jan 23, 2013 8:02PM
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It can also be genetic.  I have always looked young for my age, some of my friends look terrible and we are the same age... 
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