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

(155 Posts)
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.

Thanks
MNHQ

Please note that your comments may be used by the Feel Good Forum in advertising but your MN nickname wont appear.

The views/content expressed within this forum are those of the participants and not those of Boots UK Limited or its agents

Zara1984 Mon 18-Mar-13 09:18:13

When should I start using eye cream? I'm 28 but look a bit older probably thanks to 5 month old DS!

What is the age that you should start using "mature" skin products, ie denser ones.

Can/are you meant to use BB cream on its own as a light foundation?

Aside from cleanse/moisturise, is it really necessary to do anything else aside from weekly exfoliation?

Makeminealarge Mon 18-Mar-13 09:41:25

Nearing thirty, in the last few months I have noticed significant fine lines around my eyes and top lip. There are so many cream, lotions and potions out there I have no idea where to start and how to care for my skin. Is it beat to invest in a pricey skin regime and products for long term or are cheaper brands just as good?

Laska42 Mon 18-Mar-13 10:12:59

HI Im 55 and i have never -Yes thats is NEVER - worn make up and have only ever cleaned my facial skin with water (no soap) and very occasionally in the winter used a bit of pretty much the cheapest moisturiser (Neutrogena or Palmers cocoa butter being my current one ) if my skin has started feeling dry.. (Grandmothers advice to me in her teens and she had fantastic skin)

Despite this ( and you may be amazed ) my skin is clean and clear , non wrinkly and i've never suffered from spots so I can only conclude it was great advice. , but I have now noticed recently (as I have lost a couple of stone ) that their is a definite slight 'sag' starting especially under chin ( and also on arms and legs) that doesn't seem to be firming up again after exercise..and using the moisturiser and body lotion above.

I recently invested in some l'oreal Revitalift firming cream to use on my neck and and some facial serum and eye cream from the same range(this is the most i have ever spent on skin products!) . But seriously, are these more expensive ranges like likely to make much of a difference? or should I just keep up with the less expensive brands?.

if not what would you recommend as a not too expensive product that might help.. my skin is on the dry side

Glaikit Mon 18-Mar-13 11:01:24

I am 31 and my skin care regime has always been a bit haphazard. Facial wash or scrub in the shower and I always take my make up off before bed. I have facials every few months.

I have quite bad blackheads over my nose. I've tried loads of things, strips, scrubs, squeezing blush but nothing seems to shift them. What would you recommend

CMOTDibbler Mon 18-Mar-13 11:48:39

I've got good sking for 40, but I've always had open pores on my nose. Any magic cures? I've tried everything!

Is there a non-surgical way to relax my frown lines? Every so often I notice I'm frowning and attempt to relax my forehead, but they are getting worse and are now there all the time even when I'm relaxed.
I know botox would sort it, but really don't want to go down this route. Creams etc won't help, because the issue is stopping myself frowning in the first place.
Help!

Haberdashery Mon 18-Mar-13 12:22:58

I'm 44 and beginning to look a bit wrinkly, but I also have very oily skin. Can you recommend something that will help fight the wrinkles but not give me spots? Every cream I have tried that is specifically for aging skin ends up making me look like a teenager (and not in a good way, just spots for days). Sometimes even things that are aimed at oilier skin are a bit too moisturising for me.

JS06 Mon 18-Mar-13 12:28:31

I'd like some super-boost advice for when I go out and stand on the edge of a rugby pitch for 90 minutes in this British wintery weather supporting my son. I know that my regular products probably don't give enough protection for my dry, fair, softly lining round the eyes a bit skin. I still want to use full make up but please advise on the underneath stuff so that I can emerge as untargeted by the elements as possible.

weenwee Mon 18-Mar-13 12:28:46

If you had to choose between sunscreen and covering up, which would you go for? I'm concerned with some of the chemicals in sunscreen, but I don't want to boil all summer!

Tee2072 Mon 18-Mar-13 12:29:28

I'm 44 and still breakout on a regular basis, despite using 'acne preventing' skin care, like my 13 year old niece. grin

It's obviously not working and I'd also like to start battling some wrinkles. Suggestions that don't cost an arm and a leg, as I'm on a tight budget?

carlab Mon 18-Mar-13 12:35:49

I've noticed the skin underneath my eyes is quite dark even after a good night sleep. Is there anything I can use to help this? Also the lines either side of my nose that run to the corners of my mouth are more pronounced as my skin loses it elasticity.... and ideas what I can do to improve that?

Thank you!

chinichats Mon 18-Mar-13 12:36:56

What can i use to help bags under the eyes?

katiewalters Mon 18-Mar-13 12:41:37

im 28 this year, and always worrying about my skin ageing. what is the best (not too expensive) cream that i can use now in my beauty regime to help combat my skin ageing, getting wrinkles, etc

Eastpoint Mon 18-Mar-13 12:42:18

Is a sagging jaw line inevitable or is there anything I can do to minimise this? I don't have lots of weight to lose nor have I just lost weight, its always been pretty stable since I was 18 or so.

Why is high factor suncream more expensive? Surely people should be encouraged to use high protection?

CoalDustWoman Mon 18-Mar-13 12:56:18

Does it make you feel even a little bit awkward inside that you contribute to womens' insecurities and promote the idea that looking "old" is a bad thing?

avelte Mon 18-Mar-13 12:57:39

for a 42 year old woman,what is suitable face cream or serum...in the need to keep my skin wrinkless and hydrated for long...thank you

BollyGood Mon 18-Mar-13 13:00:25

I have such dark circles under my eyes how can I treat them?

nextphase Mon 18-Mar-13 13:03:34

Mid 30s, skin care means soap (yes, that hard, bar stuff) in the shower in the mornings.
Very occasional moisturiser - maybe once a month, when skin feals tight.
Make-up if were going to a wedding or black tie work do.

Why should I be using more moisturiser, when it makes my skin feal greasy?

When I've had make-up put on by profesionals (bride or bridesmaid) they can't beleive how good my skin is. Are all these creams and lotions a way to make up spend money, 'cause once you start, you can't stop?

Peachy Mon 18-Mar-13 13:06:06

I turnn 40 in a few months, and I've noticed recently that my skin is looking ery tired. I never get more than 5 hour's sleep (this won't be changing any time soon, Carer) so what would your advice be please? My skin isn't wrinkled or particullarly lined (apart from a few laugh lines that I rather like), just tired and prone to dryness. Thank you.

Blatherskite Mon 18-Mar-13 13:12:57

I've always had dark circles around my eyes to some extent but now I'm about to turn 35, they're getting darker! The problem is, I also have milia and was told that over-moisturising the area can make the milia worse.

Can you suggest something that would maybe work on my dark circles while also not making the problem with my milia worse? I don't tend to wear make-up on a daily basis so just covering the circles with thick foundation isn't really an option

Fast Mon 18-Mar-13 13:17:04

I have oily skin but spend a lot of time outdoors. I know I need a sun-cream but even the ones designed for facial use seem to be too heavy and claggy, can you recommend anything please?

Also, I have a couple of sun-spots on the top of each cheek. Is there anything that can lighten their appearance or is the damage permanent?

Thanks.

MsGee Mon 18-Mar-13 13:18:34

I have eczema on my eyelids and forehead (oh and now spreading around sides of eyes/forehead). This got infected last year and I took antibiotics, it cleared up but the eczema is still there. Its red and itchy and flaky to the point of scabbing occasionally.

I look and feel horrific. I use dermalogica and occasional steriod cream and just started to use diprobase but at least a few days each week its very uncomfortable and unsightly and its starting to get to me.

Please don't tell me to go to my doctor.

HALA Mon 18-Mar-13 13:23:10

Inorder to get enough vitamin D I have heard that we should be without sunscreen for periods in a day. Which time in the day is it okay to do this ?

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 smile...is 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,
serendipity1980

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!
ta!

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?

Roseformeplease England Mon 18-Mar-13 17:44:32

In my mid 40s my skin is changing, and not in a good way. My dry skin (eczema) seems to be drier with some stubborn dry and flaky patches near the hairline and one cheek. However, my chin seems to have the odd spot - one there in a different place all the time.

I use Eucerin for the dry skin, have just ordered (on advice from mumsnet) and started using La Roche Posay on the worst bits. But each bit of my face seems to need something different. Do I use different creams on different bits, one cream with another on top or just weep!

cherrylolly Mon 18-Mar-13 18:23:31

I'm 42 and over the last couple of years my skin tone has become quite red, is there anything I can use to lessen this?

ChipTheFish Mon 18-Mar-13 18:24:07

I'm 23, but look older. I think this is down to my skin being quite dull. What should I use to make it brighter?

Also, I have visible open pores on my forehead and nose, is there away to close these to make my skin tone more even?

Natara Mon 18-Mar-13 18:24:21

I'm always hearing about wonder foods that have anti-ageing properties. Think spirulina, silica etc... Are there really any wonder foods for our skin, besides the obvious one of eating well and drinking lots of water??

kayleigh39 Mon 18-Mar-13 19:48:18

I'm 25 and have never using anti-ageing creams, I have lost almost 6 stone and my face is looking drawn and tired. What could I use to make it look and feel better? Thanks

bustybetty Mon 18-Mar-13 19:49:33

whats the best tip for stopping bright lipstick going into the fine lines of your lips?

StillStuck Mon 18-Mar-13 20:01:14

my skin is showing signs of sun damage due to a youth spent doing water sports and skiing, I used sun cream but I guess especially being in the water I wasn't always adequately protected. whats the best thing for me to do to look after my skin now and minimise the damage developing?

gazzalw Mon 18-Mar-13 20:16:23

Right I am a guy about to hit the big 50 - I am slim and reasonably fit but I do smoke (10 a day) and drink. What should I be doing/taking to help me actively and healthily embrace my next fifty years?

Oddsod Mon 18-Mar-13 20:20:52

Hi I have developed age spots or hyperpigmentation following two pregnancies. I also have developed puffy eyelids and suddenly feel very old and tired looking. I have tried remedies for both of these issues but not seen any improvement. What should I be doing to change things? Thanks

I'm a 30 (and a bit) year old recent ex smoker with an outside job how can i avoid looking like an old handbag in years to come, In particular my hands, sunscreen might help my face but it just gets washed off my hands.

BusyLittleSpider Mon 18-Mar-13 20:44:05

My fun filled twenties have left me with dreadful skin in my thirties, I have massive bags under my eyes that never go even after a good nights sleep and my complexion is dull and sallow. So, my question is, can I do anything to improve this? I already use the best moisturiser I can afford, try (but don't always suceed) to drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet. Is there anything else I can do?

Tortington Mon 18-Mar-13 20:57:46

why oh why does my moisuriser ball up and flake off?

ataraxia Mon 18-Mar-13 22:12:31

What can I do about worry lines?

happymuddyboys Mon 18-Mar-13 22:15:01

Is Botox rat poison?

Iggity Mon 18-Mar-13 23:31:12

Can a product actually change/improve the skin or does it just make it look a bit better temporarily?

EllenParsons Tue 19-Mar-13 00:49:39

I'm 26 and starting to get faint lines on the outside corners of my eyes and I am really scared of ending up with crows feet! What can I do or use to prevent this happening or at least delay it as long as possible?

stephgr Tue 19-Mar-13 01:36:47

can eating so-called "superfoods" really improve skin's appearance and if so which ones should we be eating most of?

utopian99 Tue 19-Mar-13 01:47:02

I'm 30 and have recently (3 months ago), given birth to our first child. While my overall figure is now more or less back to what it was, the skin over my stomach still needs to re-tighten somewhat. What's the strongest product you know to achieve this?

iwantavuvezela Tue 19-Mar-13 10:53:25

It worries me when I hear "fighting" the signs of ageing, as it makes it sound like its a battle i need to go into!
I would like to meet ageing in a more relaxed way, and would like to know if creams that are targeted as for ageing; or products in this range, really do work or that you would recommend.

hellsbells76 Tue 19-Mar-13 11:22:37

Of course they don't work. Ageing is a normal process and smearing overpriced gunk on your skin won't stop that. Of course, if people realised that then Boots wouldn't make any money out of flogging said overpriced gunk by exploiting women's insecurities would they? Jesus, this is a depressing thread.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 19-Mar-13 12:30:16

What hellsbells said. I always thought Mumsnet was populated by strong independent women capable of intelligent thought and not following the crowd.

This thread makes intensely depressing reading. Get a grip people!

hellsbells76 Tue 19-Mar-13 12:57:50

Bet we don't win the voucher or get quoted on the show though grin Look everyone, if you're really that bothered about lines, bung a bit of Anusol on them, it'll have the same short term 'lifting' effect as any of these hideously expensive creams. But maybe examine why you care so much? When did it become so abhorrent to let the years you've lived and loved and experienced show on your face? Twentysomethings on here worried about when they 'should' start using these creams, like there's a law or something. It makes me want to cry.

Haberdashery Tue 19-Mar-13 13:05:55

Does being intelligent and independent mean you automatically have no interest in how you look and cannot take an interest in beauty products? Ageing is indeed a normal process but some kinds of skin products can make you look better and feel better in your skin (I am talking physically although it's certain possible to feel an emotional boost too). I don't think a fiver spent on moisturiser now and again (my personal budget, YMMV) is exactly wanton extravagance for something that makes my skin feel softer and nicer and hopefully improves my appearance a little (because, regardless of my IQ or lack of it, I quite like looking nice). Wrinkles are inevitable but that doesn't mean I actively want them, regardless of how natural they are.

Furthermore people posting a question can win a £50 Boots voucher (which need not be spent on skincare) if you post a question. Do you think some people might quite like one of those and be prepared to ask a question (which takes very little time and no money) regardless of whether or not they know the answer already?

I don't, by the way, consider myself either insecure or deluded. However I would welcome fifty quid to spend on a treat for myself and quite like beauty products. They're fun.

I think anyone who thinks this thread is intensely depressing is probably taking it far too seriously.

Haberdashery Tue 19-Mar-13 13:06:46

I really ought to make use of preview. Sorry about slight incoherence.

hellsbells76 Tue 19-Mar-13 13:15:02

What's wrong with wrinkles though? Seriously? I just don't get the horror of them. I think they look a face look much more interesting, personally. And yes I do find it depressing that after all the advances we've made in women's rights, women are still wholesale buying into the myth that youth=beauty, and that 'beauty', however defined, even matters, and that even if it does, it can be obtained by spending money on gunk. Beauty products are 'fun'? Crikey. If I had to compile my top 100 list of 'fun things', I really don't think some slimy overpriced crap in a jar would be up there grin

prettybird Tue 19-Mar-13 13:25:06

My eyelids seem to be getting even more crepey and saggy. Actually, it's the bit above the eyelid and below my eyebrow), so that it folds over my eyelid, so that it's impossible to see the eyelid. The degree of "overlap" seems to be getting worse - is there any eye cream that can help?

I'm just about 52 and other than that, still have fantastic skin even if I so so myself grinwink

Haberdashery Tue 19-Mar-13 13:44:52

There's nothing wrong with wrinkles! But equally, there's nothing wrong with wishing to minimise them a bit if it makes you feel happier and does you no harm (I would draw the line well before any kind of surgical procedure, btw, incl botox which horrifies me). As nobody's ever going to get rid of them permanently, anyone who is genuinely horrified by them would be better off with therapy than eye cream! But most people just don't like them very much. That's normal, too.

I'm not horrified by my wrinkles, hell, I'm 44 and it's not horrifying or unusual or anything other than normal. But I can't say I think I look better with them. And I like looking nice (on my own terms of reference, that is, I'm no supermodel).

There are people who like climbing mountains or riding motorbikes across the desert for fun, which are dangerous and unpleasant pursuits any way I look at it, but I wouldn't dare presume to tell them their idea of fun is WRONG, even if I find it the height of pointlessness. I happen to like little pots of nice smelling gunk and pretty make up and perfume etc. I realise that none of this is particularly important and I'm sure I could do without all of it but I like it. I can't see what's wrong with that.

I'm not bothered about looking old
I am bothered about looking cross.

That's why I want to sort my forehead frown lines.

Littleorangetree Tue 19-Mar-13 14:14:21

Hi! I'm in my early 30s and in the last 2 years my skin has gone from being beautiful, smooth and blemish-free, to being dry, red and spotty. I have no idea why it's become like this as I've always had lovely skin and now it's horrible!!

I think I might be starting to get rosacea on my nose and cheeks. I don't put any cleanser or soap on my skin and moisturise it daily, but it makes no difference, I still have flaky, dry, red skin. Please can you give me some suggestions about what I should do to get my old face back?

Thanks.

MrsIgglePiggle Tue 19-Mar-13 14:53:24

If you shallow breathe a lot, rather than practice deep breathing, does your face lose muscle tone, and thus encourage fine lines?

oiza Tue 19-Mar-13 15:06:10

i'm going forty and my problem is dry skin what do u suggest i use pls

How should I best care for my skin during warmer weather?I have very dry skin, prone to excema and I am extremely pale and have a lot of freckles and quite a few moles. I do use sunscreen on my body but find it makes me break out on my face, leaving me with very red and angry looking spots. Is there a specific type of product that I should be using for my face?

katb1973 Tue 19-Mar-13 18:33:39

What about middle aged, acne prone skin? What products are best for this without drying out skin?

choccyp1g Portugal Tue 19-Mar-13 18:47:41

It is so hard to prove whether a cream is really working, as there are so many variables to account for, plus ANY cream may have worked equally well. So, my question is, have there ever been any tests where people use the cream on one side of their face and not the other?

And could you tell the difference?

Lurleene Tue 19-Mar-13 20:36:36

Every morning when I look in the mirror I see another thread vein has appeared on my face! Is there anything I can do to get rid of them apart from lasers?

purples Tue 19-Mar-13 21:28:15

As I've got older my skin has dried out and suffers in the winter. I also have a small scar (about 2cm long) which seems more prominent with all this cold weather we've had recently.
I use the same cream in summer and winter, but should I alter cream depending on season? Current cream does include SPF, so great for the summer, but do I need a different cream for the winter?

Gill81uk Tue 19-Mar-13 22:08:30

What do you recommend for skin that gets very dry but can also be prone to spots, particularly around the chin area?

2BodlyGo Tue 19-Mar-13 22:09:57

It's probably already been asked in some form or another. But. I have a dry flakey patch of skin in my t-zone between the eyebrows, which is also looking a touch wrinkly. I have started to moisturise (use Avene rich moisturising lotion) more regularly over the last 2 months, and also exfoliate once a week (No.7 exfoliating wash) after using the No.7 wash for normal to oily skin. I then use the Airbrush Away primer, which is fab all over except for this one patch which still looks terrible.

My question is in two parts 1) what is causing the dry patch, could it be that I am using the wrong face wash? and 2) what do you suggest to get rid of the dry patch and to soften the wrinkles in that nose crease between the eyebrows?

Thank you!

cutie101 Wed 20-Mar-13 07:56:45

I've just had my second child so time is something I don't have much of, bit I need something to hide my ever aging skin, lines on my forehead and puffy eyes. Is there a magic product that will do all 3 that I can slap on and be done? Of and the cheaper the better as I always feel guilty spending money on myself now, I would far rather spend the money we do have on my girls! Thanks

Trills Wed 20-Mar-13 08:22:28

Is there any health benefit to any "anti-ageing" creams, lotions or serums, or are they purely for cosmetic benefit?

Trills Wed 20-Mar-13 08:22:46

I mean, they don't actually make you age any less...

DollyLevi Wed 20-Mar-13 09:09:53

My neck is letting the side down! It's not that I've neglected it but I think it just needs "more" than my face does, in terms of care (rescue).

Is it worth splashing out on expensive high end brands? Clarins do a neck cream but its soooo expensive! Do they really offer more ? I'm 50 and feel all of a sudden, that my age is catching up.

50BalesOfHay Wed 20-Mar-13 10:36:59

I'm 51. I tell people I'm 65. I often get told how young I look.

Nitpick Wed 20-Mar-13 17:21:08

Ooh I totally LOVE Boots Time Delay Radiance Booster - can't shout about it enough! Its so refreshing when you put it on your skin and leaves no nasty greasy residue. Leaves my face so soft - if you ever discountinue the range I will campaign for its return!

At my fortieth birthday my old school chums said I had great skin and I swear that's why.

I mix it up with a few drops of Rosehip oil from Trilogy (fabulous stuff) and some Number 7 Soft and Sheer Tinted Moisturiser which is nice and moist and doesn't have a drying affect on the skin. I've found that illuminating products can hide so much in terms of shadows under the eyes etc. and really make a difference to how you look.

missorinoco Wed 20-Mar-13 17:43:35

I think the best skin care tip is probably sleep. Which explains why no amount of Touche Eclat can salvage my bags.

In an ideal world I would have enough sleep. Failing that, what not overly expensive products can you recommend to combat the ageing lack of sleep seems to be doing to my skin? In five years my face seems to have aged ten.

GreatGooglyMoogly Wed 20-Mar-13 20:30:54

I have a lot of age/ sun spots on my face. I've tried chemical peel facials but they don't seem to fade them - is there anything that will? TIA.

catinboots Wed 20-Mar-13 20:47:19

My best tips:

8 hours sleep every night
As much water as you can drink each day
Factor 50 sun cream every single day
Botox x2 year

Question:

The dreaded dark circles?? Which, if any, eye creams actually work?

flamingtoaster Wed 20-Mar-13 20:52:36

Do the facial exercises really cause an increase in firmness and reduction of wrinkles? There is a suggestion that they actually may make it worse by stretching the skin/all the movement (i.e. think of laughter lines).

bluebump Wed 20-Mar-13 20:58:36

I would also like to know about super foods/ supplements, are there any in particular that can help improve skin?

My skin is finally the clearest it has been in years but now I am starting to show signs of ageing! Unfair! I'd like to know how to make my skin look less dull.

sansastark Wed 20-Mar-13 21:52:04

I've always believed in staying out of the sun, always wearing sunscreen, not smoking, avoiding alcohol, and drinking lots of water to keep your skin looking good - but having said that, I've done all this all my life, and I still need Botox in my mid-thirties to keep the wrinkles at bay! So maybe there's no way of fighting the inevitable!!

What's your best anti-ageing advice for well-maintained-but-nonetheless getting-on-a-bit mid-thirties skin, which doesn't do anything too dreadful apart from looking a bit mid-thirties-ish?

80sMum Wed 20-Mar-13 22:17:34

I burn easily, so always use sunscreen or avoid prolonged exposure to the sun if unprotected. I've also never been a smoker.
I started using moisturiser at 14, eye cream at 25, serums at 35 and for about the last 15 years I've worn a moisturiser with SPF15 every day.
I am 55 now and have very few wrinkles. I know people more than a decade younger whose skin looks older.
I think the single biggest favour you can do for your skin is to protect it from sun damage.

dahville Wed 20-Mar-13 22:17:57

My tips would be to stay hydrated, eat fresh fruit and veg, try to get enough sleep (ha!), and moisturise!

GaryBuseysTeeth Wed 20-Mar-13 22:19:50

I've read that dark circles/puffy eyes could be to do with an allergy/intolerance?
Could this be the case?
And can I just start popping antihistamines in the short term, until I discover if it is an allergy, without any longer term side effects?

Ooh, also; is any skin type more 'prone' to showing wrinkles earlier?
I have a very dry T-zone & wonder if it'll age quicker because it looks so awful.

TheCrackFox Wed 20-Mar-13 22:37:45

The best thing you can do for your skin is not to smoke (or give up) as it is terribly ageing. That and drink lots of water, stay out of the sun, eat healthily and moisturise every day and your skin should look pretty good.

Halfling Wed 20-Mar-13 22:47:12

What can I do to reduce the very ageing open pores which make my face look coarse and ancient? I have tried the standard anti ageing creams but they persist. I am 35 years old.

bohoec Wed 20-Mar-13 23:27:13

My two skincare golden rules are 1/ drink lots if water and 2/ moisturise, especially during the winter when we forget because our skin is not on show!

ShhHesAsleep Thu 21-Mar-13 00:47:15

Tips:
Healthy living, staying hydrated, sun protection etc. Try different products and techniques as your skin does change seasonally and over the years.

Questions:
When using a new product, how quickly should we expect to see results?

For the sensitive-skinned, should a skin reaction mean discontinuing the product immediately , or do you suggest trying it for a few days?

Can freckles and sun damaged dark spots be safely lightened?

AlfalfaMum Thu 21-Mar-13 01:00:39

My top tip for those with sensitive skin like me is not to use cotton wool ever. It's full of bleach and nasty chemicals and will cause reactions. Instead, rinse cleanser away with water or a soft face cloth, and apply toner by patting on gently with hands.

aaaaagh Thu 21-Mar-13 07:42:20

Anti-ageing tips - Laugh a lot! Then the lines around your eyes and mouth will be laughter lines and not frown ones. Play outside with your children so your face is flushed and rosy. Wear your hair in bunches and colourful shoes. It always makes me feel like a 5 year old going to a birthday party.

SpringtimeForShatner Thu 21-Mar-13 09:30:18

Use a flannel to wash your face. It's a great way slough away flaky skin and a hot flannel is great for deep-cleaning grotty pores.

harryhausen Thu 21-Mar-13 09:37:02

My message to anyone is simple - Vaseline.

I'm nearly 41. When I was 26ish I saw Joanna Lumley on This Morning recommending a small dad of Vaseline at the corner of the eyes each night to stop crows feet. I started doing this and have done ever since.

I have plenty of other issues with bags under eyes, a few smile lines around my mouth etc, but not a HINT of a crows foot yet. Maybe co-incidence but I'm carrying ongrin

harryhausen Thu 21-Mar-13 09:37:47

dab of Vaseline.

gazzalw Thu 21-Mar-13 10:15:35

Stay out of the Sun and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

SparklyStream Thu 21-Mar-13 10:17:52

Apply baby oil to body directly after showering (ie before drying with towel).

madmomma Thu 21-Mar-13 10:53:16

definitely going to try that vaseline tip harry thanks

Bonsoir Thu 21-Mar-13 11:36:32

This miracle cleanser.

tanfastic Thu 21-Mar-13 12:51:49

I'd say try not to use sun beds or if you go out in the sun use a sunscreen on your face. Also don't smoke. I think these are the biggest factors in making you look old and wrinkly before your time smile

madmomma Thu 21-Mar-13 14:20:29

bonsoir where can you buy that cleanser from?

INeverSaidThat Thu 21-Mar-13 14:38:20

I have a really greasy forehead. I am 48, wear no make up and use a light moisturiser (with SP15). I have to remember to clean it a few times in the day sad

My tips are (all the normal ones)
Sleep well
Eat well
Say out the sun
Always use a reasonable SP factor cream
Clean off make-up properly
DON'T smoke
Drink plenty of water
Don't worry about a few wrinkles smile.

If you have a time machine you could go back in time and select parents with good genes. smile

Bonsoir Thu 21-Mar-13 14:50:53

Amazon or get a friend going to France to bring it back - it's one of the top-selling products in French pharmacies and you can normally buy a two-pack for EUR 16 to 18.

Frizzbonce Thu 21-Mar-13 16:53:11

My oily sensitive skin has been transformed by the oil cleansing method. I use a glop of castor oil plus another glop of Vitamin E oil or almond oil and a drop of Tea Tree oil (cos I like the smell) Massage it into the face for a minute then wring out a clean washcloth in warm water and gently wipe. Makeup off in a trice and no dry bits even over winter.

Apart from that a moisturiser with a high spf. I like Soap and Glory SPF25.

Totally agree with Hellsbells. We are supposed to age, it is a natural process.

My only recommendation is to stay out of hot sun (wish I had followed that advice years ago) and contentment; to be satisfied with your life and happy and grateful for it.

flutterbynight Thu 21-Mar-13 22:25:35

I think the best advice for a clear, bright complexion is to drink plenty of water!

bluebump Thu 21-Mar-13 22:54:44

Bioderma is going to be available in the UK from April I read but not sure of the stockists.

Bonsoir Fri 22-Mar-13 07:25:02

Bioderma is a really good brand with lots of excellent products in addition to Sensibio.

JS06 Fri 22-Mar-13 11:03:52

Just taken part in the radio show for this topic, it was a lovely experience, I was telephoned in advance to arrange a time and then this morning the system worked like clockwork. Thanks for the opportunity to take part. Good luck with future topics and shows.http://cdnmn.com/emo/te/thanks.png

Yjossarian Fri 22-Mar-13 11:07:12

Having talked to the experts this morning I feel the need to pass on some words of wisdom...for those of us with fine laughter lines...wear sunglasses! Something I hadn't really thought about before with our miserable lovely weather but will do in future. So now I can look cool and be wrinkle free! And I don't have to stop smiling grin

prettybird Fri 22-Mar-13 11:58:10

Just pre-recorded my question for the show blush Good answer - got more than I expected (I expected to be told I should thole it as it was age and genetics).

Now need to decide if I want to listen and be embarassed by my voice grin.

Sunny2013 Fri 22-Mar-13 20:58:09

I am due to go for a course of radio therapy on a neural brain tumour within the next two months, and have read that my facial skin will suffer for a while after this ... as a sun worshipper my skin is already probably older than me :-) but i do not use any skin creams or lotions at the moment , but i would like to try and help protect my skin from the after effects of the radiotherapy .. what would you advise me to apply please ... I appreciate your advise as i am at a loss on what i should do .... and if you advise me to take a few MONTHS out to float on a lilo covered in coconut oil floating on a lilo in The sunny Maldives , that would be great advise xx

I lived overseas for a few years but since I came back to the UK I've had terrible skin. I ge a lot of spots on my skin and they leave dark marks so I have permanent blemishes. Nearly 39, no big changes in diet and drink plenty of water - is it age, climate or something else making me spotty? Never had teenage spots , only started in my mid 30's. What products would you recommend to minimise spots and what can I use to minimise the blemishes?

Failing that can you buy me a house in the sun pleasewink

MrsNRay Sat 23-Mar-13 01:25:32

What an amazing thread! I'm definitely on the look out for tips! My two main concerns are that I've heard that to have good skin, you need to both drink plenty of water and find a cream that suits your skin and use it daily. I always forget to drink enough water and have never got on with creams. Firstly, can you recommend a good cream for very dry skin? Secondly, how important is it to drink enough water? Can water be replaced with tea? Also, can you tell me how to stop my hands from getting dry and cracked? They are horrendous from washing them all the time because I want them clean to deal with my baby.

Snog Sat 23-Mar-13 12:02:32

How best to deal with those horrible (hormone-related??) chin spots?

Joanwilson Sun 24-Mar-13 14:33:08

Message deleted by Mumsnet for breaking our Talk Guidelines. Replies may also be deleted.

I'm just about to each 45 and have always had great skin and i loom after it well but these days it feels quite dehydrated. I'm layering serum and cream mixed with facial oil but still feel tight. Any suggestions of what I can use?

Rulesgirl Mon 25-Mar-13 02:15:20

a

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 28-Mar-13 14:36:53

Thanks to everyone who posted a question about skin and ageing on this thread - skin expert Dr Nick Lowe MD has answered some of the questions he didn't have time to cover in the show - please do have a read of his answers below...

DrNickLoweMD Thu 28-Mar-13 15:24:07

Yjossarian

I am 27 and have lines at the sides of my eyes when I smile...is 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

The skin around the eyes is thin and so prone to wrinkling, discolouration, puffiness and eye bags. It is more susceptible to damage by sunlight because it is so thin, especially UVA rays, which penetrate the dermis. It is also damaged by smoking, which causes collagen and elastin breakdown.

Actions you can take to protect the eye area include:
~ Use ultraviolet protective glasses whenever possible outdoors or when driving. Please note these do not necessarily have to be dark glasses although obviously in intense sunlight it is more comfortable if they are dark.

~ Use an eye serum every morning or a puffy eye gel, depending on your skin problem. If you have dark circles use a dark circle cream. Let it dry and then apply a protective day cream with SPF-15 and UVA protection. You can apply this over the eye cream, but do not get it too near the eyes just up to the eyelids.

~ Use a product that can tighten and lighten the skin around the eyes - the ingredients to look for here are peptides, liquorice extracts, and also look at the packaging to see if there have been any scientific tests performed on the product.

~ Look at your eyes and decide what problem you have: if you have wrinkles, choose a wrinkle-reducing cream; if you have puffiness choose a puff-reducing gel or cream; if you have dark circles choose a dark circle cream or lightener.

~ Check that the skin products you choose have been tested to ensure they don't irritate the eyes, otherwise you will obviously not be able to tolerate them.

~ Other options include appropriate lasers and radiofrequency, if you have intense smile lines as you are getting older.

DrNickLoweMD Thu 28-Mar-13 15:31:54

Littlecherublegs

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

The answer is you do not need all of these. You will actually confuse yourself as well as your skin by trying to use them all.

The best approach is to identify your skin type: is it dry, is it sensitive, ie does it react to previous skin products with itching and redness, which would be a sign that you have skin sensitivity, is it oily, is it a combination of all of the above ie combination normal to dry, combination oily to dry.

Do not forget parts of your face that may be dry, such as the cheeks, and the central area, which may be more oily. Speak to skincare advisors in larger Boots stores.

Once you have identified your skin type, choose a practical skin programme that you can sensibly and easily achieve. Use a maximum of two morning products layered one on the other and use one or two evening products. So, for example, if you have a tendency to redness use a redness-calming cream, let it dry and follow this with a SPF-15 UVA protecting day cream moisturiser.

If you have dark patches or dullness, apply a skin lightening cream, let it dry and follow this with your protecting day cream.

At night, use your redness calming cream or your lightening cream.

Remember you may need to change your products with the seasons - you may need more moisturising products in the winter, when central heating and cold weather dries your skin, and you may need to take fewer hot showers and baths.

You may need to less moisturiser in the summer. Speak to your Boots advisors if you are concerned.

DrNickLoweMD Thu 28-Mar-13 15:35:16

TravelinColour

I'm not bothered about looking old
I am bothered about looking cross.

That's why I want to sort my forehead frown lines.

The sorts of forehead lines you have are caused by what I term hypermobile or overactive muscles of the forehead. Do not forget to use protective day creams and sunglasses, as squinting can increase your frown lines.

DrNickLoweMD Thu 28-Mar-13 15:36:37

StillStuck

my skin is showing signs of sun damage due to a youth spent doing water sports and skiing, I used sun cream but I guess especially being in the water I wasn't always adequately protected. whats the best thing for me to do to look after my skin now and minimise the damage developing?

I see many patients in their early twenties in Southern California with sun damage and I am now seeing these in the UK due to holidays abroad and tanning salon sunbeds. Skin damage in childhood and teenage years shows up as sunspots and wrinkles anywhere from five to 15 years later.

It is never too late to repair this damage. A recent study we performed using a daily sun protection cream and our skin lightening cream showed significant improvement after 16 weeks, which almost equalled four intense pulsed light treatments.

The message is, whenever and whatever the other treatments you are using, use a regular day protection and appropriate night treatment cream.
Boots Number 7 and our Secret Is Out SPF15 Lifting Cream have excellent ingredients, for example matrikines, which are peptides that can rejuvenate the damaged skin collagen that occurs with sun damage.

DrNickLoweMD Thu 28-Mar-13 15:38:16

maloofysmum

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!
ta!

This question reveals one myth: that drinking water helps to moisturise skin. Drinking sufficient water to be healthy is clearly vital and you should drink at least two pints of fluids a day to maintain a healthy fluid balance. But what moisturises the skin is having a good skin barrier to prevent water loss, which then allows the skin to retain moisture, and using good moisturising skin products.

Many of Dr Nick Lowe products and Boots products have been tested to prove this. Ingredients to look for are humectants (which trap moisture in the skin) such as Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Stearate and Lecithin. All of these are sometimes combined with natural moisturising factors, which mimic the skin's own moisture 'factory'.

Don't forget that as well as your face, your arms, body and legs can all dry out severely, so use moisturising cream cleansers and lotion washes in these areas when they are dry.

DrNickLoweMD Thu 28-Mar-13 15:40:03

Iggity

Can a product actually change/improve the skin or does it just make it look a bit better temporarily?

Some products (excluding cosmetics) can give long-term skin improvement, for example reduction in the appearance of fine lines, blotchy pigment and skin redness. They need to have scientifically tested ingredients to achieve these. Boots and Dr. Nick Lowe products have been formulated and tested to deliver these benefits.

Some products can also give temporary improvement. For example, moisturisers' humectants can actually improve skin quality and 'plump' up your skin, and skin-tightening ingredients such as peptides, particularly the hexapeptides, can give temporary tightening.

DrNickLoweMD Thu 28-Mar-13 15:41:12

ThisIsNotWhatIWasAfter

I'm a 30 (and a bit) year old recent ex smoker with an outside job how can i avoid looking like an old handbag in years to come, In particular my hands, sunscreen might help my face but it just gets washed off my hands.

Congratulations on stopping smoking. Daily SPF 15 UVA protection with moisturiser and night creams will improve your skin now that you have given up smoking.

As regards your hands, can you improve the protection you're using at work? Protect your hands with gloves whenever possible, and apply moisturising creams underneath your gloves. Reapply sun protection and hand cream (make sure this has added moisturiser) as often as possible. Keep it wherever you regularly wash your hands.

Another important note on hand protection is that whenever you're driving, your hands are exposed to UVA that coming through window glass and it ages the skin. Always put on SPF 15 UVA protecting hand cream when driving.

DrNickLoweMD Thu 28-Mar-13 15:42:48

Oddsod

Hi I have developed age spots or hyperpigmentation following two pregnancies. I also have developed puffy eyelids and suddenly feel very old and tired looking. I have tried remedies for both of these issues but not seen any improvement. What should I be doing to change things? Thanks

Age spots are actually not from age, they are from sun exposure. Pigmentation on your face from the pregnancies, which is known medically as melasma, is a result of hormones stimulating your pigment cells in your skin to respond more to UVA. Use a skin-brightening lightening cream, then put SPF15 UVA day protection cream on top after it has dried - you can layer these every effectively. Once those two are dry, you can use your make-up on top.

Reapply your lightening cream at night. This will gradually work, but do not expect an immediate effect - it will take several weeks or months of continued use to show benefits. Excellent light creams include Dr Nick Lowe Super Light Skin Tone Perfector and Boots No 7 Dark Spot Corrector.

Puffy eyes have several causes, including small fat pads under the eyes, fluid build-up and sun damage leading to weathered skin. The best remedies are to use a puffy eye gel, eg Dr Nick Lowe Puffy Eye Gel, and apply this twice a day. Remember to protect your eyes with sunglasses and use your day protective creams just up to your eyelids. You can put your puffy eye gel on, let it dry and follow it with your day protective cream.

At night, use an extra pillow to elevate your head and also use your puffy eye gel. Our puffy eye gel contains the active ingredient caffeine, which reduces the water content.

Another trick is to use cold cucumber slices out of your refrigerator and apply them to the eyelids for 10 minutes. As they dry slowly, they evaporate and reduce the puffiness of your eyes.

DrNickLoweMD Thu 28-Mar-13 15:44:28

ChipTheFish

I'm 23, but look older. I think this is down to my skin being quite dull. What should I use to make it brighter?

Also, I have visible open pores on my forehead and nose, is there away to close these to make my skin tone more even?

Your skin is probably dull because you have not been using daily sun protection and also because possibly your skin may be dry. Skin can also be dull in smokers.

My suggestion is that if you are smoking you stop, and if you're not a smoker, don't start. Apply a daily SPF 15 UVA protection after cream cleansing. You can use a nightly brightening cream and use a gentle scrub one to two days a week. Do not over-scrub as it can make the skin too dry.

Pores are necessary channels in your skin that naturally drain your oil glands (sebaceous glands). It is possible that large pores are related to acne and increased oiliness of the skin.

Non-prescription creams you should look for are those containing Salicylic Acid, Willow Bark or Niacinamide. These will help to reduce the pores and also the oiliness.

If your oiliness and pores are more severe, then more powerful prescription creams like Tretinoin or Isotretinoin cream or gel may be helpful. For these you can only get these from a consultant or dermatologist and only if you are suitable.

DrNickLoweMD Thu 28-Mar-13 15:45:55

MakeTeaNotWar

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?

Try to get some sleep, if possible get away from your children - at least temporarily! Or get some help and advice in getting them to sleep.

One approach is to try daily exercise - this can help to relax you, give you a break from the kids and stimulate your circulation, which can help to perk up your complexion. Daily protection creams with SPF 15 and UVA, moisturising, skin lightening creams and gentle facial scrubs once to twice a week can all help.

For dark circles, apply a dark circle cream and make sure you use sunglasses when in sunlight or when driving. Good luck with the non-sleeping children.

DrNickLoweMD Thu 28-Mar-13 15:47:18

SunshinePanda

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!!

Eyelid skin protection is vitally important because the skin around the eyes is already very thin, can be easily wrinkled and become puffy and discoloured.

Gently cleanse with a cream cleanser on a cotton ball, apply the appropriate eye serum, puffy eye gel or dark circle cream, let it dry and then apply a day protection SPF 15 UVA cream on top of that as a gentle layering.

At night use the specific eye cream (see my answer to Yjossarian's question) to target your eye problem.

DrNickLoweMD Thu 28-Mar-13 15:50:03

zzzexhaustedzzz

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

In general, serums are lighter, thinner preparations than creams and dry more quickly. Serums are great ways of rapidly delivering important ingredients to the skin, such as skin rejuvenators, lighteners and those that can tighten the skin.

The serum can be applied as the first layer to the skin, followed by a sunscreen containing day cream, followed by your cosmetic cream. If you are going out in the evening, then a serum can be applied before your evening cosmetic to smooth the skin before your make-up is applied.

DrNickLoweMD Thu 28-Mar-13 15:53:23

MummyPig24

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?

Yes, this is a great idea. Sun damage starts when you are young and shows up 10 to 15 years later, so start using a face cream such as an SPF 15 UVA moisturising cream. Apply this to your whole face after gently cleansing the skin and it will definitely help to reduce your skin ageing.

DrNickLoweMD Thu 28-Mar-13 15:56:16

Fast

I have oily skin but spend a lot of time outdoors. I know I need a sun-cream but even the ones designed for facial use seem to be too heavy and claggy, can you recommend anything please?

Also, I have a couple of sun-spots on the top of each cheek. Is there anything that can lighten their appearance or is the damage permanent?

Thanks.

There are facial creams that you can find formulated for your skin, for example Dr Nick Lowe's Supercharged SPF 15 day cream, which will not be heavy and will be easy for you to use. In addition, tailor your skin cleansing routine to reduce the oily areas of your face, for example the Dr Nick Lowe oil reducing sebum control cleanser or purifying foaming cleanser. These can be alternated with a moisturising product.

Your sunspots may be completely benign sunspots, but some brown spots can be precancerous or cancerous. See a consultant dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis and they will then be able to make the correct treatment recommendation.

There are many different ways of treating benign sunspots, but only after they have been diagnosed as benign. Some of those include lightening day creams, sun protection day creams, as well as prescription lightening creams.

DrNickLoweMD Thu 28-Mar-13 15:58:11

JS06

I'd like some super-boost advice for when I go out and stand on the edge of a rugby pitch for 90 minutes in this British wintery weather supporting my son. I know that my regular products probably don't give enough protection for my dry, fair, softly lining round the eyes a bit skin. I still want to use full make up but please advise on the underneath stuff so that I can emerge as untargeted by the elements as possible.

In the winter months there is little sunburn, but there are UVA rays that can damage your skin and you will get considerable drying from the cold winter weather. Then when you go into hot, dry rooms, this will dry out your skin even more.

What you need to do is to use a daily moisturising SPF 15 UVA cream. For example, Dr Nick Lowe's Secret is Out SPF 15 UVA day cream has been shown to be highly moisturising and contain important anti-ageing ingredients. Apply this after cleansing, and then allow it to dry for two minutes and then reapply your make-up.

Don't forget to take a protective lip balm when you're standing outdoors, to stop your lips drying out and to protect the sensitive skin of the lips from sun damage. If it is a sunny day, then you should also be using (even in winter sun) protective sunglasses.

DrNickLoweMD Thu 28-Mar-13 15:59:42

Haberdashery

I'm 44 and beginning to look a bit wrinkly, but I also have very oily skin. Can you recommend something that will help fight the wrinkles but not give me spots? Every cream I have tried that is specifically for aging skin ends up making me look like a teenager (and not in a good way, just spots for days). Sometimes even things that are aimed at oilier skin are a bit too moisturising for me.

Some of the lighter-texture day creams, such as the Dr Nick Lowe Supercharged SPF 15 day cream, may be very satisfactory for your skin protection.

The most important thing also is to choose cleansers very carefully: if you have oily skin then you should use something like that Dr Nick Lowe oil reducing cleanser on a cotton ball and for the rest of the face the hydrating foaming cleanser.

During the winter months, your cleansers and face cream may need to be more moisturising, for example the Secret is Out Cream cleanser.

If you continue to get acne spots, then you should consult a dermatologist for treatment. In the meantime, the Dr Nick Lowe spot gel anti-blemish range can be very helpful - apply two to three times a day to new spots to stop them developing. An oil control day cream can also help to reduce skin oil and blemishes.

MERLYPUSS Sat 30-Mar-13 10:49:24

Is there any kind of facil wash/scrub that would not leave my (normally ok) cheeks feeling stripped?

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 02-Apr-13 11:43:35

Thanks to everyone who posted on this thread - I'm pleased to announce that the winner of the prize draw is...

harryhausen - congratualtions - a £50 Boots voucher is yours! I'll PM you to get your details.

Tee2072 Tue 02-Apr-13 14:27:22

OtherHelen is there anyway to get a transcript of the actual broadcast? I rarely have 19 minutes all in a row to listen to anything!

Just wondering if my question was answered...

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now