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Are You Really Aging Like Your Mother?

Are You Really Aging Like Your Mother?

This story popped up recently, and I wasn't gonna cover it at first because the research underpinning it is narrow and lends itself to a lot of pat, stereotypical conclusions about mothers and daughters. The story seems to be reporting wholesale that we're all going to age just like our mothers (dun dun dun!), so I figured I had to clear a few things up so you get the real info.

Look, this study is based on data culled from just 10 sets of mothers and daughters who were brought in because they were already similar-looking. It's junk science, seriously. I hope I do age like my mom (the lady is fine, I tell you, F-I-N-E fine), but since I'm a totally different individual and not some fembot clone of her, all bets are off. We could create a wider, probably more accurate study of our own here, so that's exactly what I'm doing. Are you aging like your mom? Are you aging at all? Let's create a little "science," OK?

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Allytta Allytta 6 years
i'm not ageing at all yet. i'm 22 going on 23. my mum is 42. she looks amazing, mostly no wrinkles. my dad is 42 too, but has some noticeable once, but he works in a very stressful and harmful environment. i have no wrinkles. but a lot of my 20-24 year old friends already do. so i guess you could say i'm ageing just like my mum - with no visible wrinkles. btw my mum started applying creams on her face only after she turned 24. before that no skincare whatsoever. perks of growing up in USSR
mek123 mek123 6 years
I'm not aging like my mom but one of my sisters is starting to look exactly like her, it is eerie.
cordata cordata 6 years
These, studies are so ridiculous. What about people who look like their Father, especially biracial kids who's skin tone and features look nothing like their moms? I look a lot more like my dad, and I'm taking my aging cues from him.
cordata cordata 6 years
These, studies are so ridiculous. What about people who look like their Father, especially biracial kids who's skin tone and features look nothing like their moms?I look a lot more like my dad, and I'm taking my aging cues from him.
doogirl doogirl 6 years
I look nothing like my Mom, stick a moustache on me and I'm the spitting image of my Dad! My Mom is a babe for being in her late 50's, but she was a sun worshipper (although she denies it, I vividly remember her baking herself in the sun) and I wear SPF religiously and a hat all year long! There are some similarities, I have cellulite like she does (thanks Mom!), I got stretch marks like she did (thanks again!), and alligator skin on my shins if I don't moisturize regularly! Gee, all my bad stuff! ha ha ha But she's a babe, if I look half as good as she does, I'll be a total babe too!
katiekat95 katiekat95 6 years
I'm only 25 so I think it's too early to tell. BUT...I would love to age like my mother has. She's 57 and looks fabulous!
cloroxcowgirl cloroxcowgirl 6 years
It's hard to tell for me. I'm 31 and starting to get a few fine lines, etc. I am definitely getting them in the same places my mom did in her 30's, so in that sense yes. But I also am much more religious about sunscreen, I don't drink coffee, try to keep stress to a minimum (having no children helps). And I don't look like a carbon copy of her (I definitely take after my dad as well). So I don't think I'll age exactly the same.
KateLynn2011 KateLynn2011 6 years
Too young to tell. But I'm getting more and more nito healthy, natural foods as I get older- like my dad.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 6 years
Too young to tell yet- we'll wait at LEAST until I'm 30. Hope I age like my mother. Pushing 50, she hasn't lost any of her beauty, rather she has translated it into a more mature look.
Ayu Ayu 6 years
People always say we look alike, but except from having big noses and sunken eyes we don't look physically similar. We do have same facial expressions, though. I'd look at my photos and see the same silly faces my mother makes.
psterling psterling 6 years
My mom and I have the same skin and I think its aging like hers (which is great because she's 57 with no wrinkles) but otherwise, I doubt it. My mother never really exercised or ate right so she's got some health issues I plan on avoiding.
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
Too young to know, I am 22. Anyway, I think it depends on how you take care of yourself. My mom wished she had used anti-aging products starting at my age. She doesn't have very many wrinkles, and is constantly complimented on her skin. I can't see any aging on me, but I also am very aware of what I put on my face and how I treat my face as well. Aging is not just your face, but your body too. Which I think can be mentioned under the beauty category of things. In that respect, I am not aging anything like my mother. I totally damaged myself with sports (cheerleading, mostly) so at her age late 40's, doctors think I will have some form of arthritis.
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
Too young to know, I am 22. Anyway, I think it depends on how you take care of yourself. My mom wished she had used anti-aging products starting at my age. She doesn't have very many wrinkles, and is constantly complimented on her skin. I can't see any aging on me, but I also am very aware of what I put on my face and how I treat my face as well. Aging is not just your face, but your body too. Which I think can be mentioned under the beauty category of things. In that respect, I am not aging anything like my mother. I totally damaged myself with sports (cheerleading, mostly) so at her age late 40's, doctors think I will have some form of arthritis.
nikkisoda nikkisoda 6 years
My Mom looks fantastic but I don't think I am aging like her. She's a smoker, I am not, and she tans, I do not. So I just look at how fantastic she looks and I think Yay! My skin is going to look really really good when I am her age. I think I am aging more like my Aunt, on my Mothers sister.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
It's hard to tell, I'm still young and my mom and I aren't identical. I think my mom looks pretty good for her age, so I wouldn't mind aging like her. She used to be a smoker and has spent a lot of time in the sun, so hopefully I'll age even better.
pink-elephant pink-elephant 6 years
Just what I need, more evidence that I'm turning into my mother!Actually I don't think I'd mind aging like her...she has good skin that ages really well...I hope I'm that lucky and if I'm even half as good looking as my grandmother is at her age that will be a very good thing indeed.
pink-elephant pink-elephant 6 years
Just what I need, more evidence that I'm turning into my mother! Actually I don't think I'd mind aging like her...she has good skin that ages really well...I hope I'm that lucky and if I'm even half as good looking as my grandmother is at her age that will be a very good thing indeed.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
My mom has had huge pores, wrinkles and sunspots since her 20's. I'm pretty lucky because I don't look anything like that considering I'm almost 30. I take extra precautions to protect my skin from the sun and it definitely has helped.
heatherhas heatherhas 6 years
Nope. My mom and I look a lot alike, but she was baking in the sun in the 70s and I have not tanned in the sun since HS. Hopefully my skin will age a little better than hers.
kulikuli kulikuli 6 years
I'm only 22, so not quite sure how similar it'll be yet, but i doubt it. We look nothing alike. I'm multi-racial, so i'm kinda waiting to see what'll happen. But i already have dark under eye circles and other things from my arab side that my mom never had. Different skin tone, different hair, just different. I guess ill end up aging like myself. We'll see.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
I'm only 19 so I can't really tell yet but I think my mom looks pretty good so I wouldn't mind aging like her.
sham28 sham28 6 years
I chose "I can't really tell" because she's had work done! Drives me nuts. I guess I'll never know.
sham28 sham28 6 years
I chose "I can't really tell" because she's had work done!Drives me nuts. I guess I'll never know.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
my mom is pretty adorable but we look nothing alike so it's hard to tell if i'm aging like she is...she never really tells me about her wrinkle or grey hair issues from her 20s and i've never really asked...i guess probably but i'm not that old yet
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