Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Exfoliating Cleansers and another (slightly ranty) video

Following on from yesterday's skin cleansers video, these products are better suited if you just want a little more 'oomph' from your daily cleansing routine. Equally good if you can't use/don't want to use acids (which unless you have a proper allergy WHY NOT?!).



Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser - Rose clay, apricot seed powder and a plethora of gorgeous waxes make this a beautiful exfoliating cleanser without stripping or any harsh skin-damaging ingredients. This is my current first pick for either an AM cleanse or a fresh-as-a-daisy skin ready for retinols etc in the evening second cleanse. All skin types - extreme rosacea sufferers will need to avoid the cheeks.

Diptyque Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay - this can be used as a mask or a scrub depending on your mood. Marble powder (oo-er) and apricot kernel oil and trace minerals make this a luxurious way of polishing that boat.* Suitable for all skin types. Lovely for breakout-prone skins.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish - I realise I didn't talk about this AT ALL in the video. The mind - it is easily distracted. This one is gentle enough for daily use and is runnier than the others so you need very little. It's oatmeal and shea nut shell powder. Not slice-your-face-open-husks. :) All skin types.

Lush Angels on Bare Skin - this needs to be mixed with water to make a paste, which is then applied all over. Leaves the skin really smooth and soft. Exfoliating agents are ground almond powder and kaolin. Suitable for all skin types.

OSKIA Renaissance Mask - ok so this isn't actually a cleanser, but I once accidentally used it thinking it was something else (it was really early and really dark) and the results were bloody marvellous. Technically you apply this and leave it for up to 20 minutes. In my case you apply it, rub it like you're trying to get that genie out of the lamp, wash off and HeyPrestolookatthatfaceradiance! I'd apologise for abusing it so, but frankly I was so astounded I started trialing all sorts of products in the exact opposite way to the way they were recommended and it was a revelation. Contains MSM (obvs), lactic acid and a whole host of fruit acids. Bloody lovely.

Su-Man Exfoliating Facial Polish - literally contains coffee grains, very gentle but very effective. I can't think about Dragon's Blood without seeing fairy tales and nonsense so can we please just say 'plant extracts'? Su-Man is great ml for £ value compared to a lot of higher priced products. Caffeine is invigorating without over-stimulating.

Thank you for watching and reading and putting up with my rants and basically everything. *heart swells*


Links are all available in the description box on the video.

*check your cockney rhyming slang reference dictionary

33 comments:

  1. I use Korres Wild Rose Exfoliating Cleanser. What are your thoughts on that? (if you have tried it. I have very dry and sensitive skin). I hope you have the time to answer and thank you for a great video!

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    Hi Caroline! Which acid toners or pads do you recommend for dry skin with veins on checks and a little bit combination on T-zone. Also I have sensitive skin. Thanks for help ! xx

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  3. Quick question Caroline, if we use acid toners can we still use a exfoliating cleanser? Or is that to much "oomph" ?

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  4. I loved the video, you're informative and funny. Thanks. Really looking forward to seeing the acid toner video.

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  5. Caroline, after running out of my Cane & Austin retexturising pads went to Space NK. Picked up their Miracle Pads (higher % of glycolic) and chatted to the SA. She thought they were too harsh (my skin's not sensitive though) around 20% glycolic and over using glycolic can thin the skin. I eventually bought the Intensify Facial discs by Colbert, containing Lactic Acid. Actually, I love these though only 20 discs (which I only realised when I got them home). I know it's not a clinic sorry, but would an over the counter glycolic pad contain enough to thin my skin!! If you think they're okay, would probably try next time (won't take me long to go through the Colbert discs though only using around x 2 per week.

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  6. Love these videos - they are so informative and funny! Thank you for taking the time :)

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  7. I love exfoliating cleanser in AM!
    Any thought at all on Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Facial Cleanser?
    Appreciate it and thanks so much!

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  8. Dear Caroline, what cleanser could you recommend for skin allergic to alcohol, perfume and essential oils? I'm 50 years old, no wrinkles, but red skin with burning sensation. Exfoliation makes it even worse. Love your blog and video's. Kindest regards from The Netherlands. Kate

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    1. Not caroline (obvs!) but Clinique take the day off balm is lovely. It's like lard, but nice - no fragrance!

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  9. Thank you for this. Please could you do a video on acid toners e.g. Strengths, recommended ones etc

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  10. The things I learn from this blog!

    Have never heard of Cockney Rhyming Slang, but my friend, Google, sure has. Here is what I think I learned.

    Take a word, for example, book.
    Find a two or three-word phrase in which the final word rhymes with "book" (or whatever your chosen word is).

    Maybe like "thieves took".

    When you want to talk about a book, instead of *saying* BOOK, you say THIEVES TOOK (although it looks like you don't actually speak the second word, so your phrase becomes THIEVES. So, in the end, if you want to talk about a book, you refer to it as THIEVES.

    Do I have it anywhere closed to being right?

    So, "boat race" rhymes with "face", and it becomes "boat".

    This is fun!

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    1. And this is why I checked the comments rather than google, because I knew someone would've already done the work for me LOL

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    2. I'm totally going to incorporate "Bob's your uncle" into my American vernacular. haha. I love it.

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    3. You have it absolutely right! There are variations though, and as while the second word (sometimes third!) isn't always said, it can be. There are a huge amount of slang words out there in the same vein - Gregory (neck - Gregory Peck), apples and pears (stairs), Ruby (curry - Ruby Murray), daisy roots (boots), the list goes on. And on and on. It can be very confusing to hear people actually speak like that :)

      Here's a short Youtube clip from a very popular old English sitcom called Only Fools and Horses, there are plenty of examples there: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0fNaH5fBXo

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  11. Lovely post - I plan to go and check out the Tata one. I was wondering whether you have any opinions on the Tammy Fender Epi Peel (it's a mask and exfoliator in one)? I received a sample from CultBeauty and really like it but was wondering whether you'd consider it 'too harsh'? I would love to know your opinion before I splash out £60 on it...

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  12. Can't wait to hear more about acid toner. I just started using an exfoliating toner from Paula's Choice and it's already making a huge difference.

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  13. Dear Caroline, thank you for the great post!

    Quick question: I purchased a slightly foaming cleanser, I love it, it said SLES & SLS free but it contains Sodium Lauloyl Glutamate. Is this a surfactant? Is it ok for my face?

    Love and kisses from Greece

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    1. Not Caroline here but Google (second best reference ever, right after Mrs. Hirons herself) sodium lauloyl glutamate is a surfactant.

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    2. Thank you riley!
      I also googled the ingredient but I am not sure that it is a harsh one, and that leaves the skin alkaline.
      It is an amino acid surfactant and it is described as mild and not irritating.
      I really like the cleanser, it works really good as a first cleanse- makeup remover…
      Confused.

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  14. Great videos. Please do one on acid toners. Recommendations for older skin or perhaps this is not relevant.

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  15. Aaaah new video! And about cleansers at that (am obsessed).

    For anyone feeling apprehensive about acids - just do it! Lady Hirons recommended it during a clinic a while back. Was all hmmm ok. She suggested P50 but since a) since it is a bit expensy and b) didn't know how the skin will react or rather if my face will fall off went with Silk naturals 8% aha toner.

    Oh Lord! Should have known not to doubt the beauty oracle (bows head in shame).

    It stung (that's maybe a too strong of a word, zapped would be more accurate) a first few times (did every second night to begin with), but am now up to nightly use and the skin is sooo soft! And hydrated! And just overall lovely. Had a few whiteheads pop up over the first few days, but nothing major and they cleared up in 24 hours. It seems lactic acid works better in my case, so it's just might be a matter of finding the right one?

    For what it is worth - mum tried it out (she is in her early 60s) and is all - give me more of that!

    Also - came home from holiday with a 400 ml duty free bottle of Clarins chamomile toner :) Never (ever!) thought I'd be obsessed with toners.

    Cheers Caroline :)

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    1. The word ACID scares people. But what we have forgotten from our high school science days is that everything is either acidic or alkaline. It's a number on the Ph scale. Below a certain number it's alkaline; above, it's acidic.

      I am a child of the 60s. That means lots of sun exposure. Lots. With the resulting pigmentation issues. After starting with Pixi Glow tonic, then moving on to P50, my skin has NEVER been better. Smaller pores, lightening of the aforementioned pigmentation areas. Glowing, hydrated skin. I never realized that what I have always called a "toner" is actually (rather than being the second step in the cleansing process, as most people think) the first step in the hydrating process.

      If you are afraid of ACIDS, start with PixiGlow. You'll be glad you did. Acids are WONDERFUL.

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  16. Love these videos!

    I have acne - not fake acne (spots) but real acne - on my jawline, chin and recently my neck! I've been using EH balm cleanser, ren clarifying lotion, avenue hydrating spray, Ren omega oil, Ren ever calm day cream - the cysts seem to have lessened but I'm getting lots of red bumps around my chin? Would love if you could offer any advice. I've been on accutane 2x in the past - it only works for 1 year (including the time you are taking it). I really feel at a loss :/

    Thanks for the fabulous blog!

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  17. Thanks Caroline- you are just brilliant. The end!

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  18. Since I follow your recommendations (since 1 month) my skin is just beautiful. Thank you so much for this blog and all the Information :-)

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  19. Great thanks so much! But how is it ranty?

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  20. Caroline, I absolutely LOVE everything that you do!!!! You are such a JOY to listen to and so amazingly knowledgeable on everything SKIN and beyond! THANK YOU!! I'm from the US and would love tips on each section you are doing with TIPS on products that we have access to in the US. Also would you please write a post on the skin care that we can and cannot use (I guess more on WHAT WE CAN USE/brands, etc) during pregnancy and when trying to conceive? THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

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    1. I agree- none of those recs are avaialable here in Canada. :-(

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    2. Applepie, I just bought the Tata Harper one at Murale. I'm in Ontario but I believe that there are quite a few Murale stores across Canada. Also, there are Lush stores across Canada as well and you can but the First Aid one at Sephora.

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  21. At first I thought you said "a slightly randy video..." Hmmmm...

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  22. Just discovered your blog/videos....love love love love it ! What are your thoughts on Neil's Yard products?

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  23. Martha, look over here -------------> and see all those words? Those are all links. Click on Neals Yard and you'll be taken to all of the posts in which Mrs. HIrons addresses Neals Yard. It's such a handy feature of this blog, and so easy to just click on whatever I want to read about.

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  24. Sorta surprised you don't talk about Dermalogica Microfoliant - I have found it to be great so far and not overly harsh for my sensitive skin. I also deal with break outs and the salycic acid definitely helps. I've been interested in switching to acids but previously always reacted so this has been a nice middle line between exfoliates and acids.

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