Aging very fast

(157 Posts)
SureFootedWhispher Wed 20-Aug-14 19:24:28

I have always looked about 10 years younger than my age but all of a sudden at 36 something happened.

My forehead is very lined, crinkley and dry looking and looks older than 36.

My hair now plaits into a plait the thickness of barely two fingers. And it's apperance and texture has changed.

My hands look very dry and old.

What can I do? It's like i've aged years within 6 months.

anothervisittothepark Wed 20-Aug-14 19:31:22

I have been feeling this way a bit about myself recently at age 35. I think you do age quicker after 35. Between age 20 and 35 you can look similar age. But between 35 and 50 a lot og aging happens.
I have been considering nyslef what to do. I read cutting out sugar helps. I have been trying to cut out alcohol but not very successfully.

Yama Wed 20-Aug-14 19:34:02

Accelerated aging happened to me too at 36. I'm now 38 and it's my neck that's gone. Ah well, growing old is better than the alternative.

MeganChips Wed 20-Aug-14 19:37:03

Nutrition aside, I find a really good serum and Retin A works wonders.

My favourite is Lancôme advanced Genifique which makes my skin look great. The Retin A is 0.025% and I buy it from eBay.

Be warned though, it takes about 3 months for your skin to get used to it. I purged and went flaky at first but now it's great. I have crap skin too, I used Benzoyl Peroxide for years but the Retin A keeps it clear.

anothervisittothepark Wed 20-Aug-14 19:45:26

I am noticing sagging in my neck too. Loosing the jawline i had before. I think these things must become more noticeable as you resch 40. Its not much fun.

SureFootedWhispher Wed 20-Aug-14 19:47:26

My diet is fairly good and I no longer drink lots (I did though), but I do drink a lot of caffiene.

Is retional a good? Any recommendations? What about crap thin hair?

lottieandmia Wed 20-Aug-14 19:54:04

If this happens to me I'll go for Botox. That's the only thing that will significantly help lines that are already noticeable.

Do you have regular facials? That's very important I think. Things like microdermabrasion will help or face peels. No one cream will make any difference without the above.

SureFootedWhispher Wed 20-Aug-14 19:58:28

I have a Bravuia night cream with acid in it. It was great to begin with but so much now.

I don't have facials. I didn't think theydid anything, plus I don't live near a city or spar that would offer good ones. Just little salons.

lottieandmia Wed 20-Aug-14 20:01:20

They definitely do - microdermabrasions and peels do. I've been having them since I was 25. I'm a therapist myself. You need to get dead skin cells off so that your skin looks brighter.

lottieandmia Wed 20-Aug-14 20:01:59

You don't need a spa. I go to a small, independent salon.

lottieandmia Wed 20-Aug-14 20:03:21

Just a thought - have you been to the GP and checked this is not a thyroid problem.

Have your parents aged well? If so then this could be a medical problem.

Bubbshjs Wed 20-Aug-14 20:10:18

I'd advocate loads of veg and fruit, minimal sugar and processed food and loads of water as general anti-aging routine. Also, though I'm sure there are better ones these days with less additives, I think Imedeen makes a difference (expensive though!)

PrimalLass Wed 20-Aug-14 20:20:46

I look better again (at 40), but not sure why. Sleeping later in the morning has definitely helped, but I'm not doing anything else skin-wise.

queenofthepirates Wed 20-Aug-14 20:29:31

I second retin a, I swear by it every night. I'm 39 and have been told I look 30. I also get regular microdermabasion and chemical peels every 6 months. Hair wise though-no idea, sorry

SureFootedWhispher Wed 20-Aug-14 20:32:50

Which retin a cream? how do I find a good microdermabasion person?

SureFootedWhispher Wed 20-Aug-14 20:33:36

Had loads of blood tests recently and all fine. My mum looks great, my dad very old.

anothervisittothepark Wed 20-Aug-14 20:48:42

But are there any long term effects of uding retin a?

FacebookWillEatItself Wed 20-Aug-14 20:50:34

Where do you get your retin A cream from please?

SnowBells Wed 20-Aug-14 20:51:10

I second MeganChips. Serums and Retin A all the way.

And the below. WARNING: Only read on if you have cash to spare.

- Look at the upper-end of the beauty gadgets. Some of them actually work.

- Regular state-of-the-art facials that are pretty pricey (three figures per visit). Not spa facials, but medical facials that really mean business. I get this no matter where I am in the world… I have a little black book of fabulous little helpers here and on the other side of the pond.

- See a dermatologist. My friends in the U.S. (and other European countries) all have one. In the UK, most people only go when necessary - and on the NHS.

In my experience: money = huge difference. You really get what you pay for in the aging stakes. No wonder so many A-listers look age-less. Even my husband agrees… which is important, considering how much this beauty routine all costs.

I also try to avoid GRAINS (easier said than done… today, I had biscuits! blush). But it should be Paleo diet all the way.

lottieandmia Wed 20-Aug-14 20:51:55

Sometimes if your local college runs beauty therapy courses and they have a working salon, the students will do microdermabrasion treatments at a much better price than you would get in a salon. Other than that clinics like. Transform offer it as a treatment.

lottieandmia Wed 20-Aug-14 20:55:25

I do agree with SnowBells. Look at Nicole Kidman. Her face is like that, probably because she's had lots of chemical peels.

SureFootedWhispher Wed 20-Aug-14 22:09:34

SnowBells, how do I find a good medical facial? I looked but don't know which ones are good.

lottieandmia Thu 21-Aug-14 07:46:36

OP, google 'Transform' - they are a clinic which offers a range of different treatments. That would be a good starting point. Then you could see if anywhere local to you does the same thing. You could also go for a consultation and see what they actually recommend and then take it from there.

BravePotato Thu 21-Aug-14 08:06:51

I don't think Nicole Kidman looks great, she looks like she had lots of work done, face practically frozen in botox.

lottieandmia Thu 21-Aug-14 08:11:31

I didn't say my opinion on how she looks one way or the other. Whether people look good when they've obviously had invasive treatments is a matter of opinion. But her skin looks very pale like that because of chemical peels IMO.

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