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This is what 51 looks like

This is what 51 looks like: Mother says two breakfasts, exercise and quality skincare keeps her looking young

  • Ellie Chapman, 51, lives in London with her husband, she has a 30-year-old son 
  • She eats breakfast twice a day; before work at 7am and later at 9:30am 
  • The receptionist uses a serum packed with antioxidants to keep her skin youthful

Ellie Chapman, a receptionist, lives in London with her husband, Gary. She has a son, Andreas, 30. 


Every day, I eat two breakfasts — I can’t function without it. At 7am, I have two slices of toast with honey before work; then Greek yoghurt, berries, nuts and honey at 9:30am. It fills me up so I only need a light lunch of soup or salad. I use Attiki Greek honey (£16.92, amazon. It’s pure and natural, full of antioxidants, which are good for the skin. I try to stick to a Mediterranean diet.


People often ask if I’ve had Botox, as I have few lines — but I haven’t. I prefer to invest in quality skincare. My mum, 73, is the same. She recommended an amazing serum last year: Skinceuticals C E Ferulic High Potency Triple Anti- oxidant Treatment (£135, It is packed with antioxidants, such as vitamin C and E, which help to protect and nourish the skin. It’s expensive but worth it.

Ellie Chapman, 51, lives in London with her husband, Gary. She says volumizing mascara, exercise and splurging on skincare keeps her young


I love IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara (£20, My lashes have thinned with age, but it makes them so long. I saw it on QVC and thought, no way! But it’s like a miracle. The volumizing collagen, strengthening biotin and lifting polymers coat each lash. So I don’t need to wear false lashes any more.


I hit the menopause at 48. I had low energy, hot flushes, a short temper and trouble sleeping. My doctor suggested doing more exercise. So, I joined a gym. In six months, I lost a stone and went down to a size 8. I do five classes a week: two spins, a step, pump and circuits. I feel so much happier, I’m thinking clearly, and my symptoms are controlled. Plus, I’ve made four new friends, and we spur each other on.


I’ve always had long, fine hair: if it looks good, I feel good. I use Kerastase Resistance Masque Therapiste once a week (£32.99,, to repair damage and keep it healthy. Then I often style it in an up-do, to create more volume. I finish with a spritz of Mark Hill Taming Anti Humidity Spray (£5,, for a glossy shine. 

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