This is a real issue for me, often mistaken for half my chronological age. In business requiring face to face interaction the bias of being a “teenager” is almost impossible to overcome. I look younger than my old passport photo from more than a decade previous, so yea not sure what is going on.
Once when doing IT work a guys desktop pic was porno, he said oh uh heh don’t tell your parents you saw that. I asked him his age, then told him mine and he was six years younger than me and he was shocked.
Started not shaving for weeks cuz the grizzly faced look seems to help a little. Smattering of grey helps too but they are going back normal and only work close up. Dressing more professionally just makes me look like a teen wearing expensive clothes.
Its my face basically. I’m open to anything except scarring.
When I was 40 everyone thought I was 30. Now I am 69 and everyone thinks I am 69. Apparently time is the cure. Not hard living, a divorce or war; I have had none of those in the last 29 years. Just: 29 years have passed. Also: wrinkles.
When I was 13 evrybody thought I was 25. When I was 35, everybody thought I was 25. Now I’m over 45, and pretty much look over 45.
For me it’s because I am losing weight. Gaining a pound or two per year kept my skin tight and fresh-looking for quite some time, but it’s a self-limiting strategy. Eventually either you start losing the weight and live to a ripe old age looking your ripe old age, or you really do die young.
As for looking older, short hair usually helps with guys. Also darker clothing, navy blue and black especially. A pic would really help, but if you can grow a full beard, that makes most men look older as well.
I didn’t say it was required, it’s just one method. As an adult I looked young for my age for a while. Not card me at 35 young but no one would guess my correct age. Stress, time and putting on some weight cured that.
Constantly make extremely exaggerated facial expressions so you develop fine lines. People often think I’m younger than I really am too. I have a baby face but I also keep a pretty neutral facial expression most of the time when it comes to my forehead so I don’t have those lines some people have, I’ve seen people a lot younger than me that already have those forehead wrinkles. You’ll notice most actors seem to have them pretty bad because they emote so much on camera as part of their job, at least it seems that way to me.
When I was in college I looked 12. And I’m short too which didn’t help. I’m in my 40s now but still look young. My organs think I’m 60 though.
Suggestion, mature looking tasteful jewelry. Like a gold watch, a school ring of some sort. No kid is going to be sporting gold and diamonds. Also, good shoes. Get your shirts professionally pressed. Ask your barber for a more mature haircut. Expand your vocabulary. Don’t slouch.
Dressing older and styling your hair older is probably the most realistic option. There is almost certainly a difference in how older people and younger people dress in your region. So dress older. Maybe even go older than your age by a generation, to offset your younger face. It works really well in pictures, where every photo of people in the 60s or earlier tends to make them look older than they are.
Dying your hair would work if you can make it look real. But don’t do the whole thing. And, yes, if you can grow facial hair, that can help, too. But most people with your problem also seem to have trouble with growing facial hair–if it grows poorly, you’ll look like a teenager trying to look older.