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edited 3 April 2019 at 12:33PM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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  • mamanmaman Forumite
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    Welcome Dorothy. The more the merrier.:)


    Thanks for that explanation about moisturisers LL. I had no idea that the NHS had now changed their advice about Aqueous Cream. I remember my DGD having it prescribed for eczema (which she's now fortunately grown out of) so assumed it was harmless. I'll finish the pot as I'm not that bothered about thinning the skin on my feet but then I'll look for another.


    In the Aldi/Lidl discussion, they seem to have their regular stock which is by the toiletries/medication and then other bits and pieces in the central 'jumble sale' aisles which are occasional specials. I have noticed a foot cream in the middle lately so I'll check out the ingredients and maybe try some of that.


    I do hope you'll be pleased with your hairdresser humpty. I think offering a consultation and a patch test is responsible and professional so maybe that's a good sign. I'm assuming foils is another name for highlights which is what I have (gone are the days of those awful caps and crochet hooks:eek:). Hope you get some luck finding a hairdresser too SSDD23.:)


    Good news on the home fabbing front. A plumber is coming to look at our plans for the bathroom later today. I'm not getting excited as we'll try another contact too and neither would be available for months but it's a start!:D


    Isn't it strange that there are problems finding good trades (whether that be plumbers or hairdressers). :(


    I've had an online reminder that my library book is due back this week. I've renewed it but it's also a reminder that I've been letting my reading habit slip. Must do better.:naughty:


    Dancing tonight so that means a skirt. It's a funny time of year between lightweight/colour things and real woollies. It's dull and damp here too.:(
  • humptydumptybitshumptydumptybits Forumite
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    It is beautiful here, blue sky and sunshine. Going down to the beach later so might have cake and a cuppa. The local beach cafe does homemade cakes so you never know what you are going to get, in season they will have several on the go but this time of year they make a big cake and it is used during the day so always fresh.



    I love the out of season beach when it is all ours but I do like seeing families having fun in the summer, brings back memories of taking mine on a bucket and spade holiday when they were little. Of course we get to do it all again with GC we just don't have to spend a fortune to do it. I have 3 "batches" of GC so have done it with the teenagers but they do their own thing now, the middle batch still love it and this year the little ones will be old enough to join in, last summer they were at the in between baby and toddler stage and didn't really get it. My children get a couple of weeks to relax in August and I have all the GC here, last year was the first time it was all of them and I have to say I couldn't have done it without the teenagers support. I do enjoy a bit of chaos.


    I'm looking forward to meeting hairdresser tomorrow and hoping she is "the one" as I am tired of trying to find someone who can cut. Is it just where I am or are hairdressers scared of short cuts now? They all seem to want to do inverted bobs where I am. Nothing wrong with an inverted bob it just isn't what I want.
  • SSDD23SSDD23 Forumite
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    Rather envious of your blue sky and sunshine humpty, grey clouds and drizzle here!
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  • Dorothy60Dorothy60 Forumite
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    Ooooh I still use a crochet hook and plastic cap!! Have never had foils at the hairdressers, always colour my own hair - well, with the help of Mr Dot. Cheap as chips. It helps because I have VERY thick hair which I keep short and sort of bouncy (think Marj Simpson) so there isn't a parting as such and can disguise the dodgy roots. So my lovely hairdresser cuts it every six weeks, Mr Dot and I do the roots (me the front - him the back) every 2 weeks with a box dye from the pound shop and every 8 weeks or so I pull some more highlights through my dodgy cap from Amazon and bleach them - then use blue shampoo from the pound shop to prevent the horrible orange look.


    Beauty on a budget eh? Go me
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    lessonlearnedlessonlearned Forumite
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    edited 2 April 2019 at 12:14PM
    After all my thinking about skincare I have shamed myself into taking action.

    I have bitten the bullet and booked an appointment at the skin clinic. Nothing major just little niggles that I have been ignoring. A benign facial cyst that really needs removing, a harmless skin tag on my neck which has now grown and my clothes sometimes catch on it, a couple of persistent milia (whiteheads) that need sorting.

    It's the same doctor who did my PDO threads way back in 2016 (which I'm still pleased with and which are holding up well). So I know and trust him. If necessary he will refer me to the Nuffield for anything beyond his remit.

    Alas the NHS no longer does stuff like skin tag removal and benign cyst drainage, at least not in my neck of the woods.

    Humptydumptybits.....sorry I must have missed the bit about you needing a consultation before your hair appt. I know it's time consuming but Maman is right, it is only right and proper that adequate testing is done first. It's the mark of a professional outfit.

    You should never have any dye treatments without a patch test. People have been blinded by not having tests before having their eye lashes tinted. And severe allergic reactions can occur when having hair coloured. Even a mild reaction can very unpleasant and result in significant skin damage and or hair breakage.

    Better to be safe than sorry.

    Re NHS guidelines. Many GPS do still prescribe acqueous cream. They are not skin specialists and unless they have a special interest in a given subject then they don't really have time to follow up,all the latest research into everything. I was very fortunate in that my GP at the time had a special interest in skin so he spotted my cancer immediately. Over the years he has nipped several lesions in the bud by treating them on the spot in his surgery. Alas he has now retired......how dare he, :rotfl:

    I was deeply shocked when I discovered that my father was using Cetraban on his Legs, prescribed by his GP. They weren't quite at the ulcer stage but they weren't far off. Like many elderly people his skin was paper thin and very fragile. Cetraban makes the skin even thinner. :eek: so it was prescribed entirely inappropriately.

    Hey ho........elderly people tend not to question their doctors, even when the warnings and contraindications are stated quite clearly either on the bottle or in the accompanying leaflets. I couldn't get him to understand it wasn't suitable. A simple grape seed oil would have been preferable, no additives just a pure oil.

    Acqueous cream isn't quite so bad so no need to panic and chuck it out, but perhaps consider an alternative for long term use.
  • silvasavasilvasava Forumite
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    LL - Ive been using Avon Intensive Relief hand cream on my feet and legs and hands for years - its almost like whipped vaseline! It is a bit 'sticky' but it does moisurise for a long time - better done at bedtime. It does seem a bit more difficult to get stocks of it now though
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
  • lessonlearnedlessonlearned Forumite
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    Silva......oddly enough Vaseline based products are often the best performers. Vaseline is the trademark btw, basically we are just talking petroleum oil.

    Obviously there are issues around the use of petrochemicals but I swear by good old petroleum jelly for for feet, elbows etc. Good for nails too.

    BP has hundreds of uses......anything from moisturising to fixing a squeaky door hinge.:rotfl: If I was marooned on a desert island and could only take one product, it would be my 1st choice. Lol
  • Wednesday2000Wednesday2000 Forumite
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    LessonLearned - what are the adrenal supplements you were talking about?

    If my thyroid is still dodgy next month I will have to be put on medication and I really would like to avoid that if I can.

    I'm taking a thyroid healing powder from my Chinese doctor and avoiding the foods that are meant to block iodine absorption but I would take another supplement if it will help.

    You know me, I will try anything!:D
    Dorothy60 wrote: »
    Fabbers!! Gosh you all sound lovely and motivated and thoroughly fab! Can I join you please? LL, so interested in your WW journey. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE start a WW thread, someone, like the SW one. I have been quietly losing weight, only 6 lbs but I really do need some structure and support as ideally I would like to lose another stone. I am 60 and blimey it's not so easy as you get older to lose the flab, is it Lovely Ladies?

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    maman wrote: »
    I'm assuming foils is another name for highlights which is what I have (gone are the days of those awful caps and crochet hooks:eek:).

    They were so painful!:eek:
    It is beautiful here, blue sky and sunshine. Going down to the beach later so might have cake and a cuppa.

    Sounds lovely!:A
  • Dorothy60Dorothy60 Forumite
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    LessonLearned - what are the adrenal supplements you were talking about?

    If my thyroid is still dodgy next month I will have to be put on medication and I really would like to avoid that if I can.

    I'm taking a thyroid healing powder from my Chinese doctor and avoiding the foods that are meant to block iodine absorption but I would take another supplement if it will help.


    Ooooh, I would be interested in this - been on thyroxene for years, gradually increasing the dosage, would love to not have to take it and look for natural alternatives.
  • Dorothy60Dorothy60 Forumite
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    Oh, that was meant to be a quote, but I don't know how to do quotes, can someone educate me please?
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