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Q&A with Estée Lauder skincare expert Dr Nadine Pernodet

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 04-Sep-12 16:40:04

Are you concerned about your skin ageing? Or are you leading a busy lifestyle and want to know what elements are affecting your skin? Or do you simply have a specific skincare question to ask?

This week we're inviting you to send in your questions to Estée Lauder's skincare expert Dr Nadine Pernodet, executive director of skin biology, global research and development.

Dr Pernodet is responsible for researching, developing and testing future technology for Estée Lauder global skincare products. She has been involved in scientific research for more than 12 years before joining Estée Lauder she was an assistant professor at Stony Brook University in New York.

Please send your questions to Dr Pernodet before the end of 10th September. Estée Lauder will select the 20 most frequently asked questions to be answered by Dr Pernodet and we'll link to the archived Q&A from this thread on 20th September. If you would like to be entered into our prize draw to win one of 40 samples of Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum*, post a question and then please enter your details here:

This Q&A is sponsored by Estée Lauder.

* Advanced Night Repair 7ml sample. 40 winners will be selected at random from all questions supplied.

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. 40 winners will be selected at random from all questions supplied. The thread will be open until 19/10/12, when Mumsnet will close it, randomly select and notify the winners on that day. The recipients' 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.

Willemdefoeismine Thu 06-Sep-12 11:51:55

Hi Nadine
I am perimenopausal and confess that I am not really a slave to a proper skincare routine, although I am generally regarded as looking quite young for my age. Partly it's a matter of budget and partly slackness on my part blush. What are the fundamentals of good skincare for perimenopausal women and what products would you regard as essential rather than luxury?
Many thanks

mampam Thu 06-Sep-12 15:14:36

Hello Nadine,

I'm 32 and in the last 6 months or so have really noticed the fine lines around my eyes. I have also noticed that my makeup is starting to cake into the creases.
I use a general moisturiser on my face everyday but not one specific to my eyes, would this help? Is there anything I can do/use to help my fine lines around my eyes?

Many thanks, Mampam.

fridgepants Thu 06-Sep-12 15:30:10

Hi Nadine

I'm 30 but I still get spots and blackheads. It's improving since using my Clarisonic, but I am sick of looking like a teenager, and not sure if using acne products is a good idea as my skin gets older. What do you suggest?

Loubeylou Thu 06-Sep-12 16:25:38

When it comes to skincare what is the most important thing (s) we should all do, if like me you have really limited time? I have always been told that cleansing is the most important.

EmmaD1984 Thu 06-Sep-12 17:16:13

Hi Nadine,

I moisturise my skin everyday but is there anything else I can do to avoid aging skin?

Bucharest Thu 06-Sep-12 17:30:16

I am 46 and a bit of a skincare whore...blush

Which one EL product would change my life? <hopes for miracle eye cream recommendation as have been looking for holy grail thereof for yeeeeeears>

milkshake3 Thu 06-Sep-12 18:20:29

Hi Nadine

Do you think there is a miracle product out there for circles under the eyes/eye bags? What do you recommend in order to minimise this ageing problem?

DazR Thu 06-Sep-12 18:50:11

I have rosacea - luckily fairly mild but would appreciate guidance on a daily skincare routine which would not aggravate my skin, would calm it down when it flares up and would cover the redness - oh and also include a sun protection factor!! Hoping you can help.

poachedeggs Thu 06-Sep-12 19:08:44

I'm stuck in an eternal cycle of dry tight skin (which I wash only with water and the occasional gentle exfoliant) which gets extremely oily each month leading to awful blackheads and huge pores around my nose, chin and between my eyebrows.

Products for oily skin leave me dry and flaky. Products for dry skin are too oily and clog my pores. Help!

BobbiFleckman Thu 06-Sep-12 20:07:41

Hi Nadine -
organic skincare is such a buzz now; should I buy into it or will chemicals always be more effective?
by the way - really love some EL products, but oh! the packaging! any chance of a youth-over for the ugly brown bottle?

Winterdrawerson Thu 06-Sep-12 20:16:21

Hi Nadine

Another rosacea sufferer (but with wrinkles) - would love advice on products that will help aging skin but without aggravating the redness and irritations associated with rosacea. Thank you

ginandtonicplease Thu 06-Sep-12 20:41:24

I have sensitive skin which is very red and flushes easily with veins showing over nose - nice! I haven't found anything to reduce or cover these and know it will only get worse. Any tips or is it just tough luck?!

magnolia74 Thu 06-Sep-12 20:41:57

Hi nadine, I have awful deep lines in between my eyebrows, is there really anything that can help or is it Botox for me??

TigerStripe Thu 06-Sep-12 21:05:32

Hi Nadine

I am (yet!) another rosacea sufferer, and it can really flare up at times. I am an absolute slave to EL Double Wear - I always recommend it and never leave the house without it on!

What do you consider to be the single most important thing to help those with roscea? Can products help - not to just mask it like make-up - but to alleviate and even improve the symptoms? I currently take a daily antibiotic which does seem to keep it at bay, but if I ever forget to them them for a few days, the redness and spots come back with a vengeance.

Kaloobear Thu 06-Sep-12 21:34:10

Hi Nadine, I've tried hundreds of eye creams in the hopes that something will at least lighten the look of my dark circles, but nothing works-including, sadly, Idealist Cooling Illuminator which makes my eyes sting even when used only on the bone and as far from my eye balls as possible.

Is there anything out there that actually works?

MadameCastafiore Thu 06-Sep-12 21:59:55

Hi Nadine, I have an awful brown pigmentation mark across the bridge of my nose. It's sun damage I think as just below the part of sunglasses that runs over nose. Is there any magic potion that I can use to fade it or something that will stop it getting worse?

Oh and can you change the top of you serum bottles from latex to silicone, took bloody ages to figure out where I was coming into contact with latex! Was my nightly pump of night repair serum, face was holding up but fingers falling apart!

Many thanks

Tawnyhairedandgoldenlimbed Thu 06-Sep-12 22:35:25


Do you have any suggestions for reducing then number of broken bloodvessels on my cheeks without resorting to sclerotherapy? Thanks

MissDanni Thu 06-Sep-12 23:13:39

Hello there,

Im 30 and my skin is still riddled with blackheads, I use dermalogica and have dermalogica facials every other month, but amount of black heads seems never ending. Products or treatment suggestions would be amazingly helpful, thanks

shrimponastick Fri 07-Sep-12 07:15:47


At the grand age of 44 I still have very oily, congested skin. Regularly have spots. Not so many wrinkles as such, but definite slackening of facial skin (probably too much sun).

I don't wear make up often as i don't like the feel of it on my face.

Any tips?

MrsHowardRoark Fri 07-Sep-12 07:54:27

Hi Nadine,

I'm lucky in that I've always had clear skin with few issues but, at 32, I'm noticing it is starting to go a bit slack.
Is there any way of tightening the skin so it looks fresher or is this the start of the slow decline into old age?


Elizabeth22 Fri 07-Sep-12 08:04:53

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RSVPentathlon Fri 07-Sep-12 08:55:15

Hello Nadine
I was lucky to have acne-free teenage years and nice complexion in my 20's with normal to oily skin.
At 31, I have started to get spots and pimples in my forehead,jawline and decolletage (!), and an ever-changing combination of oily-dehydrated-flaky T-zone.
I use face-wash and moisturizer roughly once every other day and barely any make-up.

Which is more important, products or routine?

Many thanks

Greeneyes67 Fri 07-Sep-12 12:39:13

Hello Nadine,
my question doesn't concern myself but my 10 year old daughter.
I have bought her a basic mid range brand gentle face wash to get her into a good routine, that's worked, but she has blackheads on her nose ... what type of product would be most beneficial to clear them and further prevent them ?

Many thanks.

chocolatespiders Fri 07-Sep-12 19:28:48

I am late thirties and have noticed lines around my eyes, I have looked at the advanced repair products but got a bit confused as to which would be best for my eyes or is there a all rounder which I could use on face and eyes?


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