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BoyMeetsWorld Sat 23-Mar-13 19:42:43

I've definitely got some hair questions, please...

*when washing my hair at home, I'm really diligent about shampooing twice, only using conditioner on ends and then rinsing well. But no matter what, the underneath of my hair always feels slightly sticky and heavy - like there's product in it. I've tried all sorts of shampoos & conditioners - what else can I try and could it be to do with the water as I never had this issue before we moved areas?

- also, I have been trying to lighten my hair. I've been getting highlights (half head at first now just t section) for about a year. But the underneath is still quite dark. My hairdresser has suggested having a full head next time but won't that cost a fortune to maintain? And will my hair start to break if I do that?

Thanks

Happiestinwellybobs Mon 25-Mar-13 08:58:04

In my mid thirties, I seem to be getting more spots than ever - I cleanse, moisturise, use an exfoliating scrub once a week, but get big spots on my cheeks and blackheads on my nose. My skin type can be anything from dry to greasy and is dull. What routine should I be following to prevent this?

GreatGooglyMoogly Mon 25-Mar-13 09:39:00

I have wavy hair with dry/ frizzy tendencies. I would love to be able to wear it in its naturally wavy state and have it look good. I've tried washing it with conditioner/ coconut oil only but it ends up stuck together and greasy. Back in the 90s I had oil-treatments at the hairdresser which were amazing but they don't do them any more and they don't seem to work for me at home. Do you have any advice?

CMOTDibbler Mon 25-Mar-13 11:54:09

One for Trevor - I'm 40, and having gone grey really early I decided to go grey. Which I love - I'm white at the front, silver grey round the sides, but have a stubborn patch of 50% grey at the back which looks brown against the rest.
Without going down the route of having platinum highlights in this patch, is there anything I can do to lighten it?

What can really be done about thinning hair? I've had alopaecia in the past thankfully gone now. But I have noticed my hair is getting thinner at the front, so I think it might just be age/hormones playing a part.

Like moogly I have hair that is somewhere between wavy and curly, and it goes frizzy if I don't use curling tongs. I normally have it tied back because it is so hard to manage. What ingredients should I be looking for to manage frizzy hair without making it greasy.

WildThongsEggHunt Mon 25-Mar-13 12:30:28

I am fast heading into my late forties, I'd like to take a vitamin/ mineral supplement to support healthy skin and hair. Is there a 'catch all' tablet that you would recommend?

CocktailQueen Mon 25-Mar-13 12:36:23

My scalp is really itchy and sore, no matter what shampoo I use. What could be causing it, and is there a product I can use to help it?

Piggychunk Mon 25-Mar-13 12:36:54

I'm 32 and I am strugglying to find an eye creme for my fine lines around my eyes.. I've never found one yet that I am happy with. Even some of the £££ seem to make little difference

weenwee Mon 25-Mar-13 12:37:51

I don't want to sandblast my face, but my skin always feels - heavy. Especially weird as I don't use heavy mousturizer. Is there a deep cleaning product you'd recommend?

Hi, my skin and scalp are very dry, but I am prone to greasy hair what products would you recommend?

hytheliz Mon 25-Mar-13 12:39:17

I have very thick, coarse hair and no matter what I do, the ends always look dead, even after straightening. What product should I be using to get glossy, shiny, healthy looking hair?

youmaycallmeSSP Mon 25-Mar-13 12:39:49

I'm experiencing post-pregnancy hair loss. This is my second child and it's significantly worse this time. I've been losing clumps of hair for over two months now. Please can you:

1) Reassure me that I won't go bald!
2) Recommend any product, massage, hair care routine etc. that will help stop this?

Thanks smile

stimlin Mon 25-Mar-13 12:42:53

I've always had thick har & a lot of it - during my pregnancy its been amazing but I've read that I should expect to loose some after having the baby. How much should I expect to loose & is there anything I can do ensure what I'm left with is as healthy as possible? Any way to encourage regrowth?
Many thanks

ShatnersBassoon Mon 25-Mar-13 12:42:54

Is there a shampoo/treatment that helps control a greasy scalp? I have to wash my hair every day because the roots get greasy and it makes my fine hair look grubby and lank. I have tried many times to wash my hair less often as I've read washing too often can stimulate the oils in the scalp making the problem worse, but I've never managed to reduce the oil production.

So I'm looking for a shampoo/something to apply to the roots that will allow me to go longer between shampoos. Dry shampoo is OK, but I don't like the feel or dusty look it gives, and really I'm looking for a cure rather than a cover-up. Thank you!

starlight36 Mon 25-Mar-13 12:44:30

I've got into the lazy habit of using dry shampoo between shampoos to help freshen my hair. This solves the oily roots problem but does leave my hair feeling very dry. Does medium-term use of dry shampoos cause any lasting damage?

aristocat Mon 25-Mar-13 12:54:25

My problem is that I use a permanent colour on my hair regularly because I am not ready to be grey yet, and I swim 4 times a week.

Since I have taken up swimming my colour does not last as long. I do not want a salon colour as I have been doing it myself for years. How can I make it last longer? What else can I do to keep my hair healthy (without putting a cap on!)

Thank you smile

goldenretriever Mon 25-Mar-13 12:55:12

I would be keen to know some low maintenance tips to add volume to hair

dilanddan Mon 25-Mar-13 12:55:59

4 months after having my little girl, my hair went very dull so my hairdresser decided that I would feel better going from dark brown to blonde (which I agreed) and proceeded to bleach the whole lot. Now, every time I wash my hair, it feels rubbery. When I run my fingers through it it literally feels like I'm running my finger through damp elastic bands. I can't dry it with a hairdryer as I can be sat there for ages and it takes forever to dry and, due to the texture, it goes all clumpy and is impossible to brush as it's painful! So I have to let it dry naturally, brushing it every 10 mins in the hope it won't clump together. I've tried putting blonde dyes over the top, thinking that maybe it was the bleaching that's left my hair in a stripped and brittle state, but that doesn't help.
It's totally upset me and I can't even straighten or style my hair any more for fear it will all fall out, so I've spent the last 4 months having to scrape it back and tie it up which makes me look older.
Is there anything that I can do to reverse what's happened??
Many thanks

EwanHoozami Mon 25-Mar-13 12:56:22

A question for Dr Bunting:

I'm 35 and have always had combination skin. The most bothersome problem is my open pores. Some look like I could store loose change in them.

The products from the branded ranges just seem to fill them in like polyfilla which turns them into zits. Is there anything I can do to shrink them?

SaltaKatten Mon 25-Mar-13 12:56:28

My daughter has very long thick hair. It gets very frizzy and tangled after washing. What shampoo and conditioner would you recommend?

Shaz04 Mon 25-Mar-13 12:56:46

I have a skin question, for years I have suffered from clogged pores around my nose and no matter how often I steam and cleanse they seem to clog up really quickly with dirt. I was told it was because they were quite large and there was nothing I could do to reduce the size of them, is this true? And if it is what tips do you have to keep them clear? Thanks smile

peronel Mon 25-Mar-13 12:58:19

Love Bare Minerals - easy to use, great coverage and much nicer than cream foundation. smile

DebbieBirchall Mon 25-Mar-13 12:59:18

How can i stop my hair from going static during the cold weather?

Newmumsuchfun Mon 25-Mar-13 13:00:05

I am a new mum to a 3 week old and have about 3 minutes to get ready in the morning now - so do you have any tips to make my make up / hair routine super sonically fast, preferably with one hand with other hand holding new baby strapped to breast!? At the moment I am using baby wipes to wash - Not great!
smile

rootypig Mon 25-Mar-13 13:03:16

Googly have you tried the newish hair oils by Kerastase and L'Oreal? also I found that Kerastase Oleo Relax serum worked really well on my thick/dry/wavy hair. you can use all of them on damp or dry hair (or both, as I do).

My skin care question is about ageing. Dr Bunting, at almost 30 (with dryish skin, fine lines, lots of laughter lines smile) what one thing should I be doing to keep my skin smooth?

thank you!

timidviper Mon 25-Mar-13 13:06:39

My fair is very fine and soft. It looks lovely when just styled but, if I wash it more than twice a week, it goes fluffy and products I've tried to stop that seem to just weigh it down. I have had the same problem with volumising products, they need using more than 2x a week but they make it sticky and weighed down, so I wash it more often and it goes fluffy. AAAAARRRGGH!

I have it professionally coloured and cut at a good Aveda salon every 6 weeks so know that is done as well as it can be, it's just the inbetween stuff that drives me mad.

Glitterfairys Mon 25-Mar-13 13:16:54

I have just had a baby 12 weeks ago and my hair seems to have completely changed texture . It used to be dead straight but now it's gone really frizzy and flyaway . Will it go back to how it used to be or am I stuck with frizzy hair forever ?

poopoopoo Mon 25-Mar-13 13:17:07

Hi Dr Sam Bunting, Please could you help! My husband suffers with psoriasis on his scalp and legs. He is using all the topical medication and has had light therapy; nothing keeps it away. Are there any new treatments available, he does not like the sound of chemo?

newfashionedmum Mon 25-Mar-13 13:18:49

I have quite a bit of grey in my hair, I'm proud to be a grown up and I wear my streaks with pride - but I would like them to look more shiny and smooth! Has Trevor got any hints?

Oddsod Mon 25-Mar-13 13:26:38

Hi question for Trevor first: hi, I am part Jamaica and have long curly hair which is prone to frizzing. Whilst pregnant my hair was lush, really thick and shiny but since having children it's a frizzy unmanageable mop. My hairdresser introduced me to Moroccan oil which made a difference for a while but now it seems as though the condition has actually worsened again. I like to keep it longer as it suits my body and face shape but it's starting to look like hag hair even though I have regular trims. I really don't know how to manage it anymore.

And for Sam: hi, my biggest problem is aging I guess! I have age spots or hyperpigmentation and wrinkles and really puffy eyelids all the time. I don't look healthy despite eating a healthy diet and taking nutritional supplements. The puffiness just makes me look tired all the time. What can I do? Thanks guys.

angelwhip Mon 25-Mar-13 13:32:59

Hi
I have a skin question
My nose and chin have little 'black spots' - open pores which are prone to blackheads. I cleans, tone and moisturise twice daily and exfoliate a couple of times a week and although don't suffer massively fron spots, these really annoy me! Any tips?
Thanks

firawla Mon 25-Mar-13 13:40:58

I would like to know the best tips for shrinking pores, ive always had quite noticeable pores on my nose and would prefer them smaller!

shanelle5 Mon 25-Mar-13 13:47:37

My 13 year old daughter has terrible scoriosis of the scalp and gets teased at school as she has big flakes in her hair which show up as its dark brown. Suggestions please!

My baby is now 6 months old and I'm still having lots of post-partum hair loss - is there anything I can do?

bluebump Mon 25-Mar-13 13:48:32

Do you think there will ever be PPD free hair dyes (permanent colour not semi-permanent colours) made to be sold in Boots/Superdrug etc? I have read so many stories about people having awful reactions to PPD in dyes and it makes me nervous when I have to dye mine. I know you can use henna etc but i'd happily pay more for a less messy alternative.

Ramblings Mon 25-Mar-13 13:53:50

I take antibiotics for my acne and use a skin clearing toner but it's starting to dry out my skin, any suggestions on something that will help keep the acne at bay but won't take all moisture out of my skin

mummyofcutetwo Mon 25-Mar-13 13:55:40

DS2 is just one year old and I'm still have problems with post pregnancy hair. In the months following his birth a lot of my hair fell out and the rest was very dull. My hair also goes greasy-looking within hours of washing it. My hair is starting to grow back in places but it's sticking up in such an awkward fashion that often makes people talk to my hair rather than to me! I can't blame them, I have hair of about 2-3 inch long sticking up all along my parting, and a "fringe" that sticks out from my forehead.

My hairdresser has tried to style my hair to disguise the re growth where she can, and has advised me to let the fringe to do it's own thing as there's no taming it!

Any advice would be welcome! I long for the beautifully thick, shiny locks I had after having DS1!

HalleLouja Mon 25-Mar-13 13:59:09

I have milia is there anyway of getting rid of them without getting a needle out?

WowOoo Mon 25-Mar-13 14:15:11

Hello!
I have a question or two for Trevor Sorbie:
My hairdresser was telling me that some experts say that you shouldn't wash your hair every day as it can dry it out.

What do you think? I feel grubby if my hair hasn't been washed. I also dry my hair and style it daily so maybe this is worse for it than the washing.
Conditioner seems to weigh my fine hair down, so I rarely use it.

Natara Mon 25-Mar-13 14:28:57

I have large pores! I hate it! I clean my face twice daily and tone and moisturise. I only wear makeup when it's necessary (ie I'm going somewhere other than work or home)... What else can I do? Are there any products out there that ACTUALLY work in reducing the overall SIZE of the pores? Let me clarify by mentioning I don't have much of a blackhead or spot problem, if any?!?

ILoveAFullFridge Mon 25-Mar-13 14:33:43

Given that fragrance allergy is one of the most common skin allergies, why are there so few fragrance-free products?. The only 'mainstream' brand is Simple, otherwise you're into premium-land (£10 for a bottle of shampoo?shock)

And why are there no fragrance-free hairstyling products at all? (If there are, please point me at 'em!)

Finally, is there any way to regrow hair lost as a result of seborrheic dermatitis or contact dermatitis?

Thanks.

BoysWillGrow Mon 25-Mar-13 14:54:42

I have what I would call normal type skin, but my face is always slightly paler in places, like my forehead, round my nose and eyes. I wear no make up most days except mascara, what would cause it? is it fairly normal? It's notiable to me and DP when I ask him, but I've never been asked about it by anyone else so i don't want it to get worse, as it seems to get more obvious to me at random. I don't want to wear foundation every day as I keep that for when I do my full makeup for nights out etc.

katiewalters Mon 25-Mar-13 15:09:45

i have a 3year old boy, but he has long hair (shoulder length). i wash his hair every other day, is this too often? or not enough?

Trinski Mon 25-Mar-13 15:24:08

All my life I thought I just had bad hair no matter what shampoo or conditioner I tried. Then one day I tried nicky Clarke and straightaway my hair looked like other people's - smooth, thick and glossy. But you can't get it from boots now, only expensive salons. Nothing else I've tried does the job as well. My question - what is there that is the most like it? Or a any chance of boots selling it again affordably?

helenthemadex Mon 25-Mar-13 15:41:58

I have huge dark circles under my eyes which make me look tired all the time, but I have dry sensitive skin is there anything I can use to reduce the dark circles

JS06 Mon 25-Mar-13 15:43:26

Hello, I'd like to have some advice for two teenage children please who are suffering with greasy hair and who love to look well groomed. They both wash their hair each day and hate that the roots look oily by the end of the day and they feel unclean. Some reassurance that this will change over time and some advice about products would be great please.

Kveta Mon 25-Mar-13 16:00:46

Everything I read about keeping your skin looking good says 'make sure you get enough sleep'.

sadly, neither of my young children has read this advice, and if they had, i think they'd probably ignore it anyway, in favour of keeping us up all night, and then getting up at 5.30am. I am only 31, and my forehead is a mess of wrinkles, and my skin makes me look about 50. I don't use sun cream daily, as I do want to get some vitamin D.

So, given that I can't get enough sleep for the time being (we are in bed by 9pm every night, and really can't go much earlier, so we do what we can to ensure we get some rest), what other tips do you have for keeping skin looking ok?

Peachy Mon 25-Mar-13 16:19:07

My hair is awful. it's the thick type that has irregular waves and seems to form a triangle onto my shoulders. I let the last hairdresser cut it right off but it didn't suit me and has developed a horrid wave that kicks out at my ears, above my glasses, and adds a good decade or more to my 39 years. I used to wear it in asymetric bob that looked goood (jaw length) but I am a good 4" growth away from that now and all the layers are too short to do much with sad

I am starting voluntary work soon as a move towwards getting abck to work after time as a Carer so ANY ideas on how to look vaguely presentable would be appreciated! It's a reddish brown colour and my face is small and round.

Thank you.

gin33333 Mon 25-Mar-13 16:37:37

I have a facial skin problem which i have a lot of redness on nose sides of the nose and some on cheeks which i have afew spots there too also have spots on forehead and chin which is quite bothersome it tends to be itchy painful to touch im not sure exactly what the skin issue is but it is getting me down not sure what products to use or when its actually going to go away

Willemdefoeismine Mon 25-Mar-13 17:00:16

I have a serious issue with frizzy hair (which in younger years was never an issue). After a bit of a period of neglect I have been having it cut regularly to shoulder length but even with a good hair cut it still looks a mess. As a mother of youngish children I just can't get to grips with spending ages styling it. Are there any other solutions? Also, is it age-related, I wonder?

serendipity1980 Mon 25-Mar-13 17:44:25

I have parts of my hair, usually closest to my scalp and at the back of my head which is a bit matted, no matter what I wash it with. The hairs are dry and cling together and brushing these areas are not easy. What causes it? I don't use a lot of products, don't go swimming and don't colour my hair so I'm stumped. Could it be our hard water?
Also, is it ok to keep using dry shampoo between washes? (The clumping happened before I started using it)
How do I get curls to hold?
Many thanks!

SunshinePanda Mon 25-Mar-13 18:58:52

Hi Trevor, for some reason I seem to end up with various styling and conditioning products - Moroccan oil (which I love), straightening cream, heat protector, finishing sprays etc. which products do I actually need for my thick hair, which is dried and then straightened. Is there something a bit more multi-purpose out there?

cherrylolly Mon 25-Mar-13 19:01:43

I have fine hair which seems to be permanently full of static. Have tried anti'static sprays etc but nothing seems to work, it's driving me mad.

Hopezibah Mon 25-Mar-13 19:37:33

my face always seems to have greasy patches even when i use products that claim to reduce this or when i try to cover up with foundation and / or face powder. Can anything be done to help?

Sparklesandglitter Mon 25-Mar-13 19:38:28

My hair is highlighted and lightened can I use shampoo that contains peroxide (John freida go blonder I think) or will it damage my colour?thanks

ByTheWay1 Mon 25-Mar-13 19:53:02

In the cold weather, my hands get really red and dry and sore on the back edge (from little finger to wrist) - what skin care would you recommend? I've tried lots of handcreams - but when they are red and dry, the cream seems to give a burning sensation - haven't found one that doesn't - except vaseline - which is too heavy..

lottytheladybird Mon 25-Mar-13 19:53:15

A question for Dr. Bunting:

If I want to keep my complexion clear, which foods/drinks should I avoid?

LittlePurpleCircle Mon 25-Mar-13 20:08:34

What causes grey shadows around the eyes? Can it be reversed? Same questions for tiny thread veins on the face??

GetKnitted Mon 25-Mar-13 21:16:06

trevor! I've got curly hair that hates silicone any tips to stop it frizzing!?

majjsu Mon 25-Mar-13 21:22:39

I have fine medium length flyaway hair. I find some serums can make my hair lank or feel sticky. What products would best suit me please?

twinklytoes Mon 25-Mar-13 21:28:44

I developed rosea in my second pregnancy...I've been red faced for 7.5yrs now and I generally don't like it. I went for a consultation with the red cross camoflage service and got some pretty heavy makeup ... but I've never found a skin regime that helps, feel like I've been through every brand on the high street. I only use the red cross make up when I'm going out as it takes too long for every day, but I'd like an every day option that doesn't take the time...Help!?

lalalonglegs Mon 25-Mar-13 21:38:21

I have very thick brown hair which I have had cut into quite a short crop. It needs a bit of wax to make it look good but I struggle with putting wax in - it ever seems even or gets that slightly textured look and if I put too much in, my hair looks really greasy by the next day. If I don't put enough in, it looks flat and boring. Help me, Trevor.

Pinkbatrobi Tue 26-Mar-13 00:06:42

My 13yr-old DD was diagnosed with Keratosis Piliaris when she was just a few weeks old. The dermatologist told us then that it would not bother her and would probably get better during/after puberty, so no action needed. She's never seemed bothered by it until now, when she seems very embarrassed by the rough appearance of her skin, especially on her cheeks and arms. Doctor recommended a cream that is meant for acne and which is making her skin very flaky, dry, and also a bit redder than usual... What can be done about it? She is wearing Clarins foundation almost everyday to try and hide it, but not successfully and i fear make up might worsen the ondifion...she seems quite fed up with this... Other than going back to GP for further update, what can we do? Thanks!!

I often get patches of extremely dry, flaky and red skin on my upper arms around the size of a two pence coin. No cream I put on them, including the cream I was prescribed for my eczema seems to shift them. This is the only place I get them, my eczema is normally to be found on my chest and upper stomach area and my doctor isn't convinced the two are connected. What could be causing these patches and how do I get rid of them/lessen the appearance of them?

MaryBS Tue 26-Mar-13 08:54:17

I have psoriasis in my hair, and I find it hard to get rid of, any advice please? I've tried all sorts of treatments over the years, the topical ones are OK until you stop using them. What shampoo would you recommend? I've tried coal tar ones without success.

butterandbread157 Tue 26-Mar-13 09:44:19

My hair question-
After bf my second child, I experienced a lot of hair loss and the texture of a section of my remaining hair became like a burnt perm i.e. frizzy and very coarse. My daughter will be 2 shortly and the section of my hair is still this way?
I have tried repair shampoo's and conditioners, leave in conditioners but to no avail!! sad
Please help!!!

Blatherskite Tue 26-Mar-13 10:34:54

My only-just-3 year old has the most gorgeous soft, blonde ringlets in her hair - but her hair is so fine and light, it gets knotty so easily and often looks very fuzzy. What can I do to keep them untangled and defined without costing her head in products?

We used to use just Johnson's Baby spray in conditioner but it doesn't seem to help over the winter.

FrantasticO Tue 26-Mar-13 12:47:50

Would love some tips on wearing naturally frizzy hair without a million products.
Also what to do with dry highlighted hair that is not v expensive or too time consuming?
Thanks.

florencebabyjo Tue 26-Mar-13 13:12:58

I find that to help make my frizzy hair smooth, I wash twice, condition all over and rinse well. My hair is thick and frizzy, and I rinse it with a jugful of chamomile tea that I have made earlier and cooled!(Do not pour hot tea over your head!) This makes a lovely rinse and clears any left over product from your hair leaving it smelling lovely and looking smooth and beautiful. It's good for your skin too as a tonic!

daimbardiva Tue 26-Mar-13 14:50:52

My eyelids have recently started going red and dry, and sometimes itchy. I rarely wear make-up, and haven't changed my skincare routine. Why is this suddenly happening and can I do anything about it?

I also have the same problem as several others above - medium thick, naturally wavy hair which tends to frizz and looks rubbish unless straightened. I'd love to not be so dependant on my straighteners, and to give my hair a break, and wear it naturally wavy. What product would you recommend to keep the frizz at bay and help my hair look naturally groomed?

I have recently had a cyst removed from my jaw line. What can you recommend to help it to fade and/or hide it?

IncogKNEEto Tue 26-Mar-13 17:58:12

As I have now reached 40 (!) I have decided that I really ought to start to take better care of my skin. I wash my face with plain water and/or an apricot scrub, then moisturise with Nivea (rarely) blush

Please can you advise on how I should take care of my skin best? Do I need to cleanse/tone/moisturise? There are so many products available, I don't know where to start! Thank you.

Mr Sorbie- can you give us a rundown on an easy blowdry technique to smooth hair? How hot should we go, what kind of brush etc?

Donniee Wed 27-Mar-13 08:59:17

I find I need to wash my hair daily for it to sit properly in the morning but a trick i learned wash just to wash the front of my hair in the morning to save time and still get it to sit nice in a ponytail.

Clawdy Wed 27-Mar-13 13:47:41

Any tips for what to do about uneven skin-tone and tiny thread veins,apart from covering with make-up?

Mouseface Wed 27-Mar-13 17:39:21

Hello, I have a question on hair colouring.

I'm 38 and have 90% grey hair, which is cut very short. I use a fairly cheap permanent home hair colour (Schwarzkopf Poly Colour Tint Hair Colourant in Red Black) as I can't find a very dark, deep brown/red that I like, that also gives a great shine, fantastic grey coverage and actually lasts.

My worry is that at some point, I will want to start to go lighter. And I'm guessing that means growing out the colour so being badger like for a while grin or stripping the colour out?

I've heard that this isn't great for hair because of the chemicals involved, so would I be better to bite the bullet and embrace my inner badger for a while? Or is there a product you could recommend?

Thank you in advance smile

morethanpotatoprints Wed 27-Mar-13 20:44:24

I am a young post menopausal woman with thick curly hair.
Whatever I try oils, creams, serums my hair remains dry and frizzy. I have also used all kinds of conditioners.
Can you please recommend some good products please. That won't be too heavy or leave a sticky residue.
many thanks
I'm desperate.

sharond101 Wed 27-Mar-13 22:36:03

Iam Mum to an 8mo who I have been sterlilsing bottles and breast pump equipment for since birth, my hands are so dry and cracked with the sterilising fluid. No amount of hand cream helps and some bits of my skin is splitting open and bleeding. Can you help?

CheeryChickChickChickChicken Wed 27-Mar-13 22:41:06

How can my 16 year old son prevent black heads on his nose? And what's the best way to get rid of them? Thanks!

MTBMummy Thu 28-Mar-13 08:56:28

I developed a white/silver streak in my hair in my early 20's it's a perfect circle about the size of a 5p piece, hair dye won't touch it, and it sits right where my natural hair parting is - is there anything that can be done to hide this?

I've been told not to remove the hairs as this will make more silver hair - is this true?

DorcasDelIcatessen Thu 28-Mar-13 23:26:10

For Trevor, I've been dyeing my hair black for a few years. I have very pale skin and blue eyes. i always liked the strong contrast. But now I'm 34 I feel it ages me. My natural hair colour is light brown with silver threads now. How can i make my hair look less terrible while I grow the colour out? I want to do it this time. I keep getting annoyed, giving up and dyeing it again. I can't really afford to get much done at a salon so was hoping for a few tips to try at home. I last dyed it in october. My hair is just below my shoulder blades. Hope you can help. grin

olimarshall Fri 29-Mar-13 09:59:36

I have a rather lots of hair above my upper lip which I've been trying to remove with wax strips. Is not only that the hair got thicker over the years but it also starter to grow faster than usual. Help please!

Chiggers Fri 29-Mar-13 11:48:28

For Dr Bunting.

I'm 35 and have had acne and rosacea and large pores since I was 12. I've tried Isotretinoin, Rozex gel and nothing is happening. I've been using the isotretinoin for almost 18 months now and nothing has changed apart from my skin being really dry. The acne is still going strong as is the rosacea. I've also tried EPO, Omega 3, 6 and 9 suppliments and nothing seems to work. It has got to the point where I don't want to go out anymore.

BigFairy Fri 29-Mar-13 22:22:44

I have suffered from psoriasis since I was 15 years old. I have it constantly on my scalp and ears; sometimes other small patches come and go. Over the years I have tried various prescriptions without success (e.g. Betnovate, Alphosyl, Cocois) and I have also had no success with prescription shampoos or T-Gel. The best thing I find is to use SLS free shampoo as that makes it a bit less itchy. I tried cutting gluten out of my diet and found that helped a lot, though certainly hasn't cleared it. Do you have any advice re:diet/food intolerances as an approach to treating it? Thank you for any ideas you may have!

BadMissM Sun 31-Mar-13 13:46:48

Are there any hair or beauty products, or particular ingredients in those, that pregnant Mumsnetters should avoid, and why?

What are their top tips for hair and beauty for pregnant Mumsnetters?

EllenParsons Sun 31-Mar-13 23:10:34

I would like to know any tips to make my skin look fresher and more radiant as I am having a lot of early mornings at the moment and it can make my skin look a bit dull and tired.

majjsu Mon 01-Apr-13 20:31:35

I am actually having a lump from my bottom lip removed and been advised will be left with a small scar on my lip line. Not sure what make up i should use to cover it up or perhaps just don't hide it?

Fast Tue 02-Apr-13 10:15:08

Mr Sorbie - I have very fine/ thin hair that has been cut in a bob for what seems like decades now. I can't grow it any longer because it would look straggly but having been blessed with a fuller face don't feel I can go too short either. What can I do to liven up my style please?

GreatGooglyMoogly Tue 02-Apr-13 20:33:10

MNHQ, where are the answers on the thread?!

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 03-Apr-13 09:50:43

GreatGoogly - sorry - they're coming very soon - please bear with!

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 03-Apr-13 12:30:35

Thanks to everyone who posted a question about hair on this thread - expert Trevor Sorbie 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...

TrevorSorbie Wed 03-Apr-13 12:31:31

ShatnersBassoon

Is there a shampoo/treatment that helps control a greasy scalp? I have to wash my hair every day because the roots get greasy and it makes my fine hair look grubby and lank. I have tried many times to wash my hair less often as I've read washing too often can stimulate the oils in the scalp making the problem worse, but I've never managed to reduce the oil production.

So I'm looking for a shampoo/something to apply to the roots that will allow me to go longer between shampoos. Dry shampoo is OK, but I don't like the feel or dusty look it gives, and really I'm looking for a cure rather than a cover-up. Thank you!

This problem, where the scalp produces too much oil, could be caused by an overactive sebaceous gland, however this would need to be diagnosed by a Tricologist. To try and combat this problem at home you could try washing your hair in lukewarm water, as hot water stimulates the glands to produce oil. You should also try to avoid touching your hair between washes, as running your hands through it, or tucking hair behind your ears, can also perpetuate greasy hair.

TrevorSorbie Wed 03-Apr-13 12:32:01

starlight36

I've got into the lazy habit of using dry shampoo between shampoos to help freshen my hair. This solves the oily roots problem but does leave my hair feeling very dry. Does medium-term use of dry shampoos cause any lasting damage?

This will not cause any long-term damage, as long as you are fully washing the product out of your hair when you use Shampoo.

TrevorSorbie Wed 03-Apr-13 12:33:06

aristocat

My problem is that I use a permanent colour on my hair regularly because I am not ready to be grey yet, and I swim 4 times a week.

Since I have taken up swimming my colour does not last as long. I do not want a salon colour as I have been doing it myself for years. How can I make it last longer? What else can I do to keep my hair healthy (without putting a cap on!)

Thank you smile

If you really can't face wearing a swimming cap, then I'd recommend spraying your hair thoroughly with leave-in conditioner before you head into the pool. This will help keep it protected from the damaging effects of the chlorine. After swimming make sure you immediately rinse all of the chlorine out of your hair, and use a nourishing conditioner. Chlorine is harsh to hair, so will always reduce the life of your colour, however hopefully trying the tips above will help it look vibrant for as long as possible.

TrevorSorbie Wed 03-Apr-13 12:33:49

dilanddan

4 months after having my little girl, my hair went very dull so my hairdresser decided that I would feel better going from dark brown to blonde (which I agreed) and proceeded to bleach the whole lot. Now, every time I wash my hair, it feels rubbery. When I run my fingers through it it literally feels like I'm running my finger through damp elastic bands. I can't dry it with a hairdryer as I can be sat there for ages and it takes forever to dry and, due to the texture, it goes all clumpy and is impossible to brush as it's painful! So I have to let it dry naturally, brushing it every 10 mins in the hope it won't clump together. I've tried putting blonde dyes over the top, thinking that maybe it was the bleaching that's left my hair in a stripped and brittle state, but that doesn't help.
It's totally upset me and I can't even straighten or style my hair any more for fear it will all fall out, so I've spent the last 4 months having to scrape it back and tie it up which makes me look older.
Is there anything that I can do to reverse what's happened??
Many thanks

This rubbery feeling has been caused by your hair being over-processed with colour. Unfortunately there is no way to completely reverse this damage – I would recommend using intensive conditioning treatments once a week (try to alternate between treatments containing moisture and protein) to prevent it from getting worse, and keep having regular cuts to remove the damaged hair. I would definitely avoid any further colour until this damaged hair has grown out, and continue to limit your use of heated hair appliances.

TrevorSorbie Wed 03-Apr-13 12:34:42

SaltaKatten

My daughter has very long thick hair. It gets very frizzy and tangled after washing. What shampoo and conditioner would you recommend?

I think this problem isn't caused by the shampoo and conditioner that you are currently using - I would recommend you purchase a detangling comb, and use this to comb through the conditioner before rinsing it out. And then once hair is towel-dried, spray the hair with leave-in conditioner before using the detangling comb again. Together, this should reduce the tangles, and the leave-in conditioner will continue to moisturize the hair, reducing frizz.

TrevorSorbie Wed 03-Apr-13 12:35:17

DebbieBirchall

How can i stop my hair from going static during the cold weather?

The best way is to use a lightweight hairspray as a finishing product. By lightly misting the hair all over it should help to control the static - another tip would be to spray some onto your palms, and then run them down the hair from your parting.

TrevorSorbie Wed 03-Apr-13 12:35:50

timidviper

My fair is very fine and soft. It looks lovely when just styled but, if I wash it more than twice a week, it goes fluffy and products I've tried to stop that seem to just weigh it down. I have had the same problem with volumising products, they need using more than 2x a week but they make it sticky and weighed down, so I wash it more often and it goes fluffy. AAAAARRRGGH!

I have it professionally coloured and cut at a good Aveda salon every 6 weeks so know that is done as well as it can be, it's just the inbetween stuff that drives me mad.

I think the best product for you to use to combat this would be a lightweight serum. This should provide the right amount of hydration to your hair to stop it looking fluffy, without weighing it down. The key is to make sure you don't overload the hair with serum, so only add a tiny amount at a time, until you find the balance which is perfect for you.

TrevorSorbie Wed 03-Apr-13 12:36:43

Peachy

My hair is awful. it's the thick type that has irregular waves and seems to form a triangle onto my shoulders. I let the last hairdresser cut it right off but it didn't suit me and has developed a horrid wave that kicks out at my ears, above my glasses, and adds a good decade or more to my 39 years. I used to wear it in asymetric bob that looked goood (jaw length) but I am a good 4" growth away from that now and all the layers are too short to do much with sad

I am starting voluntary work soon as a move towwards getting abck to work after time as a Carer so ANY ideas on how to look vaguely presentable would be appreciated! It's a reddish brown colour and my face is small and round.

Thank you.

This sounds as though your hair hasn't been cut in a way that works with its natural shape. Although I'm sure this is not the answer you were hoping for, I think the only real solution is to wait for the layers to grow out. In the mean time I would suggest experimenting with different hair accessories to try out new styles that tame your hair. Once it has grown out a little, the best solution for the irregular waves you've described would be to invest in a Brazilian Blow Dry in a salon. This 3-month blow dry will smooth your hair, make it more manageable and control frizz. It can be an expensive service, but if you are able to treat yourself I think you will be happy with the results!

dilanddan Wed 03-Apr-13 14:52:56

Thank you to Trevor for helping me with my hair dilemma, have taken your advice on board and shall be purchasing lots of treatments to try to make things better. Again, thank you for taking the time to offer your advice x

MrsNRay Wed 03-Apr-13 16:51:49

I love the Feel Good Forum! I reviewed the last programmes on my blog plutoniumsox.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/it-turns-out-sun-is-only-hiding-to-make.html I really enjoyed listening to the programmes on anti-ageing and hair and skincare. I have a question for Daniel Sandler... but it's a toughie!

I am really active and I'm often in a chlorinated swimming pool or, in the summer, in a lake / river / in the sea. I am also pretty busy what with working full time, baby duties and dog duties. Therefore when I occasionally (once every few months) manage to fit in an evening out with my husband, I usually have to get ready in about 10 minutes flat. As you can imagine, my hair is pretty much a lost cause due to all the swimming so what tips can Daniel Sandler give me on how to enhance my best features (my eyes) in about 2 minutes flat? Thanks!

My hands are sooooo dry and flaky, they bleed and crack. I wash my hands so often, with a toddler. I try loads of hand creams, but none seen to work, they sting and make my hands red.

Any suggestions? Please help I look like I've got old lady hands! grin

helcrai Wed 03-Apr-13 18:03:53

I have just turned 39 and have noticed that the skin on my face is becoming increasingly saggy and I have 'jowls' forming. Is it worth spending more on some good quality anti-ageing face creams or is it too late & the damage has been done?

reastie Wed 03-Apr-13 18:17:45

Make up question here. I have very sensitive skin which seems to be both dry and greasy hmm . I've never been able to wear any kind of eye shadow as within a few hours it has creased up on my eye lids and looks a state with it all gathering in the lines of my eyes. I've tried using a base underneath foundation and a powder on top to seal it and lots of different brands but to no avail. My eye lids are also quite low over my eyes too. Have you got any tips for how I can get eye make up to stay on all day with minimal touch ups (or am I just doomed to either not bother or spend my life checking in the mirror and touching up)?

Katryn Wed 03-Apr-13 18:18:17

How safe are the Brazilian blowdries? How toxic etc.

cutie101 Wed 03-Apr-13 18:22:13

Hi, I've just had my second child. While pregnant my skin changed so I changed my make up accordingly (thanks to a lovely girl in one of your boots stores). My skin had changed again, and gone quite dry, especially around my nose and my cheeks are patchy. I'm very fair (like a ghost) and suddenly what I spent lots of money on only a few months ago makes me look orange and dries out my skin more than ever, and doesn't give good coverage...any clues what I can do without spending a fortune as I'm on a tight budget and I tend to spend what I do have on my girls! Thanks

LAte 30s, and lately I have noticed that forehead gets very oily during the day, while the rest of my skin stays dry/normal. What can I do to sort out the oilyness?

And I have also noticed red thread lines around nose and cheeks and a few on chin. What can I do to disguise/get rid of these?

thanks.

katiewalters Wed 03-Apr-13 19:05:21

i am dark skinned and always tend to wear gold or beige eyeshadow. i fancy a change, what other colours would suit me?

messenger1 Wed 03-Apr-13 19:48:53

My eye lashes are really short and I just can't seem to find a way of making them look longer. Can you guys help? Also, my cheeks have suddenly gone very red, how can I minimise this?

GreatBags Wed 03-Apr-13 20:01:01

I would love some advice from Daniel about covering my awful rosacea skin. I use mineral make up at the moment but my skin is so dry in winter I look flaky and powdery. Are there any alternatives that won't aggregate my skin?

Bigspring Wed 03-Apr-13 20:10:21

Just about to turn 30 and need inspiration on updating my going out make up! Please help!

Babycarmen Wed 03-Apr-13 20:26:21

I have combination fair with freckles and find it really hard to find a foundation to match my skin and its confusing when there are so many types going around. Where do I start?? smile

sharond101 Wed 03-Apr-13 20:44:50

I cannot get my eyeliner to look sleek and it never staysin place, what am I doing wrong?

TwentiethCenturyGirl Wed 03-Apr-13 20:54:43

I'm in my early 30s and am finding that my skin is becoming increasingly dry.

Over the last few months, I've started to suffer from small patches of dry, flaking skin on my eyelids and under eye area. I apply eye cream regularly but nothing seems to be shifting it and I'm fed up of it making my eye make up look terrible. Any tips or recommendations to help get rid of it?

i'd like to know which is the best tinted moisturiser on the market - some seem really drying and cakey whilst others are like water - would like a happy balance.

Salmon8 Wed 03-Apr-13 22:44:11

Hi I have a skin/makeup question. I am 33 and would love some advice in how to make my skin appear more vibrant as it looks dull and also what makeup tips you have to make my eyes look more open/ bigger and brighter as they look smaller as I'm getting older. Thank you

MadameOvary Thu 04-Apr-13 00:10:21

Hello I am going to be 43 in a few days and need a product overhaul for my skin. I have large pores across my cheeks that foundation seems to disappear into even tho it's eye-wateringly £££ the skin there is also "thirsty" so has to be slathered in moisturiser before foundation can be applied.
I also have perma-shadows under my eyes and can't ever put foundation on my nose as it's too dry after washing but turns into an oil slick if I moisturise so you please recommend a good shine-control/mattifier type product. Oh, and I've resorted to hiding my forehead under a fringe as texture is always dry/flaky/uneven and attempts to apply coverage never improve it, only the opposite.
I sound lovely don't I hmm

Littlecherublegs Thu 04-Apr-13 09:44:47

Despite being 33 I still get the occassional 'teenage' spot.

Please can you tell me how to:
(a) prevent them
(b) hide them if they do make an unwanted appearance

Thanks!

Woofers Thu 04-Apr-13 12:30:09

I'm allergic to parabens. I would love to find a tinted moisturiser to wear for work instead of bare minerals foundation all the time.
Any suggestions?

I know eyebrows are supposed to frame my face, but mine seem to be getting more pathetic and straggly as I get older (and middling blond which makes it worse). How can I 'fill in' a nice brow shape without it looking like I've used my kids' colouring pencils to draw some eyebrows on my face?

NotAQueef Thu 04-Apr-13 13:57:39

I have more skin problems now than I ever had as a teenager. I get massive breakouts on my chin, and my pores are riddled with blackheads.
Are the treatments marketed for teen acne appropriate to use or is it likely that these breakouts have a different cause?

Autismmumma Thu 04-Apr-13 13:59:42

Hi, I really enjoyed the last two shows and posted a review http://bit.ly/10ycH24.
I've got a make-up query, I've always worn black eyeliner, not excessively as per Cleopatra, but it's kind of my safety net and I don't feel like I'm "me" without it, I'm very fair so eyes kind of disappear without make-up.
As I'm getting coughs older, should I go for a softer brown.
This is probably a question for Emma too, the safety net bit!
Thanks!

NotAQueef Thu 04-Apr-13 14:00:50

In addition to my breakouts, my skin is increasingly dry and sore on my face. This winter I have been battered by the wind and as such have peeling forhead attractive and I've noticed some broken/spider veins on my cheeks.
* How can I combat the dry/flakiness - buffing/exfoliating/moisturising doesn't seem to work, and I can't wear foundation over the top of the crusty face!
* How can I reduce the appearance/or get rid of the spider veins- or am I doomed to have these and lots more forever?

NotAQueef Thu 04-Apr-13 14:01:00

*forehead

stacey212528 Thu 04-Apr-13 16:00:25

I have always used Bobbi Brown make up, but since falling my pregnant my foundation looks AWFUL on my skin, orange and patchy. Is there anyway to fix this, or should I put away the expensive foundation and opt for a cheaper option throughout pregnancy? Don't want to waste my good stuff for it to look awful.

Mrsfluff Thu 04-Apr-13 18:52:54

Make-up question; I have blue eyes and am never really sure what colour eyeshadow to wear. Nothing too sparkly or bold as it is for work/day wear. At 36 you'd think i'd have worked it out by now, but i haven't, so any advice would be most welcome. Thank you.

sarat1 Thu 04-Apr-13 19:13:55

I've got it into my head that I should be changing between different brands of shampoo and conditioner every wash. Does it benefit my hair by preventing product build up or am I just wasting my time?

HarrietSchulenberg Thu 04-Apr-13 19:50:08

What can I do to hide Rosacea, or better still cure it?

Jcee Thu 04-Apr-13 21:54:54

After DD I found it difficult to make time for me and lost my way a bit beauty wise. I'm trying to get back on track and taking the opportunity to start my make up bag from scratch.

I'm a minimalist when it comes to make up with distinct lazy tendencies and like a bit of sparkle for evenings out. I dont have a huge budget so cant afford to make any costly mistakes - what are the key things I should I buy?

And one for Emma - what should my new beauty mantra be?

zipzap Thu 04-Apr-13 23:41:11

With regards to make up techniques - how do you do smoky colours on your eyes - for daytime and evening? Whenever I try, I just end up looking like I've got black eyes or panda eyes and it never looks any good.

lindsey3uk Fri 05-Apr-13 00:42:07

Since having three children my skin has turned a funny colour. The darkness around my eyes really bothers me. My eyelids are greyish yellow And it makes me look ill. Any advice?

cather Fri 05-Apr-13 14:21:53

I have just turned 40 and I have been invited to a weekend away with some work colleagues, whilst I can get away with my normal day time make up I know they will be getting dressed up in the evening and as I am so out of practice with evening make up I will need to update my make up bag quickly! I normally wear tinted moisturiser, mascara and lipstick and wondered what products I should be buying to give me a couple of easy to achieve evening looks.

marmaladesandwich Fri 05-Apr-13 18:19:18

Hi,

I have very dry and sensitive pale skin with freckles (I know, I'm a real catch!) and don't usually wear foundation but as I'm getting older I find my skin is getting more uneven and I want to start using a base. At the moment I just use concealer. What foundation would you suggest to give a light base that doesn't make my skin even drier and/or make me look like a clown?

littlepinkfizz Fri 05-Apr-13 18:58:14

I'm in my early forties but have combination skin. I don't get spots but my make up seems to slide and shine on my nose and forehead no matter if I use primer or set my make up with powder.

Any tips?

klm1702 Fri 05-Apr-13 21:37:23

I'm 39 and colour my hair regularly as I'm very grey. I have a 9 month old son and since his birth my hair is very dry and frizzy, but my main concern is all along the front and top there is bad breakage (my hair was all one length now it looks like I have an uneven fringe) it sticks up all along the top of my head and basically looks terrible. I don't use much products just a smoothing serum after straightening and only use straighteners twice a week. Is there anything I can do to prevent further breakage and repair my hair?

FoxPass Fri 05-Apr-13 22:01:12

Are collagen liquid supplements worth taking? They are so expensive so asking first smile

Loulamummy Mon 08-Apr-13 14:36:08

I suggest, not washing your face for a few days before a big night out, then exfoliating early that evening. The shock to your skin (and mind) makes you glow inwardly and outwardlysmile

DifferentNow Mon 08-Apr-13 20:15:20

I wear makeup less often these days but I don't have great skin tone so I feel quite self-concious without it. I don't have blemishes but my skin is quite blotchy. I use a facial exfoliater daily. Is the exfoliater the reason my skin remains blotchy and what can I do to encourage a better skin tone?

balroymum Mon 08-Apr-13 22:11:44

My top tip for glowing skin: use a rich, creme cleanser every morning then use ice cold water on cotton wool pads to rinse away. Skin feels nourished and 'awake'!

bearcub1 Tue 09-Apr-13 09:51:02

Heat metal eyelash curlers with a hair dryer for 10 seconds or so before curling lashes. Check the curler is not too hot though!

BellaVida Tue 09-Apr-13 14:48:57

A few cheap and easy tips I use regularly:-

Use Q-tips/ cotton buds to clean up any make up mishaps, or as a cheap disposable make up applicator at home or when travelling.

If, like me, you suffer from dry chapped lips, use a clean toothbrush to gently exfoliate and lift dead skin before applying balm or a moisturising lipstick.

Save up all of the magazine or shop free samples of shampoos, conditioners, moisturizer, perfume, etc and use them in your handbag or when travelling.

katiewalters Tue 09-Apr-13 15:44:13

mascara can easily dry out if you dont use it properly. You must not pump the mascara wand vigorously while using it. Pumping will cause air to enter into the tube which is not good for your mascara. To take out the mascara solution simply tilt the brush on one side and the brush will be coated with the solution.In case you notice your mascara is becoming thick, just add a drop of water into the bottle and shake it well before use. This way your mascara will last longer.

The boots no7 bb cream is good, better than I expected.

I'd quite like a guide to the mid price ranges- eucerin and la riche posay- I'm told they are good but I don't know where to start, and they are too dear to make a mistake!

Do boots do a henna dye?

Kittycatcat Tue 09-Apr-13 15:51:37

Best eyeshadow primer ever. Art deco eyeshadow base is absolutely fantastic. It holds me eyeshadow in place for literally days says busy mummy of 2 under 2!

prettybird Tue 09-Apr-13 15:59:51

I've recently started "enhancing" my eyebrows as I've realised that now I'm into my 50s, they are getting a wee bit ill-defined.

My natural hair colour is a sort of reddy dark blond but is currently articially darker with red streaks . My eye brows had always been relatively dark compared to my hair colour - but less so now. I've found "filling" them slightly with a few strokes of a brown (well sharpened) eye pencil and then softening/fillng in further with a suprisingly light brown (almost beige) eye shadow gives the best effect.

It really helps frame and open up your eyes.

stickylittlefingers Tue 09-Apr-13 16:30:05

vaseline (or rather Boots cheaper version of it!) is brilliant for chapped lips, dry patches, smoothing down eye brows etc.

Cherrybright Tue 09-Apr-13 16:48:59

I have naturally curly hair, i use a small amount of garnier surf wax on it when wet and scrunch. Works a treat- it gives my hair volume and keeps the curls especially when dried naturally and laid down so the hair dries scrunched. ( who has time for that though haha )

Mouseface Tue 09-Apr-13 17:14:32

Tips smile

I find that if I put my moisturiser on a good ten minutes at the least before any foundation, it doesn't ball up and 'peel off' the skin.

Also, I have a DS who thinks sleep is for the weak and needy hmm so keep two teaspoons in the fridge to pop onto close eyes of a morning to help reduce the puffiness I get from lack of sleep. It really does work, which is especially useful for when someone is coming to see us first thing!! grin

Hummymummy Tue 09-Apr-13 17:57:36

Really dry hands or heels of your feet? Invest in some sexy cotton gloves or socks, slap on cream and go to bed. In the morning they are lovely and soft. And you haven't spent hours applying beauty treatments.

mrsvilliers Tue 09-Apr-13 18:09:25

A tip from me too :-)

For hands that are chapped to the point they are starting to crack and bleed (thank you coldest winter since dot) slather on a thick layer of sudocrem before bed. Doesn't sting and when you wake up all the cracks will have sealed over.

mylittlemonkey Tue 09-Apr-13 19:00:52

The best tip I could give and has been my secret weapon recently having just had my second ds a few months ago. For a healthier and overall complexion booster, apply a thin layer of facial tan every morning after your face cream. Takes seconds but really makes a difference esp if like me you are struggling to find the time (and inclination) to put any makeup on. Everyone has commented how good I am looking despite having a new born and sleepless nights! Brilliant!

Nerfmother Tue 09-Apr-13 19:02:18

My top tip is a tiny smudge of highlighter just above and on the top lip. (That bit that makes the m shape)

Glitterfairys Tue 09-Apr-13 19:26:18

I know it's not exactly a make up tip but I always feel better and more confident when my skin is in good condition. I drink loads of water and I think it makes my skin clearer and looks healthier which in turn makes me feel more confident 😃

CheeryCherry Tue 09-Apr-13 19:27:21

When my curly hair feels too dry and I am out of serum, I use a little handful of conditioner on the ends, it settles down in an instant!

youmaycallmeSSP Tue 09-Apr-13 19:30:49

My top tip is to have foundation applied properly at a cosmetic counter and once you've found one that looks great at the counter... don't buy it. Keep it on all day to see how it wears, how it looks in different lights and how your skin reacts to it. The beautician might not be pleased but it's worth doing this before spending a significant amount if money on a good product.

D1974 Tue 09-Apr-13 19:34:33

Once in a while I like to take a facecloth soaked in very warm water and hold it tightly over my face after washing it. It's like a mini sauna and leaves you feeling very refreshed. You can follow this with the same facecloth soaked in cold water to tighten your pores again! And for all the ladies who wear make up every day, go without once in a while, it gives your skin chance to breathe.

poopoopoo Tue 09-Apr-13 19:59:57

My top tip is: to use a natural oil such as jojoba to moisturise your face at night then cleanse with witch hazel and cotton wool in the morning. Use a quality foundation- but, using a cotton bud, mix a little in a clean container with aloe gel (this makes it last longer and stops that cement on your face look!) smile

serendipity1980 Tue 09-Apr-13 20:02:57

My best tip is that make up always looks best with a good foundation, so always make sure you moisturise morning and night. It can be a bit of a hassle but only takes about 30 seconds and your skin will feel so much better for it. Then make up will go on more easily!

Dawnywoo Tue 09-Apr-13 20:26:38

My top tip is that I have recently gone back to using clear mascara on my lashes and brows as it helps me feel a bit more 'groomed' without worrying about black 'clumps' on my eyelashes, panda eyes or worse, black bits in the corners of my eyes.

Hopezibah Tue 09-Apr-13 20:53:47

my top tip is if you are short of time (like me who only has about 3 seconds for make up!) then find a favourite product that makes you feel better for wearing it and just use that eg just a lipstick, or just a little foundation, etc. For me it is my eyeliner - it takes me a matter of seconds but makes me feel like i have made a bit of an effort at least.

Maggietess Tue 09-Apr-13 21:11:53

My best tip for hair when you've no time with a newborn to wash and blow dry every day is to double wash with shampoo to get it squeaky clean and then use a light leave in spray conditioner rather than conditioning. I find this means that if on day 2 DC isn't letting me get two seconds to myself I can grab a quick shower without having to wash and dry my hair and my hair still looks good. A bit of powder volumiser on the roots is all that's needed sometimes to fix.

Hopasholic Tue 09-Apr-13 21:13:01

My Make- Up Top Tip

If you are applying dark eyeshadow for smoky eyes, do your eyes first. Put your foundation on afterwards. Dark eyeshadow will often spill onto your cheeks and stick to foundation so if you apply it beforehand, you can just wipe any spillages away with cleanser.

Always use a base on your eyelids too as this will hold your eyeshadow in place

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missorinoco Tue 09-Apr-13 21:29:51

Top tip - you have to believe it, or act like you do, to make it work, but it does - act like you think you look fantastic. It beats a fabulous hair do, or make up. Sadly more recently I need more of the latter to help me fake it, but if you think you look great it passes off.

(The reverse is true - if you look good but slouch to hide your bum/tummy/spots it shoes).

GoingGoingGoth Tue 09-Apr-13 22:39:52

My top tips - lather on a decent cream on your feet and wear cotton socks just before bedtime.

Bio-oil great for stretch marks, scars, or really dry areas. I can get quite dry between neck & cleavage (thanks Gok Wan for the big boobs/v neck advice) and bio oil has fought off the 'scraggy dried out look'

angell74 Tue 09-Apr-13 22:49:35

A fab tip I was told is to transfer my skin toner into a little spray bottle - £1.39 from Boots. It seems to last much longer when I use it this way and in the summer I store it in the fridge for a refreshing way to cool a hot face.

BigFairy Tue 09-Apr-13 23:42:49

Keep the little tester pots when you visit beauty counters as they are useful for taking a small amount of foundation out with you in your bag for touching up your make up, rather than transporting the whole bottle.

MummaBubba123 Wed 10-Apr-13 08:43:25

I keep my make up in the car and put it on before turning car on when baby us in her seat.
As for shower, I have a cheap bouncer I sit baby in while I shower (in my tiny shower room.

PolyesterBride Wed 10-Apr-13 10:06:34

My top tip: if you can find the time, blow dry your hair properly and you will be able to wait longer between washes. I was trying to save time by washing my hair at night and sleeping on it damp and it looked awful so I had to do it at least every other day. Now I do it properly in the mornings once every three or four days.

HannahLI Wed 10-Apr-13 13:36:15

1. My skin is super dry and the moment and flaking off - what do you suggest I use to help minimise this, is their a good moisturizer or something in my makeup routine that I should change?

2. I know most people try and look younger but I am in my thirties and regularly get mistaken to be much younger so what make up can I use to make me look more sophisticated without doing a full evenings out worth?

My top tip is that if you do your eye makeup it makes you feel good even if you dont have time for the rest as your eye is naturally drawn to it!

My top tip is after blow drying your hair, spray some hairspray onto your brush then give it a final brush through. It leaves a nice shine, but also you avoid the feeling that you get when it's sprayed directly on. Sometimes hair goes a bit stiff with hairspray on, but this just holds it enough to make it stay looking great but natural with a lovely shine.

maloofysmum Wed 10-Apr-13 19:07:51

Mine isn't really a tip, other than I never put moisturiser on my face until after I have put my contact lenses in. It doesn't matter how many times I wash my hands after moisturising, my lenses always feel dirty if i do it the wrong way around.

My question is about hair dye. My hair is now unfortunately going grey and colouring is expensive, I just wondered what the top tips were for long lasting home applied hair colour were?

thanks grin)

lagoonhaze Wed 10-Apr-13 21:29:35

How do you combat the post baby exhaustion look when you are returning to work and barely have time to brush your hair!

stephgr Fri 12-Apr-13 00:07:26

if your hair is weak and falling out, it's worth having a blood test to determine whether you are anaemic. If you're not anaemic, make sure you eat a diet high in protein as well as fruit and veg

malachite Fri 12-Apr-13 19:33:06

My tip is to use a make up sponge instead of your fingers when applying foundation. It goes on much more evenly.
Also, if you suffer from acne then you can get a green cover up stick which you apply before the skin tone concealer and it really helps to hide redness.

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 14-Apr-13 19:07:10

Thanks for posting everyone - please do tune in to the show now to hear MNers' Qs about make up and confidence answered - 7-8pm on Real Radio and 8-9pm on Smooth Radio

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 14-Apr-13 21:49:38

Thanks to everyone who posted a question about make up on this thread - expert Daniel Sandler 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...

DanielSandler Sun 14-Apr-13 21:52:02

NotShortImFunSized

I am currently 38wks pregnant with DC6 and let's just say I'm not looking my best right now. In a few weeks the lack of sleep is only going to make me look even worse wink

I have such noticeable dark circles under my eyes and I can't seem to get it right when trying to cover them up. I'd quite like to go out to baby groups without looking as awful as I shall really be feeling. Please help, what can I do/use to sort my face out?!

Grab yourself two things; an under eye cream that helps banish the darkness and a light reflecting concealer and apply to the dark circles. Make sure it specifically targets under eyes as opposed to blemishes. Build up the coverage until you’re happy with the result. Avoid getting the panda eye by using a shade that’s not too pale for your skin tone.

DanielSandler Sun 14-Apr-13 21:52:55

TheDailyWail

I have 10 family occasions this year (2 christenings, 3 weddings, 3 birthday/anniversary parties & 2 holy communions) & a summer ball
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How do I do make up differently for each whilst on a tight budget?

Invest in a makeup palette so you can change your colours at each event.
Look out for a palette that contains different shades of shadow, blush and lip. You should be able to find one within you budget. It’s great you want to look different at each occasion; have fun!

DanielSandler Sun 14-Apr-13 21:53:49

MrsShrek3

Another one for all day make up - but for work. Normally
I wear little or none, but recent events and very little sleep in over a year have resulted in rubbish dry and knackered looking skin. Diet is ok, lots of fruit and veg, but I am feeling every bit of 42 and moisturisers and foundation don't seem to be working for a good combo atm. any suggestions?

Sounds like the formulas aren’t really treating your skin’s dry condition. Make sure you have an intensive night repair face cream and a really nourishing day cream as well. Also, your foundation needs to contain skincare benefits too.

DanielSandler Sun 14-Apr-13 21:54:32

Snog

Do I need to wear make up to look good in wedding photos? If so what kind of make up?

Absolutely you need to wear makeup to look your best in photos. Even the most beautiful women in the world enhance their look with cosmetics.

You'll look at your wedding pics for years to come. You don't need to buy heavy makeup or bright colours, just apply colours that enhance your beauty. What I would like you to consider is that you seek professional advice from someone who specialises in bridal makeup. I say this because I have a feeling you don't normally wear makeup. You can do one of two things, either get a lesson from a Pro so you can do your own makeup on the day or find a makeup Pro to really make you look your best on your big day. It's really worth the investment.

DanielSandler Sun 14-Apr-13 21:56:18

ShebaQueen

I will be turning 50 in the not too distant future and want to look my best. My skin has changed as I have aged but my skincare regime hasn't, I'm still using the same stuff I've always used and it doesn't seem to be working as well. Can you help me with suggestions for suitable products and a daily routine please?

Firstly, if you love the brand you’ve always been using then go back to them and have a consultation. What I think they’ll advise is that you apply more nourishing products at day and night so that within a few days youll notice an improvement. Look for products which contain Hyaluronic Acid and multi vitamins such as Vits A,C and E. They might also suggest you layer a Serum on your face and neck, as well as a good moisturiser, to support your skin condition. Don’t forget to exfoliate a few times a week so that the new creams can be easily absorbed.

DanielSandler Sun 14-Apr-13 21:56:59

reastie

Make up question here. I have very sensitive skin which seems to be both dry and greasy hmm . I've never been able to wear any kind of eye shadow as within a few hours it has creased up on my eye lids and looks a state with it all gathering in the lines of my eyes. I've tried using a base underneath foundation and a powder on top to seal it and lots of different brands but to no avail. My eye lids are also quite low over my eyes too. Have you got any tips for how I can get eye make up to stay on all day with minimal touch ups (or am I just doomed to either not bother or spend my life checking in the mirror and touching up)?

What could help you are cream-to-powder eye shadows that once applied stay put. You apply them onto clean bare lids then blend using fingers or a brush. After a few seconds they set so you may need to work pretty quickly.

DanielSandler Sun 14-Apr-13 21:57:48

sharond101

I am Mum to an 8mo who I have been sterlilsing bottles and breast pump equipment for since birth, my hands are so dry and cracked with the sterilising fluid. No amount of hand cream helps and some bits of my skin is splitting open and bleeding. Can you help?

Your problem is possibly due to the pencil being too greasy or that you have too much moisturiser or foundation on your lids or that you just may have naturally greasy eye lids. I suggest you try the following. Invest in a waterproof eye liner pencil, an eye lid primer and go easy on moisturiser. Apply the pencil in both directions to create a smooth, even line. Apply it from the inner to the outer eye corner then go back the other way.

DanielSandler Sun 14-Apr-13 21:58:15

GreatBags

I would love some advice from Daniel about covering my awful rosacea skin. I use mineral make up at the moment but my skin is so dry in winter I look flaky and powdery. Are there any alternatives that won't aggregate my skin?

Look for a different type of foundation, choose one which is a medium -weight liquid formula that disguises the rosacea yet still appears natural on skin and doesn’t contain ingredients which may make your condition worse. Apply it by patting it on using you middle finger until the area is covered. You may find that asking a dermatologist will give you great advice too as they will understand what you should and shouldn’t avoid.

DanielSandler Sun 14-Apr-13 21:58:45

FannyPriceless

I know eyebrows are supposed to frame my face, but mine seem to be getting more pathetic and straggly as I get older (and middling blond which makes it worse). How can I 'fill in' a nice brow shape without it looking like I've used my kids' colouring pencils to draw some eyebrows on my face?

First thing is to find your perfect brow shade. If when you apply it and it appears fake then it’s too dark so go a shade lighter. Grab yourself a brow stencil set and use that as your template. I find that pressed brow shadows are more flattering than pencils which can appear waxy and shiney on skin, especially in day light.

DanielSandler Sun 14-Apr-13 21:59:07

zipzap

With regards to make up techniques - how do you do smoky colours on your eyes - for daytime and evening? Whenever I try, I just end up looking like I've got black eyes or panda eyes and it never looks any good.

Sounds like you’re being a little heavy handed. Build up the colours slowly by first applying the lightest shade over the lid then sweep the mid tone shade half way towards the outer edge and into the socket then apply the darkest colour towards the outer corner and wing it out slightly, blending all the time so it appears air brushed. Use clean cotton buds to help remove excess colour and use good brushes for a pro finish.

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 16-Apr-13 10:08:45

Hi all - thanks again for participating in this thread. We've got 2 winners to announce:

youmaycallmeSSP has won for posting a hair Q

Hopasholic has won for posting her top make up tip

You've both won a £50 Boots voucher! I'll PM you to get your details.

Thanks again everyone!

OxfordToLondoner Tue 16-Apr-13 21:38:29

I'm 27 weeks pregnant, and frazzled with work. Am not sleeping as well as I used to, due to a combination of discomfort, baby kicks, and work whirring through my head! Any tips on how to get a good night's sleep, and manage my stress levels?

Hopasholic Wed 17-Apr-13 19:04:42

Thank you so much! Oooh! Will really look forward to visiting Boots soon!

Chuffed to bits grin

catwomanga Thu 27-Jun-13 18:24:12

Love your laughter lines...add to them! Play with your kids more; step away from the laptop and get out and have fun with them. George Bernard Shaw said it best: "We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing."

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