Hair and skin issues
August 29, 2014 2:49 AM Subscribe
I've always followed the same, for want of a better word, 'beauty' regimen and until now there have been no issues. But now suddenly, I am experiencing many appearance-related issues and having to rethink decades-old methods. My problems are with my hair and skin. Is this a thirties thing? I could do with some advice on how to look decent again, as well as some help dealing with the emotional repercussions of suddenly looking terrible all the time
posted by Ziggy500 to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (19 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
OK I'm exaggerating, I don't look terrible but I don't really actively look good a lot these days. I am looking for advice to address specific problems, as well as more overarching advice regarding why I seem to be having all these problems and how to deal with it emotionally. Because at the moment I find it very time-consuming, expensive and depressing. Sorry in advance for the essay-length question.
I have always thought of myself as low-maintenance. I don't really stick to a particular brand of hair or skincare, but just buy whatever's on offer or looks interesting. I wear very little make-up.
Over the past 6 months or so I have noticed the following problems:
-Hair: I have curly hair which I've never had issues with (I consider myself well-versed in the care of curly hair) but its texture appears to be changing. The curls seem limper and frizzier and I have bad hair days more often than I used to. The ends look dry and the roots look greasy. I don't use expensive products, but I do the usual curly hair standards of trying to moisturise it a lot, never brushing when dry, vinegar rinses, honey, coconut oil etc. I style it with regular conditioner which I use as a leave-in product. This method has worked for me since I was 12. We all have the occasional off day, but now everyday feels like an off day. I have always had 'good hair' - shiny separated curls etc. It feels like an intrinsic part of my personality. It feels very depressing to have day after day of limp, frizzy, shapeless hair even though I'm doing everything the same.
Also on the hair-theme, my facial hair seems particularly luxuriant. I never seem to be entirely moustache-free even though I remove regularly with facial hair removing cream (I refuse to wax or thread my upper lip even though I do my eyebrows and other parts of body regularly).
-Skin: I am getting spots all over my face. I'm used to getting them in my T-zone but now I have a number of gross yellow-heads on my cheeks and throat. Also, I have rough skin patches on my hands. I remove make-up at night religiously, moisturise frequently, wear gloves while doing the washing-up. I've never been entirely spot-free, but I am definitely experiencing more spots than usual.
My hair and skin look much better whenever I go abroad - the effect is almost transformative despite the fact that my routine stays exactly the same. So I wonder if it might just be a hard water thing (I live in an area with very hard water), but then I've lived in the same city for a decade, and only started noticing these issues earlier this year so I don't understand why the hard water never seemed to cause problems before.
When I was in my teens I spent a lot of time experimenting with different skin and haircare methodologies and I have not really varied from what I found worked for me then. I didn't enjoy it, I am not wired for researching and experimentation and like to just find what works for me and stick to it. It is depressing me now that I am having to spend my lunch break trawling beauty blogs to figure out what I am doing wrong with my skin and hair. (The answers always tend to involve spending money on new products or extending my morning routine by a good 10-15 minutes.)
Other pertinent info: I'm 32. Overweight. Diet-wise, I tend not to overthink, as a general rule ingest a lot of water (I drink a ridiculous amount of water, I have colourless pee), vegetables, carbohydrates, caffeine, not a lot of chicken or fish unless I'm eating out. No supplements. Some daily exercise, but not enough.
Thinks in advance for your help, Mefites.