This is what 51 looks like: Mother says boxing, hair extensions and life-changing HRT treatment keeps her looking young
- Sharon Colby lives in Oxted, Surrey, with her partner Robin and their children
- She gets up a 6.30am twice a week for boxing sessions, which helps her destress
- The company director also wears hair extensions to keep up her youthful looks
Florence Scordoulis For The Daily Mail
Sharon Colby lives in Oxted, Surrey, with her partner Robin and their children, Alex, 17, and Liam, 15. She is a director for a cosmeceutical firm.
Twice weekly, I get up at 6.30am for a 45-minute boxing session at home. I steal my youngest son’s boxing bag. He taught me the technique a couple of years ago. It’s like having a personal trainer. It’s an amazing way to tone the arms. Plus, it helps me de-stress and let out all those little frustrations.
Sharon Colby (pictured) lives in Oxted, Surrey, with her partner Robin and their children, Alex, 17, and Liam, 15. She is a director for a cosmeceutical firm. She says boxing, hair extensions, and HRT keeps her young
My hair isn’t all mine! I got extensions last year. It used to be long and thick, but has thinned with age. So this helps to add volume. They’re made of real hair and last for ages (£250, remicachet.com). Then, when my hair grows, it costs another £35 to get them re-sewn in at the salon every month. It’s been a real confidence boost.
Every day, I apply one pump of EstroGel, a form of hormone replacement therapy, to my arms. I started using it last summer after I became peri-menopausal. I wasn’t sleeping and was so irritable. My friends recommended I see a doctor. Now I get it on prescription — £8.80 for a two-month supply. It’s made a huge difference: I feel reborn. I sleep well, don’t get night sweats and am less grumpy.
Once a week, I exfoliate with Boots Cucumber Facial Scrub (£1.50, boots.co.uk). It buffs away dead skin, so my moisturiser works better. But, even if you exfoliate, it’s key to invest in a deeper clean. Twice a year, I get a medium-depth TCA [trichloroacetic] peel (£120, puritybridge.co.uk). It’s so rejuvenating. I shed like a snake for three days, then my skin feels like silk.
Last year, I tried a Strawberry Lift treatment. It’s like a facelift for the lower face and neck — without surgery (from £250, strawberry-laser.com). It uses a combination of laser and ultrasound to heat the skin, causing it to rejuvenate and tighten. I felt no pain. It’s helped to get rid of my double chin and jowls. The results last up to 18 months.
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