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  1. Charlotte says:

    Hahaha as soon as I read ‘exfoliate’ I was literally about to open a new tab thinking ‘I must track down that St Ives Apricot Scrub’ as I haven’t been able to find it anywhere for years and therefore stopped exfoliating. My eyes nearly popped when I read on lol I will try out your suggestions instead. Thanks. I follow you for my cg journey which I’m 6 months into. Love you and your website. Thanks for keeping it so real. X

    1. Thanks so much Charlotte! x

  2. Hello!

    Oil newbie here. The Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex has been renamed “Retinoic.” Would you use this as you would a retinol serum? I.e., a few times weekly rather than daily?
    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Rebecca, yes the name changed but not the formula, and the retinoic quanities are still very low. So no, I’m not using it as a retinol product, I’m still using it as an oil. It’s gentle enough that you can use it daily, should you want to. I used to use it daily and my skin was fine. I no longer use it daily, as I am on prescription strength retinol treatment which I use 3 times/week.

  3. Viktória says:

    Hi Gabriella,

    Great stuff! Came here for hair, stayed for the skin (I just started CG on my hair and wanted to start something similar on my skin since it’s horrible and doesn’t like anything or doesn’t react to whatever I do to it). I was wondering, are you planning to broaden this out to not just facial skin? Any product recommendations, etc.? I find that my skin gets dry easily (and then I forget to apply body lotion) so I sometimes end up just using coconut oil while showering, which helps a bit – but I’m looking for stuff that I could settle with and solve my problems. 🙂

    1. Hi Viktória, I don’t plan on extending it to body skin really. I want to stick to the face – I am an Aries after all! ha ha. But if your skin is super dry, I don’t recommend slathering it with oil, especially not when you’re in the shower – the only time your body can get water/hydration. Think of it this way, if you had a dry throat and you were thirsty, would you reach for a glass of water or a glass of oil to drink? Oil does not equal hydration. I suggest you get a good moisturising body cream, my personal favourite is Nivea Soft Creme. I wish I had better choices for various ethical and environmental reasons etc, but I have extremely sensitive skin and that one always works great for me.

  4. Hi Gabriella
    As a woman turning 45 soon, with no skin issues and on a budget, out of your 10 steps to radiant skin post, which should I make sure I prioritise please? I don’t wear foundation day to day either and do cleanse.

    1. Gabriella says:

      An SPF and a cleanser are the two most important things I would say! x

  5. like you listed moisturiser as 10. but you also said that spf and face oil go after. you didnt say that retinol and face oils were only evenings and that it wasn’t everything on at once, I only knew after reading the comments

    1. Gabriella says:

      Hi Hannah, the list was not written in order of when you apply the products. Apologies for the confusion caused. This was a starter post, and I will go more in depth into some of the such as moisturisers, SPF, retinol and face oils in future posts.

  6. in the post it doesn’t say what order you use them nd which ones are Am and which ones are PM. Could you make a clear list for Am and PM?

  7. I am loving these posts! Can’t wait for more on sunscreens!

    1. Gabriella says:

      Yes, coming soon! I’ve been trying a couple of new ones that are reef safe etc and will be taking with me on a trip soon. So stay tuned for more on sunscreens! x

  8. Love this post. I came across your blog today while researching CG products and have been bingeing everything on here haha. With the SPF, Hyauluronic acid, retinols, facial oils, and moisturizers it sounds like there’s so much you’re layering onto your face. Won’t that cause it to look very oily since you’re suggesting putting these on in the morning before you go out? Or are these all not meant to be put on together? And also do you have any opinions on The Ordinary facial oils? I’ve been thinking of investing in those.

    1. Gabriella says:

      Hi Aliya! Thank you so much! Glad you’ve been loving my content. No, not all of those products are applied at once. For example, SPF and hyaluronic acid in the mornings, retinol and facial oils in the evenings. Layering skincare came over from Korea – they love to do a lot of light layering of products. As a result, your skin is plump, hydrated and moisturised. If it’s greasy from oils, you may have used too much oil. I use 4-5 drops on my face. Some oils also take a few mins to sink into the skin. As for The Ordinary – I haven’t bought any of their products, because any of the ones I’ve sampled, I don’t like the feeling of them on my skin. Sorry I can’t be of more help there. xoxo

  9. Great post Gabriella! Love that you’re started the CG Beauty section on the blog! I love skincare so much, it’s a slight obsession. Do you have any favourite hydrating masks? I’m always looking for a good mask, and I’m lacking a bit in the hydrating mask department since I ran out of the I’m from Honey Mask (which if you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend!).

    1. Gabriella says:

      Hi Sofia, my skin is always very dehydrated so I’m going to do a post on that soon. But like I mentioned in this post, and in the hyaluronic acid picture, the Hydraluron sheet mask is one of my favourite hydrating masks. Hope that helps xoxo