Anyone who follows me on Twitter and Instagram may have seen that I managed to snag myself an appointment with the amazing Caroline Hirons a few weeks ago, something which pretty much made my month – maybe even my year?
For those of you that don’t know much about Caroline, she’s a straight-talking, self-confessed skin obsessive with some seriously impressive skincare and beauty credentials courtesy of her 17 years’ worth of industry experience. In other words, an incredibly talented lady. And, having been a huge fan of her blog for a wee while now, when I found out that she was available for some one-on-one consultations, I leapt on the opportunity. Needless to say, it surpassed my wildest expectations. So prepare for some pretty over the top gushing… Firstly, because Caroline is just a really great person and we spent the first 40 odd minutes of my appointment just having a ruddy lovely chat. Secondly, because she really knows what she is talking about – and isn’t afraid to tell you when you’re going wrong, without any prancing around the topic.
Now I won’t go through the whole shebang with y’all – it might take a while! – but I wanted to share some key points that I walked away with. One of the first things that we tackled was my diet coke habit. Basically Caroline hammered home what I really already knew – this stuff is bad for you. And while I haven’t completely abandoned it altogether *shame face* I’m now down to about two to three cans a week (as opposed to a day). Next up on the naughty list, citrus. Now this is one that I wasn’t really aware of. I (wrongly) assumed that because citrus was fruit, it was vitamins and therefore must be good. That’s some serious health knowledge, huh? But actually it turns out that citrus can aggravate acne/blemish-prone skin and is best avoided if you can. Who’d’ve guessed?!
Moving on to my actual skincare routine and I’ve made a few simple switches and alterations courtesy of Caroline’s recommendations and, just two weeks in, am already noticing the difference. First up, I’ve switched from using a heavier face oil nightly to something a bit lighter, my first Caroline-recommended post-appointment purchase, the REN Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil, which is working wonders on my face without feeling heavy or over-the-top. The second thing is that I’ve cut down on my rather heavy-handed application of the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo, which – while tackling blemishes – was having quite a drying effect on my skin. Now I’ve not abandoned it altogether, I’m just being a bit more reserved with how much I use.
Wishlist-wise, as you can see from the above, there’s a pretty impressive stack of products that I’m working my way through. The next product for a purchase I think will be the Kate Somerville Oil-Free Moisturiser…
If you’d like to learn more about Caroline and what she does, head to her blog here. NB this post was not sponsored or paid for in any way, I just had such a lovely time meeting Caroline that I wanted to share my thoughts on the appointment!