Like I won't get bariatric surgery, I will not consider any botox or fillers to ease my age lines. Now, I am not going to shame anyone that gets that sort of work done on their face. However, for someone who is under 35, I do not feel you should even consider that. Your face is young - get some good skin care information and take care of your skin that way. Nutshell, God made you differently from others. So what if you do not have fuller lips than the girl in the YouTube video. I would hate for these young people to get caught in a botched plastic surgery incident or worse, death. It is so not worth all of that.
I have been following Stephanie Nicole for make-up reviews. Through her Instagram account, as well as YouTube Channel, she has introduced me to Caroline Hirons. O-M-G! What an amazing lady! She truly is the skin care expert and I love her sense of humor. She reminds me of Dawn French and I say as a compliment because I love Dawn.
I am currently absorbing her blog, carolinehirons.com. Her blog is chock full of various product reviews, spa visits, her various vlogs (which are inspiring as well as so down to earth), and absolutely fabulous information regarding how to care for your skin.
Caroline collaborated with Pixi for the "Double Cleanse" product. I just ordered it from Target yesterday along with the Pixi Glow Tonic, which she highly recommends. I have been doing a little bit of a double cleanse each day, even if I was not wearing makeup. I would use Neutrogena's daily scrub to exfoliate, then Philosophy's Purity to do my second cleanse. As of late, I have been using Philosophy's gentle scrub, then using First Aid's cleansing milk for my second cleanse. I am sure I would get a foul look from Caroline regarding the first scrub as she does not care for scrubs' micro beads for exfoliation. So, as soon as I am done with my products, I will not repurchase those.
I also purchased an SPF from Target to start using. Honestly, my initial skin care was crap. I would take off makeup using Noxzema face cream, use an apricot scrub to cut down on the breakouts and such. Use Sea Breeze as a toner to get all of the dirt off my face before applying makeup. My dear mother introduced me to Oil of Olay as a moisturizer and nutshell, that was it.
My mother had originally wanted me to visit a place in Ridgmar Mall in Fort Worth to get proper skin care and learn how to properly apply makeup. Somewhere along the way, that dream/idea never materialized and I started getting makeup on my own and playing with it. She was never happy with me for sleeping in my makeup, as young women have a tendency to do - because we are lazy, really. Still, I always remember my mom telling me that she would take me to this botanical shop for all of the proper things to do with makeup.
My current plan is to continue going over the various YouTube videos that Caroline has so thoughtfully put together to help me sort out what would be the best products for my skin. I want to reduce the signs of aging, but I also know that I do not get enough water in my system each day. So, I know my skin is dehydrated. Part of me wants to get Sunday Riley and the other part of me is saying Kate Somerville. Ack!
I want to save my money for the serums and oils that make sense for me to use. For cleansing and such, I would prefer to look on the less expensive side for those. That way, it makes total sense. This may be a bit of a long testing process, but I did manage to get a Sephora test skin care kit with so many different brands. I am looking forward to using those to get an idea of what works and what does not.
Here's to getting to know Caroline Hirons and my own skin!