This mum of three has the most exuberant glow. Plus this super-mum jumps off waterfalls in her spare time for some extra exercise…who doesn’t? So what’s her secret?

Byron Bay native Abigail O’Neill, a 45-year-old Mum of three, has an impressive Instagram following for one envy-inducing reason – she looks so incredibly young!

Speaking to Beauticate, Abigail said the secret to her youthful appearance is a 12 minute miracle shower designed to plump the face, relieve the mind and tone the body. That really does sound like a miracle!

A Basic Routine

Abigail says that the shower consists of a basic routine completed three times. It involves turning the water in the shower on hot for three minutes, then cold for three minutes, trying to “go as hot and cold as you can bear.”

A model, Abigail says she has followed the routine for more than 30 years.

“I have no doubt it has contributed to my youthful appearance, which is why it is one of my top tips,” she said.

It should be noted, however, that this 12 minute youth boosting shower is not the only thing that Abigail does to keep herself in shape. We knew it was too good to be true…

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Superfoods and Self Control

Abigail’s diet is loaded with superfoods and ruled by incredible self-control (no Dairy Milk blocks in sight).

To start the day, she has a glass of lemon water followed by fruit, barley green and spirulina The Sun reports.

The rest of the day is equally as healthy with antioxidant smoothies, root vegetables, legumes and green salad all on the menu.

If she does feel like something indulgent, Abigail snacks on 100% raw chocolate. Oh and she doesn’t allow herself any cheat days when it comes to her eating habits, so there isn’t a Friday night takeaway to be seen.

Abigail also follows a strict exercise regime but keeps it fun (?), with climbing cliffs, leaping off waterfalls and surfing some of her favourite activities.

Turns out that whole secret 12 minute miracle shower thing is probably about 1% of the reason Abigail looks the way she does…

While it’s difficult not to envy Abigail’s eternal youth, there’s also something to be said for how you feel within yourself – and we don’t think you have to give up that extra coffee or sneaky slice of cake to achieve that.

What’s your secret to looking youthful no matter your age? Let us know in the comments!

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  • I lot is genetics.
    I make sure to really look after my skin and always use sunscreen daily


  • Drinking water and washing and moisturising your face twice a day


  • Thanks for sharing your regime. I’m sure it will help many others,.


  • Water is such a valuable resource. This is such a waste.


  • No way I could do the shower thing. Moderation for me all the way.


  • I bought way look youthful so I have no useful tops to share. Although I tell me kids they should moisturize now, in their 20s. A 12 minute shower is excessive in these days of anti waste


  • With kids around and treats all the time, I really struggle with self control, but cudos to this lovely mum for being about to do that! Definitely requires, incredibly will power.


  • Oh wow I don’t have the motivation for that kind of dedication! I try to eat healthy most of the time, get plenty of sleep and I get regular massages. I could definitely up the amount of exercise I do!


  • Watch out with drinking the lemon water daily – it will cause tooth erosion and make your teeth very sensitive. Your call.


  • Regular facials at a day spa, keeping up with my skin care routine.


  • Ageing (or lack there of) is genetic. While moisturising and eating healthy helps, you can’t change your genes. I bet her mother is the same


  • I seem to focus more on my kids then a beauty routine. I have stopped wearing makeup unless it’s a special occasion and that had helped my skin


  • Less is more…i feel younger when i dont need to use to many beauty product..


  • I think it’s in your genes. My Mother and my Grandmother looked 20 years younger than they actually were.


  • Drinking plenty of water. But I think your genes play a vital role too


  • What you put in your body definitely shows through your skin! Eat healthily, drink water. Sunscreen each day is a must! Having good genetics is a huge help too ;)


  • Plenty of fruit and veggies, exercise and water are guaranteed to help you keep youthful. Not sure about the hot and cold shower routine, especially for 12 minutes …..


  • Cleansing a moisturising twice a day and drinking enough water


  • 12 minute showers? I should be so lucky!


  • Wow, she sure looks amazing ! God knows how much her shower regime, diet with super foods and exercises are of impact but they’re all good choices.


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