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This is what 51 looks like: Mother says Italian skincare and family workouts keeps her youthful

This is what 51 looks like: Mother-of-two says Italian skincare and family workouts keeps her youthful

  • Nicola Sexton, 51, who lives in Suffolk, runs her own eponymous footwear brand
  • Mother-of-two maintains her ageless appearance with Italian skincare products
  • She keeps fit by exercising with her daughters Alex, 24, and Charlie, 22

Nicola Sexton is single and lives in Suffolk with her two daughters, Alex, 24, and Charlie, 22. She is a shoe designer and runs her own eponymous footwear brand. 

ITALIAN SKINCARE

I don’t do Botox or fillers, although I’m sure my time will come. I stick to a daily skincare regime. I use Garnier Micellar Water (£5.99, boots.com) to remove my make-up, followed by Strictly Professional’s Cleanser (£6.10, justmylook.com). Then, I use Kiko Sublime Youth Day and Night cream (both £24.99, kikocosmetics.com). Plus, its Hydra Pro Eyes serum (£19.99).

FAMILY WORKOUTS

I’ve always been a size eight, but it is harder to keep the pounds off since I turned 50. One thing that works is exercising with my daughters. Usually, we go to the gym together after work. Instead, we’ve taken up cycling and a virtual Pilates class; plus plenty of long walks.

Nicola Sexton, 51, (pictured) who lives in Suffolk, revealed that Italian skincare products, DIY hair dye and family workouts help to keep her youthful

LOCKDOWN DIY DYE

I’ve been having my hair cut and highlighted, every six weeks, with the same colourist for more than 20 years — she’s now at a salon called Four, in London, whose clients include Nigella Lawson and Yasmin Le Bon (£270, fourlondon.com). During lockdown, the salon has been sending me a DIY kit of salon dye (from £75), that I can use to top up my roots at home.

ALWAYS WEAR MAKE-UP

I would never go without make-up, I wouldn’t do that to people! Even during lockdown. For a long-lasting base, I layer L’Oreal Paris Infallible Mattifying Primer Base (£8.99, boots.com) with NYX Professional Makeup Can’t Stop Won’t Stop 24 Hour Foundation (£15) and Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder (£32, both lookfantastic.com).

MIDLIFE CAREER CHANGE

I’ve always been a high heels girl. I used to work in property. Then, ten years ago, I bought a pair of tan boots with crystal detail, by a designer in Monaco. I got so many compliments I opened my own boutique, selling brands you couldn’t buy in the UK; before going on to design my own. I’m so much more fulfilled. It’s given me a new lease of life.

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