Caroline Hirons Summer Skincare Kit Review For Fifty Plus Skin

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I’ve always loved skin care. There’s not a better feeling when you find a product that suits your skin no matter what your age. I’ve become obsessed in the last couple of years more so than ever. I blame {in a good way} social media for the easy access to the world of skincare and the many brands that influence us all through these channels. It is, after all where I first discovered Caroline Hirons. That then lead me to investing in the Caroline Hirons Summer Skincare Kit and why I thought a review of how it worked on my fifty plus skin might be useful.

I’ve got to add that I never ever thought in a million years I’d share pictures of myself close up and makeup free. I had a word with myself and thought how could I seriously talk about the effects of skincare products without being true and transparent? I’ll say thank god for makeup but its rather empowering to not give a damn. Wear it for ourselves girls not because we’re told to, hey?

I’m very conscious at this stage in my life about not buying into hype. I want to try to understand the science behind the products I invest in now more than ever.

Overall, I’m pretty pleased how my skin looks and feels at 57. I know there’s room for improvement but my main aim is for it to feel strong and look bright. I work a lot of hours in my business and I’m always searching for that holy grail to look perky and less tired.

The pictures are unfiltered and straight from my camera ..sadly ?

Purchasing The Skin Rocks Kit

You won’t believe the amount of people who are invested in every single thing the Skin Rocks goddess, Caroline says and does. She says it like it is with absolutely no bullshit. I love that she actually calls out brands who try to hoodwink us out of our hard earned cash with false promises. I’ll big up a straight talker all day long. I wonder if she has Northern genes? ?

On the day of a kit launch it literally is like queuing online for tickets to a Duran Duran concert. She does hype … in a good way.

On the morning of launch back in mid August I got stuck in a constant loop on my desk top along with a million other people wanting to get their mitts on a Skin Rocks kit. Feeling frustrated and impatient I jumped on on my phone and hey presto I was through in a couple of minutes. Talk about breaking the internet!

The cost of the Skin Rocks Summer 2020 kit  was £245. That’s the most I’ve EVER spent in one go on skincare. I purchased it through my Clearpay account which meant I could pay for it over 4 payments of £61.25.

When it arrived towards the end of August I didn’t use it immediately. I stroked the bright neon yellow Skin Rocks bag for a week or two on a daily basis. My precious! ?

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At the point of writing this it’s been almost 2 months of using a variation of all the products from the kit.

I purchased Kit 2 which had a retail value of £507.50

Kit 2 I believe was the correct choice out of the 2 available for my more mature skin.

What was inside?

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturising Cleanser

The lowdown is: a gentle daily face wash that’s formulated to cleanse and soothe without tightness or irritation. Its enhanced, non-foaming, creamy formula removes makeup, dirt, oil and impurities while maintaining skin’s radiance and essential moisture.

What an introduction to the kit. The smell and texture of this cleanser had  me hooked from the first try.  It feels very luxurious from the second it comes out of the tube. Just call me Cleopatra from now on with my goat milk fetish. I learned the art of double cleansing from Caroline, too.  I’d wondered for years about this and can report it’s a game changer.

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Pestle & Mortar NMF Lactic Acid Toner

I must admit before the kit purchase I’m very hit and miss on toners. This is the one product in the kit I’ve skipped using. No idea why. I’m going to see it through though.

The lowdown is:

Hydrates the skin, lightens dark spots, exfoliates and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

I’ve tried a product from this brand before. The Recover Eye Cream.

The lowdown for this is:

Diminishes fine lines, improves skin texture, and reduces puffiness and dark circles around the eye area.

I didn’t feel like it actioned any of these specifics for me and thought it’s probably best suited to younger skin. More late 30’s – mid 40’s.

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The next step in the daily routine was the eye area with

NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate

The lowdown: this single treatment is able to target visible ageing (both upper eyelids and lower eyelids) including the looks of dynamic lines, static lines, fine superficial under-eye lines (those not targeted by SNARE-target injections), loss of elasticity (especially upper-eyelids), dark circles, puffiness and textural unevenness with positive visible results starting within 3 days and improving into 8 weeks with continued use.

This is the product I least recommend for fifty plus skin. It’s meant to target dark circles, puffiness and fine lines- the hallmark of weary eyes. I don’t feel as if I’ve had any benefit from this at all in the eye area. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that my eye area looks worse than before. Definitely not on the re-purchase hit list.

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I was so excited that there was a Medik8 product in the kit. I’d been wanting to try something from the range for ages. The reason why I hadn’t is because I sometimes get overwhelmed with too many choices.

Medik8 C-Tetra Intense Serum

One of my favourite finds in this kit.

The lowdown: restores radiance and fight visible signs of ageing with C-Tetra, a super-light daily vitamin C serum. Antioxidant power is provided through vitamin C and E. Together, these actives help to combat sun and pollution-induced damage. The lightweight, uplifting formula stimulates the production of collagen and elastin to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as visibly brightening the complexion and balancing skin tone.

Whilst my ages spots and brown marks haven’t disappeared they look less and no more have appeared during usage. I feel as if I’m probably ready to move onto something stronger  with Medik8. Can someone tell me what if they’ve had good experiences?

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Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance

Sadly, I can’t rate this high or low. It just didn’t do anything for me and to be honest felt like it could’ve been any old moisturiser.

The lowdown: ultra-nourishing moisturiser restores lipid balance to dry, depleted skin for optimal barrier performance. BioReplenish Complex delivers a proven combination of key barrier lipids to help enhance the skin’s natural resilience and support barrier recovery

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These next two products were ones that Caroline advised to switch up.

Sunday Riley A+ High Does Retinoid Serum

The lowdown: combining 5% retinoid ester blend, 1% liposomal-encapsulated retinol blend, and 0.5% blue-green algae with natural, retinoid-alternative activity, this serum fights the signs of aging and improves the look of congested and UV damaged skin.

Dr Dennis Gross Stress Rescue Super Serum

The lowdown: This innovative serum will leave tired skin with a revitalised appearance, helping to minimise the visible signs of stress-induced ageing, including dullness, worry lines, enlarged pores, blemishes and hyperpigmentation, an essential for modern life. Niacinamide helps to even the skin creating a more clarified complexion and regulating sebum production to help tackle unwanted shine. Fine lines appear reduced and the complexion is brightened to promote a naturally radiant appearance.

I tended to alternate both of these products and used them on an evening or especially on a weekend when I’m often completely make up free. The Stress Rescue Serum felt like a treat on the skin. Smells like gingerbread so only buy if this won’t put you off!

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de Mamiel Skin Recovery Blend

The lowdown: rescue your skin from dryness and irritation with Cupacau’s phytosterol and fatty acids to reveal a soft, hydrated complexion. Cool and calm it with Azulene Oils and matricin to reduce redness and balance tone. Heal it with White Clay and Murumuru to restore its healthy glow. Enjoy your skin’s repair.

Whilst I wasn’t really sure what this was for it seemed like a sort of calming product if your skin is dry or stressed. I’ve only used it a couple of times more out of curiosity than anything. What I will say is I could inhale its beautiful fragrance all day long. I can’t even begin to describe it. Just addictively calming. Clearly created by someone who knows a thing or two about the power of smell and the impact it can have on well-being. I’d really like to try more products from this brand.

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Until I purchased the kit my night time regime has been a bit and miss. I really feel like it’s got me in a good habit.

I watched  Caroline’s ‘how to’ videos and pored over the e-books she created. I don’t use all of the products in the stages Caroline recommends them during the day. Although, I haven’t worn a lot of makeup during Lockdown 2020 on the occasion I have it slipped off my face a bit with all the product layering. I know it pays to wait between layering skincare but on a normal work day rushing to get my desk all of it just wouldn’t work for me.

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Overall, what I’d really like now is a personal kit putting together for me by Caroline. If only! Can someone make that happen, please?

Overall, I’ve enjoyed my introduction to the skincare brands in the kit. I do think though that I’ll need to tweak for 50 plus skin.  I was so tempted to purchase the latest Autumn kit but I haven’t finished this yet. I’ve probably got a couple of weeks worth of applications left. What it has allowed me to do is to understand  better, I think, what I need more of. I’m going to keep a close eye on Caroline’s future recommendations and tweak my next  purchases.

Love it so much now I’ve got the book!

I had a lovely gift in the post to cheer me up last week  from my eldest boy who lives in Leeds. He works with me and he knew from our regular Zoom meetings that I was feeling a bit fed  up wondering if he’s going to be able to come home for Christmas because of Lockdown 2.  I’d actually mentioned Caroline’s pink, limited edition signed book as a potential Christmas gift and look what turned up. He’s a sweetie.

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What about you?

Have you tried any of the brands or products I’ve talked about here? Let me know the hits and misses you’ve had in your skincare journey. It’s definitely a journey isn’t it?

 

Sharon xo

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6 Comments

  1. / 9:43 pm

    Your skin looks fabulous – lovely and healthy and haven’t you got the prettiest eyes! I adore the Caroline, she is just genius and reminds me of a former sister in law who was also northern and just said it as it was). Anyway the Caroline, her book is superb – really well done and she knows her background material (I spend a lot of my day appraising clinical papers so I am pretty “up” on that sort of thing)… anyway the daughter sent me her yellow cover book as a birthday present a few months ago – total gamer changer. Anyway as a 56 yr old with sensitive skin prone to redness I can say her suggestion in the book of being gentle with your skin has worked dividends – I now use an oil formula as a second cleanser (elemental herbology, lovely orangey smell – very gentle but so effective), anything foaming is no longer on my face and honestly the difference is amazing in how my skin behaves – the oil-formula type cleanser is a fabulous idea. Honestly between the Caroline and SpaceNK my internet life is almost complete (apart from blog world), none of my other blog friends seem that into skin care and I wish I’d been encouraged more as a young thing in NZ, but back then it was sneered at as being a bit precious, now I don’t care what others think. The Caroline has also been really useful in suggesting brands I might not have tried and to look beyond the label or how a cult brand might attract people (Dermalogica just doesnt work for me for instance). Sorry long reply – but I love a skin care or perfume or similar type of post, I am starved of skin/perfume/style talk in a house with 2 males 🙂 So happy right now I have read your post and found a kindred spirit. Oh and we are hopefully moving soon from Scotland to amongst Northerners (planning to move to Carlisle) I am looking forward to that, and the husband is actually from Whitley Bay…

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      Author
      / 8:10 pm

      I really look forward to your comments, Juliet. They are always so interesting.

      I don’t know much about Carlisle … how exciting for you! xo

  2. Annette Doyle
    / 12:01 am

    Your skin looks lovely Mrs BBED. Either the products are working or you are blessed with young skin. Nice to read reviews of new products I have not tried before.

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      Author
      / 8:08 pm

      Thankyou, Annette ?

      Always good to find something new that is for our age group more than anything isn’t it? xo

  3. / 1:52 pm

    Afternoon ,

    Lovely post. I’ve used a couple these products – I love the Medik8 Vitamin C and the Kate Somerville eye cream is maybe the best I’ve used. I’ve not tried the cleanser.

    I’m always dubious to buy kits as my skin is so temporamental and breaks out. It’s a great saving but fear I wouldn’t use half of it. I’d like to think I could but my skin says no.

    You have beautiful skin by the way, you look great

    Tracey x x

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      Author
      / 1:49 pm

      I’ve had another kit since this one too, Tracey.

      I’ve decided I’m not going to buy any more now tho. I got carried away with the Caroline Hirons hype and the truth is that there are more products in the kits for me at least that don’t work than do. It just goes to show that skin is so very, very personal isn’t it? What works for one doesn’t necessarily work en masse?

      Thanks for the compliment. I don’t think my skin is too bad for 58.5 😉 xo

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