Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner may have ditched their divorce plans, but they’re already divided by their aging gap. Affleck and Garner are both 44, but thanks to Affleck’s beer belly, graying hair and wrinkles, and Garner’s trim figure and Neutrogena-spokeswoman skin, they could co-star as father and daughter.
It’s a phenomenon that LA-based dermatologist Dr. Jason Emer says he sees more and more.
“I have a significant portion of middle-aged men whose wives are taking care of themselves, but they’ve gained weight because they don’t have time to exercise and diet, and they have a lot of sun damage,” he says. “They come in and they say they want to look as good as their wives.”
One 42-year-old Seattle resident, who works in technology and declined to share her name for professional reasons, says she’s practically aging backward, while her 45-year-old husband hurtles forward.
“It’s at a point where it’s noticeable,” she says, of their difference in appearance — especially in the youthful technology industry. “I hang out with people at work, and it’s almost like I can’t bring him along if we go out for an after-work drink, because he looks like he could be their grandfather.”
She said she’s always looked young but now gets massages twice a week, regularly practices yoga and undergoes microdermabrasion, vampire facials, injections, IPL therapy and other skin-care treatments in an effort to roll back the clock, even switching to a hair salon that caters to millennials and dying part of her hair purple.
Her 45-year-old husband, on the other hand, is bald thanks to premature hair loss, has a gray goatee and can’t stick to a diet.
“My mom went out to dinner with my husband, and people thought they were married,” she says.