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I have a beauty/health question. My skin looks tired. I am 37 years old, so I do not expect to look 23, but at least a little more vibrant would be nice!
I have given up coffee, smoking, and booze. I am trying to up the water intake. I use toner after washing with a mild cleanser. I moisterize. I get more sleep.
Should I be eating something different? Should I exfoliate? If so, does anyone have any affordable home remedies? Or good products. To be honest, I am soooo tired of dropping so much cash on beauty products.
Maybe its in my genes and thats it? Maybe its the winter blues? (I live in a cold limate)
Any advice to brighten and give my skin a little glow would be so appreciated!
Tue. Feb 5, 2:11pm
A lot of formerly pregnant women keep taking pre-natal vitamins because of the lovely effect they have on skin.
I'm your age, with great skin. I'm a fan of Olay's Age Defying Daily Renewal Cleanser because it has a very fine scrub texture, which has helped with preventing post-workout acne while polishing things up as a mild exfoliant. It's under $10, comes in a pump, and lasts me about 2-3 months using it once a day.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 2:24 PM
I'd try and find an Avalla consultant in the area. It's not cheap stuff, but it works exceptionally well. It's usually a bit of money up front, but the average collection will last a minumum of 6 months, usually 9, and that's using it morning and night. ($68 for a cleanser and toner that will last at least 6 months, is less than a $12 a month investment.)
I'm younger so I don't have to deal with tired looking skin, but my mother has been using this stuff for 25 years and neither of us would dream of using anything else.
It's also all botanical, not tested on animals, and free from mineral oil.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 3:27 PM
I am 38, and last year after several people commented on "how tired" I looked, I decided to do something about it. I went to the nearest mall, got my hair cut totally differently, had a make-up lesson at the Clinique counter at Sears, bought some new products, bought a microdermabrasion kit from Shoppers and a tooth whitening kit. I have to say, it certainly perked me up! My two favourite skin care products are the microdermabrasion kit I bought (L'oreal Refinish), and Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (you put it on before your makeup) Both are available at Shoppers.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 4:49 PM
I think it is winter aswell. Your skin takes such a beating from the cold ...... the mild and then the super deep freeze.
I love Burts Bees Carrot cream which is a heavier moisturizer for the winter, with Boots Daily serum underneath. It seems to help a bit.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 5:02 PM
It could be winter...maybe it's the loss of fat in your diet? You may want to take an Omega-3 pill. They're cheap and have many health benefits including fighting winter blues! I get complements on my skin all the time.
I, also, don't wash my face with anything (just rinse it in the shower). I eat lots of fruit, veggies, whole grains, and fish. Oh, and I also put some lotion on my face in the morning.
I hope the Omega-3's help!
Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 10:11 PM
would you clean an oily pan with just water? Do you shower without soap? I don't understand how anyone seems to think that just water is the way to take care of their face...
Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 11:28 PM
Eating healthy(lots of greens,fruits,juices,fish), drinking 6-8 glasses of water,exercising,proper sleep etc are very important for the health. This will reflect on your skin too. But due to today's pollution we should not restrict ourselves to these only.even external care is necessary.
Using medicated products suitable for ur skin can help. The products that we use should be suitable for our skin type.
As home-made remedy Milk is an excellent saviour for dull skin.you can mix it up with honey if you have dry skin or lemon if its oily.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 1:37 AM
When they say 'eating fruits and veggies improves your skin', it really is true! I doubled up my fruits and veggies to lose weight, especially citrus fruits and my skin looks a lot healthier now! Also, drinking lots of water hydrates the skin! Apply a mixture of lime juice and honey, leave it on for 20 mins and wash it. Try vitamin E oil, almond oil or extra virgin olive oil to moisturize it. Avoid chemical products!!!
Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 2:13 AM
OP, are you exercisng?? Nothing like a brisk walk to get the blood going!!
Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 6:10 AM
In response to 11:28pm:
No, I would not clean an oily pan with just water. Last time I checked, my face was not an oily pan. Yes, I do shower without soap. I think soap throws off my ph balance, and dries out my skin.
I'm sure we all have different skin types. I was trying to give the OP some advice about improving the look of her skin. Leaving the natural oils on it, for me, is the best thing that I can do to make my skin look radiant. People tell me how beautiful my skin is ALL the time.
I'm sorry that your face that resembles an oily pan.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 9:34 AM
In response to is I am exersizing, right now, no. I at least try for a walk. Lately, where I live has been ravaged by brutal winter storms, and just making it around the city at all it a feat! Days are also short, so by the time I get home, I need to settle in and sleep. I will start up again though. (a couple of weeks)
Do you guys think moisterizing with oils is "too oily"? I have a tendancy to break out. I would be interested in your opinion. I am surprised no one mentioned how they exfoliate. It is not presently part of my regime, but maybe it should be?
Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 12:28 PM
In response to OP, If you break out often and it is serious better consult a derm.Exfolitating is very good only when you get rid of the pimples.Dont use scrubs with large granules like apricot or walnut,instead go for soft polygranuled ones.Neutrogena,Pharmagel are medicated products.You can use them.As home-made exfoliator brown sugar mixed with a little baking soda can be rubbed on the skin very gently and rinsed off with lukewarm water.Dont forget to tone & moisturize after that.Regular intake of Vitamin E can help.You can have 3-4 almonds everyday.
Thursday, February 07, 2008, 1:06 AM
I Love the Avalla-Nutrimetics products. Nutritional Cosmetics is how the name was derived and the first company to produce botanical skin care/makeup products. I've used them for over 20 years and have perfect skin. I find them affordable and long lasting. Most cosmetic companies don't offer monthly specials like they do- that's the way to stock up.
Everyone needs to stop using chemicals/mineral oil/ petroleum/alcohol/fragrance/fillers and animals on products for superb skin care results. It's all guaranteed or your money back too
Sunday, June 14, 2009, 1:26 PM
Cutting out refined carbs and focusing on veggies, lean protein, LF dairy and 1-2 servings of fruit a day has made my skin much brighter, tighter and youthful looking. That wasn't the intent, but it's been an awsome side effect!
I already get enough sleep, drink adequate water, and have a great cleaser and moisturizer, and I have to say when I don't keep up on that it's noticable, but none of those have made the difference that cutting out refined sugar has.
Sunday, June 14, 2009, 3:43 PM
I am your age and I finally bit the bullet a couple of years ago and saw a dermatologist. Best thing I ever did. All the advice I was getting(from friends and "beauty consultants") was confusing and contradictory because everyone has a different type of skin. One thing he told me that might be of interest to you was to stop using a moisturizer because I tend to be on the oily side and prone to breakouts. Doesn't make sense to add additional moisture. Best of luck!
Sunday, June 14, 2009, 4:50 PM
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