I hope that you are having a great weekend.
Today I want to say 'thank you' to Caroline Hirons. If you have not heard of Caroline's blog then get over there now!!!
In short, Caroline is a bespoke facialist who doesn't work with just one brand. She has been blogging about skincare for about 4 years. In her blog Caroline gives clear and solid advice on skincare for all. Recently I have been more aware of Caroline's work after I saw her on Pixiwoo's 'body talk' a few months ago. I have to admit that when I looked into some of the recommended products, I thought that most were out of my price range.
However, two things have made me change my mind recently, and I have now totally changed the way I think about my skincare regime.
First a little back-story. I have been suffering with very dry eyelids (especially from crease to brow) since Christmas, which I put down to a skiing holiday. I started to buy and try different eye creams, which have helped a bit. But still I felt that my eye lids were dry.
Secondly, I had been noticing that my eyelashes had become sparse and not as long as they used to be. Then about 6 weeks ago, I had a scare when I looked in the mirror and noticed a discernable gap in my upper right lash line.
I went to see my optician immediately, he said that I was not suffering from blepharitis, and that I should see my GP. A week later I saw my lovely doctor who sent me to see a dermatologist (I had told her about the dry lids). In the mean time I pretty much stopped wearing mascara and completely stopped using my eyelash curlers.
Another couple of weeks went by and I saw the consultant. She and I discussed my issues and as I had taken some eyecreams with me, she advised that for the dryness on the lids I try an eye serum (I didn't even know there was such a thing) and suggested that a more expensive brand would possibly be better. She also suggested that the eyelash curlers were causing chronic trauma to my eyelashes. I had already stopped using them, so that was good.
So after my consultation, I came home to investigate the best eye serum that I could afford. Along the way I came upon Caroline Hiron's blog again....
I was in a different frame of mind when I read her advice, and whilst I will not be spending hundreds of pounds on an eye serum in the forseeable future, I realised that I needed to address my whole skincare regime.
Having spent many (enjoyable) hours reading all the cheat sheets and posts that caught my eye, I set about planning my new routine. This is what I did:
- I took all the skincare I own and had a look at all the ingredients (mineral oil is a no-no) and so I was able to
put those items to one sidebin, along with my Simple foaming cleaner (too harsh).
- I then pulled out all the items that I know I could use, such as Primark flannels, The Body Shop Vitamin E spray and a Silk Naturals 8% AHA toner. I had recently bought a new daytime moisturizer, and my night time moisturizer were both mineral oil free, so that was good.
- I then made myself a spreadsheet, so that I could remember the routine and make changes as I saw fit.
- Then I made a wish/shopping list of missing items and items that I would soon run out of. This in time will save wasting money on impulse buys.
It is so refreshing to have a proper routine! There are plenty of products that Caroline recommends that are suitable for those on a tighter budget. It's all about the routine and inclusion/exclusion of certain elements which get results. Personally I had already decided that I needed to spend a bit more on my skincare, but to quote CH herself "you only get one face!".
So although I have only been using my own products, I have a new routine. I have to say that 5 days in, my skin is looking and feeling great.
I am looking forward to buying and using some of CH's recommended products and will let you know how I am getting on.
Have you a skincare routine? Have you read CH's blog?Bye for now
Your BBFF xxx