Monday, 8 February 2016

Cheat Sheet - Top 5 Things American Girls are doing wrong in Skincare


First things first:
  • Yes, this is a sweeping generalisation, based on my time in LA last week. Please don't be offended if you reside in the USA and it bears no resemblance whatsoever to your routine. That's excellent.
  • No, of course I don't think everyone in the USA treats their skin like this, but a lot of you do. Especially a lot of the 'Under 25' Ladies in the LA region last week.
  • And finally, if you are not new here, there is nothing new for you today. You've heard all of this before. Move along, make yourself tea, come back tomorrow. ;)

So I just returned from L.A., the land of the lovely people, where I was at the Gen Beauty event with Pixi.
I did two Meet'n'Greets across the weekend while I was there, along with a Q&A, where a lot of the same issues/questions came up. After I heard the word 'scrub' for the 50th time, I made a mental note to do this post.

1. Scrubs. Oh Lord the scrubs. You like a scrub. You LOVE a scrub. And the rougher the better. Too harsh. Way too harsh. Also: a number of you enjoy removing your makeup with scrubs. Yes really. Please stop. The 'scratch' is not good. And I quote:

'I really love it when I can feel my face burn afterwards.'


2. You keep all your products in your bathrooms. It's too hot in there. Especially in California. Please keep everything outside of your cleansing products in your bedroom if you can.

3. Foaming. I'm not saying you like a bit of foam, but the same products kept getting mentioned, to the point where I was literally itching my face.

L.A. - AFTER CLEANSING TIME.
4. Showers. You love doing all these scrubs and foaming things in your showers. I love a good shower. Who doesn't? I just don't cleanse my face in it. Do it afterwards, at the sink, with a washcloth/flannel, the way Jesus intended.

5. You like a 'minimal routine'. I had a queue (both days) of 100 women at a time asking me to help them with their skin, then pulling a face at the mere suggestion that using more than a scrub and a moisturiser might possibly help. You don't have to get on board with a seven step routine, but good skin takes more than a scrub, an oil-free moisturiser and a prayer.


Now please read this and meet me afterwards for a cup of tea to discuss: 


80 comments:

  1. I would give my right arm to have you look at my skin and have A cuppa with you! Also got rear ended on the motorway so sympathising. Greatly with you motorway ordeal! As everyone keeps saying it's just a car *sigh* anyway back to the face hahah love your blog at you Mrs Hirons!! X

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  2. I'm from South Africa and I am guilty of everything listed above!!! (ok except the point on foam. Not entirely sure what you mean there). But thank goodness for bloggers like yourself who tell us to cut it out :-)

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    1. She has mentioned it somewhere, not entirely sure where but as i remember the main words were: foam=alkaline=your face as a petri dish for bacteria..And that was the moment I went and threw my foaming cleanser away :D

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  3. Thankfully, I am one of the Americans who doesn't do these things--but I used to. Clinique Sparkle Skin body "cream" on my face every day (should have known that what I use to shave my legs was probably not best for my face), foamy cleanser at night, just a bit of moisturizer (oil free, natch) after and good to go! Somehow, with a now 4-5 step routine (and still a bit of scrub thanks to Tata Harper), that takes me barely anymore time--my 31 year old skin looks markedly better than my 25 year old skin. Funny how that works. Thanks Caroline, for introducing me (and my wallet) to a better way!

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    1. Rae, what are the things you're using now that's helped?

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    2. I basically do the same routine Caroline recommends. I alternate a couple different cleanser options in the morning - Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser and Lush Angels on Bare Skin for scrubby options, Fresh Soy Cleanser or First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser (good for oily days), then I usually do a toner (Clarins Gentle Exfoliating, Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix, or Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel), a serum (I have a Vitamin C based serum, Indeed Labs Hydraluron, Hylamide Anti-Aging) which I alternate, an oil (NUDE ProGenius Omega oil, or Argan Oil), and a few moisturizers (Kate Somerville Goat Milk, Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream, and Korres Black Pine day moisturizer - alternate for how my skin feels). An eye cream (I like the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream right now). Then an SPF (SuperGoop and Coola are my favorites). And at night the only real change I make is adding an additional oil cleanser step before using Fresh Soy Cleanser or Boscia Detox Black Cleanser. Lush Ultrabland is still my favorite. Plus I do an at home mask 2-3 times a month. I also take fish oil supplements, biotin supplements (that seems to help my nails the most though), probiotic, and a daily multi-vitamin. The fish oil makes a MASSIVE difference in my skin. When I get hormonal cyst-like bumps that helps them go away much quicker. And I get many fewer ever since starting fish oil.

      Pretty much all of that is what I've learned from reading/watching Caroline's blog/videos.

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    3. Hi Rae, may I know what brand of fish oil you are consuming? I'm planning to buy but not sure which brand to get so your info might help. Thanks

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  4. Ouch ouch OUCH! Removing make up with a scrub?!

    I am not free of having committed heinous crimes against my skin in my foolish years, but after having informed myself better and having changed my habits, at 30 I too have better skin than 10 years ago!

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  5. I'm pretty sure I did all of these things before I found you (but I think I've blocked out the memories). After a few years of taking care of my face, I audibly said "ugh"/"gross"/"no" at each point, how things have changed.

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  6. Lol, Caroline, I was guilty of all of that before I found you last winter. It amazes me that I never figured out then why my skin was so itchy and eould get red and flakey no matter how much heavy duty cold cream I slapped on it. It's hilarious. Going to enjoy my snow day and have a cup of tea with my minis.

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  7. "No! I don't want no scrub" ~TLC
    (The gif of 'L.A After Cleansing Time really tickled me.) I've just had another read through your routines sheet this morning. I'm getting the purse out and investing in some new skincare. Fed up of my dry, itchy, winter skin !

    Faye
    http://www.theglitternest.co.uk

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  8. Even though I am not based in the US I did commit similar sins in the past as well, i.e. the daily makeup removal scrub (I still wonder what I did to remove my eye makeup back in the days), and I believed if my face was tight and red, it was "clean", But I have been around here for a long time now, and I am pleased to report that I have moved on. The wisdom of age, I guess.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  9. Oh, stop with the cloths and flannels already!
    Get yourself a proper cleansing oil, one of them like we have here in Asia, and start cleansing your face the way Buddha intended. And yep, you can do it in the shower, too.

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    1. LOL! I used to use a baby's washcloth, but haven't for years. You'd have to pry my Clarisonic out of my cold dead hands. Ganesh likes it, too. :D

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    2. Uhhh... different face, different genes and different level of pain tolerance? I understand that Asian are generally has thinner skin and probs wont benefit from flannels (micro fiber cloths are better alternatives, for me at least). I couldnt use flannels, somehow it makes my skin hurts as I also use acids, so I skip or move to microfiber when needed. It just a matter of preference and YMMV.

      And I think Lady Hirons has always touted cream/balm/oil cleansers as 1st cleanse.

      So lets return to each of our own respective corners, slap on a cool sheet mask and chill.

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    3. Yes, 2cats! If your shower is too hot for your face it's too hot for your body. And a flannel is still physical exfoliation much like a scrub. You can be gentle or harsh with either. Some skins will like physical exfoliation and some will hate it. But a flannel plus a chemical exfoliant plus a retinoid is a pretty harsh routine that seems comparably rough to a gritty scrub, at least from my sensitive skin's perspective.

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  10. I'm a US girl and a convert since following you two years ago. Ladies, she's right, do as the Hirons says! My skin has never been better! I preach your ways here when I get my compliments. xoxo

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  11. Hahaha that foam gif is cracking me up!! I can't believe you didn't mention wipes...I'm still weaning myself off of them by only using them to remove makeup before going in with a proper cleanser and face cloth. Please tell me that's okay, pretty please?? They're the Pacifica brand and smell like coconut, surely that's slightly acceptable??

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  12. The years spent pouring over Teen Vogue in the UK only to overdose on Neutrogena, Clearasil and waaaay to much salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide eughh. Much happier with a smarter approach in my late 20s- thank you Space NK & Caroline for my education! Thanks to you I have booked my mother and I a facial at Anne Semonin in Paris tres soon :))) Libby

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  14. I only do #2 and that's because I don't really have anywhere else to store them.

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  15. This post made me laugh so hard... Thank you Caroline!
    Scrub and foam, Hell on skin, my skin actually gets sensitive just hearing the words :-))

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  16. You've converted this American girl. I was trying to do a minimal routine with not just foaming cleanser, but actual soap, at night and a scrub in the morning, used in the shower. And everything all-natural, so I was almost exclusively moisturizing with oils, no hydrating serums. I found your blog while snooping about for more involved routines and your advice seemed like a nice compromise between ultra-minimal and 10-step skin care. I've now fully embraced the balm, the flannel, the acid, the spritz, the serum, and the moisturizing "coat" (I still use my oils at night) and my skin looks fantastic. I've embraced glowing, dewy skin and stopped trying to mattify. And for some reason I find myself craving a cup of English breakfast all the time. Do you think it might be related?

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  17. There is a whole generation of Americans who grew up using the St. Ives apricot scrub, and then upgraded to the 'medicated' one with menthol that made everything tingle. As a teenager, I was led to believe that you should exfoliate with something gritty and that products that burned/tingled were working better. I think Americans take a pretty harsh approach to treating acne as well-- everything is about 'drying up' the spot pretty aggressively, and dermatologists were quick to put a lot of my friends on accutane. In my late 20's and early 30's I ditched the apricot kernels, but Clarisonic-ed faithfully.

    Thankfully, in large part to discovering your blog, I've switched to cleansing with oils, acid toning and treating with serums and oils, and my skin looks fantastic. I gave away my Clarisonic and haven't missed it. While I double cleanse at night at the sink with a washcloth, I will admit that my morning cleanse happens in the shower (I massage the cleanser on my face as the water is heating up). I also brush my teeth in the shower. Those habits are unlikley to change anytime soon.

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  18. Hi Caroline,

    Not an American, but I just read through your cheat sheet - thank you. It is sometimes difficult to try and understand what really IS good for your skin versus what is marketing and sales nonsense, old wives tales and complicated jargon on the back of a product.

    When it comes to skin, you're the only one I will actually listen to.

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  19. I feel like reading your blog has cured me of some of these things. I do still use a scrub once a week... but one that doesn't make my skin feel like fire.

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  20. The only one of these I do is wash my face in the shower. I don't put my face in the shower stream, use the flannel as you've taught us...I don't know why, but I feel gross taking a full shower with an unwashed face.

    And since I started religiously following your skincare guidance about 14 months ago, lots of women remark on how good my skin is and ask me for tips. It's infuriating that none of them want to invest the time, money, or effort in a proper routine. (I have sympathy on the money front when it's someone with limited budget, and now put aside my extras so I can give product to those willing to embark on a routine.) My tip for those nights when doing a full routine seems like it will take more energy than one has: Make those Liquid Gold nights! ;)

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    1. Totally agree with you about the liquid gold evening....sometimes I'm just too tired!!!

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  21. Removing makeup with a scrub?! Bloody hell. You'd need to have the hide of a rhino for that!

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  22. Ahhh, the mistakes of my youth: many and varied. No sunscreen, taking a tan by slathering baby oil on my body (sometimes with iodine added to it), each night plastering a very thick layer of Clearasil on my face. #bangheadagainstwall

    I am a child of the 60s, and am now *in* my 60s, and I have the best skin in the county. I ditched the Clarisonic (both of them), follow Madame Hirons faithfully, and have seen DRAMITIC results.

    It is sad to say that you cannot walk through a department store in the U.S. without tripping over large Clarisonic displays, pushed out in the walk-through area so that you have to maneuver around them in order to get where you're going.

    Advertising always emphasizes the benefits of foaming. Sigh.

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  23. Yes. Yes. Yes.
    I'll admit to being a scrub addict. (Never to remove my makeup though. Who does that!?!) But I have put the scrubs down and backed away slowly the longer I've been reading you. I've also added more product to my routine. Surprisingly I breakout much less and my skin is as soft and a baby's bum and it's very cold and windy here in the Midwest. (A perfect recipe for the dry patches I used to get in the winter)
    I've also made my sister (who suffers from adult acne and roseca) start following you after I passed some product along to her that you had written about. She had a dramatic skin clearing and what to know what sorcery I had brought into her life.
    So I'd like to claim my status as a former typical American scrub addict.

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  24. While I, an American, admit to having committed many of these sins before learning the ways of the divine Ms. Hirons, I can at least say that I never, ever, ever used a scrub to take my makeup off. *shudders*

    Funnily enough, St. Ives made fantastic inexpensive lactic acid exfoliating pads, which of course they discontinued.

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  25. Just want to say princess L giff 💜💜💜💜

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  26. The LA after cleansing time GIF :-) Hilarious! Very good post, Caroline!

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  27. In the past, I have been guilty of all of these but no more. I've been reading your blog and delving into moisture obsessed asian beauty brands and my skin has never looked better. Thank you Caroline!

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  28. "The way Jesus intended" hahaha, you are the BEST Hirons! I don't even take offense to the fact that I am an American girl, here :)

    xoxo Mollie
    www.molliebellezza.com

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  29. Hi Caroline! This made me laugh- as an American- who used to use a scrub in the shower! DOUBLE DEMERITS! I've tried the Pixi toner on my dry/dehydrated/ sensitive skin because I thought that it would be gentle enough, but I think that it irritates me facial eczema and rosacea ( thanks dad for those genes!) I've been using the Tatcha rice enzyme powder every once in a while and it seems to be okay.
    Are there any eczema approved toning acids?
    Thank you so much for all the skincare tips and laughs- two of the best kinds of things!!!

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  30. This was hysterical, I LOVED it. As an esthetician in the US I can't tell you how much the last part of your post made me laugh. People always ask me skincare advice and then when I give it to them they're baffled by the amount of products I suggest that they deem "too much work." The way you wrote it was very entertaining. Bravo on a great post.

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  31. Whats wrong with washing face while you shower (with a good face cleanser)?

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    1. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe it's because the water you shower with is significantly hotter than when you wash your face at the sink, and the heat just isn't good to keep your face under for that period of time.

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    2. Yep, and it's the one bit of Lady Hirons' advice that I call bullshit on (or rather, that baffles me). Just turn the temperature down! Why would you stick your face under super hot water, when the mixer is right there?!

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    3. Ah Fiona, I wish it was that simple; in my old decrepit house the shower has two temperatures, a fraction of a degree above freezing, or the fires of mount doom....never can I let my face touch that water ha!

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    4. Fiona: I know it makes my face superdry and irritated afterwards but I confess to being one of those people. I am just too lazy to do it separately..but Im trying to improve and do what you say, turn the temp way down.

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  32. Caroline,

    I recently found your blog via some late night youtube binge watching. Your posts and tips have changed the way I look at my skin and shown me the error of my ways. As an american girl this post was so on point! Also thank you for linking your cheat sheet at the bottom. I'm now off to do research on the products you've recommended. Thank you and I know my face thanks you.

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  33. Luckily, I'm only washing my face in the shower occasionally. It's always makeup free when I do it. I do keep my cleansers and masks in the bathroom but I'm in WA state so it's not nearly as hot as California is on the regular.

    I hate scrubs on my face, I hate foams, and I love a multi-step routine.

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  34. People are always shocked when they hear i have a 8=10 step nightly routine (you use two toners?!) and think its excessive and "clogging my pores" I'm always like heck no! Light misty layers and good facial massages are what I live for! I do keep my products in the bathroom for ease of access, but I have a very large bathroom that is very well ventilated and my products are kept in drawers. I think what a lot of people tend to do is leave things out on countertops in direct sunlight, which bothers me dearly for products that do not come in dark glass packaging.

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  35. After reading your blog and Paula's Choice website, I have completely revamped my skin care routine. My skin is sensitive so I have to avoid products that contain fragrance and/or essential oils (I'm so thankful your reviews state whether or not they contain these ingredients). Your cheat sheets helped me completely change my skin care routine by helping me get out of my 'bad habits' and adapt a Caroline Hirons approved regime. Also I've moved all of my skin care out of the bathroom and will no longer wash my face in the shower. Thank you very much for gifting us with this blog! Xoxox


    Have you tried any products by Drunk Elephant? I'm curious to see what your thoughts on their products would be.

    Hope you're having a wonderful day xox
    (Fun Fact: when asking the sales clerk at Ulta about where I could find the Hydraluron, I accidentally said "Hironluron"....)

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  36. I definitely used to be guilty of this in my teen years, and thankfully I have really good genes or something and never had problems with my skin. I'm so glad that I've discovered the right way to take care of my skin now that I'm getting older. Thanks for sharing all of your knowledge, Caroline!

    Kristi | Be Loverly

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  37. Haha good post! I'm english and I could definitely take a few tips, particularly the last one! xx
    alicekatex

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  38. Not an American, but I do have to admit..... I am a little partial to the shower cleanse every now and then.
    When I am feeling super lazy I apply my oil/balm (NOT Scrub!) to my face and take a face cloth in the shower with me to remove and then go in with a more shower friendly cleanser.
    So still double cleansing. Never in hot hot water and always still use a wash cloth. But sometimes a girls just gotta be a bit lazy!
    The Beauty Bloss

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  39. I too have been blessed with good genes.....thankfully because as a teen I slept with my makeup on, washed my face with bar soap, and basically used my foundation for my first liquid application in the morning......happily as I grew older that did change but I did love the foamy cleanser and whack some moisturizer on (l'oreal mature line.....meh could have been worse). Into my 30s till about 40 I never bothered with toners and serums. Then I started going down that path so I was slowly getting my sh@t together. Thankfully you did that YouTube interview with Pixiwoo. From that point on I have definitely made better purchases in skincare which I would like to thank you for. I also would like to thank you for all of your blog posts (which I have read) and every video you have done as I have watched each and everyone at least twice. Not only have you given advice on great products but you have educated me on what to look for in a product. Couldn't have done it without you so my face, neck, and décolleté thank you!!! Sorry for the long post;)

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  40. I'm an American and I'm a full Hirons convert! I always laugh now when I see a foaming cleanser that says "moisturizing" in the name. This past weekend I finally chucked out all my scrubs and "definitely not Hirons approved" skincare, minus my makeup remover wipes. I had stopped using them over the past few months but now they're gone! My skin is so much better since I started reading your blog/watching your youtube, plus getting a serious talking to by ladies in a local Sephora! :O Since starting my skincare revamping in late fall, I have yet to see/experience a giant painful whitehead zit! Actually, I haven't seen a proper whitehead on any blemishes I get and they're gone the next day after I spot treat. Its amazing how big of a difference I've seen; brighter, clearer, less oily, I think my fine lines are smoother and foundation looks so much better!

    And on the money issue, cetaphil and neutrogena make non-foaming cleansers, and neutrogena and garnier make cleansing oils too. You can get your pixi glow tonic, and the Boots line at target has a rosewater spray toner. I don't know if I've seen a facial oil in the drugstore or target yet. And you got all your moisturizers, serums, and eye creams; in other words, there's cheap alternatives if you look.

    PS You rock Hirons!

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  41. If you only saw WHAT American the beauty vloggers "skincare" is. I am referring to some senior vloggers here. Micellar water or cleansing WIPES. Ms Hirons you need to tackle the Land of the Free definitely.

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  42. I read this feeling all glowy and polishing my halo. Sure, there was a time when I used scrubs and foaming gels and did all this in the shower. Thanks to Sali Hughes I discovered the beauty of the cream cleanser and the flannel, and just that one thing changed my skin. And face oils.

    Inma x
    sunshineandglow.blogspot.com

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  43. I'm an American in Britain and I follow your routines and tips religiously...except for the washing my face in the shower bit... the feeling of my face under the shower after a sweaty run or a long day just feels too amazing. I'm sure it's not doing the pigmentation on my cheeks any good though...

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  44. Well this American girl has taken your advice (going on 2 years now) and it has CHANGED MY FACE. Big Hirons fan here. HUGE!!

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  45. I have a question. Please anyone feel free to answer. I've scoured the blog to find out if Caroline suggests letting each step "dry" or sink in before going to the next step. I want to make sure I'm getting the full benefit of each step. Thanks in advance!

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  46. What a fabulous (and funny) post! I quoted you in my "Ode To Effort":

    http://a-woman-of-a-certain-age.com/2016/02/an-ode-to-effort-elegance/

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  47. How I would die for you to look at my skin .. What's your opinion on Liz Earle cleanse and polish? Just a wonder in my head! Oils I need to invest, no more feeling guilty in spending more money on me! :D

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  48. I laughed out loud reading this. I'm 61 and American, but had the good fortune of having my glamour puss grandma tell me years ago that "you need to spend as much time taking off your make up as you do putting it on." I learned from the master. She lived until 93 and looked fabulous until the day she passed.

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  49. Hi Caroline! Firstly, I love your blogs and vlogs and you! Secondly, I'm not American but read this anyway. Thirdly, I'm not sure if you've talked about them before, but what do you think of facial brushes? I have the Soap and Glory one (which I use v gently) but I'm a bit scared you might think they're evil... Thoughts?

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  50. I think the scrubs will be illegal here soon. They're ruining our lakes.

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  51. I've been guilty of all this! I was a very oily, problem skinned girl for many, many years (I am 54 now). The oil I am now grateful for as I have few wrinkles. However, because I did fight with super congested pores, I always thought scrubs etc. would help me get rid of the blackheads. It is only in the past 6 months that I have learned that physical exfoliation is NOT the answer. Oh, how I had wished I had known this for the last 40 years. AHA's have changed, completely changed my skin. Cleaner pores, and less redness, and fewer of these wonky breakouts. This message is just not getting out there. Love you Caroline. Keep spreading the word!

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  52. Dear Caroline!

    I know you get inundated with questions and you might not see this at all.... But I've just ended up buying a more Kielh's products than I can even afford... I've gone for the oil free range and Im loving what the Oil free ultra facial lotion is doing to my skin ( I can ACTUALLY wear my beloved dewy foundations hurray) But it has Alcohol Denat as the third ingredient and I'm hearing that this will kill me skins ability to produce collagen? I'm so confused by skincare! Will these really happen? Should I put the lotion down and step away?? AND is Kielh's ACTUALLY a really good 'pharmacy' brand as they claim!?!?

    Love your blog!

    Sincerely, a skincare newb!

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    1. Hi there, not Caroline obvs, but just for your info - Kiehl's has been owned by the French conglomerate, L'oréal,since 2000. So not a "pharmacy brand" for a very long time.

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  53. I am frequently am complimented on my skin, and even more frequently find that people are shocked when I tell them my age (72!). When I am asked what I use/do and tell them, I usually get rolled eyes or some type of push-back. Their loss. I have been following Caroline's advice for several years now and the results have been nothing short of amazing.

    So sorry I missed you when you were in SoCal. Thank you for all the great suggestions and recommendations. XXX💕💕💕

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  54. I will never get why you are against cleaning your face in the shower. i can adjust the temp. as well as pressure, so why should i cleanse over the sink (and get everything around it soaking wet - yes i am clumsy) when i'm already getting wet head to toe in the shower *head-desk*.
    I get that it's hard with those (quite frankly) weird electric-heated-shower "things" i often see in UK bathrooms, but in central europe water and adjustment is very easy and the same for sinks and showers.
    Please explain in detail so i can wrap my head around it and do not have to think about solving the mystery any longer ;-)

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    1. I read in another of Caroline's blog post about the cleansing in the shower. One was water temp. so sounds like that is controllable. The other was if you are washing your hair, the hair products getting on your face as well.

      I think she said something like, you don't use a foaming cleanser, so why would you want shampoo on your face? All this is paraphrased from memory.

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  55. Another American girl who adores you. Would happily stand in line (for hours!) if you would ever come to NYC. (Please!!) I also just received my Cult of Beauty Box, btw, and it is no-holds-barred SWOONY. Thank you!

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  56. Every time I see a teenage girl looking at the Clean and Clear products at the store, I want to take her by the hand and lead her away from the scrubs and foams.

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  57. Just love the vast amount of knowledge you are sharing however it is sometimes overwhelming and there are so many products out there. What is the best route to finding someone like you in my area to help wade through the products and information to find the best for me?

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  58. Do you think it makes a difference between using a washcloth to wash off your cleanser versus just rinsing it off? (I'm new to your blog and LOVE it, so sorry if this is a stupid/redundant question.)

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  60. I'm not American, I'm Australian, but I'm clearly doing something wrong. Please help!

    After reading some of your posts, I used a glycolic peel mask the other day for the first time, and it broke me out something chronic. Worse than it's been in a few months... and my skin is pretty bad at the moment. Back in 2013 (yes, I'm creeping all over your blog) you posted that skin purging is a myth, so I was wondering if my skin could be sensitive to glycolic acid? Is that a common thing? Do you have any suggestions for peels that won't make me look like a slightly wrinklier version of my 17-year-old self?

    I've also stopped using my Clearasil toning pads in favour of apple cider vinegar on a cotton pad. Am I an idiot?

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  61. American, here! This is FANTASTIC and hilarious. Thanks for injecting some humor into this very serious subject.

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  62. I am American as well and started having problems with acne when I turned 23 (i'm 25 now). I was never a scrubber, but I did overload on the foaming cleansers (aveeno had a "pH balancing" one...fancy.) I also overreacted to spots with excessive "overnight" treatments and slapped some oil-free moisturizer on top. As it seems with so many people, I was desperately searching for a solution once my acne reached an unbearable level and stumbled across your blog. I spent the next year frantically purchasing skincare products until I finally settled into a 5-6 product routine. I still have hormonal breakouts, but they are way more manageable and my face no longer feels like it's going to fall off! Your blog has helped many of us it seems, so thank you for your advice and great sense of humor :)

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  63. Hi Caroline - Found your blog the other day and love it! In the last year I've developed 2 noticeable (to me) broken capillaries across the bridge of my nose where my broken nose rehealed so the skin is thinner there. They are very minor right now and easily hidden with concealer but I want to keep an eye on them and minimize them even more if possible (and prevent future ones). Do you have any repair advice? I have sensitive skin that tends to be dry and I'm quite fair. My T zone also often gets oily during the day, and I've always had problems with blackheads in my nose. I've recently really fallen for Sunday Riley's Good Genes product - would this help or hinder broken capillaries? It seems to be a great product to gently exfoliate my skin (this year I've mostly been using Sisley's Gentle Facial Buffing Cream as an exfoliator that is effective but not harsh). Last question - I know you caution against foaming cleansers...I can't even remember the last time I've used one before this past week when I've been trying a sample of AmorePacific's -
    Treatment Cleansing Foam, and seems to be keeping my skin really clear to the point where I was considering it's expensive price point, but reading your blog it sounds like any foaming agent will eventually be terrible for my skin. In the past I've used a milk cleanser or Cowshed's lavender gentle face cleanser. Please advise! Thank you.

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