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Update on my attempt to look younger

(53 Posts)
FergusSingsTheBlues Sat 26-Oct-13 22:16:38

I posted here about a month ago about my withering beauty (hem hem) .... My big issue was skin and generally looking fat, wrinkly and a bit fucked.

Gots lots of advice (thanks!) then went on amazon.

Dh keeps saying I "suddenly" look ten years younger, says I look glowing and that my eyes are clearer. He has no idea I've been Making An Effort (fags aside) so I'm over the moon (especially as that's what I said I needed to do...lose ten years). I can see I look a lot younger too and it's amazing as I'm getting v bad sleep right now (teething babies) and feel exhausted.

So I just wanted to share what I've been doing in case anybody else is on the cusp of panic about their looks....especially if you're skint like me! I had no idea you could change so much in a month....and I only spent about fifty quid!!!!

1. Stopped smoking (about two months ago)
2. Stopped drinking almost entirely..had 2 small glasses wine this month (used to have that a night)
3. Stopped caffeine, replaced with carbonated water and mint tea...both are particularly good for skin.
4. Started taking biotin for skin and hair
5. Loreal renew serum on eyelashes (couldn't afford rapid lash) keeps them from dropping out, so they get longer some short bits which have always irritated me have filled in and I can't tell which eye, so it must work...I always look as though wearing mascara.
6. Dermaflannel technique using microfibre cloths from amazon.
7. Lemon and aspirin scrub for blackheads twice brilliantly.
8. Bought peptabright for reddened chin.
9. Did pearl drops for one month, which lightened my teeth considerably....well 3-4 shades I think?
10. then bought hydrogen peroxide 3% been using it as mouthwash every few days, it's made my teeth really shiny. (Stopped that now)
11. Scale n polish at dentist
12. Got eyebrows threaded.
13. Moisturise coupon morning and night with shea butter.
14. Daily pregnacare

I been trying to sort out my nails too...but they are still grey ... Tried whitening them with denture tablets but no change smile any tips welcome!

Still planning on facial exercises, have done them a few times but keep forgetting.

FergusSingsTheBlues Sat 26-Oct-13 22:20:02

If anybody has any advice on retin A, id appreciate it....Ive got pretty deep lines nose to corner of mouth and can't afford fillers etc.

SunshineSuperNova Sat 26-Oct-13 22:25:37

I'm a bit confused about no. 13 - did you mean coupon? smile

Jemimapyjamas Sat 26-Oct-13 22:40:07

Oooh, thanks Fergus! Am feeling a bit old looking too (am 39) and could do with some pointers as too brain mushed and busy with Other Things to work them out for myself!
Need to cut back booze really. Have two glasses every night so not loads in one sitting but it does add up. Thankfully don't smoke though.

Mumraathenoisylion Sat 26-Oct-13 22:42:39

That sounds excellent, might take on some of these..particularly the alcohol one.

With the lemon and aspirin is it just lemon juice with crushed up aspirin as a scrub?

MorrisZapp Sat 26-Oct-13 22:44:40

Coupon is face in central Scotland smile

TheFarSide Sat 26-Oct-13 22:45:55

We need before and after photos grin

Ujjayi Sat 26-Oct-13 22:53:13

Cutting out drinking always has a significant impact on my appearance. I've been doing "Sober October" for MacMillan and I can see a huge difference in my skin - and reduced puffiness in my face.

OP can you give some more info on the lemon & aspirin facial scrub please?

WRT your nails. I find OPI nail strengthener is making a difference to my knackered brittle nails. They are definitely looking brighter as well as breaking less.

OneLittleLady Sat 26-Oct-13 22:54:00

Is there anything else as effective as the asprin scrub for blackheads? I don't think I should attempt it with the asprin as I am actually allergic to asprin when taken as a tablet so shouldn't think I should put it on my skin?

squoosh Sat 26-Oct-13 22:58:01

Mint Julep Masque is great for blackheads too.

squoosh Sat 26-Oct-13 22:58:28

Oh and well done OP! Bet it's given you a massive boost.

FaddyPeony Sat 26-Oct-13 23:00:48

oh really interesting, well done OP.

<vows to give up booze/caffeine for November>

Tesco Barbara Daly range used to do a great product for nails called 'Goodbye Yellow'. Not sure if it still exists but I need to get me some if so. It's cosmetic but it gives a pretty clearish/lavender sheen to nails.

FaddyPeony Sat 26-Oct-13 23:02:48

OP did you really go cold turkey on caffeine?

JimmyCorpseHell Sat 26-Oct-13 23:07:18

Coupon = Scottish for face...I think (just from reading Irvine Welsh).

JimmyCorpseHell Sat 26-Oct-13 23:08:25

Oops - someone said it already blush

libertychick Sat 26-Oct-13 23:16:14

Well done OP - that's inspiring. Kicking fags, booze and caffeine all at once takes serious will power!

SunshineSuperNova Sat 26-Oct-13 23:41:21

Thanks for clarity on coupon - I'll add it to my store of interesting uses for words smile

WishIHadAFunkyName Sun 27-Oct-13 08:29:01

How inspiring!
Thanks for that. I'm going to try some of those. In particular;
Using pearl drops
carbonated water and mint tea
regular moisturising

frankietwospots Sun 27-Oct-13 09:18:29

What amazing tips and well done you! I second the Goodbye Yellow tip for nails. It's brilliant. Off to Google Biotin...

HelloBoys Sun 27-Oct-13 10:52:14

Faddy - not tried it YET. but spoken to a friend of mine who's been caffeine free for a year.

she used to be a coffee fiend.

she just replaced it with green tea, and did it a few times a day, not gave up all caffeine per day, and say had 2 coffees and 3 green teas (with no caffeine).

You can get decaffeinated green tea from health food shop, Tescos do a clipper one etc.

FergusSingsTheBlues Sun 27-Oct-13 13:53:22

The aspirin lemon juice scrub/ peel involved dissolving four or five soluble aspirin in lemon juice, mixing to a paste and applying to skin (just my nose). I put leftover lemon juice on chin (always reddened). Washed off pat dry after 5 mins.

The salycylic acid in sone chemical peels is extracted from aspirin, all In All v cheap way to get chemical can also buy salicylic avid from's only £14 per bottle...

You can also use dissolved gelatin which is big source of vitamin k and collagen. It's v messy tbh and I scared my kids big time....lumpy goo on face. You ave to work v quickly though and smear it on straight away. It was a disaster for me!

Thanks for tip on goodbye yellow, will get some!

Re caffeine. I just d it slowly. It took me six weeks to get from 4 espresso per day to genuinely not wanting any.

Carbonated water s genuinely really refreshing plus the mineras help remineralise your teeth. I added lemon slices to make it seem more like a treat (sad).

I've been assuaging lip balm in several times a day and the seem to be back to their normal size, must be the massaging effect.

My hair seems a lot glossier too. But as hair is dead, I've no idea how!

FergusSingsTheBlues Sun 27-Oct-13 13:54:26

Thanks for your supportive comments btw. From tomorrow I'm starting facial exercises and Im Quitting sugar....this will be the hard one sad

FergusSingsTheBlues Sun 27-Oct-13 13:59:04

Ps re biotin. You can megadose for really thin hair nails and dry skin, but if you have normal skin, it can cause acne. I'm on 10000mg at moment which is hefty....But ive got skin that cant even tolerate shower gel so it would take a miracle for my skin to be oily enough for spots. I bought it for, £5.99, producer is Natrol.

Shea butter is excellent for psoriasis nd other skin conditions. Amazon too.

Twinklestein Sun 27-Oct-13 15:11:38

I don't drink caffeine, I missed it for a for a short while & now I can't remember what caffeine felt like.

People have mentioned green tea as a stimulant. You can buy it chilled as well as drinking it hot. For energy boosts I also use the following:

Purdey's Elixir (contains gingseng)
Superfood smoothies (wheatgrass/barleygrass/spirulina etc)
Bee pollen
Acai berries
Goji berries
Raw organic cacao beans (from which chocolate is made)*

*contain small amount of caffeine.

Pinupgirl Sun 27-Oct-13 15:19:32

Well done op. But I think I shall stick to the vino and cakes and save for botox!

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