Saturday, 3 January 2015

2015. The Clarification post.

I'm enjoying my time off WAY too much.

I thought it would be good to start a New Year by clearing out cobwebs from last year(s).
I received some comments on Instagram this morning *waves to Canada* asking why I had changed my mind on certain things. This gave way to long private messages clarifying my position on things and that made me think that actually, why not do it on the blog for all to see/read/chip in?

Today's comments were:

Why did I do a video about 'scrubs' when I've told people that acids are better?
Answer: because not everyone wants to use/can use acids and need an alternative. I would rather recommend ones that I would have no problem using than have people buying husky scrubs that are akin to glass and scrubbing away their (epi)dermis into oblivion. I do on occasion still use scrubs myself - they haven't been banished by any means, I just don't want to overdo it as I do use acids daily.

Why is there a picture of a La Mer product when the third ingredient is mineral oil?
Answer: because I will always trial something when asked repeatedly by readers to do so (with exceptions) and a LOT of brands use different ingredients in Europe compared to the US. Sadly, the US comes off worse in this scenario because Europe has far stricter regulations than the FDA in the US. Multi-national brands sometimes use different ingredients in the US, Europe and Australasia/Asia due to differing rules. There are plenty of La Mer products in Europe without mineral oil in them (not the original sadly), I can't speak directly for the other parts of the world.

Why did I post a picture with my reddened face admonishing brands for adding unnecessary essential oils to products just to make them smell nice (in this particular case eucalyptus) when they can cause irritation, when only a few months ago I posted a positive review about White Rabbit Cleansing Balm that contains said eucalyptus? (my readers miss nothing)
Answer: I can only suggest that the composition of WR is much thicker and the % of essential oils lower than the product that caused my irritation (coming Monday) which is much more water-based. I take the point that it would appear hypocritical, but as I said, it's all in the % in this case.

And one from me that's been on my mind recently:
Skimmed milk. I have recommended skimmed milk in consultations and talked about it on here often. Although it has been discussed for a long time, skimmed milk has now been singled out by Harvard acne doctors/nutrition specialists as being akin to the Devil for acne. Recent tests on skimmed milk vs full fat milk show that skimmed had the highest % of oestrogen and other hormones and therefore could be more likely to trigger acne.
Personally, I've tried every other milk and cannot face tea with full fat, semi or other 'healthy' varieties thus far. As it's the only time I take liquid milk (cheese is ok for me), I'm willing to suffer and have even used organic (always) watered-down full fat milk in my tea.
Tea vs No Tea? No-brainer.  But if you can, it would be worth knocking all dairy on the head altogether.
*I have updated previous posts where I mention skimmed milk.

I am always happy to say when I've used something I once didn't like, or changed my mind about something. People change their minds. I'm human. I would much rather be fair to brands and say publicly 'Actually, on reflection, this is rather nice' and update my review than pretend I still feel the same way. That's not fair to the brands or you, my lovely readers.
But this blog has a lot of content and has been going for nearly 5 years (gulp) - and it's increasingly hard to self-police. Please feel free to call me out on something, I've been a mother for 24 years. I am used to explaining myself and my decisions on a daily basis.  :)

So (finally): if you've been wondering about something I've posted/appear to have 'changed my mind' about, please feel free to give me a shout in the comments. I say 'shout', please keep it respectful and not abusive/aggressive. One thing I haven't changed my mind about is trolls.




p.s. - I'm not answering any general skin queries on this post :)


89 comments:

  1. I love your humility and patience with endless questions! (Hope I am not being too much the scary fangirl - I'm filled with the excitement of new discovery. :))

    Am having a day off myself today (feel a cold coming on, and it's rainy outside) and used it as an opportunity to pamper myself with many of the products I've procured on this trip to the UK based on your recommendations. After a shower and a Phyto Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Brilliance Mask on my hair, and a lovely cleanse, I layered on some Clarins eye gel, Pepta-Bright, Hydraluron, Retinol Reface, and Templespa Peace Be Still. Pottering around, reading recipes and making soups for friends coming tomorrow. Thanks for the push for a brilliant, calm, restorative day.

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  2. Hi Caroline! Thank you so much for always being so honest...I very much respect that! My question is about silicones in skincare. I feel like I maybe read awhile back in a post about keeping silicones out of your skincare but they're ok in makeup....I could be wrong though! I've been steering clear of them but have seen silicones, mainly dimethicone, in so many products. What do you think? Thanks so much!

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    1. Hi Anon,

      I use products with silicones in. Mainly serums - silicones give the products the light texture/feel and aid absorption to a certain degree. it's why products that make claims about being silicone-free usually take longer to absorb. There is no need to avoid them IMO unless you are allergic or think you may be. What I don't do, is use products with competing silicones as that causes 'rolling' as is just uncomfortable to be honest.

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    2. Ok thank you! Hate that rolling feeling *shudders*

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    3. Wondering about this as well as I can get milia in the same exact spots and read on your blog to avoid silicones if milia is an issue. Still looking for a great silicone-free serum and very open to suggestions.

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    4. Just make sure you are using a water-based moisturiser on the area. They're a sign of dryness, silicones aren't the real enemy here. :)

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  3. I think that when you know a lot about something you come to realise that you'll never know everything and you're always going to be learning.

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    1. I like the saying 'You have two lives. The first one, then the one that starts when you realise you will never know everything.'

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  4. Love your answers. I agree that you can change your mind about a product, especially when it's skincare. People shouldn't bash you for changing your mind. x

    Beauty Soup || UK Beauty Blog

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  5. Wow - some readers really don't miss anything! I've given up milk recently (I actually had to give up tea altogether... couldn't be dealing with any weird healthy milk alternatives in there...) and must say both my skin and me in general feel so much better! Think I actually lost a few pounds from not drinking 10 cups of tea a day as well! Hope your 2015 is off to a happy start! x

    F U Z Z Y P E A C H D R O P S

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  6. I love that you actually mention products that you have changed your mind on - not everyone would admit things like this! GO CAROLINE! :)

    Anywho... my q is what milk should I drink? If skimmed gives acne should I stick to full fat?

    Basically, I've never had acne or spot in my teen years! But as soon as I turned 20, guess what arrived? Yay acne!! I don't think I could get rid of milk completely.. (Wish I could!) so should I have full fat or skimmed or semi-skimmed?

    Why is skin SO confusing and stupid?

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    1. Full fat. EEWWWW. But full fat. :)

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    2. This happened to me when I started eating porridge (never been a milk/tea drinker before) worked out after months that it was the milk, I now use Koko Dairy Free Coconut Longlife Milk with my cereal and its actually really nice, out off all the 'healthy milk type' drinks I've tried its certainly that one that tastes more like normal milk. :-)

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  7. Aloha Caroline, Just NEEDED you to know how much your blog and posts and valuable information has helped me. I am 47 and have NEVER had my skin look and feel better than it has since finding YOU. I have been doing your routines daily/nightly for about a year now, have shared it with countless people and can not THANK YOU enough for this site. My skin dare I say is 'beautiful' my husband and coworkers have said so too :) So here's to 2015... and Caroline Hirons. Mahalo. Karen

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  8. Also would love some clarification about essential oils. I know you mentioned that essential oils are bad (I get bad dermatitis from most fragrances/essential oils so I'm with you there) but you then said that the Clarins really helped eliminate your rash even though it contains lavender oil which has been said to not be good for skin. Some more talk about good vs. bad essential oils would be much appreciated, even though I suspect it's mostly down to individual skin reactions. Thanks for all your advice thus far Caroline :)

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    1. Hi Ivana,

      Actually I like essential oils in some products - just to be AWKWARD. :)
      And yes, it is invariably down to individual skin.
      I'm fine with most, but some trigger.

      Cx

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  9. Hi Caroline, I was wondering if you could clarify about rosehip oil? I suffer from dehydrated skin with spots from time to time and occasional bumps under my chin/jaw which when gently squeezed with two tissues let out whatever was clogging the pore. Can i use rosehip to help with the spots/scars? I've used trilogy and pai in the past but they seem quite clogging and maybe adding to the problem around my chin area? Would using something like tata harper nutrient or ole henriksen pure truth which are both rosehip be better or should I avoid?

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    1. Tata and Ole are both MUCH lighter formulations so in my opinion, yes. I wouldn't avoid rosehip, just make sure you are checking the products physically before you buy? :)

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  10. Your comment about the milk made me really think- I've had a dairy "issue" for the longest time, horrible cystic chin spots if I touch cheese, milk, yoghurts etc but recently I've had full fat milk in my tea at a friends but it's had no ill effect. Going to investigate this more. Thanks Caroline!

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  11. Your honestly and matter of fact attitude is why I am obsessed with your blog. Take the scrutiny of some readers as a compliment, they obviously absorb the advice you give and probably like the clarification as they value your opinion so much.
    You have taught me loads and my skin has improved tenfold just from ditching wipes! Never change, Caroline. Happy new year!xx

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    1. Thank you! Happy New Year to you and yours! xx

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  12. Id love some clarification on these two products:

    I started using the Clarins acid toner over a year ago when you posted about it here saying it was safe for daily use (which I do, every night) and it did wonders for my dry reactive skin. But now it seems like maybe you don't rec it for daily use?

    I also started using the Estee Lauder ANR after reading about it here (and the ladies at my local counter told me that since I am 31 I should start using a serum like that) but now it seems like you may have changed thought on that? I don't really notice a difference between using it and using my Hydraluron in the morning, and it is about 3.5X the price of the Hydraluron. Is it really doing me any good?
    Thank you!

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    1. Hi Jaime,

      I don't use every day but if it suits your skin, do what works...

      I haven't changed my thoughts on the new EL ANR - but hydraluron is a completely different product. I'd use Hydraluron AM and ANR PM. :)

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    2. Thank you! I was thinking maybe I could get away with using Hydraluron day and night instead of the ANR at night, but if you think ANR is a good nighttime serum for someone with dry dehydrated, sometimes hormonal chin acne skin then I will stick with it!

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  13. Hello dear Caroline,

    I am wondering about your opinion about parabens for some time. There are so many studies done about impact on hormones, but yet they seem to be almost everywhere. Thank you for every single post on blog, instagram and you tube.
    Love, Tina

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    1. Hi Tina,

      I don't have a problem with parabens personally, I use them in products every day. They are everywhere because they are still one of the safest preservatives to use. The studies are always challenged and there are always - and I imagine always will be, differing views from both sides...

      Hope that helps clarify at least my position?

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  14. You can change your mind all you want Mrs. Hirons, we will still love reading you. My face is a trillion times better since starting reading you - I am now inconditional to non foaming cleansers (I have just today started using the Detergent-free REN foaming cleanser, have you heard of it? any thoughts?) and Pixi glow tonic + Clarins tonic and Omega3 + zinc supplements and what a difference!
    Can you point us out in the direction of the Harvard study on acne and skimmed milk?
    Best of love.

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    1. Hi Anon,

      Thank you SO much. If you google acne and Harvard and milk you'll find a lot of options for reading materials :)

      Cx

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  15. Hi Caroline.
    Thanks for such an honest and well written blog. I also love your videos and hope you are going to do many more in 2015. My main revelation has been the acid toner stage. The lotion p50 in both phenol and non phenol variants is now top of my stash list as it really does change the skin for the better. I used to be an Erno Laszlo devotee ( 12+ years) but when the current owners took over and changed formulas and packaging I was left in a skincare desert for a while ( not sure what to try next). Biologique Recherche and select Perricone ( along with my favourite Japanese wash off / balm / massage cleansers) have come to the rescue. Skin looks better now than in my Laszlo days ( which is an achievement in itself!) Thank you Caroline and all the best for 2015.

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  16. Hi Caroline! I found your blog late last year through A Model Recommends (love Ruth!) and it's gotten me to start on Clarins' exfoliating toner, which is going great for me! Prior to that, I haven't been much of a toner kinda gal, so I've got you to thank for that!
    Do you have any kinds of cheat sheets for skin as dry as sahara desert? I'm only going to turn 23 in a few months, but my skin has been parched for years and is only getting more crepe-like and dry! Any moisturizer recommendations that won't break the bank? xx

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    1. If your skin is particularly dry I would stay away from too much of that particular toner!

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    2. Oh yikes, I use it maybe once a week at most because it helped with the flakiness quite a bit. I'll see if if I can make do without it! Thanks xx

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  17. Great statement. You should have time off more often, I enjoy all the new content very much.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  18. The thought of giving up cheese pains me. Alas I could never give up dairy god dammit. Fab post as always :) x x x

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    1. Me too. Happy New Year Zoe! Hope you saw your pretty self in yesterday's pics! :)

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    2. And it's even worse if you're French (a true cliché in my case!) ;)

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  19. Thank you for the bit about dairy! x
    http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/

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  20. Thank you Caroline you don't need to explain yourself for me I find you are always honest and have seen posts where you admit you have changed your mind about a product. Thank you for all the advice and hard work and I appreciate you giving us your free time to educate us. My skin and I loves you for it

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    1. Thank you for understanding - and reading!

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  21. Hi Caroline ;) I am sorry I asked a general skincare question, which I totally understand you´re not answering. But would you answer it in a another post perhaps..? I apologize if I am boring you ;) But I trully rely on your thoughts!!

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    1. No worries. Ask it somewhere else :) xx

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  22. Surprised by the links between skimmed milk and acne...I suffered from acne until my mid 20's and after a course of roaccutane, dairy is the only thing that will cause a break out. Skimmed milk has no adverse affects but full fat, cheese or even magnums are like devil food to me!

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    1. Everyone is so different - that's what makes us unique :) Do what works for you!

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  23. Hi Caroline,

    You're a wonderful person (as evidenced by your youtube videos) so please keep doing what you're doing! Skincare is terrifying and daunting for the uninitiated and poorer folk for us - but you help make it that bit easier.
    I have a question about double cleansing - i did it religiously (i have dry skin) but in one of your clarification posts you later say to only do this if wearing spf/lots of make up, but then on instagram it looks like you always double cleanse?
    What is your position on the need for double cleansing?

    Thanks again! xx

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    1. It depends entirely on my mood, what makeup I'm wearing, how sweaty I've been that day (eeww) and if I've left the house or not. In particular, if I venture in to the West End, I always double cleanse. Have you ever blown your nose when you get off the tube? Vile.
      If I'm at home, and have cleansed in the morning, am not wearing makeup and haven't left the house, it's a gentle quick cleanse. Hope that answers?

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    2. Baaaaaaaaaah!

      Re the blowing your nose after getting off tube - I feel a bit vindicated. When I was asking my friends have they blown their nose after going on the tube and if black stuff came out, the reactions went from bish please to why you so gross (hm because that's how I roll :) But it's nice to know I'm not the odd one :)

      Conversely the water in UK seems to suit both my skin and hair. Skin all clear and hair swishy, shiny and stuff :)

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  24. Hi Caroline,

    Just so you know.. i love you (in a totally non-stalker way). Please don't ever apologise for your opinions! xx

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    1. Thanks Anon. I love you too. In a totally stalker way.

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  25. Hi Caroline just waned to say Happy New Year to you and thak you for all the wonderful skin care advice my skin is happier and heather since finding you're blog & I can't wait to see what you have in store for 2015 especially on you tube!
    Btw just curious about having milk in tea
    In the US this is not common practice
    For those of you who would give up drinking tea altogether just to avoid dairy try some plain tea with lemon and or honey it's delicious
    This is mostly how we drink it in the us as unrefined as us Americans may be LOL !

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    1. Bleurgh. LOL. I know. I'm always looked at weirdly when I'm in the US and ask for milk. Then they bring HOT milk *kill me now*. :)

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  26. Hi Caroline,
    I think it makes you all the more trustworthy that you openly say that you change your mind. Someone who is totally unbending is less so- because everybody changes their mind from time to time.
    Thank you so so much for your blog.. Following your advice has made huge improvements to my skin. I even changed to lovely fluffy flannels on reading your pearls of wisdom.
    You utterly rock Mrs x

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  27. I know I probably look like some crazy stalker but I wrote this yesterday on your Tata Harper post then today I saw this one and felt it was quite an apt comment for this this particular post:

    Something strange; I have never met you yet I completely and utterly trust all of your recommendations & advice over the advice of beauty therapists I have been to since discovering your blog. I find myself giving them the indiscernible eyebrow coupled with the silent "That's not what Caroline says!".

    I'd like to thank you for what you do for us all. It's so kind of you to take the time to do what you do, and for free at that! I also enjoy the humour you inject into your posts and videos, albeit I am not a fan of sarcasm in any way whatsoever - much like yourself I do believe. ;) *cough cough*

    Keep it comin', Mrs H! There aren't enough like you out there! Your honesty and frankness is much appreciated. x

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  28. Thank you so much for this post & all your posts over the last few days. I am in total confusion between moisturiser & oil application. What do I apply first I use AD Skin Synergy oil & aurelia night cream. I have been using the oil first but should I apply the aurelia cream then the oil? Thank you if you manage to answer :)

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    1. Technically the oil goes last BUT I still mostly do oil under moisturiser. It feels better.....

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  29. What is the difference between essential oil & other oils? I use a lot of oils - darphin/decleor/clarins/sarah chapman - do they contain essential oils? Thanks x

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    1. Yes they all contain essential oils. :)

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    2. Of course they do sorry! I thought I read that you didn't like essential oils in this post, but am I right to assume you do like oils? Would you recommend using an oil or a different serum for dry skin? Thank you for the reply - you have been busy I really appreciate it :)

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  30. My local beautician whom I have monthly waxes with commented on how great my skin looked! All thanks you skin guru! I was shocked when she hadn't heard of you!!!

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  31. Hi! I think this post is great-its so nice to get some honesty on the ever-confusing internet!

    I have a question about your POD cheat sheet-I've had quite a bad bout that wouldn't go away, so I was delighted when you posted this! Mine eventually solved itself, but, I couldn't work out why you said fluoride in toothpaste might cause POD. Is there any explanation for this? (Without getting too sciency!)... I wouldn't dream of stopping using my fluoride toothpaste, because I couldn't face putting my teeth at risk in an attempt to get POD under control!

    I appreciate that everyone has different opinion about fluoride and you may be trying to avoid this can of worms clogging the comments, but I'd love to understand this better!

    Thanks for all your hard work!

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    1. Google it - there's lots of conflicting reports. I won't stop using mine either!

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  32. Caroline, I love you. :D You've answered many of my questions before I even dared to ask and I appreciate your honesty. Our skin changes from time to time and it is totally alright to change an opinion of a product.
    Happy New Year!

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  33. Hi Caroline. I have suspected for a while now that if you mention you are trying a product and a review is to follow but it never does, that you have ended up not wanting to recommend the product? I totally understand why you would do this, it's just I always check your site before I buy skincare and on a few occasions You've mentioned you have started using something but then I cant find any further posts. If you could clarify this then I would know you weren't recommending the product without you saying anything negative ☺. Lisa

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    1. Generally yes. if something has had an adverse reaction (such as the grown alchemist from yesterday) I'll mention it but if something is just 'meh' I tend to leave it off.

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  34. Dearest Caroline,
    I've been reading your blog for the longest time and it has changed my skin(and life). Thank you for that. I'd like to ask you about your tagging system on the blog. Often times I come here to do a search for something I need reminding of, or as a reference search when making new purchases. It doesn't always work very well I'm afraid. For example, I remember reading numerous posts with your recommendations for products that are great for men, or as an aside approved by your husband/sons. I needed to make informed decisions for my husband last month, but clicking on your 'Men' tag here only drew up one post.
    I certainly don't mean to suggest you go back and tag every post (I'm not mental or cruel!), but could you kindly tag your posts a little more from now on, even if there is a mention of something relevant in it and not necessarily the topic of the post? Warm regards, Dewi.

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    1. If you type carolines name and say mens skincare into google you'll get all the posts from here and other websites she ever written I do this when am researching or looking for certain product infomation etc x

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    2. Hi Dewi,

      Yes of course, I've started doing this as a habit now when I'm tagging something that I know I've previously mentioned.
      As for boys: Anthony for Men.

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  35. What a great post! Long live Caroline Hirons!

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  36. When I first read on your blog about the link between dairy and skin I thought it's too much. Not having any problems with breakouts I didn't think about that much. However, because I suffered from ongoing sinusitis I started reading more about that and found out there might be connection between sinus infections and dairy. I gave it a go. My sinuses cleared. Which lead to the disappearance of unsightly bags under my eyes and puffiness on my forehead. I didn't expect that. It turned out I can have some dairy products: natural yoghurt, butter and goats cheese, but not milk and no hard cheeses (despair, love cheese). So you were right once again Mrs Hirons.

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    1. Oh yes sinuses and dairy do NOT go well together!

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  37. Mrs Hirons, you are a very lovely and true woman. I really like your blog, your daily pills on Instagram and Twitter and your ability to forward the message without messing about. I love your recommendations, it's not always easy to get hold of the products in Italy but I easily stock up when I'm in London or give my husband shopping lists on his business trips in USA.
    So interesting what you wrote on skimmed milk, I quite like full fat milk so I can now fully enjoy it without feeling to guilty! And I love tea! Have a very happy and healthy 2015 XXX

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  38. Hi Caroline, I love your blog and thank you for taking the time out to do this post.

    Just wondering in your video with Ruth about your Morning Skincare Routine you mention that you don't use a separate SPF but instead get your SPF from your makeup. But do I remember you saying later that you really need a separate SPF as your makeup will not give you enough protection?

    Also I think I remember you tweeting/saying in one of your videos that you would never spend £50 on a clay mask because it's one of the cheapest ingredients but in the video you did with pixiwoo you mentioned the Omorovicza clay mask which is £52.

    Thank you!

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  39. Hi Caroline, I’m turning to you as my GP advised me to take Roaccutane (after 3 years of various antibiotics which didn’t help). My acne definitely DOESN’T require a strong treatment such as Roaccutane, but my doctor’s words were “it’s up to you”. Well, the side effects alone are enough for me to turn it down. I also want to become pregnant soon so I’ve stopped the antibiotics.
    Now its true I don’t suffer a lot of spots, but there’s THAT week of the month where what I believe are cystic spots have a field day (on my chin & jaw/under jaw). Mainly on the right side of the face although during that magic week anything is possible, so sometimes both sides suffer (I even get them at the same place on both sides of the face!?) My best weapon (La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo +) can’t do much against those ones, so the spots stay for weeks, they're painful and the scaring is horrible. My guess is it’s hormonal but is there anything you recommend I do? Pretty please!
    Have a lovely day & Happy New year!

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  40. It's really true about the ingredient lists varying in the U.S. as poopsed to the U.K. For example, the Skinceutical retinol products that our lovely Caroline recommends have mineral oil in the U.S. Some of the Perricone stuff too. It's super frustrating that they change the ingredients in the U.S. to add mineral oil of all things. YUK.

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  41. What about Garnier's body lotion? It contains mineral oil and you caim it as one of you favourites?

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