We know how Captain America and Black Widow, both of whom are older than they look, stayed youthful looking - both have used a kind of Soldier Serum which causes rapid healing from injuries and slows down ageing.

But how did Robert 'Bucky' Barnes, who was a childhood friend of Steve Rogers (Captain America) and appears in CA2 "The Winter Soldier" manage to delay his visible aging?

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    Firstly - i'm pretty certain Black Widow is not a super solider like Captain America Secondly - Bucky was frozen. Just like Captain America.
    – davidlumix
    Commented May 11, 2016 at 15:19
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    Isn't it explained in CA2, though? That Zola made him a super-soldier like Rogers and that they kept freezing and thawing him? (Granted, it's possible it wasn't explained very well, but still)
    – Walt
    Commented May 11, 2016 at 15:21
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From scifi.se's answer on similar question

Because Bucky was also frozen for most of that time:

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Dialogue from The Winter Soldier makes it clear that Hydra put Bucky back into suspended animation after completing each mission, and only unfroze him when they needed him:

Zola: The procedure has already started. You are to be the new fist of HYDRA. Put him on ice.


Hydra Scientist: He's been out of cryo freeze too long.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Rest we have also seen from Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War that he has similar physical abilities like Captain America. So he also didn't aged like Captain America due to getting frozen. We also see few more humans treated with same Winter Soldier program in Civil War, which also didn't age a bit due to being in cryogenic sleep.

How Captain survived freezing has also been asked and answered below:

How did Captain America survive being frozen for 70 years in ice?

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