Serozinc Toner for Acne-Prone Skin


I saw this toner spray on a beauty website recently and thought I’d give it a go. I actually think it’s very good indeed – I’ve not used a spray-type toner before and I really love it. This feels very soothing and it certainly calms my skin down very well. Brilliant for blemishes and doesn’t dry you out.

I’ll be purchasing this one again!

Ooh, and I found a new beauty website you might like:

It’s called BeautyPedia and gives you the lowdown on what works and what doesn’t in all the latest beauty products – already it’s saved me a pound or two on something I was thinking of buying but now won’t. So definitely worth a look!

Anne Brooke Books




Boots No 7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask

No 7 Beautiful Skin

This mask is excellent for dry skin – and a boon for the menopausal woman! I also love the way it looks in the bottle as I can never resist something that looks striped.

The strange thing is that when I first used it, I wasn’t very impressed as I didn’t like the feel of it on my face – but I tried it a couple of weeks later and it was absolutely fine. Very nice indeed in actual fact, so I can’t imagine what had been going on before. The instructions suggest you only need to use it for three minutes before washing it off again, though you can leave it for up to ten minutes for an intensive treat – which is exactly what I do as I relax in my Sunday bath!

Anne Brooke Books

Skin Solutions: Simple Moisturising Facial Wash

Simple Moisturising Facial Wash

I’ve just started using this product as my skin was becoming so dry with the menopause. I quite like Simple products so I thought I’d give it a go as my usual face wash was making my skin feel very tight. This moisturising one is very good, I find – my skin feels really soothed afterwards and doesn’t dry out even if I take a while to get to the toner stage.

I can definitely recommend it – a boon for the older woman at a very reasonable price. I get mine from Tesco, but Simple stuff is available anywhere.

Anne Brooke Books

Skin Solutions: Dr Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Day Cream

Argan Oil Day Cream

I’ve used this day cream for a while, but when I started the menopause I gave up on it to try other more moisturising creams. However, now my skin seems a bit more under control (so far!), I’m back on it again, and TOTALLY loving it. I’m now not sure why I gave up on it in the first place, except I was panicking and looking for solutions in any place I could find them, LOL.

Anyway, this day cream is very comforting and moisturising, and my skin feels lovely after I’ve used it – it gives me confidence for the day, and that’s no mean feat!

You can get it at Holland & Barrett either directly or online (and they have lots of other lovely Argan Oil products in this range which are also good).

Anne Brooke Books

Skin Solutions: Simple Facial Toner

Simple facial toner

I’ve used Simple Facial Toner for quite a long while  – it was good to me in my pre-menopause days, and it’s still good to me now. I admit that, with the skin problems I’ve been having, I’ve been toying with other toners to see if they’re any better, but in the end I’ve come back to this one.

It’s definitely kind to my skin, and doesn’t dry me out or feel heavy on my face – it’s 100% alcohol free, which always helps. I don’t do well with products that contain alcohol – at least not for my face or skin anyway!

I always buy my Simple toner from Tesco online but you can pick it up anywhere.

Anne Brooke Books

Skin Solutions: HRI Clear Complexion tablets

HRI Clear Complexion

I’ve been taking these pills for menopausal spots for a few weeks now and I’m finding they do make a difference. You can take one pill up to three times a day, but I’m taking one in the morning and one last thing at night and that seems fine. On the whole, my skin does seem clearer these days (thank goodness!) though of course stress makes everything go to pot every now and again.

One thing I would say though is you have to give these tablets a working chance – don’t make a decision after a couple of weeks – give it at least a month and see how you go. I definitely recommend them.

Anne Brooke

Skin Solutions: BB and CC Creams

Call me ignorant but I’d never heard of either of these creams before and was deeply confused as to what they stood for until I looked them up on Google. Good old Google, eh! And, yes, I know that means I am probably the least Girly Girl in the universe, but hey at least I admit it, LOL.

Rimmel BB CreamMax Factor CC Cream

I bought both the Max Factor CC (Colour Correcting) Cream and the Rimmel BB (Beauty Balm) Cream on a bit of a whim though I had done some research on both when I went into Boots in Guildford.

I started off using each them as an individual foundation, but for main daytime use my skin needs something more – though for me it’s fine to use either for the evening if I’m just at home. I’m finding the BB Cream is slightly better for me – and even more brilliant when mixed in with the marvellous Max Factor Whipped Creme as together they provide excellent and moisturising coverage.

Whipped Creme

This is the first time I’ve ever been brave (or desperate!) enough to mix my foundations, and it’s really working well, hurrah. As an added bonus, adding in the slightly lighter in colour BB Cream to my Warm Almond Whipped Creme foundation makes it lighter, which suits my skin more.

I purchased all these items at Boots, and they are also available at Boots Online.

Anne Brooke