The Boots Feel Good Forum is an online and on-air one-stop destination for all your health and beauty queries. Presented by Kate Thornton every Sunday (at 7pm on Real Radio and 8pm on Smooth Radio) with a range of experts to answer your questions, you can also catch up with the top tips on the Mumsnet Feel Good Forum any time you like.
I am not renowned for my beauty regime preferring what I like to call the natural look (and what everybody else probably considers the Dragged-Through-A-Hedge-Before-Breakfast look) but there does come a time in every woman's life when she needs all the help that she can get.
Eighteen months shy of my 50th birthday, my time is now, before I start hiding the mirrors and only leaving the house in the hours of darkness, but where do you go for help and where do you start in a market overladen with creams, unguents, serums and potions that promise the earth and cost just as much? I don't mind growing old disgracefully, but I want to look good while I'm doing it.
The Boots Feel Good Forum is designed to be that one-stop shop for advice and expert top tips for people who prefer hard facts to the hard sell. As a WAHM mother-to-four (five if you count The Husband, which would be advisable) I don't have the time or inclination to browse magazines or linger around the beauty aisle, so I listened a couple of the series' podcasts (links below) while doing something else. Obviously. Multi-tasking I can do.
And I learned something that if it doesn't change my life, might help my skin deal with it better. I learned that I should be looking for the over-the-counter creams that list retinol or retinyal palmitate in their ingredients. I believe it too because having heard it on the radio, I could pop over to the forum, read expert dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting's top tips but, more importantly, see her photo. And she has absolutely lovely skin. *Sigh*
Dr Nick Lowe, another dermatologist and anti-aging expert, was even more comforting encouraging a simple two step routine morning and night, regular cleansing suitable for your skin-type, staying out of the sun and wearing sunglasses. Even I might manage that.
AND if you're at a bit of a loss at what you're skin type is (like some people *shuffles*) then there are skin care advisors in Boots stores who can help you.
The two shows I listened to did make me feel good too which I didn't really expect. I expected it to be a long-list of must-have, purse-bursting products that I shouldn't live without but it wasn't. There was genuinely helpful advice delivered in a happy chat format led by Kate Thornton who I would now have no problem with accosting in the supermarket aisle and discussing the benefits of dry shampoo and dirty hair.
*Apologises to Kate Thornton in advance*
And if you want to know why sleep is good for you and having dirty hair helps *kisses Trevor Sorbie on the head* tune into Episode 4. If you'd prefer to hear that smiling is good for you, frowning bad and the best thing is to keep it simple, tune to Episode 3.
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