This should admittedly really be titled: Things I Stopped Doing Because Caroline Hirons Said To. But the SEO gods pretty much own my soul at this point. So you’re not getting that title. If you’ve ever visited Caroline Hiron’s website, you know she is the queen of skin care. She has a cult following and truly gives the soundest advice when it comes to your face. After discovering her a few years ago, I had become obsessed with reading every new thing she posted about skin care. It wasn’t until this year that I actually started taking her advice on what not to do to your skin. So today I wanted to share with you how Caroline Hirons changed my skin care habits.
It is worth mentioning that all the things I am listing are more or less things I’ve completely stopped doing, things I was doing incorrectly, and junk that I was putting on my face (or things I wasn’t using on my face that I should have been). Basically, I’ve made every mistake in the book for my skin type. Live and learn, I guess?
Disclaimer: Not everything is unanimously believed in skin care. So if something works for you, then great! This isn’t to say you should stop doing anything that’s working for you. Everyone is different, but these tips have immensely helped my skin.
Don’t Face Directly Towards The Shower Head | Source
To be honest I never really face the shower when I wash my hair/body anyway, but I do know lots of people that do. You should definitely avoid facing the shower especially when shampooing your hair because of all the surfactants in the shampoo. Surfactants are compounds that cause your products to lather and foam. They are extremely alkaline, and having them running down your face will cause a breeding ground for acne. Now, if I accidentally splash some shampoo on my face, I make sure to wash it off immediately.
Washing My Face in The Shower With Body Wash/Body Soap | Source
I used to do this ALL. THE. TIME. It saddens me to think about it now! I think my pre-cleanse was an Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash on a bath sponge. It literally makes no sense. I’d wash my face with something so crappy and then proceed to put all these expensive products on my skin. The same rules apply here. Don’t let those surfactants touch your face! Invest in a good cleanser and use it in the shower if you must. Bar soap won’t cut it. Since I’ve stopped doing this I’ve noticed my skin has a lot less acne.
I Got Rid of My ‘Foaming Acne Cleansers’ | Source
Big Brands love tricking us. Luckily you are about to be educated! I was so shocked when Mrs. Hirons revealed that foaming anything is a load of rubbish and should not touch your face, especially if you are acne prone. Funny thing is, these huge companies generally market the foaming solutions to people with acne, and instead of helping it could actually be causing your break outs. I know what you’re thinking, again with the surfactants?! Yes, they really really suck. After I got rid of my foaming cleansers I noticed a dramatic difference in my skin (I was even using a Shiseido one!).
I Stopped Complaining About the Price | Source
With skin care you really do get what you pay for. This doesn’t mean go out and buy the most expensive skin care you can find. Learning to read skin care labels has changed my life. I now know what should be found in a good anti-aging moisturizer, or a good cleanser for my skin type. Do a little research and buy quality products that have good ingredients in them that make sense. Caroline put it perfectly when she said to you should be willing to spend as much on skin care as what you would spend on a good handbag or pair of shoes. Besides, you can get a new handbag, you can’t get a new face at 50. Just sayin’.
Not Wearing Sunscreen | Source
I’ll bust out my best mom voice for this one: “You must wear sunscreen.” I used to be so bad with wearing sunscreen on my face, and if I did I would just wear the generic brands that weren’t really meant for my face. Once I discovered how passionate Caroline Hirons was about sunscreen, I immediately started using it. Sunscreen is the best preventative to aging. That was something I never really thought about before. Now I have a nice ‘city SPF’ that I use if I know I am going to have some sun exposure for the day. Sunscreen is especially important to wear if you are using any retinol products as well.
Being Afraid of The Word ‘Oil’ | Source
I would say this one is probably the biggest thing that Caroline convinced me to stop doing. I would avoid oils like they were a Nickelback concert. Literally. I always assumed since I had oily and acne prone skin that oils would make it much worse. I would only use moisturizers that said ‘oil free’ and ‘matte’, and how I hate myself for doing that. Oils, balms, and moisturizers have changed my life and have made my acne prone skin a million times better. Let’s all say this together: oil will not break me out. Foaming cleansers and cheap mineral oil on the other hand will. Read the labels and get yourself a nice oil or oil based moisturizer. Your skin will love it.
Sidenote: I know this can be a huge step for ladies with oily and acne prone skin, so shoot me a message or leave me a comment if you’re still having doubts. I wouldn’t mind discussing it with you or sharing some of the products I use!
Not Reading the Ingredients in Anti-Aging Products | Source
This one is more about being an informed consumer. If you’re going to spend your hard earned money on skin care, make sure you read the ingredients. I touched on this a bit earlier too. Currently anti-aging is all the rage so this one is really important, as you don’t want to get ripped off by great packaging and marketing. In general, you should be looking for these ingredients: SPF, Vitamin A, Glycolic/Lactic/Salicylic Acids, Vitamin C and E, and Vitamin B3.
Clearly I used to make a lot of skin care blunders. Thankfully by being a religious follower of Mrs. Hirons, I have learned to form better skin care habits and have completely gotten rid of the skin care myths I had. I really hope some of these things help you, and everything I mentioned I learned straight from Caroline’s website.
How much has my skin changed really? Well, A LOT. I don’t have breakouts like I used to (I get a pimple here and there now) and I sometimes go months without even getting one blemish. My hyper pigmentation has greatly improved and my skin just looks better overall. Investing in my skin care routine as well as not being afraid to use products with oil in them, have both helped my skin the most. Also, avoiding those nasty foaming washes (basically anything labeled ‘acne wash’).
Is there anything I’ve listed here that you were most surprised by? Leave me a comment below and let’s discuss! Who else read’s Caroline’s website?