Sibel Surrey is a long-time friend of mine. We met in the 1980s when she was just a teenager and I was in my early 20s. We always had so much fun, whether it was dancing in nightclubs, going to the beach, or simply chatting with my grandmother, who adored Sibel!
It was my honor, and pleasure, to catch up with Sibel recently via telephone and chat about our lives. She also agreed to be interviewed for this blog, regarding healthy living and beauty over 40.
The 48-year-old beauty lives on the east coast of Florida. When she’s not working on her home with her longtime partner, she goes to the inlet. One of the beaches Sibel enjoys is Wabasso. “I love nature,” she said.”Basically being outdoors and being around anything that’s considered natural … the sand at my feet, the ocean water touching my toes, that’s so very me.”
After living in California for 22 years and then moving to Florida, where the sun is much stronger, it’s major for Sibel to use sunscreen — in fact, she recommends it for any woman, no matter where they live. “It’s very, very important,” she said.
When it comes to a beauty routine, readers will be surprised at Sibel’s unconventional skin care regimen. “What I use,” she said, and paused before adding, “And I get compliments on my skin all the time …” She giggled and paused again. Then said, “A dermatologist would not recommend this; it works for me … for years … Ivory Soap. I’ve been using it since my teen years.”
Sibel also uses Butcher Boy Coconut Oil. “It’s got no GMOs,” she said. “One hundred percent pure refined coconut oil. I use that as a conditioner for my hair when I want a deep condition. I also use it when I’m coloring or bleaching my hair.”
She continued, “There’s so many uses for coconut oil. I take a spoonful when I have digestive issues. It lubricates your intestinal tract. I learned this when I worked at a chiropractic wellness center.”
Sibel also loves green tea. “It’s a fantastic antioxidant,” she said, adding, “Yogi teas are phenomenal.”
Not big on fast food, Sibel prepares her own food. She said, “As you get older, your system doesn’t tolerate it [fast food]. I don’t like anything with preservatives.”
She favors a Portuguese soup made of chicken, kale, and potatoes. “You can use any kind of sausage. You can exchange chicken for vegetable broth if you’re a vegan,” she said. “It’s fantastic.”
Roused by Fred Astaire’s dance moves, Sibel prefers dancing to going to the gym. “I have never gone to the gym and I don’t intend to,” she said, adding, “I say that with respect for people who do. Dancing gives you the freedom and the option to do what you want without restrictions. Fred Astaire drew freely from tap and jazz.”
Sibel also loves bike riding. She said, “You’re able to be free and outdoors. The confined places don’t work for me. I’m a very ‘outdoor’ person.”
In the world of beauty, it’s Marilyn Monroe, first, who inspires Sibel. “I love Marilyn Monroe,” she said. “She is an iconic figure. She’s sort of like the sexy girl next door. She had a very natural way about her. It might have been her persona, but her persona was authentic.”
And second is Raquel Welch. “She’s seventy-six years old and unbelievably gorgeous,” Sibel said. “She’s physically fit; she’s very classy.”
Sibel and pet, Dingo
When Sibel first moved to Florida, from California, she volunteered for the Humane Society, though not directly involved with the animals. It was there she found Dingo, an Australian Sheep Dog. “He’s overweight and older. It was hard to adopt him, so I took him,” she said. “All animals are highly intelligent, especially dogs and cats. Your domesticated ones, without a doubt, are like having children.”
When it comes to loving animals, Sibel absolutely sees the beauty connection. “I think because they make you happy and you love them,” she said. “I think when you’re happy inside, your beauty shows on the exterior.”
With four dogs in her life, Sibel’s future plans include buying more land where she could have even more animals. She said, “I can adopt more animals that are homeless.”
For more about Sibel, follow her Twitter page at: https://twitter.com/Sibellasurrey