I have terrible sun damage on my face

(31 Posts)
BigBirdsbird Sat 01-Aug-20 18:22:35

It's making me feel incredibly down.

So I'm going to buy a Vit C, but there's soooooo many.
Could someone please help a drowning woman out and just tell me exactly which one to buy, which one worked for you.

I'm on a strict Coronavirus induced budget so much as I'd love to visit a professional, it's face care for me right now.

Much appreciation in advance.

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MorningManiacMusic Sat 01-Aug-20 18:27:04

Garden of Wisdom from Victoria Health is the best high quality reasonable priced vit C. It's l-ascorbic acid which is the "gold standard" according to the absolutely fabulous Nadine Baggot.

I confess I don't love it as much as I do the Vichy ridiculously and forgettable long named one but it lasts longer!

Nadine has a YouTube vid on the benefits and qualities of different vit C's.

You probably also need a retinol something or other for sun damage. I have GOW Retistar serum.

MorningManiacMusic Sat 01-Aug-20 18:28:08

PS if you have FB there is a Nadine community administered by the great woman herself and she often pops on to advise. The posters are so lovely.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 01-Aug-20 18:42:05

I’d go for retinol from the ordinary instead.

BigBirdsbird Sat 01-Aug-20 19:11:48

Thanks both. I'll definitely stalk Nadine Baggott now.

Is a retinol more effective?
Also, I wanted to start asap and am aware that retinol and sun (when it turns up) shouldn't really mix

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MorningManiacMusic Sat 01-Aug-20 19:17:46

There are lots of different kinds of retinol-y things. The Nadine video is very informative, apparently one of the Ordinary products that uses the term "retinol" has a negligible amount of the active ingredient whereas anything which uses the term "retistar" is good. Then there's retinal, retinyl and others as well! Obviously you could go the whole hog and get tret wotsit from somewhere like Dermatica.

MorningManiacMusic Sat 01-Aug-20 19:18:54

You use retinol products at night and build up use. Vit C can be morning and night or just morning depending on which it is.
Sunscreen a must for both

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 01-Aug-20 19:22:16

Retinol can treat pigmentation and stimulate collagen. You can also try an online dermatology service Dermatica which can give you Tretonoin. It’s much stronger but much more effective.

MorningManiacMusic Sat 01-Aug-20 19:23:35

I can't seem to link to the video but it was about a month ago and it's all about retinol products and which are value for money.

BuffaloMozzerella Sat 01-Aug-20 19:55:37

You need to build up slowly with retinol. Try the weaker (granretinol is the name the ordinary give it) solutions first and work your way up.

BigBirdsbird Sat 01-Aug-20 20:38:55

Thank you, everyone.
Dermatica looks interesting, will look into that.

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WhoEatsPopTarts Sat 01-Aug-20 20:42:10

The other effective and inexpensive ingredient to look out for us niacinamide it’s great for pigmentation. The Ordinary do one, but it’s not great you could try The Inci list.

timetest Sat 01-Aug-20 21:02:21

I have tretinoin mixed with niacinamide from Dermatica. It’s magic stuff.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 02-Aug-20 07:09:32

You’ll need a sunblock. I use solait from Superdrug which is spf 30 & 50.

I’ve worn sunblock everyday for 21 years.

Stinkyjellycat Sun 02-Aug-20 07:16:45

Don’t mess around with over the counter stuff, it won’t work. Try Dermatica. You need retinol and hydroquinone and they can prescribe this for you. Also, check out Dr Natalia Spierings on Instagram- she’s great as she doesn’t sell anything and just gives the facts about skin and how to look after/treat it effectively.

Stinkyjellycat Sun 02-Aug-20 07:17:04

And yes, SPF 50 every day of the year!

SomeoneInTheLaaaaaounge Sun 02-Aug-20 11:09:31

Honestly use Dermatica, I felt lost and confused, kept jumping between products and have about 20 barely used Ordinary products in the bathroom that I don’t know what to do with. Then a kind woman on mumsnet recommended Dermatica, one product every night so easy (I don’t work for them) Just made my life so much easier.

BigBirdsbird Sun 02-Aug-20 19:15:44

Thank you everyone, your advice is appreciated.
I've just opened up my bank account to Dermatica, desperate times n all. My face needs help!

Thanks again

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timetest Sun 02-Aug-20 19:19:10

You won’t regret it.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 02-Aug-20 19:20:40

There ought to be a discount code online for the first month p&p only.

DidgeDoolittle Sun 02-Aug-20 20:52:25

I've seen Dermatica recommended on here before. May I ask how much the products cost? Do you pay monthly and then for products on top of that?

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 02-Aug-20 21:03:10

I think it’s £25 a month for whatever they prescribe, £22 product and £3 postage.

You can extend out the time period if you want to.

BigBirdsbird Sun 02-Aug-20 21:09:09

My first month was free, automatically applied at checkout.
I love a bargain

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Mammy99 Sun 02-Aug-20 21:35:41

Can someone tell me why the ordinary products aren't good? I've heard so many people rave about them

Mixingitall Sun 02-Aug-20 21:41:52

I can have awful sun damage on my face, I use a vitamin c cream in the morning ( Polaar from Birchbox, then at night use Pixi overnight retinol oil, then the cream that evens my skin tone the most is the cheapest, it’s the Aldi Lacura Caviar Cream, it’s £7 a pot and amazing.

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