Friday, 15 May 2015

Clinic - Serums


Whilst we're mid-month of Serums focus I thought it would be good to do a quick Q&A/Clinic on the topic so that further reviews during the month may prove to be more helpful.


As always, I will try and answer around 25 questions - although it's usually a few more once the dust settles.


So if there is anything you want to ask/need to know/have always wondered about serums, just leave a comment below.


Please note I will not be answering the questions until tomorrow as I am away from my desk all day - and as always I will only publish the questions I am answering otherwise due to the sheer volume, it becomes an impossible read.

Thank you everyone!

169 comments:

  1. Hi Caroline! What are some good budget (ish - am willing to spend a bit more on serums) serums, siliconey and non-siliconey (sometimes I find that I get that 'rolling' which is so so annoying!), or some 'things to look for' in serums that are great/no-go ingredients! Thanks so much xxxxxxxx

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    1. Check out First Aid Beauty, Indeed labs, Vichy, Avene and La Roche Posay - all affordable and mostly good. :)

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  2. Is Good Genes the best thing for hyper pigmentation? Or rather what is the best serum for HP?

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    1. hello really interested in this as well! willing to pay £££ for something that does and I keep looking at good genes - but have paid out too much in the past for serums with no HP effects at all!

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    2. i have good genes and am loving it since i recently got some hyper pigmentation due to pregnancy. i think it's great for smoothing out uneven skin but you might need to pair it with a great acid toner and use a vitamin c serum to really help fade the spots...at least that's what worked for me :P Currently using P50 toner and alternating between a vitamin c serum and good genes for day/night. Also, Caroline has talked about good genes and did say it was good for hyperpigmentation http://www.carolinehirons.com/2015/01/sunday-riley-good-genes.html

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    3. I'm also interested!!

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    4. GG is resurfacing but would need to be used in conjunction with a retinoid to help with scarring and pigmentation. You could use GG alternatively with a retinol treatment the next evening for example.

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    5. I used up my good genes bottle & wouldn't buy it again. I was very disappointed in this product but maybe I expected too much with all the hype about it. For me there area so many better products than this & after looking at the ingredient list, it is so over priced.

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  3. Hi Caroline. Can you use two serums, both doing different jobs, at the same time. Would you put them on your face in a particular order if you were to use more than one at any one time. Hope that makes sense! Many thanks, Yvonne x

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    1. +1 on the combining Q. Want to try the Hylamide and wondering how best to combine with my go to fav Kinvara Rose Hip Serum, which is really more of a serum/oil hybrid. Can I use one after the other, or separately one at night, one in the morning?

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    2. To add to this line - With layering versus alternating nights - I have 44 year old dehydrated/hormonal acne aging skin and ten to overload and stress out skin which makes it break out worse. What combinations are ok and what should be alternating nights or with only a certain amount of frequency. For both day and night routines. THANK YOU

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    3. Yvonne, you most definitely can. Use the more active/acid serum first, then the hydrating one of you're using it.

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    4. Thank you ladies - top two for adding to my question and last one for answering :) x

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    5. Hi All,

      Yes you can absolutely use two. There are a few guidelines though. Vitamin C and Retinols should be used against the skin first. I usually split them between AM (vit c) and PM (retinol) for that reason.
      The lighter the formula, the closer to the skin it goes. I try to keep heavy silicones and oil-based serums apart as they just peel.

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  4. I am only 22 years old, and i know my skin is still quite okay, but i have this extreme fear of having wrinkles. I do not use anti-aging products, but i do invest in facial oils/ serum (mainly for hydrating/ repairing)

    I hope you could give us ladies in our 20s a list of serums that wont overwork our skin cells, if it's not too much!!

    Thanks so much for helping and educating us girls <3 i love you!!!

    Xx

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    1. Seconded! And also perhaps linked with the q on non silicone serums as something not too heavy/cloying for young skins?

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    2. Yes,Lady Hirons,don't forget us, skincare addicts on our 20s

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    3. Hi Ladies,

      Try brands like First Aid Beauty, Indeed labs and La Roche Posay. As with the budget question, they make good quality serums that aren't overpowering for young skins.

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  5. Hi Caroline, I love and watch/read all your posts/vlogs. Thanks for doing this. I'm 36 and my main concern are fine lines on my forehead. Please can you recommend a serum? I have dry skin with a slightly oily T-Zone. Thanks so much. Xx

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    1. You could try Hylamide or Vichy Aqualia?

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    2. Do you recommend all the hylamide serums? Thanks x

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  6. What type of serum would be the most beneficial for acne prone skin?

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    1. A lot of the time in your reviews you say a product is good for a lot of skin types/conditions, but I was just wondering what type of serum would be the best for treating acne? What are some key ingredients to look for?

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    2. Acne is more problematic in that different ingredients can cause some upset to different causes. When I'm recommending to an acnaic skin I tend to treat the redness/inflammation and sensitivity if there is any first, then I rehydrate. I prefer to treat the actual acne with the acid toners and obviously internally...

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  7. I'm currently using the Caudalie Polyphenol serum in the morning before moisturiser. It is so light and unlike any serum I've used before, I feel like I'm putting it on wrong as its absorbed before I get a chance to pat! What do you think? I know you have tried it!

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    1. Do you have dehydrated skin? Maybe you need something a little heavier? Although to be fair, serum is supposed to absorb quickly due to the nature of it so if you are happy with it I wouldn't worry too much.

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    2. I'm currently using this serum too, and I'm loving it because it contains so much vit C. My skin has never felt so soft, I don't even need a moisturizer on top of it! Quite nice if you're on a budget as well :)

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  8. When is comes to looking for active ingredients in a serum; what ingredients compliment each other, and what should be kept separate?

    I've found the best complimentary ingredients for my skin are Retinol and vitamin C (for hyper-pigmentation).

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    1. I second this question! What should be combined versus used separately and why (e.g. Vitamin-C, retinol/tretinoin, peptides, AHAs/BHA)? Also, what combination via different times or alternate days would you suggest using these actives for well-rounded serum use without combining them in the wrong way?

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    2. I second this question!

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    3. I third that (if that's even proper English...tho probably not)!!

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    4. Hi All!

      I tend to go with what the skin needs as opposed to any hard and fast rules. There aren't any that you need to really avoid using together - unless specified within the same range by a brand for their own reasons. You can, for example, use a hydrating serum over a pigmentation serum without problems.
      I probably wouldn't use 2 different acids - I tend to stick with one. But overall if in doubt, use one in the morning and one in the evening!

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  9. Hi Caroline, I was just wondering what is the best serum for someone with combination skin and serve pcos acne? Thanks :) xx

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    1. I second this question! I have combination (but dehydrated) skin and severe hormonal acne on the jawline/chin area. Things that help the dehydration tend to make the acne worse and things that help the acne make the dehydration worse.... Does anything exist that can help both?

      Thank you for all your wonderful help and advice. You have definitely transformed my skin for the better!

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    2. Hi Ladies,

      Like I mention above, if in doubt treat the redness/sensitivity. A PCOS/hormonal acne skin can be inflamed and that causes more damage so try and keep the redness under control and then you have a fighting chance with the acne by using acids and light moisturisers.

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  10. Hello Caroline. Hope you're feeling better. My question is can you layer/mix serums? For instance a vitamin c serum and then a hydrating serum. Many thanks. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. I asked that exact question on her body shop twitter takeover. Answer: Absolutely. Lightest texture first.

      now I need to figure out which of caudalie polyphenol c15 and Vichy aqualia is lightest, they're both like water!!! But helps for say ole truth or una b vit c vs Vichy idealia

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    2. Yes you can. Lighter first, if unsure, check the ingredients list. If water is the main inci it should generally go first, if oil is high up the inci list then put that second.

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    3. Katie, If I can help.. Vit C is a water soluble molecule so the Caudalie one is definitely water based. I'm not sure about the Vichy one though, but as it was on the blog a while ago I remember it contained quite a few silicones so that one might be a bit heavier.

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    4. Thanks ladies. Only just revisited this thread so sorry for delayed thanks!

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  11. Any serums for radiance on mid to late 20s skin? What about Olay Regenerist Luminous that Ruth Crilly seems to love?

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    1. Loads. Most are on the pictures I posted yesterday. :)
      Good Genes, Oskia Get Up and Glow, Cell Food, Body Shop Vitamin C - most are also searchable by the radiance category like below:

      http://uk.spacenk.com/radiance-boosting-serums/

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  12. Hi Caroline

    For hormonal acne what would you recommend the order of products after my evening double tone? Serum then oil? Or just serum/just oil?

    Your favourite retinol/salicylic serums (no budget restraints) :)

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    1. Cleanse/Acid/Spritz/Serum/Oil (and then Moisturiser if you feel dehydrated)
      Luna, SkinCeuticals, Paula's Choice, Exuviance all do retinols x

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  13. If I've got this right, ideally a serum would be applied after you've cleansed, used an acid toner and hydrating toner. But when using Hydraluron, would you apply it before the hydrating toner?

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    1. Hi. If you search the page for "hydraluron" and check the cheat sheet (about routines, I think it is). Then you'll find that CH recommends putting it on as the final step just before your moisturiser. So on top of everything else. Hope that helps.

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    2. Hydraluron always goes under mosituriser. :)

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  14. Here's my question- if you could only use one serum for the rest of your life, which one would it be? The holy grail serum...

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    1. Ooh I like this question!! :-D x

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    2. God I don't think I can answer that. Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair and all Zelens serums come close though.

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  15. Hi
    Im 21 and i have combination skin which tends to get dehydrated but very acne prone on my cheeks. I have quite bad scarring and was wondering if there is any serums you would recommend?
    Many Thanks

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    1. I would investigate vitamin A/retinol products. Use them in the evenings, possibly underneath an oil for acne/combination skin - an example would be Artemis by Sunday Riley. It can be difficult to treat scarring while you still have active acne but it's worth trying. :)

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  16. Hi, Caroline!
    I'm a 41 years old first time soon to be mom, and I would like to know if there is any serum I can use during pregnancy? I have normal / combination skin and while it is easy to find what to use to try to prevent stretch marks, nobody talks about skin care!
    And may I sugest a post with skin care recommendations for pregnant women?
    Thank you very muh, love your blog!

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    1. Of course! You can use literally anything except high strength serums such as retinols which will say 'do not use if pregnant'. Basically, if it doesn't say to avoid, you carry on as normal. Treat your skin for what it is doing, not as a 'pregnant skin'.

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  17. Ops, and hoping you feel better and have a great weekend!

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  18. Hi Caroline! Would you have any recommendations for a serum that's NOT anti-aging, but adresses inflammation and congestion/acne? I will spend anything on good skincare but do not want to use something anti-aging my young skin doesn't need, and I feel as though every high-quality serum out there is marketed at aging skin. Thanks a million!

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    1. Most serums are listed as anti-ageing, because technically, if they are preventing dryness/ dehydration/antioxidants, they are. Ignore it. Pick them based on what else they are offering, i.e. if you are dehydrated, look for that. If you are acnaic, choose a light vitamin c maybe for the antioxidant properties. Once you know what you are looking for, you can look through the marketing hype. ;)

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    2. Hi,maybe u could try eucerin dermo purifying serum.its not anti aging.its like 15euro and I really like.i also like their cleanser.contains lactic acid.i have oily acne prone skin and I really liked the cleanser

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  19. Hi Caroline I have oily skin and I find most serums I've tried to heavy..should an oily skin be using a serum and if so can you recommend one? Thanks so much. X

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    1. Of course. You can use water-based serums such as Vichy Aqualia, Hydraluron or you can go for targeted ones like this:
      http://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/skin-care/serums.html?specific_concern_skin_care=2389&ref=mm

      these are quite spendy but you can research the ingredients and keep an eye out for similar more affordable ones.

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  20. Is Alpha H Vitamin C serum for mornings, evenings or either?

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  21. On your blog, you mentioned applying Hydraluron under your serum and moisturiser (Aug 2012*). But when I have tried this, it feels like I am creating a barrier between my skin and the serum. Confused. Advice?

    For reference, serums/oils I use: NUDE Advanced Renewal, Sunday Riley Juno and Caudalie Vinoperfect

    *Long time dorky reader. Big thanks for sharing your expertise!

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    1. Oh did I? I'll go back and check my wording is clear. Thanks for the heads-up.

      It goes under moisturiser. On top of serum, under moisturiser. Although Juno is an oil, so it will feel like a barrier because it is one. :)
      Hope that helps.

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  23. Hi Caroline, wanna get your advice on which serum i should use to reduce my open pores? Currently alternating ole truth serum & jurlique advance herbal recovery for am; estee anr & luna oil for pm. And what moisturizer should i pair with the serums? Sometimes will have blackheads on my nose. Btw i'm 37.
    Tq and enjoy the weekend.

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    1. The only one of those that will do anything for your pores is Luna. Save your pennies, buy luna and Kate Somerville Oil-Free moisturiser and you're good to go. Cx

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  24. What's best serum for fading those pesky flat red old acne scars? Anything able to fade scars that are years old?

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  25. What's a good water based serum for acne prone and dehydrated skin? X

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    1. Vichy Aqualia and Hydraluron, Ole Pure Truth Serum, these... http://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/skin-care/serums.html?specific_concern_skin_care=2389&ref=mm

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    1. To be honest if dehydration is the problem then any of these will give you good glow:

      http://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/skin-care/serums.html?specific_concern_skin_care=3076&ref=mm

      http://uk.spacenk.com/radiance-boosting-serums/

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  27. Hi Caroline. I'm also confused by the order in which serums should be applied when layered. I think you've said before that retinol goes first & Hydraluron goes last before moisturiser. Should any serum containing hyaluronic acid go last? Also, do silicone-based serums prevent ingredients in products applied on top from penetrating? Finally (!), how can facial oils be included in a routine where a hyaluronic acid serum is used (which, if I'm correct, needs to be followed directly by a water-based moisturiser)? Thanks Caroline! x

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    1. OK so:
      Retinol first.
      Hydraluron before moisturiser.
      It doesn't always have to be HA last, but a lot of the time it helps yes.
      No silicones don't prevent the product on top from penetrating.
      I don't use facial oils at the same time as a hyaluronic acid serum wherever possible. It's like Ghostbusters: never the twain shall meet. LOL x

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    2. Hi Caroline, does that mean I shouldn't use a facial oil after Hydraluron or is that not a Hyaluronic acid serum even though it sounds similar? In the evenings I tend to just use a facial oil and no moisturiser and wondering whether I should use Hydraluron in that case or perhaps just use in in the mornings instead? Thanks! Xox

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  28. Suggestions for a mid price ranged serum that helps combat spots and hyperpigmentation. I'm 26 and currently using ole henriksen truth serum.

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    1. Well they are two different things. The only one that may manage to do all of that is a retinol.

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  29. What are the best ingredients for repairing post-spot red marks, particularly on very fair skin already prone to redness? Any serums with particularly effective formulations?

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    1. Great question! I suffer from hormonal acne between my jaw line and cheeks and being very fair skinned just make the matters worst and more visible! Those pesky red marks never seem to go away. The best thing I found so far was skinmedica scar recovery gel.

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    2. Go for ones aimed solely at pigmentation like Good genes and odacite here: http://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/skin-care/serums.html?specific_concern_skin_care=2393&ref=mm

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  30. Hello Caroline and thank you very much for this chance.
    I am 35, classical pale redhead with very sensitive skin (dehydrated/combination/prone to breakouts)
    Which serum can be used in that case: sensitive & antiaging???
    t's difficult to find something which is not too harsh and not giving me breakouts. I'm happy to make an investment.
    I love Tata Harpers oil, but that's not a serum, so I am looking for something for daytime, since I use that mainly at night.
    It would be so great if you have maybe a little recommendation, thank you so much.

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    1. Hi Stella,

      You know Tata makes serums too yes? They are all amazing and would all work for you!

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  31. Suggestions for a mid price ranged serum that helps combat spots and hyperpigmentation. I'm 26 and currently using ole henriksen truth serum.

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    1. Well they are two different things so I would tackle the pigmentation with a dedicated pigmentation serum and treat the spots with acid toners etc
      Search sites like this: http://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/skin-care/serums.html?specific_concern_skin_care=2393&ref=mm
      And then click on 'acne' once you've done pigmentation. Not so much to buy, but to get an idea of what is available.

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  32. What ingredients are best for healing post-spot red marks, particularly on very fair skin already prone to redness? Any serums with notably effective formulations?

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    1. Retinols would be my first choice, Luna would be sensitive enough yet thorough enough to get rid of scarring - as long as its fresh.

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  33. Correct me if I remember wrong, but you've told you like silicones on your make up because you want it to stay on the surface but not in your skincare because you want the product to be absorbed... Yes...no? This is for all skincare products?Tomorrow 3 months smoke free and investing my money on my new addiction...skincare!

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    1. I don't mind silicones in higher ends formulas, I know that sounds crazy but they suspend a lot of ingredients in their formulas and make them incredibly smooth to use. The actives will penetrate - just not as quickly as a water-based one.

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  34. Hi Caroline, my skin is very difficult, with multiple allergies. It's also as dry as the Sahara, and very pink. I use Lauder's ANR with no problems, and blue pot Nivea. I'd like to change my serum up to see if anything else could benefit me, but realise it may be a tall order! Is there anything you could recommend I try, bearing in mind I can't use even plain unfragranced oils, or shea butter, which seems ubiquitous at the moment. Thank you so much X

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  35. I'm new to serums and would like to buy one on your command (tee hee). If there was one serum you could recommend to anyone, good for all skin types, age, seasons, which one will it be, where would it fall in THE HIRONS routine, and why? Thanks!! Oh and if there isn't one serum, please do a video on best serums per skin type, season, etc. Thanks!! You are awesome!!

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  36. Hi Caroline, thanks for doing this for us I'd love some ideas for serums that work to fight gravity, a huge ask I know, but as well as the wrinkles and meneposaul bumps I'm now noticing as I come up to my 46th birthday a definite loss of firmness, every time I wake up a part of my face seems to have slipped further south and I'd like to slow the progression if possible.
    (P.S. Thank you so much for working with Cult Beauty to create such an amazing Beauty Box, you only have to google the others on the market right now to see how incredible it is and what value for money, I can't wait to see what comes next????

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  37. Hi Caroline, I've been following the advice given by Dr Sam in your video on hormonal acne and it's working great (thank you for that!), but I am nervous about starting to use a serum as well in case I undo all the improvement! I'm double cleansing, using the FAB pads, then Effeclar Duo in the morning and Triacneal every other night (Effeclar on the in nights in between). I'm 37 and feel my skin could do with more hydration and oomph than the Effeclar is providing, hence me thinking about serums. I'd be very grateful for any advice you can give - thank you!

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  38. I've been desperate for a serum, but I can't seem to find anything for redness/rosacea, which is my primary skin concern. I am attracted to Sunday Riley's Luna, but I don't know if retinol will be okay for my sensitive skin. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you <3

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  39. Hello Caroline, I often use oil + water-based serum + moisturizer. My question is about serum ingredients: when using skincare from different ranges or brands, how to determine the ingredients that may interfere with each other? Which combinations should be avoided and which are the most efficient for hydration and anti-aging?

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  40. Hi Caroline,
    Best serums for different skin types and best serums to combat different skin issues such as acne, dullness, aging etc. Also what other products to layer with to enhance the effects of the serums.
    Thanks x

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  41. Hi Caroline, Hope you've recovered completely by now. I am in my late 20s and use the DermaDoctor Vit C serum in the morning, followed by the Laneige Water Bank serum for hydration. At night I use the Shiseido Ultimune and sometimes follow that up with Boscia's tsubaki beauty oil. I have dry, dehydrated skin and would like to incorporate a serum for the night that can help delay aging. I don't have any wrinkles but do have under-eye fine lines and dark spots. Could you suggest something that would help? (I am thinking of trying Sunday Riley Juno, but your expert opinion matters!)

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  42. Hi Caroline!
    Do you think Bakel's Jaluronic serum is the best for dry/dehydrated skin or do you recommend any other?
    Thanks,
    Ainhoa xx

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    1. Hi, my skin is also dry & very dehydrated, and Hydra8 B5 serum has been my saviour. I used this daily (morning and night) followed by moisturiser and face oil.

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  43. What is the difference in terms or use and benefits between serums and facial oils? Who should use which, and when?

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    1. Yes that's a great question, I'm confused with the face oils and when to use them instead,before or after serum.

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  45. Hello Caroline,
    My question is about application. What would be the right amount? And the best way to apply, especially as serums are normally quite thin or even runny

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  47. What serums would u recommend for each skin type or condition eg. Vichy for dehydrated etc etc and what ingredients should we be looking out for in a good serum. Age 34 combination skin

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  48. hi caroline,

    first of all....so happy to have discovered your blog. it's my favorite and my total obsession! i have 2 questions:

    1) application -- do i rub in or pat on my serum? i use the estee lauder advanced nighttime repair II which i rub in but have used others that are thicker and seem easier to pat on. please advise.
    2) timing -- do you wait until products are completely dry/absorbed b4 moving on to the next step i.e. i wait until my toner fully dries b4 applying serum and then wait til that is absorbed b4 applying moisturizer.

    thank you thank you,
    xoxoxoxxo

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  49. Hi Caroline, what options are out there that are anti-ageing but also suitable for sensitive skins? Thank so much x

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  50. Hi Caroline what's the best way to apply serum....1.rub it in, 2. Leave it on the skin as a thin layer and wait for it to skin in, 3. Pat it in or 4. Press the skin and release (as I heard recently) it's all a bit confusing?

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  52. Hi Caroline - I am 52 and have normal/oily skin. I am currently using Estée Lauder ANR at night and the Vichy Aqualia serum in the morning. Whilst they both feel quite nice on my skin and haven't made me itch (always a bonus!); they don't seem to be doing a lot for me in the 'anti-ageing' stakes. I'm not expecting miracles but wonder if you have any suggestions for anything with a bit more Ooomph which would also be suitable for skin on the sensitive (itchy) side. Thanks for your time, I have learnt so much from the blog.

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  53. Hi Caroline - I currently use Estée Lauder ANR pm and Vichy Aqualia in the am - they both feel nice on the skin but don't seem to be doing much for me - could you recommend something with a bit more 'oomph'! I am 52 and have normal/oily sensitive (itchy) skin. Everything anti-ageing seems to be designed for dry skin and is way too rich for me. Thanks very much for all the info you share, I have learnt so much!

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  54. Hi from Brazil!! I like the SkinCeuticals Vitamin C + Ferulic Serum a lot (as we need the extra sun protection down here). However it is expensive. Any suggestion of more affordable substitutes? Continuing with the hot climate theme - I would love to incorporate a Retinol product to my evening routine, but I am scared of sun damage ( I use a high SPF every day, but the heat and sun are both very intense throughout the day and we perspire a lot) - any suggestions?

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  55. Hi Caroline, iv been wanting to buy a new serum but cant decide what to go for! I have oily/combination skin, large pores and lots of blackheads. Iv been thinking about either the Sunday Riley Good Genes, Clinque Custom Smart Serum and the Merumaya. Iv finding the whole serum thing a bit of a mine field tbh so your input would be greatly appreciated! Any advice on ones iv not mentioned would be great. thank you!! :) xx

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  56. Best serums for sensitive skin with constant redness on chin? It's an angry looking redness but not anywhere else on my face, I also suffer from hormonal? breakouts on sides of chin too. Also what kind of serums are best for morning. I already use a hydrating one (Vichy) for my dehydration but can I layer so maybe one to help my redness or is that too much for morning? X

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  57. Hi Caroline, Im finding this whole serum thing a bit of a mind field! I want to invest in a good serum but just cant decide which is best! I have oily/combination skin, get occasional breakouts but have really bad black heads and large pores (especially in the summer months) I was thinking down the lines of Sunday Riley good Genes, Clinque Custom Smart and Merumaya. Would any of these be any good for my skin? and if not what would you recommend? Your input would be greatly appreciated. xx ;)

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  58. what do you think about mixing oils with serums? I like the slip the combination has and am able to spread it on my face better. Also, is layering different serums overkill? like good genes with a vitamin c (algenist genius serum) :P Are there any serums for pock marks? currently pregnant and not using retinol but noticed more hyperpigmentation/redness and the sudden appearance of a random pockmark or two appearing! I seem to be keeping the pigmentation/redness at bay but am baffled by the pock mark that suddenly formed >.< thanks in advance! love your blog and hope you're feeling better since your hospital scare!

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  59. Hi Caroline, I would love some recommendations for budget friendly serums. I know this is the best thing to splash cash on but I can't justify spending £80 on one when that's considerably more than my weekly food shop! Especially interested in ones which would suit those still combating acne scars but also thinking about anti aging. I'm 31 with dry skin, scars on cheeks, and currently using LRP Pigmentclar every day with Redermic every other night.

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    1. Hi Sam, I know I'm not Caroline but Indeed labs Pepta bright has really worked for me and it's normally under £20 and can be found on special at boots (fairly often I think). It is quite moisturizing and great on the pigmentation.

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  60. Similar to other people....can you layer serums or would they affect each other? Also if a serum like good genes seems to cause a break out of spots around my mouth (which I never really get being in my 50s) should I stop using it right away or does my skin just need time to adjust to it? Thanks. Love all your advice and love my cult beauty box. My skin loves you but my bank balance does not!!!

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  61. Best serum for aging, dull, dehydrated skin, and AM/PM or both? In what order with retin-a if PM? I have melasma, but understand from you and Sali that not much topically for that one.
    Also, difference between serum and essence?
    Thanks!

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  63. Hi Caroline

    What retinol serum should I use (I'm 41) & how/when. Retinol is confusing?!?!?!

    Love your blog. Thank you, Charlotte x

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  64. Hi, Caroline!!! Best serum for 50+. Retinol is a must at night. But can you combine it with anything else? If so, what? And on the mornings I use Good Genes And it be layered with Hyaluronic or something similar? Thanks!!!

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  65. Can I use 2 serums layered on top of each other? Does that block the effectiveness of either one? I know you have said to layer by order of consistency. But since obtaining the Vichy I thought I could use it everyday instead Hydraluron bc it breaks me out. Or just layering serums in general?

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  66. I am a young at heart 60 still keen and willing to learn more about skin care. I have no particular skin concerns - other than it's been around a while! Please could you suggest a good all round, miracle working serum which I don't have to sell my soul to the devil to pay for. Loving the pics you posted of your blow dry - wish mine looked that good!

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    1. I second this! I'm soon to be 60 and my skin is better than ever thanks to Mrs. H! But I'm on product overload. My favorite right now is SR Juno oil -- worth every $$$!

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  67. I use prescription retin-a at night. Should serums go on before or after? Any that are particularly good/bad to use in conjunction with retin-a?

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    1. Good question - I use a bha before my tretinoin gel, but get confused when adding other producs to my routine.

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  68. Hi Caroline!

    I would love your recommendations for 21yr old skin with acne and scarring.

    Thanks!
    Michaela x

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  69. Hi, what would you recommend for 40+ skin to target fine lines/wrinkles? And won't break the bank? Thanks!

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  70. Hi Caroline, in a routine would serum go in place of hydraluron or on top of? Because in my mind I was thinking if hydraluron helps the absorption of the product out on top wouldn't it make the serum more effective? Or is that just my crazy way of thinking? Lol x

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  71. How long between products, notably after serum, do you wait before applying next product?

    Would really appreciate a breakdown similar to quantity of products detailing whether you can apply immediately, wait x time, etc.

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  72. Best budget/affordable serums?

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  73. Caroline :)

    Straight to the point. Serum for oily, blemish prone skin but with red/reactive cheeks (worried it's rosacea) xx

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  74. Hi Caroline! Can I use the Clarins Lotus Oil over the Dr. Dennis Gross Radiance Booster? Thanks!

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  75. Best serums for the neck?---no price concerns---To lift, firm, unwrinkle etc. ---my face looks 20 years younger than my neck, as the face retinols I use are much too strong for my neck. Thank you, Caroline.

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  76. Your favorite vitamin C serum? Thank you!

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  77. I'm not sure which serum to use as my skin is quite 'normal' but there are still things I wish to treat. Cheeks are a tad dry, bit of shine on the T-zone, the occasional blemish or spot, skin is not sensitive but slightly dehydrated. Can you suggest a good all rounder? (Mid-20s) x

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  79. Any natural serums that work? Trying to avoid chemicals as having treatment for cancer.

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  80. Hi Caroline, what is the best serum for post-angular chelitis scarring?

    I'm a pharmacist and always suggest your blog to patients whenever we have a conversation about acne/spots. They come back a few weeks later and thank me for it :)

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  82. Hi Caroline, I have Keratosis Pilaris I know you cannot get rid of it completely, but I have it on my face just under my cheeks/ jaw line. Wondering if a serum would help? As make-up just does not sit on it well and cannot conceal the redness well too. I only exfoliate once a week and moisturise well before applying make-up. Help please.

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  83. Hey, hope I'm in time and pretty sure this hasn't been asked/answered. Would you ever use a water based serum (aqualia/truth eg) under luna oil? Thanks.

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  84. do serums expire? I read something about vitamin c serums going bad After a few months and losing their effectiveness? Does this apply to all serums or just vitamin c? I keep several in rotation and now I'm worried I'm not using them up fast enough.

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  85. Hi Caroline, Can you please recommend your favourite retinol serums across the price spectrum. Thank you!

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    1. with applicable age range too please, thanks. I'm 30 and just getting into anti aging skincare

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  86. Do I use a gel before or after a serum? Help...anybody?

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  87. Hi Caroline! I wonder if you could recommend a few anti-aging serum to start using?
    I am 22, with normal-combination skin, spider veins, and occasional tiny bumps on my forehead. Not acne prone.

    I want to start using anti-aging products, and I figured it's better in the form of a serum. Thanks! :)

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  88. Hi Caroline! I am 27 with combination-oily skin and would love if you could recommend some serums. My main skin concerns are acne scarring and large pores and perhaps combating the first signs of ageing. Thank you!

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  89. Hi, i am in need of a day serum £35 max i have young skin but have weird spot/lumps on my skin that have been there for aprox 7 months i have changed thing added and taken things out but i have no idea what it is. my skin is dehydrated, oily and dull what serum or moisturizer should i use. :)

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  90. Hi Caroline! I was wondering if you had any tips on which serum I could use, I have a little sun damage on the side of my cheeks, and a quite a bit moles. I am now using the estee lauder night repair, but if you have any recommendations that sort of reverses the damage it would make me happy! All the best, xx

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  91. Hi Caroline, due to cancer I went through early menopause at 40 and now at 56 have ultra dry, sensitive skin which is wrinkling fast (no hormones) what would you recommend?

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