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11 (Not "10") Things We All Need to Know...

There are 2 people that I've come to really respect their knowledge of skin care and makeup: Lisa Eldridge and Caroline Hirons.  Lisa is exceptional at knowing how to make makeup wear and look better, while Caroline is equally brilliant at understanding the skin and what ingredients it does and does not need--and she is blunt, straight-forward, and speaks from knowledge, not theory.


To follow are Caroline's "Things I Say Over and Over Again".  I know a lot of my questions have been answered by her blog--especially her "Cheat Sheets", so I'd thought I'd share with y'all in case it helps even just 1 person.  Enjoy!


1.  You are obsessed with your pores. They do not open and close like doors. You say they are HUGE - then send me a picture and I can SEE NOTHING.  We CANNOT see your pores. The only person that can see your pores close-up is your opthamologist - or your boyfriend. Your opthamologist is looking at your eyes. Not your pores. And if your boyfriend is thisclosetoyou and notices your pores? He's gay. Or not attracted to you. Or at best, rude. Rethink the entire relationship.

2.  You overuse the Clarisonic. A lot of you. A LOT of you. You can use it - you're just not meant to use it every time you brush your frigging teeth.  Step away from the trendy facial tool and wash your bloody face properly.

3.  Nothing good ever came from scrubbing your face with a peach kernel.  There's a reason they are 99p. Step away.

4.  In general, foaming is what you want Fairy Liquid to do. Not your cleanser. And to the brands: I am unapologetic.

5.  Freckles are cute. At any age. You will do damage to your skin trying to get rid of them. Leave them alone. Embrace them.

6.  Stress is the key to most flare-ups, whether they are acne, rosacea or eczema. Practise relaxation. And not in some hippy-dippy way. Seriously. See the bigger picture. Chill.

7.  Inflammation is the root of all evil. Eat less sugar, take more fish oil supplements. A lot of fish supplements.

8.  Natural doesn't mean you won't react. Essential oils are one of the biggest triggers for skin.

9.  'Dupes' belong in makeup and nail varnish. There is no 'dupe' for a high quality, years-of-research-behind-it skincare product.

10.  Spend your money on supplements, skincare, foundation and concealer and scrimp on the rest. You will look fabulous.  


11.  If you would spend more on shoes, handbags, lipstick, jeans or fashion in general than you would on high quality skincare - you will be a sixty year old woman (and man) with a vintage wardrobe and a face like an alligator.

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westill we are so hard on ourselves!  But, when I think of it, I realize some of the clearest skin I've had is when we were on vacation and was too far away from the bathroom mirror to see as closely.  Hmmmmm...

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I love my magnifying mirror! Alas, I don't obsess over my pores. My magnifying mirror is strictly for obtaining perfect eyebrows!

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You are much braver than I am!

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I have actually seen women/girls with large pores in just a face to face conversation and I wasn't using a magnifying glass. If a person's pores are large you can definitely tell a difference.

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Definitely agree with #6! My skin finally recovered from my final exams flare up Smiley Sad


Also to add one:

Natural does not always equal better and chemicals do not equal bad. There are plenty of natural ingredients and products that aren't all that great for you. And chemicals are actually naturally occurring too! While a certain amount of skepticism about synthesized ingredients and such is great, I think sometimes we can go overboard.

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I totally agree with this -- I think many people make the (incorrect) assumption that natural and organic is always better. While it can be better in certain ways (for the environment, for instance), it absolutely does not mean it's any less likely to irritate your skin or cause a reaction. Organic products often contain ingredients in their highest concentration -- and things like fruit acids can be harsh and irritating to the skin, or cause allergic reactions, even more so than synthetic compounds. Just because an ingredient is synthetic does not make it bad for the skin. While there are organic / natural ingredients that are great for the skin, it shouldn't be assumed.

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Yes, and her #8 hits on a hot topic off all these "natural claims".  Just because a product comes from the soil and not from a lab doesn't mean it's meant to be smeared all over your face.  I.e. garlic, onions

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I guess it is along the same lines as 8, isn't it? Smiley Happy I guess I wanted to add about chemicals and synthetic ingredients not being all bad. I wish more people would think in a more scientific way, and do their own research about effects and purposes of different ingredients, rather than depending on the latest sensationalized "bad" ingredient.


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I completely agree with #8.  My skin is sensitive and I often have the strongest reactions to "natural" products.  Sometimes, they are so irritating that putting on a natural product made me feel as if my skin was being ripped off my face and I had wash multiple times in order to calm it down.   I learned this lesson the hard way in my early 20s. 

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I definitely think (7) is SUPER important. Since I started taking fish oil supplements, I've really noticed a difference in not only my skin, but my hair as well. I absolutely LOVE fish oil! As long as I take them with a pretty solid meal to avoid the dreaded fishy burps, yikes! I buy them in bulk from Costco, as well as B12 supplements, which are also great for skin, hair, and nails.

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