There 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?