Deborah Meaden reveals she loves buying second hand clothes

‘People do double-takes when they see me in charity shops!’ Deborah Meaden reveals she loves buying second hand clothes in a bid to be more sustainable

She’s worth a reported £50million.

But Deborah Meaden has revealed that she loves buying second hand clothes from charity shops in a bid to be more sustainable.

The Dragon’s Den star, 63, has also told how she is a ‘nightmare’ and didn’t switch the heating on at her home until December last year during the cold snap. 

Good choice: Deborah Meaden has revealed that she loves buying second hand clothes from charity shops in a bid to be more sustainable

Good choice: Deborah Meaden has revealed that she loves buying second hand clothes from charity shops in a bid to be more sustainable

She told The Mirror: ‘I buy second-hand clothes. People do double-takes when they see me in charity shops.’ 

‘Now, everybody in the Den talks about sustainability, which pleases me.’

On other money saving tips she added: ‘I only switched our heating on in mid-December because it was -5C. We held out for a long time. I’m an absolute nightmare. 

‘I go around switching all the lights off!’ 

Chilly: The Dragon's Den star, 63, has also told how she is a 'nightmare' and didn't switch the heating on at her home until December last year during the cold snap

Chilly: The Dragon’s Den star, 63, has also told how she is a ‘nightmare’ and didn’t switch the heating on at her home until December last year during the cold snap

The star – who has a net worth of £50million – lives with her husband Paul at their Somerset mansion. 

It comes after last year Deborah praised her make-up artist for insisting she get checked for skin cancer after she noticed a blemish on her skin.

The entrepreneur went for a check-up with her doctor and was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in 2015, the second most common form of skin cancer.

The businesswoman told Vogue Williams on the Taboo Talk podcast: ‘I was aware of [how much the sun could damage my skin], I’m quite fair-skinned but oddly I’ve never really burnt and I think that was a problem for me.

Funny: She told The Mirror: 'I buy second-hand clothes. People do double-takes when they see me in charity shops'

Funny: She told The Mirror: ‘I buy second-hand clothes. People do double-takes when they see me in charity shops’

‘I kind of thought that I was immune to it… I thought, I might look fair, but obviously my skin can handle it. So it was a bit of a shock when I realised there was some damage done.’  

She added: ‘I was filming Dragon’s Den, and I don’t get spots, but my make-up artist had noticed what looked like a [tiny little] whitehead that had been on my face for probably about six weeks.

‘She kept saying, ‘That’s not right, Deborah’, and I thought, ‘OK that’s really weird, I don’t usually get spots’. I was going off to Africa and I thought, before I go, I just need to get that checked out.

‘I sent a picture to my doctor, who said it could be something, it might not, but it could be something. Then he got me an appointment with a local hospital and I went along and they told me, ‘You’ve got a squamous’.’

Deborah said she was incredibly lucky to have caught the cancer early, admitting she may not have been in the same situation as she is today to tell the story if she had not sought medical help.

‘When I say I was lucky, we caught it incredibly early,’ she said.

‘I’m evangelical now about saying to people, if you’ve got a little odd pimple that won’t go, don’t just think it’s a pimple.’

‘I’ve always looked for moles, I know all the rules about moles, I’ve never looked for something that actually looked like a whitehead. 

Life: The star - who has a net worth of £50million - lives with her husband Paul at their Somerset mansion

Life: The star – who has a net worth of £50million – lives with her husband Paul at their Somerset mansion 

‘I would never have known if it wasn’t for Sue, thank goodness.’

The television star says she now has to take greater care when she’s outside in the sunshine.

She frequently checks her skin for marks and is much more aware of how the sunshine can affect her health. 

‘My prognosis is factor 50,’ she explained. ‘I wear a hat when I’m outside all of the time, and watch my skin. I do have regular skin checks over my whole skin.’

Kind: It comes after last year Deborah praised her make-up artist for insisting she get checked for skin cancer after she noticed a blemish on her skin

Kind: It comes after last year Deborah praised her make-up artist for insisting she get checked for skin cancer after she noticed a blemish on her skin 

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