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Chloe Crawford
Chloe Crawford
December 31, 2023 ·  4 min read

Woman, 56, is regularly mistaken for being half her age

Have you ever seen someone who looks half her age? If I’m honest, I get mistaken for younger quite often. However, I’m 23, and that’s not exactly a good thing. Especially when I’m at work, and I’m trying to look professional in front of my bosses when in reality, it’s like another worker brought their 16-year-old daughter to be an intern for the day. 

As much as it sucks being mistaken as younger when you are under 30, it must be incredible to be a woman nearing 60 and still have people thinking she’s half her age. 

This woman looks half her age and life is good 

Sheena Cole, a 56-year-old woman from Auckland, New Zealand looks so young that she is often hit on by men younger than her 25-year-marriage. 

Selfie of Sheena cole with a youthful glow
Image Credit: Caters News

I’m often mistaken for being younger. But It depends on what I’m wearing and how much makeup I have on. For instance, if I’m in my denim shorts with no makeup, people assume I’m younger than I am. There have been many occasions with young guys using their very best lines to chat me up,” Cole shares [1].

Cole has even admitted that it’s not just the men who think she’s half her age. Women also assume she’s in her early 30s. In reality, Cole is 26 years older than their assumptions and ALREADY RETIRED.  

A Healthy Lifestyle Could be the Cause of Cole Looking Half Her Age

I rarely eat processed food and avoid anything sugary which is easy for me because I don’t have a sweet tooth. My food choices are generally healthy because I love fresh produce. These days I practice intermittent fasting which has greatly improved my energy levels. Life is for living so I do have my treat which is a nice glass of wine at night,” Cole shares [1]. “The impact of eating healthy food, getting adequate sleep, exercising regularly, and wearing sunscreen can’t be ignored.

Cole doesn’t look half her age just because of her food choices

It’s not just clean eating and an occasional glass of wine that gets Cole mistaken for half her age. She has a rigorous beauty routine that she follows.

Sheena cole in a sparkly, spaghetti strap dress
Image Credit: Caters News

One of Cole’s go-to products that may have contributed to looking half her age is Tretinoin, an all-trans retinoic acid. She uses this alongside Vitamin C serum to help improve, which helps improve the appearance of surface wrinkles.

Tretinoin is my special cream, and I wish I’d started using it earlier,” Cole revealed. “For me, it’s as close to a miracle in a jar that you’ll get. However, the benefits of sunscreen can’t be ignored especially growing up under the scorching New Zealand sun. Sunscreen is a daily ritual summer and winter whether it’s sunny or cloudy.

“For years, I have been asked about the secret to youthful skin. There really is no secret. Undoubtedly genetics play a part; both my parents had great skin.

Cole admits that she also has used Botox and Filler to help with her youthful appearance. But, she decided to use this more sparingly now to move her face and show expression. 

It’s all very well if Botox and Filler are choices to assist with looking younger; however, youthful skin is also about radiance, skin texture, soft, supple skin, and even skin tone. Tretinoin is my special cream, and I wish I’d started using it earlier.”

It really comes down to how you feel 

There’s an expression that goes something like “it doesn’t matter how old you are, it matters how you feel.”

I’m sure you’ve heard some version of this line said in a variety of situations. Of course, Cole agrees with this statement whole-heartedly, especially when it comes to looking half her age.

“Despite generally looking younger than my age, part of appearing younger is my attitude. I really don’t know how I am supposed to behave at 56. I more or less wear what I like, I have loads of energy and think young to feel young. I’m always ready to dance on the table should the opportunity be there.”

Sheena Cole, the woman who looks half her age, wearing a black sleeveless dress looking glam
Image Credit: Caters News

Her youthful spirit combined with looking half her age may be the perfect formula for younger men thinking they got a shot

“Recently, a guy came around to hang some art and I mentioned I’d just celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary. He was so shocked and asked if I was five when I got married! Maybe he didn’t expect a 56-year-old to be cruising around in denim shorts.”

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  1. Woman, 56, who loves wearing denim shorts says she’s regularly mistaken as half her age.” The Chronicle. Lucy Notarantonio. March 25, 2021.