A stunning 56-year-old says she’s regularly mistaken for someone almost HALF her age – and says her youthful looks are despite drinking a glass of red wine every day.
Sheena Cole, from Auckland, New Zealand, says she often has to explain to red-faced 20-something men that she’s been happily married for 25 years when they try out their best chat up lines on her.
And she says even women often assume she’s only in her early 30s – when in reality, she’s actually already retired.
The retired marketing manager credits her youthful glow to her healthy lifestyle and wearing lots of SPF – despite drinking a glass of wine every day.
Sheena insists there is no secret behind her youthful skin.
Sheena Cole, from Auckland, New Zealand, might be 56 and retired, but most people believe she is in her 30s, pictured
The retired marketing manager insists there are no secrets to her youthful looks, apart from a healthy lifestyle
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.
‘There have been many occasions with young guys using their very best lines to chat me up.’
Sheena, pictured, admitted she often is accosted by younger men trying to flirt with her, who are shocked to hear she just celebrated her 25th wedding anniversary
Sheena says it can get a bit awkward as she knows she’s often older than their mums.
She added: ‘Recently, a guy came around to hang some art and I mentioned I’d just celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary.
‘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.
The 56-years-old, pictured, said genetics had a lot to do with her skin, because her parents had beautiful skin as well
Sheena ready to hit the town. She said the impact of a good healthy lifestyle on the skin couldn’t be ignored
She uses Tretinoin which helps improve the appearance of surface wrinkles and Vitamin C serum sunscreen.
She adds: “For years I have been asked about the secret to youthful skin. There really is no secret.
‘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.
Sheena said she didn’t want to have surgery because she wanted to be able to ‘move her face’ and said she is more interested in her skin glow than Botox
The marketing manager when she was 48. Sheena follows a strict skincare routine and puts SPF on everyday
‘Tretinoin is my special cream and I wish I’d started using it earlier.’
The medicated cream can be used to treat acne or sun-damaged skin. While it can’t erase deep-wrinkles, it does have an impact on light wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots.
‘For me, it’s as close to a miracle in a jar that you’ll get,’ Sheena said. ‘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’ because 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 practice 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.’
On top of her youthful looks, Sheena, pictured, is also full of energy and said she is always ready to dance on table if the opportunity is there
Age-defying Sheena when she was 42. She said she believed her youthful looks were alos due to her attitude
Sheena says it isn’t just her looks which appear younger but mentality too.
She adds: ‘Despite generally looking younger than my age, part of appearing younger is my attitude.
‘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 adds: ‘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.’