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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 20-Apr-12 12:39:22

As part of Estée Lauder's Drops of Advice campaign, they've asked us to find out about the best pearls of beauty wisdom you've ever received - what were they and who were they from? What wonders has the advice done for your skin/hair/nails/whatever?! If you had to give a younger version of yourself some beauty advice, what would it be? It could be something like 'get more sleep'(!) or something more elaborate involving slapping the contents of your kitchen cupboard on your face in a homemade face pack?! Either way, please do share!

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Bert2e Fri 20-Apr-12 12:52:20

Always use sunscreen on your face and wear rubber gloves for all washing up / cleaning!

droves Fri 20-Apr-12 13:06:34

Drink loads of water , and always use a good moisturiser .

cornsyilk Fri 20-Apr-12 13:08:08

wear sunglasses in summer to avoid wrinkles from screwing up your face against the sun
always wear a moisturiser with SPF in (I don't always do this thoughblush)

StickingLaboutin Fri 20-Apr-12 13:08:39

You get out what you put in. Eat well, drink plenty of fluids and always moisturize.

My nan gave me that advice and she was correct.

TheProvincialLady Fri 20-Apr-12 13:08:55

Someone on MN told me about aspirin facials and I have never looked back.

Schlumberger Fri 20-Apr-12 15:28:06

Don't screw your face up when you're walking into the wind, but smile and relax your facial expression.

CMOTDibbler Fri 20-Apr-12 15:32:40

Sunscreen, hat and long sleeved top. Not cooking your skin does more for it than any product can put back.

HateBeingCantDoUpMyJeans Fri 20-Apr-12 15:37:16

Do not pick spots not matter how tempted.

coffeeinbed Fri 20-Apr-12 15:39:28

Use a muslin cloth to take off cleanser.

ANTagony Fri 20-Apr-12 15:39:36

Moisturise your neck as well as your face as part of your daily routine.

ethelb Fri 20-Apr-12 15:43:55

always get a good hair cut and coat. the rest can be covered up. but get a good hair cut and a coat!

wear rubber gloves when washing up; apply handcream and foot cream over night; always use sun factor on face; always remove make up before going to bed

Please dont ask tho' how many of these I have stuck to!

My Mum told me to take my mascara off with vaseline. She has done it since the 60's. I have done it since 1990 and we both look young for our age. I was ID'd the other day and I am nearly 37.

lagoonhaze Fri 20-Apr-12 20:41:04

Stay away from sunbeds- no amount of make up will make the sun damage look good in 20 years time.

DialMforMummy Fri 20-Apr-12 20:43:11

Don't do anything in excess: sun, make up, booze....
Clean and moisturise everyday.

KenDoddsDadsDog Fri 20-Apr-12 20:43:59

Get your teeth whitened and keep them that way. Takes years off!

ewaczarlie Fri 20-Apr-12 20:48:58

If you have really bad bags under your eyes and need to look good for the evening use a small amount of preparation H (hemmaroid cream) under makeup, fixes it perfectly, just don't over use

Shakey1500 Fri 20-Apr-12 20:51:41

If you have a nose that is on the..umm.."large" size, apply a whisper of blusher on either side of it to make it appear more...streamlined.

Not that I've ever had to do it. Honest grin

Lilyloo Fri 20-Apr-12 20:55:04

Always take your make up off, and a good moisturiser is essential.

Both of my grandmothers lived well into their 90's, neither looked anything like their age.
They both told me that I must cleanse, tone and moisturise twice a day everyday, use sun cream and always clean my teeth..

My father's mother bought me estee Lauder cleansers etc when I was 18 and I worked my way through college working on an Estee Lauder department store concession giving out her advise on how to stay looking lovely!

I've not always followed their advice but I have a horrible birthday coming up and thankfully I don't yet look too much like it(tho the hair dye has something to do with it!)

BiscuitNibbler Fri 20-Apr-12 21:06:51

Moisturise your hands as well as your face/neck/decolletage - otherwise you'll have old lady hands with a fresh face.

Best advice ever against wrinkles though was from my Gran - never worry until something has actually happened.

bubby64 Sat 21-Apr-12 22:27:20

I am a nurse, so I wash my hands numerous times during the day, often with quite harsh hand scrub. I keep a small tube of moisturiser in my pocket and apply often. I also moisturise them with a richer cream type several nights a week and wear cotton gloves, usually do my feet at the same time and put on socks- I hate the look of cracked heels in sandles during the summer, so this stops this from happening!

Blusher - can make me look almost human when all else has failed!

Tranquilidade Sat 21-Apr-12 22:35:42

It doesn't matter how expensive a product is, it will not work unless you use it regularly. It's the routine that matters.

If you have to economise on skin care, go cheaper on the products you wipe or wash off, like cleanser and toner, rather than moisturiser.

When you moisturise your face, wipe any excess cream onto the backs of your hands. Saves waste and does a good job.

Always take your make-up off before going to bed. I try to keep a pack of face cleanser wipes for doing this all the time after a night out when I can't be bothered doing a proper routine.

heliumballoon Mon 23-Apr-12 10:54:09

Use a moisturiser with an SPF every day including in winter.

WipsGlitter Mon 23-Apr-12 11:05:30

Moisturiser with an SPF, apply concealed with your middle finger so it's a lighter touch. Moisturise right down your neck and chest.

Blusher lives the deadest complexion

worldgonecrazy Mon 23-Apr-12 11:08:16

Avoid the sun, moisturise.

Smile - everyone looks more attractive when they smile.

GreyGardens Mon 23-Apr-12 11:09:21

Wash your face with rain water for soft skin (from my Granny) - this used to work!
If all else fails put on sunglasses and bright lipstick (think that one was from Just 17, back in the day).
Always moisturise and never pick spots (general wisdom that I have adhered to since about the age of 13).
Sun is good for your skin, body and well-being (in moderation) so don't block it out completely (my own beauty philosophy).
You are never alone with a lipstick (personal mantra) smile

Kaloobear Mon 23-Apr-12 11:19:45

If it's heavily scented, chances are it's full of chemicals and your sensitive skin won't like it! (From my Mum, who at 56 has the skin of a teenager thanks to her 'gently does it' approach.)

iwantavuvezela Mon 23-Apr-12 11:29:42

Although growing up in the 70's a tan was seen as healthy and good, and we would buy bottles of sun oil to make you tan (now that is showing my age) my best beauty advice comes from absorbing information that is given out

Always wear a sunscreen (I could in my 20's see the difference in how living in the southern hemishpere aged someone compared to the northern hemishpere)

Wash / cleanse your face every day.

I have seen for myself the advantages of getting a good nights sleep; drinking water, exercising has on the overall quality of my skin.

ShatnersBassoon Mon 23-Apr-12 11:36:54

Use a flannel to wash your face. It's the most effective (and cheapest!) exfoliation.

Greedypiggy Mon 23-Apr-12 11:56:37

The best advice I was given was there is only one skin rule... moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. I have followed it since then and my skin looks so much better for my age.

poorbuthappy Mon 23-Apr-12 12:00:32

Actually you can spend all the money in the world, it's mostly genes that dictate good/bad skin and ageing.

Agamumnon Mon 23-Apr-12 12:05:18

Cleansing is the key. A properly clean face is the best blank canvas. And wipes won't do it, get a decent facial wash or lotion AND a toner and stick religiously to the cleansing routine. I do it whether I've had make up on that day or not.

sairygamp Mon 23-Apr-12 12:11:13

I didn't start to wear make up until I was well into my twenties. Every teenage girl I see with severe 'slap' on makes me cringe. I try to tell as many as I can to STOP!! I am 47 but (have been told wink ) that I look late 30's and this I would put largely down to letting my skin 'grow' - if that's a term...when I was younger.

The3Bears Mon 23-Apr-12 12:13:18

Use a moisturiser with spf through the day and a heavy moisturiser at night as your skin cells renew then.

Always take off your make up at night. I always wipe my make up off first with boots cucumber wipes and then wash my face properly and moisturise.

If you have problem skin wash your pillowcase every other day.

When you moisturise your face take your time to really massage it into your skin especially around the eye area.

Wait at least 10 minutes after applying moisturiser to apply make up otherwise your moisturiser wouldnt have soaked in enough and will make your make up slide off.

If using foundation and you have dry skin use the foundation/buffing brush to apply your moisturiser first using the brush and then apply foundation with the same brush.


Scootergrrrl Mon 23-Apr-12 12:17:28

When you wash up, slather your hands in vaseline or hand cream then put on your rubber gloves and use water as hot as you can manage. It's the cleaning up equivalent of those posh moisturising mittens they use in salons grin

Hand cream always within reach, I have 3 by my desk at one, one in every handbag, tubs by my bed and by the sofa.
Always take your make up off at night.
A thin layer of sudocrem at night keeps spots away.

SuePurblyingoodVOICE Mon 23-Apr-12 12:24:31

Drinking loads of water and using a moisturiser with a sunscreen on face/chest.

missorinoco Mon 23-Apr-12 12:31:49

Moisturise twice a day.
Lots of water to drink, and sleep.

babyinacorner Mon 23-Apr-12 12:33:51

Don't use a facemask the day before a special event or you will end up with spots on that day!

Tw1nkle Mon 23-Apr-12 12:37:03

Sudocrem for spots!

And use coconut oil daily as a moisturiser. (It smells lovely too!!!)

Atreegrowsinbrooklyn Mon 23-Apr-12 12:55:50

Cultivate a healthy scepticism regarding beauty company claims. Work on your self esteem.

Keep hands and nails very clean (I am a nurse too) because we touch our faces a lot;

Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen;

Ask for a Dermatology referral sooner rather than later if you have skin problems;

Remove make up and other products religiously;

Less is more and learn how to apply cosmetics properly.

DurhamDurham Mon 23-Apr-12 13:00:04

To achieve the resluts you are looking for you have to look after your skin inside and out. Drink LOTS of water, ALWAYS take your makeup off before bed and give a product time to work before deciding if it's for you or not.

The best (most economical) tip I have been given is to crush 3 or 4 apirins up and add a few drops of water to make a paste. Apply to your clean,damp face (I do it whilst lying in the bath) and relax for 5 mins. I'm not really sure why it works but my skin is much clearer since I started doing this a few years ago. My skin feels smooth, and it seems to have tightened my pores.

Having said all that I really really love a good quality night serum!! smile

TheRhubarb Mon 23-Apr-12 13:05:12

I second the suncream. I was told that no anti-wrinkle cream is as effective as sunscream and if I was to get a daytime moisuriser, make sure it was at least SPF 15 too. Apparently using suncream can even reverse some of the damage done to your skin.

My dd is 11 and has started to get whiteheads around her nose and on her forehead. I now tell her to scrub her face every single morning with a non-soap based product and use a light moisturiser (with sunscreen), then to wipe it with a gentle wipe every night and again, apply a light moisturiser especially for night time. This helps keep her skin clear and I know she's protected against the sun, even in winter.

OracleInaCoracle Mon 23-Apr-12 13:14:22

have a completely make up free day at least once a week.

TeamAniston Mon 23-Apr-12 13:17:00

Never forget to moisturise your hands and neck. Apply your moisturiser with upward sweeps - a mini facial twice a day and drink lots of water.

TheRhubarb Mon 23-Apr-12 13:18:53

Oh yes I forgot about that - a lot of people only moisturise their faces but your neck and upper chest also need it as they get expose to the sun too. How many people have you seen with lovely faces but turkey necks and brown, wrinkled chests? Apply sunscreen and moisturiser on these areas too in order to keep the wrinkles and dry skin at bay.

sherbetpips Mon 23-Apr-12 13:22:52

Look after your neck and buy the best cream possible for it, it will look old way before your face does and drag the rest of your looks down with it! (from my mum) x

Voidka Mon 23-Apr-12 13:26:33

My Nan always told me to keep your hands and lips soft.

mamij Mon 23-Apr-12 13:30:23

Cleanse, tone and moisturise twice a day.

And put socks on after moisturising your feet at night. They'll be lovely and soft in the morning.

Firawla Mon 23-Apr-12 13:32:23

always moisturise, drink plenty of water and eat healthily

Belo Mon 23-Apr-12 14:49:10

I was in an accident and was left with a horrible burn on my leg. I was advised to burst a vitamin e vitamin capsule every day and rub it on the wound (once heeled) to prevent it from scaring. It worked! Ever since then, I've used them on my face and I'm sure my skin is so much better and more evenly coloured.

So, Vitamin E (plus drink lots of water) was the best advice I've ever been given.

NewMatic Mon 23-Apr-12 14:50:46

stop drinking

does wonders for your skin

sairygamp Mon 23-Apr-12 14:53:50

And smoking grin

Pinot Mon 23-Apr-12 14:58:59

After curling your lashes, apply a fine coat of waterproof mascara before your usual mascara.

Normal mascara is water-based and causes the curl to drop (same as if you had a ringlet and put water on it, it would droop). The coating of waterproof mascara (oil based) keeps the curl firm.

Voilá! Curled lashes all day long.

Pinot Mon 23-Apr-12 15:00:27

Can I have another?

Tuck your tongue into the roof of your mouth when posing for a photo - it tightens the jaw and makes a double chin (or hint of) lessen.

Do I sound really vain? hmm grin

TheRhubarb Mon 23-Apr-12 15:04:22

Or just get really really pissed before looking in the mirror as then you'll alwasy look beautiful!

NewMatic Mon 23-Apr-12 15:05:18

my best ever discovery is not just getting your eyebrows shaped professionally( objective and better) but TINTED

omg "groomed" all doen in seconds

ChasedByBees Mon 23-Apr-12 15:05:31

Always use sunscreen and wear a hat or cover up in the sun. Everything in moderation: food, alcohol, partying can all take a toll. Also, drink lots of water.

HamburgerHelper Mon 23-Apr-12 15:08:14

Be well-groomed. Tidy brows, clean nails, styled hair, moisturised skin, etc.

NewMatic Mon 23-Apr-12 15:09:37

dont eat crap

dont eat generally tbh

StellaAndFries Mon 23-Apr-12 15:11:17

I have twenty minutes each evening where I sit and relax and slowly take all of my make up off and cleanse, tone and moisturise. I use the time to relax as well as pamper myself and it really helps me to unwind before bed.

In the mornings I cleanse in the shower, I keep a foaming cleanser in there so that I'm never tempted to just use soap, then I can just get out and slap some moisturiser on and then i'm ready to start the day.

NewMatic Mon 23-Apr-12 15:12:13

read in the bath

clean beautiful AND clever

champagnesuperdupernova Mon 23-Apr-12 15:17:05

If you have a limited time to get ready, and you think you might need to wash your hair, wash it. You will spend your whole evening worrying about whether it is greasy or not, no matter how much time you spent putting slap makeup on to detract attention from it.

Less is more - tinted moisturiser/mascara/clear lip gloss/maybe a bit of blush.

NewMatic Mon 23-Apr-12 15:17:52

never skimp on foundation.

champagnesuperdupernova Mon 23-Apr-12 15:18:04

LOl at newmatic - you can never be too rich or too thin, innit? grin
<tries to survive off a diet of coffee and newspapers, Borgen-style>

lubeybooby Mon 23-Apr-12 15:19:03

Avoid the sun - from my nan who has lovely skin at 72

Moisturise neck as well as face - from my nan also

Do home glycolic acid peels - from an mnetter!

Birthhippy9 Mon 23-Apr-12 15:23:17

My grandmother gave me this pearl of wisdom "Girl be glad for what you've been given and smile...everyone looks beautiful with their smile!"

Queenmarigold Mon 23-Apr-12 15:29:29

Dont' lose too much weight. Make you wrinkly.

well that's my excuse for being fat

zipzap Mon 23-Apr-12 15:43:09

Save time by putting nail varnish on your toe nails before you shower; the nail varnish will have dried by the time you come out and you will be safe to wear socks/tights/shoes etc, instead of standing around waiting and trying to avoid getting it on the carpet.

My mum has cleansed with a creamy cleanser, splashed water on instead of toner and moisturised religiously since she was a teenager, she is now in her late 70s and her skin looks more like someone in her 50s-60s

zipzap Mon 23-Apr-12 15:44:46

oh and find a good lipstick colour that really suits you that is a 'lip' colour rather than a definite red or pink or orange.

Keep one in your handbag, one by the front door, one in the car and one in your desk so that you always have a lipstick to hand that will give your face an instant 'groomed' look when you put it on, and won't clash with whatever you're wearing.

Combine this with learning how to put lipstick on without needing to look in the mirror and you'll always be able to put lipstick on at a moment's notice and give yourself a quick pick me up.

"A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." Roald Dahl

Best beauty advice ever.

gazzalw Mon 23-Apr-12 16:04:20

Paul Newman's mantra to always use cold water for washing face with.... it worked for him for years and it works for me too grin

SmileItsSunny Mon 23-Apr-12 16:10:31

Drink plenty of water (8 pints a day). I try to do this and really notice the difference when I manage it more than a few days in a row.

For hair - I never straighten it and rarely blowdry it. I wash and condition every time (separate conditioner) and often have positive comments from hairdressers.

Also - using a deeply moisturising facial mask as a night cream - advice from a friend, it really works for me!

ArcticRoll Mon 23-Apr-12 16:43:32

My friend told me about having having eyebrows shaped and tinted-really lifts the face.
I would have told my younger self not to sunbathe or use sun beds and also put sunscreen on my hands.

Loupee Mon 23-Apr-12 16:54:18

Make sure your sun cream also has a high UVA rating, this is what protects against ageing.
Always take off your make up before bed, no matter how tired you are!
Do not be afraid to see your GP about problem skin, you may not 'grow out of it'

sfxmum Mon 23-Apr-12 16:59:14

moisturise your neck and chest as you do your face, don't forget your hands too

LineRunner Mon 23-Apr-12 17:04:26

If your face looks tired, moisturise it liberally and get 8 hours sleep. The result is a much happier face.

sharenicely Mon 23-Apr-12 17:09:13

Fake tan instead of real tan.

sharenicely Mon 23-Apr-12 17:10:43

Spend money on a decent foundation, you can scrimp on other things but never foundation.

Sleep. The greatest treat you can give your skin is to stop watching late night TV and sleep.

AliceInordnung Mon 23-Apr-12 18:02:48

Healthy diet with lots of fruit and veg and a vitamin supplement, regular heart-pumping exercise and fresh air, and sufficient sleep. Quality foundation and powder.

xMumof3x Mon 23-Apr-12 18:04:43

start cleansing and moisturising daily early in life. I am so pleased I started then, no one guesses I am as old as I am!

johnnycomelurky Mon 23-Apr-12 18:33:25

Don't pick your spots! Easier said than done wink

FourYolksAche Mon 23-Apr-12 18:36:44

Massage cleanser into your face, scrub it off gently with a cloth, splash icy cold water on, massage oil or serums into your face, then massage moisturiser into your face. Glowing skin will be yours!

Products are important but it's the way you use them that really counts, and not just saving pampering rituals for special occasions or the salon - your skin will thank you.

babster Mon 23-Apr-12 18:41:37

Use a moisturiser with SPF. Keep a nude lipgloss in every handbag. Don't massacre your eyebrows! (learned this in the 70s when my mother's brows didn't recover). And smile smile

PostBellumBugsy Mon 23-Apr-12 18:44:10

Eat as well as you can & include plenty of fatty fish in your diet. What you consume internally has more impact than anything your apply externally.

Anchorwoman Mon 23-Apr-12 18:48:47

Every time you apply hand cream, rub some into your elbows to prevent dry crinkly elbow skin. A good tip for summer when short sleeves show off those crepey bits.

EnjoyResponsibly Mon 23-Apr-12 18:55:55

Eyes or lips, but not both. Dont gild the lily.

On baby DS, only ever used olive oil in the bath and to mosturuse and he has the best skin ever!

GhostTrain Mon 23-Apr-12 18:59:22

Put most effort into the Party Triangle.

Just incase you don't know, the Party Triangle is an imaginary triangle that encOmpasses hair, face, ears, neck, and ends somewhere between your boObs. This is the area that most people spend most time looking at during a party.

Ok, maybe not the best advice ever, but quite funnily-named.

ScorpionQueen Mon 23-Apr-12 19:00:09

Always remove your make-up before you go to bed, no matter how drunk you are. You will be glad you did in the morning.

Protect your skin from the sun to prevent premature ageing, especially when pregnant.

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise.


magnolia74 Mon 23-Apr-12 19:00:35

Toothpaste overnight on a spot smile really works!

Rolled oats in a bag under running hot tap. Great for soft skin smile

Smile...... less wrinkles than frowning grin True but i obviously didn't listen!!

warmandwooly Mon 23-Apr-12 19:06:02

Be happy in yourself and smile

jollytummywobbles Mon 23-Apr-12 19:09:18

Don't forget to moisturise your neck as well as your face, and use any left over on your hands smile

SkinnyVanillaLatte Mon 23-Apr-12 19:22:34

Well groomed eyebrows give shape and definition to the face better than anything else.

Use eyelash curlers and spot blusher under your chin to disguise a saggy or double chin.

stressheaderic Mon 23-Apr-12 19:24:23

Never ever use sunbeds <speaks from bitter experience>
Toothpaste on spots to dry them out
Sunglasses when driving, all year round, to avoid squinting

MrsMicawber Mon 23-Apr-12 19:33:05

When all else fails, wash your face in hot, then cold, plain water.

mynameis Mon 23-Apr-12 19:52:14

I would tell my younger self never to use sunbeds and as a fair skinned redhead not to copy the girls in high school who used baby oil to sunbathe blush

These days I feel I look my best with primer, blusher and mascara on my very fair lashes

bluebump Mon 23-Apr-12 20:10:17

The best piece of advice I was told (via the medium of a QVC TSV with Liz Earle grin) is when you apply hand cream to put the cream on the back of your hands first and rub the back of your hands together and then rub the rest over the rest of your hands. This is because the skin on the back of your hands is thinner and therefore ages quicker than the palms where you naturally go to put it on first. I tell EVERYONE this!

Whirliwig72 Mon 23-Apr-12 20:22:02

Toothpaste on a spot overnight dries it up smile

Vicks does wonders for cuticles - apply to toenails liberally!

dont buy ill fitting shoes - and always polish your shoes.

Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins.

Moisturise every day. My great aunt told me this when I was only little and it has stuck with me.

Thefoxsbrush Mon 23-Apr-12 20:33:26

Don't use baby wipes to remove make-up, they're for bums not faces!

bjf1 Mon 23-Apr-12 20:38:28

The ONLY thing that will really get rid of fine lines and wrinkles is a cream containing Retinol. As the majority of over the counter face creams only contain about 10% then they have little or no effect.
This was told to me by a reputable plastic surgeon in London. Since then I have never spent more than a fiver on a face cream....pointless.

Snapespeare Mon 23-Apr-12 20:38:57

Drink water and take your viaTamins. Anything you put into your bidy is worth ten times what you put on it. smile

Snapespeare Mon 23-Apr-12 20:39:22

Pfft ipad type. You get my jist smile

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Mon 23-Apr-12 20:40:50

Stay out of the sun. That liver-spotted look is fine for spaniels but so, so hideous on grown women <sobs into the mirror>.

Isaidhangonamin Mon 23-Apr-12 20:53:10

Always take your make-up off at night and use a moisturiser with good SPF

AlexandraMary Mon 23-Apr-12 20:53:35

Always ALWAYS wear blusher

DillyTante Mon 23-Apr-12 21:04:21

Stop using harsh cleansers and scrubbing your face clean. Thanks lady in Neals Yard smile

Catsmamma Mon 23-Apr-12 21:07:04

Get someone with decent diction to voice their ads, the latest woman appears to be saying stuff about "a stale order" ...not quite the image they want to bring to mind!

alibubbles Mon 23-Apr-12 21:40:18

Apply excess moisturiser to your elbows instead of wiping it on a tissue. It will keep your elbows soft too!

TimeForMeAndDD Mon 23-Apr-12 21:46:28

Drink water, lot's of water. Wear sunblock on the face. Don't just clean the enamel of your teeth but brush the gums and gum line too.

HazeltheMcWitch Mon 23-Apr-12 22:51:29

Don't smoke ever, and avoid the sun.
And get enough sleep.

ScorpionQueen Mon 23-Apr-12 22:58:40

These are wise words indeed. If only I had heard them in my teens/twenties. But I probably did, and just chose to ignore...

civilfawlty Mon 23-Apr-12 23:35:47

The single best facial I have ever had was, give or take, 16p. Asprin. Kicks Vaishaly's ass. That, and an older husband. So you are always (relatively) young.

ComradeJing Tue 24-Apr-12 04:53:54

Wash you face every day, morning and night no matter how tired/drunk/cba you are!

Jellybellyrbest Tue 24-Apr-12 04:56:48

Use an oil/serum under nighttime moisturiser. This way both the oil & moisturiser will sink into the skin & be properly absorbed & utilised by the skin...

NannyPlumIsMyMum Tue 24-Apr-12 07:29:19

To drink plenty of water...
Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables ...
And take makeup off before going to sleep.

mummypigof3 Tue 24-Apr-12 12:12:22

Don't smoke. It adds years to your insides and outsides.

MadameBoolala Tue 24-Apr-12 12:30:49

Yep. Cleanse tone and moisturise every morning. Get enough sleep. Don't smoke. Eat healthily. All from my Mum.

Eat a jelly cube every day for healthy strong nails. I think my Mum told me that one as well.

tubsywubsy Tue 24-Apr-12 12:39:08

One teaspoon of olive oil and one teaspoon of cooking salt, poured into the palm of your hand. Rub hands together thoroughly and rinse off with water. Gets rid of rough skin and leaves hands lovely and soft.

sairygamp Tue 24-Apr-12 12:39:41

^ ooo, I'm going to try that grin

EllenParsons Tue 24-Apr-12 12:42:41

Make sure you use something with SPF every day and always take your make up off before you go to bed!

flamingtoaster Tue 24-Apr-12 13:01:18

Wear sunscreen on your face even in winter, drink lots of water and get as much sleep as you can.

aftereight Tue 24-Apr-12 13:42:03

Always moisturise damp skin, as moisturiser traps moisture, it doesn't add it.
Always use sunscreen, even in winter
Short, neat nails look better than talons
ALWAYS wear mascara!

redrubyshoes Tue 24-Apr-12 13:42:57

Wear well fitted and comfortable shoes - if your feet hurt it shows on your face.

Exfoliate your body using a handful of sea salt and baby oil twice a week.

Look after your teeth - the dentist is your friend.

Do not smoke.

Alcohol in moderation.

Sun in moderation.

Do not spray perfume on your neck. The alcohol can be very drying.

Avoid sugar.

Stretch your body whenever you can - even just by reaching for a cup from a shelf.

Always hold shoulders back and stomach in.

redrubyshoes Tue 24-Apr-12 14:00:31

Turn the central heating down:

1) It dries your skin out.

2) You burn more calories if you are slightly chilly.

3) You save money.

4) You help save the planet.

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Tue 24-Apr-12 14:59:51

Invest in a decent cleanser that suits your skin type - no point putting expensive moisturiser onto dirty skin, it will only seal the dirt in.
An eyebrow wax will lift your whole face.
You can make an easy body scrub with a cheap oil and sea salt. Can also use coffee grounds but is messy in the shower!
Having a good massage should do wonders for all of you, physically and mentally. I glow after a good massage.
(all above learnt from friends/therapists)
Layer smells by using same shower gel, body lotion so you won't need so much perfume and the gentle smell will not be overpowering at first, but will last all day (from glam Italian friend)
One statement is enough - a stunning coat OR bag OR necklace but only one at a time (same glam friend)
Every hour sleep before midnight is worth double those after.
Eat well, everything in moderation, walk in the fresh air every day and remember a genuine smile is the best beauty asset (my mum)

mamado Tue 24-Apr-12 15:08:12

moisturise with spf (at least spf 15) every day from as young as possible. In the winter double moistruise. Clean your face daily and try not to frown!!

Smile! It's the best make up

WhereAreTheCakes Tue 24-Apr-12 18:29:10

Always moisturise

Put high factor sun cream on ageing areas - the chest to stop it turning crepey plus face and hands

Chandon Tue 24-Apr-12 18:32:49

Best beauty advice I was ever given:

Mix foundation with moisturiser for a more even make up.

aristocat Tue 24-Apr-12 18:40:33

Drink plenty of water it is so good for your skin smile

margaritaaPracatan Tue 24-Apr-12 20:57:04

Expensive doesn't always mean better.

Don't smoke

Don't smoke

llynnnn Tue 24-Apr-12 21:20:04

Mascara and lip gloss will really brighten your face if time is short smile

amothersplaceisinthewrong Tue 24-Apr-12 22:12:07

Keep your face out of the sun, don't smoke and drink loads of water. Oh, and don't believe the pseduo science on teh products tested on 225 women out of about 30 million.

CheeryCherry Tue 24-Apr-12 22:20:23

Don't spend money on loads of products, a warm damp flannel will clean sufficiently, and not be harsh on your skin. Moisturise morning and night, lather it on at night so it can work its magic. Plenty of hand cream throughout the day, and sunglasses handy at all times of the year! Water and sleep in abundance, and don't smoke....those extra lines are awful! And as my good (older) friend said, don't forget your heels and elbows!

GeetTallBird Tue 24-Apr-12 22:28:30

Best tips I wish I'd told myself are ...

Don't smoke, a tab isn't pretty or cool.

The best suntans are fake but sunburn can be helped and soothed with full fat Greek yoghurt applied thickly.

Picking spots is a big mistake. Get a blackhead remover if you must pick spots, and sterilise it regularly.

Keep homeopathic sulphur tablets at home for when you have really sore deep red angry spots, the tablets are AMAZIBG

Smile much, much more!


And perfume should be worn in moderation...unless its Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess!

Nyac Tue 24-Apr-12 22:50:42

Throw away your make up and realise you are fine exactly as you are. Very liberating.

MoaningMinnieRisesAgain Tue 24-Apr-12 23:12:36

Don't smoke. I didn't regularly wear base/foundation until my 30s but I needed it sooner.

Use products that you enjoy - cleansing and moisturising shouldn't be a chore.

Exfoliating does make a difference.

eggyblackett Wed 25-Apr-12 07:03:01

Always use an SPF. My Dad and my Nan both have vitiligo so were wearing SPF20 in the 70s when everyone else was slathering themselves in chip fat for sunbathing. They look amazing for their respective ages - proof that it works!

Use the oil cleansing method for cleaning your skin (or if you like to use 'products' then try a hot cloth cleanser which is doing the same thing).

Exercise - running or walking outside is the best tonic.

Use a wet toothbrush to gently exfoliate your lips.

redrubyshoes Wed 25-Apr-12 09:25:24

Never read glossy fashion magazines. They will only make you feel shit and remember - even the models don't look like that, the airbrush is a wonderful thing.

TheRhubarb Wed 25-Apr-12 10:12:20

Can't believe I forgot this one!

When having a bath or bathing the kids, put just a drop or two of olive oil in there. It's cheaper than buying bath oil and saves you having to moisturise when you come out. Instead your skin will be silky smooth and because it has no perfume or other irritants, it's great for sensitive skin and for children with excema.

redrubyshoes Wed 25-Apr-12 10:15:38

If something is advertised as, 'This season's MUST HAVE item' - then you don't need it.

AlmaMartyr Wed 25-Apr-12 10:48:11

Always use a moisturiser with SPF. Eat well, sleep well and exercise.

Wear hand cream and smile lots.

MayaAngelCool Wed 25-Apr-12 13:35:25

The oil cleansing method! I was told to do that instead of paying for overpriced, overpackaged lotions (sorry, Estee Lauder wink) and it works a treat.

I once worked for Estee Lauder, as it happens...

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softpaw Wed 25-Apr-12 17:09:08

my mum told me never to pluck the upper brow line,and never over-pluck in general. My 3 grown daughters have thanked me in turn!

drcrab Wed 25-Apr-12 17:43:56

Do not pick your spots!!! And chocolate doesn't cause spots...

monkeybananas Wed 25-Apr-12 18:16:49

Spend money on a good SPF moisturiser it won't cost nearly as much as the Botox you're going to need to fix the wrinkles!

Jux Wed 25-Apr-12 18:40:06

Use your moisturizer on your hands as often as you use it on your face.

This, from my grandmother. I didn't follow it and my hands tell you my age with no equivocation whatsoever!

rumbledethump Wed 25-Apr-12 19:04:22

If you are foolish enough in your youth to accept a cigarette - JUST DON'T LIGHT IT. Nothing ages skin more than smoking.

midwife99 Wed 25-Apr-12 19:37:34

The best advice I ever had was moisturise from the inside, ie eat oily fish & natural oils every day & drink lots of water. I read this years ago in an article about why Japanese women look so young. I followed this advice & now at 44 most people presume I'm in my mid 30s & when I tell them I have a 20 year old son they look shocked!! I wish I could tell my 18 year old self how hot I looked & to enjoy it!! grin

FirstLastEverything Wed 25-Apr-12 20:37:40

Practice Chi Kung / Qigong and accept yourself. This creates a radiance money can't buy.
And smile!

QOD Wed 25-Apr-12 22:20:29

SPF in foundation !!

scrivette Thu 26-Apr-12 02:17:58


Use a hot flannel to remove cleanser. It helps to exfoliate the skin and the moisturiser seems to sink in better.

mirai Thu 26-Apr-12 07:59:01

Always moisturise with an SPF

Use a serum to control any concerns (age spots, acne, dry skin) and wear it under your moisturiser

An eyebrow plucking session can make a world of difference!

Don't wear eyeliner only on the bottom lid

Bumpy, dry upper arms? Use a firm body brush in the shower and moisturise afterwards and it'll be gone in a week! smile

Goldrill Thu 26-Apr-12 10:20:42

If you don't need make up don't use it. Pick a moisturiser that feels and smells nice because they all do pretty much the same thing.
Get a job working outdoors but wear a bit of sunblock!

Birnamwood Thu 26-Apr-12 11:45:55

Drink loads of water and always protect your skin with an SPF.

Doublewear is the only foundation that matches my skintone properly whilst giving full coverage of the dreaded dark circles....

Amazingly, nobody even realises I'm wearing makeup most of the time and think I just have fantastic skin!

for as long as I can remember,since teenage,I have always massaged my neck upwards with moisturiser - I'm 53 now and am happy to say that it's not crepey or saggy - my top tip !

Spend on foundations, concealer, mascara and face powder. Once your base is good you can make cheaper, blushers, eyeshadows and lipglosses go further and look better.

buggyRunner Thu 26-Apr-12 14:46:44

Don't pick your spots and still moisturise- having oily skin isn't that bad as you age slower! Moisturise daily and use SPF. Go for quality not quantity in makeup and take advice. A trip to a make up counter 3 times a year will cost less than weekly treats and you look a lot better for it.

Love your pale skin

If you are like me awful at self tan then give up and get a spray tan.

OperaGirl Thu 26-Apr-12 17:08:46

From the wonderful women in my life, my Mum, Nanna and best friend. Eat as well as you can, sleep as much as you can and drink lots of water. Always cleanse, tone and moisturise not just your face but your neck and upper chest as well. You will need different facial products depending on the season, always have 2 different cleansers/moisterisers, one for dry and another for combination skin, your skin will never have the same issues all year round. Invest in some luxury products like eye cream and facial serum to get the 'spa' feeling every day. Use light olive oil all over your body just before leaving the shower for glowing skin. Use an egg all over your hair before you wash with shampoo/conditioner for super soft and shiny hair. A great exfoliator can be made in seconds for pence with sugar and honey. Use a facial product with SPF all your round. Love yourself and surround yourself with people that add value and love to your life.

stigofthelump Thu 26-Apr-12 17:17:08

I always use a night cream on my face, neck and hands before bed as recommended by my gran and I get lots of great comments on my skin.

Elkieb Thu 26-Apr-12 23:12:17

I heard that your personality reflects in your face, and that as you age your wrinkles will tell the world whether you have been smiling or frowning through life. I have smile lines which makes me happy smile and I'm trying to grow old (dis)gracefully grin

catinboots Fri 27-Apr-12 04:14:35

Dettol bath once a week

Overnight Sudocream facemask once a week

mothermirth Fri 27-Apr-12 06:58:03

Moisturise the skin around your eyes gently – using your little fingers – from the inner corners out. (My grandma told me this when I was in my teens.)

mothermirth Fri 27-Apr-12 06:59:39

Mean to add…

Dab tea tree oil on spots, then leave well alone. (A tip from a friend.)

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 27-Apr-12 16:58:29

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FannyGallop Fri 27-Apr-12 17:00:04

^ ^ EH?

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 27-Apr-12 17:02:26

oooppss sorry posted too soon! I've only done one prize draw not all 15! blush I'll be back with the rest of the winners soon grin

FannyGallop Fri 27-Apr-12 17:07:16

heh heh

Please let it be me smile << winning smile

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 27-Apr-12 17:21:48

Hi folks, here are the 15 winners who have each won a bottle of Advanced Night Repair (rrp £41!):


Congratulations! I'll PM you all to get your details.

Meeeeee hurrah! Thank you so much. I was looking like a hag but now I will be ubergorgeous! grin

DillyTante Fri 27-Apr-12 18:12:30

Yay! Thanks MNHQ! I totally need it!

Birnamwood Fri 27-Apr-12 18:21:58


aristocat Fri 27-Apr-12 18:55:08

Mwah ..... thank you smile

stressheaderic Fri 27-Apr-12 19:30:22

Oh yay! I never win anything! What a fab birthday present! <clears space, lashes Aldi night cream to back of cupboard>

ChasedByBees Fri 27-Apr-12 22:49:16

Yay thank you! I have a three month old and need all the beauty help I can get at the minute. grin

mothermirth Sat 28-Apr-12 09:35:15


Has anybody received this yet? Im impatient to try it!

midwife99 Wed 09-May-12 22:31:28


aristocat Mon 14-May-12 00:09:06

Has anyone had this yet? Very much looking forward to its arrival smile

Dillytante Mon 14-May-12 07:57:52

Not received mine yet.

Just bumping this again - has anyone received theirs? I still haven't had mine and my wrinkles are deeper everyday!

mothermirth Mon 04-Jun-12 18:52:28


KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 06-Jun-12 14:35:58

Hi all - sorry for the delay, Estée Lauder will be sending the prizes in the next couple of days, so you should hopefully start receiving the Advanced Night Repair next week.

aristocat Thu 07-Jun-12 11:04:35

Fear not MNHQ this arrived today by recorded delivery grin

The package was enormous with the small box of serum inside ...... will start using it immediately, will there be a feedback thread for our comments?

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 07-Jun-12 17:34:50

aristocat there won't be a feedback thread, just a lovely bottle of cream for you to enjoy as a thank you for taking part in this discussion thanks

aristocat Thu 07-Jun-12 17:40:35

Ok thanks MNHQ and Estee Lauder .... it smells divine

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