Wednesday, 17 August 2016

FAQs from the Fave Fives


If you're a regular reader you will know that I am currently stopping my kids from killing each other daily on a really peaceful holiday in Greece and so haven't responded to the insane amount of questions/comments under the recent batch of 'Fave Fives' videos. There were, however, a few questions that were repeated so often that I thought I'd address the all together in one place, killing two birds with one stone. (Actually that's a really horrible saying. Leave the birds alone.)

When do I apply my SPF? First or last?
Always last. SPF is your coat. It goes on top of moisturiser and under makeup.

When do I apply my retinol/vitamin A? 
First thing after cleansing on a dry face, unless otherwise specified. 95% of vitamin A products, and all prescription strength ones, go onto dry skin after cleansing. There are newer formulations, such as the Zelens one in the picture above, but that is covered in the video.

Can I use acids before my retinols?
There is no flat answer to this. You can, but it will be on a case-by-case basis. I mention in the video that I wouldn't use P50 with Ketrel cream, but I would use P50 with Luna/Zelens/Pestle & Mortar etc, so you'll have to use your common sense. If your face is burning, STOP!

Can/Should I use moisturiser after retinols?
Yes. Unless specifically stated otherwise. I always do. And I don't leave a huge amount of time before I do so. Life is too short to set an alarm to put face cream on.

Can I use my holiday SPF as a City SPF?
Of course you can. But bear in mind that they will be thicker, feel more 'present' on the skin and therefore perhaps not as good under makeup. City SPFs are finer in texture and are normally really pleasant to use.



And a final word to those of you from other parts of the world asking me to talk specifically about products from your country. If I can't see it, buy it, and play with it, it's not on my radar. Sorry. Start a blog from your country - there's clearly a need! :)





24 comments:

  1. Kalimera common sense lady! Also trying to stop the kids from fighting each other! Making us both a cuppa. Enjoy your holiday xx

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  2. Thank you for this Hirons! Getting really into my skincare at the mo so appreciate all the help you constantly give us! Hope you're having the best holiday ☀️ xxx

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  3. Hi Caroline,

    Thank you so much! Just another question: I read somewhere that after applying P50 (and acids, generally) you have to wait 15mn to put your serum/cream on. pH related, something like that. Is that true ? Thanks again!

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  4. I swear by prescription strength retinals and use them every night after cleansing my face and before moisturizing! It's the best thing I have ever done for my skin!

    Abby Talks

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  5. "Start a blog from your country - there's clearly a need! :)"
    That is precisely why I am writing about stuff from Asia.

    I wish more people would follow this advice.

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  6. You've answered all of my retin-a questions, Caroline!! Thank you for taking time from your holiday to post!!!

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  7. Thank you Caroline! You're the best!!

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  9. My American friends can you buy keterel over the counter in pharmacies ?

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    1. Is keterel tretinoin cream (retin-a)? If so - no we can not buy it over the counter in the states. You usually need a prescription from a doctor. But there are some doctors that are somehow allowed to sell it over the Internet. You have to fill out a long medical form, swear you are not pregnant and waive a doctor visit. Kind of shady, but the product is name brand at about the same cost as what you would pay to get it at a pharmacy (what you guys call a druggist?). (Unless you are prescribed retin a for a medical reason that your insurance will pay for- usually just acne. Vanity over wrinkles and age spots isn't covered...). I buy Refissa brand for about $120 a 40ml tube.

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    2. 40 grams not 40 ml... Smacking self along side the head...

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  10. This is very random but I would LOVE to see how you care for your flannels.... Like how often you wash them and what kind of suds you use etc etc. I really worry that I don't get mine all the way clean and that they may be causing breakouts. How often do you replace them. So random but just wondering how others go about this! Ha!

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  11. Loving your blog and Instagram - so funny too. I'm doing all the suggested things but stupidly I over spent on oils/cleansers. I'm 39, oily skin, acne prone, about to be prescribed retinol gel either differin or something like that and I've got Luna, Artemis, UFO, vintners daughter & blue cocoon - I don't think most are that great for me, as you can see I've gone and bought shiny things rather than things I really need SERUMS & MOISTURISER Please can you give me a suggestion for a good day serum and a good night time moisturiser. I keep getting it all wrong for my skin type. Thanks in advance (sorry I'm one of those divs that keeps tagging you lol) xx

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  12. Thank you for taking some time to answer while you are on holiday, Caroline.
    I hope that you and the family enjoy the beauties of Greece.

    I finally decided to not give a go on Dermaceutic. I tried to properly check the composition and what a read about the "PEG thing" made me hesitate.
    I'll stick to the Sunday Riley Luna and I'll maybe try the Skinceuticals Retinol 0.3 later.

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  13. Thank you so much for all your amazing recommendations. Silly questions, but when should we apply primers? I already put Serum / day cream / City SPF, should I just then move on my primer or is the primer useless because of the SPF ? Thank you for your enlightement!

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  14. "... go onto dry skin after cleansing" I question my common sense, but we skip the toning step?

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  15. maybe not country specific reviews, but reviews products that are available in europe and not only uk/us would be more than welcome :-)

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  16. Hi,
    Do we not use sunscreen and expose ourselves to early morning sun rays to adsorb Vitamin D better? In other words if we put on sunscreen on does it block Vit D absorption? I did read through most of your previous SPF posts but could not find a concrete answer. Any feedback would greatly be appreciated. Thanks.

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    1. I could be wrong Piyusha, but my dermatologist told me that other exposed bits of your body, e.g. hands will act as the vit D sponge. Her view was you was that you should still liberally apply SPF to face.

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  17. I'm still confused about retinols Caroline (although I'm doubting your reading this because you're probably sick of talking about them!)

    Just how long do you keep going before you are meant to see and effect? Some say you have to push through the patchy and flaky stage - do you agree?

    I've tried La Roche Posay and then stuck with Skinceuticaks for 6 weeks (applying twice a week and with no acids). I got nothing but patchiness and peeling. I see absolutely no improvement in fine forehead wrinkles.

    Should I stay or should I go?

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  18. Hi Caroline
    I I currently use the pixi glow pads and a retinoids cream, both at night. I'm considering going to see a dermatologist and get the stonger vitamin A cream proscribed can I use the glow pads at the same time or should I lay off them when using proscribed cream.

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  19. Hi Caroline,
    I am a new reader and let me tell you I AM OBSESSED. After turning recently turning 27, I have been focusing more and more on my skincare routine. For the past few months, I have been suffering from these reoccurring white heads/pimps (?) on the bridge of my nose spreading into the tops of the apples of my cheeks. I use a Dermalogica first cleanse, Clarisonic with Simple Moisturizing Facial Cleanser, Peter Thomas Roth Professional 3% Retinoid Plus (occasionally), Paula's choice 2% BHA lotion, Ole Henriksen Truth Serum, and First Aid Beauty Repair Cream. After reading many of your blog posts, Im starting to think that I am over stripping my skin. I've stopped using the first cleanse, the retinoid, and even the BHA lotion, but they still pop up. So what do you recommend? Im desperate they get really big and red and are obvious even under makeup!

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