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Share your top tips for how to deal with the signs of ageing with the Boots Feel Good Forum - £250 cash to be won(107 Posts)
Now that the Boots Feel Good Forum series is over, we've packaged up what we think are the best bits - so you can listen to them in easy, short, bite size chunks.
The latest one of these is about how to deal with the signs of ageing (or fight them if you want to). It's a very short clip so please do have a listen to skin expert Dr Nick Lowe's top tips.
~ Do you have any advice of your own to share on how to deal with or fight the signs of ageing?
~ What do you make of Dr Nick's tips?
Everyone who listens and adds their own tips or feedback will be entered into a prize draw to win £250 cash.
Thanks and good luck with the prize draw
I've never been one who looked after my skin partly due to a combination of laziness , lack of knowledge of the minefield of skincare products and partly because my skin wasn't too bad.
But after having my almost twins, lack of sleep, stress and being constantly rushed off my feet took its toll on my health and noticeably on my skin. My skin looked dull, I had bags under my eyes and I felt ten years older. It was clearly time I did something.
After consulting my make up/ skincare obsessed sister who suggested a 3 step cleansing/ toning / whatever routine which involved around 5 products and would cost a years supply of nappies, I felt despair.
I had very little time and as much as I wanted beautiful skin, I had a million more pressing priorities in my very busy day. I wanted something quick, relatively cheap, no nonsense and which actually works.
After a few very months of googling and trailing a few different skincare routines ie finally come up with something which works for my skin and I noticed a difference within a month.
My tips are keep it simple, trial a few different products/ routines to find what suits your skin and expensive doesn't always mean magic potion- there are fantastic affordable products available that work just as well as big brand names.
So my skin routine is morning and evening- cleanse with a an oil hot cloth cleanser, then apply couple of drops of facial oil. I alternate products depending on how my skin is. I would recommend for cleansers Liz Earle, Emma Hardie and Body Shop. For facial oils I use rosehip, body shop vitamin e oil.
Drink loads of water
Don't panic about getting older, we all will someday!!
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Always get a good night's sleep and stop any bad habits like smoking/drinking.
Glass of wine usually helps, I find (surely that tip is worth the prize money?)
For aches and pains those wheat/lavender bean bags that heat up in the microwave are great
Drink loads of water, eat your 5 a day, exercise daily, sleep well, laugh, feel positive, keep your skin well moisturised!
This sounds a bit strange but a friend does it and she looks 20, she's 38! When she is making salad/peeling fruit etc she puts the peel on her face (under eyes esp.). Obviously we are talking cucumber/peach/toms and so on here, not dirt clad potatoes! Give it a try, but remember to remove peel before answering the door!
So, of course drinking lots of water and moisturising really helps with fighting the signs of ageing but a rather avant-garde different type of tip is act young. Yes, you may be tired and have saggy wrinkles around your eyes but if you act a little bit younger(and I don't mean teenage moaniness) people really don't notice or perceive you as 'ageing'.
My thoughts on Dr Nick's tips are that they are great. They fit in exactly with my tip of acting younger and smiling helps that. It gives people a positive attitude towards you. Plus if you wear sunglasses, you can look cool while preventing ageing!
I loved that her told her to not stop smiling. Wrinkles and lines are just a map of the life you live. If you don't like people seeing your map though-
-Start early with a skincare regime
-Have make up free days as often as possible
-Vaseline is the best and simplest product you will ever own in your life
-Use warm water at the start of washing your face but finish with cold water so that it closes up your pores- meaning less dirt and less blemished skin
-Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
-Use a tinted moisturiser over foundation, anyday
-Live your life!!! Worrying about worry lines are not going to help with your self confidence- learn to love yourself
My three tips tips are easy to do and have become a habit: to a) stretch in the morning, just a couple of minutes to loosen up my back, shoulders & knees. I started doing this after copying our puppy who always stretches for ages when he wakes up!
Tip b) is to use a hoola hoop when watching TV - this has really helped me get my waist slimmer
at last and, along with the stretching, has helped me to stand up straight and therefore to feel and look slimmer and more confident.
Tip c) is to be aware of fat in food. Might sound obvious but I've got into the habit of checking labels and the amount of saturated fat can be scary!
As a result of practising these three for the past few months I am now slimmer and weigh less than at any other time since my teens!
I did like Dr Lowe's tip about sunglasses. I've been doing this for a couple of years and I use Bloc eyewear - they are really good for UV protection, and very reasonably priced believe it or not!
My tips are also to wear a sunblock, and to keep a separate bottle in the car. Also keep an eye on the backs of your hands (or is that off topic) and don't forget sunblock there too.
Keep hydrated and use fish oil supplements.
Try to avoid sugar, and don't worry about natural fats because they are very good for the skin (IMH0).
Coconut oil is great for the skin, whether you eat it or use directly on the skin as a moisturiser (a teeny tiny amount).
Double cleanse the face before bed - once to remove all traces of makeup and then again to actually make sure the face is clean and not just de-makeupped. And then tone before applying a good quality serum. Moisturiser afterwards will be the icing on the cake and seal the serum on (sort of ) but I don't believe you need to spend a fortune on moisturiser - something recommended from Boots would be just as effective as one of those £195 miracle creams!
I think the best thing for young looking skin is to clean it properly (no soap!), drink plenty of water, eat lots of fruit and veg, I also eat almonds and have noticed a big difference in my skin.
Get enough essential fatty acids
take a good silica supplement, your skin hair and nails need it and your body can't store it after age 25. Use one made from bamboo, not horsetail.
keep stress to a minimum.
"The bags under your eyes only get seen if you're miserable anyway"
stop beating up on people whose skin type means they're prone to eye bags / tear troughs / marionettes etc. etc. It usually means they have good strong non-wrinkly skin but the downside is those deeper lines. It doesn't mean they are miserable! likewise to the poster who said she could tell miserable people from their jowels or something.
Garlic totally agree that age gives you carte blanche to go crazy with your hair colour. If you don't want it to look natural dye it red, magenta, blue, purple! But I stand by my shade lightening advice if you want it to look natural.
seasalt that is the best advice ever
turn the mirror over, you'll be fine
Moisturise all over, keep your feet and hands manicured and pedicured hair cut, teeth white, (I have to say I only do bits of this advice) yes and early nights, and lots of water (I must remember to drink more water)
MY 97 year old neighbour has better skin than I do. She has never used anything more expensive than Astral or Nivea and only when her skin feels dry. She has never smoked but drinks moderately and SITS IN THE SUN whenever she can. She has just been fitted with a new set of teeth so I reckon it must be down to her optimistic outlook.
Has anyone tried using henna instead of hair dye? Does it cover the grey?
All my hair dyes which are supposed to be golden brown (close to my natural colour) always have a reddish tint to them anyway :-(
Get enough sleep
Wear cheerful colours
Enjoy life- a vibrant outlook and energetic personality helps you appear younger. The best tips already mentioned are sun screen, sun hat and sun glasses to avoid squinting.
Avoid the sun at all costs.
Spend at least an hour a day standing on your head.
Fast 2 days a week.
Drink vast amounts of alcohol, you will no longer care about aging :D
Wear the biggest sunglasses you can find, and no one will be able to see the wrinkles.
Hang out with older people.
My top tips are:
-Moisturise, not just your face but also neck and chest.
-Drink plenty of water.
-A tea spoon left in the fridge for a few hours, then pressed and held gently under each eye for 30 seconds helps reduce any puffiness and helps counter any visible signs of tiredness.
- Do not spray perfume directly on to neck or chest area, it dehydrates the skin.
- Eat a wide range of different coloured fruit and veg, red peppers, dark green leafy veg such as spinach, blueberries, sweety poatto etc. You will get a wider range of nutrients.
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