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A GRANDMOTHER has revealed that she spends over a THOUSAND pounds on her beauty regime to make sure she always looks 15 years younger than her real age.
Jacqueline Cubici-Gonzalez is 61 – but says people have told her she looks 45.
And the retiree has even been mistaken for her three-year-old granddaughter's mum.
Jacqueline spends two hours each morning applying lotions – including her top tip, baby suncream.
She also plays tennis, gets spa treatments and looks after her hair – because she wants to stay looking young.
Her comments came after Madonna spoke out about ageism following an appearance at the Grammys.
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Jacqueline, a retired airport worker, from Camberley, Surrey, said: "I refuse to age gracefully.
"People my age are expected to be grey and wrinkled, and wear wide long skirts. I always knew I never wanted that.
"I agree with Madonna's sentiment that people should be allowed to be young when they're over 45."
Jacqueline, the second child of eleven, grew up in Venezuela and moved to the UK aged 28.
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She started her skincare routine 40 years ago because she never felt beautiful as she says she was always compared to her sister's looks, she says.
She begins with £60 a month six step face care regime, which she extends down to her chest and does morning and night.
After washing her skin she mists on two layers of hydrating spray, followed by a serum.
Next she swears by a vitamin-rich night cream – because it lasts longer on your skin than day cream.
I'm not rich and you don't have to be, you just need to grab a bargain
She then adds firming cream – before slathering on her factor-50 sun protection for babies.
Jacqueline said: "That is my top tip.
"If you want to have nice skin and you don't want to do all the rest then just get the factor 50 baby cream and use a lot.
"It's the most important thing I do. If I use one for older skin it looks much less good."
Jacqueline also takes care to look after the rest of her body and estimates she spends around £1,900 a year on all treatments.
She uses a face and a hair mask every Sunday and dyes out her grey hair every four weeks.
She also begins everyday with a body scrub, followed by shower gel.
After that she slaps on body oil then a moisturising body cream, then body spray.
And she spends £35 on a monthly onceover at a spa where her feet are pampered with a soak, massage, nail-care and paint.
The gran also splashes out another £35 a month on spa membership so she can have a full body massage.
And finally, she's careful to get eight hours a night beauty sleep.
She even bought a 'beauty sleep in progress' sign to hang on her bedroom door.
The mum-of-two plays tennis once a week to avoid growing love handles and saggy arms, she says.
Jacqueline said: "I'm not rich and you don't have to be, you just need to grab a bargain.
"It's absolutely worth every bit of money you spend on it.
"We should be allowed to have fun, keep dancing, and be trendy and fashionable."
Jacqueline, who lives with husband Steven Jones 63, likes to keep her look fashionable and trendy.
She wears tailored knee-length skirts, or flared trousers with tops and trainers – and picks up tips on Instagram.
Jacqueline said: "To me it feels really sad to get old – so I'm trying to hold it off every day.
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"People often comment that I don't look like I was born in 1961.
"I want to look younger forever."
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