If you have a face and live anywhere near Belfast, you need to get yourself to Space NK this Monday. Caroline Hirons, skincare specialist, beauty blogger and You Tuber will be there offering walk-in skin consultations. You probably already know of her and long term readers will have heard me rave about her advice on numerous occasions.
I met up with her on a previous visit to Belfast and can confirm that she is not only deeply knowledgeable but also warm, down to earth and the kind of woman you’d just love to sit and chat to all day. Not gonna lie, I’d happily have worn a balaclava that particular day (not a recommended look for Belfast gals) as my skin was looking rubbish and yes I did feel like she was looking at my skin with X-ray eyes (shudder), but she knows her stuff and can offer expert advice on your skin on a level you won’t find anywhere else.
3 Top Tips I’ve learned from Caroline:
1. Cleansing matters more than you might think. Not just a quick step before applying your skincare, cleansing should be an integral part of your regime - and doing it properly will ensure that the products applied afterwards can perform at maximum efficiency.
2. Exfoliating toners are the one. Liquid exfoliants applied with a cotton pad will help refine the skin surface, reduce dead skin cells and dry patches and allow other products to penetrate the skin’s surface - and therefore function - more easily. Also much more gentle on your skin than the majority of exfoliating ‘scrubs’.
3. Dry and dehydrated skin are not the same thing. Caroline has done a ‘Cheat Sheet’ guide on this, which you can read for yourself here… (there are more on various skin issues). Like many others, I found this confusing and understanding the difference has really helped me target my own skin with the correct products.
And I’m looking forward to getting a few more tips on Monday!
You’ll find Caroline at Space NK Belfast on Monday 12 Jan, 1-6pm. Full details are on her blog here.
I’ll leave you with a few of Mrs Hirons Top Quotes:
‘Equate your skincare spending to what you would spend on a handbag or shoes.’
‘You need to think of sugar as the Devil. And fizzy drinks/soda as Liquid Satan.’
‘Wipes are for fannies, flights and festivals.’