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Can Anybody Be 50 and Look Like They’re 20?

Two young-looking 50-year-olds are a hit on Instagram. Experts say not everyone has the time and money to look this youthful, but there are ways to fight aging.

If you’ve spent any time on the internet, you’re likely aware that a lot of fake content lives there.

From fabricated news stories to photo-shopped UFOs, the internet is a rich source of bogus material.

Perhaps that’s why it’s no surprise the stories of a 50-year-old man and woman who look like they’re in their 20s have been greeted with great skepticism.

Chuando Tan is a photographer from Singapore who looks at least 25 years younger than the age he says he is.

Photos that Tan shares on his personal Instagram account show a toned, fit, attractive man. He’d easily pass as a 25-30 years old, but the former model is actually in his 50s. (He modeled during the 1980s and 1990s before becoming a photographer.)

Likewise, Liu Yelin, a Chinese mother of one, posts photos of herself that could make someone 30 years her junior envious of her toned physique and picture-perfect skin.

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Like Tan, Yelin is a former model whose physical appearance and face could fool discerning age detectives.

Yelin even poses with her 22-year-old son, whom some of her followers confuse as her boyfriend.

The truth behind aging

The story of two remarkably young-looking quinquagenarians is certainly novel.

However, everyone ages at different rates and in different ways.

While their stories may make for great viral internet sharing, it’s perhaps not a great marker for grading your own aging.

“These are just two individuals, and in my opinion, the photos are also probably retouched in some way. That’s not to say they don’t look great for their age. They do. But these photos are not up close, high-definition, where I could actually see wrinkles and sun damage,” Dr. Rebecca Baxt, a board-certified dermatologist practicing in New York, told Healthline. “One of the photos of the woman has lots of heavy makeup and large sunglasses. They are both fit and trim — great. Lots of people are. We know exercise is very good for you and helps keep the body in shape.”

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