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71-year-old woman shares secret of her young look

Denise Olive, a fashion model who has worked for companies such as M&S and Next, lives in Stourbridge, West Midlands, with her husband of 40 years. 

She reveals her secrets to looking decades younger…

Denise Olive reveals her secrets to looking decades younger at 71

Denise Olive reveals her secrets to looking decades younger at 71

USE SILVER SHAMPOO

Most of the compliments I receive on my appearance are about my thick, silver hair. I was 25 when my ‘widow’s peak’ started to turn grey and, since then, I’ve been taking special care of my hair by finding the best products for it. I use a shampoo specifically for my hair colour, L’Oréal Professionnel Silver Shampoo (£9.35, feelunique.com). Don’t be put off that the product comes out purple — it really restores shine to grey and white hair while removing brassy, yellow tones

EAT A MODEL DIET

Having worked as a model since I was 19, I’ve always been aware of taking care of myself, especially as I’ve got older.

I eat porridge with vitamin-rich fruit and nuts every morning and try to eat avocados

I eat porridge with vitamin-rich fruit and nuts every morning and try to eat avocados

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 Starting the day right is particularly important. I eat porridge with vitamin-rich fruit and nuts every morning and try to eat avocados regularly, too. They’re full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for healthy skin. I can’t remember the last time I ate anything fried. This definitely helps me feel young.

TAKE TIME OUT AT A SPA

When you’re busy, it can be hard to find time for proper relaxation, but I think it’s key to looking and feeling young. Stress and lack of sleep can add years to your face. Once a month, I make sure to visit a spa for a head and body massage. It helps me to unwind and also gets the circulation going, which is key to younger-looking skin.

I’ve been drinking a small glass of aloe vera juice every morning for more than 25 years

I’ve been drinking a small glass of aloe vera juice every morning for more than 25 years

CHOOSE DRINKS WISELY

I think what you drink can have just as much effect on our bodies as what we eat. I’ve been drinking a small glass of aloe vera juice every morning for more than 25 years. It’s a miracle plant. Thanks to how soothing and cooling it is, I think it can help to ease symptoms of the menopause, such as hot flushes, and is full of vitamins and minerals to promote healthy hair. I also avoid too much tea and coffee due to the high caffeine content, which dehydrates skin.

MOISTURISE WITH OIL

If there’s one product I swear by, it’s Bio-Oil. I use it to moisturise my neck and chest — despite frequent sunbathing, the skin is supple and smooth. Remember to let it absorb properly before getting dressed.

 

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