No Botox, no surgery, not even a drop of hair dye… what’s the secret to looking this good at 81? Nina Snelling thinks it’s because she’s never got married!
How old do you think I look? Go on, be honest. I’m used to people refusing to believe me when I tell them, so take a good long look.
I’m 5ft 4in, a tidy size 12 and not only is that long blonde hair you see all mine, but you won’t find a grey hair in it. I haven’t grown one yet.
I’ve also never had plastic surgery, Botox, fillers or tooth whitening.
If you still won’t believe me, you are one of many. I have spent much of my life appearing decades younger than my age.
So what’s my secret?
I always arrive at the same answer: my marital status.
Despite five marriage proposals and my fair share of boyfriends, I have never said yes or even been tempted to stick with one person for life. Put simply, I am happy being single.
By passing the stress of living with a man or being married to the wrong one is what I think has kept me looking young.
My skin routine is simple but strict — I never use tap water on my face. I use Boots No.7 cream cleanser, wiped on cotton wool around my face and neck, and a toner afterwards by the same brand.
Make-up is a simple affair too; I don’t need much. Coating on eye shadow and blusher when you are past a certain age doesn’t peel back the years, in fact, it can make you look older and, more often than not, mascara is enough.
This might come as bad news, but I don’t drink or smoke and never have. Perhaps that has something to do with it to.
I walk to stay fit, at least eight miles a week, and am constantly busy, shopping, visiting friends or gardening.
While I’m grateful I don’t look my age. All women are programmed to care deeply about aging and every year that goes by, I worry more and more about lines, wrinkles and getting older. How much longer I will look like this? They say age is just a number but, more importantly, it is your mindset.