Friday, 13 May 2016

BloGlossary

As the blog continues to grow in readership (thank you!) I am fielding a lot of similar questions on a regular basis, the majority of which are usually very kindly answered by long-time readers in the comments section.
However, I thought a brief overview may prove helpful - and if you think of anything I say regularly and have forgotten, please let me know and I'll update.


Flannels (face cloths)
You will need a lot of these before you get started on anything that follows.

Double Cleanse
Done in the evening, double cleansing is the foundation of a good routine. Whatever you use first, whether it's a micellar water on your eyes, an eye makeup remover or just a greasy cleansing balm. That's your first cleanse.
The 'double' part comes in when you follow it up either with a repeat of the first product, or preferably with a cleanser that does slightly more than removes product, and contains nicer ingredients that you want on your skin, or dedicated ingredients to address the issues of your particular skin type/condition.
More info here: carolinehirons.com/cheat-sheet-double-cleansing

First Cleanse/Removal Cleanse
The product that is primarily going to remove makeup/dirt/spf.
Example:
Clinique Take The Day Off Balm - fabulous as a first cleanse, or your only cleanse if you're too exhausted to do it more than once or aren't wearing too much spf/makeup.
More info here: carolinehirons.com/clinique-take-day-off-cleansing-balm

Second Cleanse/Skin Contact Cleanse
The product that will address your skin, not just remove your makeup.
Example:
Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser - great second cleanse for problematic skins/dull skins, but you wouldn't use it to remove your makeup.
More info here: carolinehirons.com/pixi-glow-mud-cleanser

Acid Toning
Bringing the traditional toners up to date and starting your anti-ageing routine as soon as you've finished your cleanse, acid toning is exactly that, an acid product either applied via a pre-soaked pad or onto a cotton pad. Usually done twice a day, morning and evening, containing various acids. 'Acid toning' will be my skincare epitaph.
Examples:
Biologique Recherche P50 (liquid) and NeoStrata Smooth Surface Pads (pads - obvs)

Sunday Facial/Three Step Facial
This is your way of saying sorry to your skin for the busy week you've had and giving yourself the extra time to actually pay attention to it.
There are a multitude of ways to do it but it usually involves an exfoliating product, a clay product, then a hydrating product to follow.
Example here: carolinehirons.com/SundayFacial

Therapist's swipe
A way to apply products, mainly cleansers, but also works very well for oils. Use as an alternative to 'rubbing hands together'. Add small amount of product to the palm of one hand, put your other hand over it at a right angle, turn to the prayer position and continue around until hands are lying palms together, then swipe them away from each other maintaining contact. (video coming!)

Fannies, flights and festivals
The appropriate times/places to use wipes. I would add 'emergencies/hospitals' but that doesn't flow. ;)

Take it to the tits
How far down you need to go when applying your facial skincare products. Your face doesn't end at your chin in skincare.
#takeittothetits




42 comments:

  1. Caroline, with acid toning- is a cotton pad necessary? I feel using a pad wastes product and have just been splashing toner on my hands and then spreading on my face. Good enough? Or does using a pad help to swipe off the dead skin? Thank you!!!

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    1. I was about to ask the exact same question!! Thank you too <3

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    2. I wouldn't splash - I like the direct contact with cotton and yes it ensures exfoliation. Also - splashing near eyes - no! LOL xx

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  2. This is fab thank you, love you so much #take it to the tits 😂

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    1. I second everything Joanna said!!
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      Alina
      www.eclecticalu.blogspot.com

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  3. Hi Caroline, I am a new reader and new to taking good care of my skin so this is very helpful. One thing I have heard you say when describing products is that some cause 'rolling' I think I know what you mean but could you explain and share how to avoid it? Thanks.

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    1. Rolling is basically when products don't 'sit' together and they almost compete with each other - a bit like opposing magnet ends - and therefore they 'roll' off the skin. x

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  4. Using micellar water as first cleanser if wearing light makeup (but more than just eye makeup)-- yes or no?
    Thanks! :)

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  5. HI Caroline, would you still recommend using acid toners for people using prescription retina A products for acne? I get worried about too much dryness or over-exfoliating.

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    1. Yes but you do have to go easy and watch what you're doing - you can over-sensitise areas - especially cheeks etc.. Cut it out in the evenings and use am only. If your skin feels sensitised drop the acid in place of retinoids x

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  6. Take it to the tits..you have such a way with words Caroline! Love it!

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  7. Hi Caroline, this post (and your blog in general) i great, very informative. You have revolutionised how I think about skincare and I have seen a marked improvement in my skin since following your advice. So THANK YOU!!! I'm getting married in a couple of months, so if you have any words of wisdom on prepping skin for an occasion it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again! Happy Friday!!

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  8. Brilliant post, thank you. I'm very confused at the moment about first and second cleansers. Love Emma Hardie but seems a waste as a first cleanse. Was thinking of the Elemis oil first and EH second? Or body shop balm first then Zelens liquid balm second? Would that be right? Thank you :)

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  9. Love this! You've made such a difference to my skin! 😊 I'm passing on your tips/advice to my twin sister x x x

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  10. I think that would be a great base for a drinking game when watching your videos. But as alcohol is so dehydrating, probably not.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  11. Dear Lady Hirons,

    I'm a bit confused. Is the first cleanse only to remove eye makeup? And the second cleanse to remove the rest of the makeup that's on your face and to clean the skin? Because I always take my eye makeup off with a dedicated eye makeup remover (balms and oils make my eyes blurry for hours, then use Clinique TTDO Balm to get the rest of the makeup off (removing it with a flannel, obvs.), and then use a cleanser that adresses the issues of my skin condition/type. I thought that that was double cleansing. Am I a being a bit dim? Oh, by the way, with the second cleanser I do the #takeittothetits, as I have issues with my skin there as well. Is doing that okay? My facial skincare products are a case of #takeittothetits as well.
    My skin issues have a really negative impact on my life. I suffer from depression and having bad skin makes my mood even lower. I want to thank you for all the time and energy you put into informing us about skincare, you're fantastic. You give people like me hope :) Also, I love your sense of humour! xxx

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    1. Hi! You can absolutely technically triple cleanse if that's your preference, but those areas are 'altogether' only being touched twice by product so you're not stripping, if you see what I mean. Doing eyes separately is popular with quite a few people - especially contact lens wearers etc..

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    2. Thank you for your response! You're a gem! I was worried that I was being a complete idiot, so I'm happy to know that what I am doing is okay. I hope you had a nice weekend xxx

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  12. Hi Caroline - love this advice, and I just wanted to say that since I started following your advice a couple of months ago I have seen a marked improvement in the texture and clarity of my skin. It's amazing. I've barely had any break out since I started cleansing properly, using an acid toner and applying Liquid Gold 2-3 times a week and treating my skin to major moisturising. I was doing nothing before. I've been sharing this new found knowledge with all my friends and pointing them here for advice and to work out what products are right for them. THANK YOU!

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    1. I'm so glad it worked Emma. Thank you for reading. X

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  13. I've long been an advocate of #takeittothetits ;-)
    The Beauty Bloss

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  14. #takeittothetits...my new favourite phrase of yours! What exfoliating products would you recommend for Sunday facials? Thanks

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  15. Caroline, love the idea of Sunday apologies to the skin! I have a slight confusion to clear in that regard - In your Sunday Facial Week 1 entry, you put Omorovicza's Deep Cleansing Mask before exfoliating with P50.. From here, however, I picked up that an exfoliating product goes on first, followed by a clay-based product and a hydrating product is used at the end. Could you please clear the step line-up for me.. I'd be more than obliged - after all, Sunday is just around the bend ;)

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    1. I would use exfoliating first if it was a scrub as opposed to an acid. The Omorovicza mask is particularly muddy so I used that first and the used P50 to make sure the pores weren't full of clay afterwards. But you could easily use say Oskia's Micro Exfoliating Balm, followed by a clay mask and then a moisture mask. It all depends on your skin and the day. :) As long as you finish with hydrating you're good to go.

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    2. Thank you, like seriously, Thank you! xx

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  16. Hi Caroline, I've seen the term "therapist's swipe" in older reviews but am not quite sure what it means--would you consider adding it to the glossary?

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  17. Caroline, you're fabulous and I'd appreciate your advice. I use a C+E+Ferulic in the morning and Retin-A at night. I purchased some of the Pixi Glow Tonic, but am not sure how to work this in. I do have sensitive skin with rosacea, but tolerate the other regimes well as I integrated them super slowly over a long period. Many thanks in advance.

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    1. Pixi as a toner after cleansing, before serums

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  18. Marvellous! Thanks, Caroline. I think #takeittothetits is destined on a range of spa headbands or t-shirts before the year is out. Maybe on a bomber jacket in an ode to the pink ladies? Thanks for all the advice and the time you take to share it. It's made my skin so much better and now I often don't wear makeup. So good, in fact, that when I met you at the body shop event near Tottenham Court Road you even remarked on my skin being nice and youthful - made my year! (I'm the pink headband girl) Now that I've managed to commit the sin of a humble brag I'll leave it at saying thanks once again! Emily x

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    1. I am thinking a v-neck t-shirt with #takeittothetits across the chest area! How awesome would that be! I love the spa headbands too! :-)

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  19. Laughed out loud first time I heard you say Take it to that Tits on your vlog!!! I have always done that but now I have a mantra!!! Love It!

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  20. Thanks Caroline for reviewing OM cleanser which I have been REALLY wanting to try or should I say my very dry skin thanks you. You are a gem!

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  21. Dear Queen Caroline,

    This is brilliant, and I hope you keep adding to it! I have a quick question. Can one double cleanse only using clinique take the day off balm? Or is it better to use something different as a second cleanse for combo/acne skin?

    I also wanted to let you know that your 'Things I say all the Time' blog post is one of my favorite pieces of literature. Honest, yet comforting it has helped me learn to love my freckles, accept my pores, and gain a confidence in myself I haven't had in a while.

    Rock on!

    Lots of love and appreciation,

    Erika-leigh

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  22. Caroline,
    I am loving your #Take it to the tits phrase and I always try to, but am noticing that my neck seems to be struggling at the moment - I'm really good with my skincare and follow all of your rules but I feel that my neck and décolleté need something with more "oomph". Could you please recommend something that I could use - most ranges don't seem to have a specific neck cream and I don't know where to start (and I need to nip the Turkey-neck in the bud, stat!!)
    Thank you!!

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    1. There are many brands which do neck creams, like clarins, Clinique and Estée Lauder! I would use whatever serum on your face. And remember sunscreen application doesn't stop at your face!

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    2. I already do use the serums and creams that I use on my face and they're not proving to be effective enough, that's why I want something more targeted.

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  23. Thanks for this post Caroline. I lol everytime at the #takeittothetits and keep reminding my 2 girls of this point! I have been doing this for years as I know it's one of the first places we age. Yesterday I bought something in Boots and the young lady who served me said that I have really lovely skin. I'm 47 and so that totally made my day and as I walked away I mentally thanked you!! You are and always will be my skin Goddess.

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