Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Routines - Cheat Sheet

You're welcome. :)

It's easy to see how your skincare routine can be a little overwhelming - we are sold so many products these days - there is something for everyone - but if you have more than 2 serums what do you use first? And what about eye cream? And double cleansing and and and...

Before we go in:
You're going to need to buy some flannels (washcloths)
No mineral oil anywhere in this routine
Nothing foaming
Nothing 'mattifying'
No wipes unless you have no access to water (hospitals, fannies, flights, festivals - you get the idea)
All stages suitable for all skin types unless otherwise stated

So without further ado:

MORNINGS/A.M.

The main point of the morning routine is to prep your skin for the day.
Taking care of your skin in the morning is no different to having a shower before you put clean knickers on. You may think this is obvious but I am contacted regularly by people who say 'Do I really need to cleanse in the mornings?'. 
I don't really have a polite answer to that to be honest. Why WOULDN'T you? Who doesn't wash their face? No I mean really
I don't know about you but I wake up with a lovely glow in the mornings - maybe you do too? 
It's called sweat. Please wash your face. 

Sidebar: I have never put my face under the shower. Never. It's too hot for your face (well my choice of water temperature certainly is). You also have all the surfactants from your shampoo running all over your face. No thank you. Stand with your back to the shower and your chin raised - like the shower has greatly offended you. Cleanse when you get out of the shower, not before.

Clean flannel.
Cleanse - any non-foaming cleanser is fine. Milk, balm (a little), gel - as long as it doesn't turn your face into a foam bath - carry on. Yes, you can use the same cleanser as you do in the nighttime if money is an issue. 
If money is not your main concern have at least 3 cleansers on rotation. At least. For example: a good pre-cleanse oil or eye makeup remover, a milk cleanser and a balm cleanser.

Exfoliating (acid) lotion - brands like Biologique Recherche, Pixi, First Aid Beauty Radiance Pads, Peter Thomas Roth, Zelens, Dr Dennis Gross and REN all make exfoliating/acid products that you use at the traditional 'toner' stage.To call them a 'toner' is to do them a great injustice. These are the 'toners' of the 21st Century.
This has the effect of blowing a trumpet in your ear. Your skin is forced into action.
Lower your skin's PH.
Note: I always take my acidic toners around the eyes - full circle - upper brow to corner brow and under eye to inner eye - and reverse. 
All packaging for anything with any acid in it will have to say legally 'avoid eye area'. Unless you are using a prescription strength derm-prescribed hardcore acid, it's fine. I of course can't be held responsible if you put the acid IN your eye. But the outer area is fine.
Try and alternate a couple of products here if you can. A milder version such as the Zelens, REN or First Aid and a more 'active' one like the other pads, the P50 or the Pixi. Alternate them daily. If you can only afford one I would either buy a mild one and use it twice a day - or a stronger one and use it in the evenings only - But try and get one in each category.

Spray hydrate - I personally love this step. It's the start of the hydrating process and it wakes me up. You can use whatever hydrating flower mist/water that you like. You can also use your traditional 'toner' at this stage - as long as its main function is to hydrate - it would preferably have glycerin or hyaluronic acid in there somewhere but a good quality rosewater etc is fine. I mean good quality - i.e. the inci list is rosewater, not fragrance (parfum) and colouring. Check your ingredients labels. Decant it into a Muji spray bottle and keep it as a spray too.
Try and avoid alcohol at this stage.

Eye cream - don't apply your eye cream last. No matter how careful you apply your serums/moisturisers you will always get some in the eye area and then your eye cream won't absorb where you want it to. Pointless. 
Eye cream first. Everything else afterwards (and on top if you like and it's not a contra-indication).
Applying your eye cream last is like wearing knickers over your trousers.

Serum/Oils - this is what I am asked about the most. I use a mixture of oils and serums and application goes by texture. 
Serums - especially water based ones, are first. Next, a couple of drops of facial oil (if you are using one!), topped off with your moisturiser. In the case of a heavily siliconed serum, I would probably skip the oil and go straight to moisturiser. 
Take a couple of drops of serum on the end of your fingertips, pat them quickly on to the fingertips of the other hand and then apply immediately. Spending 20 seconds 'warming' your serum in your hands by rubbing them together is a complete waste of time, money and product. 
Unless your intention is to have fabulously soft palms.

There will always be exceptions, so if what you are doing works for you - don't change it on my account.
Note to Hydraluron customers - Hydraluron is always last before moisturiser.

Moisturiser - choose your moisturiser by your skin type, not condition. Your moisturiser is your coat/protection.
People tend to spend far too long choosing their moisturiser and far too little taking care of what goes on beforehand. For example, using a quick swipe of a wipe, slapping on a £150 face cream and then wondering why their skin isn't great.
Remember nothing 'mattifying'. Skin is not designed to be 'matte'. As above - your skin has plenty of time to be matte when you're dead. You know - no signs of life? That's matte.
Whatever moisturiser you are using that is right for your skin, whack it on now. And how much? I have a big face (yes thank you) so tend to be heavy handed - aim for around a 10p size - a quarter for US readers. Adjust according to your face obviously.. less is more.

Beauty myth: 'Warm product in hands before use.' Why? No thank you. 
A good formulation will be ready to go - warming a product in your hands will only put most of the product on your hands. Oil doesn't need to be warmed to absorb. If you want to rub it in your hands and inhale it before you apply, your choice. I prefer to put it on my face and smell it while it gets to work on my face - not my hands. It's another 'habit' that brands think they have to put on their packaging. 
If your product is such that it needs to be 'warmed' I probably wouldn't bother. *eyebrow*

SPF - I always recommend a separate SPF for reasons previously mentioned on the blog - I just don't think a moisturiser with added SPF is going to do much benefit-wise to the skin. SPF - both chemical and physical - is a dominating ingredient and if you load a skin cream with it - that's the benefit. I.E. - I would never buy a £200 anti-ageing moisturiser with SPF. You're paying for an expensive SPF. 
You're not getting the best out of your moisturiser. Buy a good moisturiser and a perfectly reasonably priced SPF. Job done. Equally - an anti-ageing moisturiser with SPF15 - to my mind - gives a false sense of security. 
If you apply a moisturiser with SPF15 in the morning and sit out in the sun at lunchtime I guarantee you - you will not be covered enough. If you want to be in the sun, if you have to be in the sun, use SPF. A dedicated SPF.
And no, you cannot use an SPF instead of a moisturiser. That's like going out all day with a raincoat on and only bra and knickers underneath. Unless that is your everyday outfit of choice I suggest you wear actual clothes (moisturiser) underneath your raincoat (SPF).


EVENINGS/P.M.

The main point of your evening routine is to help your skin help itself. Repair and correct. 

Beauty myth: 'Your skin repairs itself at night' is the biggest old wives tale out there about beauty. 
Nonsense. 
And please don't get me started on 'your skin sleeps at night'
No. YOU sleep at night. 
Your skin sleeps when you're dead.
Your skin does not have an on/off switch like your heating. Your skin is repairing itself 24 hours a day - the reason you use treatments etc while you sleep is because you have the full attention of your skin. 
Your face is not being bombarded with sunlight, dirt, aggressors etc so you get the treatments in while they actually have a better chance of them being effective. 
'Your skin repairs itself at night' is like 'closes your pores'. Doesn't happen. 

'Do I need to double cleanse?' is my most asked question about evenings. 
The only time I don't double cleanse is if I have been indoors all day and have applied neither SPF nor makeup. If you wear SPF you need to double cleanse. A lot of people who think they are allergic to SPF because it breaks them out are simply not taking the time to wash it off properly. (Please don't take it personally if you genuinely are allergic to SPF - I'm clearly not talking to you.) 
SPF is designed to stay on your face. Take the time to remove it.
Makeup is designed to stay on your face. Take the time to remove it.
Flannel from the morning is fine.
I usually do 2/3 of the below.
Pre-cleanse oil or eye makeup remover - quick swipe around the eyes either with the oil via fingertips or a dedicated remover on cotton if I'm wearing lash extensions or a lot of mascara.
Oil/balm cleanser - I go straight in with oil to hit the oil and dirt and makeup and general gunk on my face after a day in Central London. Straight on the eyes first, then spreading out across the rest of the face. Off with flannel held under a running tap, no filling the bowl with water (as per previous posts).
Milk/gel cleanser - If I haven't used the pre-cleanse I finish with a quick going over of something lighter - any regular milk/gel cleanser for your skin type is perfect for this. Straight on to the skin, off with a flannel as per usual.
Note to micellar water users: if you prefer to take your makeup off with a micellar water (aka Bioderma etc) before you cleanse, that is your first cleanse. But if you are wearing an SPF or heavy makeup you still need to go a couple of rounds with a flannel. Don't be lazy. Your skin will thank you.

Put your flannel in the wash. 

Acid tone - as above - if you're a Liquid Gold customer this is Liquid Gold time - but LG is NOT a toner. 2/3 times a week - max.

Spray hydrate/tone - this is the one step you don't have to do at night. I do because I love it - and I'm a firm believer of sandwiching moisture in wherever possible. But it's up to you.

Eye cream - as above. If you suffer from puffy eyes use a serum/gel. 

Treatments - my favourite step. This is where you can really go to town. 
This should be your main expense skincare-wise. Again, have at least 3 products you can mix up and use depending on your skin's needs. 
At least.
A good facial oil, a good anti-ageing treatment (like anything Vitamin A/retinol for example), whatever you need for your skin. And before you ask me what you need, really think about it. You know your skin and what it needs. 

Whether or not you use a nighttime moisturiser is dependent on what treatment you use. If your treatment is IN your moisturiser, you're done. If you are using a lovely nighttime oil you may not want/need anything else. 

Personally, I am a fan of the 'piling it on lightly' approach. All this 'cleanse and then just let your skin breath' ridiculousness from brands really winds me up. 
Your skin will breath regardless of whether you put product on it or not - the alternative is suffocation. 

My PM routine is literally: pre-cleanse, cleanse, acid, hydrate spray, eye cream, oil/treatment (serum) and night treatment/oil/cream (not all 3!).

Sometimes less is really not more. Having one cleanser and one moisturiser is like having one pair of shoes. If you can afford more than one pair of shoes you can afford more than one cleanser and more than one moisturiser. 
(If you actually can't afford more than one pair of shoes, do your best - and sorry - don't mean to make you feel bad, been there.)



Note: 
  • This is not intended as a definitive document. I have received a lot of questions about routines recently and this is just my way of trying to answer as many as I can, in one place. Obviously if what you are doing works for you - as per my usual statement - don't change on my account. 
  • Equally, please don't leave me a long love letter to mineral oil - the arguments for and against mineral oil are documented on both sides of the fence. I prefer not to use it. If you like it, good for you. Carry on.
  • Also - it is highly unlikely I will have time to answer long comments left below this post. I am currently receiving, on average, around 500 emails a week asking for help. Not including twitter and Instagram. Please don't think I am complaining - I'm not - I am incredibly grateful to each and every one of you that reads this blog - I just hate for people to think I am being rude. I just literally, physically, don't have time to respond to you all. There is a much better chance of me responding to a yes/no question or a one-word answer question than a 'please help me with everything' question. I really am sorry but I just can't. 


363 comments:

  1. Love you. Like seriously. Love you.

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    1. Thank you. Like seriously. Thank you.

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    2. I agree with nn21. Thank you for this post Caroline! Amazing! I love it when you tell the truths about marketing BS that confuses all of us! Thanks again.

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  2. Love this post! I never get my face wet in the shower, I've always hated it when I was young so now it never happens. Didn't realise that was doing some good for my skin!
    And oopsie :S I don't use a new flannel everyday (i change it every 2-3 days). Will try to change it everyday :) Thanks for this post. Informative and to the point as always :)

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  3. I love you. I think you are just brilliant!

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  4. Great to have all this information in one place. Thanks, Caroline.

    I can say that my skin looks sooooo much better since I started the double toning. I use the Pixi or Clains as the acid tone and then follow it with Paula's Choice Earth-Sourced toner - first three components are water, glycerin and sodium hyaluronate, and it's really good.

    I also love the Zelens Triple Active eye cream you recommended. Saving up for the Zelens moisturiser!

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    1. 3t Complex. Absolutely brilliant. He's my client - but that's genuinely irrelevant. Brilliant.

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  5. I DO have the "help, what is best for me?!" issue but with trial and error (not to mention my bank managers support) i'll figure it out.
    Wonderful informative post about what goes where Caroline. Thank you!

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  6. Amazing post, thank you so much!

    Teeny question - I'm using Liquid Gold 3 times a week, do I need another acid toner for other days/mornings? Thanks!

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  7. Amazing post!! I can't believe that anyone would think that you're rude... You're an angel!!!

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  8. Caroline, (if you tried it before) would you consider La Roche-Posay Effaclar toner a good one? For combination skin, that is...

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    1. I don't know the acidic content well enough but will have a look.

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  9. Ohh sorry I forgot to say, about the having only one cleanser and moisturiser... I mean I see that it makes sense to have more so you can adjust your routine to your skin, but I'm always so worried about the expiration date (especially with REN)! I know you shouldn't keep your stuff in the bathroom, but is that enough?

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    1. Yeah you'll be fine - most products are 2-3 years.

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  10. Caroline, brilliant post!
    If you tried it before, how would you rate La Roche-Posay Effaclar toner (for combination skin)?
    Thank you!

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    1. Don't know enough about the acidic content but I'll find out.

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  11. The only thing that's missing from cheat sheets are product recommendations - lots of products. This is all nice and well but I have no idea which products to use...

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    1. I'll have a go. But there will be lots! Prob best suited to their own page?

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  12. Would love your suggestions for an anti-ageing moisturiser for my acne prone skin?

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    1. Kate Somerville goat cream. But if in the uk it's more difficult - I'd start with Ren maybe and try and fix the acne using the cheat sheets over there------->

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  13. Oily nose - anything I should add to above list, or stick to routine? I take fish oil supplements too. Thanks!!

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  14. Thank you. Is la rosche posay a good 'go to brand' in your expert opinion?

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  15. Great post:) so glad I found you, skin is glowing:) is this correct, effaclar duo, hydraluron, decleor oil, moist or should I put oil on first, I love the oil really helps but don't want to stop using it, I use the decleor balm at night (ylang ylang) amazing on blemishes xx

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    1. Have just re read your blog have figured how to do it now ( was so excited first time missed it) lol

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  16. Very informative and helpful:) I love your sense of humor:)

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  17. Love this blog....Love this post...Love you!

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  18. Love this blog...Love this post...Love you! Fact!,,

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  19. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
    All my questions answered in one :)

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    1. You're welcome. You're welcome. You're welcome. :)

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    2. Love that you replied to an anonymous comment! Went and got a 2nd cleanser and toner today... slowly building up my collection :)

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  20. I follow exactly the same morning routine, but I then go to the gym. When I finish at the gym, I repeat the process before applying my makeup. Is this skincare overkill?

    Also, which should come first: moisturiser or SPF?

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    1. No. But I would do a simple cleanse and light moisturise until after the gym so you don't waste good anti-ageing stuff. :) SPF is always last.

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  21. Since you don't wash your face in the shower, should you do it before or after your shower?

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    1. Thanks! I've been doing it all wrong (washing in the shower), but I will change my ways.

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  22. Have 50 Pounds voucher to spend at Space NK. A recommendation for a good treatment product would be very much appreciated. Have combination skin (oily around nostrils and cheeks) and have never missed a day of cleansing after discovering your blog.
    Long live the Hirons cleanse.

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    1. You could try Sunday Riley Good Genes or some Darphin Purifying Balm. Ren Clear Calm cleanser.....

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    2. Funnily enough, I use all of those on my combination skin! Although I'm now confused about whether to use the Darphin before or after Good Genes since the latter has silicone? Fantastic article as always Caroline!

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    3. Ren clear calm on its way. Thanks so much for taking the time to reply.

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  23. Oh am ticking the box at 30.

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  24. Thank you Caroline! Have you noticed that Serozinc is selling for £40+ per bottle on eBay after your raves about it?

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    1. I've just had some from farmaline it's £14 with shipping ( from France) only took 3 days to get here

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    2. Serozinc here!! £8 then i think it's £6.96 postage to UK.
      I ordered from them and they were great.

      http://www.farmaline.co.uk/health/order/la-roche-posay-serozinc-150-ml-spray/

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    3. http://www.farmaline.co.uk/health/order/la-roche-posay-serozinc-150-ml-spray/

      I also used this website and they were great!

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    4. Thank you for this everyone - I've just ordered some! I've been desperate to try it. x

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    5. I concur Farmaline is brilliant, super speedy! The Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser is also on back order until the end of June at Space Nk. The CS at Space Nk said that they have had an unprecedented volume of orders. The Hirons effect strikes again!

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    6. does farmaline ship to the usa?

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    7. Hydraluron is running $50 for us US customers on ebay. These companies owe you some money Caroline!

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  25. Thank you!
    I am a new US reader and this was very helpful!
    Totally overwhelmed and confused on what to buy. A cheat sheet with product recommendations for general skin types would be awesome.
    x

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    1. Yes i agree this would be awesome if you have the time

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  26. Hi Caroline, is serozinc an acidic or a mosturizing toner? thanks, am lost here.

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  27. Err sorry, just saw ingredients in Serozinc and also all is in the name...

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  28. Thank you! This is probably the most helpful blog post EVER!
    Just one question, at what point should I put on "pimple cream" such as La Roche Posay Effaclair Duo?

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    1. Under and over moisturiser. :) Under SPF. Don't forget pimples need oil too. At night apply oil on it.

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    2. Thanks! Any recommendations for night oil for acne prone skin?

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  29. Thank you! Your blog, and this post are changing my life.(Face, that is) It is so hard to make sense out of all the 'information' skin care and cosmetics companies throw at me at a daily basis. You are amazing!

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  30. Is it okay to have at least 7 cleansers on the go ;) Really helpful post as per. Thanks Caroline xx

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  31. Thank you Caroline for this fantastic cheat sheet. It's very helpful :) Can you recommend a good strength Vitamin A/Retinol product for "normal" skin - late 30's? Thank you so much! - Molly

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    1. I know I'm not the skin goddess-expert Caroline, but I have been using the Alpha H Vitamin A serum a couple times a week and it's been really great - it's a good intro to Vitamin A if you haven't used it before. Was recommended to me by the wonderful Andrea at Fern Skin Clinic (Caroline has a post about this too).

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    2. Nor am I the goddess Caroline but, I have sensitive skin (Retin-A makes me molt like a snake) and I really like the FutureDerm Retinol product and also the Green Cream Level 3 for starter Vitamin A products. FutureDerm's is great because it's micro-encapsulated so you don't have to wait for 20 minutes after you wash your skin to apply it and no massive irritation. (I have no affiliation with either, BTW.)

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  33. Thank you soo much!I can safely add another couple of cleansers without feeling guilty. yes no anser if you can? Masks -
    Sarah chapman instant miricle mask. worth it?
    if so would you recomend a hydrating mask after?

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    1. hi, hope you don't me replying but if you mean the sarah chapman mask that you mix up in a beaker, they are absolutely brilliant, apply a serum just before you use it (you have to get it on really quick) they are expensive but they really work and they also really hydrate your skin and make it glow. Hope that helps !

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  34. littlemissnaughty4 June 2013 at 22:17

    Where have you BEEN all my life??? Found your blog a few weeks ago, immediately tweaked my skin care routine, am already seeing amazing results. Maybe because I have banned foam from my skin. But WHY do so many skin care "experts" at counters and in drugstores insist I still use a foam cleanser for my combination/blemish prone skin? Ugh.
    Quick question. Clinique Turnaround Serum. Yes or no? Is the Clarins doux exfoliant enough? I don't want to overdo it with the salicylic acid.
    Love you and your blog. :-*

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  35. Thank you! You are wonderful.

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  37. Double knicker mention (and again in the comments) = worthy addition to cheat sheet collection. Thanks!

    Quick flannel question - Emma Hardie suggests only using long, straight movements and no circular ones (I assume this is only applicable to the flannel/muslin hybrid that makes my face squeak. Not a fan, give me an Asda 2 for £2 bargain any day). What is your motion of choice and what pressure? While I love the feel and finish of the flannel, with acne prone skin it is hard to know how much is too much...

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  38. Amazing post, as ever! Thank you Mrs H! xo

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  39. Fab, thanks :)
    Will cane & austin retexturising glycolic pads do as a exfoliating toner?
    I have a thirsty skin most of the time. Am I in danger of clogging pores by loading too much product on?
    Yes no answers would be great.

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  40. You have a new fan in Dubai now. So glad to have found your blog. Please recommend a good product for acne scars (which were unintentionally scratched before discovering your blog).

    Lots of warm summer heat from the Middle East :)

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    1. Good oils. Regular usage of them. Rosehip etc and good acid toning.

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  41. So helpful! Thank you!
    Hellooooo new skin!!! =)

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  42. Quick (and silly) question, I was told by the EF medispa lady to apply P50 using my hands instead of a cotton ball/pad? is this correct? Thank you!!

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    1. TAKE THE CRACK PIPE OUT OF HER HAND.

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    2. Wow okay!! thank you!!!

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  43. This is nuts! I didn't know there was so much to it...my current routine is WASH -> SUDOCREM -> Baby Lotion on the face. I have made nuts and will do better from today, Row x

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    1. Everyone say hello to Cosmetic Candy. LOLZ

      COW.

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  45. I used the Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner for about a week a while ago, but stopped as it broke me out in places I don't normally get spots. Is it worth giving it or another acid toner another go?

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    1. I'm going to come back to you - promise! tomorrow. x

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  46. My jaw dropped when i saw this post ....Thankyou!!!
    Should prescription Retin-A be applied to just cleansed skin, and then follow with the full nightime routine of toner, serum, treatment, moisturiser etc?
    Or, should the Retin-A just slot into the normal 'treatment' section of the nightime routine?

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    1. My derm told me to use Retin A at night on its own. Unless my skin dries out too much, then she told me to wait an hour or so (so Retin A can work its magic) before using whatever on top. But it needs to be the first product on after cleansing usually or its effect would water down I think?

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  47. This is amazing!!

    I'm Portuguese and I think we don't have really good skincare advisers.
    I'm 21 and have an acne prone skin. So, the result? The Clinique 3-Step Anti-Blemish Solutions. Yes, I know: it burns and dries. I don't really pay attention to myself, but when I found your blog I started to pay attention to it and really though I should do something. Although I am actually free of the spots and stuff, I have milia in my chin and mouth area. and sometimes I mess it up as I have this awful tendency of "scrathing it lightly" while I'm studying. Brilliant, more burning!

    As the moisturizer was getting really drying I bought La Roche Posay to swap. I also think I'm going to try the Clarins Gentle Exfoliant, brands we have! (we don't have EH, I would have to order it online somewhere). I also use Bioderma at night when I wear makeup.

    I am really confused about what to buy to actually get a healthy routine and have a better skin! I would be so grateful if you could give me some advice!

    Sorry in advance for any mistakes! :)
    Your blog is brilliant, thank you so much!

    Inês

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    1. Any Clarins (or that kind of cosmetic brand, or french pharmacy!) cleanser worth it?

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  48. Thank you very much for this, I have bookmarked it so I can come back when I (inevitably) forgot the order. I've recentl added facial oil and serum into my routine and wasn't too sure what goes where when! X

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  49. I am so glad it's okay to have multiple cleansers, although I do have a few I always use.

    Question, is the Aveda exfoliating toner good? I have fallen in love with their skincare since I had a facial at an aveda salon.

    Also, I like my showers luke warm to avoid drying my skin and hair out, is it okay to wash my face in it?

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  50. This is incredibly helpful thankyou! I use a prescription treatment for acne morning and night where would you suggest this slots into the routine?

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  51. If I apply an exfoliating toner every night,
    1) do I need to exfoliate again just before using a fake tan product?
    2) do I still need to use a 'deeper/longer' exfoliating mask at the week end?
    thank you x

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  52. Discovered you a month ago and have now totally overhauled my skincare regime - from Simple facewash and any old moisturiser for 15 years, eek, to double cleansing AND double toning. Yay, get me!

    Thoughts on the Mario Badescu Glycolic Toner?


    Also, why the need for rotating different cleansers and moisturisers? Is it so that your skin doesn't get used to the same one?

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    1. I ordered the Mario Glycolic Toner.. Finished the bottle, was NOT impressed by it.

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  53. Hi caroline, my oracle! I am new to your BLOG, but thank god for the day I watched you on pixiwoos YouTube channel. You're blog is amazing, love your reviews and advice. My skin has improved hugely. Thank you thank you thank you caroline!!!!!!!
    I'm just wondering if you know where I can get my hands on/order Kate Somerville Goat Milk moisturiser?(I'm a UK resident) thanks in advance.

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  54. I would say I read your blog for your vast knowledge of skin/care, but really it's your humour and sarcasm. Hilarious.

    (I am totally lying though, your blog has helped my skin massively. It say's thank you !)

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  55. Hi caroline. Think your blog is simply amazing! Thank you so much for all the advice, you are literally my skin care oracle.
    I'm wondering if you know any way of getting hold of Kate Somervilles Goat Milk moisturiser? I'm a UK resident. Thank you in advance :-)

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  56. When you say your face needs oil even if spot prone, does this mean an oil free moisturiser may not be the best thing and it's o.k to use moisturisers with oil in? Or do you think it is best for spot prone skin to get oil from night time oil treatments etc and still use an oil free moisturiser?
    x

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  57. How do you feel about Vitamin C?

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  58. this is amazing !!! now my only question is, any recommendation for a good eye cream ( other than eysilix since i can't get it in the US :( )

    thank you !!!

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  59. i so need this....Thank you..Thank you !! my face is breaking out like crazy been using Dermalogica and it looks like i will need to change it completely.

    can you recommend good eye cream ( other than eysilix since i can't get it in the US ) :(
    been trying all kind of eye cream from high end to drugstore brand but nothing really work ??

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  60. Maybe I missed it but in the Pixiwoo video she mentioned not to use gel cleansers...esp. for oily and acne prone skin but in this article she list it as one of the options in the morning and night routine...??

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  61. Oooh, I wish I could get some Emma Hardie or Liquid Gold in the US! If you can tell me where! Currently, I'm going through products upon products to find similar brands/ingredients over here that don't break my bank (aka Lancome/Chanel/Estee Lauder, etc.)

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    1. Emma Hardie is sold on feelunique.com ... I think Liquid Gold might be too, but you'd have to check the site to be sure.

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  62. Also, I just want to say thank you. I really, really appreciate the work you put in to your blog. I've learned so much! :)

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  63. Lovely post as always. Cleansing with a balm/oil has changed my life! Teenage me would never have believed it. SO looking forward to you visiting the U.S.!

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  64. Hello Caroline! I am sooo happy and lucky to have found you now, the only downside is that I didn't know you EARLIER! Thanks to my friend who posted your link! I'm really really hoping that you can find time to check my post.
    I am 27, Asian with medium skin tone, and my facial skin issue is: uneven skin tone, white heads all over (i mean even in my upper lip and T zone), and ladies' usual concern: I think my face is saggy and wants a tighter skin! (Or maybe I'm just looking at my teen photos too much that I felt a lot has changed already!)
    This is my current routine: AM and PM: Cleaning with Lush Aqua Marina (main ing: Aloe Vera Gel & Calamine), eysilix, Hydraluron, and enzymion moisturizer. I use a separate SPF rarely now (because I just started work from home on a regular basis, err sad and joy) and I use Clinique Sun Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Cream. I use facial mask from time to time as well. :)
    - I'm not really a Lush Junkie - but when I was new in Canada and found them - I fell inlove with one moisturizer - 'Imperialis' and from then on - I only come to Lush when I need something new for my face. - but that's just my personality, when I loved something, I rarely go somewhere else. Something that I am constantly trying to change within myself. That's my I am writing. :)

    Question/s.
    1. What is your opinion on Crystal Collagen Face Mask or Regular Collagen Face Mask? I have used them once, and I must say and admit I LOVEEEE the result of the Crystal Collagen Mask, I also love the result of the regular collagen mask, but the difference is just so huge.

    2. I will something new in my routine, and change something to check out the result, what is your suggestion, specifically product? I have this in my mind: Same cleanser (I'm open to something new), toner (i used to regularly use tea tree toner from lush-got lazy-and wants to try something new, P50 (what's best alternative in case I can't get it here in Canada?, serum (please suggest something to start with - I have never used any serums yet), hydraluron, moisturizer (i love my enzymion, but I want to use two different to alternate (night/day) - what do you think? Please recommend a good night treatment to start with. Thank you so much Caroline!! - Sorry if im on 'Anonymous' I'm really kind of shy.

    By the way Canadian readers! I was haunting Hydraluron for two weeks in Shoppers Drug Mart and I've lost all hope because all the reps i spoke with don't know what was it, and then eventually, they were told that hydraluron was discontinued and they don't have eysilix in their list. GEE! So just when I'm ready to pay huge amount of money on shipping - I found them last week in Shoppers, and I literally 'semi shouted' when I saw it! Surprisingly, they're just being launch by Shoppers Drug Mart - it's a shame because at the back of package it says 'made in canada'. Duhhh! Anyways, thank you Caroline!

    Hydraluron is awesome awesome awesome!

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  65. Are you sure everyone can use an acid every day? Twice? Even very sensitive skin? I think I may have destroyed my acid mantle (or whatever it is) by using an acid every day and really weakened by skin making it very sensitive... so I'm down to once a week.

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      I have the same issue with Anon above. I am dehydrated and acne prone. SO i thought a mild glycolic toner will help with reducing my acne, but it makes it worse. So right now nothing in my regime has acid (except for Mario Badescu Buffering lotion that has some salicylic), even thought I would like to have some. Thoughts?

      I use Shiseido The Skincare range and have been using it for 3 years, they seem to balance my skin out. Anything new will break my skin out, I am nearing 30 would like to try some early stages anti-spots and wrinkle serums.

      Thanks!
      RP

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  66. Fantastic post!!
    I have one question..i have often heard about hyaluronic acid in your blog..can u pls name few products with it?

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  67. Great Post as usual. The double cleanse has worked wonders for my skin. My acne has totally cleared up but has left marks which are still pink in color. I received Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Bright serum and moisturizer as a birthday gift recently and havent started using them yet. What are your thoughts on the Mega Bright line from Origins ? Do you recommend them for oily combination skin? I am 30. Thanks Caroline :)

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  68. I love this! Everything to have on mind while shopping in here, thank you:)
    Lucia
    http://www.luciaknowsbeauty.com

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  69. Thanks so much for taking the time to impart all your wisdom!! Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant as a cleanser in the morning for oily dehydrated skin prone to breakouts. Good/Bad idea?

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  70. What are your thoughts on the balance me balm cleanser? Thanks!

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  71. What are your thoughts on the balance me balm cleanser?

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  72. Thanks Caroline - brilliantly helpful once again. Certainly cleared things up for me in regard to the order of eye cream, oil, serum etc. Thanks!

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  73. *marching back upstairs as I've only put a moisturised with SPF 15 on ... Goes to apply a proper SPF on*

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  74. Caroline - I think you are probably my favourite person in the whole world.

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  75. Sorry Caroline, one more question. Have been using Liquid Gold twice per week and the Clarins exfoliating toner on the other days. Just how sensitive does this make you to sunlight? I use an SPF every day but just wondering in terms of going on a beach holiday - should I take a break from the acids while I'm getting proper, non-UK sunshine? Many thanks.

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  76. Lol So many knickers analogies! Love it!
    I’ve been doing hydraluron then eye cream then treatments, thinking the hydraluron will help absorb them. I shall be swapping to eye cream > treatment > hydraluron from now!

    I’ve had an eczema flair up on my arms and have been forced to go back to petroleum based products as its unbearable. Even brands like la roche posay-lipikar and avene use them in their products. Would you say its acceptable as its not for my face or is there a non-petrochemical midrange product that you think could help me?

    Thanks!
    http://www.ukbabyblog.com/

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  77. A HUGE thank you for this post, you are amazing to help so many of us like this. I have been doing it pretty much right (since finding you), except using the Hydraluron in the wrong order.

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  78. I just love your cheat sheets Caroline!! I'll be honest, I do a few things differently to you but like you say, if it works don't change it. I'd question why anyone would want a serum with silicones in it! Just like the oil would sit on top, so would the moisturiser. Keep the silicones for the moisturisers and / or primers I say.
    I'm glad you mentioned about the eye cream first. I do this at home on myself and it really annoyed my in my facials training when they made us do it last!!
    Also you really surprised me about Hydraluron! I always thought that would be first after tone before serum / oil / moisturiser because of how light it is and why HA is in the skin.
    One last question (sorry it's not exactly a Yes / No), what are your thoughts on Thermal Water Sprays an if you used them, is it in place off or in addition to the hydrating toner? I.e. after acid tone?

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  79. I tried the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream and it is seriously holy grail. I stopped using it for a day, and my skin looked like rubbish. It smoothes and calms your complexion so much, and I never would have tried it without your recommendation! Thank you!

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  80. Informative, funny...what a great way to start my day! Also happy to read my gut instincts have steered me in the right direction, despite it often being against the grain.

    Loved this!

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  81. Emma (memamem)5 June 2013 at 10:00

    This post is like the best birthday present ever. Woke up and had an email to say you had posted, made my birthday better..seriously! Thank you!

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  82. hi,
    i love love your blog and i really need your advice.I am almost 40 and my skin has acne scars and gets red easily.i had been using elemis tri enzyme face wash and emma hardie moringa balm to cleanse my face and advanced face activator by perricone md as a serum but whenever i took my make up off my face was irritated and red.I went to la prairie and the sales woman told me to cleanse my face once and after to put with my hands their advanced marine biology tonic(which is a serum?becuse it is like a toner)and my moisturiser.she told me not to use acids because i live in greece and it is really sunny but i always use spf 30 or 50(i am pale).I should not use acids?what can i do to calm my skin?which la prairie products would you reccomend ? thank you.

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  83. Thanks Caroline - really helpful (and thanks for answering my tweet the other day). Can't believe I've been doing the eye-cream thing wrong all this time (and it is a very long time at my age) hopefully not too late to rectify that!

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  84. Hi Caroline,

    This is a brilliant post, thank you so much for taking the time to write it. Your advice is absolutely invaluable!

    I hope you don't mind me asking one quick question - which of your preferred acid exfoliants is the best for treating stubborn blackheads?

    No worries if you can't reply - I'm hoping to meet you tomorrow in Selfridges! Yay! : )

    Hannah x

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  85. Thank you Caroline, amazing advice again! Hope you managed to get one of the HUGE Emma Hardie cleansers last week. I tried to get another but they've sold out. Bad times.
    Can I put in a small request and if you do a post of product recommendations can you include any high street products/ranges that are good?

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  86. Hi Caroline,

    Another gripe: 'Warm product in hands before use.' Why? No thank you.
    -> Is it applicable for Balm - such as Darphin Purifying Balm? I find warming the balm in my hands is such a waste, but I can't apply the balm without warming it either

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  87. THANK YOU Mrs Hirons
    For your precious tips, your time and your sense of humor !!
    Love it !

    A french fan <3 !

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  88. Caroline!

    Thank you for such an informative post. I know you go through a lot of this in your other posts but it is amazing to have it right infront of you!

    Like everyone else, I do have a small question.. I realise you are a Perricone MD lover and use the nutritive cleanser but I notice it is probably the most foaming cleanser I have ever used! Though it is very gentle and doesn't seem stripping at all.
    Would this product be an acception for the cleansing step?

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  89. Thank you for this most awesome post, I have realised that i have been wearing my knickers over my trousers all these years when it comes to eye cream. *slaps forehead with palm*
    I will now amend my ways accordingly :)

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  90. Thank you for this post. I have a quick yes/no question for you. Can you use Hydraluron under an eye cream? I use Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 but still feel dehydrated in eye area.

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    1. Just read your Hall of Fame review of Hydraluron and found that you can. What a wealth of information your blog provides. My skin saviour!

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  91. Hi Caroline! Great post, I have been going through and trying to piece it all together from your blog and now I have this lovely summary!

    Would you consider doing a cheat sheet for skincare ingredients? Like a good and bad list and a brief description of what they are good/bad for?
    Eg. Hyaluronic Acid - good for moisture etc.

    It would be super useful when looking at un-reviewed products. I get confused with things like Glycerin, Cocoa Butter etc.

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  92. Do you have a hand full of choices for good hydrating toners?

    Many thanks

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  93. Love this post! Thanks so much! If possible, could you add some specific product recommendations? It would be FANTASTIC to have it all in one place! Thanks again...

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  94. Amazing Thankyou :)
    Have bulk ordered the Serozinc spray from a french pharmacy online.
    Wish i could bring this many products with me to Glastonbury!
    Gunna have to be micellar waters for a week :(
    Anything amazing skincare you would recommend for festivals?

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  95. Love this post! Thank you so much! If possible, could you please add some specific product recommendations? It would be FANTASTIC to have all this information in one place! Thanks again.....

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  96. Hi lovely! thanks so much for this post!!! it's more than great :) You have one fan in Spain ;)

    I have acne and my dermatologist recommended me to use a cream called Glycoisdin based on glycolic acid. When I have to apply it? Before moisturise and with the other acne treatment creams?

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  97. Can you recommend a good hydrating toner that is sold in the USA?

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  98. So if i use an oil as my moisturizer at night, i do the oil first before my estee lauder advanced night repair?

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  99. LOVE, LoVe, love your blog/advice/humour!
    Two Questions:
    1. Have you had a look at (or have an opinion about) the boots botanics cleansing balm? http://www.boots.com/en/Botanics-97-Organic-Hot-Cloth-Cleansing-Balm-70ml_1262019/
    2. EMMA HARDIE IN NORTH AMERICA!!! Please tell me there is hope for us? I feel I may parish if I can't get my hands on it soon ;)

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    1. I'm from the US and I just bought mine at feelunique.com.

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    2. Thanks!! Unfortunately It's been out of stock at feelunique.com for a while, I've been checking back every few days :(

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  100. Hi Caroline, I am 17 and have normal and dehydrated skintype. I use the Emma Hardie cleansing balm 2 times a day at the moment. I don't want to buy another expensive cleanser so would you recommend buyer a cheaper cleanser alongside the Emma Hardie cleansing balm so that I can add another into my routine, as you said its good to have more than 1. Thanks :)

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  101. I love this blog post, informative and good for a giggle

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  102. Thank you so much for your tips. I'll act accordingly. But I have a question, do you treat rosacea/redness as you treat pigmentation/age spots? I'm 27 and have no idea how to deal with all the redness going on on my otherwise really white skin..(no acne envolved, just this dry patches). Thank you.

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  103. Thanks Caroline. Product 'peeling' or 'bobbling' winds me up and it usually happens when I layer, but I've been trying to let each product absorb before next layer to avoid bobbling. I go serums, oil, cc cream or moisturiser. But oils take much longer to absorb than the serums I use so not sure about your reversal of oil/serum. What's your view on bobbling/layering in the routine?

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  104. I started reading your blog recently and I must say you've really educated me on skin care. I really was doing it ALL WRONG! I do have some questions though. a) is the SPF in my makeup sufficient? b) Clarins makes seperate SPF's for body, face, and eye area. Are these necessary or will one do the job? c) have you tried MAC's FIX+ for skincare? If so, what are your thoughts? Thank you for your time and expertise.

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  105. True words of beauty wisdom as always Caroline.

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  106. Do you have any products from the US that you would say are similar to Hydraluron? It isn't available here, but I also feel like I'm missing out, so if you know of any "dupes", I'd really appreciate it!! =)

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  107. Oh daym, I really wanted to rub all of the germs from my hands onto my moisturiser before it touches my face...! x

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  108. Thank you so much for this information, I just ordered a Rosewater Spray to incorporate into my daily routine! http://www.theproductfiend.com

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  109. Caroline - you have a fan in California. I love your sense of humor and your honesty, its a breath of fresh air! I am slowly building up on products for a full skincare regime. Since my main issues (late 20s) are acne and uneven skintone, in the past I've made every step of my skincare regime have some kind of "anti-acne" claim. I realize that's probably overkill and perhaps the serum/treatment stage is the best place to have an acne product. Like many others, I would LOVE a product recommendations page on your blog and especially for things available in the US. THANK YOU!!

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  110. Great post. Paula's Choice Ski Perfecting 2% BHA liquid as exfoliating toner. Yea or nay?

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  111. THANK YOU CAROLINE!!! Ha Ha, thanks for the clarification on the flannel. I'm from Hawaii and we know a flannel as something a cowboy wears to sleep :) Karen

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  112. Would love to know your recommendation for fading freckles/sunspots! :))

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  113. Firstly, thank you - I have changed my routine thanks to your straight forward, easy to get chat! This post is brilliant and sooo helpful. I'm still compiling my new skincare routine/products, but it will be done soon!

    Just one question - how many face masks should I (or someone) use per day. I read somewhere (What'sInMyHandbag.com?) that you use an exfoliating mask then deep cleanse mask then hydrate mask. So twice a week I can use all three of these masks on the same days or different masks on different days? Or should it be different masks on different weeks? (I'm on a mission to treat my skin better!) FYI, I'm 30, Indian skintone, pigmentation from teenage acne scars (uneven skin tone), dehydrated (standard!), generally normal skin that can get slightly oily in summer and slightly dry in winter.

    Honestly, I think your amazing and I'm so glad you done that interview with the Pixiwoo sisters (who I equally love!) so I was able to get to know the error of my skincare ways! I hope you can help me!

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  114. This blog post is incredible...and you're incredible! Thank you for this, it's beyond helpful!!

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  115. This blog post is incredible...and you're incredible! Thank you for this, it's beyond helpful!!

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  116. Hi Caroline,
    Great post as always.
    Just a quick one...I started using Clarins Gentle Exfoliator every morning and am also using a Liquid Gold type treatment twice a week. Since doing this I have got Milia in places I never had it before and so I went to my therapist to get them extracted and she told me it is because I am over-exfoliating. Is there such a thing and what can I do to prevent the milia?

    Thanks,

    Zo x

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    1. I'm coming back to you properly - tomorrow - but stop for now til I can explain further xx

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  117. Hello Caroline! Thank you for this cheat sheet - Quick question, what is your interval time between applying your routine? I currently use pepta bright + hydraluron + moisturizer and I currently wait less than a minute between each application, should it be longer? Appreciate it! Xoxo!

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  118. Hello Caroline!

    I am an avid reader and have a few questions for you if you don't mind..

    1)For exfoliation, I have the Clarins exfoliation toner and I also have retinol. Do I alternate between the two nightly or do I just pick one to use until I'm finished?

    2)Could I purchase a mask that exfoliates while using the two products? I was thinking about picking up the REN Radiance mask.. I just don't want to over exfoliate and thin out my skin.

    2) Also, about Liquid Gold. It is quite hard for me to find out if they are paraben or sulfate free because they don't list the ingredients on their site. Would you happen to know?

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    1. Hope you don't mind if I poke here...
      liquid gold is paraben free.. I know it as I have it {the ingredients as listed in beautybay are:Aqua, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Hydrolysed Silk, Glycolic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Extract.}
      Wanna know regarding the other questions as well! =)

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    2. Doesn't the alcohol in Liquid Gold make it a bad choice though?

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  119. ...runs out the door to buy more flannels.......

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  120. Great post! LG and Clarins gentle exfoliator have alcohol as second ingredient (at least here in Spain) You always say alcohol it is ok if it is not among first ingredients right? in this case?
    THANK YOU!THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
    Mel

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    1. OH! I have found the answer in your blog. Sorry!

      "A few things to say up front: it does contain alcohol - which I am always asked about - but it counteracts it nicely with glycerin. If I hadn't seen the inci list I wouldn't have known there was alcohol present. There is absolutely NO feeling of dryness after use"

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  121. Hello Caroline,love your blog! I have simple question for you, do you recommended acid tone even for very sensitive skin? Thank you

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  122. Would you recommend using this as some step?

    http://skincarerx.com/Sothys-Paris-Velvet-Cleansing-Water.html

    FULL INGREDIENTS
    Aqua (Water), Decyl glucoside, Glycerin, PEG-8, Betaine, Propylene glycol, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Methylparaben, Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Propylparaben, Xanthan gum, Triethanolamine, Fagus Sylvatica extract, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben Hexyl cinnamal, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl methylpropional, Geraniol.

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  123. another lovely cheat sheet, the amount of times i read these every month is getting ridiculous (in a good way).

    two quick questions:

    1) blackheads - i have them around my nose and i just can't seem, to get rid, it's really bringing me down :( any little tips?

    2) how many times a week should i be using ren's AHA resurfacing concentrate? should i treat it like liquid gold and stick to 1-2 times?

    thank you in advance you lovely skincare god xo

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  124. I have completely changed my skincare since discovering your blog, thank you so much for this helpful post! Only thing I am confused about is the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. It has alcohol as 2nd ingredient - do you recommend anyway? (I have senstitive skin according to 2 facialists)

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  125. Thx for your awesome article, quick question I use liquid gold at night what acid toners can you recommend during the day? Thanks from an Aussie fan fpx

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  126. Amazing post!
    thanks for clearing up the lies that are told to us by the brands through their marketing.

    What should be the main ingredient to look out for in moisturizers for oily skin?

    Thanks.

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  127. Hi Caroline

    Thanks for another great post! Went through it three times over this morning then immediately got to work with applying everything I've learnt in my morning wash up!

    Quick question- the Clarins exfoliating toner whenever used anywhere even close to my eye area (including my nose bridge) seems to result in tiny red raised bumps within the next few hours :( I get the same reaction if I accidentally get any la Roche posay effaclar duo in the area, and occasionally with sheet masks as well. They take a few days to go away and seem to disappear quicker if I don't apply anything at all near my eyes- including eye cream.

    Strangely I've used liquid gold and all my other moisturisers on my eye area and do not get the same reaction- it's only with those specific products. Could it be that my skin just does not get along with an ingredient in them? They seem to work fine on all other parts of my face.

    Thank you x

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  128. Awesome post <3

    Stupid question- Should I wait for a product to absorb (ie- wait for rosewater to dry/serum to fully get absorbed) on my skin before applying the next step?

    I feel that waiting takes a long time and that my skin doesn't absorb the later products as well. Not waiting, on the other hand, feels like I'm mixing up every toner,serum,and moisturizer on my face before they even set in.

    Confused.

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