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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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156Comments
Jan 23, 2013 9:07PM
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It is what it is, just enjoy life and be a good person.
Jan 23, 2013 9:05PM
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cigarette smoking and second hand smoke  exposure play a huge role in physical destruction
Jan 23, 2013 9:05PM
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most women have resources available to stall the fine lines from appearing, most men could care less about how they look, I honestly think men age sexier after 30, majority of women however, lose their "prime" after 40, as in the average women who don't bank millions to afford that kind of care.. either way, confidenceis key and outshines all flaws
Jan 23, 2013 9:04PM
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What did you expect? All that nagging can kill a man!
Jan 23, 2013 8:53PM
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Women age faster than men.  That is a fact.

Men over 50 can date women in their 30s and still look like a normal couple.

Try the other way around, I dare you not!

Jan 23, 2013 8:52PM
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I tell my husband of 35 yrs if you old and cranky I am out of here. The way to lesson aging is by staying in tune with the real world with a view to the future , not the world we used to reside in, that is best to share with the younger generation.  Just stay connected and try new things even if you are not good at it. Last year I saw a video of a ukelele player, a few months later I walked by a music store and bought one. Now I play in a folk group. My family is amazed, I never gave them a hint that I had any musical ability.
Jan 23, 2013 8:52PM
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I am a 49 yr old woman, and ppl always tell me I look younger than my age.  Makes me feel Great.
 I also think genetics has a lot to do with it.
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.

 

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