I’m going to experiment with a new format to my blog – let me know if you like it! My theory is that readers might be a little more interested in a deeper dive of a book from the past couple of weeks that I really enjoyed, as opposed to a few sentences about each book I read. Many books I read are good (not great), a few are trash, and a few more are just terrific. I’ll try to focus on those terrific ones!
Skincare by Caroline Hirons
I’d heard some good stuff about Skincare, but knew nothing about it other than the author gives specific product recommendations and hates cleanser wipes. Well, I’m rapidly (SO rapidly) approaching 40 and LOVE skin care wipes, so I knew I’d better grab his book and grab it NOW. I love the idea of serums and moisturizers and creams and potions but I’ll be honest – not only couldn’t I remember the order of when to smear all of that stuff on my face, I rarely want to take the time to mess with it. When it’s bedtime, more often than not I climb the stairs and brush my teeth and pass out on the bed. Usually with my makeup on, sometimes I go full spa and rub a cleanser wipe on my face. Goodnight.
Would you believe that this book now has me going the whole nine yards with cleanser, toner, serum, retinol, and moisturizer and drinking loads of water? Listen, Hirons is British, she’s no-nonsense, she’s hilarious, and her skin is what dreams are made of. Plus, the whole process really only does take 5 minutes.
Additionally, I really appreciate her lists of suggested products for various ages and skin conditions. I now know why the Clean & Clear I had my teens using wasn’t working for anything, and exactly which brands are going to be on my Sephora wish list going forward. She also totally debunks the “clean” skincare industry, which was glorious reading for this cynical old fart who doesn’t care to dole out extra cash just because a company can *say* it is “clean.”
Therefore, Skincare is the book I’m going to be recommending to anyone looking for some guidance or just some inspiration for their skincare routine. Trigger warning, though – she does suggest avoiding alcohol. Sorry, I have my limits.
Mom of four, wife of one. By day I fund-raise with coffee, by night I read with wine and chocolate.