This 50-year-old mum looks like she's in her 20s! What's her secret?

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At 50, this youthful Chinese mum is inspiring women half her age to get fit and healthy. Read on to find out what her secrets are!

If you’ve ever wondered how to locate the elusive fountain of youth, then this youthful Chinese mum might be able to show the way. Millions online have been wowed by the fit and stunning mum Liu Yelin, who is already 50 years old, but looks like she’s only in her 20s. 

In fact, she looks so young that people often mistake her to be the girlfriend of her 22-year-old son! Whether you think that’s cute or creepy, one thing’s for sure: we’re all dying to know the beauty regimen of this youthful Chinese mum.

 
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The Chinese mum is so youthful that she’s often mistaken to be her 22-year-old son’s girlfriend. | Image source: Liu Yelin Instagram account

Let’s take a closer look at some of the beauty tips she’s shared on Instagram and Weibo, where she collectively now has over 187,000 followers!

The youthful Chinese mum rarely wears makeup

The retired librarian and former model is not a fan of cosmetics, but she does love getting all dressed up! Favouring light to no-makeup looks is perhaps one way to keep skin looking young. But if you are a makeup-loving mumma, you don’t have to give it up. Just make sure to cleanse properly and NEVER sleep with your makeup on!

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Photo on the left: Liu in her teens. Photo on the right: Liu at 50. | Image source: Liu Yelin Instagram account

She loves exercising

“Don’t give up fitness! Just keep going!” writes the youthful Chinese mum on her Instagram account, where she has over 37,000 followers.

Her go-to exercises are swimming in the lake, sprinting, boxing, and weight training. She’s been exercising regularly for three decades. Her favourite? Swimming outdoors in winter. (Now that’s one way to seal your pores shut!)

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The fitness fanatic has been exercising religiously for 3 decades! | Image source: Liu Yelin Instagram account

She is an excellent swimmer

Liu once swam across both the Yangtse River in China and the Han River in South Korea. Back in 2016, she swam  for four hours from Penang, Malaysia all the way to the Strait of Malacca, which is 7.45 miles away!

Is it possible to look 30 years younger?

While exercising and avoiding heavy makeup will surely help, genes play a huge role in determining ageing.

“Sometimes when someone seems to defy the physical ageing process, they are putting excessive time, money, and energy into that goal. Many ‘regular’ people might not be able to make a youthful appearance their first priority,” Jennifer L. FitzPatrick of the Johns Hopkins University tells Healthline. “Looking older is a normal part of the ageing process. Everything inside our body changes as we age.”

What matters is to stay healthy and do what you can to feel good inside and out!

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Though you might not be able to look 30 years younger, you can still achieve a youthful glow! | Image source: Liu Yelin Instagram account

Aside from exercising like Liu, here are other ways to keep looking (and feeling) young:

1. Reduce stress and anxiety

You don’t have to work up a sweat at the gym. Just learning not to “sweat the small stuff” can keep you from looking older. Try not to subject yourself to too much stress and anxiety. This is often easier said than done, yes, but not impossible!

2. Stay away from vices

Smoking and drinking has been known to speed up the ageing process. Healthy habits don’t just mean eating right, it also means knowing what to abstain from.

3. Don’t forget sun protection

Sunscreen is one underrated beauty secret that reduces skin ageing! When outdoors, make it a habit to reapply sunscreen every one to two hours. Avoid direct sunlight as much as possible. Wear a hat, glasses, or bring an umbrella when walking outdoors. 

Sun spots and sun damage cause skin to age quickly, so ask your dermatologist what the best cream and sun protection is for your skin type.

4. Embrace your genes

Yes, our genes play an important role in how rapidly we age, but our lifestyle choices help a lot, too. Look to your older relatives for advice about what beauty habits to adopt. Chances are, you will follow a similar ageing process. So you might as well take your cue from them.

5. Stay positive!

Having a good attitude and disposition towards life does wonders! In fact, smiling can work just as effectively as expensive creams in making you look younger.

Sure, smiling when your skin is losing elasticity can cause wrinkles, but nothing beats that youthful glow that comes from within – regardless of the lines on your face.

“Anyone who says they feel like they’re 20 is either lying, or they have a really good attitude,” Dr. Barbara Bergin tells Healthline. “And that is sometimes the difference between feeling and looking your age.”

 How do you keep yourself looking and feeling young, mums?

Sources: Healthline, Weibo, GQ Australia

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