Boots Feel Good Forum: skin and ageing – listen to the podcast and tell us what you think - voucher to be won

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 17-Mar-13 21:38:15

We hope lots of you have been tuning in to the Boots Feel Good Forum on Real Radio & Smooth Radio.

The latest show is about looking after your skin and how to feel good at any age, featuring skin expert Dr Nick Lowe MD and Psychologist Emma Kenny - see what Qs MNers have been asking the experts on the thread below.

Please listen to the show and tell us what you think on this thread. What advice interested you most? Are you going to try doing anything differently as a result? Everyone who posts a comment will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Boots voucher.

Coming up on the next show top to toe beauty, looking at haircare and skin conditions amongst other things. Post your question for the experts here. You can listen to the best bits of all the shows via our pop-out player here and you can also find more info here.


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Highanddry Mon 18-Mar-13 13:31:53

I know you are suppose to wear moisturiser containing sunscreen during the day but I find that it really irritates my skin (I'm prone to eczema). How much difference is protection from the moisturiser going to actually make?
Is having the day to day protection really beneficial or is it just a nice to have? At the moment I use moisturiser without an SPF and then put on a sun cream if I know I am going to be outside in the sun for a long period.

MummyPig24 Mon 18-Mar-13 13:36:50

I'm 25, should I start using a face cream now? I use a light moisturiser but do I need something with an SPF and that will prevent wrinkles?

Yjossarian Mon 18-Mar-13 13:38:15

I am 27 and have lines at the sides of my eyes when I there anything I can do to prevent this getting worse that doesn't involve not smiling any more? Because I couldn't do that! grin

I'm 34 and drink plenty of water, and have a balanced diet. My skin looks great!
What's the point of encouraging people to put creams with Vitamin C on their skin if you don't at least encourage them to eat food containing vitamins etc.
Good skin comes from within.
<not holding high hopes of a voucher>

HannahLI Mon 18-Mar-13 13:53:17

I have really dry skin on my face (I think caused by the weather) what can I do to help it stop looking so flaky and also prevent it from happening in the future?

serendipity1980 Mon 18-Mar-13 13:59:14

I'm most concerned about my eyes, I often have bags under my eyes and they can look a bit puffy and very tired (I have two children under five!) How can I help treat this? I know the easy option is more sleep but I do get 8-9hrs! Also, I'm 33 and beginning to think how I can prevent fine lines - how much money should I be spending?
Many thanks,

Littlecherublegs Mon 18-Mar-13 14:10:31

I often get confused by all the different products on the market - do I really need a toner, cleanser, moisturiser, exfolitator, scrub, sun screen, wrinkle / anti-ageing cream, serum, balm, gel, etc etc etc....???!!
Is there not an all-encompassing product that does everything?????!!

My bathroom cabinet and bedroom dressing table is full of lotions & potions - Im not even entirely sure what they are all for - any basic, simple explanations of which are the essentials and how/when to use them would be great! Thank you!! smile

This might sound mad, but will waxing my moustache cause damage to the delicate skin on my face?

It's not a fully established Charlie Chaplin one yet so I'm happy to bleach it if waxing or plucking is damaging the skin.

elizaco Mon 18-Mar-13 14:25:17

Just 2 weeks away from my 40th birthday, I would like to know what you consider to be a "must-have" product for someone my age.

ConstantlyCooking Mon 18-Mar-13 14:28:29

I have skin that reacts to most products after I have been using them for a week or so (sometimes less). My skin becomes red, dry, flaky and I get a burning sensation. I have tried everything from aveeno, avene, Clinique, simple, dr hauschka to own brands, olive oil, bio oil. Any suggestions? I am 45 and need moisturiser

MissRee Mon 18-Mar-13 14:42:40

Does anything actually work to reduce dark under eye circles? I'm currently using Clinique All About Eyes but it doesn't seem to do anything!

maloofysmum Mon 18-Mar-13 14:49:48

I've just turned 40 {yikes} and feel I should step up my skin care routine. I've never really worn make up so feel my skin is OK, but i really don't drink enough (water not wine) so find it quite dry. I don't have lots of spare cash to buy all the wonder creams and potions I see on Mumsnet and wondered what was the best product to buy to stop myself looking like a wrinkly dried out prune? Any and all helpful advice appreciated!

Lizzylou Mon 18-Mar-13 15:49:34

Just 2 weeks away from my 40th birthday, I would like to know what you consider to be a "must-have" product for someone my age.
Me too Elizaco!

I have been exercising a lot recently (see above!) and find that my skin is getting congested due to sweating (sorry). Is there anything I can do to remedy this? I do use a facial wash after exercising, is that enough?

sharond101 Mon 18-Mar-13 15:56:42

I have dermatitis on the skin directly under my eyes on both sides. I have been using epaderm a strong moisturiser but it's not getting better. I tried hydrocortisone but after a day it looks worse should I continue or try something else? It's not itchy, just red and patchy with a dryness to touch.

WitchOfEndor Mon 18-Mar-13 16:17:33

Is it really worth the money buying expensive face creams or will Vaseline and sudocrem do the job just as well?

zzzexhaustedzzz Mon 18-Mar-13 16:22:52

I don't understand what 'serum' is supposed to do... The organics people in Boots told me it goes under moisturiser. Also where does 'cream' come in? Is that NOT moisturiser?
An increasingly creased 38 yr old

SnowSeaandMotorboats Mon 18-Mar-13 16:29:58

I've been using the Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel skin care range and it's working really well, except for the spots I get at that time of the month. For about a week or so my chin comes out in a volcano range, a mixture of whiteheads and huge, red spots which hang around for ages. I hate them.

What's the best way to prevent and treat them?

hellsbells76 Mon 18-Mar-13 16:42:37

<applauds CoalDustWoman> What a load of bollocks.

I have dreadfully dry skin on my face. Most of the more intensive or prescribed moisturisers make my skin break out in large red spots that never pop, boo but less intensive ones do nothing at all. The skin above my upper lip to my nostrils and my nose itself, across the bridge, are the worst places. I can't wear any foundation without it highlighting the dry patches.

What do you recommend as a really good facial moisturiser? I feel like I've spent a fortune on witches brews over the last 10 years and got nowhere.

Fairymitzi Mon 18-Mar-13 16:56:31

what foods should you eat to make younger looking skin?

SunshinePanda Mon 18-Mar-13 17:03:14

When using eye cream should I use anything else as well? I currently use all the protect and perfect intense range but am not sure whether to use serum under the eye cream and if I don't use the moisturiser on top of the eye cream I won't have any SPF. I don't want to overload the skin under my eyes but at the same time I want to do all I can to keep wrinkles and dark circles away! Advice needed please!!

My non-sleeping children have added a decade to my skin - dark circles and ashen. What can I do to perk up my complexion despite having no sleep?

timidviper Mon 18-Mar-13 17:20:10

I lived abroad for a few years in my 20s in the days pre sun factors in everyday skincare and now have some dark patches on my face and neck. I use sun protection and have tried all sorts of products to fade them over the years including Protect and Perfect, Fruition, Visionnaire and a specialist Lancome product called Blanc Expert. Any suggestions?

If your suggestions helped with sagging too that would be even better as I've developed jowls since my 50th birthday!

Mouseface Mon 18-Mar-13 17:21:26

I'm 38 and have a few fine lines around my eyes and the start of some very shallow wrinkles. My skin is pretty normal in type.

I use a serum, (Olay) day cream, (L'Oreal) and an eye cream, (Avon) and use each of the previous at night but with a night cream (Avon) in place of the day cream.

I always take my make up off, (I use BB cream, mascara and a bit of lip gloss for everyday wear) and try to drinks lots of water, but get very little sleep due to caring for my toddler, who has Complex Special Needs and I have my own disability, which affects my mobility, so getting comfy at night is tricky when I do get the chance to sleep.

<realises that she is giving her life story to the Doc and Emma blush >

I wanted to know if there was any particular brand of skin care that you would recommend, that can help fight all of the early signs of aging, and maybe one that covers all areas, so no need for a serum, cream and eye product?

BTW - I'm a 'It's on offer, get that one quick' kinda gal! grin I'm not faithful to any one product as I've never found any one that I can a) afford or thought it was great value for the £ and b) loved.

Hope you can help smile

newfashionedmum Mon 18-Mar-13 17:30:48

dry patches that only show up under foundation - any advice?

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