Thursday, 10 May 2012

Clinic on Thursday - Clinic is CLOSED!!!

CLINIC IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU!

Hi Everyone,

I appreciate your patience over the last couple of weeks. Driving test done and dusted and back on track!

HOWEVER:

I'm doing the Moonwalk this weekend. (Pictures of boobage to follow) 
Should you feel the wonderful desire to sponsor us the link is over there ---> on the sidebar. SO - I won't have as much time for loads of in-depth skin analysis questions this week. 

I will obviously publish all your questions but would really appreciate it if they could be of the shorter variety - more akin to twitter q's such as: Should I use xx cleanser or xx? Do you rate this eye cream? Why is my foundation patchy? etc etc

Sore feet or not I'll be responding as soon as I can!

Also - don't forget to enter the Clarisonic Giveaway here - it's open until 7pm on Friday.

203 comments:

  1. Hi Caroline, SORRY- I sent you a rather indepth skin email last week - And I've just seen this post and know you're very busy! I just wanted to include pics because I thought I described my skin poorly! So apologies for the lengthy email xxx

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    1. No worries will take a look later.

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  2. Hiya I sent you a photo in an email last Friday morning thinking it was Thursday I completely got mixed up. Would you still be able to answer my questions, or should I resend it. Thanks

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    1. What's your name? Or initial? X

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    2. Hiya it's roharnna sorry I forgot to mention it thanks xx

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    3. Lost the email with questions but have the picture. Redness looks like its from inflammation.What's your routine again? You need some oil! :)

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  3. Hi I tried caudalie beauty elixir but it gave me a bad acne breakout, I wanted to try the Emma hardie balm and the algenist moisturiser, are they suitable for sensitive sKin? In the past liz earle c&p, laura mercier mineral foundation and many other foundations have also broken me out.

    Thank you

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    1. Hi!

      How did you use it? Can you describe what kind of breakout? All skins can be sensitive to different things so its hard to say.

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    2. Hi,

      Thanks for replying I sprayed it on my face after cleansing. I get hormonal acne around my chin and mouth but take agnus castus which has been v effective. I rarely get spots on my forehead and cheeks which I have now. I have also broken out on my chin and around my mouth. Some of the spots have a yellow head and some are just red and raised. The skin around my mouth is inflamed I'm using origins mega mushroom serum to soothe it, cleansing with trilogy balancing gel and moisturising with avenue, using retinol every two days at night also

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    3. Its always possible your skin doesn't like the oils in it? :(
      You should be fine with Emma H - I don't think I've had one complaint about reactions to that so far.
      How old are you?

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  4. Hi Caroline, first of all I love your blog!

    I have really dry eyelids, could you recommend a product to help this? I've tried liz Earle daily repair and simple eye cream but my eyelids are flaky after. Also I don't get dry skin anywhere else but my eyelids.

    What do you think of elemis tri-enzyme resurfacing facial wash?

    Thanks for your help
    Zoe

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    1. You may have stress eczema - very common on eyelids - try something innocuous like Kiehls avocado eye cream - or a lip balm (non-mineral oil) over the lids if you're not wearing makeup during the day. Sounds random but there we go! Nothing with camphor etc in it - just something like burts bees etc.

      Elemis - depends on the rest of your face but I wouldn't put it on your eyes.

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    2. Thanks so much for your help. I've use my figs & rouge organic balm on my eyes and the skin is perfect again. I would never have though of using that!

      I've told my mum about you and now she wants me to ask you advice on her skin problem which I will on your next skin clinic!

      Zoe :)

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  5. Hi , can you recommend a good spf for deeper skin tone ( I have medium tone asian skin) the ones I have tried always give a white cast to the skin so I end up looking like a ghost. Thankyou lovely !

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    1. Chantecaille if you can afford it - otherwise Kate Somerville (untinted, Institut Esthederm - start with MU brands - they tend to take people's skin colour into account when making SPF - sun brands just give you the standard spf

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  6. I know this is a bit long so I apologise but I am in a bit of loss hope about my skin right now. I always have at least 5-10 spots, a few massive one that are really painful and never ever have a day off without one. I am taking 9000mg of fish oil a day (for the last 3ish weeks), skin supplement including zinc and drink plenty of water/ green tea. My diet is ok, I like the odd takeaway/chocolate but I have been trying to cut out dairy recently and just eat healthily.
    This is my new routine which I have used for nearly a month-

    Am I use-
    Pai camellia and rose cleanser
    Caudalie beauty elixr
    Pai geranium and thistle moisturiser
    PM-
    Balance me balm cleanser
    Caudalie beauty elixr again
    Pai rosehip oil on non active breakout areas/scars
    A tea tree/willow spot gel and then dab a bit of sudocrem on the spot (I know it isn’t recommended but I feel actually embarrassed showing my big red spotty face to my partner/others so I hide behind it!)

    Twice a week I use the balance me radiance face mask which is my exfoliater too.
    What am I doing wrong!! Thank you :) x

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    1. Hi Anon,

      How old are you?

      Fish oil takes a long time to get in to your system - you could be overdoing the Caudalie - can you email me a pic?

      And stop the sudocrem!

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    2. Hi, I am nearly 20! Have bought the aesop chamomile mask and been using that as an overnight spot treatment instead... Will send a pic tonight after I cleanse my face. Am really considering going down the line of doctors/microdermabrasion as my redness and scars are killing me! I don't mind having a few spots its just the face my face is so uneven x

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  7. Any recommendations for a facial tanner that wont cause spots? Am going away and will probably fake tan a bit so don't want a white face!! Thank you x

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    1. Perricone's is brilliant - I've had mine for a year and a half and I use it a couple of times a week.

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  8. Hi Caroline

    Thank you for your help and guidance over the past few weeks.

    I have ditched the Clarisonic and Bare Minerals makeup and my skin is so much better.

    Keeping up with Alpha H regime but have added Decleor Balm essential to boost hydration on alternative nights to Liquid Gold. (hope this is OK?)

    Had a makeup lesson with Bobbi Brown and have swopped to her base items, avoided the blush/shimmers as they contain Bismuth Oxychloride. The Bismuth is low down the list, unlike Bare Minerals, so many introduce later once skin has improved. I have noticed a more plump skin with the foundation stick compared the the Bare Minerals.

    On another note, when I pluck my eyebrows (after shower, using Tweereman and plucking away from root)I sometimes get red sore lumps appear. Why is this? What can I do to prevent?

    Thanks again, well done on driving test and good luck for Moonwalk.

    Jane

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    1. If you tend to sensitivity your eyebrows are prob just the result of the hair follicle being 'rushed' with your body's response to aid the 'pluck' area. :)

      Try ice, or the decleor balm massaged into it quite firmly.

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  9. Hi, Im 41 and have very temperamental skin? It can be clear but more often than not I have lots of black heads and spots! What cleanser would you recommemd? It depresses me! Thank you , Tracey

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    1. Welcome to my world. I swear the confidence you get in your 40's is challenged by what your sodding HORMONES do to you! :)

      Have you read the cleansing cheat sheets?

      Try Alpha-H age delay, balance me or emma hardie

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  10. hey ,

    Could you please recommend good face masks!
    Also please tell us about some good tinted moisturisers/bb creams for summer time
    Thanks

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    1. I'm assuming you mean clay?

      Balance me, Elemis, Omorovicza, Clarins are all ones I use regularly.
      Tinted moisturisers - Chantecaille Just Skin is the Rolls Royce, Laura Mercier, Nars and I don't do BB creams.

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  11. Hi Caroline,

    I have combination skin with an oily tzone that gets worse in the summer. My cheeks also get irritated and
    red in the sun. I'm using Annick Goutal masque splendide as overnight mask but would like something for daytime for protection other than spf. I use
    pai rosehip oil but it doesn't seem enough.

    Thank you!!

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    1. Forgot to add I'm 29 and use murad oil free sunblock spf30. Pai oil is not the only moisturising product I use. ;) I also have
      NYBB on the way..

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    2. Goutal is quite fragracne and while lovely, may not be best if you are irritated.
      What do you cleanse with? Thats more important.

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  12. Hi, hope youre well, I absolutely love your blog!! :) I have a questions for you, currently I am using Vichy thermal water foaming cleanser and I have used it for the past 4-5 years continously. I have acne prone skin and have been using acne medication (that i put on my skin at night) for the past 2 years. I cannot get hold of Emma Hardie cleanser that you recommend in my country (Turkey), so can you please recommend me some other options that are cleansing balms? And also should i change my cleanser every like 1-2 years? Or even if its working for me should i change it at all??
    Thank you sooo much :)
    i have been waiting for one of these clinics for ages!!
    xx

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    1. Thank you! :)

      Are you having a flare-up at the moment? Try not to use the meds 24/7.
      What balms can you get if you google them in Turkey? Let me know and I'll pick for you. :)

      I change my cleanser every DAY depending on my skin at the time. Give me more info - I want to help!

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  13. I just found your site and I am so addicted. To keep things short, I was experiencing some acne on my chin recently (I do break out from time to time, but not on my chin). The skin on the rest of my face is almost perfect. I heard that it could be caused by hormonal disbalance, and the only thing to cure it is to take pills. Are there any other way to deal with it because I am trying to get pregnant now, so I am not really in position to take pills?

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    1. Hi Chip!

      No it's nonsense - you can alter your diet/skincare without resorting to tablets.

      As you are trying to get pregnant(congrats)why don't you take fish oil? It's safe for pregnancy and you can take them throughout pregnancy also - they are good for the baby. And you! Don't worry too much about the zits - once you are pregnant they may well change - for better or worse anyway - so to buy skincare at this stage may waste your money?

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    2. Caroline, thank you so much. I've already bought enough supply of fish oil for the next few months. I've also started using flannel and applying cleanser on dry skin and I already see huge difference! I will see how it goes. Thanks again.

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  14. Hi Caroline,

    A lot of my skincare products are running out and Im thinking of purchasing the following products. Do you rate them?

    Caudalie Pulpe Vitaminee Eye Cream
    Darphin hydra-skin light
    Darphin Intral Toner
    Balance Me Balancing Face Moisturiser
    Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner (or would liquid harmony/gold be better? Im 23 with sensitive skin.)

    One last question, do you rate Etat Pur Skincare?

    Sorry for the long list!

    Rachel

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    1. Hi Rachel,

      They all look good but depending on your age and skin type I would go for Liquid Gold personally.
      And Etat Pur in all honesty seems a lot of faff. And this: http://www.etatpur.co.uk/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=ingredients&send=+
      winds me up no end. Why have a big 'in-depth' website and no ingredients listing? ggrrrr

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    2. Thanks Caroline :)

      I really wanted to try liquid gold but was worried that it might be too strong with me having sensitive skin (its the word acid lol, just makes me nervous!). But Im definitely going to try it now as I hate abrasive exfoliators!

      I never noticed the ingredients thing before I came on this site- I never realised it was so hard for companies to tell us what their asking us to put on our face!!!!!

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    3. Hi, sorry to butt in but Etat Pur do list ingredients - it's under the 'Composition' tab of the product info.

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    4. Well the swines should make it easier to see then! :)

      Thanks Meeta

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  15. Hi, can u recommend a good moisturiser for quite oily sensitive skin? Also do u think the clarisonic is worth getting? Thank you x

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    1. Balance me? Pai? And the Clarisonic depends on your skin tbh. If you cleanse properly then no - if you are lazy (sorry :)) the maybe?! :)

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  16. Hi, I have been reading through your blog and have seen your advice on providing nourishment to your skin which I have followed as previously I just used oil control products and my skin has gone red and flaky.

    I have now used Pai's greanium and thistle moisturiser for during the day and due to me redness and flakiness I have used their chamomile and rosehip moisturiser at night. These have helped improve my redness and the flakiness however when using them my skin feals sticky and greasy.

    Can you advise if I should keep using these and if you think my skin will adjust to the products as I have only recently started using them or should I change to another product?

    Thank you and good luck for the weekend!!

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    1. Can I just add that I have now also received the pai cleanser however when I first put this on I could feel burning on my skin and my face was again red when I woke up. I continued to use it for a coupe of days but I think it s irritating my skin. Previously I used Avene extremely gentle cleanser but this dried my skin out and made it feel tight. Can you please recommend a cleanser, I am scared by some of the balms you mention as my skin can be extremely oily with it being shiny an hour or so after cleansing.

      Additionally I have stopped using the pai moisturisers as I just found them to greasy.

      Thanks.

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    2. Hi Anon!

      It's difficult because everyone's skin is different - the pai cleanser makes me red too - but not to the point where I don't use it anymore.

      the oil based balms I recommend will have no bearing on your oily skin - its only mineral oil you need to stay away from.

      I imagine they felt greasy and tacky because your skin was used to being deprived and it had to adjust. Why don't you try just using a little at night to get your skin used to it? Have you tried Liquid Gold? It will cut your oiliness, stimulate your own hyaluronic acid and should help?
      Let me know how you get on?

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    3. Hi, thank you soo much for the reply.

      I am not sure if I am having reactions to a lot of products due to that the doctors think I might have rosacea but they have not confirmed for definite as they are checking for other things to.

      When products make me red I find that when I wake up in the morning my skin is still red and sore however last night I used the pai again and it only made me slightly red but then this morning I looked blotchy red on my forehead and it feels tight and tender again so I am not sure what to do?

      Also you recommended liquid gold, would this be ok for sensitive skin and also I struggle to find SPF that does not make my face greasy but I have read that you ave to use one with this product, can you recommend anything?

      Sorry for such a long post, thank you Lisa

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  17. Hi
    I've recently purchased the alpha h & have just started using it.
    Someone i've just worked with told me using a chemical exfoliant on fair skin (which I have) is bad long term as it weakens & thins the skin- is this true?
    Thanks ! Jen x

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    1. No.

      In a word. :)

      The old wives tales started because some people DO go overboard and overused the glycolic products when they hit the market originally.
      Just make sure you are friends with a good spf - you'll be fine. :)

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  18. Thanks for taking your time to do this!

    I'm 21 and since reading your blog i've changed to the flannel and started on the omega supplements!

    I'm in desperate need of a new moisturiser but i am clueless.I've read a lot of your blog and have changed to the EH cleansing balm, i always thought i had really dry skin but this has helped the texture of my skin loads, so now maybe i think it was just poor cleansing!
    Are there any specific moisturisers you could recommend? ( I don't mind spending money on decent products, but i just want to be sure before i spend the money!)

    Also I'm going to be a bridesmaid in less than a month and i've got loads of exams at the moment, so my skin feels really awful, i'm not sure how much i can help this as it's probably stress related. Is there any i can use to help the odd spot that keeps coming up as although the cleansing balm has helped overall i still seem to get a few of these! Ive also got eczema around my eyes, i always get this when i have exams, once again is there anything you can recommend?


    God sorry now i've written it all it feels like an essay!
    thanks x

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    1. Sleep, Magnesium for the evenings (Lamberts Mag Absorb), Neals Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm for the eyes and an all over massage.
      Moisturiser - you're still young so maybe Caudalie Vinosource hydration?
      You can also use the Neals Yard on the spots overnight - they'll disappear, die or come to a head. :)

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    2. Thanks for all your advice, couldn't have come sooner as my eyes seem to be even worse!

      I Shall give them all a try, i feel like i get lots of sleep but am always tired. Ah well only 4 more weeks and exams shall be over.

      Thank you :)

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    3. sorry to be a pain, i can't seem to find the Caudalie vinosource hydration, not sure if i am searching for the wrong thing!

      thanks x

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  19. HI Caroline, so great to have this opportunity. My question. What is best skin range for 40 year old with dry skin. Need peptides in etc.
    make my own Vit C/E serum(for am) and buy Vit A(for pm) via prescription so dont need them.
    Thanks will appreciate advice. Liezel

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    1. How do you make your own Vit C?

      I would go perricone and skin ceuticals ferulic (but its vit c!) :)

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    2. Hi Caroline, thanks so for advice. Which products from Perricone? I realized maybe my skin is dehydrated and not dry after reading your cheat sheets. I see you mention EH Balm (Cleanser) etc. so will buy that. Re the vit C recipe. I got via the internet from essentialdayspa. Brilliant recipes for VitC/E with Ferulic Acid so last longer. How do you rate making your own products with the actives bought on the market? (One can get the active ingredients (eg. DMAE, peptides, Niacimide, etc) all online via activeformulars.com.) Just not sure if home made products with the exact same Main actives for example the Perricone activator would equal the same benefits. What is your take on it? the price is so much less if you make your own, but not interested if the benefits are not similar. thanks a million

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    3. I would doubt the delivery system would be anything near comparable. Brands spend a lot of money making sure the products penetrate the skin - something which they won't do if you are making your own at home...

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  20. Hello Caroline,

    I have quite dehydrated skin (combination, blogged pores) - could you recommend a hydrating serum?
    Thank youuu! XXX

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    1. Hello,
      I have the same skin type and and am having really positive results with Caudalie Vinosource thirst quenching S.O.S serum ...just though I would share. :-)
      x

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    2. So would I - I've used up nearly a whole bottle in 2/3 weeks with this poxy weather! :)

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  22. Dear Caroline,

    Please could you recommend a good cleanse, tone moisturise routine for me to combat my current skin issues?

    Background info: I have never had spots before and always had a relatively complaint free face. Recently however I hav developed eczema all over my body including my eyelids. I'm using Chanel hydramax to try and moisturise this area as much as possible as I prefer not to use hydrocortisone cream. However, I have also do the last 1.5 years started getting lots of spots on my chin and oddly, near my ears. It's confusing as this area now feels slightly greasy whereas my eye area still feels very dry!


    Apologies for the long background info - I hope the question isn't too log for this week!

    Xx

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    1. God step AWAY from the Chanel!!! Too fragranced!

      Helen I need to know how old you are and what you are washing your face with!

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    2. Woops,sorry I had written that and it didn't post and I rewrote it but forgot to include!

      I am 23 and use liz Earle cleanse and polish morning and night followed by Claris toner (and then the Chanel, but I'll stop now.) used to use a muslin cloth until I discovered your blog about 3 weeks ago and have since switched to the good old flannel and a nice facial massage each night. Ii don't really use anything else at the moment but would use as many products as necessary to get rid of this horrible skin!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to reply and a massive WELL DONE on your moon walk by the way!

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    3. Jesus Helen I'm surprised your face didn't fall off.
      Keep the clarins - bin the rest.
      Try Emma H cleanser, Liquid gold at night 2/3 times a week and something lighter for day like Ren or Caudalie?

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    4. Whoops sorry, forgot to put that on!
      I cleanse am and pm with liz Earle c&p followed by Claris toner. I then follow with the Chanel (but will stop that step!). Oh and up until 2 weeks ago I used muslin cloths but have swapped to the flannel after reading this cloth. I realise it isn't an extensive skin care regime at the moment but I'll use whatever I need to, to get rid of this awful skin!
      I am 23 too.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to answer!!

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  23. I've been looking at Decleor Hydra Flora Mask for use after exfoliation. Would you recommend this or is there better on the market. Willing to spend up to £50.

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    1. I like it - I also like Skin Ceuticals Hydrating B5.

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  24. Hi. Could you tell me what you think of Astalift? I'm interested in the Aquarysta and the cleansing oil. Ingredients are ...

    Aquarysta
    AQUA (WATER), GLYCERIN, PEG-240/HDI COPOLYMER BIS-DECYLTETRADECETH-20 ETHER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, TRISODIUM ASCORBYL PALMITATE PHOSPHATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, METHYLPARABEN, INULIN LAURYL CARBAMATE, CERAMIDE 6 II, CERAMIDE 3, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), POLYGLYCERYL-10 OLEATE, TOCOPHEROL, ACETYL HYDROXYPROLINE, HAEMATOCOCCUS PLUVIALIS OIL, SUCROSE STEARATE, OLEIC ACID, LECITHIN, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, DISODIUM PHOSPHATE, HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, HYDROLYZED LUPINE PROTEIN, SOLUBLE COLLAGEN

    Cleansing oil
    TRIETHYLHEXANOIN, AQUA (WATER), GLYCERIN, SORBITOL, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) OIL, PEG-20 GLYCERYL TRIISOSTEARATE, SODIUM DILAURAMIDOGLUTAMIDE LYSINE, METHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, PHENOXYETHANOL, TOCOPHEROL, GLUCOSYLRUTIN, CARBOMER, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), BUTYLENE GLYCOL, HAEMATOCOCCUS PLUVIALIS OIL, SOLUBLE COLLAGEN, SAPONARIA OFFICINALIS (SOAPWORTH) LEAF/ROOT EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM CITRATE

    Thanks very much :)

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    1. Hi Gillian,

      I've only just received the Astalift - but I know Get Lippie reviewed it and likes it - http://getlippie.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/current-skincare-routine.html
      And she's a fussy cow too.

      Ingredients look ok - I would have expected the collagen to be higher up the list - but we'll see how it fairs!

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    2. Thanks Caroline. I've followed the link, and if it's a love for a fussy cow then it's good enough for me! I'll be interested to read your views when you get round to giving it a go too. Thanks again :)

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  25. Hi, Caroline! Could you please recommend a good cream/treatment to get rid of little brown pigment spots (I developed them with age, I’m 51 if it helps). Thank you so much!

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    1. I have a few!

      Clinique Even better
      Alpha-H White gold
      Algenist Overnight Cream
      Skin Ceuticals Age + Blemish....

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  26. Hi can you recommend a daily moisturiser for under makeup? Oily dehydrated skin THKS

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    1. caudalie Vinosource my current fave.

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    2. are all of the vinosource moisturisers good? which do you use? because I have been looking at these and there are four i think!! ..a moisturising sorbet, a moisturising recovery cream, an intense rescue cream and a moisturising mattifying fluid! is it just a case of choosing the one that best suits your skin? now I've written that out it seems so obvious that that is what you would do haha! Hannah x

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    3. Exactly - choose the best one for you. I use the serum under my higher tech moisturisers - the thicker creams may be better for you x

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  27. Hello Caroline!
    I've recently bought the cane + Austin acne treatment pads & am wondering if I should tone before or after using them, or wether this matters?
    Thanks for your help!
    xx

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  28. Hi, Just wondering your opinion on Avene Triacneal - glycolic and retrinal. ?
    Trying to choose between that and Liquid gold. Am 35, combination, dehydrated cheeks, prone to break outs, Thanks :)

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    1. Liquid Gold - alternate with a hydrating serum or a balm on the other nights.

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  29. Hi Caroline, Thanks so much for this opportunity. Not sure if you got my last mail. First time. Want to know best skin products for 40 year old, dry skin. make my own Vit C/E for am and use Vit A in pm (some nights), Prescription. Need products with good actives that work for my age. Can one use Peptides over Vit A? I know you cant use Vit A and C together.
    Thanks.

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    1. I know I answered this above - but just as an aside - you absolutely can use vit a & c together.

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  30. Hi lovely!

    Still awaiting your 'acne cheatsheet' but in the mean time have a quick question. I have mild spots in my t-zone that scar, currently on oxytetracycline for the last month and not sure it is doing anything at the moment.

    Having read previous comments I have ditched my 'simple' stuff and ordered EH Balm and Alph H Liquid Gold and a sample of Pai geranium moisturiser. Also when at medispa I was told to get cosmedix cleanser..have you heard of this?

    My question is do I need a toner or something else to go with this routine. I have seen you say to use the liquid gold every other night but what should I use the other nights? I have fairly oily skin so don't want to make it more oily. Just want these buggers to go. Oh and I have ordered fish oil. You are my heroine!

    Thank you for your help in advance x

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    1. Forgot to mention I am 22. thanks!

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    2. Well done! If you can , ditch the oxy - SO bad for you.

      On the other nights you can use a normal toner for comb skin - clarins or lierac etc - OR you can get the P50 (reviewed on here) from EF Medispa - use on alternate nights

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    3. I had acne in the tzone when i was 14/15 and was put on trimethoprim which cleared them up wonderfully and i had amazing skin up until the last 4 weeks or so. I am stressed with exams but am worried if I stop the medication it will get worse? I remember you saying you went on it, if i am right...did you have any success? to be honest they don't seem to be getting any better but the doc said to wait until 3 months :(

      I am taking 2-3 fish oil tabs a day now so maybe this will also help.

      thank you very much for your help x

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  31. Hi Caroline - could you recommend some good makeup primers for combination-oily skin for someone on a small-medium budget (postgrad student so my overdraft is reaching its limit!!) Thank you v much!

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    1. Why do you need a primer? What's the problem? Your skin or your foundation?

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    2. Skin, very oily around my nose and sides of chin any foundation slips off after an hour

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  32. I recently got some bits from pai and emailed them asking about my skin/best products to use etc. The lady told me to stop using as many products and only splash my face with water in the morning and then use no product over night.... I am a bit confused by this and hate the idea of not cleansing twice/treating skin overnight but is this good advice for someone prone to hormonal acne? X

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    1. Sod that.
      I have hormonal acne - the night time is the most important time for me to prime my skin!!!

      Sorry Pai.

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  33. Hi Caroline

    I'm 28 years old and I have normal dehydrated skin with a tendency to break out on my chin. I cleanse with no7 soft and soothed cleanser and tone with clarins camomile lotion. I cleanse using a facecloth every evening and in the morning I just use toner. I use estee Lauder advanced night repair going to bed with no7 moisturiser for normal/dry skin. And I also moisturise in the morning with no7 moisturiser also.
    In the last 2 weeks I started using your massage techniques when cleansing, but in the last couple of days I've started breaking out badly on my chin. I was just wondering if the massage had anything to do with it.

    Thanks Caroline!

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    1. Probably - and your moisturisers are silicone heavy so your skin won't be breathing as well through them to get rid of the toxins.
      In the evening don't put anything on top of the ANR.

      And when you can afford it/when they run out - upgrade your products.

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  34. Hi, I’m in my late 20s and am looking for a good anti-age range. I am a bit of a skincare junkie, I enjoy using luxurious products and am happy to spend £££ on them if they work (and preferably feel good too) – so would be happy if you could recommend something that you think is truly amazing and is appropriate for my age. My skin is normal, slightly oilier on the T-zone though. Thank you!

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    1. Algenist, Perricone, Skin Ceuticals - all good - and not cheap - sorry! :)

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  35. can you recommend an eyecream, i'm 40 with crepey skin under eyes. just recovering from an awful allergic reaction to an eyeshadow(jemma kidd) on eyelids. have been using a nuxe eyecream. Thank you and good luck with the moonwalk.

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    1. Quite a few - Algenist, Kiehls Avocado if the dryness is the main concern, Alpha-H Age Delay...

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  36. Hi, can u recommend a good moisturiser/serum (day and night) for humid and hot Indian weather pls..

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    1. Don't rub it in! *raining again*

      Where do you live and what can you access?

      Anything where the main ingredients are water or glycerin as opposed to oil for starters...

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    2. :) i live in UK at the moment..but will be going to India in a few weeks...by the way, i'm 36,have dehydrated skin with recent breakouts and the brown scars from the breakout..i'm currently using boots sensitive skin face wash and olay rehydrating lotion in the morning ..and aplha-h liquid gold alternated with vichy retinol ha night at night...not much of a skin care routine i know....pls help me sort out...

      ps:tried the pai cleanser and moisturiser...its a bit greasy and feels tight on my skin...

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  37. Hi, I'm always interested in taking new supplements to clear my hormonal acne, what are your views on milk thistle? I am currently taking 9000mg of fish oil and then zinc. Thank you x

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    1. Milk thistle is more supportive to your liver - won't really affect your hormones. I take fish, occasional magnesium and amino acids.

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  38. Good foundation to use for sensitive skin?

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    1. I only really use high end so I would say Laura Mercier/Nars/Shu/Chantecaille/Bobbi etc...

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  39. Hi Caroline - could you recommend anything to treat red veins around the nose? They are hereditary so don't think it's diet. Thanks

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    1. You'll have to get them removed with microcurrent red vein therapy.
      Creams will do jack. :)

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  40. Hello, could you recommend a mid-priced range or separate cleanser, toner, moisturiser, mask etc for rosacea? I'd love to use the Darphin Intral range but my budget just won't stretch that far.

    Thank you!

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    1. Difficult - but try Avene. they DO use mineral oil in some of their products but say its because its so innocuous. Cheaper than Darphin by a long way though.

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  41. What are your opinions of the Malik Dead Sea black mud mask soap as a cleanser? I have EXTREMELY oily and hormonal acne prone skin and someone has recommended it to me. I am currently using Avene gentle gel cleanser but go through it VERY quickly and I'm on a tight budget! Thanks x x x

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    1. I wouldn't tbh. What can you afford?

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    2. Very little, high street brands only.

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  43. I could use your help deciding :)
    I have had a look on some different toners you have recommended in other clinics to other people.
    Pai's two toners (all skin-types one and then there is one for combination skin) and then the Darphin Intral Toner. My skin is combination but also dehydrated and my skin is quite red.. All the toners suit my skin depending on what you want to treat..?

    I have thought about trying the pai mousturisers but I'm confused about what to treat, because there are also a few different ones?

    I'm using the balance me balm which is great but I'm going to by the EH one because I have seen change in my dehydrated skin aldready - BUT I have this really dry spot on my nose where it looks so dehydrated, my skin is "wrinkly".. like a raisin and leathery .. if you know what I mean? I want to try the Caudalie serum for dehydrated skin, but also a good night cream, but I don't know which? I have thought about the Korres Yoghurt Cream?

    I'm sorry for the long despription! and thank you! :)

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    1. Darphin Intral for one bottle's worth - then Pai comb for Summer.
      Algenist overnight is brilliant - also Neals Yard Wild Rose Beauty balm

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    2. Thank you :)
      Algenist is a little over my budget (19 years old). What would be the next best thing which is a little cheaper, other than the Neals Yard one? (I like to have a few different options) :D

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    3. Ah you should've said! :)

      Ren, Caudalie or Elemental Herbology in that case.

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  44. Hi Caroline, just started following and I'm hooked! Wonder if you had any tips for my chronically dry but crazily spot-prone 22 year-old skin?? Defies sense. The spots are usually under the surface and are concentrated on the side of my cheeks and chin. If this is too long a question, don't worry, I've already picked up a wealth of advice from this fantastic blog! Love Jessica

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    1. Also, if it helps, I will email you a picture. I have been using Eve Lom cleanser (and have stopped now thanks to reading this blog - naughty! - and have purchased the EH, been using for 5 days) followed by Avene Eau Themale, then Avene Cleanance K then Sk:n SPF30 (only in the mornings). Supplement-wise I take Efalex Omega 3 & 6 (6 capsules a day) and Centrum multivitamins. Many congrats on completing the moonwalk, my mum just did it too :)

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  45. Quick question re Alpha H. I use it every other day for resurfacing (my skin is dry)- should I be moisturising afterwards, or leaving it to do it's work all by itself?

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  46. Looking for an affordable cleanser - can't decide which one. What do you think of Origins Clean Energy, Clinique Take the Day Off Balm, Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel, and Boscia Make Up-Break Up Cool Cleansing Oil?

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    1. Depends what its for? Day/Night? Skin type??? :)

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    2. Not sure if my reply posted - I need it for nighttime to remove makeup with SPF, have dry skin that feels tight after cleansing. My skin is mostly clear save a constant hormonal cyst (or 2) on my chin. I take BC pills which do wonders for keeping spots at bay.

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  47. Hi caroline, I still have pigmentation on my cheekbones from after i had my daughter she is now 2. they have faded somewhat in this time, is there a specific product you would reccomend for this. I always wear a spf everyday also. much thanks and love.xx

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    1. Clinique Even Better
      Alpha-H Liquid Gold Radiance
      Algenist night cream :)

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  48. Hello! I'm currently using Beauty Elixir and Liquid Gold as part of my acne regime on the recommendation of this blog and a few others (as well as the Alpha H Balancing Cleanser), and have had a breakout in the second week. I'm sticking with it since it seems reasonable that a glycolic acid product would make me 'purge' a little, as suspicious I am of the term, especially since most of the spots are in areas that are usually pretty congested. Just wondering if you've seen or heard of purging from these products (particularly the LG before) and if you think I'm doing the right thing by sticking with them? Thank you very much, for the clinic and for this wonderful blog as a whole! xx

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    1. No I haven't.
      What else are you using?
      Picture?

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    2. I'll email you a picture now. Thanks very much for answering!

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    3. I've emailed! Thank you so much! x

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  49. Do you have any thoughts on the Oskia Nutri-Active cleansing & nourishing balm? I can't decide between that and the EH Moringa! My skin's all over the place due to pregnancy hormones at the moment - I'm awaiting your cheat sheet for some tips on dealing with it :D

    Thanks x

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    1. Go EH for now - it's cheaper and better value while your skin is deciding what to do with itself.

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  50. I hope this isn't a complicated question but. .
    How do you know when your skin is going to break out so you can prevent it? Like is there anything you should watch out for? Thankyou!X

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    1. If it's a normal 'spot' or bacterial breakout it will just appear - usually overnight. If its hormonal it will usually hurt before you even see anything under the surface.

      First type, let it come to a head, pop it.
      Second type, clay mask, wash off, hydrating mask, wash off, oily balm on it overnight (in that order) - sometimes it kills it off, sometimes it brings it up quicker.

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  51. Hello Caroline, ok will keep short. Looking for new nightcream. Happy with Sarah Chapman in the day. Which of these do you rate best for night cream as in most effective:
    Omorovicza night regenerating cream
    Algenist night
    Elemental Herbology fancial Souffle
    or Perricone MD (x3) serum and cream
    Thank you and good luck with the moon walk x

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    1. Oh GOD they're ALL good.
      It completely depends on your budget and skin type. If you're under 30 - Elemental, if you're under 40 - Omorovicza
      If you're over 40 - the others. How's that?
      That was liking picking a favourite child!

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  52. Hi, can you recommend a good moisturiser with SPF for dry yet acne-prone skin?

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    1. Not really without seeing what else you use - top of my head try Le Roche Posay or Avene

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  53. Hi Caroline

    I wonder if you could give a quick bit of advice. I have seen you note on here that Clarisonics should be used sensibly/appropriately. I have a Clarisonic Mia and would really some guidelines on how best to use it! The brand recommend using it twice a day, but that seems quite excessive to me. At the moment I am using it (with the sensitive brush) maybe 2 or 3 evenings a week. What do you think?

    I should probably note that I have broadly normal skin (not particularly oily/dry), but I am quite spot prone on my t-zone (i.e. there is rarely a day when I don't have some spots). My skin is also a bit sensitive and I get the odd unexpected reaction to some products.

    Thanks!

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    1. I think you're right. Not Clarisonic. Always, ALWAYS, listen to your own head - not brands one-size-fits-all recommendations. :)

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  54. Hi Caroline,
    i am 22 years old,normal skin,i exfoliate once a week shoold i use a clay mask(i have pink clay) too?on a different day i think.

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    1. Yes. 22? try Balance Me Radiance mask.

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    2. thank you.i'll check it out.I started taking fish oil as you suggested on a previous clinic for my eczzema and after a month my skin is completely clear and my skintone is better.

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  55. Hi Caroline, good luck with the moonwalk! Thankfully the only question I have IS a short one. I'm 21 with really oily skin, should I be using Clinique Take The Day Off Balm or Origins Clean Energy Cleansing Oil? Thanks very much!

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    1. Either - much of a muchness. And thanks! :)

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  56. Hi Caroline,
    Can you give me a recommednation skincare routine for 43 year old with redness issues?
    Thinking of buying Perricone's line that you published (cleanser, cold plasma, face lift serum, moisturizer). Am I missing the redness issue? Thanks.
    Karen

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    1. Yes - you could use Perricone and add in some Darphin Intral - and Emma Hardie cleanser. Good for redness.
      Darphin toner and oil.
      Perricone moisturiser, plasma and face firming activator.

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  58. Hi Caroline,

    Quick question, what do you think of Origin eyecreams? And what would you suggest for eyes that are dehydrated & have fine lines? I'm 19, and I want to start using some.

    Thanks! :)
    Carla ♥

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    1. I like Origins but they do use essential oils - some people have problems with that.
      Do you smoke?

      try Alpha-H Eye Complex

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    2. Hi Caroline,

      I've never reacted badly to anything that I've tried, so I'm going to assume for now that essential oils wont affect me for the worse. I don't smoke, but I guess I get 'second hand' (which is worse) from people I know.

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  59. can you recommend a good overnight vit a product please? also your views on murad? thanks x

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    1. Love Murad - more the dietary advice than the whole product range tbh. He knows what he's talking about.
      Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial is one of the strongest vitamin A night prods on the market. (non- prescrip)

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  60. Hi Caroline could you recommend a good facial massage course ? Holistic therapists , wanting to tap into your font of knowledge . Thank you Farha

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    1. Look through CIBTAC website. It's where I qualified originally. Or Pro Beauty website?

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  62. Hi Caroline - as a basics intro for the beginner to supplements, what would you recommend?
    thank you
    s

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  63. Hi again,

    Please could you recommend me a good moisturiser and eye cream? I have combination skin and am 19 so not too expensive!

    Thanks!
    Hannah

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    1. REN. Affordable, easy products. If too £££ - La Roche Posay/Avene. But REN if you can.

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  64. Hi,

    My mum takes morphine and a myriad of other drugs for a broken back. Her skin is incredibly dry and sensitive, and nothing she's used seems to help long term. She uses Emma Hardie cleansing balm, and decleor oil and moisturiser after. Is there anything you can recommend? From reading this we've ordered some supplements for her (fish oil) so hoping they may help.

    Thank you do much!

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    1. Me too1 Broken coccyx in two places. Not nice.
      Poor Mum :(
      Mega quantities of the fish oil - anything anti-inflammatory helps. No sugar.
      Darphin Intral Toner will ease it.
      Neals Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm is great for when she's just 'over it'. I.e. when she's in pain.

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  65. Do you recommend balm cleansers for everyone, everyday? Or just for people who wear/when you've been wearing makeup?

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    1. Everyone. If you're not wearing MU - just use a tiny amount.

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  66. Hi Caroline, please could you recommend an eye cream that can be used both am/pm. Suggestions for an anti-oxidant/ vit C and E day serum would be fab too. I am 38 and have combo skin, eye area is in good nik so more of a preventative measure. TA!

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    1. Algenist.
      Skin Ceuticals Ferulic is good.

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  68. Hi, I was wondering if you could help. Recently I have been getting very hot/red after washing my face. My face doesn't feel irritated or itchy and I am using natural skincare products (pai, balance me, aesop)but I am not sure what causes it? I get really hot/red for about an hour then it goes down. Any thoughts? x

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    1. Probably the essential oils in the products.
      Some people are more sensitive than others.
      What stage does it feel hot? Cleansing or moisturising?

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  69. Hi Caroline. I've got melasma on my face, dermatologist has given me retin A to try to lighten up the areas of pigmentation. What would you recommend.
    Love your blog
    Thankkyouuu very much
    Xx

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    1. Use it!
      But also use a SPF
      And double cleanse at night to get it off!

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    2. Great thanks for that. Just another question I'd appreciate your advice on, I'm trying to set up a good skin care regime and have no idea where to start since this pigmentation problem started. On the nights I don't use the retin a, what serum moisturiser would you advise, I'm willing to pay high brand prices to control this as much as I can. Thanks again for your time xx

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  70. Hi,

    Is elemis s.o.s the best moisturiser for skin with acne?

    Thx

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    1. Ooh I'm interested in this too - which would you recommend for acne prone skin?

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    2. It's a treatment rather than a long term solution. You're supposed to use it as an emergency solution.
      So I would say No for normal use, yes for monthly flare-ups.
      When I'm flaring up I use Kate Somerville Goat Cream - which you can't get here at the moment - how rude! :)
      There is no 'best' moisturiser for acne skin. It depends on what else you are doing from the start of your routine to the end?

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  71. Hey

    I have had acne from the ages of 16-23. I'm now 24 and have scarring on my cheeks, around my mouth and on my chin. I recently went to have a facial and the lady told me my skin should have more elasticity for my age and that I should use anti ageing products as my skin has been under trauma and needs to repair. I dont have any lines or wrinkles and people think I am younger than my age. I have started to use medik8 retinol and I have seen a visible improvement in scarring. What else would help my skin? I know I'll never completely eradicate all scarring but would like my skin to look better.

    Thank you for your help

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    1. Keep going with it - and if you're up for it - dermaroller treatments - not cheap though - maybe better hen you're older?

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  72. Hey, i really love your blog btw.!!:)
    I just wanted to ask what you think of the Natures Way Hydraplenish Serum?

    Thank you!!

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    1. It seems like it would be ok for a quick fix.

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  73. Hey!!
    What do you think of using the clarisonic with a balm cleanser?
    Thanks!!

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    1. Same as with other cleansers - in moderation, don't overdo it and make sure its not mineral oil based.

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  74. Hi Caroline,

    I would like to know your opinion on the French brand Gernetic - http://www.gernetic.com/uk/index.php
    Do you know their products and if so what do you think about them in general?
    I´m 27, with oily skin (mainly T-zone) and I´m big fan of this skincare, especially creams Syynchro and Nuclea. They are quite expensive but I think they are woth it.

    Thank you for your answer. Well done on the driving test.

    Kamila

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    1. If it works for you then thats the important thing. But I have to say their website is the wrong side of useless! :)

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    2. Sorry, just realized that their actual website is probably this: http://www.gernetic.fr/crbst_1_en.html

      Nuclea ingredients:
      Aqua, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Tallow Glycerides, Cetyl Alcohol, Decyl Oleate, Sorbitol,Propylene Glycol, Persea gratissima oil, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Triethanolamine,Parfum/Fragrance, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Methylparaben,Ethylparaben, Calendula officinalis oil, BHT, Hypericum perforatum extract, SodiumMethylparaben, Glycine soja oil.

      Synchro ingredients:
      Aqua, Cera alba, Prunus amygdalus dulcis oil, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Hypericumperforatum Extract, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Calendula officinalis od, Decyl Oleate,Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben,Parfum/Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Sodium Methylparaben,Butylene Glycol, Pyridoxine HCI, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbitan Sesquioleate,BHT

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  75. Hello, I'm in my early 30s, pregnant and I've suddenly developed extremely dehydrated skin. I use Clarins Lotus oil and Aesop Age Proof moisturiser a night and Clarins Multi-Active lotion during the day. I cleanse with Dermalogica Ultracalming cleanser and double cleanse at night with Pre-cleanse. I have rosacea and an oily t-zone (particularly the nose) but my forehead and chin are flaking!
    Could you recommend any gentle products safe to use during pregnancy that will cure my dehydration but not aggravate my rosacea, oh and possibly something anti-aging? Not asking much am I?!

    Thank you so much,your blog is fast becoming my bible!

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    1. Oops! Meant to say Trilogy Age Proof not Aesop!

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    2. I don't love Dermalogica I'm afraid. Switch to Emma Hardie cleanser.

      Try Neals Yard Wild rose Beauty Balm for evenings when you are parched. Caudalie Vinosource SOS serum for day - and moisturiser - up your game to Pai or Balance me while you are an oven :)

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  76. Hi Caroline! love your blog, bought the EH balm and I am in love. Pretty please could you recommend a lip balm that actually works?

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    1. No idea if you'll publish this Caroline - I know you're not fond of the piggybacking, but I am a lipbalm addict!

      Nuxe - Reve de Miel actually works, amazingly well. Also, I have a terrible cold right now and it's also great for my very sore nose!

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    2. No worries - I like Nuxe too. The pot gets on my nerves though.

      Caudalie is also a good one.

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  77. Hey caroline, im 21 years old and im currently taking accutane for my acne. I have been using the vichy - deep cleansing purifying gel suitable for sensitive skin, it comes in a green colour bottle with a pump. i have been using it just under a year and like it, but then i came across your blog and your hatred towards cleansers that foam and im convinced foaming cleanser do nothing good for your skin. This vichy cleanser foam, it claims at the back of the bottle "innovation: an association of "peeling effect" ingredients and a skin soothing agent in a foaming gel".
    do you have an opinion on this cleanser or should i use the avene gentle gel cleanser or any other that can be found in canada.

    thank you, sorry for the lengthly description, but i had to describe the situation.!

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    1. Does it work? If it works for you then stick with it - if not, then definitely consider switching.
      Can you get Clinique/Lancome/MAC oil cleansers?

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    2. yes it does work and helps keep my skin clear.
      and yes i can get clinique, lancome, mac, and bioderma...but since i have acne prone skin and have taken accutane would a oil cleanser be good?

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  78. As long as its mineral oil free - absolutely! xx

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    1. AWESOME....THANKS =)=)*

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