In Pursuit of Beauty :: Beauty Maintenance

As former "Golden Girl" Betty White said "dreading aging is really a waste of a lovely life." Let's age gracefully and still look beautiful without letting our imperfections take center stage. We need to change our skincare products and beauty regimen to the number of candles on our birthday cake to keep our skin looking youthful, healthier and more beautiful which in return makes us feeling FABULOUS.

Always remember what is most important is YOU, no matter at what age you are, YOU should love YOURSELF!

I'm going to share with you my current beauty regimen which I have developed as I cross over from the 30s into the 40s. Just so you know I have combination skin - oily on the T-zone and dry on the sides.







1. CLEANSING

We need to cleanse our face twice daily - once in the morning and once at night. I have people asking me "Why do I need to wash my face in the morning when I have already done so at night before going to sleep?" Reason being, whilst you sleep, your skin repairs cells that have been damaged during the day and dead skin cells are accumulated on your skin, this mixed with the sebum an oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands on your face leads to clog pores causing acne breakouts, increase skin acidity and increase the likelihood of wrinkle formation. Therefore by washing your face in the morning you not only keep your face clean before the clogged pores have a chance to develop you will also feel refreshed.

Never go to bed with a face full of make up. It is important that all layers are taken off your skin at the end of the day. Otherwise, your pillow case will suffer the smeared makeup and you damage your skin too! Your body and skin uses the time you are asleep to rejuvenate and repair. When you spend sleep time with makeup on, your skin is suffocated and denied of oxygen that is necessary for cellular repair. Thats why it is crucial that you wash your makeup off before your beauty rest. If you are wearing long-lasting eye makeup, be sure to use an eye makeup remover designed specifically to remove thick mascara and eyeliner.

For me I use a foam cleanser for my morning wash to remove any dirt or oil that has built up while sleeping. And a milk cleanser for my night wash, reason being the milk cleanser doubles up as a makeup remover and at the same time moisturize and nourishes the skin.


From Left: Collin Resultime Milk Cleanser & Purify Foam Cleanser,
Clarins Milk Cleanser, L'oreal Facial Foam, Shiseido Cleansing Foam


2. EXFOLIATE

Exfoliating is the key to soft and glowing skin. Buffing the dead skin away (so your skin feels smoother), removes dried up oil (less crud on surface that leads to acne), removes dried sebum (skin wax - to prevent blackheads/whiteheads from forming) and it can even even out skin tone. You should exfoliate your face two to three times a week at most for brighter skin and it keeps fine lines and wrinkles at bay.

To have those baby soft kissable lips, lips should be exfoliated once a week to keep it from peeling and causing your lipstick from flaking.

Exfoliating your body is a must and don't forget your hands too! Our body sheds dead skin cells at an alarming rate and washing our body with just soap doesn't even make a dent in removing the dead skin cells. You can use all the anti-aging products you want on your face, but if you don't start treating your body and hands like your face, you wont be fooling anyone about your age.

*NOTE: You can use a face scrub to exfoliate the body; but DO NOT use body scrub on the face as its too harsh.


From Left: Soap & Glory Scrub your nose in it (face)./.The Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser(face)
Soap & Glory Pulp Fiction Foaby Fruity Body Scrub, Boots Strawbery & Yoghurt Body Scrub,
Lemon Grass House Wild Mint Salt Body Glow


3. MASK

Face masks comes in many varieties and forms all of which are a nice and easy way to treat your skin to all kinds of skin goodies and give yourself a mini facial in a matter of minutes! Face masks are recommended to be used 2-3 times per week for the best results. Masks are to be applied to cleansed skin for 10 to 20 minutes anything more than that will bring adverse effects instead. The moisture that your skin absorbed earlier on will be absorbed back by the mask as a result.

Alternatively, you can use overnight face masks: masks that work overnight while you get your Z's. You apply the sleeping mask and you go to bed simple as that. Don't worry your pillow wont be covered in goo. Overnight masks just feels like a slightly thicker moisturizer - no insomnia- inducing hardness or cracking to worry about. Just rinse off in the morning and tada your skin is firm and glowy.

One of the main benefits of face masks is that they offer a wide range of skin care benefits in one easy application. You can use a face mask to clarify, moisturize, cleanse or lighten your skin, the list goes on and on. Another one of the great benefits of skin care treatments is that they can be very relaxing. And what better way to pamper your skin and de-stress than with a calming face mask? Whether you use a cream or sheet mask, you will feel superb during the process and feel good knowing you are doing your skin a huge favour.

TIP: When using cream masks don't forget the neck. Your neck is as important as your face!


From left: Skincerity (a roll-on overnight mask), Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Wrap
Collin Lifting Mineral Mask, Collin Resultime Immediate Hydration Mask


Facial Sheet Masks: after hydrating your face, you can reuse the sheet mask as your heels mask


4. TONER

Toner is often misunderstood as an unnecessary product, but infact a toner is an essential step in any skin care regimen. After the cleansing routine, the use of a toner helps in removing any makeup residue and residue from the cleanser too. Anything that the use of a cleanser may have missed, the toner will take care of it.

Toner promotes natural hydration, provides a tightening effect on your pores to help bind necessary moisture into the skin. A moisturizer, though hydrating and an essential part of your daily facial regimen needs to be used in conjunction with a toner. Toner also help to smooth the skin's texture and refine your pores. The regular use of a toner helps in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

When your out and about/on-the-go, the toner can also be used in lieu of washing your skin when its oily or dirty leaving your skin revitalized and giving your face a refreshed and dewy look.


From left: Shiseido White Lucent, Boots Cucumber, Collin Resultime Anti-Aging Toner,
L'oréal Whitening Toner, EverSoft White Clarifying Toner


5. SERUM

There is a wide array of serum varieties, some are for day use, some for night and some are formulated to target specific skin problems such as wrinkles, firming, sun spots/age spots, prevent acne, reduce pores or brighten up your skin.

Why do we need to use serum? Because serum contains concentrated active ingredients like vitamins and anti-oxidants. The structure of molecules in a serum is generally smaller than that of a moisturizer, which allows the serum to penetrate deep within the layers of your skin than a regular moisturizer to deliver remarkeable results. Serum usually comes in a creamy gel form and the texture is lighter than that of a moisturizer.

For optimum results, serum should be incorporated in your daily beauty regimen. After cleansing, use a toner to clean your face before applying the serum (a small amount is suffice). Wait for a few minutes until the serum is fully absorbed by the skin before applying a moisturiser.


Dermagold Clarins Collin Resultime
From left: Clarins Double Serum (Anti-Aging), Dermagold Clear Series (Brightening Revitalize),
Dermagold Miracle C Plus (Vitamin C), Collin Resultime Refiner Pore Serum



Dermagold SkinTech
Specific Treatment Serum From left: Dermagold C Spot Corrector (Sun spots), Dermagold,
Botanical Acne Gel (Acne/pimples), SkinTech Purigel (Acne/pimples)


6. MOISTURIZE

Why moisturize? A moisturizer serves as a shield for our skin and helps to promote a protective layer that allows the skin to keep the moisture it needs. Whatever skin type you have, oily or dry, we need to moisturize daily to prevent aging and wrinkles. Water base and oil free moisturizer for oily skin while cream moisturizer for dry and wrinkled skin.

Moisturizer infuse your skin with moisture, making it appear supple and radiant.Moisturizing also prevents wrinkling, which is caused by dryness. And its always helpful to create a routine with your moisturizer so your skin can adapt and respond more effectively with each application.

Moisturizer is to be applied after cleansing/bath in the morning and at night before going to bed.

**NOTE: Skin on your face is very thin and delicate while skin on your body particularly hands and feets are thicker therefore needs to be treated differently. Because of the difference in skin nature and thickness, usage of body cream/lotion on more thin and more delicate facial skin is not advisable. Body skin is usually dreier than the facial skin and thus body cream/lotion are specially formulated with heavy moisturizing ingredients that would lead to clogging of pores on the facial skin.


Shiseido Dermagold Collin Resultime Clarins Botanics
Facial Moisturizers from left: Shiseido Brightening Protective Emulsion, Dermagold Hydra Series Radiance Nourisher, Collin Resultime Regenerating Gel, Collin Resultime Soothing Calming Cream, Boots Bontaics Day Lotion Whitening with SPF 30 PA+++, Clarins Advanced Extra-Firming Neck Cream


Body Moisturizers from left: The Face Shop Hand Lotion, Bath & Body Works Body Lotion, Cuccio Body Butter,
Dear Body Hand Lotion, Taylor Swift Scented Body Lotion, Victoria Secrets Body Butter,
Collin Resultime Body Hydrating


7. SUNSCREEN

Slather on the sunscreen! I know you have heard it a million times, but wearing sunscreen is the single easiest way to look younger for 90% of wrinkles are caused by sun exposure. VERY VERY Important irregardless of how old you are you MUST put on sunscreen for aging is due to cumulative sun damage!

Sunscreen should be applied at least 20 to 30 minutes before you go outdoors, whenever you will be exposed for 30 minutes or more. Reapply sunscreen every 3 hours while you are outdoors, even if the product is labeled "all-day". If you are getting alot of sun or perspiring heavily (like me), reapply sunscreen every hour or two. Sunscreen should be applied under makeup.


Rachel K Dermagold Collin Resultime Clarins
From left: Rachel K CC Cream, Dermagold Tinted Sunscreen, Dermagold Sunscreen,
Collin Resultime Sunscreen, Clarins UV Plus


Last but not least remember to drink plenty of water eat your greens, pile up on your vitamins through fruits and break a sweat - exercising improves your circulation and oxygen capacity, in return improves your complexion.


Wendy Shen

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