Once you hit your mid thirties it’s hard not to feel pleased when someone says you look younger than your age.
Why? Because ageism and the cult of youth.
We’ve internalised the idea that ageing is a downward spiral, that looking good must mean looking young. The latter is especially true for women, but men feel the pressure, too.
One way to take down ageism is to get rid of ageist language.
So let’s stop using “looking younger” as a compliment. And the next time you feel inclined to say someone “looks great for their age,” try simply saying they “look great.”