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Has This Woman Discovered The Fountain Of Youth?

A 50-year-old Chinese woman looks so young that she is often mistaken for her 25-year-old daughter.

"My daughter and I are like best friends. There is no age gap between us at all," she boasted to the Daily Mail.

Xu Min, who hails from Yunnan Province, attributes her youthful appearance to a routine of facials, a calm mind, and an early bedtime. The results make her a "magical beauty," in the estimation of the Chinese website

As her husband explains, "My wife was born pretty and she likes her skincare routine. But more importantly, she is a generous person, she goes to bed at 9pm every day, and she looks after herself." As for her calm mind, that is a result of attending flower-arranging classes. The man says he is proud to be seen with his wife in public, where strangers often mistake her for his "young mistress."

Having retired at the age of 46, she manages to keep busy. "I don't like being quiet -- I prefer doing things. After I retired, I spent a lot of time browsing the internet and writing my journal so that I didn't feel outdated," she informed a local reporter.

She also keeps busy by going to beauty salons and hairdressers. "I dye my hair once every two months. Otherwise, you'll see my grey hair," she confesses.

It is perhaps not surprising that Xu Min has captured the imaginations of people near and far, as the desire for a "fountain of youth" is as old as humanity.

The search for a fountain of youth is most closely associated with the 16th-century Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon, who allegedly thought it would be found in what is now Florida, as explained by National Geographic.

One of the most popular tourist attractions in that state is Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine. Spokesperson Michelle Reyna says the fountain has been a tourist attraction since at least 1901.

The fountain is explained on the Park's website:

With signed guest books stretching back to 1868, the Fountain of Youth is the oldest attraction in Florida, and the Spring House is the centerpiece of the historical Juan Ponce de Leon experience at the Park. The spring issues forth directly from the Floridan aquifer, which lies below ground under much of North Florida. The water contains over 30 minerals and the spring would have been the perfect replenishment site for Juan Ponce de Leon's ships upon landing on Florida's shores 500 years ago. If you visit on a cold winter's day, be sure to warm your hands by the crackling fire in the coquina fireplace. Take a sip from Juan Ponce de Leon's Spring of Eternal Hope. Do you believe?

As for Xu Min, she appears to have found her own fountain of youth.

Sources: Daily Mail, National Geographic, Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park / Photo credit: Sarang/Wikimedia Commons

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