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Anyone had any actual results from anti-ageing products ??

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Evizza Tue 03-Jul-12 15:56:12

I am sick of spending a fortune trying new products and wondered if anyone had actually seen any results from any anti-ageing products and if so, what were they?

ProcrastinationAteMyMorning Tue 03-Jul-12 16:11:56

Yeah, argan oil applied to damp skin. Amazing.

I cant see how they can work....surely its genetics isnt it - how can you actually stop the aging process without surgery?

Lottapianos Tue 03-Jul-12 16:29:53

It's not an anti-ageing product but Astral moisturiser honestly does plump my skin up. I have very dry, sensitive skin by the way - I imagine putting in anywhere near oily skin would cause the worst oil slick ever smile

Also not anti-ageing but the oil cleansing method has been fantastic for my skin in terms of plumping and smoothing. The more time I spend massaging oil in, the more my skin loves it.

I can't imagine any 'anti-ageing' products would work. And they are so packed full of chemicals that I think they would terrify sensitive skin. Much better to find some products that your skin loves and stick to them. And do all the boring stuff too - sleep, water, no smoking, no drinking, green veg, exercise...........

lurkingaround Tue 03-Jul-12 16:34:06

A non-believer here. I think most of what the cosmetic industry is codswallop bith an expensive sprinkling of pixie dust and a few magic words thrown in. And a pretty bottle and box. Shipped from a pretty castle in the sky. Add some borderline unethical advertising, and hey presto, an 'anti-ageing' product.

You need a good sunscreen, and use it everyday. The only proven anti-ageing product is Retin-A, which is on prescription. By all means clean and moisturise, your skin, but you don't need to spend a fortune.

But, given the fortunes the cosmetic industry makes, there are plenty who disagree with me.

Lottapianos Tue 03-Jul-12 16:37:32

Agree about sunscreen. Just out of interest, which sunscreen do you use lurkingaround?

QuinnFabray Tue 03-Jul-12 16:44:04

I'm seeing subtle results from using a Retinol product. Paula's Choice retinol serum. I tried retin-a, but the side effects were too bad.

lurkingaround Tue 03-Jul-12 16:54:40

I use La Roche Posay Anthelios 50, tinted, if I'm not wearing makeup. If I'm wearing makeup, I use Revision 50. (Asrecommended by my dermatologist) And I take Vitamin D, 1000iu everyday, to make sure my bones don't crumble from lack of sunlight.!

Lottapianos Tue 03-Jul-12 16:56:42

Brilliant, thanks lurkingaround. I have been using La Roche Posay Anthelios 50, the untinted one, and found it left a very white cast on my skin. I may try the tinted version. I also like Ultrasun factor 50. Good thinking about the Vitamin D - can I ask is that something that was recommended medically or something you decided to do by yourself?

faustina Tue 03-Jul-12 18:33:01

retinA - though I am taking a break for the "summer" (using this term v loosely) and will resume in the autumn.

also - weirdly - because I remember trying this years ago and it making my eyes all puffy and horrible - vaseline, last thing at night, underneath and above eyes. It really makes a difference now! Must be something to do with my skin being so much older...

lurkingaround Tue 03-Jul-12 18:37:12

Medically recommended, by my dermatologist. But yes, agree, doesn't it make such common sense to take it? Apparently a lot of us (even without sunscreen), are vitamin D deficient anyway, cos we get so little of the right wavelength of sunlight for vit D synthesis.

I find the tinted LRP sunscreen great. The white one makes me look a bit scary.

I suppose you could call botox anti-ageing? It is a preventative, in that 'stop the action stop the wrinkle', i.e. if you never frown, you won't get a frown line.

dillnameddog Tue 03-Jul-12 21:22:52

I would say that the protect and perfect intense serum works. I also do CACI facials - these are not cheap (you do a course of ten for about £600, then do once a month to keep the effect). They definitely improve your tone and make you look younger.

kerstina Wed 04-Jul-12 10:57:15

Thanks Faustina for your tip about vaseline it made me have another go with the Elizabeth Arden 8 hr creme. I bought it years ago but found it far to rich for my skin. I just used it on my eyebrows to smooth them. Tried it again last night on my face and now my skin is older it suits it more and did look a bit more plump and hydrated.

somewherebecomingrain Wed 04-Jul-12 11:15:01

the new generation of hyalauronic acid serums definitely do something. olay 3 point regenerist £13 from amazon is a good cheapo one (it's £30 in the shops). The absolute best one is Estee Lauder Advanced Night repair but that's v expensive.

the hyalauronic is a natural substance in your skin which attracts and holds moisture, thus plumping up your skin, and the serums can carry it in deep with peptides (I think) which are special carriers.

it without a doubt makes my skin less wrinkly.

madmomma Wed 04-Jul-12 12:00:31

haha I read that as arse commended by my dermatologist I thought well done lurkinggrin

MistyRocks Wed 04-Jul-12 13:46:05

i second procrastination re the argan oil

also i have been doing OCM for about 6 months and my skin has never looked better

i honestly don't believe anti ageing creams work. the only cream that will help is wearing a high SPF every day and thats just cos it will help reduce the ageing UV rays

Iceflower Wed 04-Jul-12 14:06:20

I love Elemis tri-enzyme face mask. It makes my skin feel soooo smooth look radiant smile

lurkingaround Wed 04-Jul-12 16:01:18

But there is a difference between a product improving the appearance of your skin, and being anti-ageing. Moisturisers may temporarily plump out fine lines, an exfoliator might make your skin look smoother etc, but anti-ageing? methinks not.

Glycolic acid, often mentioned on S&B, would help pigmentation, and ?fine lines. Is it anti-ageing?

tak1ngchances Wed 04-Jul-12 18:13:52

I think you are exactly right, lurking. Cosmetics can help reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, once they have arrived.
But in terms of prevention it's all about avoiding sunlight, fags and booze. After that it's down to genetics

Levantine Wed 04-Jul-12 18:18:16

OCM is the only thing that has ever made any difference to me

lololizzy Wed 04-Jul-12 18:54:08

yes with aspirin facemask.
I am blown away with it. Wish i'd tried it earlier. It's taken about ten years off me . I am soft and glowing!
Take 6 aspirin (NOT the ones that dissolve in water) grind them up with back of spoon, mix with a little water, put on face (it will feel and look very gritty) Leave for about ten mins, wash off with water, put moisturiser on.
It's worked so well I've now tried with larger quantities, for chest/ arms/ legs!
I have sensitive skin and it's actually helped, even when doing twice a week
Dead cheap too! Makeup goes on like a dream, and it's the first time in my whole life I've felt that my not great skin looks 'almost' acceptable without makeup (it doesn't help my redness, but that's what concealer is for)

ToastedTeacakes Wed 04-Jul-12 19:41:25

wouldn't anti ageing suggest a preventative measure, rather than something which turned back the clock? I often wonder about this.

And then, if you use a preventative cream, how would you really know, say after 6 yrs or so, whether it had slowed down the ageing process after all? I'd be interested in studies carried out on identical twins, to see which one (if any) aged faster after one of them had used the creams since their twenties.

Anything kind to the skin will help it along, I would imagine, but as for erasing wrinkles and sagging......I doubt it very much, bar surgery. I do reckon facial exercises will do wonders to tone and a good diet/sun avoidance/genetics will do the rest.

Worst thing ever? Wrinkle filler creams. If anyone has actually seen even a slight result from one of these I will be interested to know!

Evizza Wed 04-Jul-12 21:29:18

Think I will give the asprin mask a go...cheap as chips so no stress if it doesn't work on me !!

lololizzy Wed 04-Jul-12 22:01:56

i put it off for a long while because I have really sensitive skin. Most cleansers burn like hell on me, and moisturisers. This was perfect, actually calmed my skin. Even used it on eyelids / under brows, though you're not meant to. Believe me, my skin flares up at anything! but not this. Foundation has never gone on so well...I'm wearing less of it now. No more nasty flaky patches (i'm oily but with random dry bits) its cleared up the dry bits on my hairline, brows and round nose too.
As the skin on my chest/ cleavage has sun damage, i put aspirin on that yesterday and that's helped a lot. Upper elbows, knees, you name it! not needing exfoliating scrubs any more.
(when you wash off the aspirin you can rub it in a little bit for extra exfoliation)
Its also cleared up ingrown hairs and spots on my chin / round mouth.
(it is the ingredient used in ingrown hair solution, anyway)

formerdiva Wed 04-Jul-12 22:04:06

lololizzy - why not dispersible Aspirin? I tried it once after reading about it on MN and it was brilliant (I've just been too lazy to do it again) but would it be even more effective with normal Aspirin?

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