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NOW CLOSED Tell Estée Lauder about the best beauty advice that you've been given (or that you've given to others) and win 1 of 15 bottles of Advanced Night Repair Serum

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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!

Everyone who adds a comment to this thread will be entered into a prize draw to win 1 of 15 bottles of Advanced Night Repair (30ml, RRP £41). That's a lot of prizes up for grabs! Please note that you have to be aged 18+ years to take part in the prize draw.

Mumsnet is promoting this sponsored discussion thread on behalf of Estée Lauder. The thread will be open until Friday 27th April, when we will close it, do the prize draw and notify the winners on that day. The winners' details will then be sent to Estée Lauder so the prizes can be sent out. Please only add your comments if you're happy for us to pass on your details to Estée Lauder in the event that you win the prize draw. We will only pass on the prize winners' details, and these will only be used for the purposes of sending out the prizes.

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw

PS If you don't win this one then the folks at Estée Lauder are also running a 'Drops of Advice' competition on where you have an additional chance to win a product and a night in a 5* hotel for two. For more information please visit Terms apply. Closing date 29/12/2012.

craftynclothy Mon 23-Apr-12 10:49:26

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.

miaowmix 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

MadamTwoSwords Mon 23-Apr-12 12:21:10

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.

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