This is what 51 looks like: Model and Reiki practitioner shares the surprising secrets to defying the signs of ageing

For Daily mail INSPIRE – This is what XX looks like
Pictured Brucella Newland Persaud
Photographed by Natasha Pszenicki


I use ‘oil pulling’ once a week to maintain clean, white teeth. This ancient Indian technique involves swishing 1 tsp of coconut oil around your mouth for five to 20 minutes. The oil is rich in lauric acid — known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.


Until five years ago, I used to get my hair chemically straightened, then I decided to embrace my natural curl. I’ve learnt that scrunching mousse is drying, leaving the hair like straw. You need plenty of moisture to hold a curl: I recommend the Mixed Chicks range (from £10.95, and Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer (£19.50,


I get quite dry skin, so my favourite anti-ageing product is Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm (£40, neals It is packed with rosehip oil, an antioxidant that repairs and firms skin. You can use it at home, as a cleanser or face mask, but I throw it in my bag and use it as an on-the-go moisturiser for my face, body, lips, nails and even my hair.


For an evening out, I always wear a jumpsuit dressed up with some big heels and statement jewellery. I find this style particularly flattering for my 5 ft 9 in frame. They’re great for creating a classically glamorous look, which is still comfy, yet affordable. I’ve collected them in a wide range of block colours. Kim & Co has a great selection (


Lack of sleep, through stress, can be terribly ageing. I find Reiki a great way to relax before bed. I first discovered it when working in Japan during the Nineties. The idea is that we can rebalance the energy in different parts of our body (or ‘chakras’) to feel rejuvenated. You can visit a Reiki practitioner to learn which techniques work for you.

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