Monday, 30 March 2015

Beauty Myths No.15 - Celebs don't wash their faces/Caveman Regime


Here's the thing: if you don't want to use anything on your skin, don't. If you want to only use manuka honey on your skin, do. If you don't want to wash your face ever, that's up to you (filth).


The 'caveman' regime is the latest thing to hit the press - aided and abetted by reports of certain celebrities who swear they 'only ever use soap and water' on their skin and are 'horrified' at the thought of washing their faces in the mornings.

Firstly, let's be clear. Celebrities saying they don't wash their faces and saying they only use soap and water is not new, some have always said that.
It was utter bollocks then and it is now.

The 'average' woman (you and me) have enough pressure on them to be perfect without xyz celeb saying they don't work out (lies), they eat 'everything in sight!' (lies) and now that they don't wash their face at all? Bollocks don't you.

*literal eyebrow explosion*
Give me a motherflannel-loving break.

If it was just celebs being arses it wouldn't be that big of a deal - but there is a whole industry behind this caveman crapola. You can spend $200 of your hard-earned dollars to be shown how not to use any products on your skin.

*pauses*

TWO. HUNDRED. DOLLARS.
Yes. You PAY to be shown how NOT to use products. Jesus H is it THAT hard to understand? I did the math based on the cost of the Caveman regime and how many people they claim have tried and tested their 'protocols'. Not all the extras they sell, just the basics. $3 million dollars. 3 MILLION DOLLARS from telling people how 'not' to use product. I wish I was joking.

Yes, of course you can use too much stuff on your face. I've always said do what you have to do for you - whatever that is. But please don't think that these people have perfect skin without skincare and/or without medical intervention (or huge lips - Kylie Jenner I am looking at you). The jig is up people. Enough.

Now go wash your faces. Filth.


49 comments:

  1. Talking of gimmicks have you seen the ageless product. Is it real?????

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  2. Perfectly said-filth! When are celebrities going to realize that we will not believe everything we hear/see?!?! Thanks Caroline for making me laugh on a Monday :)

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  3. Monday Madness utter mind blowing madness

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  4. Sooo... first they don't wash their faces... and then they use a crapload of products, foundation, concealer, contour, blush, powder, etc., to create a "flawless" look that is basically drag makeup (except drag queens are usually much better at contouring).

    There are so many problems with all of this, I just can't.

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  5. Amen sister! I cringe when I read about celebs who "never wash their makeup off" or "love wipes because they get skin really clean" - ICK. Or the one I read this morning - baby oil to remove makeup and then a wipe, done and dusted. CRINGE.
    I mean whatevs, you do you, but don't throw it at me like not washing your face is the second coming of Christ.

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  6. I can't imagine anyone who has to wear a lot of slap for work (films, press junkets, events) not washing their face - at all.

    I can however imagine them just using just soap and water for long periods of time if they can't be arsed. Professionally applied makeup covers a lot of pimples . . . that you wouldn't have in the first place if you took better care of your skin.

    I'm no shleb, but I spent years and years just washing my face with whatever was in the soap dish and then dabbing on hand cream *ducks*. It did me no other great harm than cause one or two breakouts mid-cycle. If I'd had a professional makeup artist handy those wouldn't have been a prob for that red carpet event. They seem to have gone bye bye now, though, thanks to investing in a decent cleanser.

    -M

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  7. The things people do for money...

    Your GIFs made my (Mon)day. Thank you.

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  8. Hi Caroline,

    I am 21 and I need some help my skin has been going crazy lately, red bums, spots, blackheads galore! And I do not know what's happned I have been using my philosophy 3 in 1 cleaner for 2 years with no issues but now all of a sudden my skin as tone crazy and it's really affected my confidence, I have none left I don't even want to leave the house it's just horrible! I have been to my gp and he prescribed me antibiotics but they haven't helped at all! So I have no
    Idea what to do I really want to go to a dermatologist but being a student it's SOO expensive! I don't know what to do would you please be able to recommend me a cleaner, "toner", exfoliator, moisturiser as I'm
    Lost ok spending money on skin care that's not working! I just want to be able to be confident in my own skin again. I just want a little advice I have oily combination skin and I'm 21,

    I hope you can help me,

    Many thanks

    Jenete

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    1. Try acne.org. They are the best thing for acneic skin and saved me from my skin from hell!!

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    2. I would use Cetaphil cleanser and then try Weleda Purifying Lotion overnight on the affected areas, it really helped with my hormonal acne. My GP prescribed antibiotics too but I didn't want to take them so decided to exhaust natural solutions first. Apart from the products above I also started using La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo during the day on the spots (mine are just on my jawline and not all over my face) and taking Evening Primose Oil and Omega oil capsules every day. My skin is looking a lot better. Also make sure you're cleansing with a hot cloth at night if you're not already. I hope you get results, I know how much acne affects your confidence xx

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    3. Hi Anon,

      Caroline did a great film with Dr. Sam Bunting around 2 weeks ago, for acne it is truly worth taking a look. Caroline says it over and over everyone's skin is different but I've been using benzoyl peroxide during the day as a spot treatment only on my spots and then at night I use a retinoid of some kind whether it's retinol or its a treatment with good concentrations of vitamin A. if you're looking for specific product recommendations I know they're probably scattered all over her blog but I just got benzol peroxide cream from the drugstore. In the US its Neutrogena and the strength is like two and a half percent. Retinol wise I use skinceuticals, sunday rileys Luna, and Ole Henriksen facial oil (sorry the exact name escapes me but its in a white bottle). Cleanser wise I try to stick with as simple as possible, The Body Shop cleansers for me work really well and I tend not to have a bad reaction and I don't use my cleanser as a makeup remover I use a makeup remover such as Clinique take the day off balm. I hope that helps you have any other questions just call him on the blog I know a lot of readers are really happy to offer any recommendations she's made to us or things that we see on the blog.

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    4. Thank you so much for your reply, the problem that I have is everything that actually works for skin is unavailable in the UK, we have so many restrictions I have looked at so many different reviews so many different products and every time I think of that will
      Work I'm
      Going to buy that it's not available in the UK but the Sunday Riley oil I'm going to buy as I can get it on Sephora.com and they ship too the UK it's pricey but nothing compared to a drem I'm
      Just looking online to see if I can buy some tretinion cream as I have heard many good reviews about that as well && Ahh I used to work for Clinque my skin can NOT stand their products I have no idea why but everything from there irritates me lol.

      Thank you so much for your reply and your help x

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    5. Hi lindsy, thank you so much for your advice i an just in the boots website now looking at the weleda purifying lotion will definitely give that a try and I had tried the effacoat duo in the past it didn't really do anything for my skin unfortunately I think I needed something stronger! And at the minute I'm using the clarasonic I know Caroline doesn't really like that so maybe I should switch to a hot cloth x

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    6. Hi Anon, I agree with Sierra that film with Dr Sam Bunting did it for me, only four weeks in with benzoyl peroxide and my skin has completely cleared out after a whole year of hormonal acne. You can also follow the acne.org regimen which is quite similar to what Dr Bunting talked about. In addition to this I've been following Dr Perricone's diet as prescribed by Caroline and it really, really works! I started with the 3 day diet and after the third day I couldn't believe my eyes. Now I eat salmon almost daily and follow pretty much anything he says in his book (The acne prescription). Now that my skin is acne free (can't believe I'm saying it) my focus is fighting the hyper-pigmentation, following Caroline's guidelines. Good luck!!

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    7. Hi Anon - When i had a crazy attack of acne a couple of years back, my hero at the time was Sudocrem, its a topical Zinc based cream which helps the skin to heal itself (i wrote about my experiences here if you wanted to know a litte more http://www.beaucience.co.uk/2015/02/magic-spot-solution.html)

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    8. Jenete, before you buy anything from sephora.com, check SpaceNK or cult beauty websites - they carry Sunday Riley stuff and if they have the product you're after, you don't have to pay such high P&P costs. Plus, you'll receive it much quicker.

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    9. Hey Jenete,

      I feel your pain. All of a sudden, when I was your age, I ended up with crazy acne too. It has taken quite some time to get it under control, and following Caroline's general rules has been to only thing that has helped me (Benzoyl peroxide did jack shit for me). It is now at a point where it's at least under control. No break-outs for a very long time.

      The first thing that helped me was to AVOID SHEA BUTTER LIKE THE PLAGUE. This is often listed as bytospermium parkii in the ingredients list, or something along those lines. Avoiding it made those massive, painful, under the skin spots pretty much go away.

      My current routine goes as following: Body Shop Camomile cleansing oil (PM), random cleansing lotion (AM,PM, Urtekram at the moment but I don't really rate it, the Body Shop do some decent ones), Mario Badescu glycolic acid toner (PM only as it's a little harsh, but I believe this has been a key product acne wise for me), Estelle & Thild rose toner (AM, as a moisturising toner), Caudalie SOS serum (AM,PM, best serum for dehydrated skin ever, total game changer), Body Shop Vitamin E serum-in-oil (PM, sometimes a drop AM, excellent for dehydrated/dry skin), and Eucerin 5% Urea(/Karbamid) moisturiser (again, for dry and dehydrated skin).
      If I sense that I've got a big ol' spot coming, I apply Mario Badescu buffering lotion in a thin layer over it. A lot of the time it will hinder the break out, or worst case, help clear it up. I would not advise to put this over large areas of your face though.
      However, my skin is very dehydrated with some tendencies towards dryness. If your skin is on the oilier side, this might well be too much for it. Just remember that oily skin needs oil too. Don't strip it. And FOLLOW CAROLINE'S RULES. They do make the world of a difference.

      Some of my budgets favourites (all available in Boots) are: Botanics cleansing balm, Una Brennan cleansing oil, and Nip+Fab glycolic acid pads (however, I don't rate anything from nip+fab. Glycolic serum? Horrible). They should all be OK for oilier skins, as long as the balm and the oil is removed properly with a flannel.

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  9. Lol!! Thank god I've seen this!! I recently read an article about the caveman routine and a few celebs apparently only use soap and E45 and I can't help thinking whilst reading those kind of articles what a load of old s**** there's absolutely no way in the world they don't obsess over perfect skin the same as anybody else so why not just be honest? We all know they have enough money to buy high end goodies so why talk absolute rubbish and infact insult out intelligence by expecting us to believe they just use plain old soap an water and never wash it?!! That gets right on my nerves and just makes me think you're a big bloody fibber!!! X

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  10. Great post Caroline! This is why I don't buy/read magazines about 'celebrities' - it's like they are higher beings or something. They pretend to be someone else for a LOT of money - let's face it the children I care for in my job do that everyday too, but it's called 'dress-ups' lol! Go and wash your bloody face, oh and read Caroline Hirons blog! Kathryn :)

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  11. Yep, it's just another step in the I woke up like this/ I have good genes/ I've aged gracefully etc etc etc PR brainwash process.
    And the problem is not that people are not free to do whatever they feel like, it's women in the media lying about what they do do, like surgery and invasive procedures, promoting the illusion of unatenable ideal beauty and agelessness.

    So do whoever you want to, including surgery, Botox, using Vaseline to take off make up, slathering yourself in £££ creams, the lot, just be honest!

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  12. Maybe they do. When I was younger, I ate crap, did no excercise, washed with whatever I could fine, and used only E45. I had a fabulous figure and my skin glowed. And I didn't have their supermodel-esque genes. Now at 39? Not so much. I have to work bloody hard at it. So, they may be telling the truth - for now.

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  13. Looks like I know what business to get in to... ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    But seriously, how can you not wash your face? I'd feel like a hot mess after just one day.

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  14. Fantastic post, as always (:

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  15. Simple Magazine here in the US had a cover story this month on how to fight aging - they advised those in their 30s and older to skip the morning cleanse. I wanted to throw the magazine across the room. The thought of smearing creams and oils on top of my sweaty, pillowcase-mushed face makes me want to hurl.

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  16. Clearly they don't wash their faces and then pile vaseline on top of today's make up *dies*

    Thanks for this, made me chortle :)

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  17. This absolutely made my Monday!!!! Thank you madam Caroline for your devilish sense of humor and delightful wit!!!!

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  18. Celebs are crazy! I do think the journalists that test the no-washing method out and see great results from it are probably just guilty of using crap and over processing their skin beforehand. Im a fan of caveman diet but not their cleansing method. The reason the caveman diet works well is becasue in evolutionary terms, we haven't evolved to eat half of the shit the supermarkets and fast food resutaurants feed us but the caveman skin care routine is rediiculous, our environment has evolved so much faster than what we have. Cavemen wouldn't have been subjected to as many pollutants for example.
    However that said, I dont advocate over processing the skin either, it's about finding a happy medium.
    Like you said, FILTH!

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  19. So a lady comes into work looking for a moisturiser. I ask her the usual questions. Apparently the baby oil she's been using for decades is not feeling right of late. Ask her how she cleanses... She doesn't. A splash of water in the morning. Me... Well I tried hard to hold my horrified look in!

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  20. Dear Caroline i love everything you do i read your blog every day and because of you i changed my skincare specially cleaning my face. But now when i put water in my face it stings! is that possible? Thank you for everything. my name is Rose

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  21. Hysterically laughing at this! Filth! *immediately goes to wash face*

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  22. I'M SO TIRED of celebrities saying that type of s****!!!!! Thank you for posting this, maybe some people will wake up and have a reality check.

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  23. This made me laugh last night, and now at work, it is making me laugh again - thanks Caroline for your priceless wisdom and humour! xxx

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  24. I come here just for your animated gifs. (joking, of course, but I do love them)

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  25. Laugh out loud funny & informative, no wonder your blog is required reading & I recommend it to everyone! Thanks to you my sensitive, red, unhappy skin is calm, clear & I feel much more confident, I will never not double cleanse again!

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  26. I read about the Caveman Regimen, the point of it is not to use anything at all on your face. No exfoliants, no facewash, no makeup... AND NO SUNSCREEN!!! THE UNADULTERATED HORROR!!!!! Back in the caveman days, we didnt have half as much pollution or a damaged ozone layer! *air face palm* (because I don't want to ruin my makeup)

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  27. Hi Caroline! I have a little suggestion/ request for future posts. As I suffer from adult acne (not a line in sight, though), and have a very sensitive skin, i'd love to learn more about ingredients. E.g the alcohol section of the faq page. The I van know which ingredients make which product good for me. It's a jungel out there, and i would love for you to arm us with knowledge! PS: especially for us non-UK residents. Lots of love!

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  28. Caroline,

    Any advice for hormonal acne? I cut out dairy, drink plenty of water, switch my pillow case every 2 days, don't put my phone up to my face, and still! Once it hits that time of the month, explosion and then I spend the next 3 weeks trying to sort my face out, I'll get it almost perfect and boom time of the week again. I'm exhausted! :(

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  29. Caroline, I'll bet your eyes have 6 packs on them from rolling them so much at these RIDICULOUS trends. #Filth.

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  30. I have a friend, who for years used nothing but Johnstons' Baby Lotion. Of course every cosmetic SA told her she had gorgeous skin and didn't look her age. Suddenly in her late fifties she realized using something for cleaning baby's asses was not the best cleanser/moisturizer. LOL

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  31. I'm so confused - do you think the celebs are lying about not washing their face? As much as it might seem unfair to hear, I believe it and I definitely believe that the caveman regimen works for many many people. I do believe that there are some treatments and gentle, nourishing products that can actually do good and help prevent free radical damage and what not, but that still doesn't mean humans have evolved to require external products for their skin. Think about it... we moisturize because we strip our skin with cleanser, and we cleanse because we clog our skin with makeup. Both are things that we do to ourself and are not a biological need/habit (if you live in a very polluted and smog-y place, then yes cleansing could help, but again that is a reaction to a man-made problem). Our skin has an amazing way of balancing itself out and replenishing itself with natural oil when needed. A mask of dry skin will begin to form on your face during the regimen to repair and protect the skin after years of not being allowed to from exfoliation and more, but will then shed or fall off when the work has been done. My skin was fine aside from the occasional spot all my life until I entered the world of skincare and started using lots of new products. Now I'm so dependent and my skin is still slowly recovering that I'm too terrified to go back to using none or even just one product. I've read many accounts of how the caveman regimen was the only thing that finally freed some people of acne. So don't completely bash it before you've ever tried it! I think that it could be a great thing, especially for young skin. It is older skin I think that can handle more products and actually benefit from age-delaying treatments. And direct sunlight on your skin is NECESSARY for your health. I'd say a natural SPF, with only non-nano zinc oxide as the active ingredient, could be a helpful step in your routine to add sometimes, but my god half the world would have skin cancer and be dying from the sun if it was as devilish as a thing as people make it out to be. The best sun protection comes from within (a diet rich in Vitamin D and A, fats, etc)

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    1. Anon - you say '(if you live in a very polluted and smog-y place, then yes cleansing could help, but again that is a reaction to a man-made problem)' but that's the whole point isn't it? Cavemen didn't have to deal with the pollutants that exist in our environment did they? So perhaps us choosing to clean these pollutants of our faces isn't as ludicrous as it sounds. And we don't have any evidence to suggest that cavemen had perfect peachy soft skin in any event

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    2. Those celebs who work on films, are models and frequently have photos taken of them, attend awards ceremonies, appear on television etc. all wear makeup. Makeup does NOT COME OFF if you wash it with plain water. And speaking as a former person who went to bed with makeup on every night (for about ten years - sorry Caroline!) I can tell you, those celebrities are lying. Totally. lying. Unless you forgo makeup entirely, the caveman regime wouldn't work. I'm sorry, you are probably right about it working for some people. And as Caroline frequently says, if it works for you - work away. But as far as celebs go, sorry. Not buying it.

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  32. Danielle Breachwood1 April 2015 at 10:54

    I have to say I 100% agree.
    Regardless of theories on how evolved our guts and skin are to modern consumption, the basic truths are:
    1. Prehistoric peoples did not have to deal with pollutants, it's not just cities that give off carbon pollution, cars, tractors, plastics etc give off some form of pollution before we even consider light pollution's role on our hormones etc. And of course they didn't apply make-up in its modern form (we know the role of different muds and dyes yes, but not a foundation packed with silicones etc!) so their skin wasn't subject to the experience we give ours, but of course we also have no idea if their skin was battered old handbags from a lack of care.
    2. BUT! We know that beauty isn't a modern vanity, throughout history people have shown interest if not obsession with the way they look despite the puritanical trends in Europe from the Protestant era onwards, we find ancient makeup and skincare, the Egyptians used honey and wine and resins on their living skin as well as in mummification, the role of donkey or goat milk as giving beauty in many cultures is historically shown alongside thousands of other beauty trends, what would suggest that this is a phenomenon simply limited to written history?
    3. Whilst yes you can over-use beauty products, for the love of all things holy and unholy at the very least wash your face!

    Sorry for the rant.

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  33. O-M-G!!!! "Flings arms around my mound of products in a protective manner". The crap that people will come out with just to make a few bob is unbelievable. Let me teach you how to be a filthy mare and never wash your face, aka, give me all the money you'd normally spend on product!! Brilliant post Caroline as ever. *wanders off shaking her head in disbelief*

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  34. This is absolute bliss. Thank you.

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  35. I find my skin care routine really relaxing & I'd hate to give it up. It's my daily pampering time

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  36. Ha ha ha haha . Fab post, Thank you for making me chuckle :)

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