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Exclusive: New mum Alesha Dixon reveals her diet secrets and why she loves her £29 'magic' cream

Exclusive: New mum Alesha Dixon reveals her diet secrets and why she loves her £29 'magic' cream
This week Alesha Dixon announced the arrival of her second daughter

Two days ago, Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon announced the arrival of her second daughter. Pictured with her hair tied up in an effortless up-do with barely a scrap of make-up, she was seen looking radiant and glowing a mere seven weeks after giving birth as she celebrated her 41st birthday.

Shortly afterwards, pictures emerged of a more polished Dixon attending Simon Cowell's 60th Birthday party at Nobu in Malibu on Monday evening looking utterly chic in a black flowing gown accessorised with statement earrings, an elegant up-do and low key make-up. 

For a new mum in her forties there was no sign of the tired, sleep-deprived complexion many new parents complain of. On the contrary, she looked as if she'd just emerged from a relaxing spa with rosy cheeks, glossy hair and an enviable post-baby body. 

With increasing pressure on celebrities to bounce back to their pre-baby figure almost immediately, Dixon says that being perfect has never been on her radar. 'I feel lucky that I've never allowed myself to feel that pressure, there's a groundedness in me that doesn't attach my self worth to other people's opinion.'

She adds, 'I'm not striving for perfection; I have good days and bad days and I'm OK with that. My body image is not at the top of my personal priorities and there's a freedom in not feeling the need to conform.' 

This sense of inner confidence is something that Dixon is trying to inspire other women to embody in her role as one of the ambassadors for TRESemme's #poweryourpresence campaign that addresses the lack of confidence that young women, in particular, face in the social media driven world we now live in. In a recent study undertaken earlier this year, TRESemme found that 88% of women in the UK have admitted to feeling like an imposter at certain points in their life, something that Dixon says gets easier with age. 

'The older I am, the more confident I've become. In my twenties I would temporarily allow self-doubt and anxiety to settle in, but now I have the understanding and experience to know that when those negative feelings creep in, they don't last long. The more positive I am, the more confident I feel,' she explains. 

 

'I believe in saying daily affirmations every morning in the mirror,' says Alesha Dixon  Credit: Chris Wolf/Star Max/GC Images

Her advice for women who don't feel good enough?  'I believe in saying daily affirmations every morning in the mirror. Planting positive seeds every day by doing something affirming like meditation, listening to a positive podcast or writing your future plans in a journal is a small way of being kinder to yourself.

'A lot of women hold themselves back by allowing self doubt to cripple them, so it's really about finding the tools that work for you to allow yourself to be your best, authentic self. Every woman is unique and has something different to offer the world.'

As a new mum, Dixon can appreciate that this can be a time when women feel most overwhelmed. Her advice to those new to parenting is refreshingly simple. 'Juggling everything is one of the biggest challenges that we face as women.

'There's no set way to be a mum, but one thing that I find important to set aside some time to be kind to yourself and practice some self care, whether that's an hour a day to exercise or five minutes to apply a beauty product or do an affirmation, something is better than nothing,' says Dixon. 

The secret to Alesha's youthful glow and healthy body? Drinking lots of water and eating mainly a plant based diet Credit: HGL/ GC Images

Speaking with Dixon, it's clear that this is a woman who is comfortable in her own skin. Chatty and relaxed, she exudes an energy that is calming, confident and full of energy. As the conversation turns to her beauty, exercise and diet regime, she happily offers up her best tips in the kind of collaborative way that girlfriends share a newly discovered beauty product or good book. From her clean diet secrets to the affordable super cream she swears by, these are Alesha Dixon's beauty and body secrets...

Diet: 'I eat fish and a plant-based diet that's dairy free.' 

The secret to Alesha's youthful glow and healthy post-baby body?  Drinking lots of water and eating mainly a plant based diet. 'I live a Pescatarian, vegan lifestyle. It's a work in progress; every month I look at making a positive change to my lifestyle that is better for my health and the environment. Seven years ago I gave up meat, then I gave up dairy. When it comes to food, it is a personal journey but I'm not hard on myself, I'm constantly learning,' explains Dixon. 

Alesha Dixon during the BRIT Awards 2018  Credit:  Mike Marsland/ WireImage

Exercise: 'Getting out in nature is the secret to my energy.'  

'I'm a big fan of exercise and releasing those endorphins - I love how it makes me feel; My skin looks better, I have more energy and feel more motivated. Exercising is good for you on so many levels other than the superficial. What exercise does Dixon do specifically, I hear you ask? ' I do a variety of things from body conditioning, weights and cardio such as hiking and walking,' she reveals.

Needless to say that Dixon isn't likely be rushing to get back into pre-baby shape as she clearly puts her health and well-being before vanity. But. when we spoke a few months ago, Dixon had just got back from Jason Vale's Juicy Oasis retreat in Portugal. ' I am a regular at Jason Vale’s retreat - it's a magical place. Getting out in the sunshine and surrounding myself in nature makes me feel alive. When you look in the mirror after exercising, you have this incredible glow; there's no beauty product that can replicate that.' 

Alesha Dixon at Juicy Oasis with friends Credit:  Juice Master/ JuiceMaster.com

Beauty: Alesha's top three beauty products of all time 

Eight Hour® Cream Skin Protectant,  £25.00, Elizabeth Arden

Eight Hour® Cream Skin Protectant,  £25.00, Elizabeth Arden

<br> A skincare classic known best for relieving and restoring cracked, irritated skin, Dixon says she swears by this handbag beauty saviour for lips and nails. 

Coconut Oil, £7.69, Vita Coco 

Rich in Vitamin E and essential amino acids, this brilliant multipurpose oil can be used on the hair and skin to relinquish your dry skin troubles. 'I use coconut oil for cooking as well as my ski and hair, it's incredibly nourishing.' 

All Purpose Skin Cream, £29,  Egyptian Magic

All Purpose Skin Cream, £29,  Egyptian Magic

A cult product known for its all natural, soothing ingredients Dixon says, 'my make-up artist introduced me to this, it's affordable and natural - it gives your cheeks a nice glow and you can use it all over your body too.'