Since I was 16 years old I have been trying many different products on my skin. At first, I didn’t have much luck because most of the products I used either irritated my skin or caused acne breakouts.
The main reason I started to take care of my skin was for the acne I had (it was really bad). One of the better skin products I found at the time was a gel called “Aubrey Organics Aloe Vera Gel”.
It helped calm my skin and improved the redness and healing of my skin, too.
For years I relied on some basic store products for my eyes and I stuck with the aloe vera, at least until my early 20s when I was introduced to premium skincare products such as Skinceuticals.
Since that point, I’ve used (almost exclusively) Skinceuticals line of products on my skin. The first vitamin C serum that I bought was CE Ferulic acid. It wasn’t until many years later that I tried CF Phloretin.
My experience using Skinceuticals
During the first year of using CE Ferulic acid, any small amount of damage that I had, including light freckles, all cleared up on my face. My skin developed a nice glow and I began to receive comments on how good my skin after just a few months of consistently using it every day.
Since my skin reacted extremely well to the serum, I made it a staple of my skincare regime and used it every morning. I used it around my eyes as well, even though it was not recommended for that. It was only much later in my early 30s that I started to use eye creams.
After skin products failed, this one seemed to transform my skin within a year, but after that, there didn’t seem to be an additional improvement.
Fast forward a few years to around 30 years of age and I pick up CF Phloretin. Because it didn’t contain Vitamin E, I also added in SkinCeuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector. This combination was perfect and my skin lightened up a lot (perhaps a bit too much!)
I finally saw some further improvement in my skin from this combination and after that, it was simply about maintaining. Although, I still faced some issues with PIE (related to small blood vessels that look like red spots and isn’t hyperpigmentation).
I published an article a while ago looking at CF Phloretin vs CE Ferulic, so check out that out!
So anyway, the red marks have been gradually going away, but apparently, no skin cream or serum can speed up the process. But the laser is one of the most effective methods of destroying the blood vessels and clearing up red marks.
Other skincare products that I later introduced were Skinceuticals Eye Balm, AGE Eye complex, and Phyto Corrective Masque.
Below is my current skincare routine!
Anti-aging Skin Care | Morning Routine (2018)
Step 1: I wash my face using Clearasil 5 in 1 Face Wash
Step 2: I apply CE Ferulic Acid
Step 3: I apply SkinCeuticals Eye Balm
Step 4: I apply Blistex Lip Balm
In the summer I’ll use SPF cream when needed.
Anti-aging Skin Care | Night Routine (2018)
Step 1: I use Clearasil Face Wash
Step 2: I use a Konjac Sponge (green tea) to help with exfoliation before applying products
Step 3: I apply Phyto Corrective Masque
Step 4: I apply AGE Eye Complex
Step 5: Apply Blistex Lip Balm
If you’re interested in using vitamin C serum but aren’t willing to pay out for a premium skincare product, check out my review on inexpensive vitamin C serums.
Calorie Restriction + SkinCare | Aging Timeline
Over the years I’ve taken photos here and there to see if what I was doing was slowing aging or even reversing it over time.
Unfortunately, many of the older photos, in particular, are not great quality, but they still appear good enough so you can have an idea of how I changed over time.
In animals, calorie restriction has been found to slow down skin aging, aging of hair and so naturally, we expect it to have similar effects in humans as well.
Some photos below are from digital cameras (albeit a bit old now), and webcams.
In the near future, I’ll be upgraded to a DSLR, so I’ll continue to take similar photos in higher detail. But for fun, here’s a compilation of photos I took on webcam over the years.
I have more photos of me before calorie restriction and after the diet which I’ll upload at a later date!
19 years old
When I turned 18 years old, I had already started to make changes to my diet. This was about 1 year into that change.
Although it was nothing drastic, it mainly involved replacing certain foods for healthier versions, cutting out sugar, cutting down on unhealthy snacks and drinking more water.
Naturally, my calorie intake decreased significantly and I was already losing weight (slowly) through increased activity and a higher consumption of fruit, vegetables, nuts, and other healthy snacks.
During this time I also started going to the gym and lifting weights, doing regular cardiovascular workouts.
I wasn’t on serious calorie restriction at this point, but it was the first phase of my CR diet before I would take things up another notch when I turned 20 years old.
It was at 20 that things became more serious, and I began discovering CR Science, CR books and the CR Community in general. It wasn’t long after that I started this blog!
22 years old
Here I am 22 years old and have been on ‘serious CR’ for two years. It was also the lowest weight I reached with a BMI of approximately 16.3.
Looking back, I think it was too extreme, but I learned a lot from the experience. Practicing such a high degree of CR wasn’t difficult, but it did prove difficult socially.
Aside from a few difficulties explaining to people what I was doing because people were worried about the weight loss, I felt amazing and all blood tests I had done showed that I was in extremely good health.
This photo was taken a little before I started to use high-end skincare products. I believe I was just using Aloe Vera gel on my skin and a few cheap store products for my eyes.
25 years old
Halfway through my 20s, I was getting a lot of comments about how young I looked. It seemed that through being strict with my diet and skin care, my skin improved hugely and I felt and looked as young as I did in my mid-teens.
Around this time people would think I was only around 16-17 years old.
My BMI at this point had risen to around 17, and I was thinking about going even higher to look better.
Not long after I slowed raised my BMI to close to 18 where it stabilized for many years. But as I’ve gotten older, my metabolism has slowed, and so I was able to eat less but maintain a higher body weight than when I was 20 or younger.
I also started growing my hair out longer a few months after this picture was taken!
28 years old
Getting closer to 30, after relaxing a bit on my diet, I started to pay more attention and be a bit more strict with what I ate again.
I lowered my calorie intake slightly and had already transitioned to a vegan diet after being a vegetarian for many years (2007).
One of the reasons for the change was due to evidence in people doing CR that IGF-1 is not reduced with high protein intakes. And although I’m not a perfect vegan, about 98% of the time my diet is vegan.
My skincare regime wasn’t much different than it had been in previous years.
Me at 33 years and 10 months old