Skincare products: Just a rip off?

Or do any of them work?

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kittenkat    pirate
02/11/2009 at 09:37

I've never had a problem with my skin facially until lately. Basically I've always had dry skin and I use E45 'soap' instead of soap.

Now I'm starting to notice my 'laughter lines' (be nice!) and I'm actually getting some small spots. So I guess I need to make an effort. Do any skin creams really work on their claims to make you look younger or is it really a load of crap? 

Anyone found anything really good? And NO, don't suggest Botox!

02/11/2009 at 09:42
parce que je vaux bien
Edited: 02/11/2009 at 09:44
kittenkat    pirate
02/11/2009 at 09:48
fat buddha wrote (see)
parce que je vaux bien
en valeur chaque penny!
02/11/2009 at 09:56

I use Olay Total Effects - not terribly expensive compared to some of the "miracle" stuff you can shell out on (about £12 compared to £40+ for some) and the few times I've stopped using it for a while (if it's not been on special offer in Tescos.......), even Mr Nessie has noticed that my skin doesn't look as good.

I did treat myself to a jar of posh (Lancome) stuff at £45 once (had gift vouchers) but I didn't find it as good.

I also have naturally dry skin, the odd spot, and some "character" lines.........

02/11/2009 at 10:13

I don't know if it's really true, but I think it's the case that much of the damage to your skin (causing ageing) is sun damage, so I always use something with factor 15 protection - usually oil of olay.

I don't think I'm very wrinkly at all but think my face is looking a bit "loose" 

02/11/2009 at 10:14
My girlfriend repeatedly suggests I get wrinkle cream.
02/11/2009 at 10:18
for the bollocks??
02/11/2009 at 10:20
Don, I think she said winkle cream.  Try it.  It may help with the itching.
02/11/2009 at 10:22

I use Palmers Cocoa Butter lotion everywhere - even on my face.

I can't be doing with spending a load of money on that kind of stuff.  I tried some of the l'Oreal products a few years ago, but they didn't seem any better than the cocoa butter!

I have a few (OK, quite a few) 'laugh' lines (and a couple of frown lines, too), but what's the point of trying to look younger than you are?

02/11/2009 at 10:26
I find Clarins pretty good.
02/11/2009 at 10:37

I use cocoa butter too.  Love the stuff. 

I find it no different to the expensive creams

02/11/2009 at 10:49
Estee Lauder Night Repair is really good.
Also something called Bio Oil which can be used day and night.

02/11/2009 at 11:11
kittenkat    pirate
02/11/2009 at 11:16

The bit I don't get, why spots, why now?

(Just been looking in Boots and came away with nothing!)

02/11/2009 at 11:23

KK - it depends where the spots are.  Spots on the jaw and chin are more due to hormones than anything else.  I can't use Olay as that brings be out in spots.  Currently using Simple products and they're pretty good.

02/11/2009 at 11:25
kk, you been into Boots and came away with nothing.
I think some Boots stores do have skincare advisors. Don`t ask me why but I use to
work for the firm. The No7 Protect & Perfect body serum which create a stir last year is
very popular with ladies and wrinkles and they are normally 3 for 2 on the No7 range.

Personally, I use Nivea Q10 Firming Lotion in the morning and Cocca Butter skin soothing lotion
at night and it seems to keep my face young. As a bloke, one must look best for the ladies.
02/11/2009 at 11:27
i use SIMPLE range very good
02/11/2009 at 11:29

KK- I use neutrogena norwegian formula face cream. I was given it last year as a present when I was doing my FLM training in the wind rain and snow and I have never used anything else since. Its about £7 a tube.

02/11/2009 at 11:36

KK, I get spots when I'm stressed or tired.  Maybe you are a bit run down?

I never got spots when I was younger and a teenager, I've only started getting them when I got into my 20's. 

Now I'm in my 30's I seem to have permanent ones on my chin.  I'm always stressed about something

02/11/2009 at 11:38

I think skincare it utterly hit and miss.  As with most things in life, what suits one person doesn't suit another.  You have to try lots of different things and use what works for you.

Lots of the concession stands in department stores will give away samples for you to try.  Lots of websites of skin care manufacturers will send you samples too.  Try lots, decide for yourself.  Best to have something with sunscreen in for march to October.

Spots might be hormonal, stress or diet related, rather than skin care regime.  Having said that, on the recommendation of a friend I bought some origins face cleanser and my skin has been clear ever since.  Its lovely stuff.

As for looking younger, there are products that smooth the lines, taughten the skin etc but its a faff about with eye cream, serums etc.  Nice for the odd nice out, but not for pre-school run.  You are of an age where you are just going to get lines.  Just move so fast no-one will notice!

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