Published by HQ
Publication date – 25 June 2020
Source – review copy
Caroline Hirons is the authority in skincare – and for the first time, she’s sharing her knowledge with the world. With over 100 million views of her blog and over 13 million views of her YouTube videos, she cuts out the jargon, tells you what you do and don’t need, and is finally going to get the nation off face wipes for good!
Skincare is the go-to book for people of all ages and skin types who want to feel and look fantastic. It explains the facts, the myths and the best way to get good skin – on any budget. With everything from Caroline’s signature cheat sheets, simple tips and tricks to glow (inside and out!) understanding ingredients lists, and advice on how to choose the products that are right for you, this is the ultimate guide to healthier, brighter skin.
Skin care. Thousands of brands, bottles and magical elixirs promising dewy skin, banished wrinkles and luminous whatevers. Where do you start selecting what to slap on your face? Will it irritate my skin? Am I getting the correct serums for my skin type? Will I know which order to apply them? Will they work? It is after all a multi-billion pound industry for a reason. Bold claims and praying on insecurities help sell products that often end up half used in bathroom cabinets and make up bags, discarded because the claims on the bottle don’t live up to the facts on the face. Skin Care by Caroline Hirons aims to help you decide what you skin type is and what type of products you need to maintain healthy skin.
Now I will admit I didn’t read the entire book. There are sections for teenage skin that sadly doesn’t apply to me any more for example. This is after all a book about skin care for every type of skin so there will be parts that aren’t relevant to each and every reader. It’s also one you can dip in and out of. Skin changes as we age and so what may be relevant to you now could change in a few years.
Though products and brands are suggested at various points throughout the book, Caroline Hirons doesn’t tell the reader what they must use (there are things she enthusiastically suggests we shouldn’t use). This is as it should be. Everyone has differing skin care needs, and vastly different budgets. The book guides the reader through the stages of a good skin care regime, advising where to spend a bit more of your budget and where you can save.
There are handy checklists for products recommended for each age range and separate chapters on acids, cleansers, eye products etc. There are guides on skin types and how it is important to establish what yours to ensure you are using the correct products. Skin care myths are blown wide open (spoiler – sorry but cellulite creams won’t work, though I think most of us knew this already). There are lists of what we all need (flannels) and what we all don’t need (foaming cleansers).
Caroline Hirons doesn’t waste words. For example, she explains the difference between consumer and clinical trials, and suggests what the skin care companies might not be telling you in those brief advertisements. It’s refreshing to see that there is no big sell, and that sometimes the claims aren’t all that they seem.
I admit to still being a little (ok a lot) overwhelmed when it came to selecting products. After all, it can be a lot of money if you end up buying something that isn’t suitable for your skin. Skin Care did arm me with more knowledge about where I had been going wrong and what I could need to improve my skin. And it will be there to refer to when I undoubtedly become unstuck or need further guidance.
If you are into skin care and want to read up more about regimes and products or if like me, you are looking for guidance as to how to improve (or start) a good skin care regime then this book may be for you. Treat yourself and your skin, because you are worth it.