Everyone Thinks I’m Much Younger

Posted on Sep 10 2014 - 9:04am by Ronnie

I’m about to become 30 years old, but when I meet new people, they usually think that I’m either in high school or in my very early 20s. I take it as a compliment because heck, who wants to be told they look older?

The irony is that when I was 17, everyone thought I was much older. I would go hand in hand with Shiri, who at the time was 5 years old, and people would automatically assume that I was her mother, even though it would technically mean that I had gotten pregnant when I was 11 (!).

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So how do I do it?? Well, mostly I think it’s because of my natural personality – I can come off as childish and naive and sweet (even though, I’m none of those haha).

But the other aspects are less obvious:

  1. I take obsessive care of my skin. Every night before going to bed, I wash my face and moisturize.
  2. I barely ever wear makeup. Makeup can damage your skin.
  3. If I do wear makeup, I remove it before heading to bed. No matter how tired I am.
  4. Every morning and/or before going out, I put on sunscreen – no matter how sunny or gloomy the weather.
  5. I wear sunglasses to further protect my eyes from the sun.
  6. I lost weight. It’s crazy how age perception decreases with weight loss.
  7. I had my broken nose fixed. I don’t know how, but by fixing my nose and reducing the width of the bridge, I automatically looked younger.

I think we all hit a moment when we want to take better care of our skin. For me, it was during my military service at age 19. I started seeing the effects of the sun on my skin, especially underneath my eyes, where I was beginning to develop a deep wrinkle. I panicked. If at 19 I was beginning to age from lack of care of my skin, where would I be by age 30? By 40?

And so I started treating my skin kindly… moisturizing, protecting it from sun damage, washing it. The harm from my years of service under intense sun didn’t go away – but it did improve and the process of my skin aging slowed down.

Now here I am at 30 being asked about high school classes. I must have done something right!

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When it comes to style, Ronnie is all about comfort (plus, she's an original geek... way before it was cool). Ronnie is the type of girl who loves cosplay, wears Pokemon hats and has dyed her hair every color of the rainbow - but she knows how to glam it up for the nights out!

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