What products have you tried that actually make a noticeable difference?

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Scarletohello Sun 22-Sep-13 22:37:49

I have been using Bodyshop Rainforest shampoo for a few weeks now and I can really see the difference in my hair! My hair is dry, wavy/ curly and prone to frizz. It's now much softer, shinier and less frizzy. Yay! ( thinks its cos its sulphate free)

I read about it on another thread here and wanted not only to pass it on but also to see what other gems Mumsnetters have...?

CareerGirl01 Wed 25-Sep-13 12:50:48

Asics trainers!
Good genes (my 87 year old grandmother died and still had not gone completely grey!)
Dermalogica gentle exfoliating cream
Any serum - they all seem to work - currently using Boots intense P&P - just as good as Estée Lauder's night repair (latest one£
Yoga - gentle kind to compliment the running
Cutting out coffee - seems to make my hair grow faster and stronger
I'm going to try Botox when I've stopped breastfeeding 20 week old DD2 and am using Loreal's ever sleek sulphate free shampoo and conditioner to see if that helps.
I'm 43 and was told recently (consultant midwife when I was 7 months pregnant) I looked 29!
I think not being skinny also helps - I'm carrying half a stone more than I did before I got pregnant and I look much better for it.

WeleaseWodger Wed 25-Sep-13 12:26:33

Eve lom cleanser.

They have an extra rich moisturising creme that my mother begs me to send her by buckets. She says it's the best face cream for her dry skin she's ever come across in 50 yrs.

Baby oil after a shower, while skin still wet. Much better than body lotion after you dry. Also no extra perfume smells to clash with actual perfume you wear after.

Lazysuzanne Wed 25-Sep-13 12:25:13

Thanks for the link!

MangoTiramisu Wed 25-Sep-13 12:21:05

Vicks

It really does work! Good Luck.

ShreddedHoops Wed 25-Sep-13 12:16:36

Anything with salycilic acid in - currently Nutrogena Pink Grapefruit cleanser
Anything with hyaluronic acid in - currently Shu Uemura moisturizing lotion

And olive oil on my hair as a prewash treatment.
And Kerastase Masquintense - seems to magically rebuild my fine, bleach damaged hair.

Lazysuzanne Wed 25-Sep-13 11:45:03

Mango, brilliant thanksgrin
I will try it, I already file them down, I'll get some vic's and give it a go!

I'd be ever so pleased to have normal toe nails againgrin

MangoTiramisu Wed 25-Sep-13 11:17:05

Hi lazy
I can't post a link now as I'm out and about. I'll have a look later. Basically I had a big toe nail that was hideous, half fungalled up. I cut the nail as low as it would go and then filed down the top layer of my nail on the fungal side. Then I applied Vic's twice a day for a few weeks. The nail few back perfect.

Lazysuzanne Wed 25-Sep-13 10:47:08

Vics vapo rub gets rid of fungal nail infection?
Really?
Please give me more info...do I just put it on the infected nails a couple of times a day

MangoTiramisu Wed 25-Sep-13 00:55:56

I second vics. I got rid of fungal nails with that too.

MerrilyMoo Tue 24-Sep-13 16:14:26

My dry, sensitive, slightly rosacea-ish skin has thanked me for using:

Elemis Melting Cleansing Gel.

Trilogy Rosehip Oil - a few small drops under moisturiser morning and night.

Coconoil virgin coconut oil - use it as hair masque once a month and to slather on after the bath at night. lovely.

ILoveMakeUp Tue 24-Sep-13 13:43:25

Vics Vapo Rub. Got rid of a long-standing (20 years plus) fungal nail infection.

ILoveMakeUp Tue 24-Sep-13 13:42:35

Aviva spray tan. Gorgeous, natural golden tan. I loved the product so much I trained in how to apply it, bought a spray gun, then taught my husband how to do it. I now get a spray tan for free every week grin

mintgreenchilli Tue 24-Sep-13 12:57:02

Clarins moisture quench - it's taken 6 weeks but this along with possibly quite a bit of sun this year has got rid of those annoying little bumps on my forehead, FINALLY!

Arm & Hammer whitening toothpaste - usually on offer in a supermarket somewhere

P20/40 suncream - my tan is lasting because it's not peeling for once grin

HaveAGoodDay Tue 24-Sep-13 12:48:41

Berroca - Have been taking this daily for around 11 weeks now and I'm about 98% sure my hair & nails are growing at a faster rate...as for energy levels, still waiting for cartwheels...

15thnamechange Tue 24-Sep-13 10:36:02

Clarisonic. Wish I had bought this years ago (thank you India knight)
Crest white strips. Huge difference to coffee stained enamel, zero issues with sensitivity (thank you MN!)
Vaseline. On heels, better and cheaper than flexitol ime
La Roche posay, various over the years (MN credit again...), currently love their bb cream, suits my skin tone
Lancôme dreamtone. Only used since released end of August but am convinced. Eve only, has faded hyper pigmentation.

And decent running trainers....feel fitter, feel better.

MrsDeVere Tue 24-Sep-13 08:19:33

I have just started using Johnson's Baby Oil Spray.
I hate moisturising because I am lazy and this is super quick and easy to spray on after a shower.

You don't have to rub it in too much and it is very cheap in comparison to the dry oil sprays.

Birdies Tue 24-Sep-13 07:40:57

Same as someone above - Clinique all about eyes. I notice a difference whenever I try to use a cheaper product. Always end up going back to this.

And the new Pantene 7-something or other shampoo, conditioner and esp intensive conditioner. Seems to make my hair really shiny.

FoxyHarlow123 Tue 24-Sep-13 07:31:03

Mrskoala, try spatone liquid iron supplements to nourish from the inside first. Pantene age defy products are getting good reviews but haven't tried them myself yet. Bastise xl dry shampoo gives huge volume (it makes yr hair feel like straw but washes out, so only temporary effect).

MrsKoala Tue 24-Sep-13 01:27:30

I bought some Forever Flawless products and the Vitamin c face serum is lovely (smells gorgeous) and the eye serum is pretty good too.

I need some new stuff so reading this with interest. Can anyone recommend hair products for post pregnancy flat/thin/fine hair? It's really limp and lank atm sad

VestaCurry Tue 24-Sep-13 01:12:57

Can't do links from this phone Yellow, but if you literally google the phrase and if you're in the UK, add that, I examples of them should come up. I'm not sure what natural material they're made of but they are the colour of straw and are really easy to use. Mine sort of looks like a big hairbrush. I dry body brush every other day, always in the direction towards the heart is the technique I was told. Backs of arms, elbows, knees, backs of legs, buttocks really benefit and it feels great! Been using one for 10 years now and my skin is so soft, basically because it removes dead skin cells. I try to moisturise after, but if I don't have time, I'll do that later, but it's not critical.
I don't go in for fake tanning but anyone who does will find this kind of exfoliation really good before getting the tan done.
It wakes me up in the morning but is relaxing if I do it at night - weird!!

Kiehls Ultimate Strength Hand Salve (buy large tube as double the smaller one but for only £5 more)

Driclor (more of a practical product but does the job)

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo on spots, however I only use topically and at night under a facial oil as I find it can be way too harsh on my sensitive skin. Get rid of any breakouts fast.

La Roche Posay Hydraphase UV Riche. My favourite ever day cream, no mineral oil, stops any dryness and offers UVA and UVB sun protection.

Essie Fill The Gap base coat/treatment has really improved condition of my nails after they were weak and splitting from years of gels.

Burts Bees Coconut Foot Creme

Clarins gentle exfoliator brightening toner

Will think of more.

Marseillais.

Quelle horreur.

[lewink]

<<watches thread with interest>>

I'll add

Flexitol.
Aveeno hand cream
Le Petit Marseilles stuff - all lovely.
This Works Sleep range - Iknow not strictly S&B - but it's effective, iyswim?

Sockywockydoodah Mon 23-Sep-13 23:02:07

<scribbling Christmas list>

I'm really liking the L'Oreal Eversleek range. And their Skin Perfection Micellar water is cheap as chips in boots at the moment.

I'm also using Pixi Glow Tonic and Timeless Treat serum and liking them.

Oh, and another vote for Clinique All About Eyes.

wiltingfast Mon 23-Sep-13 22:45:56

Not really poppy, especially during the winter. Hence the search for a new moituriser! I'm looking at the Caudalie stuff maybe but not sure. MakeUpAlley seems to give the brand a thumbs up.

I know la roche posay vintage but trying to pick a product from their endless white boxes with french titles drives me a bit batty! Which one do you use? Sorry to be so nosey!

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