Latest Skin Pics

Another month, another post showing my progress.

For those of you unfamilar with the reason for my scary no-makeup before/after pics, I’ve been on a quest since May to repair my skin.  The Australian sun has really caused some damage over the years, and I’ve set about trying to undo that damage using a basic but potent DIY routine.

So here is my starting point in May, five months ago. Note the hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, redness, and so on:

And here are a couple of pictures I took yesterday:

I’m particularly pleased in the improvement in the wrinkles around my eyes. Last month could still see their outline when my face was relaxed, but now I can barely make them out. I’ve started using Retin A all over my eyes, and I think it’s made a big difference. You can see in the pictures above that my saggy, hooded lids have actually lifted a little too. Remember though, wherever you use Retin A, you have to provide yourself with some sun protection.

Below is the front view. The first picture was taken five months ago in May. I look so tired:

And this photo was taken yesterday:

You may note that my face is more sculpted. Everything is lifted, and I have more definition along the cheekbones and jawline. I’m sure part of the reason for the lifiting is the Retin A, Vitamin C, Kinetin, sunscreen etc that I’ve been applying to my face, but I think a good deal of the credit has to go to Tanaka Massage. Since I’ve started doing the  Tanaka massage every day my double chin has gone (which I never expected would ever happen), I have cheekbones, and my nasolabial folds have become less prominant.

To be honest, I never thought I would be able to stick to a Tanaka Massage routine, but on nights when I feel the most tired, I actually look forward to it. You can reap the benefits by doing it once a day, but I do it twice a day because I love how it feels. It’s also fantastic if you have a headache or a feeling a bit hungover.

This photo was taken five months ago before I started Tanaka massage. You can see that my face is much less defined:

And this photo was taken yesterday.Note the improved definition along the jawline and cheekbones, and the decrease in puffiness under the eyes.

To try to demonstrate the improvement that Tanaka massage has made, here is a photo taken in early September, so about a month ago. I had been using my current routine for some time, but I had not started Tanaka massage. The skin colour and texture is good, but the nasolabial folds are very clear:

Here is a photo I took yesterday. You can see that the nasolabial folds are still there, but they are not as prominant.

Unfortunately (or fortunately) I have no pictures of my horrific double chin. Below is a photo taken yesterday which demonstrates that I don’t have one, but I have no earlier photo with which to compare. This is because I never thought it would disappear. But trust me, there’s a big difference.

So there’s my update!

For reference, here is my current routine:



– Cleanser: ‘Easy Rinse’ Oil Cleansing Method using DIY cleanser with whatever oil I’m liking at the moment, Castor Oil, and Polysorbate 80. Applied with Tanaka Massage. (tutorial here)

– DIY Vitamin C serum (I cycle through 10% Tetra, 15% L-ascorbic acid, and MAP 10% Vitamin C serum but I’m really liking the MAP as the weather warms up)

– MuLondon Moisturiser

– DIY 20% Zinc Oxide Sunscreen (tutorial here) reapplied every two hours



– Cleanser: ‘Easy Rinse’ Oil Cleansing Method using DIY cleanser with whatever oil I’m liking at the moment, Castor Oil, and Polysorbate 80. Applied with Tanaka Massage. Removes makeup and whatever else I slapped on my face that day.

– Retin A 0.05% applied to face, neck, and chest.

– Kinetin/ NAG/ Niacinamide Anti-Acne and Anti-Aging serum (need to do a post on this, but the recipe is here)

– Raw, Unrefined Shea Butter

– Occasional exfoliation: Microfibre or Muslin cloth


– Cleanser: ‘Easy Rinse’ Oil Cleansing Method using DIY cleanser with whatever oil I’m liking at the moment, Castor Oil, and Polysorbate 80. Applied with Tanaka Massage. Removes makeup and whatever else I slapped on my face that day.

– Kinetin/ NAG/ Niacinamide Anti-Acne and Anti-Aging serum

– Raw, Unrefined Shea Butter

– Occasional exfoliation: Microfibre or Muslin cloth


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30 Responses to Latest Skin Pics

  1. OMG Sarah, that is really impressive! On all areas!
    I really need to start following your advice, I wish it were a bit easier for me to get the DIY ingredients needed but I’ll find a way!

  2. Ria says:

    That’s a huge improvement especially on the eye area. =)) I’m watching the tanaka facial massage on YT now. lol! =))

  3. Dempeaux says:

    @Musing Thankyou! I hope you are able to get the skincare ingredients. Good luck! 🙂

  4. Dempeaux says:

    @Ria Thankyou! So glad you’re watching the Tanaka facial massage! Hope you like it 🙂

  5. Angela says:

    Ahhh, such an improvement! You are positively glowing. 😀

  6. Dempeaux says:

    @Angela Thankyou! 😀

  7. Meeta says:

    Fabulous results, especially on the eye area and general lifting of skin! I checked out the Tanaka massage when you mentioned it last time but I need to do it some more so I can remember it and be more likely to stick to it.

  8. Dempeaux says:

    @Meeta Yes, one of the initial difficulties is remembering all the steps! Once you get in to a routine though, it’s very easy and so relaxing! 🙂

  9. Jen W says:

    Goodness that’s a big difference, and I love how I can see improvement each time you do your update.

  10. Dempeaux says:

    @Jen Yes, there was a lot to improve on! 😉

  11. Sarah this is so impressive! I’m going to start using Retinol A soon too I think. Do you have any links to advice about the need for sun protection at the same time please? Can you tweet me?

  12. Jade says:

    I love your skin Sarah, I swear when I’m done breastfeeding I’m going to be packing on the retin A like no tomorrow, in the meantime I need to research and perfect the Tanaka massage!

  13. xx says:

    do you use retin-a on under-eye circles?

  14. Dempeaux says:

    @StyleOnTheCouch That’s great! All I would suggest is that you use it at night (perhaps every third night to begin with), and wait until your skin is completely dry before applying to avoid too much irritation. Once the Retin A has soaked in, you can apply moistuiser over the top if you need it. Wherever you use Retin A, you MUST wear sunscreen. I use my DIY sunscreen, but other than that you can look for a 20% Zinc Oxide sunscreen to provide you with maximum protection. I hear the sunscreens from Pratima, Devita, Burnout, and Marie Veronique are all good, and all have very high amounts of ZnO. It’s just a matter of finding the formula you like. Don’t forget to reapply during the day too! 🙂 I will tweet you now 🙂 x

  15. Dempeaux says:

    @Jade That’s great! Yes, I’m still stunned at how effective the Tanaka massage is. Who knew? Good luck with Retin A – I know it’s been a huge help in restoring my skin 🙂

  16. Dempeaux says:

    @xx Yes I do 🙂

  17. miss chew says:

    wow your skin is really looking amazing! I feel like your before skin looks so much like mine! I am so impressed with your results!

  18. Dempeaux says:

    @MissChew Thankyou! I’m so pleased with the results. I feel so much more confident now 🙂

  19. Perfect, thank you so much for your reply – I’m getting to the point where I’m caring a great deal more about my skin and what I put on it. Of course, you’re my go to guru on this now :-))

  20. Dempeaux says:

    @StyleOnTheCouch Yes, I can relate to that! 😉 I’m so pedantic about my skin, but it does pay off! 🙂

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  22. Slavi says:

    Hi Sarah,

    Your skin looks really great… so glowing!
    Do you use any oil / cream / water when doing the Tanaka massage.
    I started with this procedure 2 weeks ago… still not seeing too much of improvement, but your pics gave me lot of confidence!
    I would also like to ask, is it really ok to use Retin A below the eyes and doe it really help in reducing wrinkles? How much time does it take to see results?

    Thank you,

  23. Dempeaux says:

    @Slavi I just use my OCM cleanser and it works well 🙂 The difference with Tanaka is subtle but noticeable. Yes, you can use Retin A below your eyes but go gradually! You don’t want to rile up the area. Perhaps begin by mixing it with some moisturiser?

  24. Viva says:

    Love it!
    I started Tanaka face massage recently myself. I felt like my NL folds were better almost right away (probably not possible, I know). I luckily don’t have the double chin or sagging jawline… yet 🙂
    I am a skin care junkie, and also LOVE my vit C.
    Good work on “taking back” your skin, I can see improvement.

  25. crystal harris says:

    Hi Sarah!
    Thanks for sharing your before and after pics with us! I noticed a huge difference. I just saw a video on YouTube of how to do the tanaka massage today and will definitely try it. Your pictures are proof that it actually works! I am 27 years old want to start an anti-aging routine that is natural and effective and I have just found it! I also have a double chin that doesn’t match my body type or face at all. It is from the weight I gained when I was pregnant but then lost all baby fat, but kept the chin- go figure! I also dont particularly care for the nasal labial lines on my face because I feel like they make me look older. This is a technique I can pass on to my 3 daughters. Thanks again for the pics! 🙂

  26. Rebecca says:

    Wow, Sarah! What an improvement, and in such short time. I think we are about the same age, and have very similar issues! I already use ocm, and retin-a, but am just catching on to tanaka. I’m convinced!

    Can you please tell me what the Kinetin/ NAG/ Niacinamide Anti-Acne and Anti-Aging serum is? Or, are these different products, or diy?
    Thanks- I’d love to know!

  27. Adriana says:

    I am glad you were brave enough to reveal yourself 🙂 I was looking for some photos of Tanaka massage results and voilá! This is completely new to me. I am 35 and doing face exercises with excellent results so I consider to combine these two. Anyway, you are doing very well and I suggest you to do some face excercises, too. Just for general improvement. You will glow, believe me.

    Adriana from middle Europe 🙂

  28. Adriana says:

    Sorry, I forgot to say a big thank you 🙂

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