The Body Shop Skincare Q&A with Caroline Hirons

Caroline had a twitter live chat today and of course I had to take part. Not that I’m going to buy anything anytime soon, just that I needed to talk to her. I asked her about moisturizers for my combination to oily skin, sunscreen, muslin cloth, her favorite product, and I looked at her answers to other people too. Here’s to note down what I got.

Cleansers:

  • 1st cleanse: Camomile Eye Makeup Remover/Sumptuous Butter
  • 2nd cleanse: Pomegranate Softening Cream Cleanser, Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Polish

Muslin cloth:

  • It’s written on package that it’s to be used twice weekly, but she personally would use twice daily.
  • Somebody also asked about how often should flannels be change, she said every 3 months.

Moisturizers for my recently-just-have-allergic-reaction skin:

  • Aloe & Nutriganics Creams

Moisturizers in general:

  • Seaweed during the day
  • Nutriganics Day & Night on hand to help out with the dryness

Combi drying out:

  • Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet
  • Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser
  • Nutriganics Day & Night Creams

Scarring/hyperpigmentation:

  • Vitamin C Daily Moisturizer SPF 30

On using sunscreen:

  • Full protection when it’s SPF 30. Reapply when it’s SPF 15.

Masks:

  • Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask
  • Warming Mineral Mask

Mask in routine (either or):

  • Cleanse, clay, mask, tone
  • Cleanse, exfoliate, mask, tone
  • Cleanse, tone, exfoliate, clay mask, hydrating mask

Minimize lines:

  • Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate

Base product:

  • Aloe serum (couldn’t find it on their UK website though…)

Her favorites:

  • Must have: Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter
  • Others: Camomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, Nutriganics Creams, Bouncy Sleeping Mask, Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser

If ever think of facialist training:

  • CIBTAC/CIDESCO

It was a lovely chat and I was very thankful. ♥

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Skin-care and make-up.

One of various things I’ve been trying to do is taking care of my skin. It started maybe two weeks ago when I came across Caroline Hirons’ blog from Bloglovin’s email. It’s not like I didn’t take care of my skin before, it’s just that I did without really think about it. It’s funny when I write down like this now, but I used to buy products pretty much based on how they were advertised, with the fancy marketing language and and myths about this and that are good without considering my specific skin. I heard times and times again about ‘everybody’s skin is different’ and only recently it finally clicked. (I’ve been having this “clicked” moments frequently, it’s amazing. Things I heard over and over again and thought I understood but actually I didn’t, I was only aware of it. Now, finally, finally they made total sense. Crystal clear.) I used to buy things that other people said were good, but no matter how much it’s good for them, it doesn’t guarantee it will be good for me too. When a product is widely famous, it only means there’s a high chance my skin will accept it since there’s a large number of people tried and it worked for them and it could more or less reduce the chance of my skin reacting negatively to it. At the same time, it may contain ingredients that only my skin would reject though. So when I use something that everyone praises and it causes me breakouts for example, it doesn’t necessarily mean the product is bad; it could very well means that the product is bad for my skin only. Knowing this reduces significantly my resentment to outer world. It’s my job to do better research. It’s my own skin, I must be the one who’s responsible. I can’t disown it, it’s with me for my whole life, better take care of it properly.

With this new mindset, I’ve been looking at the list of ingredients (INCI) more actively. Although it’s still hard, I don’t know many ingredients yet, but I already know what I should look for. I have combination to oily skin (acne prone) so I need products where salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, and probably benzoyl peroxide (not too high in %) are high in the list or at least there. These things I get to know from a post from Caroline which I usually go back to. It lists what to look out for and what to avoid depending on skin issues. I’m a bit guilty on mineral oil since the ‘Blossom & May’ products I use for my night routine have it, but this thing is debatable and I really like using ‘Blossom & May’ so far and I don’t have money to switch yet, so it is as it is for now.

My current skincare routine is like this:

. morning:

  • Yves Rocher Daily Exfoliating Cleanser (inci has glycerin and salicylic acid)
  • Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence (inci has glycerin, and salicylic acid listed as willow bark extract)
  • Yves Rocher Zero Blemish Gel Cream (inci has glycerin and salicylic acid)
  • Yves Rocher Stop Blemish Lotion (inci has salycylic acid 0.5% as active ingredient, and glycerin too. This one I use only for spots, not for whole face since it would feel a bit greasy)
  • The Body Shop Pomegranate Firming & Refreshing Eye Roll-On

. night:

  • Blossom & May Deep Cleanser
  • Blossom & May Skin Tonic
  • Blossom & May Honey & Calendula Moisturizer

Seems like I was doing a good job on picking up the right products from Yves Rocher even before knowing about the ingredients. In this case, thanks a lot to the right targeted labels (for combination and blemish skin).

I’ve been trying to find a suitable sunscreen for my skin but no luck yet. I used to use Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 50 Mattifying Face Fluid Dry Touch since it doesn’t feel oily, but it’s difficult to blend and where it’s dry it’s really dry. Maybe my skin wasn’t hydrated enough and/or it isn’t compatible with the Yves Rocher Zero Blemish Gel Cream, in any case it was always a chore to put on. Recently I bought Badger Damascus Rose SPF 20 Sheer Tint Face Sunscreen Lotion which I’ve heard good reviews, yet at the end of the first day I tried it, I felt a bit hot at the face and there were two new red spots. It calmed down the next day but I haven’t been able to bring myself to test it again, to make sure whether on that particular day it was something else that cause the sensation or it really was because of the sunscreen. It has aloe juice and glycerin which are nice, but I may be allergic to one or some of other nice things what were listed. Lavender denatured alcohol, for example? I don’t know.

I’m also on the search for a good eye-cream. Base on Paula’s Choice review, I bought CeraVe Eye Repair Cream from ebay. It hasn’t reached me yet. Hope it will be good when I try.

Anyway, my skin has been great these days. It’s not perfect level but it feels smooth and nice. Apart from the products I put on, I think I should give credits to supplements, fruits and vegetables, and yoga as well. And thanks a lot to places where I can find trusted info and recommended products:

  • Caroline Hirons (love her practical advice! and humor, too :D)
  • Paula’s Choice (I come here for the reviews and sometimes list of ingredients. At times I feel like they are too harsh and nothing ever works, then again, the knowledge is there for me to pick up but it depends on me to make the final judgement)
  • Lisa Eldridge (it’s quite soothing to listen to her. I’m thinking of trying her facial massage routine.)
  • Jen (I’ve been following her for a long time and I picked up some of her make-up routine for myself now. Although I don’t find myself wanting to buy things she recommends as eagerly as before (I mean, seriously, how can I keep up? and again, it suits her doesn’t automatically mean it suits me), I still like her bright personality which at times brightens up my mood too.)
  • Pony (she’s another bright girl that I find comfortable to watch. She focuses on Korean skincare and make-up, and her name is established. Recently I like her Golden Rosy Make-up, it’s gorgeous.)

Oh as for my make-up currently, I keep it really simple, can’t slim down anymore than this. Everything I use:

  • Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara
  • Panasonic Eyelash Curler
  • Lioele Auto Eyebrow (optional)
  • NYX HD Grinding Blush Menage a Trois
  • Lipbalm & A’Pieu Long Wear Creamy Matt Lipstick

Except for the A’Pieu lipstick, all other products are products I’ve used consistently and buy new when the old one was used up. I get to know them from Jen, and they are like my holy grail. The Urban Decay Mascara holds curls really well. The Lioele Eyebrow is convenient to use with one end to fill up your brows and a wand to brush on the other. And the NYX blush, it’s a beautiful peach color with gold shimmer that gives quite a healthy glow. There are two other blushes I used before which were The Body Shop Baked-To-Last Blush and Benefits Dandelion Face Powder, they were okay, cute at times, but the NYX blush is my favorite so far. Love it.

Hmm this is quite a long post with no photo ha ha. It’s okay, I just want to jot this down and make space for other stuffs to come in. It’s kind of like marking a milestone anyway, it would be a pity not to.