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Update to my "Fuck it I'm going retro skin care thread"

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HoneyDragon Tue 24-Jun-14 17:39:02

So after sourcing the much mourned ponds vanishing cream, and the Himalayas cream cleanser of my youth after the whole, I'd forgotton how good Nivea is revelation.

My skin is brilliant. Really clean, I swear there were pores coming unclogged that had been for years. And really soft, and the vanishing creams gives such a lovely soft matt affect I only wear make up if I want to, not because I have to to combat shine.

As result of the thread I've also gone back to using Vitapointe and Schwartzkopf Gliss on my (bleach damaged) hair as I used it religiously years ago. Hair is much less frizzy and I get loads of compliments on how nice I smell.

I'm really happy, my skins better and my outlays a lot less.

I've still not been brave enough to revist ten o six though grin grin

AltogetherAndrews Sat 28-Jun-14 09:04:20

The only problem with Nivea is that it is full of lanolin, and brings me out in a rash.

I have dry flakey skin, and thanks to having developed a beard (for fucks sake) lots of ignoring hairs on my chin. Lovely.

Heard about stuff called tendskin, but didn't want to pay the huge price, so found a recipe online. It's basically surgical spirit, witch hazel and crushed aspirin, with a bit of glycerine added. I now use all over my face (except on eyes, ouch) No more flakey skin, no more ingrowing hair. No spots. Takes off all makeup, and my skin looks amazing, all for less than a fiver for a huge bottle.

HoneyDragon Sat 28-Jun-14 09:01:59

No, the Ponds is only available in S Africa and India so you need to google to find stockists that supply it. It does last ages though, and the one for very oily skin is very effective. It does last all day.

I use the Himalayas every morning, rub over face particularly t zone then wipe off with a cotton pad. It's my favourite cleanser, nothing else makes my skin feel soap clean but without the tightness, instead my skin just feels soft.

shoeprincess2 Sat 28-Jun-14 08:56:44


shoeprincess2 Sat 28-Jun-14 08:56:02

I am very very very intrigued by this Pnds Vanishing Cream for oily skin. Does it really keep skin matte all day? I have oily skin and have spent so much money on so called mattifying moisturisers, only to find an hour after application, my skin is oily and my pores are caterous. I then have to chuck a load of powder at my face to mattify it. Do none of the shops in the UK sell it anymore?

wellnowthenmardybum Sat 28-Jun-14 08:44:02


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wellnowthenmardybum Fri 27-Jun-14 18:42:15

Right, so if you use blue nivea as a cleanser, when do you use the himalayas cream cleanser? Do you moisturise after using the blue nivea as a cleanser, and how often do you use it?. Also when do you use the cold cream? Please help a confused girl with very clogged pores...

MyrtleDove Thu 26-Jun-14 17:35:16

I realise other companies sell skin bleaching products in other countries, I don't buy from them either if I can help it. I do distinguish between skin bleaching products and products containing 'whitening' pigments - the latter is for brightening not actually changing skin colour.

I currently use a marine collagen moisturiser by a South Korean brand which is incredibly un-retro grin

ihatethecold Thu 26-Jun-14 17:03:01

Yes every day to remove make up.
Sometimes I put more oil on if in the evening.
In the morning I put moisturiser on.

Onetwothreeoops Thu 26-Jun-14 09:30:12

Thanks ihatethecold. A couple more questions. Do you cleanse daily and do use need to use a moisturiser afterwards?

HoneyDragon Wed 25-Jun-14 23:39:32

They've got ponds back in stock here I usually get it from a sa importer on ebay.

KatieKaye Wed 25-Jun-14 22:58:23

I started to use blue Nivea on the basis of the other thread. I love it!

ScrambledSmegs Wed 25-Jun-14 19:23:51

Can't find ponds normal to oily anywhere. Lush do a vanishing cream though, any good?

Unfortunately the smell of Lush shops makes me gag, that may be a very interesting shopping experience.

Curse my superior olfactory functions, they're a blight on my life sad

ihatethecold Wed 25-Jun-14 18:45:45

I use the solid coconut oil,
It melts very quickly in your hands, massage it onto your face then rinse of with a hot muslin cloth.

HoneyDragon Wed 25-Jun-14 18:22:38

It's here on Amazon they do very oily and normal to oily.

Can't find it on ebay at the mo, I'll need to find the seller. But it's Ponds lasting oil control. Brilliant stuff.

And yes most big brands sell lighteners in other countries.

I don't use Astral but loads of Mnetters love it.

FruitBasedDrinkForALady Wed 25-Jun-14 18:00:35

Ah, I've been looking for the original thread, but couldn't find it! I've really dry skin, as in it gets painful if I don't use the right moisturiser, so would blue nivea as cleanser followed by the white nivea be a good idea? I love the blue nivea but it seems to sit on my skin rather than soak in. E45 is the same. Was it Astral you also recommended?

ScrambledSmegs Wed 25-Jun-14 17:53:07

Yus to Myrtle re: pore strips. Nasty things. Very harsh.

If I really need to de-clog I've been using a homemade disperible aspirin and Greek yoghurt mask. Sounds revolting but my goodness, it makes your skin look and feel better.

I do like Steam Cream but funnily enough find it too light for moisturising, might have a bash at cleansing with it though. I'm definitely going to get the Ponds if I can find it. Do you have a linky?

Shall have a bash at cleansing using Astral tonight and see if it's any less greasy than the Boots stuff.

squoosh Wed 25-Jun-14 17:47:59

L'Oréal, Olay, Vaseline and Neutrogena also sell skin 'lightening' creams to the Asian market too.

MyrtleDove Wed 25-Jun-14 17:45:03

Oh and steam cream is made by the Lush team, so it kind of is from there! The tins are so pretty. Great for travelling as you can use it for cleansing as well as moisturising.

MyrtleDove Wed 25-Jun-14 17:43:55

shock Pore strips are horrendous for your skin! Please don't do them. Most of what you remove are sebaceous filaments, which are supposed to be there.

Where do you find your Ponds vanishing cream? I am hesitant to buy it as Ponds sell skin bleaching creams in India - anyone know of a non-Ponds alternative?

HoneyDragon Wed 25-Jun-14 14:13:48

I'm so not a skin care guru grin I'm just very lazy blush

No, Steam Cream. It comes in a pretty tin and like cold cream is multi use. But it's much lighter.

Here it's sold for less other places.

I had skin like that Bauer, that's why I started looking for Ponds Vanishing cream again. It leaves your skin totally matt all day, I love it. You can get it on eBay smile

beccajoh Wed 25-Jun-14 11:48:22

Honey dragon do you mean Dream Cream from Lush?

BauerTime Wed 25-Jun-14 11:47:48

Or i use dove soap bar and moisturiser that was meant to say but i forgot to add it (baby brain)

BauerTime Wed 25-Jun-14 11:46:52

HoneyDragon you are clearly the skincare guru so i have a question.

I have v shiny forehead and nose. What should i be doing in the mornings for a matte face? I currently either face wipe (cucumber boots ones) and then a simple moisturiser with a cucumber boots eye gel round the eyes and I'm terribly shiny. I CBA with makeup on a normal day either. can i be shine free?

Onetwothreeoops Wed 25-Jun-14 11:44:48

How do you use coconut oil as a cleanser? And is it the cold pressed stuff that you use?

Sorry for ignoring your advice HoneyDragon but Nivea is probably a bit harsh for my delicate flower skin.

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