A stunning 56-year-old retiree regularly gets confused for someone half her age despite “living life” and treating herself to a glass of wine every day.
Sheena Cole, from Auckland, New Zealand, said there have been different awkward moments where 20-something men tried to chat her up “with their very best lines” – and she had to explain she has been happily married for 25 years.
Sheena said while Botox can be a solution for many, the key for glowing, youthful skin is a healthy lifestyle and a good SPF lotion.
But she said it has also got to do with her vitality, which means she is “always ready to dance on the table”.
She said: “I’m often mistaken for being younger.
“But It depends on what I’m wearing and how much makeup I have on.
“For instance, if I’m in my denim shorts with no makeup people assume I’m younger than I am.”
Recollecting an instance where a younger man approached her, she said: “Recently, a guy came around to hang some art and I mentioned I’d just celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary.
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“He was so shocked and asked if I was five when I got married!
“Maybe he didn’t expect a 56-year-old to be cruising around in denim shorts.”
Despite attributing her youthful skin to “good genes”, Sheena follows a strict beauty regime.
She uses Tretinoin which helps improve the appearance of surface wrinkles and Vitamin C serum sunscreen.
“For years I have been asked about the secret to youthful skin. There really is no secret,” she said.
“Undoubtedly genetics play a part, both my parents had great skin.
“But the impact of eating healthy food, getting adequate sleep, exercising regularly and wearing sunscreen can’t be ignored.
“It’s all very well if Botox and Filler are choices to assist with looking younger however youthful skin is also about radiance, skin texture, soft supple skin and even skin tone.
“Tretinoin is my special cream and I wish I’d started using it earlier.
“For me, it’s as close to a miracle in a jar that you’ll get, however, the benefits of sunscreen can’t be ignored especially growing up under the scorching New Zealand sun.
“Sunscreen is a daily ritual summer and winter whether it’s sunny or cloudy.”
Sheena has a healthy and balanced diet which is “easy” as she loves healthy food.
She said: “I rarely eat processed food and avoid anything sugary which is easy for me because I don’t have a sweet tooth.
“My food choices are generally healthy because I love fresh produce.
“These days I practise intermittent fasting which has greatly improved my energy levels.
“Life is for living so I do have my treat which is a nice glass of wine at night.”
Sheena said it isn’t just her looks which appear younger but mentality too.
“Despite generally looking younger than my age, part of appearing younger is my attitude,” she added.
“I really don’t know how I am supposed to behave at 56.
“I more or less wear what I like, I have loads of energy and think young to feel young.
“I’m always ready to dance on the table should the opportunity be there.”
Sheena has previously had Botox and admits it’s something she uses sparingly.
She added: “As I’ve gotten older less is more. I like to move my face and show expression.
“My husband often tells me off for pulling a face but at least it moves!
“My focus is more on skin quality, texture and radiance now.”