Tuesday, 16 July 2013

balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm (and Radiance Face Oil - secret spot weapon)


balance Me (their spelling) are an old favourite - if you like 'natural' products that really are 'natural' - this brand is for you.

What is it?

The Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm is the balm cleanser in their range and is lush. Note: If you used this when it first launched (as I did) and hated it because of the huge pieces of oats in it (as I did) fear not - it was very quickly reformulated and now has the very softest of oatmeal grain - soft enough to use around the eyes. Give it another go.


What's in it?

Well, you could look at the balance Me website as they have a full inci listing for every product clearly labelled.    *JAZZ HANDS, tips hat to balance Me team*
No 'active ingredients' nonsense - just the full list. For your ease though:

Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Colloidal oatmeal, Cera alba (unrefined beeswax), Mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter***, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) butter, Polyglyceryl-4 caprate, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic polyglycerides, Hydroxystearic/Linolenic/Oleic polyglycerides, Rubus chamaemorus (cloudberry) seed extract, Cocos nucifera (virgin coconut) oil***, Aleurites moluccana (kukui) oil, Rosa canina (rosehip) fruit oil, Camellia oleifera (camellia) oil, Citrus reticulata (mandarin red)*, Litsea cubeba (litsea may chang)*, Citrus aurantium amara (petitgrain)*, Anthemis nobilis (Roman chamomile)*, Cananga odorata (ylang ylang)*, Coriandrum sativum (coriander)*, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract, Limonene**, Linalool**, Citral *natural pure essential oil **naturally occurring in essential oils ***certified organic ingredient

Who is it for?

Labelled as 'normal to dry/sensitive' - although the shea butter and beeswax content feels quite refined and shouldn't therefore break out any oily/combo skins.

What's good about it?
  • lovely texture - perfect for massage
  • doesn't emulsify into a runny milk - holds its form
  • does not sting the eyes - at all (on me)
  • removes makeup but I would still use a pre-cleanse oil over eye area first
  • doesn't leave oily residue
  • affordable!

What's bad about it?

I'm ignoring the muslin cloth. 

How much is it?

Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm is £20.00 for 125ml (I know!) - £20.00! available from balanceme.co.uk 

Highly recommended.


While you're there:

If you are someone who suffers from spots/breakouts/acne and slaps on toothpaste (loads gun) or nappy cream (fires gun) - use the above instead. This little rollerball is on my bedside and in my MU bag. Any sign of a zit and it gets rolled to death. Continuous use of an oil like this one is much better for your skin and your spots - and helps prevent scarring - in essence if you use this it will either:
  • bring the spot to a head without scarring - OR
  • make it completely disperse before it comes to a head
  • Also helps heal scarring old and new (remember scars can only be helped without machinery intervention if they are still red/pink, showing blood circulation - this will not fix the scar on your knee that you did when you were 6).

Everyone should have one. £15.00 from balanceme.co.uk  - the 10ml size is the rollerball.







145 comments:

  1. Great - I might have to buy the rollerball! I heard that cocoa butter is bad for use on the face, what do you think?

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    1. Like shea and beeswax it can be problematic if its heavy in the formula - don't worry about these though.

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  2. I've been looking for a new balm cleanser after Emma Hardie broke me out horrendously! I shall give this one a go xx

    -Olivia cravemorebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I need that oil rollerball! Totally laughed out load at the loads gun/fires gun :)

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    1. I shamefully admit I´ve done the toothpaste thing. It ate away at my skin! It scabbed over but thankfully didn´t scar. The silly things we believe.

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  4. Hurrah! I've been looking for a new balm cleanser since my boots organics tub ran out, and this looks right up my street. Off to the balance Me website I trot. Thank you Caroline!
    P.S. Silly question I'm sure, but when I apply my first toner (clarins gentle exfoliating), should I let it 'dry' before applying the second (currently Clarins camomile)?

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    1. Echoing the toner question. :) I let my first one dry anyhow but I wonder if it's necessary.

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  6. Just found your site and LOVING it! Can you tell me though, why no to a muslin cloth?
    Thanks
    Lynn

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    1. I just prefer a washcloth/flannel. And everyone - EVERYONE gives away a muslin. Boring! :)

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  7. I love when you recommend "natural" brands, and I have liked everything you recommended so far. Pai and Aurelia have become two of my favorites. Thank you Caroline! x

    Lilly, GenuineGlow

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  8. Thank you, I was looking at this cleanser but I am really keen on the Omorovicza brand. it is an expensive line but one I am willing to spend the money on if they are worth it. Have tried a couple of samples & they feel quite nice. I love the story behind it! Can you poss give me a yes or no for each product - cleansing milk, queen of hungry mist, gold eye lift, intensive hydra lifting cream,(I would be applying spf 50 on top of this) rejuvinating night cream, the copper peel. A 40 yr old, very pale skin prone to dryish skin but with some black heads a few wee broken veins, very slight pigmintation. hopefully you can answer. :)

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    1. yes, yes, no, ish, yes, yes. You're missing the thermal cleanser and the clay mask though and they are the nicest things in the range.

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    2. LOVE the Thermal Cleanser!

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    3. Thanks I have said I have the cleanser & the mask!Can I ask why your not sure about the gold eye lift & the intensive lifting cream? Is there something else you would recomend in place? Thank you sooooo much, i have bought so many products on your recommendation.

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    4. Sorry I didn't see you say you had those. The other products are ok I'm just not sure they are worth the £££. Eye cream my go-to is Zelens (he is one of my clients - but the recommendation is genuine).
      The lifting cream depends on your budget.

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    5. My apologies that should have been 'I should have said'! I'll hold fire on ordering the eye cream then & go for the Zelens. Ihave ordered the rest of the omorovizca line I listed as am just so curious about them - hope i don't regret as it is sooo expensive, I will be expecting my skin to look amazing! I have also ordered the oil in this review to have as a carry around in the rollerball - brill isead. Thank you Caroline

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  9. Just ordered this for my night time as an alternative to the EH. Thanks! Bur for my morning cleanser - Aurelia cleanser or pai cammelia & rose for a morning cleanser early 40's thirsty skin?

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  10. Hi, I'm only 21 but I have pretty bad dark circles. My budget is pretty limited. Would you recommend REN's Active 7 Eye Gel, Ole Henriksen's Total Truth SPF eye cream or Kate Somerville's CytoCell Dark Circle Eye Cream?

    I'm unable to get my hands on Eyesilik here :(

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  11. Love the Radiance Facial Oil. Got it as a sample with this cleanser from balance Me. It absolutely made a difference to the red angry break out on my chin. Helped to calm it down and help it heal without stripping the life out of my skin. Traditional spot treatments lead to icky crusty dead pimples on me, not healing skin like with this oil = total win!!

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  12. These two are already must have in my collection, they're just beautiful products! I love Balance Me :)

    Gem x
    http://www.gemmameansjewel.com

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  13. Lovely review, i love your bluntness,there's no beating around the bush just straight to the point. Love it! The balance me cleansing balm definitely on my list to buy. Also i have a boots botanic facial oil, is that OK to use on spots for time being as i want to use it up before buying anymore face oils.

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  14. Love the cleansing balm - skin is already so much better. Just need to get my hormonal contraception sorted out and hopefully it'll be spot free! Interesting about the radiance face oil for spots - I have a sample I'll have to try. I've been trying their stellar face balm on spots - recommended by someone, can't think who. Would you agree or just the oil?
    Waitrose sell the Balance Me range btw, I got a great samples pack there at xmas - cleansing balm, face oil, face mask, face balm and a moisturiser.

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  15. How does this compare to clarins pure melt?
    On a side note, would you recommend using elemis SOS cream as a moisturiser over clarins lotus oil at night?
    Ps: thought you might like the comments on this Irish beauty blog!
    http://beaut.ie/2013/hydraluron-finally-a-serum-for-the-oily-but-dehydrated/

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    1. Thanks for the link to the comments LOL very nice.

      No. From memory the Elemis cream is designed to be used in direct contact with the skin. (I could be wrong but I THINK that's right)

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  16. Ahh this is deffo next on my hit list, I'm glad it got a thumbs up. I love balms but i find it hard to compare between different ones. Would be great if after all the balm reviews you did a top 10 so we know which is the ultimate cleansing balm!

    www.ukbabyblog.com

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    1. Anything I review is recommended. (Unless its a bad review LOL)

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  17. Hi Caroline,

    bit of a desperate plea for help here! I am 19 and totally CLUELESS on skincare. Just found your blog today and I'm loving it so far and learning a lot from it! I'm wondering if you can start me off with a basic skin care routine and maybe some product suggestions? I'm really keen to start looking after my skin properly from now on as I know I am doing a terrible job at the moment!

    My current skin care "routine" (wouldn't even call it that!) just consists of using Johnsons facial wipes morning and in the evening to remove my makeup (please dont kill me) and then a Simple moisturiser. Using St Ives exfoliator a few times a week. Overall I'd say my skin is dry, with visible flaky skin in certain areas (forehead, under eyes) but it does appear oily in certain places (nose, chin). My skin can be quite sensitive and is very pale, and although I have never suffered with acne I do occasionally get red spots and whiteheads and I have large visible dark pores on my nose and cheeks.

    Where can I start?! I'm so confused! I was planning on ditching the face wipes and buying emma hardie cleansing balm to use morning and night - this is around the maximum £ I would spend as I am a student but im willing to buy it if it works and if it will remove heavy eye makeup. Also thought about the REN clear calm cleanser or the one mentioned in this post? Would you suggest I buy one of these and a different moisturiser? and is it important that I buy a toner too?

    Sorry for the long post, I appreciate how busy you are! Just really keen to begin a decent skincare routine and look after my face from now on! Love the blog by the way :)

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    1. Am I on Candid Camera? Seriously?! :)

      It's a good job I'm sitting down! LOL

      Start with Clinique Take The Day Off Balm - do not buy anything else they suggest.
      Then go to the Clarins counter and buy the Exfoliating Toner.
      Then go light with the moisturiser - maybe Clarins Hydra Quench to repair the damage done thus far? ;)

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    2. Haha! :D
      Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly and for your advice - Will definitely act on it!

      So would you say that the Clinique cleansing balm works just as well as the Emma Hardie one? Was keen to try EH, but if this one is just as good I might as well save some £££!
      and one last thing (I promise!!) - Is there a cheaper moisturiser you could recommend whilst I save to get the one mentioned? Can't afford all three products at the moment xx

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  18. Hi Caroline,
    I'm definitely going to give the facial oil ago!
    Im currently using Emma Hardie balm and it is devine!!!I now can't be without it! Thank you for such great recommendations!
    Can you please tell me if i'm doing the right things in my skincare routine: im 23 and have congested combination skin with break outs. In the morning, I use Ren clearcalm cleanser and then double tone with Ren clarifying toner and DR organics rose toner. I then put hydralauron on and moisturise with emma hardie lift and sculpt moisturiser. (I've ordered the Balance me balancing moisturiser as my emma hardie is running out).
    In the night, I cleanse with emma hardie and double tone with clarins exfoliating brightening toner and dr organic rose toner. Then hydralauron and moisturize. Oh and I use the Emma hardie eye serum.
    I have so much scarring from previous blemishes on my cheeks. would the balance me facial oil help with that? and when would I use it in my routine?
    Thank you soooo much for your help. You've literally saved my face from long time of misery!

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    1. Yes use the oil and also try pepta-bright - same company as Hydraluron. Pepta-bright goes on first after toner - and oils go on under hydraluron.

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  19. Hi. Thank you for all your advices. I'm a fan of this blog since the first day it crossed my web searches about skincare products.
    I now have a proper skincare routine. And my skin shows it. :-)
    I'm expecting your review on Darphin cleansing balm (I may say I love it! but I never tried another!). And its funny that I bought a cousin the Clinique balm since it was cheaper than Darphin's. I'm thrilled you recommend it!
    Do you know Lierac's prescription line and the "toner" with acids in the oily skin range?
    Love.
    Hope you feel better and if you ever consider coming to Portugal I'd love to be you guide!

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    1. The Darphin balm is ok - its not amazing though - I prefer Clinique to be honest.Yes I like the Lierac toner.
      And thanks - I'll bear that in mind. :)

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  21. Six months ago I would have run away screaming if someone told me to put oil on my spots, but it works amazingly well and I LOVE it, especially for the big sore ones. Thanks Caroline! xx

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  23. Oh wowww that rollerball shall be mine!
    Emma x
    emandthem.blogspot.com

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  24. I have the Oskia balm - is this very different to it? Cane and austin retexturising glycolic pads - yes or no. And could this be used instead of my exfoliating toner daily (like the pixi) yes or no. :)

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    1. It's similar. I like the OSKIA too.
      If you are OK with glycolic yes.
      Yes instead of Pixi.

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  25. What would be the tell tale sign on skin for over exfoliation. For example using a glycolic cleanser (15%)twice a week the pixi glow or bruvara 5% glycolic toner (always followed with a hydrating one)once a day and a moisturiser like the aplha h rejuvinating night cream. Does that sound like too much & what should I look out for? thanks

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    1. Look out for milia around the eye area - and hopefully you won't get that far. Your ski should feel soft and pleasant - not red or tender?

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    2. OMG! I'm increasing exfoliation to get RID of milia! Have I got that wrong? I get so confused with all this :(

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  26. I need that oil! It's immediately going on my must have list. I have terrible hormonal acne and would much rather slather on oil than drying benzoyl peroxide.

    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

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    1. Agree.... I so would like to try the oil, unfortunately its not available in the states... I have an oily acne prone skin and I slather benzoyl peroxide on and its so freaking drying... HUH!!!
      My skincare wishlist includes so many products that are not available here in states. ... Bhooo bhooo
      But you go try that oil girl and GOod Luck with it :)

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    2. Nicki, try eBay or sometimes even Amazon. There are sellers from all over who ship products worldwide at only a small markup, it's a great way to try products that would otherwise be unavailable to you.

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    3. Why don't you try Dermalogica or pretty much any brand sold in Whole Foods that have an oil as part of their collection? Most oils are nourishing and will do a similar job? (most :))

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  27. I recently bought Clinique's Take The Day Off Balm and so want to try the Emma Hardie one.
    Will it be okay for my oily/dehydrated, acne prone skin?
    By the way - you are a skincare goddess..
    Love you!

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    1. Can I ask what you thought of the Clinique balm?

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    2. I use it as my 1st cleanse and it removes eye make up for me without any stinging. I use a washcloth, do second cleanse after it... have only used it a few times to actually say much about it.. But for sure it dint break me out and dint leave any oily cast/film on the face.
      Like it so far Plus its not EXPENSIVE... So I think its worth the buy.
      and hey who am I to say anything about the product when Miss Caroline recommends it!

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    3. It's MARVELOUS. Fragrance-free and gentle on eyes (tho tough on makeup, even my waterproof mascara)!!! I'm no Caroline, but I can tell ya the Clinique balm makes my cranky face much happier than, say, Ren or the Clarins cleansing cream. And cheaper (perk!!!). Thinking I'll just start buying it for all of my friends come birthday or Christmas :) the rest of Clinique is "meh" but the balm is top-notch.

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  28. I have the oil and it is lovely. Using eh balm at the mo but think im going to invest in this and the clinique one and rotate? Is the balance me deconjest serum any good, I get quite congested with black and white heads on my chin and nose and nothing seems to clear it x

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    1. I would stick to exfoliating toners to be honest. And yes they are both good to rotate.

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  29. Definitely want to try both of these balance Me products. I really like the sound of the oil and really like using something that will nip the spot in the bud so to speak. Great review! xx

    http://whatisinherwardrobe.blogspot.co.uk/

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  30. At last a balm I think I can use EH made my skin feel tight
    I use all Pai's Skincare but will add a balm I have Pai oils plus the balance Me oil (this post reminded me!)

    Is this enough for fragile/fine skin as I'm quite scared of glycolic products. I use both toners from Pai Rice/rosemary AM Lotus PM do I really need another toner I don't get breakouts or oily patches. Afraid I would make my skin even finer. Thank you

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    1. You know your skin better than anyone else Beverley. If you have fragile skin some aha action can strengthen it. You can try toners that don't contain glycolic? I don't think the Ren one does for example (I think - check first).

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    2. Thank you Caroline this is helpful as I didn't realise the aha action could strengthen! That would make me very happy :)
      I will check Ren's ingredient list and hopefully add this step to my routine. Many thanks

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  32. Thank you for all your frank and funny info, it has made my skin so much better and saved me money. And I am so much fussier about my kids' products now too. On you recommendation I am using REN balm cleanser very happily as well as alpha H, hydraluron and good moisturiser. The results on my 45 yo skin with spots are great. Thanks and I promise never to use wipes on my face again!

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    1. Good! LOL

      Thank you for letting me know.

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  33. Noooooo everything I want that bm recs isn't available in the US

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  34. Hi CAroline, Balance Me is available in Boots or Johns? I am in NY, but I will be in Europe this summer, and I never go to France without coming to London, where I obviously belong! I looooooove England, and the people!!! So i need to make myself a list of everything you mentioned, and go BUY! ;-))) Which I will probably ask you in a future post ( I already asked you a lot lately;-))) Ahahahahaha

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    1. Balance me is in John Lewis. You should be able to find.

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  35. Balmology - get a move on with that review! ;) Just received their Cleanse balm in the mail today (the furtherest they have ever sent - to little old Tasmania).

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  36. Hi Caroline, is the Balance me oil similar to Pai Rosehip oil? I have got breakouts and oily skin and I am just deciding which oil to buy. Thanks.

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  37. Hello Lady Hirons! Thank you so much for all the wonderful advice you give here. I've learned so much already!

    I'll try to make my question short. I'm happy with my all of my skin, even at the ripe old age of 46, except that I have a major under-eye puffiness problem. (Doc has confirmed this is allergy related.) Kiehl's eye alert used to work fab. As long as I used it 2x day the puffiness was completely gone but about 1.5 yrs ago it stopped working. (I think they changed the formula as it was unavailable for about 3 months in any stores and when it was finally back my eyes were puff balls and it didn't even make a dent in it.) I've tried a lot of products since including eysilix but nothing is helping at all. I'd love to try zelens but it's way out of my price range. Any suggestions on a product? I think part of the problem I'm having is that eye creams want to do a bit of everything and I mostly just need something that will that will de-puff big time. Any help you could offer would be really appreciated!

    p.s. I take lots of vit/min/etc. supplements including oils & probiotics

    Thanks again for being fabulous! Cheers from Canada xoxo

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    1. Hi Jodi,

      The puffiness is an odd one. You may find its better if you go at it from the other angle. Sleep on an incline (two pillows etc) - not flat, low salt intake, high water (plain) intake. You can also use iced teabags (used ones obvs) in the morning for 10 minutes to try and help but really if it's genetic - not much else will work. Sorry.

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    2. Ahhh I was afraid of that. I have tried all of the above. Thanks for your reply. I really appreciate it!

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  38. Hi Caroline!

    Any thought on their Balance me hydrating face mist?
    Could I use it as my Hydrating toner after REN clarying toner?

    ingredients: Aqua, Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Aqueous Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Aqueous Extract, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Citrus Aurantium (Neroli)*, Nardostachys Jatamansi (Spikenard)*, Rosa Centifolia (Rose Absolute)*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot)*, Pelargonium Roseum Asperum (Rose Geranium)*, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow)*, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile)*, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Limonene**, Linalool**, Citronellol**, Geraniol**, *Natural Pure Essential Oil, **Naturally occurring in Essential Oils

    ***By the way Ladies and Gentlemen, a few of the , Balance Me products are on offer at Waitrose! Balance Me face balm cleanse & smooth is £16 instead of £20! yay

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    1. Sorry to butt in Caroline but Anon - I have seen Caroline talk about the mist on twitter and on instagram so I'd say it's a go! :)

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      I love the mist formulation - the actual spray mechanism tends to go all over my face and hair and surrounding area BUT - i would still buy it - I would just decant it! :)

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  39. The oil looks fantastic - definitely on my wish list now! The balance Me products seem really good.
    Charlotte xxx Something Special To Say

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  40. Hi Caroline, a random question... but please advise if possible!

    Should i use a balm cleanser (Clinique) to wash my children's face (age 8 & 6) in the evenings? Or is it better to use plain water??

    I follow your advice for my own skin..... so i thought i shouldn't neglect the kids!!!!

    Thanks xxxx

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    1. No they only need cleanser if they have been using face paint etc. :) bath water is fine - you may find it useful to invest in a good moisturiser for babies/small children (pref organic/no mineral oil) and use it sparingly if they seem a little dry afterwards?

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    2. So grateful for your reply - will now look for a good moisturiser.

      This blog is a Godsend... and so are You!!!

      Thanks xxxx

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  41. Hi Caroline! Hopefully you aren't too sick of hearing this, but I just want to tell you how much better my skin has been since discovering your blog a couple months ago!

    I have one question for you which I promise will be a short one. I've been using the Kate Somerville Goats Milk Cream, both day and night. I really like it but I find it's not quite rich enough for my dry and very sensitive skin. I was thinking of getting Origins Mega-Mushroom cream to use at night. Yay or nay? I'm in Australia which means my options are slightly more limited.

    Thankyou!!

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    1. Hi Anon,

      I will never tire of hearing that! LOL Thank you.

      Yes I love the Origins Mega mushroom range. :)

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  42. :( why does everything have nut oils in?!!

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  43. Hi, Caroline! I was hoping you could recommend a hydrating serum that won't break out my dehydrated combination skin. I tried hydraluron from indeed labs recommended by you on your blog, which unfortunately gave me spots all over.

    My routine:
    Demalogica special cleansing gel
    Dermalogica multi active toner
    Vichy idealia moisturizer for normal/combination skin
    Laura Mercier oil-free tinted moisturizer

    This keeps my skin clear and fit for summer, but come winter I reckon I will need a hydrating serum added to my routine to avoid flaky skin in the cheek- and chin areas.

    Marie xx

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    1. I think your cleanser may be more of an issue? It contains SLS which can be particularly dehydrating.
      Caudalie and Ren both make hydrating serums that aren't too £££.

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    2. I know my cleanser is drying, but it has really improved my skin, whiteheads and spots are all gone! I think I'll try the Caudalie vinosource SOS and if I still see flakes, I'll try one of these cleansing balms perhaps.

      Thank you loads!

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  44. Just picked up the face balm at Waitrose - they currently have 20% off the balance Me 'daily essentials' range, so it was reduced to £16 - a veritable snip!!!

    They didn't have the roller ball version of the radiance face oil, unfortunately. Will definitely be trying elsewhere for that!

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  45. Hello there! I was just wondering if you have any recommendations for getting rid of old acne scars? I have oily skin and am acne prone but, stupidly, irritated spots and they've left scars. Is there anything available on the Market? I've tried bio-oil, but nothing. Any advice is greatly appreciated! :)

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    1. If they are still pink/red you can help them with things like exfoliating toners and retin a products - if they are skin coloured and particularly old you may have more of a problem. Sorry.

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  46. Hi Caroline,
    I tried the Ren clearcalm clay cleanser and it dried out my combination acne prone skin (which then made my t-zone even oilier).. the sales assistant then recommended I try the Ren mayblossom gel cleanser and that too dried me out! Do you think using less product (packaging suggests 1 pump) will prevent this? Am quite scared to try it again!
    Thank you very much! :)

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    1. Yes try less and make sure you use a warm cloth to remove. Follow with hydrating toners!

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    2. Thanks for your reply! I will give those a go :)

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  49. I love both those products - but now they're going to be out of stock :P

    Would the balm be better as a first or second cleanse? And what other cleanser would you pair with it?

    I have dry, dehydrated, irritation-prone, bumpy, flaky, waxy skin that is usually red and itchy, full of blackheads, and prone to hormonal or stress acne. Infinitely better since I started using this stuff, and hydraluron, but still has a very, very long way to go.

    I wish I could make an appointment to come see you and get your advice, because my skin is full of woe. I have cleverly managed to be out of the country when you've done stuff in London.

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    1. Hi Elspeth,

      Firstly: I'll be doing more dates in August/Sep/Oct. :)

      You can pair it with any other cleanser really (that I would normally rec) - if you want to use a milk for example, put the milk on first to soften'loosen the MU - then go over with this.

      You sound to me like you need exfoliating toner and fish oil?

      Cx

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    2. What's the fish oil for anyway??

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    3. Thanks for the feedback Caroline!

      I tried to get the Pixi Glow Tonic but they were sold out, sads. I've fallen back on a Garnier 2% Salicylic acid thingy, but ... yeah, not convinced it's awesome. Fish oil is something I hadn't thought of, will have to pick that up.

      Hope you have a brilliant holiday!

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  50. Hi Caroline have you tried any products from the brand 'good things'/ what is your opinion about the products?

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  51. Would you say soap&glory peaches and clean is a good cleanser?

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    1. if you are on a budget absolutely.

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  52. Hi Caroline

    I had a question regarding taking off make-up and pre-bed routines. I'm a student so spend most of the day on placement, and tend to come home and take off make-up straight away - first with a precleanse micellar water, and then cleanse properly with a hot/wet flannel, and sometimes will do a full cleanse (meaning balmor double), but usually use a cleansing milk (with flannel)and simply moisturise. I wasn't sure what to do between that time of around 5/6pm and cleansing before bed much later on, around 11pm, at which point i do another proper cleanse and then exfoliate/tone, serum and moisturise. Is this too much? What is the proper thing to do if you remove make up much earlier than the bedtime cleanse routine?

    I have oily congested skin, and have had mild (to moderate) acne since I was about 9 (I know!) Now that I'm 23, my skin has cleared up, especially thanks to you and Sali Hughes! But I do still have congested skin, but much less so after using Clarins toner, hydrating serums, and night time glycolic acid moisturiser, but have 1-5 cystic spots pretty much all the time around my jawline/neck, which I think is hormonal and diet associated. Could you recommend anything for mild scarring resulting from all this? I'm resigned to the fact I dont think I'll ever have perfect skin, but would be able to go make-up free completely, at least some days! Also - what is your verdict on mineral make-up? I know dermatologists seem to love recommending it to acne-suffering teens! (Im actually a Med student, doing my derm placement at the moment!) They also seem to love Clarins and Eucerin! What is your opinion of Dermatologists and their approach to treating acne?

    Thanks for a brilliant well-informed blog!

    Much love!

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    1. Hi Anon,

      Ok so for scarring try any good oil - like the balance me above - or rosehip oil - I tend to be wary of rosehip though as some formulations (some) are too heavy and I find they can break me out. The Organic Pharmacy one is quite light. Exfoliating toners will also help.
      As for nightime - I do exactly the same - as soon as I get home, everything off, full nighttime routine on. If I need a 'top-up' before bed I just put a little more serum/oil on.
      Re derms: in all honesty, some exasperate me. They see problem skin and throw antibiotics at it. No advice on diet, stress etc - and most never put their hands on a face. Facialists spend their days being very hands-on and I think that sometimes gives you a different perspective - you tend to know more about your client and look at the whole picture - if that makes sense? I don't mind mineral makeup as long as its Bismuth Oxychloride free.

      Thank you for the kind words.

      Cx

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  53. I don't know how long the offer runs for, but the face balm is currently 20% off in Waitrose.x

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  54. Glamour Magazine is offering this line of products as their free sample in the UK this month!

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  55. Hi Caroline , hope your recovering well :) I love reading your blogs and my mind set on skincare has totally changed.

    I hope you could give me some advice on my current skincare as I have oily skin and it is congested, main problem areas are forehead, nose, cheeks, chins and jawline. I also have big pores on my cheeks.

    Morning:

    Ren clay cleanser , ren exfoliating toner , origins spot remover (if needed), Dior hydra life.

    Evening :

    Ren cleansing balm, ren jojoba microbeads polish, ren face mask, ren exfoliating toner, origins spot remover(if needed) , Ren night cream or ren aha resurfacing.

    I would be very greatful if you could give me some help and advice

    thanks xx

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    1. I think you're overdoing it. Especially at night. Take it down a notch - no need for all of that every night. Don't scrub/mask/exfoliate tone together. Do one every other night maybe? And your daytime moisturiser may not be helping.

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    2. Thank you for the reply :-)

      Is there a moisturiser or serum I could use to replace the hydra life (it's a sample so no money lost :-) )

      Also are the products that I have good for my skin type ?
      X

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  56. Great post Caroline. I didn't get on with this cleansing balm (gave me whiteheads) but I have a feeling it was the old formulation as it was also very scratchy. I've since been using the merumaya one which I saw you recommend in a tweet to someone else months ago (mild stalker) and it is very nice and light, perfect for summer I think. Also love the BM facial oil - brings smaller spots to a head quicker and makes larger ones disappear - amazing !

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    1. I agree. you MUST try this formulation - SO different.

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  57. Hello Caroline, can you tell me if there is a different oil I can use that is easily accessed in the US? I have acne scarring I want to treat. Thank you:)

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    1. Of course - what about Dermalogica? They MUST be available near you and they MUST have a good oil?

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  58. Hmmmm...interesting and impressive. I have never used this brand but upon reading your review over these products, I think I wanna try it out. They seem like great products to try out. I love trying out something new that are highly recommended so I'll def check on these.

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  59. Mrs. Hirons, can you please tell me if I would use an oil/cleansing balm first and then Ren clay cleanser second or the other way around? Thank you.

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    1. If you're wearing makeup I would balm first then Ren. Otherwise just use one.

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  60. Hi Caroline, I am reall y hoping you will be able to answer this as it is about cleansing :) I love, love balm cleansers at night & cream/milk in the morning. But at night is it ok to use two different balm clenser as I have EH, Omorovzica, Oskia, (waiting for the balance Me to arrive as the clinique).... I usually use the EH or omorovzica to get me make up off & go in with another but am I as well just using the same one twice? Can you clog pores with to much of a balm texture. And any idea if the Antipodes manuka honey mask is hydrating or decongesting? have just ordered as i wanted to see what like but not sure how I should use. 41 yr old, fairly good skin. Thanks.

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  61. Hi Ms. Hirons,

    First off, thank you so much for all the great advice you have been giving everyone. You are amazing!! I've been reading your blog and following your recommendations on products & I feel my skin is getting better thanks to you! I'm lucky I found you!
    I wanted your advice on my skin care regimen please! Here's what I'm currently doing:
    AM
    Cleanse with REN clear & calm cleanser
    Tone with P50 1970
    Serum- caudalie vinoperfect (for my brown spots)
    Dr Dennis gross eye serum
    Shiseido 24 hr wrinkle resist eye cream
    Algenist regenerative anti-aging cream
    SPF 50 (from CVS)

    PM
    Cleanse with REN clear & calm
    Environ AVST 1
    Dr Dennis Gross eye serum
    Shiseido eye cream

    I'm 42, have some hyper pigmentation, slight crows feet (not very visible, but due to my age trying to fight the wrinkles from forming or getting worse). I live in LA so can't get Pepta Bright or Pixi Glow tonic. I used to use Retin A for years & seemed to do great for my skin but it was on the dry & tender side so someone recommended Retinol, specifically the AVST 1 program as a gentler method for anti aging.

    Am I doing ok with my regimen? Is there anything you'd recommend I add/change? And finally (sorry!) should I be concerned with my health being compromised over time if I keep using the P50 with phenol?

    Thanks so much! You are the BEST!! XO

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    1. Hi again Caroline- I forgot to add (last question, promise!) which cleansing balm would you recommend for me to add to my routine l(listed above): EH, Clinique or Balance Me? I live in the US (Los Angeles). Thanks!

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  62. Just picked up the rollerball on eBay for £6 including postage. Can't wait for that postman to ring the bell so I can get a'rolling

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  63. Love your site! Can you tell me what you think about vitamin e on your face?

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  64. I bought this around christmas time, i have normal to dry skin, I loved it! removed eye make-up wonderfully and pain free! I rarely break out (one/two spots once a month- around "that" time) but this stuff made me break out to a scale i have never had before... i stopped using it and found the Botanics "Cleansing foam wash" as a cheaper (shoddier) equivalent if anyone else found this problem.... It stings around the eyes, but for the rest of the face does the trick!
    Great review otherwise tho!

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  65. Went to get another balance me toning spray in waitrose today and see they have 20% off everything, so got this balm too! Used tonight and love it, needed a second balm to mix up the EH moringa routine and now have one, love the gentle exfoliation feeling. Which is better for morning and night Caroline? Abby x

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  66. Have you tried the Radiance mask? Looks interesting...

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  67. I have millia under my eyes. I use a 10% glycolic acid product off and on. Does this contribute to the problem as alluded to by another blogger or does it help to bring them to the surface? What would you recommend to get rid of millia?

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