Skincare products: Just a rip off?

Or do any of them work?

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02/11/2009 at 16:23
Has anyone tried single cream or butter. My Gran swear that using this made her look so young, she attracted toyboys.
02/11/2009 at 16:25
didnt she fall off the bed though RM?
02/11/2009 at 16:29
Butter, turns my toast back into bread if I use enough!
02/11/2009 at 17:09

I was asked if I had any ID the other day buying beer and fizzy cola laces

I thought the checkout woman was either paritally sighted or joking! She asked me 'my secret' and the only thing I could offer was 'sunscreen'.

I've never used soap or normal cleansers on my face - i massage some almond oil in then wash it off with a hot flannel.

I wear a sunscreen lotion instead of moisturiser all year round. For extra moisture occasionally I'll use body shop cocoa butter on my face.

kittenkat    pirate
02/11/2009 at 17:25
The thing about me is that for years I worked outside, I think that's not helped.
Hope    pirate
02/11/2009 at 17:26

It took me ages to find a cream I liked. I can suffer with spots too but I really wanted to steer clear of stuff loaded with chemicals.

I found the Dr Hauschka stuff good and not too pricey. The boots No7 moisturiser brought me out in a load of horrible spots and red blotches!!  Sunscreen is the way forward though I think, especially when training out doors as much as we do.

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02/11/2009 at 17:43

As I understand it moisturiser is mostly a mixture of oil and water (forming an emulsion).  It works by forming a layer on the skin which traps the moisture and stops the skin drying out.  This is the same whether you get an expensive or cheap product. 

 When they throw in the sciencey bit they do things like add collagen as was mentioned before.   This works by helping tighten the skin and reduces fine lines.  The way it does this is quite simple, when in the pot you can think of it as a along stretched out spring.  Yet when you slap it on your face the collagen starts to dry out and this causes the spring to shorten, thus tightening your skin. Additionaly some companies add various vitamins or whatever, while some of these have proven clinical effects the amounts that can legally be added to cosmetics are next to useless.

02/11/2009 at 17:52

The way for ladies to keep wrinkle free is to keep out of the sun - end of.

Its why my butt is wrinkle free.

02/11/2009 at 17:52
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02/11/2009 at 17:54
Hoose - years ago people had rubbish skin - that'd be the smallpox then.
02/11/2009 at 18:01
kittenkat    pirate
02/11/2009 at 18:09
Vixx76 wrote (see)

See what you think.....

Interesting, the problem is that there are just so many products out there making so many claims.

02/11/2009 at 18:10

interesting Vixx -just wonderin' who funded this study?

another danger was suggested. If there is an active ingredient, what gets sold in the shop may not contain enough of it. However, when it is seen to contain the active ingredient at whatever level, a product would sell well.

Edited: 02/11/2009 at 18:10
02/11/2009 at 18:12

I know.  From what I understand from a research study I read a while back, apparently the expense of the cream didn't matter as long as it was predominantly Vitamin A within it.  Cheaper creams did the same as the expensive ones. 

I use natural products from Origins.  They are expensive but have to be used sparingly, so they last longer but have no petrochemicals in them.

02/11/2009 at 18:20
It's a good point Hoose - the problem is I have so many journals and studies, I can't remember where I read it first.  The BBC page was not the first thing I read.
02/11/2009 at 18:23
02/11/2009 at 18:24

I guess the key thing is to find something that feels and smells nice and doesn't irritate your skin whilst having a bit of sun protection.  Oh, and something sweat proof would be nice although impossible.

I struggle to be honest. Always end up being sandpapered with salt after a run and pick up freckles after running in the worst weather but if I use anything with an spf in it I end up sweating even more than normal. 

I use an origins one from time to time - white tea somethng or other. Really nice composition and seems to keep the wind off a bit (if that makes sense).

Nothing beats teenage spot cream even as an almost 40 something

02/11/2009 at 18:25
and does anything really beat a bit of botox or juvederm?  even my dentist has had it  and looks fab! 
02/11/2009 at 18:26
May have been a good study Vixx but these days you have to wade through hype and marketing and find original and the funders before you get the real story. Most peops dont get beyond the hype.
Edited: 02/11/2009 at 18:27
Farnie    pirate
02/11/2009 at 18:27
Sorry if someones already posted but I am on a carp connection. Didn't that nice lady proffessor with the gorgjus shoes do something on this which led to boots running out of protect and perfectbecause she proved it worked
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