Deb's Digest
Debbie Atkinson’s family life column, as featured in the Southport Visiter.

Thursday, 22 March 2012


When Oscar comes to play, the first thing he does is check that no-one has touched his den. It is under the stairs and contains a number of items which give him his super powers. My husband and I are allowed in from time to time, as long as we get every inch of our bodies - right down to our toes - inside the den. I always make sure I take a couple of Neurofen before his visits.

I had another letter in The Times today.

Mother knows best
A reader suggests that if you want to know what your skin will be like you should look at your mother’s

Sir, While grateful for Sarah Vine’s suggestion that Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase might give me skin like the Queen’s, I won’t be splashing out on a jar (times modern, Mar 21).
Over the years I have followed the often expensive advice of numerous beauty experts and have come to the conclusion that it’s all in the genes, not the serum. If you want to know what your skin will be like — look at your mother’s.
Deb Atkinson
Southport, Merseyside


  1. Well Done again! My husband has literally just come home with today's Times. So I have not had chance to read it.

    I take after my father and have is olive skin. I do not think that any amount of bleach will give me my mother's pale and freckly skin.

  2. There is no merit in believing all they tell us about skin care products, even though I use them. I cannot remember what my mother's skin was like, but if mine is credited to her then I offer belated thanks. From memory my father had good skin too.