There was a time when I thought I would never, ever touch supplements. For me, they were like cousins to medicine. I remember I got very ill once several years ago and had to pop a dozen of pills every day for a few days straight. My illness was finally cured. However, shortly after that, my stomach got a weird uncomfortable feeling that I had to visit a Chinese doctor. The Chinese doctor said my body was overloaded with drugs, and I had to drink several doses of herbal drinks (those bitter, inky black potions. Ugh!) to cure it. Since then, I’ve taken on a negative point of view regarding prescription medicine. Supplements, being so much alike in appearance to pills, are something I had dodged by all means. However, by now, my take towards supplements has completely changed! What propels this change? Of course, it has to do with my skin!
How My Skin Has Changed Recently
I don’t want to publicly talk about how ugly my skin had been. However, I find that if I don’t talk about it, there is no way you can understand the horror (yes, I mean it) I had experienced a few weeks ago.
- BIG, Visible Pores: My pores are big on my forehead and the sides of my cheeks. It’s not something worth attention to when you have combination skin as those areas usually secrete more sebum than other spots on your face. Having large pores is just part of the package of combination skin. However, what is most alarming is that those pores have a tendency to become larger and larger. They become even more obvious when I smile!
- Dryness: Dry lines start popping up on different areas of my skin. I’m so familiar with my skin that I can tell the kind of dryness that has been appearing on my skin does not originate from dehydration or lack of water. Like my big pores, they are there on my skin because of aging. They may not be obvious, because only when I hold a pocket mirror close to my face can I spot their existence. Nothing significant, but the fact that I can still spot them is enough to scare the hell out of me!
- Makeup Trauma: If you think makeup can camouflage, even temporarily, your old look, you are wrong. Makeup can’t hide big pores. Makeup can’t hide dryness either. In my case, all makeup fails. Any powder that I applied just sat there cosmetically. Hide imperfections? Don’t ever think about it. The more makeup you apply, the more it shows your imperfection. I thought spraying some mist on my face might help, but it didn’t work either.
Supplements: My Go-To Savior
It was in this ugly state that I decided to rethink about my beauty strategy. Yes, I was having an illusion that all of these ugly signs might disappear and my skin would bounce back to its previous state. But I know better than to hallucinate. For months, I’ve used moisturizing products in copious amounts, but that didn’t change a bit of my skin. It tells me enough that my skin doesn’t suffer from lack of moisture, but aging. I must have reached a state when taking another beauty step has become necessary. Sigh…