I shouldn't really be in the business of doling out detailed skincare advice unless it pertains to hyper-sensitive, papule-prone, easily flushed, sometimes-dull-sometimes-oily fair skin with warm undertones and mild rosacea. That would be the only complexion of which I have a profound knowledge as I've been plagued by it from the age of 14.
There are others with a far deeper and more clinical expertise of skin and its myriad issues than me. Sure, yes, I'm referring to Dermatologists but there are some non-MD types who I've found give out pretty thorough advice too. One such person is a blogger I've visited time and again (going on 4 to 5 years) for good, no-nonsense advice on skincare and skin conditions named Caroline formerly of Beauty Mouth (now just Caroline Hirons). She does a regular clinic where you can ask a question and she'll answer it. Sounds simple, but you'd be surprised at how hard it is to find good, correct information on your skin and skincare on the internet or even from your Derm. I wandered over to her site yesterday and it reminded me what a good idea it is (entirely relying on, of course, who is doling out the advice... in this case, someone who has been in beauty a long time).
For those in the US, many of the products she talks about are sadly unavailable here but the advice is always good, above and beyond the product recs. It's worth trawling through the old clinics as well or the Cheat Sheets (sidebar, scroll down) too for info and advice.
Ohmigosh! You're still here! It's been a year of radio silence.
Not so much as a single post.
My humble apologies to the three of you still browsing these pages.
By the end of last year, when my blog stats had reached pretty incredible heights and the more enterprising folks of this world would have started to, you know, monetize their random musings, I simply stopped writing.
Self sabotage much? I'll chalk it up to a temporary loss of confidence spurred on by the fear of suddenly having an audience and being found out as the hack I know in my soul sometimes feel I am.
That pity party of one is now officially over. How embarassing.
During the year of silence, we got a slobbery junkyard mutt, upped sticks and moved to Norcal and I took on a project to launch a new professional skincare range. Change and lots of it. All generally fun. Blogging was easy to ignore.
Honestly, I'm not sure I just want to pick up exactly where I left off anyway. Maybe something a little less traditionally bloggy? I mean, EVERYONE has a blog. Even freaking pets have blogs. I follow Linus the Boxer on Facebook.
Perhaps I just re-focus and figure out format later? After leaving my start-up a lifetime 4 years ago, I started this blog as a place to dump all the industry-related info I found on my travels around the world -- a beauty anthropologist-ethnologist of sorts. That's what it was meant for anyway, not making as many pennies as I can off of ad views or whatever.
Are you asleep yet?
Not terribly glamorous, I know. But the Anita Roddick-style beauty sleuthing has always been my bag.
I often wish my bag were, say, witty social commentary or thoughtful political analysis or some very important and stuffy aspect of the law... or something that makes me feel like more of an accomplished and/or talented adult in my eyes and those of my contemporaries. But it turns out I'm more interested in how Tahitians use Noni fruit than the minutae of contract law. Equally boring yet mine isn't a 'serious' topic, at least accordingly to serious people (or so I imagine). I digress...
It's lovely to see you (and Argus The Mutt says "woof" from the sun-dappled couch in my new office).
We'll see you again soon. xox