Sunday, 30 October 2016

Five quick things to change with the season - Autumn/Winter


I've already written a Cheat Sheet about 'Winter Skin', but as we're not quite there yet, here are a few key things to consider changing in your skincare routine when you change your coat from a rain mac to something wooly!

  1. Cleansing
    If you worship at the altar of wipes and foaming cleansers, you might find your skin slightly more unforgiving in a colder climate. Switch to milks, creams and balms and you'll feel a difference in your skin immediately.
  2. Toners
    Keep up with the acids. Now is not the time to slow down. Acids are crucial for keeping your skin exfoliated and fresh, ready to accept anything that follows them. Treat yourself to a new one, keep the skin challenged in a safe, non-aggressive way. If you can afford it, absolutely use more than one.
  3. Facial Oils
    If you don't already use one, now is the time to consider investing. If you've already boarded the facial oil train, try two drops under your moisturiser in the mornings to keep your skin protected throughout the day. Skin shouldn't feel greasy when you do this, if it does, you're using too much product.
  4. Change your routine times
    Take advantage of the darker nights and perhaps getting home earlier and do your routine as soon as you get in from work/school run/college. Full cleanse, acid, serum/oil application. Go about your business, check your skin hourly until you go to bed, and reapply if you feel like your skin is still absorbing. The skin has done most of its repairing work by 11pm, so don't leave it until 10.30 when you're going to bed, give it as much time as possible.
  5. Upgrade your spritzes/essences - and use them liberally.
    This is no time to be using spray water - like Evian in a can. You'll be dehydrated already - most of us are in cold climates, and that will just make it worse. Use spritzes or essences that contain other ingredients, like minerals and oils, such as Josh Rosebrook, May Lindstrom and Melvita. They work as an extra layer of hydration and hold everything that follows in place, including individual serums and oils.

And face wipe fiends: if all else fails, cleanse with a balm, remove with a flannel, acid and oil. That is your bare minimum, not a wipe.







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80 comments:

  1. Would you do a post on The Ordinary and how you use its products, please? I thought that I had a relatively thoughtful and flexible skincare routine, but quite frankly working out which of the products you use when, and what clashes with other products, has me completely stumped. I'm even feeling nostalgic for the counters that sell you one cream that smells like a rich old lady for which you should (apparently) be thoroughly grateful.

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    1. Honestly? I'm still kind of the same way when it comes to those brands.

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  2. Tried an oil under a moisturiser today and it absolutely works and made my make up look more glowy too! Thanks!

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    1. I did this today too; I dared to use Odacite's 'Radiance Effect' oil nonetheless on my oily skin with the Oskia Renaissance 360 cream on top...I think that it was quite possibly the best that my makeup has lasted!

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    2. I do this daily and it's amazing the difference it makes to my very dry skin. It really glows!!I think facial oils have been my biggest and best skincare discovery of recent years.

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    3. Cannot believe I haven't done this before...oh my! My make up looks better, my skin feels plump. Sounds like a perfect excuse to buy a new 'day time oil'!!

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    4. The Tata Harper replenishing nourishing complex is so amazing under makeup! LOVE it. Thanks for the tip, Caroline!

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  3. I am a little confused as to when to use face oil. I read someplace that it should be used after moisturizer so the moisturizer will be absorbed. But you said to use a little before the moisturizer. I know you go over all of this all the time, but I would appreciate your input. Thanks!

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    1. I only ever use oil on its own in the evenings if I'm going to bed. I always use moisturiser on top of the oil as it feels better on the skin and makeup goes on much better. I wouldn't use an oil on top of a moisturiser. It's a bit pointless for me.

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  4. Hi Caroline, thanks for this post, very helpful but I wanted to ask you for some advice: I am travelling somewhere very hot for 3 weeks over xmas which will include 2 weeks on a beach. Should I change my routine? Stop retinol( over the counter only) and acids? Last time I travelled to a hot weather country, my prized beauty potions melted and/ or spoiled, so I would really appreciate your advice, am in my forties, with combo skin ( oilier in the Summer). Tks! Xx

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    1. I would shelve it all and enjoy your holiday. Take a good vitamin c serum, a brilliant spf and a good cleanser.

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    2. One more question- do you think I should keep products in the fridge? Tks again x

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    3. Thank you Aline for asking the question, and thank you Caroline for answering. I shall now travel light and not waste my products as per previous trips.

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  5. Desperate for help! I follow your routines but have a lot of under the skin bumps and some turning into actual lumpy spots. I think it's congestion? What can help with that? I use FAB Pads am and PTR Pads PM.

    Willing to pay for something that helps but on a budget and too scared to spend money on products that aren't helpful xx

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    1. Have you tried shelving glycolic for a couple of weeks to see if it subsides? It sounds like it could be a very mild reaction but it's obviously impossible to know properly without seeing the skin in the flesh.

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    2. Massive thank you for replying :-) i will take your advice as of tomorrow morning! I hadn't even thought of trying that! 'This problem has had me baffled and exasperated for ages! Thank you again xxx

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    3. I used to suffer from these bumps and glycolic and other acid products are 100% the way to go as Caroline says. I use Pixi Glow Tonic and Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Cleanser, haven't seen those bumps in years.

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  6. An oddly specific question- my skin is rebellious about acids, even gentle ones. I've found the ones that work best on my dry 20-something skin are lotion formulas (currently loving Paula's Choice 1% BHA). Given that the formulas are so, well, lotiony, are they going to affect the absorption of things on top of them? Particularly my beloved Hydraluron?

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  7. Good evening i am in need of your expertise I am going to Iceland in jan and I no it's going b very cold my face hates going from different temp when in warm dry air coming in from the cold it's goes bright red and feels like sunburn what products can use to help with this xxx

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  8. Hi Caroline, Don't take out a restraining order on me, I know I keep mithering, but it's only because I trust you! Just wanted to check whether it's ok to use oils over the Zelens Power D, & then go in with my moisturiser. Also, would you have any recommendations for a really good eye cream? I've used loads, but nothing's making much difference these days. I'm guessing that I should go down the professional skincare route here, but it's a bit of a minefield. I'm prepared to blow the budget on this item if I can get a really effective product. Not expecting miracles, but just a wee improvement would make a world of difference. X

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  9. Thank you for such an apt post! I love colder weather but it does tend to mean putting a little more effort into my skincare to prevent disasters. Do you happen to have any reasonably priced recommendations for lip balms during autumn / winter? That's normally the first part of my face that suffers during the seasonal transition.

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    1. I think Caroline has recommended Carmex? Might be wrong but I'm sure I've seen it either on here or on IG.

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    2. I'm not Caroline but I have lip issues too in cold weather especially. Really good ones that I've tried are: caudalie lip balm stick, nuxe Paris ultra nourishing lip balm (glass pot u stick finger in, nice to have next to bed) and Nuxe also makes a lip moisturizing stick with honey and sunflower which is good for on the go. If all else fails and budget is tight, pull a page from Katy perry's lyrics and go with good ole fashioned cherry chapstick which is sold everywhere lol. I have lip obsession issues yes I know:)

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  10. I need a facial oil so bad! I have a Lancome one which has been sitting in my cupboard for 3 years unused! x
    www.flareaforte.com

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  11. What do you suggest for hormone-associated blemishes? I follow your advice to the letter but I get bad breakouts a week out of every month.

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  12. Hi caroline i wanted some advice on my skincare routine - im 22 years old with very dehydrated skin atm probably due to the harsh products i had used to try and get rid of my breakouts

    AM ROUTINE:
    iS clinical cleansing complex
    La roche posay toleriane ultra to moisturise

    PM ROUTINE:
    Simple face wipe to remove makeup
    iS clinical cleansing complex to cleanse
    PAI rosehip oil
    La roche posay toleriane night to moisturise


    I have some clogged pores, dehydrated tight forehead and some hyperpigmentation from pimples ive picked at

    Thank you!

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    1. Not Caroline obvs but the differences between your routine and something that lady H suggests are pretty obvious.

      Ditch the wipes, cleanse with an oil or balm, add some acids and a serum before moisturising.....pick products from the many many she posts about on here or insta based on your skin type and budget!!

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    2. No wipes! You're better off with a good balm or oil to remove the makeup. I'm a fan of the iS Clinical but it can be too drying if used twice a day. Might want to add on a spritz & Vitamin C for the day.

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    3. Which cleanser or balm would you recommend?

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    4. Type Balm in the search box and the top...will bring up a few suggestions to get started with! I'm on a budget and use the botanics one.

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    5. I love the Emma Hardie one that Caroline raves about. The Ole Henriksen Truth makeup remover is also really lovely. And then one of the Tata Harper cleansers for a 2nd cleanse works a treat!

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    6. The clinique Take the Day off cleansing balm is perfect on my combo sensitive skin, is under $20 and can be shipped free from Nordstrom.Com,u get to pick 3 free samples too!

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    7. Cheaper still is the superfacialist cleansing oil. Vit C one. Soooo good at removing make up. Then poss body shop camomile cleansing balm.

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  13. Hello lovely. Great post. Should I still use spf in the am if I use retinol at night? Or could I just get spf from makeup during these colder and darker months? Thanks doll xxx

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    2. Hi Christina.
      It depends entirely where you live and your lifestyle. I disagree with the commenter.
      If you're getting up in the dark, going to work in the dark, popping out to get lunch, and going home in the dark, SPF in makeup is perfectly adequate. If you live in LA it's a different story obviously.

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    3. Many thanks Caroline. Am up in Newcastle, came to see you and Amanda on the 19th at m&s. Professed my love for you in front of the crowd #proudmoment !! Need all the vitamin d I can get up here! Have a super week xxx

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  15. Love this post. Lately I've been guilty of quickly using a cleansing oil and falling asleep. I need to just take it a step further and include acid + oil.

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  16. I do all of the above with the exception of an essence. I need to get myself a nice one.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is fantastic! I've been using it for about 12 years (off & on, but have been religiously using it for the past few years) & I cannot live without it. FTE after acids is fab!

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  17. Hi caroline do you count champagne serum as an oil due to its consistency? I have been using over kypris anti oxidant and before moisturiser. Is this right? I love leahlani!!!

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  18. I had a sample of the Darphin 8 flower nectar oil recently, and it was completely gorgeous and my skin loved it... and I just can't stretch to buying a full size. Is there anything remotely comparable for less than £40?

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    1. I just saw it on the TK max website for £49 if you can stretch to that! Also picked up the cleansing balm for £20! X

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    2. I love you and may name my next cat after you. Thank you so much!

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    3. Depending on where you live, I got a mini bottle of the caudalie divine oil, not sure if it's Lady Hirons approved but was not more than $25 and has lasted me more than six months. I use it sparingly though and don't need it much in summer because I live in extremely humid climate. Hope this helps!

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  19. Hi Caroline, thanks for this as always. I have tried to use a flannel and a balm cleanser but the flannel just irritates my skin and exacerbates my hormonal jawline acne despite using a fresh flannel and being *extremely* gentle. I'm currently using a simple wipe to remove eye makeup and then Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser which I rinse off but don't flannel. I pay dry with loo roll afterwards! Are some people just not meant for the flannel?

    I also haven't had much luck with acids. BHA makes me break out (not purge, horrifically break out in new and exciting places (!)) and Pixi Glow Tonic cleared closed comedones from my forehead but the rest of my face didn't like it and broke out. Do you think a lactic acid might be a logical next step?

    Current routine is cleanse as above, adapalene prescription, Avene skin recovery cream (PM) and cleanse with just the Avene in the morning and then hyaluronic acid serum, serozinc, Toleraine Fluide and Avene SPF 50 (AM).

    It works to manage acne but I'm 30 and starting to get fine lines! Do you think I should fork out for a private derm and get some prescription Retin-A or similar? Anyway, even though I can't use 90% of the products you post about I do love reading your blog for your writing as much as the advice! Thank you :)

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    1. Just a thought and only mention it cos my skin is super sensitive but what are you washing flannels in? My skin reacts to detergents used to wash flannels so I use half amounts of wash powder and do an extra rinse. Loo roll is harsher than a nice soft fluffy flannel.....

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    2. Here in the states we call flannels, "washcloths." They're very rough on my skin too but I found some very soft microfiber ones in a dollar store. Maybe try those.

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    3. Adapalene IS prescription Retinol. And ditch the wipe. I use an oil cleanser or balm to remove make up like Una Brennan cleansing oil, or Clinique take the day off balm, (I'm using Tata Harper oil to remove make up but when it's out I'm using the above). I use lactic acid now as its more gentle like good genes as a night time leave on (rotate with rx Retinol) and a salicylic acid from bravura London or Paula's choice only on my breakouts. I'm using Vichy Aqualia day after good genes and I'm buying Zelens D for morning after Retinol. For my second cleanse I use either a balm or a clay based dependin on skin that day, and in the am same either Zelens balm or Dermalogica clay cleanser or Sunday Riley ceramic slip. I'm going really gentle with face cloths too. But any pads/wipes infuriate my acne so I think it's more an ingredient commonly used in pads/wipes rather than the acid they are carrying xx

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    4. Also want to add I'm really new to CH blog so double check with someone else first, they are just what work for me. Good luck xx

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    5. I switch to microfiber for times when I want physical exfoliation, as flannels just way to much for my skin. Usually, I go with rinse off cleansing balm/oils, those which emulsify so I'm not dependent on the cloths.

      If salicylic acid broke you out, have you try bha with betaine salicylate? I found them more gentle than your average salicylic acid. Most of far east acids use this formulation and my skin loves it.

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  20. Hi Caroline, would you consider Vintners Daughter an oil or a serum? In the above scenario,after acid vintners daughter an oil then a moisturiser or after acid, a serum, vintners daughter and then moisturiser?

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  21. Hi Caroline, I started reading you 2 years ago found balm cleansing and you literally changed my skin. It glowed but recently my skin is dry as the Sahara. I've been using Emma Hardie for about 2 years followed by pixi then something like hydralauron and then moisturiser. I recently started using pai rosehip oil as my skin is very sensitive and prone to very dry patches but nothing seems to be thirst quenching enough. Very dry and dull. Can you help?? By the way I'm 35 is it ageing??

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  22. Hi Caroline, I would really appreciate some advice!
    I currently use Clinique take the day off balm, pixi toner and an oil free moisturiser. I get painful spots on my chin so I'm always worried to add products in, hence my rather sad looking routine!
    I'd love to try an oil though, is there anything you'd recommend for my angry face? Thank you so much

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  23. I couldn't agree more about the point number 4, I do it all year round actually and I believe a lot of people don't realize the huge difference between taking off their makeup as soon as they get home and doing it before going to bed, I personally love to know that I'm letting my skin breathe for a few extra hours! I need to invest in a facial oil, can I use it in the evening as well, between serum and moisturizer?

    http://fannyanddailybeauty.com

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  24. I love the new bare minimum! Thanks for this timely post, as I've started modifying my routine this month but wasn't quite sure what to change. I tried the Body Shop cleansing balm and am in love. I was using Banila - also brilliant - but the Body Shop version leaves a bit of oil on my face which is most welcome this time of year. Also, I'm one of those faces that loves a flannel but they are sometimes too rough. My face has been red this autumn after flanneling, except when I use the one that came with my EH moringa balm. I'm now going to shop for new ones that are at least that soft. The others will become cleaning rags!

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  25. What do you think of the Origins GinZing™ Energy-Boosting Treatment Lotion Mist (too long name to not copy&paste)? :)

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  26. Hi Caroline! I have followed you for a while now, and you have changed my skin! I had such a difficult time with acne through my teens and all way into my 30's. Followed your suggestion to no be so cheap with the products, buying first the P50 1970 version, and then branching out into other more (what I would call) high end brands.

    I was wondering if sometime you could do a post specifically for teenage boys? I get that in the teens a lot of acne is hormonal, and you just have to ride it out. And I know that you have done a sheet previously on a routine. But what are the products that will work on teen boy skin and not smell girly? Boys (at least mine) want to spend the minimal amount of time in the bathroom as possible, so what would be best? Thanks so much!

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    1. I'd also like a post about teenage boy routines and products.

      My son has (at the moment) perfectly perfect clear skin, however, he's starting to get the 'dipped your face in chip fat' nose grease. I'm worried about giving him something that's either too strong or not strong enough and ruining his face.

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  27. What do you think of th DHC cleansing oil?

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    1. Deep cleanses really well but can be strangely drying in my experience.

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  28. Hi Caroline,
    Would you consider doing a cheat sheet on oils?
    With some recommendations for different skin types, ingredients to look for or avoid, how to combine with other products, etc.
    thank you!

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  29. What would you recommend for people who live in tropical climates, it doesn't get cold but it does get cooler and a bit more windy, should we keep the same routine?

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  30. Hi Caroline! You didn't mention retinoids in this routine. I'm confused about at what step to include them. Would you please explain how to use them ( mix with oil after serum?) Thanks for your great posts

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    1. Hi Elena. I out my retinol after my toner. Used to put it on dry skin but Caroline said, if I recall correctly, that if your skin can take it you can put on the retinol on damp skin. I then put on an oil and night cream.

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  31. Hi Caroline! What about retinoids? At what step to use them? Should they be mixed with oil after serum?
    Many thanks for your kind advice

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  32. Thanks for keeping us in line! ;)

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    1. I love this comment!! If ever I feel like utter crap and think about crawling into bed without cleansing I picture Caroline and 'the brow' and I'm at the sink!!

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  33. love my oils and really feel a big dif when i skip the oil...My skin now is nice and comfy not dry and itchy..
    miss your vlogs..

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  34. I need to start using facial oils this A/W. My skin is combination skin and it gets so aggravated in the winter.

    www.beautylifebecca.blogspot.co.uk

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  35. I need to start with face oils as well because I can get pretty dry in the winter. But I quite frankly can't justify another single $$$$$ purchase. I can get pure 100% argan oil for really quite cheap. Would that be a decent thing to add to my serum and moisturizer?

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  36. Hello Caroline, you have transformed my whole way of thinking, to what has to do with skincare!!! I can't thank you enough! But I have a really difficult time finding acid lotions here in Greece. What would you think of an exfoliating toner with these ingredients: AQUA ( WATER ), PROPYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCOLIC ACID, RICINOLETH-40, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, PANTHENOL, DIAZOLIDINYL UREA, METHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, BISABOLOL, PARFUM, ALLANTOIN, C.I. 42051 It's from the greek pharmacy brand Tecnoskin, rather new in the market, and it's called Preparation Cleansing Lotion 2 in 1. It's on the budget side. Do you think it would bring any results? I have really dehydrated, over 40 skin. It would be great to have your opinion on this!
    Thank you!!!

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  37. Hello! New to your site. I use clarins double serum and facial oil at night. Also have thei extra firming moisturiser. Am I getting enough acid here?? When would I use it and can you recommend one for 45 yr old, normal skin sometimes a bit outlier, large pores, some discolouration. Thank you so much!!

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    1. Acid toning after cleansing. Then serum and then moisturiser.

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  38. Great post, makes me feel slightly guilty for the lack of skincare treatment I do in my life. I need to get some acid products for sure!

    www.upyourvlog.com

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  39. Hi Caroline ( and everyone). Thanks for post I use Caudalie Grape Water as a spritz is this ok/enough for the colder months?
    A question I would like your advise on please , I've been using Stila one step correct. I started by using it after moisturiser and felt fine went on nicely but have just noticed it calls itself a serum. Should I therefore put it on before moisturiser?

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  40. Well thank God for this! Great info. 🙌🏻

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