Helen Mirren slams moisturisers

Helen Mirren says L’Oreal moisturiser ‘probably does f— all’

The Oscar-winning actress made her comments while sitting on a L’Oreal panel in the South of France                                                                                        Speaking at a L’Oreal event in Cannes, Mirren admitted “As a 30-year-old, I used to look at that and think, what the f— are you talking about? It was ridiculous. P—– me off majorly. Advertisers are only just coming out of that, and it’s taken them a long time.”

However, reading Social Media comments afterwards,  it wasn’t very clever of Dame Helen Mirren to say she didn’t believe in moisturisers.  This might have been a ‘Gerald Ratner’ moment for her, as she seemed to bite the hand of the skincare company that pays her thousands a year.I am

And personally I know that if I left out moisturising, with my post-cancer “druggie” skin, i would have real problems.

Perhaps the Dame should have thought before speaking;  Her outburst caused the BBC to post a dreadful photo of her, with no Photo-shopping out of wrinkles and lines. This made me compare it with that at the top of the page ….. as must many others.

Helen Mirren at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017                           Look carefully at this photo;  as well as a very wrinkled skin, there are hard patches to be seen on her forehead and cheeks, which could definitely do with some TLC from a good cream. Now we know what the face looks like under the studio make-up – hmmm!

Why cancer survivors should use skin creams

As a cancer survivor, I use good skin creams twice daily, sometimes even more, to keep away the effects of our treatments. Having had dreadful skin problems from the moment I started Radiotherapy, I bless the care and help I get from products made by Living Nature (the New Zealand company), La Roche Posay (French) and iS Clinical (American).

Ironically, La Roche Posay was bought out by L’Oreal, so they probably aren’t too pleased with the actress’s comments, which came at one of L’Oreal’s corporate events.  Could this be a ‘Gerald Ratner’ moment for the actress?

Skin problems caused by Cancer treatment

As soon as I was started on Tamoxifen, my skin literally started to peel.  I remember a nurse tearing off sheets of transparent skin from my arm, whilst she told me this was a recognised side effect of drugs.  But this was in Britain, where there was nothing she could do to help.

The hospital chaplain told me “nonsense”, and sent me off to La Roche Posay in France, where they literally saved my skin and acknowledged the problems were caused by Tamoxifen, “but we can help”.  And they did.

No wonder we are near bottom in the European cancer statistics, when countries around the world have developed skincare specifically for our ‘druggie skin’, in conjunction with their hospitals working with their cancer societies.  We are the only major country that hasn’t gone in with our cancer associations to develop skincare specifically for us.

Finally I worked out that the brands, all from abroad, that helped me most were:

  1.  Living Nature from New Zealand/available in UK from Botanical Brands…
  2. La Roche Posay from France  (medium price range)
  3. iS Clinical from USA   (luxury)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     In the meantime I I I WON’T stop using good skin creams from these three.  I sometimes try other brands to see if they help our “druggie” skins, but return to one of these as they are the most helpful for me. But if I ever forget to apply a face cream or body lotion, my face tightens up and my body skin starts to itch.

This is an untouched snap of me. I am older than the Dame, but use moisturiser at least twice a day.

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