On Being Young
I turned 29 this year. One more revolution of this Earth and I reach that dreadful milestone of “the 30s.” And believe me…I look like hell…
Now it seems like those is their 20s are more and more concerned with their youth….
CHICAGO – Forget “40 is the new 30.” Now even twentysomethings are joining the quest for eternal youth by using anti-aging products and wrinkle treatments. Some young adults say they want to reverse the effects the sun has already had on their skin. Others already are feeling social pressure to retain their fresh-faced looks.
“Instead of starting when you’re 40 or 45, you might as well start now,” says Joanne Katsigiannis, a 24-year-old from suburban Chicago who’s been using anti-aging products for about two years.
Like a lot of people her age, Katsigiannis once spent hours at tanning booths and out in the sun without using much sunscreen. She thought she looked better tan, until she realized her skin was starting to scar.
For Leslie Speyers, it’s as much about keeping up appearances as anything.
“Vanity is probably the main reason I started using anti-aging products, as superficial as it is,” says Speyers, a 24-year-old who works for a publishing company in Grand Rapids, Mich. She notes that maintaining a youthful look is a common worry among her friends ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬? including one who’s begun to dye her dark brown hair to hide some gray and another who uses skin-firming lotion on her legs because she thinks they look too flabby.
Oh, do worry about old age twenty-somethings. For you are our future and we certainly want you to look like you’re in your 20s when you’re in your 40s.