how do I get my radiant skin back?
September 18, 2011 7:29 AM Subscribe
The skin on my face has not been as smooth and radiant the last couple of years. I am 26, female. What can I do to get it back to normal, or if this is the new normal, how can I prevent it from getting worse?
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. to Health & Fitness (20 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
Up until a couple of years ago, I had awesome skin that strangers would compliment me on. I've been on the pill for many years, which prevents most acne, but even when I had a few breakouts, the rest of my skin was just nice - smooth, radiant, healthy looking. Now it just looks.... older, kind of "meh," I have some tiny little blackheads that are not too visible but overall make my complexion worse, and even though I break out less (hormones must have finally calmed down?), overall my skin just looks duller and worse. No wrinkles yet, but one definitely doesn't immediately think "oh that girl has really nice skin" when they look at me.
Some info: I am 26. I've worn powder on my face since I was ~16, since my skin has always gotten really shiny and oily. The ironic thing is that only in the last couple of years is when I became diligent about using sunscreen on my face every day - and my skin has been getting worse and worse! Is it just unavoidable because I am getting older? Is the extra product getting rubbed on my face what is making it duller? The women in my family who have nice skin even when they are much older have never used anything on it - makeup or sunscreen, and have always believed "don't put anything on your skin, it'll make it worse than it is when it's all natural."
I prefer to keep using sunscreen because, well, that's supposed to be good for me, I guess? Although I am really tempted to go sunscreen-free and makeup-free for a month now that the sun is getting weaker to see if that makes a difference. Is a month enough time to see changes, if the problem really is caused by too much stuff applied to my face?
What can I do to get a healthy glowing face again, or to prevent it from getting worse? Is this what facials and chemical peels are for (I've never had either one). If yes, what kind should I get? How long would the effects last? Is there some magical product that I should be using? Are there specific ingredients in makeup that I should avoid?
I get enough sleep, drink more than enough water, eat mostly healthy (at least I get enough fruits and veggies even on days that I eat crap food), exercise a lot, wash my face twice a day, I'm not under any stress.