When Asians Look Younger Than Their Age

01f15a3d2d5503c593632a38cd929266There is a generalisation that some Asians tend to look younger than their age. I find that generally speaking, it seems to be very common that at some point an Asian person may have been told that they look younger, or that someone was surprised to know that they were actually this or that age. Sometimes, when an Asian person says they are in their mid 20’s, they may look several years younger. I recently read an article called Asians’ Youthful Looks: A Blessing or A Curse In Disguise? and could relate to it in many ways.

Could it be genetics, skin care habits, lifestyle, diet, a mixture? Maybe it’s our parents cooking and the habit of wearing sunscreen (even indoors), wearing long sleeves and holding umbrellas outdoors to hide from the harsh rays. When I grew up, I know that I was constantly reminded by my Mother to put on sunscreen. As Mabel wrote, I completely agree. Socialising can be difficult at the best of times. Don’t get me wrong, I think I look like my age, and I can get away with looking older (when wearing makeup).

It’s normal in Taiwan to see a lot of anti-ageing and whitening products, and I’ve no doubt it is the same in most of Asia. Skin care in Asia is huge and far more important than the amount of makeup that is placed on the face. In Eastern Asia, having a minimal and natural makeup look is popular. I’ve noticed growing up in Western countries, that (generally speaking) wearing makeup is used to look more mature. Western people don’t mind the sun as much as Asian people. Please don’t quote me on anything, because again that is a generalisation!

In Asia, it is a common routine to wear sunscreen every day and in Australia, a lot of people love to suntan at the beaches and parks, which can cause early signs of wrinkles if the skin is not protected. The food I ate growing up was full of vegetables and meat, with a bowl of rice or noodles. Most of the time vegetables are steamed or boiled, and there is hardly any oil and fat in the meal. There are many habits, such as eating traditional Chinese foods that have anti-ageing properties, drinking certain types of teas and other foods that are beneficial for certain parts of the body.

Dairy is also less consumed because a big percentage of Asian people are lactose intolerant. In general, Asian people are more conservative, in the sense that the majority do not drink a lot of alcohol, don’t use drugs and deal with stress differently, as it is normal to be working long hours and working hard all week and all year round. Another theory I have is that Asians have more petite figures and are commonly shorter in stature. This can also create an illusion of youth. The fashion is also much different, and doesn’t tend to show as much skin.

Ageing gracefully is best. Be sure to take care of your body and skin to the best condition. Drink water to hydrate the body, exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, wear sunscreen, cleanse and moisturise as well as getting plenty of sleep. A healthy lifestyle is important, as well as having a positive attitude towards life. In many Asian countries, most of the time, people work incredibly hard and long hours. The top factors for ageing quickly are Stress, Sun Exposure, Smoking, Sugar, Lack Of Sleep, Diet, Alcohol and Lack Of Exercise.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree or disagree?

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14 thoughts on “When Asians Look Younger Than Their Age

  1. “Western people don’t mind the sun as much as Asian people”. Yes, this might sound like a sweeping statement, but I do think there is some truth to that. Some parts of Asia are generally not as cold as winter in the Western world. For instance, places such as Malaysia and Singapore put up with tropical, sunny weather all year round. Perhaps that is why they do not mind less sun, more cold weather at times.

    Looking younger for our age is anyone’s guess. Maybe it really is diet, maybe it really is in the genes. The most important thing is that we learn to love ourselves for how we look :)

    1. Thank you for your comment Mabel :) Your articles are always very thoughtful and enjoyable to read. I completely agree, especially in a society where the media constantly tells us we are not beautiful enough. It’s such a simple yet important thing to learn to love ourselves. ❤️

  2. I read something about genetics, and i remember it saying that asian skin has more collagen or something like that and doesnt sag as easily or quickly as white skin.

  3. Thanks for this Katie. I love your writing style!
    Whilst I agree that genes can play a role, I think, like you said, habits and lifestyle contribute a great deal. Growing up, I watched my African mother treat her skin with the utmost care and today at 71, she looks 50!

  4. Quite a self-congratulatory, self-promoting stance to take. I read your article about being an HSP which resonated with me. But the not so subtle overtones in this piece that promote Asian values and practices while devaluing and disparaging those of the West bespeaks of a very limited worldview and I find your apparent lack of awareness in this matter quite shocking. Offering ways of preserving the integrity of the skin would have, in my opinion, been a more inclusive and effective stance to take as opposed to your asian-centric one which reeks of an alienating, cultural superiority mindset.

    1. Hi Grace, I’m sorry this Article may have offended you in anyway. However, please don’t take any of it personally, it’s simply a generalisation and observation. I’m glad you could relate to the HSP article :)

  5. Love your blog. I think East Asians have a longer lifespan and therefore are actually physiologically younger than their chronological age as compared to Caucasians or Africans. Pedomorphic differences such as a more spherical skull are also inherently genetically determined. East Asians are also more cautious and avoid UV radiation, unfortunately this means missing out on a lot of fun in the sun sometimes.

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