Check the body on this 81 year-old woman who never got married

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    Nina Snelling, 81, but can be mistaken for a mid-
    50’s lady. Nina never had plastic surgery, Botox, fillers or tooth
    whitening. Mailonline ….

    I always arrive at the same answer:
    my marital status.Despite five marriage proposals and my fair share of
    boyfriends, I have never said yes or even been tempted to stick with one
    person for life. Put simply, I am happy being single.
    Bypassing the stress of living with a man or being married to the wrong
    one is what I think has kept me looking young.I see friends racked with
    worry about what they should or shouldn’t do, always having to
    ‘check-in’ and ask for permission to do things, but I’ve never had to deal with any of that.
    I eat when I like, get up when I choose, buy what and I want and speak
    to whoever and go wherever I like.I refuse to be a slave to routine and
    can spend seven hours in the garden of my little Ipswich home without
    anyone telling me I should be anywhere else. It’s blissful.

    Stress ages you. Women are the most stressed they’ve ever been, juggling
    careers, families and home life all at once. I’ve never been tied down
    and I’ve always known I could walk away from a relationship at any
    moment.

    I had my daughter Virginia during the Sixties (she’s now 53), when it
    was a terrible thing to fall pregnant outside of wedlock. Her father
    wasn’t the right man for me so I raised her myself….

    I don’t pretend that life is easy for single mothers, and I know the
    stability of a happy marriage can give your children a great start in
    life. But I think I’m proof that single mums can do a terrific job too —
    there’s more than one way to raise a child.

    Even when I was seeing a handsome, wealthy Army captain
    in 1982 when I was 48, with a 20 year-old daughter living at home to
    look after, didn’t want to settle down, despite his best efforts and
    pleading.

    Of course, there are a million admirable reasons to get married, and
    most couples are very contented, but I have found I am happiest on my
    own. That happiness shows in my looks.

    I am living proof that money isn’t necessary to look younger. My
    pension, after years working in admin for a government organisation,
    covers the basics but little more. I don’t have spare cash to pour into
    beauty therapists’, nail technicians’ or a facialists’ pockets…

    I visit the hairdresser once a year for a cut and highlights. They have yet to find a grey hair, which must be down to good genes.

    My skin routine is simple but strict — I never use tap water on my face.
    The water where I live is hard, which means it has a high mineral
    content and dries my skin out quickly. Instead, I use Boots No.7 cream cleanser, wiped on cotton wool around my face and neck, and a toner afterwards by the same brand.

    I have breakfast and give my pores a chance to breathe before using L’Oreal Age Perfect moisturiser an hour later. I cleanse again before bed.

    While I’m grateful I don’t look my age, I’m aware of the intense
    pressure to look young. All women are programmed to care deeply about aging
    and every year that goes by, I worry more and more about lines,
    wrinkles and getting older. How much longer I will look like this? They
    say age is just a number but, more importantly, it is your mindset.

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