Judging by the picture above, you would swear that Pamela Jacobs is in her 20s, right? Yeah, we were fooled, too. Even though the mom has been offered student discounts and has been mistaken as her 21-year-old son’s girlfriend (awkward), she is actually 52 years old. Yes, really.
“Men do comment on my looks and say things like ‘I don’t believe you’ or ‘You must be lying,’ Pamela explained. “I always say, ‘what woman would actually add years on?”
So what is her secret to turning back the clock? Besides good genes and maintaining a healthy diet, Pamela believes that always applying sunscreen before leaving the house and her obsession with coconut oil have both helped her remain looking and feeling youthful.
Pamela says that she uses coconut oil for everything, including salad dressing, sweetener in her coffee, removing makeup, hair treatments, and body moisturizer. “I’m a big coconut oil lover,” Pamela said. “My mother used it on our hair and skin when we were younger and I’ve carried on.”
Besides eating lots of coconut oil, Pamela says that she avoids wheat products because of how bloated she feels and high sugar fruits. But everything else is fair game. “I follow the 80/20 rule,” Pamela revealed. “80% eating well and 20% sneaking in the odd dessert, a little alcohol or organic dark chocolate. ”
As far as exercise goes, Pamela is all about yoga sessions and body conditioning classes, often followed by steam room and sauna sessions. She believes that this particular fitness regimen keeps her skin glowing and feeling fresh.
“I love it — it makes me so feel invigorated and I’m convinced it has helped to tone my skin,” Pamela said about her workout routine. “Then I will have 10 minutes in the steam and repeat the cold shower.”
She also credits her positive outlook on life to her outward youthfulness, which she believes is ultimately the thing that matters the most.
“I think the secret of eternal youth is to smile every day,” she says. “The best thing about looking young is that it makes me feel good and gives me confidence.”
WANT TO LOOK AS YOUNG AS PAMELA? HERE’S HOW SHE DOES IT:
Pamela, who is of South Asian origin, eats a super-healthy diet based largely on vegetables and topped up with good proteins such as salmon.
Fresh-faced: Pamela eats a daily handful of almonds and eats a vegetable-based diet
Many of the dishes she makes are Asian and are spiced up with ginger, cumin and turmeric, among others, which she says act a bit like food supplements in terms of the health benefits.
Breakfast is usually an organic boiled egg served with gluten-free toast or organic oatcakes and coconut yoghurt with fresh berries and nuts.
To finish off the meal, she has a glass of coconut water with added liquid iron, which she says is key for stopping her iron levels plummeting as she ages.
Lunch comes in the shape of a salad prepared at home in the morning and usually contains a mixture of organic spinach, kale, rocket, cucumber, tomatoes, olives, red peppers, advocado, beansprouts and sauerkraut [pickled cabbage].
Fresh basil and coriander add flavour while pumpkin and sunflower seeds add crunch. ‘For protein I’ll add some Arbroath salmon, eggs or chicken and dress the salad with organic olive oil and lemon juice,’ she adds.
‘I also add cayenne pepper and lots of black pepper.’
Dinner is equally healthy and usually consists of a portion of organic chicken, oily fish or a lamb steak served with a ‘mountain of vegetables’ – broccoli and courgettes are favourites.
She also eats a daily handful of almonds, snacks on celery and houmus and limits her coffee intake to one a day.
Most of what she eats is organic and she drinks water throughout the day, usually flavoured with a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
Pamela does a body conditioning class once a week and follows that with a fitness yoga session immediately afterwards.
While at the gym, she uses the sauna and steam room and does a whole body exfoliation. She also uses the time to use a hair mask – she likes Aveda’s Damage Remedy.
‘I’ll go in the sauna for 10 minutes then have a freezing cold shower until the water stops,’ she adds.
‘I love it – it makes me so feel invigorated and I’m convinced it has helped to tone my skin. Then I will have 10 minutes in the steam and repeat the cold shower.’
Slender: Pamela shows off her enviable physique and is pictured during a family holiday in New York
Pamela loves Aveda’s all-natural Damage Remedy range and alternates between that and the Inviati brand to keep her hair soft.
She protects her locks with Aveda’s Brilliant Hair protector and gets rid of flyaways with the help of Oribe Moisturising Cream and Moroccan Oil.
Cleansing is done either with Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (‘It’s reasonably priced and effective’) or coconut oil.
To keep her skin in good shape, she uses Origins A Perfect World moisturiser which comes with SPF25 – a skincare essential according to Pamela.
She also uses Dermalogica Age Reversal eye cream and uses an Omorovicza deep cleansing facial mask once a week. Dermalogica’s Power Recovery Mask is another favourite.
Pamela moisturises her body with coconut oil twice a day and says it keeps her skin ‘incredibly soft and nourished’.
She also uses a body brush before showering and prefers paraben-free shower gel brands such as Sai Sei or Faith in Nature.
Once a week, she detoxes by soaking in a bath topped up with pink Himalayan salt crystals and scrubs her feet each day while showering.