Single, but ageing well

Friday, 6 July 2012

Single, but ageing wellLast weekend news of his impending divorce from Katie Holmes broke. Then his ties to Scientology were all over the headlines again; and, oh yeah, he turned 50. But we’ll give Tom Cruise this: he looks as good now as he did on his wedding day – to Mimi Rogers in 1987. Like George Clooney and Keanu Reeves, the Rock of Ages star seems frozen in time. Those abs are 50, that smirk is 50 – and he looks great!

What gives? It’s a common notion that men age into distinguished silver foxes while we women grow wiry grays and skin the texture of luggage. But is that the real deal or another misogynist fable? Do men really age better than women?

Here’s the science. Testosterone makes men’s skin thicker, and their skin is also typically oilier than women’s – both of which make men less prone to wrinkles. Add to that the fact that it’s never been considered as big a deal for a man to start sprouting gray hair (even if we suspect Cruise gets help in this department), and that’s two points in favour of the fellas.

But here’s where women catch up – and why we live longer. We tend to have healthier habits in life. We are less likely to smoke and, on average, drink less alcohol, and excessive drinking can be a disaster for your looks. Plus, we eat better foods. All three of those things tend to age men at a faster pace, both internally and externally. So you win some, you lose some.

Do you take solace that your wrinkly face will be around a few more years than your male peers’? In what ways do you think men and women age differently? Sign into Beauty Addicts and then comment below this article.

Originally written by Kate Sullivan, this article appeared in Allure

Image: PRPhotos.com

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Angelisha

    Am a big Tom Cruise Fan and his surely aged well… And ultimately it is how one lives … Lifestyle is important…

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    After the couch jumping episode on Oprah I’m not too keen on him any more!

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Sad about the divorce, i don’t think that TC will need too much help in the hooking up department anyway.

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Well i think that men do need one plus, considering that they are the lesser intellectual gender? lol…….

    6 years ago •

  1. deborah-jane

    Tom cruise doesn’t look a day older than 35, Tom looks great! But when one can afford the best (and Tom sure can) then obviously you only use the best.

    6 years ago •

  1. kunene

    good looks wont keep him warm at night when he misses Katie in his bed but ya he looks good and my prediction is he will have someone on his arm within the month to salve his wounded ego. Way to go Katie Holmes, you gave him a taste of his meds!

    6 years ago •

  1. joubert

    Wonder if he uses botox because the all do, but i have to say he looks ok for 50, but my dad can look just as great if he had pockets full of money.

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    he still looks gorgeous you cant say he is 50, these bird poo facials that he is doing are really working for him

    6 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    I’m a huge Tom Cruise fan. He is gorgeous and he’s a brilliant actor as well. I watch the new MI and he looked 25 in it. ;)

    6 years ago •

  1. Steenkamp

    Also believe it is the lifestyle that is the big factor

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    Ha! I forgot he was once married to Mimi!!

    6 years ago •

  1. landman

    If we had the money, like he has then every man can age well, he’s a great actor, handsome, just a pity he’s a control freak.

    6 years ago •

  1. Zu

    It may be true that men age better than women, but At the end of the day, i still believe lifestyle is one of the big factor here.

    6 years ago •

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