No. 2. My beauty secret is ‘neglect’!

Photo of Milly Rich with Cyril Fletcher in 1969 on Tom Tom TV Series

Photo of Milly Rich with Cyril Fletcher in 1969 on Tom Tom TV Series

…and that is the truth.

I don’t do too much to my skin and never really have done. My only regime now is a splash of water and Aveeno moisturiser. I’ve heard I’m in good company there as supposedly Jennifer Aniston does the same.

Having said that, there are a few things I believe you should never do if you want to keep a smooth, youthful healthy skin, the most important being never smoke.

Smoking is bad for your complexion – the effort you need to maintain the balance of the cigarette in your mouth gives you lines you would otherwise never have … and your eyes are affected, being scrunched up against the smoke. People definitely don’t look good smoking.

Smoking really took off with women because they thought it was sophisticated, but it honestly did nothing for them. If people are not socially adept they can be awkward with their hands so it did offer something to keep your hands busy.

People didn’t know that smoking was bad for you, in fact one particular brand of cigarette, (‘Craven A’), advertised they were actually ‘kind to the throat’. Another brand, Players, used the slogan, (which was really crafty), ‘You’re never alone with a cigarette’. This was really subtly nasty.

No. 3. Expression. The ‘Great Beautifier’

Milly & Moss with a card from the Queen for 70th Wedding Anniversary, 2009

Milly & Moss Rich with a card from the Queen for their 70th Wedding Anniversary, 2009

…in my opinion

Is your expression. Nothing is more pleasing to look at than a pleasant expression. Nothing wins people over so immediately as a kind natural face. Don’t look forbidding… smile… not an ingratiating or a servile smile, just a ‘pleased to see you’ smile. Be a happy person; don’t frighten people before they’ve even come into your personal space.

If you worry too much you will never look young, because worry marks your face. You have to learn not to ‘wear’ your personal problems, because what you think, ultimately affects your expression.

You can’t, I suppose, change your thinking any more than you can change your circumstances, the only thing you can change is your point of view. That’s something you can practice.

For example, if you want something but can’t afford it, the thing to do is to think of how you can get what you think you want as if money were no object. Write it down, prune it and accept it as a possibility, then you can have anything you want. My ideal though is not to want anything, I’m not a ‘wanter’, I’ve always been like that and life has been very good to me.

No. 4. I keep my troubles to myself (unless specifically asked to share them)

Milly & Moss in 'Let there be Love' a Mel C video, 2011

Milly & Moss Rich in ‘Let there be Love’ a Mel C video, 2011

Don’t unburden yourself on others

You can sometimes sense that a person is going to unload their troubles and unburden themselves on you.

I don’t want to know what keeps somebody awake at night.

People think its good to unload, but I don’t want to be dumped on.

No. 5. Early to bed does not necessarily make you beautiful

Milly asleep (I always sleep on my back!)

Milly asleep (I always sleep on my back!)

I’m a beauty, or so I’m told

But I’m also a night bird; I go to bed in the early hours of the morning and I get up at lunchtime.

When I get up and stagger to the bathroom I put my hair up quickly. I hardly ever wash it and I have no grey hair.

I have porridge for breakfast and watch what I eat. My daughter, Shula doesn’t eat food – she eats calories! She goes to the gym, she’s 70 but looks amazing but she works at it. I don’t like moving around much, the most active part of me is my tongue!

She shares seashell from the seashore

Milly Rich at Drusillas Park 2015 donating her seashells

Milly Rich at Drusillas Park 2015 donating her seashells

Milly donating her large collection of seashells

It was so lovely to donate seashells for everybody to see.

Milly - just to remind you. From Moss's book made just for Milly 'Anniversaries Come Every Year'

Milly – just to remind you. From Moss’s book made just for Milly ‘Anniversaries Come Every Year’

Milly's seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

Milly’s seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

Milly's seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

Milly’s seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

Milly's seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

Milly’s seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

Milly's seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

Milly’s seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

 

My 99th Birthday Party at the Bali Brasserie

Bali Brasserie menu for Millys 99 birthday party 2016

Milly celebrating at her 99th birthday party

Nornia & Milly celebrating at her 99th birthday party

Celebrating with friends and family

Next to me is Dorothy, Nigel & Gail to the left and Damian, cousin Genevieve’s husband to my right. Wendy is far right at the back. Tania with the camera phone on my right. Thank you Sarahjane for this photo. Norina & Milly together in the lower photo.