I have wrinkles at 22 - is there anything I can do to stop time?
July 29, 2012 4:55 PM Subscribe
I'm only 22 and already noticing forehead wrinkles and little lines beneath my eyes. Is there anything I can do or am I doomed to look like a disaster by the time I'm 30?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (25 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
These are not very deep wrinkles, and when I tell my friends they insist that they can't notice them at all. However, I definitely do. I remember noticing the lines in my forehead when I was only 18 or 19, and I don't know if they got a little more pronounced or if I just forgot about them for a while.
I have never been one to take meticulous care of my skin because it's never been something I worried about - I was pretty much acne free for my teen years and now have a smooth, clear complexion that garners compliments. So it's great, you know, except for the wrinkles! I have been using SPF moisturizer or sunscreen every day for years and have not led a particularly rough life. I'll admit that I smoked throughout college (but not heavily) and still have the occasional weekend cigarette or two, but while I know this is a bad habit I don't think it's entirely to blame - I know plenty of girls my age who tan and smoke like chimneys and none of them have wrinkles!
1) Is it "normal" to have minor wrinkles in your 20s? Am I just being neurotic and projecting my own fears of getting old?
2) Am I doomed to have horrible wrinkles when I get older? My mother seems about average for her age, despite years of suntanning and much harder living than me.
3) What can I do? Do any anti-aging creams work or are they just bogus? I always felt morally opposed to getting Botox, etc. because I don't think there's a problem with ageing. I will embrace getting older when I do get older - but can't I look young while I am young?