A mother-of-three, who is often mistaken for being half her age, has revealed the secrets behind her youthful appearance.
Abigail O’Neill, 44, from Byron Bay, New South Wales, has been mistaken for the sister of her children, Charlotte, 25, Rory, 23, and Ryan, 20, instead of their mother countless times.
The model, who is married to builder Gerri, 55, claims her age-defying look is down to following a completely natural and organic skincare routine throughout her entire life.
Abigail uses edible household ingredients such as honey, sea salt, coconut oil and cocoa powder on her skin – while also incorporating other natural elements such as fresh aloe vera, epsom salts and an assortment of essential oils, as part of her beauty regime.
Abigail O’Neill, 44, (pictured) from Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia, revealed the secrets behind her age-defying appearance
The mother-of-three (pictured in her 20s with her daughter Charlotte) who works as a model, revealed she’s routinely mistaken for being sisters with her children instead of their parent
Abigail (pictured) believes her ageless look is down to following an all-natural skincare routine and rarely wearing makeup
The model (pictured right with her daughter Charlotte) incorporates everyday ingredients such as honey, sea salt and coconut oil in her daily skincare regime
And while the model occasionally wears makeup while on a photoshoot, Abigail said that otherwise she goes bare-faced – which she feels has helped preserve her naturally glowing skin.
She said: ‘I get told weekly that I look like my children’s sibling. People are astonished when I tell them I am their mother.
‘They’ll say things like, “I never would have guessed you to have grown up kids, they look like your little brothers and sisters”.
‘Whenever my daughter and I go out together, people always say we look like sisters. It happens all the time.
‘We have a wonderful relationship, so I guess we are more like sisters in that sense.
Abigail (pictured in her 20s with Charlotte) says people are always surprised to learn that she has children
Abigail (pictured left with her daughter Charlotte) revealed she has a ‘wonderful’ relationship with her daughter and they are like sisters
Abigail (pictured) exfoliates her body three mornings a week with an organic homemade scrub of Epsom salt, sea salt and essential oils
Abigail (pictured) revealed her nightly soak in the bath is usually followed by a cold blast of water and exfoliating with raw crystallized honey
Abigail’s skincare routine
- Exfoliate whole body with organic homemade body scrub made of Epsom salt, sea salt and essential oils three times a week.
- Moisturise whole body with a light application of raw organic coconut oil.
- Moisturise face with pure organic fresh aloe vera inner gel and cold pressed organic rose hip oil.
- Soak in the bath followed by cold blast of water
- Raw crystallised honey face exfoliation followed by a honey and cacao powder face mask
- Pure essential oils rubbed into the face.
- Cacao butter rubbed into the face as a rich night moisturiser three times a week.
‘People always guess that I’m in my twenties. They are shocked when I tell them my real age.
‘My skincare is 100 per cent totally natural, organic and cold pressed.
‘The ingredients I choose to use on my skin are so utterly nature derived that they usually come from my own garden or organic kitchen.
‘The best part is it’s all completely chemical-free. Don’t underestimate its potency when it comes to delivering precious antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and probiotics.
She said she believes avoiding ‘all those chemicals topically’ has given her ‘flawless skin’.
Abigail (pictured in her 20s with children Charlotte, Ryan and Rory) believes avoiding chemical ingredients are key attributes of maintaining her ‘flawless’ skin
Abigail (pictured with her children) says most people are shocked when she reveals her age as they assume she’s in her twenties
The model (pictured) revealed her enviable svelte figure is down to eating fresh and healthy meals that are largely plant-based
Abigail revealed she maintains an enviable figure by eating a fresh and healthy diet that largely consists of raw, organic and plant-based foods, in addition to undergoing a juice fast twice a year.
She continued: ‘I’ve always lived by the mantra that you are what you eat. I love eating superfood-rich, organic and mostly raw plant-based meals.
‘Because I’ve nourished myself so long with unprocessed, raw and organic foods, I don’t crave unnatural meals ever and never have a cheat day.
‘I treat myself to raw cacao chocolate daily. It’s so revitalising for the body and soul, and is beautifying for the skin. It’s like taking a multivitamin.
‘I like to seasonally juice fast a couple of times per year for detoxification. It makes me feel incredible, and is a way to evaluate and reset my body.
Abigail (pictured with her husband Gerri, 55) lives by the mantra ‘you are what you eat’, and survives on a diet of organic superfoods
The mother-of-three (pictured swimming at her local river) also detoxes a couple of times a year and treats herself daily to raw cacao chocolate
Abigail (pictured with her daughter Charlotte) says detoxing is her way of evaluating and resetting her body
Abigail’s favourite natural skincare ingredients
- Fresh picked aloe vera from the garden
- Raw honey from her own bees
- Sea salt and epsom salt
- Tumeric powder
- Raw cacao
- Green clay
- Coconut yoghurt
- Acai powder
- Fine seaside sand
- Coconut and olive oils
- Frankincense, sandalwood or myrrh essential oils
‘Hydrotherapy is a wonderful way to activate the body and skin.
‘Even just a thirty second blast of cold water at the end of your usual shower will boost your circulation and metabolism.’
The 44-year-old says she intends to embrace the natural ageing process as it comes, despite being ‘flattered’ by strangers mistaking her for a woman in her twenties.
She added: ‘I may look young, and that’s very flattering, but the soul is where we sparkle from.
‘I think it’s how I feel on the inside that helps portray my youthfulness.
‘The ageing process is so much more than just what is skin-deep.
‘It’s about learning new things, staying flexible and continuing to laugh with life.
‘Living will leave lines upon you, and I know, in time, they will come for me too.’
The 44-year-old (pictured with her sons Ryan and Rory) recommends a cold blast of water at the end of showers to boost circulation and metabolism
Abigail (pictured left with her daughter Charlotte) believes how you feel on the inside is important for portraying youthfulness
Model (pictured left with her daughter Charlotte) revealed raw honey, aloe vera and turmeric powder are among her favourite skincare ingredients
Abigail (pictured left with her daughter Charlotte) claims she will embrace the natural aging process when it comes