This is what 66 looks like: Grandmother-of-seven says Pilates, swimming and lipstick keeps her youthful 

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  • Beverly Sokolowski, 66, who lives in Birmingham, is a retired teacher
  • Grandma swims 20-30 lengths three to four times a week for stamina
  • Wears red lipstick everyday like it’s her armor – as long as it’s on, that’s fine

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Beverly Sokolovsky is a retired performing arts teacher living in Birmingham with her husband Brian. He co-founded the Bedazzle Youth Charity (, which provides support to young people. They have a daughter Naivasha and seven grandchildren.

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I don’t buy anti-aging products because I don’t want to turn back time. Skincare is all about routine and feeling good. Every morning and evening I use Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (£44, from, followed by Willowberry Nutrient Boost Face Oil (£26.99, The oil makes my skin feel so hydrated.

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I hated swimming in school but when I retired six years ago, I had more time and wanted to stay in shape. I forced myself to try swimming again because it’s low-impact, and enjoyed how mindful it was. Now, I swim 20-30 lengths three to four times per week. It is great for stamina.

Beverly Sokolowski (pictured), 66, who lives in Birmingham, reveals how swimming, Pilates and wearing red lipstick everyday contribute to keeping her youthful.

Pilates After Menopause

I also started Pilates eight years ago, which I now do four times a week. I do classes with Izumi Motrum (, which is great because she specializes in older women and post-menopausal issues. It has improved my flexibility and given me a strong core.

lipstick armor

I don’t wear a lot of makeup, but I love my red lipstick. I wear it every day. It’s like my armor – as long as I’ve got my script, I’m fine. MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo is one of my favorites (£17.50, I seal it with Lipcoat (£4,

friends in hair places

I am lucky to have two friends in the hair business. Tracy Whittingham-West has been cutting my hair forever and she is a genius. I have every style you can imagine. My other friend, Jane Reynolds (, changes my complexion every six months. She does this so it works with the hair instead of fighting it.

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