Share your top tips for how to deal with the signs of ageing with the Boots Feel Good Forum - £250 cash to be won

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 14-Jun-13 14:04:07

Now that the Boots Feel Good Forum series is over, we've packaged up what we think are the best bits - so you can listen to them in easy, short, bite size chunks.

The latest one of these is about how to deal with the signs of ageing (or fight them if you want to). It's a very short clip so please do have a listen to skin expert Dr Nick Lowe's top tips.

~ Do you have any advice of your own to share on how to deal with or fight the signs of ageing?
~ What do you make of Dr Nick's tips?

Everyone who listens and adds their own tips or feedback will be entered into a prize draw to win £250 cash.

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw

AndHarry Fri 14-Jun-13 21:23:22

That link is for the best bits on sleep, not ageing smile

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 18-Jun-13 14:32:40

Apols AndHarry - fixed now!

sharond101 Tue 18-Jun-13 21:43:20

My tips are,

drink lots of water
get enough sleep
smile more
resist the sun on your face
wear less makeup (it really works, makeup seems to accentuate the fine lines)
use products suited to your age range and skin type

missorinoco Tue 18-Jun-13 22:06:07

I generally like the Boots Feel Good Forum series, but find this one slightly sad.

Laughter lines? Ageing is a reality, and I agree with the comments about drinking water, getting sleep, sun cream and moisturiser, but despite all these we will have laughter lines and wrinkles, because we are getting older.

Agree with the specialist's comment about not stopping smiling. I dislike my grey hairs, but have a certain soft stop for my laughter lines.

Sleep as much as possible.
Drink as much water as possible.
Eat oily fish.
Accept that you are getting older smile

blondie123c Wed 19-Jun-13 08:55:50

Have a happy life, be positive, enjoy making memories with your friends and loved ones, eat well, always drink water everyday, 8 hours minium sleep, moisturize your skin twice a day and most importantly smilesmile

manfalou Wed 19-Jun-13 09:08:28

Sleep! Those who don't get much look older quicker (Gordon Ramsey) Eat healthily and take care of your skin, Its never to early to start a regime (or to late)

Think positive thoughts and even if you don't feel like smiling, fake it til you make it. Eat well. Sleep well. Not an elixir no but at least we'll look good while ageing!

imperfectparent Wed 19-Jun-13 12:12:26

I would echo most of the above and note that there are no advocates of any particular miracle elixir. Its all just common sense moisturise, sun screen, eat well and drink plenty of water. Smoking is bad on so many levels but you can always spot a smoker of a certain age just by looking at her face. One more thing is to wear shades in bright weather so you don't screw up your eyes. Finally, smile, it knocks years off.

MollySam123 Wed 19-Jun-13 12:20:34

Be thankful to be alive, embrace change, and be happy smile

CMOTDibbler Wed 19-Jun-13 12:38:46

Don't smoke, drink in moderation (and that doesn't mean a glass of wine everynight imo), limit your sun exposure and wear an spf moisturiser. And embrace aging - you are your age and why would you pretend otherwise.

CheeryCherry Wed 19-Jun-13 12:49:19

Sleep, good food, exercise, gallons of moisturiser, surround yourself with positive people. All easier said than done!

helcrai Wed 19-Jun-13 12:53:19

Liked the tips from Dr Nick-I always used to buy cheap sunglasses but think its time I invested in some "proper" ones to protect my eyes from the suns rays because otherwise, all those fancy creams are for nothing!

I don't think anyone should worry about the signs of ageing too much. So long as you are happy & healthy, what's a few wrinkles? That said, I have started to use anti-ageing creams now I'm nearly 40 and I must say that my skin looks better. I think the creams and potions alone are never enough to combat ageing signs though- when I've had a health drive eating loads of fruit and vegetables and drinking water I always think I look and feel better.

Tee2072 Wed 19-Jun-13 12:57:07

Embrace the signs of aging if they are from laughter!

Otherwise, use an SPF cream all year long, drink lots and lots of water, get plenty of sleep and, ^my top tip^: don't have a baby at 40!!*

*My son is 4. I am 44. grin

wigglebumsmum Wed 19-Jun-13 13:01:37

Not to worry about it too much! Accept that as you age, your will age too. Eat well, keep hydrated and take advantage of the wonderful products on the market that hide the signs of aging so well!

Catiinthehat Wed 19-Jun-13 13:24:39

Very interesting!
My advice is have fun and laugh a lot!
If you feel young, you look young.

Eat healthily and be active!

daisybrown Wed 19-Jun-13 13:52:06

Prevention is 10 times better than cure. So smile it shows better than any lotion or potion ever will.

dahville Wed 19-Jun-13 14:16:03

Stay hydrated, get enough rest, and moisturise.

My favourite piece of his advice is to keep smiling!

flamingtoaster Wed 19-Jun-13 15:18:23

Another vote for lots of water, a good diet, sunscreen and moisturizer. The most important thing, however, is a positive attitude. Never fall into the trap of thinking that your age should stop you doing something you really want to do - have fun even if others think you are a bit crazy! Always remember that getting older is a much better option than the alternative!

PenelopeCruiserliner Wed 19-Jun-13 15:29:22

Echo all the advice already mentioned.
Cultivate an inner glow - be happy, positive, generous etc. inner beauty radiates outwards.

JanePlanet Wed 19-Jun-13 16:16:53

I used to work with older people, you could see the types of lives they'd had by the lines on their faces, happy people had lots of laughter lines, miserable people had jowels and no laughter lines. You could also spot a smoker a mile off by their cats bum mouth! It's true that one day when the wind changes your face really will set.
Keep your face out of the sun, lots of moisturiser and agree with the tip about less makeup. Makes lines look deeper.

Shiraztastic Wed 19-Jun-13 17:10:54

Enjoy life, don't listen to any advertising about what you "should" look like or feel aboutyourself.

TheBirdsFellDownToDingADong Wed 19-Jun-13 17:10:59

Sleep, Water, Sex grin, Astral on your neck.

No leggings if you can remember them first time round.

No lipliner. Ever.

No curtain hairstyle if you're over 35.

Stick your chin forward when having your pic taken.

ummefatima Wed 19-Jun-13 18:42:01

Have a positive outlook to life! smile Join in when your children play, because you usually end up laughing.
For your skin drink lots of water, keep your skin clean and moisturise day and night.

SacreBlue Wed 19-Jun-13 19:00:41

Ditto lots of water, I use diprobase ointment at night as I have sensitive skin and it moisturises brilliantly without added 'stuff'

A really varied diet - I eat a lot grin but it's very mixed so I enjoy the tastes, get all the nutrients without depriving myself or oding on one type of food.

Regular exercise and de-stressing activities. Until my cats killed it I had one of the exercise balls to balance on - more often used to play about with but that made me less stressed so with actual exercise happening elsewhere it still did a good job.

I would like to tighten up my stomach (after loosing some weight) still working up to doing the necessary sit ups but have introduced poses at work to help (a bit)

Best thing is to relax more, nothing as ageing imo as a face that's been scrunched up in anger or angst lots.

Reastie Wed 19-Jun-13 19:02:32

Don't look in the mirror wink . OK, seriously, I'd say drink loads of water and try to get as much sleep as you can and maybe don't have children confused as all my friends without children are so much younger looking and less wrinkled than those who have wink

AllSWornOut Wed 19-Jun-13 19:31:12

I agree with a lot of what's already been posted but would add in addition try to de-stress and relax face muscles whenever your face starts feeling scrunchy. Laughter lines I don't mind but the frown lines in the middle of my forehead I certainly do!

carmenelectra Wed 19-Jun-13 20:46:33

Sleep is so important. Even though I don't follow my own advice! Recently though I was off sick from work for a long period with an injury. I went to bed earlier, ate better(no picking at work) and drank less alcohol. On my return, people commented how I looked better.

Generally though, I try to be more groomed as I get older.

Brows-make a huge difference.

Moisturise from head to toe every day.

Nails- not necessarily long talons, but well manicured neutral.

Hair coloured regularly- no roots.

Those things plus a smattering of fake tan, make me feel miles better.

2712 Wed 19-Jun-13 22:05:24

Only use face creams that contain Retinol
Drink lots of water
Stay away from sugar

janekirk Wed 19-Jun-13 22:58:38

Less sun, more water and don't bother fighting it with cosmetic surgery.

magentastardust Wed 19-Jun-13 23:11:36

Sensible advice like everyone else has added-lots of water and try to get a good nights sleep.
SPF moisturiser/make up to prevent sun blemishes/pigmentation on your face as you age.
looking groomed and keeping make up natural looking rather than caked on helps!
you have to be more careful with what you eat/drink and how you care for your skin and hair as you get older, you get away with a lot less.
Smile makes you feel happier and gives your eyes a twinkle! smile

brummiewoman Wed 19-Jun-13 23:47:27

See the signs of aging as positive signs that you have lived! Keep looking for new experiences and get some good sunglasses!

AUDNAY Thu 20-Jun-13 09:12:49

Drink plenty of water,
Eat plenty of fresh fruit and veg.
Don't smoke, its bad for your skin
Sun screen on face even when its dull
Don't wear make up, (I have never ever worn make up)
Smile (it costs nothing and you usually get one back)

jinglejanglebangles Thu 20-Jun-13 10:44:28

Drink loads of water and eat plenty of fruit and veg. In fact I chop up a whole load of fruit in a container and eat it at work (whilst the others are chomping on biscuits!).
I swear by Oil of Olay. Both my mum and grandma have been using it for years and are 63 and 81 respectively and no way do they look their age. We have all never smoked. Although a lot of it is down to genetics, you still must look after your skin.
Keep active, walk whenever you can and eat lots of fish and not too much red meat.
Also, use lots of natural products on your skin like olive oil on the body and avocado and honey facemasks.

mignonette Thu 20-Jun-13 11:22:06

The best thing about laughter lines? The fact that you have them.

Think about the many people who have had their lives cut short and then think about how shallow it is to worry about looking old.

Worrying about Being old with its possible health concerns, money and pension worries, loss etc is not the same as worrying about looking old.

Eat well. drink moderately, don't smoke, live, laugh and love. Wash your face, use a cheap basic cream like Nivea, Astral, ponds or even Johnsons baby lotion, wear sunscreen and check your moles.

Enjoy make up but do not be a slave to it. Smell nice-wear lovely perfumes. Use lipsalve especially in our inclement weather to keep lips and the skin around them supple and emoliated.

But please do not listen to men and women who use pseudo science to scare you about your normal healthy ageing process. A process that adds character.

astralweeks Thu 20-Jun-13 11:27:47

No leggings if you can remember them the first time round? I'm 49 and I still look good in a pair of leggings, thanks.

Dolallytats Thu 20-Jun-13 12:49:26

I swear being fat keeps the wrinkles out......that's what I tell myself anyway!! grin

BellaVida Thu 20-Jun-13 12:55:11

Having recently discovered my first grey hairs, so hair dye is more frequent!

I have always been fairly good about keeping out of the sun and slathering on the sun ceam. I never go out without foundation, so I make sure it has sun screen and lifting treatment in it. That way I don't need to apply multiple products.

I have recently started moisturising my body. One with a slow summer glow stops me needing separate fake tan and no need for sunbathing.

I do take a multivitamin every day now and plan to step up my exercise. As I get older I find my body reacts differently to a lot of things- foods, sleep, change, gravity!

I don't feel mentally old and I want to look as good as I can, but in the end I would rather be remembered for having a kind, cheerful face and a personality to match.

My children are my biggest fans and tell me I look nice and love my squishy cuddles. My DH is too kind and I guess we are both ageing together so it doesn't matter. I am my biggest critic, but I guess we all are...

BigFairy Thu 20-Jun-13 13:11:28

Nick's advice is spot on - the sun is very ageing.
My tip would be to remember the UVA rays are there even when not really sunny so always use a face cream with SPF and 5* UVA protection whatever the weather, e.g. Boots No7 Protect & Perfect day cream, and don't forget to use eye cream morning and night. Liz Earle's daily eye repair has SPF in for daytime. You need protection from UVA rays which age and UVB rays which burn - SPF only refers to the latter so also look for UVA rating.

nutella81 Thu 20-Jun-13 13:38:35

Lots of...
Fruit and veg
Moisturiser including a high SPF
Love & Laughter
Touché eclat on a grey/puffy eye day!

Alcohol (boo)
Naughty food (boo again)
Driving without sunglasses on (even on an overcast day I find myself squinting without them)

Rubbing eyes when tired

maggiecockbain Thu 20-Jun-13 13:55:27

Walk tall. It was callled deportment at one time but standing and walking correctly helps you to look younger and keep fir for longer. Having had a bad back from time to time my physiotherapist found I have been standing badly (bum stuck out) for years. Yoga is absolutetly brilliant in this area too.

majjsu Thu 20-Jun-13 14:55:43

Agree with so many tips here, along with Dr Nick. My aim to grow old gracefully. So I try to eat well, use SPF moisturisers, make up hopefully to enhance. My LO keeps me active along with housework. I do like to read Sali Hughes tips too. I think just be yourself and don't worry what others think, not so easy at times, I know.

PolkaDottery Thu 20-Jun-13 15:14:35

Lots of water, not too much sun without protection are the best tips.

Never go to sleep without taking your make up off and a good cleanse too!

dilanddan Thu 20-Jun-13 15:20:47

Embrace life's course... It's not about what you look like on the outside, it's about who you are on the inside. Those around you will still love you even when you're old and grey!

Love, laugh and live smile

weenwee Thu 20-Jun-13 15:56:00

~ Do you have any advice of your own to share on how to deal with or fight the signs of ageing?

1. Cover up! Loose clothing + wide hate + sunscreen = awesome skin.

2. Don't think vanity, think heath. Fine lines around my eyes don't bother me; a weird shaped mole makes me VERY worried. Examine your skin everywhere, and if you see something weird, don't reach for concealer, reach for your GP's phone number.

~ What do you make of Dr Nick's tips?

Good, but based on chemical 'stuff' - I understand, he's there on behalf of Boots, who sell fine products by the way, but some more prevention based tips (meditation now can result in less worry lines later!) should be pushed as well.

Babycarmen Thu 20-Jun-13 16:16:50

At least 7 hours sleep a night
Drink plenty of water
Moisturise EVERY morning and night!

toffeefee Thu 20-Jun-13 17:48:17

See, I always think that all this 'drink loads of water, wear sunscreen, etc is stuff we should do for health, not for fighting the signs of aging. I also think that it isn't a bad thing to age in a healthy way. Of course if we eat lots of junk foods, drink lots of alcohol and smoke it isn't going to do our bodies any good and so we will look worse for it as our bodies weren't designed to cope with these things.

My main tip is to make sure that you don't get stuck in a style-rut. Make sure you get advice on your hair style and colour, make up, and clothes. There is nothing more aging that still sporting the Kylie-style perm you had at school! grin

Also, use products on your face, hair and body that make you feel good. I use a face oil as my skin sometimes feels tight. I also use hair produces that suit my hair to make is feel smoother and fuller. If you feel good you will look good!

JedwardScissorhands Thu 20-Jun-13 17:55:44

Agree with toffeefee and others; being age-appropriate is key. Also wear sunglasses a lot if the time, especially when driving.

serendipity1980 Thu 20-Jun-13 19:24:17

My main tips would be not to smoke, wear sun factor - so many people who sun bathe/use sun beds, look so much older as a result of this. I would also say to moisturise daily and try to get enough sleep - not easy as a parent!

newfashionedmum Thu 20-Jun-13 21:08:17

Don't dye your hair once it starts to grey, get good haircuts instead..and be grateful for getting older - its better than the alternative.

HoneyStepMummy Thu 20-Jun-13 21:10:59

Don't cut your hair short just because you turned 30 or 40 or whatever. Healthy long hair that suits you looks nice however old or young you are, hacking off your hair will immediately age you.
Make sure you see a dentist for yearly check ups and that you take a calcium supplement. Stained and dark teeth age you. If you don't want to bleach them wear a shade of lipstick that brightens your teeth.
Make sure your hair colour is the right shade and flatters you. This will take years off you.
Swap fizzy drinks for water. Remove your make-up every single night. always, always use moisturizer and under eye cream. Wear the right size bra and stand up straight. You start to lose muscle tone after 35, so adjust your workout. Wear clothes that you like and that flatter you, not one's that silly magazines tell you are for women 'your age'.

Hopezibah Thu 20-Jun-13 21:39:53

great tip to remember suncare. I use a moisturiser with spf in it. I don't often wear sunglasses so will remember to do that!

I have avoided mistreating my hair (never permed or dyed and rarely use straighteners etc) and it has served me well - I think that way it helps me look younger (or at least I hope it does!).

Not overdoing makeup can prevent you looking older too. Just a natural look works best for looking young.

Keep your body healthy with exercise and that will keep the blood pumping to your skin and keep it looking healthy.

OpalFruitshoot Thu 20-Jun-13 23:10:19

Accept that we are ageing! It's better than the alternative.
Drink lots of water, get lots of sleep, be happy, don't eat meat, don't drink, don't smoke, limit time in the sun - not between 12-3. Reduce stress. Easier said than done, but I do think lots of people invite stress into their lives, and can fix this often!
Exercise, and laugh.

Wheresthecoffee Fri 21-Jun-13 06:42:44

Sleep either on your back or alternate sides to save causeing more wrinkles on one side than the other. I wish Id known this years ago!

TheCameliousHumph Fri 21-Jun-13 09:12:42

People get old. Skin wrinkles. Fact of life. Stop fighting it and embrace it. Celebrate life lines and grey hairs.

or buy a really large paper bag and put it over your head for the next 35 years

katiewalters Fri 21-Jun-13 12:21:07

drink lots of water and moisturise. i dont believe you have to spend loads of money on expensive moisturisers or even anti ageing ones, i just think its important to moisturise your face and body everyday. my mom is in her 60s and a lot of people dont believe it, as she looks so good for her age. she drinks a lot of water too and uses your average nivea moisturiser to moisturiser her face and body everyday, which has kept her skin looking good. i also think if you wear makeup, to make sure you clean it off and clean your face thoroughly after removing it

MsGee Fri 21-Jun-13 12:45:33

I think you have to go with the ageing process and keep changing and moving forward.

Leggings, bleached blonde hair and lots of eye liner looked ok when I was 21. Nearly 20 years on its about finding flattering clothes, a good haircut and sympathetic make up, rather than the latest fashions.

But alongside that:
Learn to accessorize (I am in the process)
Be healthy: drink water, exercise, figure out how much sleep you need and get it
Be thankful: I am going grey and getting wrinkly but I am so grateful for DD (5) - who caused each wrinkle and grey hair. I am healthy and have a lovely family, so do wrinkles really matter...

Firewall Fri 21-Jun-13 16:33:25

Lots of sleep, water, active life style. Eat well (with occasional treat).
Good skin care regime and moisturiser!

Try to reduce stress!

I like the clips in the series. Good to listen to.

snowwhite27 Fri 21-Jun-13 21:14:34

Drink Plenty of water
Everything in moderation
Keep active
enjoy life its to short

wibblyjelly Fri 21-Jun-13 21:17:14

Plenty of sleep and water

smiffy1062 Fri 21-Jun-13 21:42:26

Always remove your make no matter how tired you are and cleanse,tone,moisturise every morning and evening not forgeting you neck.

smiffy1062 Fri 21-Jun-13 21:43:13

should have said make up!

themaltesecat Fri 21-Jun-13 23:18:23

Drink lots of water, smoke less, smile so you get the right kind of lines.

lorisparkle Sat 22-Jun-13 00:04:29

I think I would look much better and prevent wrinkles if I could get more sleep. In addition moisturising, using sunscreen, and wearing sun glasses.

I quite like my laughter lines thanks. I think looking 'distinguished' can be an advantage, eg at work when clients prefer to work with experienced people. Not so keen on my frown lines though, so my tips are to moisturize, drink water, eat oily fish, have fun and enjoy life!

chrismse Sat 22-Jun-13 14:35:20

A great haircut that suits your face.

Always wear tinted moisturiser.

Read, Travel and keep up to date with current affairs so you have interesting things to talk about.

Have a laugh

Everhopeful Sat 22-Jun-13 17:51:13

It's great to see so many Mumsnetters not being concerned about laughter lines - I loved it when I heard how Lauren Bacall, faced with a studio photo of her where the studio had touched out all her lines and wrinkles, hit the roof. "Put them back in!" she demanded, "You've taken away all my personality!"

That said, I do think reasonable skincare, drinking more water than anything else and a positive outlook matter a lot. The bags under your eyes only get seen if you're miserable anyway and surely everyone wants lots of laughter lines (she said, hopefully, probably proving her handle)?

CalamityJ Sat 22-Jun-13 18:35:01

Use a good eye cream like Perfect and Protect before you're 30.
Drink lots of water.
Don't go to bed with your makeup on.
Use a moisturiser and/or foundation with SPF.
Don't dye your hair your 'natural' colour to hide the grey after the age of 35. Dye it a shade lighter and keep lightening as you get older. Your skin tone lightens and it's not a good look looking like a witch (fairytale stereotype) with dark hair and pale skin.
Rejoice in having oily skin in your teens and 20s. It'll age much better than dry/normal.
Get some sleep when you can (ha! This is called mumsnet)
DO NOT have work done on your face to make you look younger. It sends your whole face balance out of kilter and people will look at you thinking 'that face looks wrong but I can't put my finger on why'

garlicnutty Sat 22-Jun-13 23:54:53

Stick your chin forward when having your pic taken.

Did that for years grin but now my Best Photo Pose involves resting my chin casually on my hand ... which is grasping a fistful of lower face! It works, btw, though it might look strange if I went around clutching my jowls all the time.

My best real-world tip: Use sun block on your hands at all times. Instead of keeping hand cream in your bag and desk drawer, keep high-factor sun cream. It would be wise to do this on your chest, too - you know, the bit that gets exposed above the necklines of your tops. The skin's quite thin there and I wish I'd realised sooner! My hands are wearing well, but I'm betrayed by my knackered décolletage.

Control pants are a bonus for the woman of advancing years, hideous as they are. I buy them in a size that actually fits - so, not the death-grip of She Who Would Be Slimmer, but more for support and general smoothing. Important as the day wears on, bringing incremental bloat to the pelvic region blush Oh, and Rennie Deflatine! Can't take those all the time, though, it's not good for a body. So control pants it is.

I thought Dr Nick's advice was sound. I especially liked that he told the caller to keep smiling.

garlicnutty Sun 23-Jun-13 00:05:06

Dye hair a shade lighter and keep lightening as you get older. Your skin tone lightens and it's not a good look looking like a witch (fairytale stereotype) with dark hair and pale skin.

I disagree with this - hypocritically, as I've just dyed mine a very pale lilac! I know this is the received wisdom, but think about it: the pundits are telling us our faces will lose colour & definition as we age, so we should take the colour out of our hair, too! Er, no thanks! I can promise you I didn't wake up on my 55th birthday with an overwhelming desire to disappear into a putty-coloured smudge.

The older you are, the better you can brazen out magenta, turquoise, orange or violet hair. You need dramatic lipstick, is all. And lots of conditioner wink

ratflavouredjelly Sun 23-Jun-13 09:17:04

27! seems young to be worrying about wrinkles. I think Dr Lowes advice was good. He didn't recommend fillers which I worried he might. He pointed out how laughter lines can be attractive which is positive.

I think lots of water, take zinc supplements to boost system. Plenty of fruit - natural yogurt for digestive system. I'm an advocate of everything in moderation - if you feel like eating red meat, red wine, Camembert do it (like the French!) and enjoy it. Balance this with fresh veg, oily fish, chicken, pulses etc. Throw a handful of pumpkin seeds on a salad.

Beauty wise - ALWAYS remove makeup at end f day no matter how tired. Always brush your teeth. ALways moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. This is where it's good in invest cash if you can.

Dont smoke. Pretty obvious but it ages you radically, yellows teeth, bad breath and adds years to your face. keep active. Walk where possible and do exercise you enjoy. Life is amazing - keep positive mindset and try out new things, hobbies etc. Learning always keeps you young as does laughter - kids can help here.

whattodoo Sun 23-Jun-13 10:11:43

Drink loads of water.
Use a great handcream.
I never go out without tinted moisturiser now (not a great make-up wearer).

KnittedWaffle Sun 23-Jun-13 16:54:08

My main tip on ageing is to tell people I am 10 years older than I am. I ALWAYS get told I look great! wink

As far as actual skin care goes I have recently started cleansing, toning and moisturising and I drink at least 2 litres of water a day but my best tip is Sudocrem.
I use it on spots and blemishes - it zaps them super quick and once a week I slather it on overnight and it leaves my skin looking and feeling soft and smooth as a baby's bottom!

Jellybeanz1 Sun 23-Jun-13 18:50:09

Water water every where. Drink it, swim in it. Try to avoid sleeping in your make up. Since I've swapped to BB cream I find it lighter on skin, quicker to put on and has a built in sunscreen. Use sunglasses in summer and embrace laughter lines as evidence of a life well spent.

Mullinsamy Sun 23-Jun-13 20:30:11

A good diet is key, as is drinking enough water. Exercise is great to give you a nice glow. However, the best thing I have done is getting a decent fringe cut. It has knocked about a decade off!

Jellybeanz1 Sun 23-Jun-13 21:01:33

Water water every where. Drink it, swim in it. Try to avoid sleeping in your make up. Since I've swapped to BB cream I find it lighter on skin, quicker to put on and has a built in sunscreen. Use sunglasses in summer and embrace laughter lines as evidence of a life well spent.

seasalt Mon 24-Jun-13 00:02:48

Take off your glasses before you look in the mirror smile

PostBellumBugsy Mon 24-Jun-13 11:50:37

~ Do you have any advice of your own to share on how to deal with or fight the signs of ageing?

Eat as well as you can & include plenty of good quality sources of protein and fats.
Wear sunscreen & a sun hat.
Get enough sleep.
Keep sugar consumption as low as possible. Lots of new evidence coming to light about how aging a high sugar diet is.
Keep well hydrated.
Pray that you have good genes.
Don't spend lots of money on over the counter wrinkle creams.

~ What do you make of Dr Nick's tips?
Slightly depressing to hear a 27 year old worrying about laughter lines. Dr Nick sounds reassuringly dull, but doesn't really say anything new and it is a shame he doesn't refer to diet at all. Being a bit cynical, we all know that this is a plug for Boots products and Dr Nick is on their payroll.

FeeFoo Mon 24-Jun-13 12:23:31

The simplest and indeed most effective anti-ageing tip is this...
Reduce stress!!!
Smile often!!!
Make healthy choices in all areas of your life!
Be open to new challenges and definitely drink lots of water!
Oh yes, and sleep! Sleep....

FeeFoo Mon 24-Jun-13 12:24:14

Reducing stress is top of the list.

Cherryoats Mon 24-Jun-13 12:31:45

Wear sun cream, eat healthily, accept that aging is going to happen, and smile lots. The most beautiful people are the happiest!

I thought his advice was fine, tbh I had never thought about wearing sunglasses to protect the skin around my eyes, I only thought of them am something that stopped me feeling dazed in the sun ( im sure it was obvious to everyone else smile )

My top tips are:

-Moisturise, not just your face but also neck and chest.
-Drink plenty of water.
-A tea spoon left in the fridge for a few hours, then pressed and held gently under each eye for 30 seconds helps reduce any puffiness and helps counter any visible signs of tiredness.
- Do not spray perfume directly on to neck or chest area, it dehydrates the skin.
- Eat a wide range of different coloured fruit and veg, red peppers, dark green leafy veg such as spinach, blueberries, sweety poatto etc. You will get a wider range of nutrients.

Avoid the sun at all costs.
Don't smoke.
Spend at least an hour a day standing on your head.
Fast 2 days a week.
Drink vast amounts of alcohol, you will no longer care about aging :D
Wear the biggest sunglasses you can find, and no one will be able to see the wrinkles.
Hang out with older people.

Dancealot Mon 24-Jun-13 19:30:19

Enjoy life- a vibrant outlook and energetic personality helps you appear younger. The best tips already mentioned are sun screen, sun hat and sun glasses to avoid squinting.

FairPhyllis Mon 24-Jun-13 21:23:12

Reduce stress
Get enough sleep
Be happy
Wear cheerful colours

SnoopyLovesYou Mon 24-Jun-13 21:23:53

Has anyone tried using henna instead of hair dye? Does it cover the grey?

All my hair dyes which are supposed to be golden brown (close to my natural colour) always have a reddish tint to them anyway :-(

ZanyLainy Tue 25-Jun-13 13:10:00

MY 97 year old neighbour has better skin than I do. She has never used anything more expensive than Astral or Nivea and only when her skin feels dry. She has never smoked but drinks moderately and SITS IN THE SUN whenever she can. She has just been fitted with a new set of teeth so I reckon it must be down to her optimistic outlook.

StressedandFrazzled Tue 25-Jun-13 17:58:39

Moisturise all over, keep your feet and hands manicured and pedicured hair cut, teeth white, (I have to say I only do bits of this advice) yes and early nights, and lots of water (I must remember to drink more water)

GetKnitted Tue 25-Jun-13 21:00:17

turn the mirror over, you'll be fine smile

GetKnitted Tue 25-Jun-13 21:01:45

seasalt that is the best advice ever smile

CalamityJ Tue 25-Jun-13 23:52:15

Garlic totally agree that age gives you carte blanche to go crazy with your hair colour. If you don't want it to look natural dye it red, magenta, blue, purple! But I stand by my shade lightening advice if you want it to look natural.

NigellasGuest Wed 26-Jun-13 10:50:28

"The bags under your eyes only get seen if you're miserable anyway"

stop beating up on people whose skin type means they're prone to eye bags / tear troughs / marionettes etc. etc. It usually means they have good strong non-wrinkly skin but the downside is those deeper lines. It doesn't mean they are miserable! likewise to the poster who said she could tell miserable people from their jowels or something.

FoxPass Wed 26-Jun-13 13:31:54

Get enough essential fatty acids
take a good silica supplement, your skin hair and nails need it and your body can't store it after age 25. Use one made from bamboo, not horsetail.
Sleep enough
keep stress to a minimum.

BrokenBanana Wed 26-Jun-13 14:07:01

I think the best thing for young looking skin is to clean it properly (no soap!), drink plenty of water, eat lots of fruit and veg, I also eat almonds and have noticed a big difference in my skin.

NigellasGuest Wed 26-Jun-13 15:27:40

I did like Dr Lowe's tip about sunglasses. I've been doing this for a couple of years and I use Bloc eyewear - they are really good for UV protection, and very reasonably priced believe it or not!

My tips are also to wear a sunblock, and to keep a separate bottle in the car. Also keep an eye on the backs of your hands (or is that off topic) and don't forget sunblock there too.

Keep hydrated and use fish oil supplements.

Try to avoid sugar, and don't worry about natural fats because they are very good for the skin (IMH0).

Coconut oil is great for the skin, whether you eat it or use directly on the skin as a moisturiser (a teeny tiny amount).

Double cleanse the face before bed - once to remove all traces of makeup and then again to actually make sure the face is clean and not just de-makeupped. And then tone before applying a good quality serum. Moisturiser afterwards will be the icing on the cake and seal the serum on (sort of confused) but I don't believe you need to spend a fortune on moisturiser - something recommended from Boots would be just as effective as one of those £195 miracle creams!

My three tips tips are easy to do and have become a habit: to a) stretch in the morning, just a couple of minutes to loosen up my back, shoulders & knees. I started doing this after copying our puppy who always stretches for ages when he wakes up!

Tip b) is to use a hoola hoop when watching TV - this has really helped me get my waist slimmer at last and, along with the stretching, has helped me to stand up straight and therefore to feel and look slimmer and more confident.

Tip c) is to be aware of fat in food. Might sound obvious but I've got into the habit of checking labels and the amount of saturated fat can be scary!

As a result of practising these three for the past few months I am now slimmer and weigh less than at any other time since my teens!

sealight123 Thu 27-Jun-13 20:49:03

I loved that her told her to not stop smiling. Wrinkles and lines are just a map of the life you live. If you don't like people seeing your map though-

-Start early with a skincare regime
-Have make up free days as often as possible
-Vaseline is the best and simplest product you will ever own in your life
-Use warm water at the start of washing your face but finish with cold water so that it closes up your pores- meaning less dirt and less blemished skin
-Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
-Use a tinted moisturiser over foundation, anyday
-Live your life!!! Worrying about worry lines are not going to help with your self confidence- learn to love yourself

MollyBerry Thu 27-Jun-13 20:55:46

So, of course drinking lots of water and moisturising really helps with fighting the signs of ageing but a rather avant-garde different type of tip is act young. Yes, you may be tired and have saggy wrinkles around your eyes but if you act a little bit younger(and I don't mean teenage moaniness) people really don't notice or perceive you as 'ageing'.

My thoughts on Dr Nick's tips are that they are great. They fit in exactly with my tip of acting younger and smiling helps that. It gives people a positive attitude towards you. Plus if you wear sunglasses, you can look cool while preventing ageing!

Rosie29 Thu 27-Jun-13 22:00:41

This sounds a bit strange but a friend does it and she looks 20, she's 38! When she is making salad/peeling fruit etc she puts the peel on her face (under eyes esp.). Obviously we are talking cucumber/peach/toms and so on here, not dirt clad potatoes! Give it a try, but remember to remove peel before answering the door!

v3an Thu 27-Jun-13 22:12:14

Drink loads of water, eat your 5 a day, exercise daily, sleep well, laugh, feel positive, keep your skin well moisturised!

peronel Fri 28-Jun-13 14:08:56

For aches and pains those wheat/lavender bean bags that heat up in the microwave are great

mellicauli Sun 30-Jun-13 21:28:58

Glass of wine usually helps, I find (surely that tip is worth the prize money?)

littlecabbage83 Tue 09-Jul-13 19:50:31

Always get a good night's sleep and stop any bad habits like smoking/drinking. smile

MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 06-Aug-13 14:31:33

Congratulations Everhopeful, you've won the prize draw! We'll be in touch shortly grin

ScrambledEggAndToast Sun 08-Jun-14 10:36:53

Drink loads of water
Sleep well
Moisturise well
Don't panic about getting older, we all will someday!!

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