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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 week....works 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 any tips welcome!
Still planning on facial exercises, have done them a few times but keep forgetting.
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.
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?
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.
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 peel....you can also buy salicylic avid from amazon...it'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!
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.