A mother and daughter leave strangers stunned by revealing the 23-year age gap between them.
Due to their appearance, people had most of the time mistaked them as sister.
Joleen Diaz, 43, and 19-year-old daughter Meilani Parks, both from northern California, enjoy an enviably close relationship, and spending so much time together often gives rise to confusion.
Now the single mother has revealed that she keeps her skin looking as youthful as her daughter’s by maintaining good old-fashioned clean living.
“I’ve always lived a healthy, active lifestyle. I rarely drink alcohol, I get a lot of rest, and eat a balanced, healthy diet.”
The youthful mother told that her regular regime revolves around skincare. She also believes this had became the key in retaining the appearance of her. She told that she started around the age of 12.
“We are very close. We do lots of things together, travel, shop, work out. And sometimes just lay on the couch and talk.”
It is due to the closeness she shares with her mother that teenager Meilani does not take offence when people think her mother is her sister.
“I don’t think she minds. While she was growing up, she would often hear people tell me they thought my mother was my sister.”
Joleen revealed that she had her daughter at a very young age.
She added that she regularly take care of her skin by washing it daily.
“I began taking care of my skin at a young age, around 12 or 13. My mom used to buy Mary Kay and I would secretly use her skin care products.”
“A product that has shown dramatic change for me is, tretinoin. Most people know it as Retin-A. I’ve been using it now for about a year and a half, and I’ve seen my skin just get better and better.”
The youthful mother now insists that her daughter follows the same rigorous routine in order to maintain her radiant skin.
Joleen and her partner split up amicably 13 years ago ago but the family still get along, and regularly vacation together.
‘I live a pretty simple life and I’m content with what I have.’
Despite her youthful appearance, Joleen is not one to tag along with her daughter to clubs or parties and does not foresee them doing so in the future.
“Meilani and I have never gone clubbing or partying together. And I don’t foresee us doing that anytime in the near future.”
“I’ve had my share of doing both and these days I’d rather stay home, drink a nice cup of hot tea, and watch a good movie.”
After discovering Joleen and Meilani are mother and daughter, social media users have been quick to share their confusion – with some in disbelief at the reality of the relationship.