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Signs of aging that sort of appear overnight

guinnessguinness Posts: 351Registered Users
Has anyone else experienced this? Does it happen this way for most people? I feel like I've aged a lot in the last few months....no one's totally objective when it comes to looking at themselves, but it seems like instead of slight gradual aging, now I've got more gray, deeper lines, and less skin and muscle tone. GRRR :angryfire:. I'll be 44 in a couple months...I'm not ready to look old!
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  • SnarlsSnarls Posts: 2,537Registered Users
    I feel the same way. Up through my late thirties, I could pass for much younger than my actual age. Sure there were some fine lines around my eyes but that was about it.

    I swear, my cheek pads slipped overnight. You know, the fat pads that make your facial cheeks all round? Well, they don't resist gravity forever and they move down. Mine must have fallen a good inch and now I have these really strong lines from my nostrils to the edges of my mouth and it makes it look like I'm frowning all the time. (I probably am frowning a lot of the time but that's another story)

    My skin looks old too. It feels like I got hit in the face with 10 years all at once!
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  • wavycurly40+wavycurly40+ Posts: 2,017Registered Users
    I don't know about overnight...... But I do have some crow's feet that appeared pretty darn quick! It's like, one summer in my mid 30's, I tanned a lot (stupid, stupid), and started to see the faintest hint of... something....

    Before I knew it, BOOM, deeper, and there all the time!

    (I tell myself they make me look experienced, and wise, and maybe a little kindly......)

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  • whatsercurlwhatsercurl Posts: 4,049Registered Users
    guinness wrote: »
    Has anyone else experienced this? Does it happen this way for most people? I feel like I've aged a lot in the last few months....no one's totally objective when it comes to looking at themselves, but it seems like instead of slight gradual aging, now I've got more gray, deeper lines, and less skin and muscle tone. GRRR :angryfire:. I'll be 44 in a couple months...I'm not ready to look old!

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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I've noticed a difference in the way I look in the mornings. I can see myself aging...I look older than I used to since I hit 40. I used to wake up looking fresh. Now...not so much. That's the only time I really see it though. After a bit of grooming, I look a lot better.

    I have noticed that as I age, I need more and more maintenance...gotta dye the gray hair of course, but that's getting more often because the temples are now gray. And, now I have to dye the gray eyebrows. I have to do more exfoliation to look fresh too...I can't skimp on my skincare when I'm tired, or I see the difference. I'm 46.
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  • pigreyhoundpigreyhound Posts: 764Registered Users
    For me, it seemed that my jawline softened and sagged all of a sudden.....along with the lines between my nose and mouth. One morning, I looked into the mirror and there they were! EEK!! (I am 42)

    And fat on my back....where did that come from? I never had extra weight on my back or around my waist. (Now my hips and thighs always enjoyed a bit of extra insulation)

    (sigh) Now, I hope like my mother, I go through a period of weight shift then I will get slim again.
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    My butt fell. I'm going to start some serious exercising.
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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    -Soft jawline and little pooch under chin
    - lines running down from nose
    - tummy and midsection
    -Chest skin is more crinkly; have to watch out for sun
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  • guinnessguinness Posts: 351Registered Users
    And fat on my back....where did that come from? I never had extra weight on my back or around my waist. (Now my hips and thighs always enjoyed a bit of extra insulation)

    Yeah I forgot about that too. It's like my body is rearranging itself, and not in a good way. Although I don't have a lot of extra body fat, I noticed in a dressing room the other day that I have that back of the arm dimply look -- cellulite back there??

    RCW, I think that's my problem, I've gotten away with being extremely, slovenly lazy in my beauty routine. I'm not even sure where to start now :dontknow:

    I did get a Clarisonic, but oddly my skin seems worse not better after using it a few months....
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,238Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    Everything seemed to sag, bag, stretch, get lumpy, and fall in a span of about 8 minutes. Really. Looked good at 2 pm, looked like crap at 2:08. I blamed my boss. : )

    Really tho, it does seem to happen fast. And I'm amazed at how quickly I adjusted and just said "F*** it. That's how I'm supposed to look and that's that."
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  • SnarlsSnarls Posts: 2,537Registered Users
    I got elephant knees overnight.
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  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users
    Fat middle!

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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    I've aged a lot in the last two years. I have lines from my nose to mouth. I have sun damage on my face that is really starting to show up. I don't have the pump cheeks and dewy skin that I had a few years ago. Oh well, we age but life still goes on.
  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    At first I was gonna say no, but someone elses post prompted me to remember....

    I went thru a mini- moment last year, when people stopped being surprised when they found out my age. I used to always get that shock, then disbelief. Then at 45, it kinda stopped.

    Oh well, like my Mom says, youth is wasted on the young.
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  • happy phantomhappy phantom Posts: 2Registered Users
    My defining moment was when I was waiting in line to go to the women's room in a tavern and there was a younger woman in front of me. She went in the stall, and the woman who was standing behind me said, "is that your daughter"????

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  • fig jamfig jam Posts: 2,555Registered Users
    rudeechick wrote: »
    I went thru a mini- moment last year, when people stopped being surprised when they found out my age. I used to always get that shock, then disbelief. Then at 45, it kinda stopped.

    This has been my EXACT experience in the last two years. Until then, people thought I was at least 10 years younger than I was and would look shocked to hear my real age.

    I guess I'm lucky I escaped as long as I did (I'm 54), but it feels sudden. The lines from nose to mouth, the two deep grooves between my eyebrows that make me look angry, the sagging eyelids just starting, some soft pooches on my jawline, the crepey neck . . .

    Crap. It feels like it was OVERNIGHT.

    Hee hee -- I still look in the mirror and feel surprised. Who is that??? Mom? Why I laugh?
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  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    I really noticed a difference in the past year which feels like overnight. My skin is a wreck (I am blaming hormones!), I cannot lose freaking 10 lbs for the life of me, graying hair-not so much an issue but that runs in the family but I do finally have a couple, and my waistline moved outta town - I am square shaped now - lovely. I am 47. When I turned 40 I thought - this isn't so bad - then 46 came along and took that thought right out of my head!
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  • 2poodles2poodles Posts: 2,480Registered Users
    I'm right with you, xcptnl, with the skin issues and the belly. I didn't have acne as a teen - it showed up when my hormones went wacky in my early forties. I never had much of a belly either, until this past year or so. I'm 46 now. I guess the old metabolism is slowing down.... Drat.
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  • MarMar Posts: 3,003Registered Users
    The skin changes-definitely.
    Oh,and yeah-the age thing.
    I look my age now ,where I looked a good 5-10 yrs younger just a couple years ago :(
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  • ShrekLoverShrekLover Posts: 2,551Registered Users
    fig jam wrote: »
    rudeechick wrote: »
    I went thru a mini- moment last year, when people stopped being surprised when they found out my age. I used to always get that shock, then disbelief. Then at 45, it kinda stopped.

    This has been my EXACT experience in the last two years. Until then, people thought I was at least 10 years younger than I was and would look shocked to hear my real age.

    I guess I'm lucky I escaped as long as I did (I'm 54), but it feels sudden. The lines from nose to mouth, the two deep grooves between my eyebrows that make me look angry, the sagging eyelids just starting, some soft pooches on my jawline, the crepey neck . . .

    Crap. It feels like it was OVERNIGHT.

    Hee hee -- I still look in the mirror and feel surprised. Who is that??? Mom? Why I laugh?

    fig jam, I'm 55 and my exact moment happened about 3 years ago. I was shocked the first time someone didn't say "You can't be that old".

    And BACK FAT, where the hell did that come from? I've always been thin, but I noticed yesterday that my back looks "meaty" as do my shoulders.
  • pinkfishpinkfish Posts: 1Registered Users
    I have heard that if someone was under extreme pressure and stress, usually happened because she's deeply hurt by some guy, that all of her hair turned white overnight.

    it might be a myth, but at least there was story about that, so I guess the most important thing is to be happy.
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  • CynaminbearCynaminbear Posts: 4,476Registered Users
    I've noticed a change in my skin in the past year or so. It's different, but I can't put my finger on it.
    My hair has changed, too.
    Midsection is putting on some padding that is distressing.
    I'm waiting for the day that someone isn't surprised at my age. So far, people still think I'm in early to mid 30s but that's going to change. If I dress in generic long sleeved t-shirts and yoga pants, it's obvious. I look like every other 40+ soccer mom then.
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  • susancnwsusancnw Posts: 1,366Registered Users
    I've not been able to lose the weight of last baby (she's 9 now!), so I'd like to arrange it again...with me it was the vision. I've worn glasses since 2-3 grade...somewhere in there...and I swear I got new glasses and less than 3 months later I woke up and the font on EVERYTHING on earth that was written down had shrunk about 60%...I was so annoyed! (to say the least) I can still pass for younger than 49...for now ;D
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    I'm wearing contacts today, and I just noticed that I can't see things very close up anymore - I have to scootch the item I am looking back about 6 inches.
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  • curlee4lifecurlee4life Posts: 219Registered Users
    Hasn't happened yet, people still think I am "only 30" (turned 46 a few months ago), but I am sure my day is coming...it is only a matter of time :laughing5:

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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    I just read this entire thread, and I think I have just had the best laugh I have had in three years!!

    I came home from work tonight, all revved up from a caffeine high, and popped onto this site to catch up a bit. You see....lately I've been having rather low self esteem. I always thought I would age gracefully. Of course, gaining 50 pounds and three chins was something that would never happen to me, and was not supposed to be part of aging gracefully. I always thought I would be a skinny, bony old lady.

    Well, now I look in the mirror and say, "Who is that?" "Whoa, that's my face on someone else's body! Mother Nature has played a cruel trick on me!"
    Then sometimes I think my face looks puffy like Elvis in the last days.

    All the comments that everyone made here also applied to me, which is why I laughed so hard (I laughed out loud....really loud...I hope the neighbors don't think I've lost my marbles).

    I think my moment of revelation came when I bent my knees to put some cans of soda on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator. I got stuck. I thought, OMG, how will I get up without pulling the refrigerator over on me? Should I just roll to the side and break a hip? Same in the bathtub. I could get stuck in there and you would need Crisco to get me out.....oh I could go on and on.

    Nope, nobody tells me I don't look my age (50) anymore. Only the 70-year old guys think I look young....hahahaha.

    Ooooooh.....I can't wait to have a lettuce leaf for lunch tomorrow.

    Don't get me wrong....my mid-life crisis is lasting about 8 years, but I'll adjust.

    Oh, when I laugh too hard now, I start to pea.....:binky:
  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    rudeechick wrote: »
    At first I was gonna say no, but someone elses post prompted me to remember....

    I went thru a mini- moment last year, when people stopped being surprised when they found out my age. I used to always get that shock, then disbelief. Then at 45, it kinda stopped.

    Oh well, like my Mom says, youth is wasted on the young.

    I had not thought of that - but yeah, you are right - no one is shocked anymore. In fact they are probably thinking 'she is only 47??' Yikes!
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  • WurlyLoxWurlyLox Posts: 4,858Registered Users
    LOL, there's something new about every day! However, sometimes something old leaves to be replaced by something else. At 52, there's a lot of coming and going of aches and pains, especially. Unfortunately, the wrinkles pretty much stay, although they can be somewhat reversed and delayed with the right skin care - for you - and omega 3's, preferrably in your food, but supplements help, too.

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  • guinnessguinness Posts: 351Registered Users
    I should be reaching my weight loss goal and getting my tax return right about the same time....my reward will be Botox. Never thought I would do that, but I can no longer stand the furrowed brow look. I have no idea how to find the right place to go, besides obviously checking out the state medical review board.
  • hipchickhipchick Posts: 350Registered Users
    Signs of age do seem to suddenly appear. All the way up to 42 I thought I was doing pretty well. I thought since I am on a good diet, don't bake in the sun I could remain youthful looking. But close to my 43rd birthday I noticed my skin beginning to thin and the area under my eyes had gone south a bit! Since I have high cheekbones it seems to have landed right where they start so my skin is not as smooth as it used to be...oh well. I have read that plastic surgeons do mid-face lifts at the age and also face plumping with lasers to restuff where the skin is thinner or there are hollow areas. For now I am just going to live with it. But in a couple years who knows...
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