Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The Top 5: Things you can do to improve your skin today

Ooh new Series time! I always love reading 'Top 5/10' lists so thought it would be fun to make my own. I will also transfer these to You Tube. Do leave any requests for more in the comments. :)

Kicking off: The Top 5 things you can do to improve your skin today.

  1. Cut out sugar. Whatever it takes. Go cold turkey. I promise you it's SO much easier than you would think. The cravings go after a couple of days and then it's much easier to ignore the chocolate bait at every till point in the land. Sugar takes a hammer and chisel to your collagen. Like removing scaffolding from the front of a house before the building work is finished. *face collapses*
  2. Stop smoking. Not just for your skin obviously, but please, please, for your health and the health of those around you, please try and stop lighting up. It destroys your collagen and deprives your skin of oxygen. Literally turns you grey. Seriously. Farrow and Ball make a gorgeous grey paint. It's not so attractive on your face. Nasty, smelly, gross, can kill you. How's that?
  3. Eat real food. Before you buy something think: does it come from a mother or the ground? Try not to eat anything where you have to 'pierce the film'. (If you've just come in from a double shift and haven't slept in 48 hours, do what you have to do, but when you wake up, do better.) :) 
  4. Get some sunshine. Before the SPF mafia send out the lynch mob, obviously I mean in a sensible fashion, but yes, get some sunshine on to your skin. You need the vitamin D, your skin will thank you for it. Note: I am not advocating slathering yourself in baby oil and lying out in the midday heat for 4 hours. You're grown-assed people. You know what I mean - you know your own limitations. Go for a walk. The sun, when treated with respect, is your friend.
  5. Stop treating your evening skincare routine as something to just 'get done' and take a few minutes every single evening to check your skin for what it needs. This will make the biggest difference in the quickest time. Cleanse properly, acid tone and then look at your face. If in doubt, use a facial oil and massage it in - even for 1 minute. Everyone can take one minute to massage their face. If you're that pressed for time do it while you sit on the toilet. Whatever it takes. Make knuckles, massage your cheeks deeply, smooth out over your eyebrows and under your eyes in a circle 4 or 5 times. Your skin will thank you for it. 


5.5. WATER. Eagle-eyed readers who know me well commented/tweeted almost as soon as I had hit 'publish' that I had left out water/hydration. My only excuse is that water is truly so second nature to me that it doesn't even occur to me anymore to talk about it. Does that make sense? Anyway - yes, WATER - I drink around 3 litres a day of water - excluding tea. Tea and water are literally all I drink these days. So yes, get your water on!!!! And thank you Ladies for the kick. ;)

99 comments:

  1. Love that you're doing top 5/10s - I always enjoy reading them! :-)

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  2. Should be six things. Number 6...........follow Caroline Hirons. My skin has not been this good for years.

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  3. If I were to add an number 6 it would be to hydrate. Make drinking water part of your day everyday. I drink 3-4 liters a day. And I swear by it for not only my skin but for overall health and well being.

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    1. Considering I lectured my Mum today about her dehydration I'm ashamed I didn't add that myself. Especially given that I drink about 3 litres a day. GAH!

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    2. I need to drink more, if I drink one glass of water a day I am lucky - I drink a lot of Diet Coke plus I exercise for a couple of hours a day as well....so probably have really dehydrated skin under all the oil!

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    3. Yes! I wondered where hydration was ;)

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    4. I drink around 4 litres a day, supplement with flax seed oil and my skin is still dry. I have been drinking the oil for over a year now. No hope.

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  4. Your Top 10 favorite skincare brands!

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  5. Hi Caroline, about the night thing... can you please please recommend a nighttime moisturiser for a 28 year old with dry skin? i am about to run out my Tata moisturiser and don't want to buy something to only regret it/lust after something else when you write your next cheat sheet!

    Also, 7. Do SOME exercise, even if its walking/chores/shopping. Your heart and health (and therefore skin!) will thank you later.

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    1. Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair!

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    2. why do you say that anon? I thought caroline considers that a serum?

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  6. Top 5/10 spot treatments! Also a top 5/10 products for young skin? I never know if i'm over doing it on the skincare front!

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  7. I suffer from quite bad eczema on my hands, arms and legs and the best thing to clear it up? SUNSHINE. Every chance I get I go outside and get some sun on my skin. Going to try and cut out sugar next....*fingers crossed*

    http://lizziebeautyloves.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I had the same problem, but since cutting out meet from my diet I haven't had any. not saying meet is always the problem but food is so important in how the body reacts.

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    2. I suffered from awful eczema on my feet as a teenager. Weepy, itchy and sore. Best thing for it was walks in the sea. I know it doesn't help everyone - my niece gets eczema now and sea water seems to make hers worse - but it was pure relief for me.

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  8. Hi there,

    I am a bit lost as to what skincare products to use (too much info on the Internet!) and was hoping you might help.

    I have a naturally slightly oily skin but due to years of poor skincare choices, my skin is currently also very dehydrated and very sensitive (my skin feels delicate, thin and like my natural barrier is non existent). Due to the dehydration and sensitivity, my skin feels very tight constantly but can also get very greasy (forehead, nose, beside my nose and sides of my face - essentially a tight and oily combo). I get some breakouts on my forehead and blackheads on my nose but nothing major.

    I need a skincare overhaul but don't know where to start.

    As an FYI, I seem to struggle getting a good cleanser - foaming face washes seem to dehydrate me further, particularly those with sodium lauryl sulfate. Products for dry skin as a general rule are ok for a day or so but then make my skin feel very heavy and uncomfortable.

    I appreciate you get loads of requests but if you could perhaps give me a few pointers I would really appreciate it

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    1. I'm not CH but your skin sounds similar to mine. I have recently switched to an oil cleanser (Body Shop Camomile) and it has made a world of difference, my skin is a lot less oily probably because it is not getting "stripped" at every wash and it is very clear - no spots one month in. I use it the way Caroline suggests - with a hot flannel so my skin is getting a light exfoliation at the same time. Just added Clinique mild toner to the mix this week as a chemical exfoliant type thing and finish off with the Body Shop Vitamin E sorbet moisturiser - it is very light, won't make the skin oily but works on the dehydrated areas. I don't use any extra products as my skin is reactive so want to do things slowly but will add a serum (probably the Body Shop Vitamin E one) in due course. Hope that helps.

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  9. I've done all those things!! But my chin is still bright red and rarely not without a hormonal cyst or two - I am completely at a loss for what else to do. I've cut out acids, using sensitive products. Rest of my face is perfect..... :( skin sucks!
    *panics* sorry skin!!! I didn't mean that.... please don't give me a spot!!

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    1. Cutting out cows milk made a huge difference for me, and if I have a bit now I usually get a big spot after. Obviously it might not be that, but I just thought I'd mention it :) x

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    2. Cutting out dairy did wonders for my skin too! I suffered from relentless cystic acne on my chin for about 2 years. Just before Christmas I was just so fed up with the state of my skin and none of the many products I tried seems to make any difference. So after reading Caroline's great skin cheat sheet I decided to cut out dairy and within about 10 days all my cystic acne was gone! It was unbelievable! As soon as I cut out the dairy no new spots came and the ones I did have cleared up pretty quickly. Cutting out dairy has made the biggest difference to my acne prone skin and my only regret is that I didn't try it sooner! Milk seems to be the big trigger for me as I can have a small bit of butter or cheese every once in a while and it does my skin no harm. But if I have cows milk, I break out over night. I mentioned going dairy free to my dermatologist and she said that even though there was no scientific evidence yet to back it up, the anecdotal evidence was pretty strong and so she encouraged me to continue with it. Hope you get your skin sorted out soon!

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    3. You guys rock - thank you so much!! I am cutting out dairy as of NOW! Thankfully I already have almond milk in the fridge. I hardly eat any dairy.... a little in my milk, butter, small amounts of grated cheese, milk chocolate. I'm sure I can cut those out easily enough. I'll report back :)

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    4. I have horrible cystic acne along my jawline. While it will go away it always comes raging back. I am not a heavy dairy user, just a small splash in my tea and some light butter and cheese every once in a while. I've found with cooking olive oil works just as well sometimes better. After watching the vid CH did with Dr. Sam, I started using a lower dose benzol cream (had not done since college) during the day and retinol or a retinoid at night (which I always did) and it has made the largest difference. Im mean they are actively going away and staying away. I also stepped back and started using my milder toners especially those without glyolic acid, like Clinque's mild clarifying lotion, or suprsingly my P50. Moisturize and hydrate. That is what really helped me. I don't if it helps to preface by saying I also drink lots and lots of water probably a gallon or so a day, supplement with zinc, fish oil, multi vitamins (yes i know I may get shot but they work for me and I get a full blood panel every 6 months as part of my routine check up so I know what my levels are) and probiotics. I am also in my late 20s with oily and sometimes dehydrated skin.

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    5. Yeah, I was thinking about using Benzoyl and Retinoids but I just didn't know where to start. I have retinoid suggestions from the Dr Sam video so I'll choose one of those, but what Benzoyl cream do you use? I think the reason my chin is so red is from using an over-the-counter spot cream, but can't remember what drug it was. I think I *ruined* my chin and it's never recovered :(
      I guess I'm worried about ruining it again, with one of these other creams.
      I also drink tons of water and am taking care to moisturise carefully, generally using Clinique mild toner and rarely using Pixiglow. However, I can't use them every day thanks to my sensitised skin.
      Day1 of being Dairy Free - conclusions are breakfast is difficult and Soya milk in my Starbucks smells like farts. It was promptly binned. Otherwise so far so good :)

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  10. Brilliant tips Caroline! I'm trying to get as much Vitamin D from the Sun as I can now the weather's starting to get nicer.
    I'm with the anon commenter above, could you do a top 5/10 products for young skin? :)
    Maeve // Thrift O'Clock

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  11. Well this is not for me today, but Monday I stop smoking....am scared to death about doing it as I have smoked for years and sadly rely on it to help me with stress plus whenever I have given up in the past my digestive system went haywire - and that worries me! Won't be able to manage giving up sugar at the same time or the copious amounts of Diet Coke that I drink as I am going to take one thing at a time..but intend to be virtually sugar free by the end of the summer (added sugar only - not fruit and stuff as I already am limited with my diet with having coeliac disease). Ms Hirons, if I don't see some damned improvement in my skin with doing all of that - I will not be happy with you :)

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    1. You can do it!! My hubby is on day 7, he's using e-cigs to get off the fags, and apart from a couple of ratty days he's doing great, and he's smoked since his teens, he's coming up 50 next month. Good luck :)

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    2. You can do it! Think of the difference it will make to you and those who love you :) x

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    3. Thank you both, the support means a hell of a lot. xxx

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    4. You can totally do it! It's hard at times, but drink a ton of water and go for long walks. And don't be too hard on yourself by worrying about other bad habits at the same time. Quitting is a full-time job so cut yourself some slack until you've got it licked!

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  12. Your so down to earth and super realistic! I love it!
    Beautily14.blogspot.com

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  13. Please do a video on Youtube on how to massage your face!!
    I've seen your post about it previously but seeing a video demo would make it better to see how much pressure to apply etc.
    I will love you forever! :D
    Thank you!

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    1. You can thank me later!!
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4VpzSWd0uo&list=LL6KRiCry6Y4ASDz-PPfo1xQ&index=126

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    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4VpzSWd0uo&list=LL6KRiCry6Y4ASDz-PPfo1xQ&index=126

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    3. It is now later. Omg thank you! I didn't even know that video existed! Thank you again!

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    4. I'm re-doing it - this is ok for now - but my new one will be longer :)

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  14. Hi!

    Your antibiotic article came out the same day I went to my derm for my acne, and from across the room he prescribed me none other than antibiotics.

    What do you think about blue light therapy to get things kick started? I read Kate Somerville's book (on your recommendation!) and she suggests blue/red light therapy. But of course I want to know what YOU think. I swear my husband is probably so sick of hearing what "Caroline says on her blog..." haha

    Thank you for all of this information (thank you thank you thank you!!!!!)

    Courtney.

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    1. Hi, Hope you don't mind me butting in but i was given a lumie clear (red/blue light) for xmas and its great. I don't have acne but its obliterates the few spots i do get. Its worth a look : )

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    2. Seconded request for the Lady Hirons' views on blue light therapy, both clinical and at-home!

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    3. Third!! I've been wondering this a long time myself

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  15. Love the idea of a top 5/10 series!! Some great tips here, Caroline :) thank you :)

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    1. Your suggestion was fine, but then you bombarded her with six other "Anonymous" ones. You could've included them all in one comment.

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  16. How about top five or ten things for women in the menopause to do for their skin?

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  17. Top 5 products to help reduce/calm down acne.

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  18. Top 5 moisturizers everyone can benefit from using.

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  19. Top 5 products for dehydrated skin.

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  20. Top 5 supplements everyone should consider taking.

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  21. Top 10 luxury/high end products that are worth the money.

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  22. Thank you for this. The best things we can do for our skin have nothing to do with products.

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  23. Good morning Caroline.
    I just read your post "when to do your routine when your exercising" and have a few questions.
    I was thinking about starting with zumba but since I'd be sweating a lot without the chance to cool down I'm afraid to risk a broken capillaries.
    Okay, here are my questions:
    What is a broken capillaries?
    Can it be fixed?
    How can a prevent a broken capillaries?

    Lots of love from Germany! <3
    Andreia, 15 y.o. still learning :)

    PS: Please overlook my bad english, I can't even get the grammar of my native language right -.-......

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  24. Top 5 OTC retinol / vitamin A products

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    1. Is this a statement or a question?

      Do people even ask proper questions anymore? FFS.

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    2. I'd imagine it's a suggestion for a future top 5 post.

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  25. This might have already been touched upon on your other posts, or on cheat sheets, or on beauty myths - SLEEP? Would like to know, really, how drastic can lots/not enough 'beauty sleep' affects skin quality, and/or under various conditions. Factoring different things such as... catching your ZZZZs very late but still getting enough hours of sleep VS catching ZZZs at a respectable time and having enough hours / how sleeping in different climates (where people may have to use humidifiers, or dehumidifiers) affects skin / etc etc / maybe this is irrelevant and not worthy of a reply or a blog post but kinda curious!

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  26. Hi Caroline,
    help please: i have just got some sun in Fuerteventura during Easter (lush) and all my freckles got much darker (so far nothing wrong with it). When coming back i got a big pimple growing on my cheek and put some dermalogica overnight clearing gel over it (salicilic acid) which made a sort of lighter /bleeched stain around it. is there a way of getting rid of it? - except of aciding the whole face to white with acids? i am seven months pregnant and i am still using my acids but a bit less as my skin generally got dryer and thinner (so instead of P50 i use now clarins in the evenings and usually no acids in the morning unless I feel a particular need).
    thanks a million - I am a great fan - had a good laugh at your videos with Ruth - I am exactly at the same moment as her ;-)
    kind regards,
    Joanna

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  27. I'm not a smoker, but I'm curious.. Is it the nicotine that affects the skin or is it the other nasties in the cigarett? Would a nicotine patch or gum be harmful too?

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    1. Why don't you do your own online research? Obviously, Caroline is a very busy lady, and doesn't have time to answer all of our questions.

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    2. Agreed. What a bloody stupid question.

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    3. I agree as well with what you wrote, but there's a nicer way to put it.
      Shouldnt we try to be friendly with everyone and help each other out? There are already enough nasty people in real life ;)

      Btw Mrs. Webb I looked your question up.
      I thought, that this Website explained it pretty well: http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/beauty/skin-and-lifestyle/smoking-affect-skin.htm

      Have a nice day ^^

      Andreia 15 y.o., still learning

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    4. The comment wasn't even addressed to you, so mind your own bloody business. BTW: There's nothing more annoying than a clueless, condescending teenager.

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    5. I apologize, if I seemed condescending to you, I just tried to be nice ^^

      Andreia, 15y.o., still learning :)

      Hope you had a nice day!

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    6. AnRo please don't worry. You were being helpful not condescending. And Anna Webb the smoke is worse than the patches. Xxxx

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    7. Thank you. I felt so bad about it.
      I love your blog, it's really interesting!

      Love, Andreia, 15 y.o., still learning :)

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  28. Thanks Caroline - great list! And I can testify that you are absolutely right about the sugar issue. I didn't have problematic skin before I quite a couple of years ago, and I could still notice the difference after a few months.

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  29. Caroline you are such a wonderful teacher and have taught me so much and my skin is really seeing the benefits. What a bloody wonderful woman you are! Sophie xx
    Www.sophieblunt.com

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  30. Top 5/10, oh yes!!!
    I would love to see one by categories of serum:
    - hydrating
    -brightening
    -anti dark spot
    and also maybe some like
    - most effective hydrating molecule / componant
    -most effective brightening molecules/ componant
    -etc

    Thx

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  31. Dear Caroline,
    thank you so much for this wonderful post (or "reminder" for many of us). Liz Baker Maschmeyer added the very important number 6 that I had in mind since my skin is dehydrated (and it's totally my fault - I forget to drink water, my system never asks for it) but I would add one more but essential. Sleep! It's not as easy as it sounds and it's even harder when you have to deal with insomnia, like me.
    Your post is very clear, Caroline, skin is the mirror of our habits. But alas, bad habits cannot disappear with the touch of a magic wand. We have to work for it. I suppose that love for ourselves is the first step. But this is realy hard work (and the subject of a new post)...
    Thank you again for all you do for us all these years!

    Lots of love from Greece,

    Zoe

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  32. Top 5/10 products, sprays/mists to refresh your makeup and skin through out the day

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  33. In this post you have mentioned that eat only real foods. Will you tell me what the real foods are????

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    1. I didn't say 'I' did, not all the time! I'm only human - but I try and stick to fruit, vegetables and animal protein. Basically salads/meats/veg. :)

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    2. I was skimming the comments to try to find out if you think fruit is okay to eat, because it has tons of sugar in it... ???

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  34. *Lobs all form of remaining Easter chocolate out the window* LET'S DO THIS!
    But seriously, sugar is just the bane of my skin's life, and my hormones' life too.
    Plus, my skin always looks better in spring/summer when I can enjoy the sunshine (within reason, of course).

    She's So Lucy

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  35. Great post Caroline, I'm good on all fronts on your 5, but the sugar which I am now working on cutting right down to as little as possible. Not easy for me as I love baking and eating cake, but I want to do it for both my skin and my weight.
    Idea wise I'd love to see the top 5 night creams, and I love the earlier idea of menopausal skin, I think I'm probably pre-menopause as I'm 46 now and seeing some hormonal changes happening.

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  36. great tips! The sun definitely makes a difference to my skin! xx
    www.emilyjanewebb.co.uk

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  37. I'd find it really helpful to see a top five/ten facial oils post! Fingers crossed...

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    1. yes, please! Ideally with info about which skin types they suit!

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  38. Great post Caroline. Particularly interested in points 1. cut the sugar and 3.eat real food. Interestingly all processed food contains sugar in one form or other therefore by avoiding processed foods you avoid sugar. That includes all the junk food as well as the ready meals. Love your stuff, really informative and you have helped my daughter no end with her teenage spots. Thanks so much.

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  39. Fabulous post as always Caroline! I'm trying to cut down on sugar, but I'm very much a chocolate person, so that's pretty much my only weakness! I'm good at eating well and looking after my skin, but I think my body would notice a difference if I did cut out sugar.

    Emily x
    www.emandthem.co.uk

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  40. Hey Caroline! This is an excellent post. I like the idea of this series (top 5, etc.). I wondered if you would be able to film how to do a facial massage with your hands? I know you have a post with pictures, but I'm still uncertain if I'm doing it correctly. I hope you are having a lovely time with your mum!

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    1. She did a video for The Sanctuary SPA . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4VpzSWd0uo

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  41. Hi Caroline! I like this a lot. The sugar thing....I can't do it, wish I could though. I don't eat a lot of sugar but once in a while I am known to enjoy a few cookies, or cake...haha! Anyway, all we hear now is "stay away from the sun". But few people are saying get your vitamin D in the sun! It is so necessary for our health, for one, our bone structure. Sometimes we can be very polarized and go to extremes. I just like your realistic and coherent opinions.

    Alina
    www.eclecticalu.blogspot.com

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  42. About sugar miss Caroline. Are honey and agave/maple syrup OK ?

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    1. Would like to say yes (as I have some organic agave in my cupboard) but no. Honey has more calories than refined sugar and all of them will supercharge your blood sugar and possibly cause inflammation. I still have a tiny drop of agave now and then but giving up everything sweet is hard. I think a healthier option is xylitol made of birch sap.

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    2. That is sad. How to eat pancakes ?!

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    3. With some fresh berries and organic yoghurt? A light sprinkle of xylitol & lemon juice?

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    4. I don't think it will work with me. But for sure it's an option for someone who wants to eat sugar-free. Great idea!

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  43. Love these posts. Would love to see the following if possible:
    Top 5 holy grail products
    5 products worth worth splurging on
    Top 5 SOS/skin saver products (products you reply on when your skin is acting up-extra sensitive, redness, spots etc)
    Top 5 face massage oils
    Top 5 serums

    Thanks

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  44. I currently have Orion's Belt growing on the right hand side of my chin. Four huge, red, angry cysts, side by side, merging into one super cyst. After following Caroline's advice the rest of my skin has been amazing making them look all the more obvious. The cysts only go away with the pill (dianette) but I am fed up with being on it for other reasons..clearly they are hormonal. Is there anything else I can do knowing this?? its making me sad!
    F x

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  45. I can instantly see the difference in my skin if I stop drinking my water...

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  46. 3L EXCL TEA! God woman you must pee A LOT!! I try at least 2 but end up downing a load at the end of the day because time has flown and apparently chugging down water isn't the same, you have to sip?! Anywho, Top 5 on Toners pretty please! And Top 5 for acne scarring or better yet cheat sheet! X

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  47. I so need to cut out my sugar! I know its bad for my skin and my god I'm sure it will help with my goddamn cellulite too! Just don't know if I could do it. MUST try harder!! Thanks for the kick up the arse.
    Steph
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  48. This post is an extra little push for me to start making healthy and smart decisions for my skin and body. Water consumption has been seriously lacking in my life lately and I can tell a marked difference in my skin. Also, cutting out sugar and eating natural foods (non-processed) is total common sense. It's one of those things that make complete sense, but it's been hard for me to implement and stick to it. Thank you for the reminders.

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  49. can you do a top 10 "healthy skin ingredients" list, what to look for in products

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  50. With all due respect bc I really do love your advice, redheads are an exception to the sunshine rule. Numerous dermatological studies show that even minimal sun exposure can pose a significant risk for skin cancers in redheads primarily the result of genetics. Also, our bodies can't absorb sufficient Vitamin D due to low concentrations of eumelanin in our bodies. However, on a positive note- as a result we can produce our own Vitamin D w/o exposure to the sun and/or in minimal light conditions. As a natural redhead who's always taken exceptional care of her skin and been religious about sunscreen (especially on my face), I still acquired squamous cell carcinoma (a type of skin cancer) at the age of 29....on my face of all places (I am now 38). . Fortunately bc I know my face so well and bc I might be a tad bit vain (ok maybe more than a tad bit), I noticed it right away as something that wasn't right. I noticed a small (flesh colored at that!), flat mark/mole on my face and after 3 weeks there was no change and promptly went to my dermatologist. I know most people can tolerate moderate sunshine, but this simply isn't true for most genetic redheads. Just wanted to point that out.

    References: *MC1R is the 'redhead' gene*
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2324112/ (Nucleotide diversity and population differentiation of the Melanocortin 1 Receptor gene, MC1R)
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4330189/ (MC1R genotypes and risk of melanoma before age 40 years: a population-based case-control-family study)
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4067096/ (Skin pigmentation, sun exposure and vitamin D levels in children of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children)
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3766240 (MC1R genotype as a predictor of early-onset melanoma, compared with self-reported and physician-measured traditional risk factors: an Australian case-control-family study)

    For those who prefer an article instead of medical journals: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/redheads-irish-share-lucky-traits/story?id=22916335
    Quote from the article- " A 2012 study from the journal Nature, found that the pigment pheomelanin, which gives hair the red color, makes redheads more susceptible to the melanoma than fair-skinned blonds, even when they cover up their skin".

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  51. There's still so much I don't know! When I applied a moisturiser this morning, little water droplets started appearing on my nose. And google has no answers for it! How about a top ten of weird things your skin does and what they mean?

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  52. What kind of tea do you drink Caroline? xx

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  53. I love top 5/10 posts. I definitely eat too much sugar and it's something I have to improve on. I didn't realise it was bad for your skin/collagen though. That might give me the kick up the backside I need! Thank you. :-)

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  54. Hi Caroline!
    I was just reading my Advanced Skin Analysis e-book, and bumped onto a word I didn't know, which is "glycation". I looked up the word, and the explanation was somewhat complicated. But from what I did understand, I suddenly thought about your chisel metaphor. Is glycation what your are referring to in the present post? Did I just nailed it thanks to you?

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