Sunday, 3 May 2015

Sunday Facial Week 1


And another new regular feature.....I don't know why I haven't done this before because I do some sort of multi-stepped mask facial every weekend and even more often if I'm travelling.

After having my huge sort-through/clear out yesterday, I decided to up the ante and get as much of my routines/day-to-day goings-on up here or over on YouTube, including occasional vlogs. I KNOW. Me, vlogging. I hesitated for a long time but I actually get to see/do so much cool stuff that I figured I just needed to GET OVER MYSELF and get on with it.

Today's facial was a 3 step but not of the usual kind. I started with Omorovicza's Deep Cleansing Mask which seems to be 'zingier' than the last pot I had. Maybe it's a change in my skin but this one definitely has more 'oomph' and more tingle.


I tend to apply this all over my face and then add a second layer between the eyebrows (occasionally spotty for me because of my glasses), on the chin and on the cheeks.

I removed with a warm flannel and then I went in with P50 1970 Formula. I haven't used this for over 2 years and have Jordan to thank for bringing me a bottle over from the US when he was in town recently. Over 2 years since I breathed in that phenol whiff! :) I applied this on to cotton wool, took it slowly but surely all over the face, including lips, working top to bottom, then flipped it over and went back up the neck, over the cheeks and finished on the forehead. Numb bliss.

Then it was time for some serious hydration. Jane Scrivner's Ultra Hydration Masque went in a thick layer all around my eyes in a circle, followed by a light layer of SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque - I let that absorb and then went in slightly heavier handed with another layer as below....


Make sure you remember to take the hydrating mask right up and around the orbital eye area and don't forget the lips. I used Charlotte Tilbury's Lip Magic and again applied it fairly thickly.


The redness is to be expected after using P50, that's its job. It subsides fairly quickly, especially once the masks are put on top. 
I let everything soak in for a good 15 minutes, then spritz with a hydrating toner/water, in this case, Institut Esthederm's Eau Cellulaire, and apply more.

After another ten minutes or so you can remove any excess with a warm, damp flannel and apply another hydrating eye cream and moisturiser. You won't need much, your skin should be 'topped up'.

All of these steps can be replicated using whatever products you have that do a similar job, more affordable options - especially for the clay mask step and lip balm for example, will still work well. 

See you next Sunday! (maybe without the close-ups of my face though!) :)


51 comments:

  1. I foresee a facial tonight! The close-ups were fun-I love how real you are. "Caroline Hirons, changing one face at a time."

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  3. Love youuu Lady Hirons. Can you pls recommend a good spf for acne prone skin and cleanser from french pharmacy. Commented b4 but i dunno if it worked. Thank you. Keep ul the good work

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  4. Great idea, I love doing facials at home. I always do the same routing - lack of know-how, so this is really useful! :) Please let us know what the main ingredients are, so we can copy with other products if we don't have these at hand.

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  5. I've started on mine! I've PMS so need a little bit extra to prevent those spots about to come out from under the skin.

    Anceeta.com

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  6. Can I use a glycolic/other exfoliating mask before the omorovicza one? I always finish with a hydrating mask.

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  7. For me today it was : skinceuticals clay masque then biologique recherche p50w (do i have to wait 10 mins before apply other product??i don't know ...) the khiels overnight moisture mask. My skin love it! Please lovely Hirons can you answer my question ? Thanks 😘

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  8. I love the close ups!! I realized your skin gets all pink just like mine and that's good. The pics are relatable. Xoxo

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  9. I love facials and masks. This morning I used the Balance Me Radiance mask & this evening when I take my make-up off I'll be treating my skin to the Sanctuary Spa peel off Glycolic mask, followed by some gorgeous night time goodies. I love this idea for a regular post too Caroline & cannot wait to see some vlogging videos!! You're being so good to us!!!

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  10. P50 does not make my face red, nor does it even tingle on me. 1st cleanse: coconut oil
    2nd cleanse: Body Shop Pomegranate
    P50
    serum
    moisturizer
    facial oil

    all in that order.

    I wonder if I am doing something wrong. I just don't get red or tingly. Can anyone offer suggestions?

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    1. Hi riley,
      Definitely no expert - but I wondered if you use warm/hot water and a flannel to take the coconut oil and pomegranate cleanser off? I'm wondering if they might be forming a barrier that doesn't allow the P50 through. Also, I find that P50 can tingle more or less depending on a variety of factors that change day to day. Also (and I may well lead you astray here) I find that if I go straight in with a spritz or serum it doesn't give the P50 a chance to do its thing. I just give it a minute to settle in and get comfy before I spritzercise.

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    2. Hi Laura,

      Thanks for your suggestions. I do us a hot flannel to remove the coconut oil and pomegranate cleanser but perhaps I am not being thorough enough? I will also heed your suggestion to wait a bit before going in with serum or spritz.

      I just yesterday finished my bottle of P50 (1970). At this point I am not convinced that, at least for me, it has done enough to justify the $$. Recently I have been using the Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion (which bears the Hirons Seal of Approval) and have been very please and impressed with its ability to close up pores (especially those troublesome ones on my nose).

      Thank you again for taking the time to respond.

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    3. Hm well that is curious, esp as it was the 1970 formula. Perhaps it just isn't for you? That's a real shame as it isn't a cheap lotion to experiment with and doubly a shame because so many have raved about the results. I know how that can be! As CH says: you do you - and if Clinique is doing it for you I say 'full steam ahead'

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  11. How do you travel with your products? Something of mine always tends to leak so I put everything in Ziplock bags.

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  12. How do you travel with all of your items? I find that my products often leak and I have to put them in Ziplock bags which makes it difficult to put in my toiletry bag.

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  13. Wow, I feel great if I remember to slap on one mask come Sunday, but you take it to a whole new level!

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  14. You inspired me to get a sneaky home facial while bf was having a nap. Best face ever :)

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  15. Will buy a clay mask tomorrow and copy you in everything! I love your blog!!!! Btw, will you review all the Clinique products you blogged about a couple of weeks ago?? Curious!!!! Txs!!!

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  16. Hi Caroline

    I'm currently in actual pain with a throbbing cystic spot (just coming to a head). They pop up on my chin, I know that they are hormonal.

    I'm currently using body shop cleansing oil (make up removal), eh balm (second cleanse), fab toner pads, and a variety of moisturisers & serums I'm using up.

    Can you possibly recommend something I can use to improve this? I'm wondering about good genes and luna? Since using oils to cleanse my skin has become much less oily.

    Thank you :) :)

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    1. that would interest me too! I'm the same age and plagued by hormonal acne. I use Neutrogena's spot treatment on top at night (which has benzoyl peroxide) and Dalacin C in the morning. In the past my dermatologist had prescribed a topical cream with tretinoit, but didn't work much for me as benzoyl peroxide does!

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    2. Hi, have you tried taking your skincare right back with a simple cleanser like cetaphil. Also definitely worth looking at your diet, things like dairy and sugar can reall affect the skin/hormones. Caroline has mentioned these before. Take a look at the videos with Sam.Bunting too x Ps it won't let me use my google ac to sign in

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    3. Hi :) I have been wondering about dairy, I was thinking about maybe switching milk for almond milk and cutting out cheese etc for a week or 2 and seeing if that helps x

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    4. Hi, I agree with lady rose regarding dairy. I used to get hormonal acne a week before that time of the month. I cut out dairy and really noticed a big difference. It may not be your trigger but it's worth a try :)

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    5. I've cut out dairy and it's had a small effect. This is my first period since quitting dairy and the spots (hormonal cysts) are less angry than normal and one managed to come to a head (instead of being MASSIVE and AGONY - not even exaggerating). I'm hoping that over time it'll be a more drastic improvement since I'm totally at a loss for what else to do. My chin is also nearly constantly red. It's thanks to you guys that I've cut out dairy and for that I thank y'all!
      I don't think there'll be a magic cure - I'm now feeling totally hopeless about it all, but I'll keep trying.

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    6. Hello, Maybe try and cut out dairy for 4 weeks at least. Unsweetned almond milk is yum, it's the cheese I find tricky to avoid, oh and chocolate ;) A probiotic might help too, get some good bacteria in the gut. Caroline has also mentioned taking an antihistamine to help with the inflammation with big spots. Antihistamines do help me, when my rosacea flares up on my cheeks.
      I took my skincare right back to basics, it just couldn't cope with all the different products. Dr Sam Bunting has mentioned Vichy normaderm hydrating care, and it has definitely helped with my chin area. Applied morning and night just to the affected area, it helps with marks left my spots too.
      Hope that helps x Ps Thanks for the fabulous blog Mrs Hirons

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    7. Thank you to all of you who have replied and to Caroline of course who is fab, this blog has honestly made my skin better!
      Im going to give cutting out the dairy as far a possible a go and drop my sugar intake too.

      Antihistamines is a good idea, makes sense to give them a try.
      Im going to watch the doctor sam video right now!
      Xxx

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    8. Hope it helps, I know the struggle. I go through phases of thinking how ridiculous it is to worry so much about spots etc, but when it's your face you just can't hide it. It knocks any self confidence right back.
      Dr Sam Bunting is worth a follow to, she does tweet bits of advice and product recommendations. With Sam and Caroline, we will get there xxx

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  17. Fabulous! I always wondered why never really spoke about masks. I will look forward to this every week :-)

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  18. Never actually knew how to do a 'proper' at home facial, just done my first ever. I am positively glowing :-) x

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  19. Hi Caroline, I have been reading your fabulous blog for a couple of years but this is my first ever comment. You are brilliant and I just wanted to say hello, and thank you! xx

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  20. Thank you for that! was interested about your mask routine as I mentioned in a previous post.
    I'd also like to know about that "zingy" feeling. I used The Body Shop's clay masks for the past 3 months and I admit it stings. In the past I used Apivita's clay mask and didn't sting. I also used a sample of Glam Glow (the green one) and didn't sting! So my question is, is it ok if a mask stings or not?

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  21. I absolutely love the Omorovicza mask. Zingy is definitely the right word for it, but its tolerable and works bloody wonders.
    thebeautybloss.com

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  22. Hello Caroline,
    Please may I ask a question? I am very sorry if this is the wrong place!
    My beautiful 8 year old suffered a crush injury to her chin and needed surgery under anaesthetic to debride (clean out) and close the wound. She has a 2cm scar under her chin. I am using Vitamin E oil every evening with a little massage. Any recommendations to help healing/ fade the scar?
    Any help much appreciated,
    Hannah

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    1. Hi, Caroline has recommended Heal Gel in the past for scars. There is also a cream called Dermatix, which I think is quite good. Hope this helps...

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  23. *Jaw drops* I feel like I have been robbing myself of the full Sunday facial experience. I've only ever indulged in a mere fraction of this spectacle. No more, I say. I'm stepping out bravely into a whole new world of skincare done right, with a side of luxury. Look out world, here I come. Thank you Caroline. As per usual - what is common sense to you is a revelation to the likes of me.

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  24. Mmmm love the red numb P50 face. I even love the smell. Would bathe in the stuff if I could afford it.

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  25. LOVE this! I never thought to do multiple different types of masks in one go......so sensible now that you have shown us! The new camera and close-up pic is lovely...... perhaps we can also get a pic of your newly organised products? :)

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  26. Thank you Mrs. Hirons...this is the most brilliant idea for a segment!...I do hope it becomes a 'regular'...I'm wondering if anyone has knowledge of where one can purchase both the Biologique Recherche PS-50-1970 as well as their Masque Vivant? I live in NYC.

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  27. Wonderful idea... Showing us your mask routines. I'm never quite sure in which order to apply masks or which masks I can combine. Thank you.

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  28. Can't wait for next Sunday!!!

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  29. I caved and finally bought the May Lindstrom mask The Problem Solver. Love the texture but will have to use a few more times to tell if it's working.

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  30. Caroline thank you for walking us through step by step. It is an enormous help. I was spritzing a calming floral toner immediately after P50, probably robbing myself of many benefits, thank you! Please more step by step routines, am, pm!

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  31. I have dehyrated skin. Main concern is also anti-aging prevention (lol if that sounds right). I've used all Sisley face masks before, and Eve Lom Rescue Mask. I am currently using Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant, obviously wouldn't need to use my Pixi Glow Tonic before using that. I've SO missed the Triple Threat Facial thing!!
    Basically: Cleanse to get off makeup (double cleanse??) Clay Mask, Exfoliating Mask, Hydrating Mask - followed my eye cream and moisturiser. Once a week. Ta Dah! xx

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  32. Great post! I try to do something similar at times, but didn't know how to fit the P50, so thanks a million! I think I even asked you in the past about this...
    Also thanks for mentioning the redness after the P50, because lately I've been getting redder after using it, and was wondering if I exfoliate too much, so glad to see you are also quite red after ;) yeah, and it does disappear within max 5 minutes... I'd hate to stop using it, I'm totally addicted, and I obviously blame you...

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  33. Hi Caroline,

    Have you got any recommendations for more affordable clay masks, especially of the tingly variety? I've recently tried Glamglow's Youthmud and quite liked it, but it's still at a higher price point than what I'm ready to spend on, you know, mud...

    Thanks a lot!

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  34. Caroline! I am curious what your thoughts are on Biologique Recherese's moisturizers. Their formulations contain tons of questionable ingredients yet most reviews I read people love most products. Would you or have you used anything other than your beloved P50?!?!

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  35. Oh man....such product temptation! I am bookmarking everything (I LOVE Jane Scrivner...didn't even realise she had these new eye products!) and being good and refusing to buy it all. Especially since I bought 3 x Zelens products, the biggest bottle of P50 you can buy online and I still have so much barely touched at home. I'm trying to actually use my products before buying more. It is very tough to resist everything that is out there but I am determined...at least for a month? (Any longer seems impossible)

    xo
    Sara

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  36. I'm a new blog reader (Hi!) and after reading your entire blog I did this routine tonight and my skin is glowing! I like the added acid toner step in between the masks. I never would have thought of doing that! Just out of curiosity have you tried the Charlotte Tilbury balm and clay mask? I got over excited when she launched in my country and I bought both and was just wondering how they stack up to similar products in your opinion.
    PS - your blog is the best!!

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  37. Can't wait for more installations in this series! I have been wondering for quite a while how to incorporate masks into my skincare. Are they before or after toners? exfoliator?

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