Monday, 17 March 2014

Some updated Cheat Sheets

I know from the skin consultation appointments that a large number of readers are not on Twitter. That being in mind I thought I'd let you know that I've been updating some Cheat Sheets in recent weeks. The most notable being my very first post:

Facial Massage for Cleansing/Post-Cleansing

and the most popular post on the blog:

Routines

I hope they're a little more helpful and in-depth than before. It's been nearly four years since I started the blog so I thought keeping it relevant and with my current thinking was important.

Cheat Sheets as always can be found on the sidebar over there--------------------->

Thanks for reading!

39 comments:

  1. Hello Caroline,

    Thanks for taking time out to updates these. I've just discovered you & this site and everything I thought I knew and had studied on the backs of those little labels in Boots and the like has been blown out of the water!! I've become a beauty magpie picking up the shiny bits of info I WISH I had at least 10 years ago! I was wondering if you had some general advice for those with sensitive/ rosacea skin problems? Avene has been particularly good but for someone heading into their 30's I feel I need something stronger to take into account dehydration/ ageing but that won't unleash hell on my skin!

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    1. I have Rosacea too. Have you kept a food & drink diary for the flare ups? I found it invaluable to know my triggers on top of a good skincare routine.
      Sadly red wine is one of mine.. So a good cover up is an essential for me too.

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    2. That's a good point- of late I've been on a bit of a 'health kick'- cutting back on dairy, wheat, sugar and drinking LOTS more water! There's been a definite improvement on one side of my face but not the other strangely..? I'm wondering if it might come down to something as basic as it's the side I use my phone/ sleep more on- so maybe wiping screen/ changing pillow case daily might be worth investigating!

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    3. Me too, my right side is worse.
      I have cut out gluten, diary and now trying all sugar, not such a fun diet. It rules my life as I am always trying to do anything to avoid what i think are triggers. Some days it isn't too bad, but it is something I have to live with. It can be difficult when you can't hide your face :-(
      Any skincare tips would be great x

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  2. Thank you for making these for us!

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  3. I would appreciate recommendations for a hydrating toner. Cannot get Serozinc in the U.S.

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  4. Caroline you should do a video with the facial massage techniques and put it on Youtube.
    Thank you.

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  5. Hi, I know your very busy do you think you'd be able to do a sheet on sensitive skin with spots. I've been following you for just under 1 yr and have been trying out the products you recommend but my red, dry, sensitive, spotty with oily T zone skin isn't getting any better I feel my cheeks are scaly and always spotty as the products aren't getting through.
    I have used Emma Hardie, clinique TTDOB both broke me out. Ren moisturiser did nothing. Hydroluron not sure it's working. Pai broke me out. The new Body shop Vitamin E oil in serum broke me out. At the moment I'm using The body shop aloe range just cleanser, toner and moisturiser 6 weeks in no change. I'm even trying Turmeric and milk face masks as I'm not sure if the Liquid gold is too harsh.
    Please can you help I'm willing to pay what ever I have to I just want nice skin.
    I'm 38 healthy vegetarian diet I take Flaxseed oil 1000mg I really don't know what to try next.
    Thank you for your time.
    Wendy x.

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    1. Hiya
      My skin sounds similar and it is very annoying! I use la roche posay physiological cleanser on a morning and mario badescu seaweed cleanser at night. I love dermalogica, and use the soothing booster and then either active moist or skin smoothing cream on my cheeks.
      Vichy normaderm moisturiser is brilliant for the t zone, as recommended by the fabulous Dr Sam Bunting.
      hope that is helpful
      Abigail x

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  6. Thank you for taking time to update your cheat sheets!

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  7. I was wondering if you had any good tips for redness. I have a lot of redness on my cheeks and it's very bothersome. It flares up when I'm hot or shy and I was wondering whether you had any tips or products that could help cool it down. Thanks :)

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  8. HI Caroline,

    I came across your blog last week and have studied your routines and page rigorously - and I think it's already changing my life. I've suffered from breakouts ever since my early teens, have been on roaccutane twice (only kept my skin well for 6-8 months, break outs again! afterwards) - and last time I saw a rapid aging process (am now in my early 30s).

    I guess that I've never treated my skin in the right way because - frankly - I had no idea HOW TO and no doctor or cosmetician was really able to tell me what was wrong with my routines or my products. Sad, but true.

    The most amazing thing about following your routines and buying some proper products (FINALLY!) - I've only done it for a few days, and the improvements are already showing! Maybe I shouldn't be too euphoric too soon, but I think I'm finally on a good way to healthier skin. You are the first person to help me actually UNDERSTAND what I'm doing.

    So: THANKS!!!!!!! :D

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  9. Indeed I don't have twitter and not planning on getting it!!! Thanks!

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  10. Hello Caroline!
    Reading your blog was similar to someone shouting very loudly "Let there be light". I was wondering what product would you recommend as a replacement for La Roche Posay Serozinc as it is just not available in North America.

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  11. Hello Caroline! Reading your blog is similar to someone shouting "Let there be light" !!! :D I absolutely love it!
    I was wondering what product would you suggest as a replacement for La Roche Posay Serozinc? It seems to be kind of impossible to buy it here in North America

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  12. Hi Caroline!

    Are there any products that can speed up the process of fading marks that spots leave behind? It's a very VERY long process for me :(. ps I have sensitive skin.
    Cheers!

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  13. Thank you. Have been reading for 4 years and love love your advice.

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  14. Hiya, could you please recommend a good anti ageing serum? I'm a 30 year old man and have basically just used either hydration serums or exfoliating ones for about six years. I do feel now I should be using something specific to ageing. My skin is combo and pretty sensitive (I can't use liquid gold) I also suffer from blocked pores, however this is very rare since I've switched to using non foaming cleansers. I like the look of the Anthony logistics serums but not sure about the actives. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Thank you. X

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  15. Your advice has changed my skin Caroline , could you do a post on what makeup your wearing at the moment ! Do you still use la bella donna ? , i just think you always look so amazjng on your pics i want to look like you xxxxx lol

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  16. Hi,

    FYI your link to the Routines cheat sheet doesn't work but you can still access it on the sidebar :)
    Christina

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  17. Hi Caroline, thank you so much for this post. I am sorry I am posting the same questions again:

    - What is the deal with dairy and spots? Spoke to my GP, she said there is no such thing. Is it because I am a sufferer of PCOS, therefore the constant spots around the jawline?

    - Update on my Epiduo usage: It broke me out for the first two weeks, now it is getting much better but am still getting constant whiteheads on my jawline, and close to my nose area. Is this is normal for using Epiduo? Cheeks has never been clearer (yay), no dryness at all.

    - I am thinking to start using a face oil as per your advice, I don't know many but from your posts, which one do you recommend - Clarins Lotus Oil or Aesop Fab Face Oil?

    - I was given an organic anti-oxidant face serum, is that the same thing as a face oil?

    Thank you!

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    1. Hi,

      As far as GP's are concerned I take their advice regarding spots and skincare with a pinch of salt, that's what Derms are for. Most GP's seem to throw antibiotics at spots, regardless of the type of spot. I personally believe there is a connection between dairy and spots and skin comnditions, if you do some research you'll probably come to the same conclusion. The jaw and chin is a problem area, it's the place for hormones and a lot toxic crap is deposited there. I have PCOS and I don't have any acne, or jawline spots, or spots in general. I get a few lumps under the skin every now and again, like a spot wants to form but it usually never does. When I'm on my period is the likely time I will develop some sort of spot, but it doesn't last long. My problem is clogged pores but that's just in my t zone.
      As an FYI I'm a vegetarian for years and years and almost vegan, I switched from semi skimmed milk to soya several weeks ago, I'm now switching my butter spreads over too. I can see a massive improved in my overall skin health since doing this and I just feel better. :-)

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  18. When i go to Routines: Sorry, the page you were looking for in this blog does not exist.

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  19. Hi Caroline, I have just come across your bog via Sali Hughes's website and I bloody LOVE it. Thanks so much for all the great advise. You are totally right, if I can pay £40 for a pair of shoes then I should pay it for my face! One question please, I have the Pixi Glow Tonic and the Clarins Exfoliating Toner, which is the every day one and which is the twice weekly treatment?
    Thanks Emer

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  20. Should we not use Biologique Recherche P50 both morning and night?

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  21. Hi Caroline,

    I know you're seriously busy, and will try to keep this question as yes/no as possible, but I'd seriously appreciate your advice!

    I've recently been using 'Cane & Austin' acne clearing pads on my hormonal breakout prone skin, and it's worked genuine wonders.
    It's high in salicylic and glycolic acid (I think 10% between the two), but advises twice daily use. I'm concerned this is too much (as per your warnings regarding Liquid Gold) and use it once a night before bed.

    My question is: Should I treat this as my toner?

    An answer would be super duper appreciated here!! :)

    Thank you!
    -Emma

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    1. If it's working why are you concerned? If you are worried drop it to once a day in the evening.

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    2. Thanks for getting back to me, Caroline! I very much appreciate it :)
      I'm concerned because the Cane & Austen strikes me as being incredibly similar in content to Liquid Gold, and I've read enough of your 'face will fall off' warnings to be a bit concerned about what daily strong acid use might do to my skin in the long run (I'm 22).

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  22. Hi Caroline, The link to routines from this page isn't working by the way (just so you know!) I also wondered if you had any thoughts on massage and acne/spots? I've found in the past that massage can make cystic spots worse - do you find this to be true or do you think massage can help? Thanks! Daisy

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  23. Hi Caroline
    Doctor has diagnosed acne rosacea but not convinced after reading your cheat sheets... How do I know for sure? At wits end!
    Thanks, Laura

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  24. Yayyyyyy any cheat sheet is a good post!!

    http://thesimplewishlist.blogspot.com x

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  25. Thanks, Caroline - vary handy indeed!!!

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  26. A MAHOOSIVE thank you for everything you share with us mere mortals on Twitter, here and Instagram. I know you're busy and having a family life too, but I thought I'd slip in a few requests ;-) I think some info about toners and their strengths would be handy. Also regarding hydrating toners, what ingredients to look for and what to avoid in them, maybe a few recommendations, I have Serozinc, but I'm just not happy unless I have at least 3 different ones to rotate.

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  27. Heh funny thing about the 'warm product in hands before use'. I had just read your routines post the morning before i went to the bodyshop. When paying for the vitamine e facial oil the lady of the shop actually told me to do this... Made me giggle inside :)

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  28. Hi Caroline,
    Your PM routine is summarised as "..pre-cleanse, cleanse....oil/treatment (serum) and night treatment/oil/cream (not all 3)." The" ..not all 3" seems different to the AM routine where it seems to me you suggest to do all 3. Is the AM routine deliberately different from the PM routine in relation all 3? Or should all 3 never be used?
    Thank you in advance

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  29. Caroline, thank you for this! Any hints on why I only get ACNE on my LEFT side? The right side of my face is fine but I break out on my left side constantly, all over. PLEASE get back to me if you have any thoughts :) I know your busy but I'm hoping you can help

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  30. Hi Kirsty, just a quick thought...do u sleep on ur left side? I've read many posts on this and other blogs and pillow cases can cause outbreaks if not changed regularly. Common sense once I read it, we do all the right things at night putting on our beauty products which then some stays on the pillowcase along with sweat (and drool and dribble, ok maybe I'm the only one that does that!! ) since reading up on bacteria loaded pillowcases and how it can cause outbreaks I change mine every second day. Clean pillowcase night one, flip it over night 2 then change. Not that I actually get many pimples but after reading then subsequently thinking about how much I can drool at night well it made me rethink 'pillowcase hygeine'! I suggested this to my daughter who suffers terribly from acne and used copious amounts of 'acne treatments' to no avail and while she did this her acne did improve. Anyway Kirsty it was just a thought :)

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  31. what would be appropriate wait times between products?

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  32. What would be appropriate wait times between products? Thx

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