News Copy – By Astrid Hall

An active love life, drinking red wine and doing yoga are among the top 40 things which keep you young, according to research.

The poll of 1,500 over-65s also revealed singing along to music, spending time with people younger than yourself and doing puzzles also featured.

And when it comes to how you feel on the inside, the outside does matter, with wearing whatever clothes you like, treating yourself to a nice haircut and remaining physically active also appearing on the list of ways to help keep you feeling spritely.

Eight in 10 near-retirees believe in the phrase ‘you’re only as young as you feel’, with 78 per cent claiming to feel younger than the number on their last birthday card.

The research was commissioned by Fairy Non-Bio and found, on average, respondents feel around nine years younger than they actually are.

Three quarters put this down to keeping a positive mental attitude, while just under half thank a healthy lifestyle.

Older Brits think their physical appearance has a lot to say about the age they feel, with more than half admitting they’ve changed their style and clothing choices as they aged.

Almost a third now favour softer fabrics such as cotton to avoid irritating their skin, and 46 per cent opt for looser fitting clothes.

And a quarter wear far fewer bold patterns and prints than they did in their youthful heyday.

Over 50 per cent of over-65s confess to finding their skin has increased in sensitivity as they’ve got older.

And some of the top ways to try and combat this include changing hand or body soap, changing what they wash their clothes with or trying different styles of clothing.

Fairy Non-Bio’s spokesman said: “At Fairy Non Bio we celebrate people being able to wear what they want, whenever they want, no matter the skin that they’re in.

“Skin sensitivity as we get older shouldn’t mean we have to avoid wearing the clothes we want to, the ones that make us feel our best.

“That’s why Fairy Non Bio 3-in-1 PODS are specially formulated to keep clothes beautifully clean whilst feeling gentle on sensitive skin.”

How old are you? Take the quiz here

1. Walking
2. Thinking positively
3. Staying positive
4. Getting enough sleep
5. Getting your five-a-day
6. Spending time with family
7. Keeping up a hobby
8. Drinking lots of water
9. Going on holiday
10. Spending time with friends
11. Dancing
12. Trying new things regularly
13. Doing puzzles
14. Smiling lots
15. Active love life
16. Reading books
17. Spending time with people younger than yourself
18. Having a pet
19. Singing to music
20. Listening to music
21. Having time to yourself
22. Swimming
23. Wearing whatever clothes you like
24. Cycling
25. Taking up new hobbies
26. Doing yoga
27. Running
28. Using suncream
29. Eating super fruits
30. Treating yourself to nice haircuts
31. Drinking red wine
32. Kissing
33. Colouring your hair
34. Taking naps
35. Drinking green tea
36. Using anti-aging creams
37. Going to gigs or live events
38. Meditating
39. Getting massages
40. Keeping up with fashion trends

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