Smoking, Surgery and My Skin At 38

ruth crilly age 38 video

Here’s a visual delight for you; over 15 minutes of beauty confessional from Yours Truly. I talk about the Ten Year Challenge that took over Instagram and how I feel about my skin now that I’m 38, all via a chat about smoking and cosmetic surgery. So if you’ve ever wondered whether I have Botox or how much water I drink each day (spoiler, very little, I’m practically desiccated) then click the play button.

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  1. Clare
    April 7, 2019 / 1:56 pm

    Hi Ruth. You look gorgeous…always do. I love your frankness and not taking yourself too seriously which is why I’ve always read your blog. I’m turning 50 this year (the last 10 years of bringing up two children has flown…they are seious little time zappers but they do keep you young somehow and you don’t notice age as much!!) I always thought I would dread 50 but I’m quite pholisophical about it. There really is nothing anyone can do but I do believe attitude is everything. Anyway, I think my skin is holding up pretty well but in the last ten years my skin has different needs and those would be similar to yours BUT with makeup…less is definitely more and hydration has become much more important which is surprising as my skin is still combination. I do see differences now more so than in my 30’s. 40’s is a little bit more work but still doable and I think if you’ve looked after your skin, now is when you reap the rewards of using an SPF. I’m still sleep deprived (and bloody look it!) but that’s down to stress and hormones and being caught in the sandwich of teenagers and work. Oh yes…and the other difference…my middle has spread, no matter what I do and my girlfriends are saying the much so that I’ve rejoined a gym in the quest to find my waist again!

  2. Chelsea
    February 18, 2019 / 10:29 am

    Hi Ruth,

    Could you please let me know the brand of your leopard cardigan? It’s beauuuuutiful :)

    Searching for retinol as we speak.


  3. Melanie
    February 14, 2019 / 4:35 am

    Oh yes indeedy: SPF! The best prevention for wrinkles :) Especially if one is using acids or retinols–it’s a must.
    Can’t believe how much we used to be outdoors having fun in the sun, or as teens baking and frying all day; but it was really a different time. I do have my moles mapped/checked, but there’s always that little worry of skin cancer. I just hope back then the ozone layer was nice and thick? Fingers and toes crossed.

  4. Kate
    February 13, 2019 / 8:50 am

    Hi Ruth,

    Another great video, you always look pretty.

    I had been looking for Co-lab in the US, and found that Amazon is selling and shipping one scent of Co-lab Dry Shampoo in the US, congrats.


  5. Liz Detrich
    February 12, 2019 / 2:42 pm

    Quitting smoking is one of the best things you could do to improve your health and that of your family. After I quit, I saw an increase in energy level, more $$ in my bank account and my skin was in better condition.

  6. Rose
    February 12, 2019 / 1:21 pm

    I love this post Ruth. My skin too is better now than when I was younger as I have learned to look after it better and more consistently, although I am not so keen on my lines and wrinkles. But I think it’s great to focus on what you can control or influence (i.e. skin care, life style) as you said, rather than what you can’t (i.e. your age). Looking forward to your retinol posts!

  7. Abigail
    February 12, 2019 / 11:47 am

    I did the Allan Carr thing too and what stood out to me was his advice to vow to never take another puff, that was all I had to do. This was August 2006 and I haven’t had a cigarette since and I used to smoke 20 a day. I used patches and it was rough for about a week but the urge soon went and the funny thing was I actually lost weight as I was determined not to gain any, so it was a great thing all round.

    • February 13, 2019 / 6:26 am

      Yes! I liked the bit where he said, imagine if people smoked through their ears, how ridiculous that would seem, and now think how extra ridiculous it is that we smoke through our mouths which kills us. Pointlessly. Or words to that effect.

  8. February 11, 2019 / 1:01 pm

    I feel much better in my skin now than I did ten years ago, mainly because I have learned to take better care of it over time. But the fact that you were a smoker – it seems totally absurd to picture you with a cigarette.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

    • February 11, 2019 / 3:29 pm

      I know! Such a strange thought now! Mind you, I WAS pretty rock and roll! *lols, rolls eyes*

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