Review: Caroline Hirons Skincare The Ultimate No-Nonsense Guide

I’ve had skin for 56 years but the briefest of flick-throughs of Caroline Hirons’ long-awaited skincare bible is all I need to convince me that things have, well, slipped – both literally and metaphorically.

Written in Caroline’s ballsy, take-no-prisoners style there’s everything here you could possibly want to know – whether its routines, skin concerns, product application, the right amount of SPF and how your diet affects your complexion.

You’ll find 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.

There’s no doubting that Hirons knows her stuff and it’s not surprising that she made the leap from blogger to bona-fide industry expert in a way that many of her rivals, frankly, have not. It’s hard to argue with over 100 million views of her blog and over 13 million views of her YouTube videos.

A globally qualified advanced aesthetician, Caroline Hirons is trained in (well) over 100 brands and has been in retail for 34 years, working as a consultant to brands in the beauty industry for over ten years, advising brands where they should be selling and why.

Authenticity is a popular ‘buzzword’ in blogging circles and Caroline delivers it in spades – whether expressing her loathing of wipes, her horror of not cleansing in the morning or expecting miracles from an expensive moisturising cream when you haven’t cleansed properly, you are left in no doubt that there is plenty more to be done for glowy skin.

I did wonder how accessible the book would be for those of us with mature skin, but I needn’t have worried.  Caroline offers you a step by step guide to addressing skin concerns at any age, as well as her Holy Grail products.

That said, Hirons is not elitist and understands that many of us can’t afford the stellar prices some of the products command.  Her motto is, to paraphrase, do your best, buy the best you can afford but for God’s sake TRY.

This skincare bible is a weighty tome split into colour-coded sections including:-

  • A good skincare routine
  • Skin types and conditions
  • When life happens (acne, hormones, pregnancy, chemo)
  • Your Kit (what to invest in)
  • Here’s the thing (industry insights you need to know)

There is a huge amount of information here, including a comprehensive glossary.

It’s the only skincare guide you need.

Caroline Hirons. Skincare The Ultimate No-Nonsense Guide is published by HarperCollins and is available on Amazon and at all good bookshops.

I am giving away one copy of Caroline Hirons Skincare to one lucky reader (hard copy or Kindle, winner’s choice).  Entry is via the Gleam Widget below and the usual terms and conditions apply which can be found on my giveaways page.  UK entrants only.  No cash alternative.   The giveaway ends at 23:59 pm on Friday 31 July.

Caroline Hirons Skincare Book


Good luck!




  1. Darren Bourne
    31 July, 2020 / 11:28 pm

    I’m trying to win this for my girlfriend. We both use Palmolive soap as it is moisturising and doesn’t give us dry, itchy hands.

  2. Rachel Craig
    31 July, 2020 / 11:18 pm

    Lip balm.

  3. Violet Phillippo
    31 July, 2020 / 11:06 pm

    Loreal Infallable Total Coverage foundation has been a life saver, when I’ve had bad skin days/weeks!

  4. Yellow2
    31 July, 2020 / 10:22 pm

    Garnier rose cleansing milk

  5. Janine H
    31 July, 2020 / 7:20 pm

    Rimmel Lasting Radiance Foundation always goes on easily and looks natural

  6. Deanie Gillies
    31 July, 2020 / 4:46 pm

    NUXE Organic Glow Rich Moisturising Cream! It makes my skin feel amazing x

  7. Melissa Lee
    31 July, 2020 / 3:55 pm

    I use the Thank You Farmer factor 50 SPF for the face everyday. It’s a bit like a moisturiser but it definitely works as an SPF. I’ve never burnt when wearing this on my face.

  8. Georgie Wright
    31 July, 2020 / 2:41 pm

    Bio-oil, it’s so useful and really helps my dry skin.

  9. Michelle Lewis-Robertson
    31 July, 2020 / 2:23 pm

    I love my dream serum, it has brought moisture back to my skin

  10. Katrina Adams
    31 July, 2020 / 11:12 am

    I love my Decleor Moisturiser. It has a gorgeous scent and is so light on my skin.

  11. Sandra Fortune
    31 July, 2020 / 10:05 am

    My L’oreal Face Primer

  12. Hazel Rea
    30 July, 2020 / 6:37 pm

    E45 cream – when my skin goes super sensitive that is what sorts it out.

  13. Emma England
    30 July, 2020 / 11:14 am

    My Elizabeth Arden ceramide capsules.

    30 July, 2020 / 10:26 am

    Clarins Multi-Active Nuit creme so thick and creamy for my dry dry skin

  15. Kim Neville
    30 July, 2020 / 10:16 am

    E45 cream which I use for my eczema. Couldn’t live without it 🙂

  16. Patricia Barrett
    28 July, 2020 / 2:13 pm

    NUXE Organic Glow Rich Moisturising Cream

  17. Kailyn
    26 July, 2020 / 10:40 pm

    Can’t live without my under eye mask by Hey Honey.

  18. Mel Pennie
    26 July, 2020 / 6:42 pm

    Has to be the Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion . . just love this product!

  19. Fiona Foskett
    26 July, 2020 / 12:24 am

    so versatile – I use it for make up remover, eyelash conditioner, on my ankles when I wear new shoes to stop rubbing and blisters, lip balm and when I dye my hair I use on my face to stop the dye from staining my skin.

  20. Lucy Watkiss
    25 July, 2020 / 3:06 pm

    Caroline’s advice on acne was invaluable to me !! Her honest advice always makes me laugh

  21. Christine Constable
    21 July, 2020 / 8:57 pm

    I wouldn’t be without Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

  22. Carolyn E
    18 July, 2020 / 11:00 pm

    I love the Niod hydration vaccine

  23. A.E. ADKINS
    18 July, 2020 / 3:14 pm

    E45 moisturiser and Soap & Glory Arm a gooden, grapefruit scent – always refreshing

  24. Natalie Burgess
    17 July, 2020 / 2:10 pm

    E45 moisturizer xx

  25. Alison Johnson
    16 July, 2020 / 11:33 pm

    I’ve discovered Biore Baking Soda Cleansing Make Up Removing Micellar Water for Combination Skin. It leaves my skin so clean & fresh after use.

  26. Sally Collingwood
    16 July, 2020 / 10:01 am

    I do like overnight creams, any brand, whatever is on offer when I buy it.

  27. Elizm
    15 July, 2020 / 7:55 pm

    Salcura’s Bioskin range – absolutely essential in our house as we all have a tendency to eczema and this is the best product ever!

  28. Andrea Fletcher
    15 July, 2020 / 7:00 pm

    I like Simple Cleansing Lotion as it does not irritate my sensitive skin.

  29. Adrian Bold
    15 July, 2020 / 6:06 pm

    Nivea For Men Aftershave Cooling Balm – Perfect for those with sensitive skin like myself.

  30. Joanne Darnell
    15 July, 2020 / 5:19 pm

    A good serum

  31. Carole Nott
    15 July, 2020 / 2:51 pm

    I love my Olay moisturiser

  32. Allison Sherwood
    15 July, 2020 / 10:05 am

    Superdrug Vitamin C booster serum.

  33. lynn neal
    13 July, 2020 / 9:55 pm

    Balance me rose body lotion and balance me night serum

  34. Tracy B
    12 July, 2020 / 12:42 am

    Lacura Healthy Glow Rose Oil, smells gorgeous and feels lovely on the skin

  35. Charlotte C
    11 July, 2020 / 4:58 pm

    Avon Cosmetics cocoa butter body cream, I love the smell of it!

  36. Amy Bondoc
    11 July, 2020 / 10:12 am

    i really couldnt live without clarins eauty alm its a great base for make up

  37. Stephanie Keill
    10 July, 2020 / 8:09 am

    Palmers coconut butter

  38. Emma Walton
    7 July, 2020 / 8:06 am

    My Nivea Q10 spf 30 moisturiser.

    6 July, 2020 / 2:19 pm

    Avon Cosmetics cocoa butter body cream – smells amazing too !

  40. Carol Thomas
    6 July, 2020 / 12:53 am

    I don’t have a specific product anymore because I make my own from natural products. Yes all my skin lotions and I use and spf as the last layer.

    I used to buy dermalogica products. If I was going to buy any skin products ready made it would be the dermalogica range.

  41. Susan Smith
    4 July, 2020 / 9:25 pm

    It has to be the 72hr Replenishing Hydrator moisture surge, its wonderful

  42. Ruth Harwood
    4 July, 2020 / 8:32 am

    I love l’occitaine’s precious cream, I pay a lot (in my opinion, and on my budget) for it, but it’s worth it xx

  43. Lisa Wilkinson
    2 July, 2020 / 9:08 pm

    Lyonsleaf Marshmallow Facial Oil

  44. royalty cosmetic
    2 July, 2020 / 12:22 pm

    That is a great tip especially to those new to the blogosphere.
    Brief but very accurate information… Thank you for sharing this one.
    A must read post!

  45. Christine Lockley
    2 July, 2020 / 12:04 pm

    I love the Aveeno range and particularly the Shower Wash and Moisturiser which I use daily.

  46. Fiona jk42
    1 July, 2020 / 10:09 pm

    My favourite product is Beauty Flash Balm, which I use as a primer under foundation. I find it really brightens my skin.

  47. Rich Tyler
    1 July, 2020 / 12:23 pm

    e45 moisturiser

  48. michelle o'neill
    1 July, 2020 / 6:50 am

    I love my Nivea night cream

  49. Margaret Davidson
    30 June, 2020 / 10:50 pm

    rose hip oil – I started with The Ordinary but now use another brand, but it is great because as well as doing the job you know exactly what is in it and can shop around.

  50. Nicola
    30 June, 2020 / 5:40 pm

    Lovely book! The cover is beautiful too

    30 June, 2020 / 1:08 pm

    I love the Lacura range of moisturisers. It’s Aldi’s brand so it’s affordable but also brilliant.

  52. Janine Beeston
    30 June, 2020 / 11:40 am

    I ❤❤❤ a serum containing vitamin C

  53. Priscilla Stubbs
    30 June, 2020 / 10:36 am

    I do like a good quality mousturiser

  54. Charlotte isobelle
    30 June, 2020 / 8:38 am

    I love micellar water, it’s so easy to use!

  55. Margaret Gallagher
    30 June, 2020 / 8:08 am

    Moisturiser – really makes such a difference

  56. ashleigh allan
    29 June, 2020 / 9:16 pm

    Estee lauder advanced night repair!

  57. Lyndsey cooksey
    29 June, 2020 / 8:14 pm

    I couldnt live without my Estee Lauder anti ageing cream! My skin has improved by using it.

  58. james jordan
    29 June, 2020 / 8:10 pm

    Fantastic Prize 😀 keeping my fingers crossed 🤞

  59. pete c
    29 June, 2020 / 7:44 pm

    for me it has got to be a really nice lathery soap

  60. Sima Chawda-bell
    29 June, 2020 / 7:00 pm

    Would love to win this

  61. Peter Watson
    29 June, 2020 / 6:18 pm

    I would not be without hand cream.

  62. Sheena Batey
    29 June, 2020 / 5:27 pm

    My moisturiser

  63. Solange
    29 June, 2020 / 5:25 pm

    It has to be concealer.

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