I recently had to renew my Singapore Identification Card. It's apparently something that all 30-year-olds need to do before they turn a(nother) year older. I was more than happy to do this because if you ever had the chance to look at my 16-year-old self (and the 16-year-old me on the old IC) ... ohhh dear, I would win 'Most Improved'. Hands down. :P
I faced the dilemma of taking a new 30-year-old photo for the IC, or using my favorite 24-year-old photo. Yes the one where my skin was perfection, like smooth tofu. Oh how I miss and yearn for that complexion. My skin unfortunately took quite a beating in recent years from late nights, seriously lacking in hydration and bad skincare habits. So as my 30th birthday passed, I was determined to do something about the state of my skin and changes in my lifestyle had to be made.
First was no more late nights, or at least I need to be in bed by midnight. Latest. I know my skin will suck the next day if I don't get enough sleep and no matter how much I apply it, my makeup would suck even more.
Second, I stocked up on Vitamins. I eat two capsules of Vitamine E daily, along with C and Evening Primrose Oil. We get our vitamins from GNC, mainly for economic reasons as we have a membership discount there plus the staff are always knowledgeable and not pushy. I fall sick less often too with the addition of vitamins in my diet.
Drinking water regularly was probably the most dificult to add to the new lifestyle. I bought pretty bottles and printed notes for my table to help motivate me to gulp down the H2O (did you know water improves the elasticity of your skin?). It's a slow progress, and till now I'm still not sure if drinking water will ever become second nature to me. Basically it's because I hate to pee so much. Though I hear that would clear out the toxins in your body (?).
Then I made the biggest investment to the skin renewal mission - my skincare regime. The one thing that I apply religiously now and 6 years ago was my Biotherm products. Between then and now, I thought nothing could take away my good complexion. Not even a stop to basic cleansing and moisturising. But that thing called Youth does go away and that suck-y thing called Age replaces it with yucky lifeless dull complexion, age spots, enlarged pores ... eugh! Biotherm was my first 'adult' skincare product :) and I'm so glad to have gone back to it.
I use a basic system of Aquasource's Cleanser/Lotion/Moisturiser, along with the Skin.Ergetic Serum. I'm still looking for a fantastic eyecream, but right now am pretty happy with the Aquasource Eye Perfection.
So is my skin perfect? Of course most definitely not. A facial therapist informed me that my age/sun spots will never go away. As for my pores, I probably will start using this soon. Plus I've just learnt that I have sensitive skin, and some products (yes, even from Biotherm) can be too much for me. So while I don't mind taking photos with a naked face now, don't be surprised if you run away thinking you've just seen a ghost when you see me makeup-less on the street. LOL!
While improvements still need to be done, I do count my lucky stars that I don't have to deal with huge pre-menstrual breakouts like I used to in my youth, all thanks to Mr A. I mean doesnt everyone have a partner who gets pimples when your period is coming? Ha!
Next thing I'd like to improve is the skin on my arms and legs. Because that is a whole unchartered territory a little daunting for me. I wonder if 32 is too old to begin improving that.
Do you have a particular skincare product or regime you'd swear by?