Ruby Mathieson has never applied makeup in all her life but is looking pretty good for 100 years
The gran-of-two from Dalmarnock, Glasgow, who was born in 1916, has
never worn makeup, not even on her wedding day. She calls it ‘evil
stuff’ and, instead, simply washes her face every day with cold water.
Despite living through decades of changing beauty looks, from the dark
lips and porcelain skin of the 1920s, to the glory days of blue
eyeshadow and pink blusher in the 1980s, Ruby has never been tempted to
And her daughter Rona Mattis, 59, believes this
simple regime is the key to her mum’s lifelong clear skin. ‘She used to
think it [makeup] was evil stuff, and the only thing she would do in the
morning was wash her face with cold water,’ she recalls.
She says her mum Ruby ‘just didn’t believe her skin would be as clear if
she wore make-up all the time – I think she got it from my grandmother
who also never wore it.
‘On her wedding day she was given a little powder compact, but even then
refused to put any of it on. I still have the compact now.’
She adds that there was never any makeup lying around in the house when
she was younger to play about with and she now only wears minimal makeup
‘I think it absolutely has made a difference to my mum’s skin – she looks amazing for 100 years old,’ she says.
there might be another factor at play (other than good genes of
course). Rona says her mum also used to drink a big glass of water every
morning and has never touched a drop of alcohol.
As for her secret to long life, that would be ‘lots of fresh Scottish
air’. ‘She has also always been the outdoors type. Walking is by far her
favourite pastime,’ Rona says.
So, ditch the contouring and take more walks.
Yeah, we’ve got no hope