Unveil My BEAUTY SECRETS For Great-Looking Skin

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People who have seen and know me in person will frequently compliment my complexion and ask for my beauty tips on how I achieve it. Yeah you are right in a way, part of my good-looking skin is due to heredity. And the rest are due to ‘meticulous’ care and healthy lifestyle habits.

After constant persuasion from some readers, I decided to unveil the beauty secrets on how I upkeep my healthy looking skin. Frankly, I was rather reluctant to share my beauty secrets to everyone although I know very well I will have to do it now or later in a matter of time. You can say I’m boastful or selfish if you like. Hahahahaha!!!

Please note that as I’ve been constantly trying and reviewing different skincare products for the sake of my blog, therefore I only have handful of regular products I’m faithfully using, the rest I’m still searching for the best.

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My 12 beauty secrets

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1.
First thing I wake up in the morning is to drink a glass of water before heading to the toilet.

2.
Drink lots of water (especially plain water) during the day, approximately 2 litre of water (no gassy drink but love soya milk and freshly squashed fruit juice).

3.
I don’t smoke and drink.

4.
I refrain from eating too much fried foods.

5.
I cleanse my face thoroughly with makeup cleanser and washing gel (Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel). Usually, the more makeup I’ve put on, the more effort I will need to remove them. And double cleanse my face again with cotton pad soaked with toner (make sure it contains NO ALCOHOL). Toner helps to remove dirt and residue that cleanser could not remove.

6.
I regularly exfoliate my skin – am using Paula’s Choice 8% AHA Gel (almost daily, once a day), Sisley Gentle Facial Buffing Cream or Kiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion* (once a week) and Bella’s Microdermabrasion treatment (once every three to six months).

AHA helps to exfoliate the dead skin cells that create a dull-looking skin. As I age, the skin renewal process and metabolism slow down traumatically. Unlike when I’m a teenage when the dead skin shaft off once every 3 days. With regular exfoliation, not only it will remove the dead skin layer but also help to speed up collagen production and create a better penetration on active ingredients after that and thereby a more smoother and clearer complexion.

7.
Twice a year, I will use Sisley Clearing Essence with Vitamin C. There are 8 vials in a box which represents 2 months of treatment and each vial can last me for a week.

My favourite product of all time, it is capable to lighten the pigmentation spots, increase collagen production and increase the skin thickness around my eye areas, therefore a more radiance and clearer complexion.

8.
No matter how lazy I am, I will always make sure to apply moisturizer as my final and important beauty regimen. This is to seal up moisture and all the nutrients from serum, toner, lotion which I have applied earlier.

9.
I’m very crazy on skin hydration hence other than moisturizer, I will constantly search for products with good hydrating benefits. Whether if is toner, serum or mask. When my skin is properly hydrate, it will look supple, tone and smooth. I will use mask every once a week. Don’t fool by marketing gimmicks on whitening, firming or collagen mask. All are somewhat similar which can only act as good temporary hydrating treatment.

10.
I love going for non-invasive treatments like Microdermabrasion, IPL, Laser, Fraxel which all help to boost collagen, increase skin renewal and improve skin texture. I will get instant results unlike using skincare products which can take a long long time.

11.
You may not realize that many cosmetics companies have marketed their wrinkle products by introducing ‘innovative’ ingredients which can help to achieve youthful skin, remove wrinkles blah blah blah…. Well in fact most of the time, these so-called claimed ingredients are basically just antioxidants. And in most cases, the amounts they contain are so minuscule that are of no benefit at all.

Antioxidant is capable to combat free radicals that is the main culprit for skin aging. So instead of depending on those skincare products that contain minuscule quantities of antioxidants, I feed my skin with loads of antioxidants with Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum.

12.
Frequent sun tanning and unprotected sun exposure during my earlier days are the major cause for my skin aging. Although it’s too late to undone the damages I have caused therefore I’m very cautious when dealing with the SUN now! I will avoid sun exposure from 10am to 4pm as much as I can and I will apply sufficient sunscreen indoor and outdoor to protect UV rays penetration to my skin. Very often, I will wear my oversized sunglasses and carry an umbrella. I have just started using Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA+++* which I find is pretty good.

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Well, In order to have a good-looking skin, I don’t have to burn a big hole on my wallet to achieve that.

In fact, my basic skin care regimen comprises of toner, AHA, antioxidant serum, vitamin C serum, moisturizer and sunscreen. And my weekly skincare regimen consists of an exfoliant and hydrating mask.

Other than Microdermabrasion treatment (at Bella), I don’t waste money on salon facial treatment. Why waste that money which I can use the same dollars (1x facial treatment) on good exfoliating and hydrating mask products which can last me for months. And do-it-yourself the same treatment at the comfort of my home. Don’t you think is better to have daily home maintenance than salon monthly maintenance?

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My current DAY skin care routine

Lotion (testing SKII Treatment Essence now)  >>  antioxidant serum >>  light-weight day moisturizer (for face & eye area)  >> sunscreen

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My current NIGHT skin care routine

Hydrating toner  >>  AHA gel  >>  Vitamin C serum (seasonal, twice per year)  >>  night cream (for face & eye area)

*If you wish to get samples of Kiehl’s skincare products, feel free to visit any of the Kiehl’s outlets before 30 April 2010 and remember to mention my name SHIRLEEN to receive a personalized consultation, complete with appropriate product and sample recommendations.

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66 Comments on "Unveil My BEAUTY SECRETS For Great-Looking Skin"

  1. Violet says:

    Hi!

    Thanks for sharing your prized beauty tips! Have you ever tried other Vit C formulations by other brands? Is the Sisley product one of the rare few that do not irritate? I’ve tried a few Vit C products, and generally experience some problems with them, so I’m wondering how gentle the Sisley product is.

    Also, where do you buy Paula’s Choice products in Singapore?

    Thanks!!

  2. Shirleen says:

    Hi Violet,

    You are most welcome!

    Yes, I have tried other brands Vit C products and I have to say that Sisley is still the best so far. Although I have sensitive skin, I hardly get irritation from it, and I reckon is partly due to 2 reasons.

    First, is the well formulated packaging and this in fact helps to stabilize the unstable Vit C. Secondly is the 5% concentration of Ascorbic Acid. Most of the Vit C serum of other brands contains 10-15%, so 5% is considered mild and gentle to the skin. So I love it.

    You can purchase Paula’s Choice products online @
    http://www.paulaschoice.com.sg/?a=ShirleenHo

  3. lisa says:

    Hi,

    thanks for sharing your tips, I hardly ever drink that much water which is very bad for me but I do use alot of vit c products too.

  4. Bee says:

    Hi Shirleen ,

    i using VIT CE (Skinceuticals) i feel that after using a quick long time the pore will become enlarge?I now stop using it .I plan try to use that Paula choice aha gel & the Anti aging serum , because after read your blog i very intersted to try .

  5. Shirleen says:

    Hi Bee,

    Hope you like them. :-)

  6. Yvonne says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    Your blog is really great! Thanks for sharing and reviewing all these products. I’m also going to try Paula’s choice Antioxidant serum. I would like to ask your opinion on moisturizer that has sunblock properties? Is it ok to use it as a combined cream or it’s better to separate them?

  7. Shirleen says:

    Hi Yvonne,

    It is definitely ok to use a moisturizer with sunscreen ingredients. It is suitable for people who is afraid of oily finish. It is better than not wearing any sunscreen.

    But for me, even after applying moisturizer with sunscreen protection, I will still prefer to top it up with a sunblock. I apply generously on cheek and near the eye areas. To eliminate the oiliness of my face, I will brush some loose powder on it. :-)

  8. paris says:

    Dear Shirleen,

    Thank you so very much for sharing your beauty secrets.

    Most important of all, thank you for your blog.

  9. Shirleen says:

    Hi Paris,

    You are most welcome, is my pleasure!

    Thank you for visiting my blog again! :-)

  10. Annie says:

    Hi Shirleen

    Please advise if my daily skincare regime is in the correct order:-

    AM
    Cleanser>SK-II Treatment Essence>Sheer Secret Regenerating & Refirming Serum>SR Defense Day Cream SPF 30>BB Cream

    PM
    Cleansing Oil>Cleanser>SK-II Treatment Essence>Habo Labo Hydration Lotion>Sheer Secret Regenerating & Refirming Serum>Elizabeth Arden ANR
    I find that my skin does not feel hydrating enough… do i have to use a night moisturizer after ANR?

    Cheers!

  11. Shirleen says:

    Hi Annie,

    The day regime is correct.

    For the night, it’s quite tricky. The procedure seems alright to me.

    Although the SK-II Treatment Essence is actually a serum and Hada Labo is a lotion, therefore lotion should come first before serum but I will use the same as you do. Because I find that SK-II is much dilute (as compare to Hada Labo) and seems like a lotion, I use it with a cotton pad and rub it on my skin to remove the dirt that my cleanser missed. And I follow with Hada Labo (which is thicker in texture) and pour 2 drops on my palms, rub my palms and pat on my face till almost dry.

    Yes you should use a night moisturizer to seal up the nutrients and moisture into the skin. For more hydration, use a hydrating mask twice a week. It is advisable to exfoliate the dead skin cells before you go for the mask, to allow a better penetration of the nutrients into the skin. :-)

  12. Annie says:

    You are indeed a beauty guru!
    Great to chance upon your blog… I’ve learnt so much more from your blog.
    Another thing is, is the Sheer Secrets Defense Day Cream SPF 30 good enough? I am not using any other sunblock.
    Thanks for your advice!

  13. Shirleen says:

    Hi Annie,

    If you are concerned on skin oilliness then Sheer Secrets Defense Day Cream SPF 30 should be good enough for you.

    But for me, I’m more kiasu, after my SPF moisturizer, I will still layer with sunblock (focus on cheekbone areas) and follow with a thin layer of loose powder on my face. Prevention is better than cure….hee hee……….. :-)

  14. Annie says:

    Thanks Shirleen for the quick reply!
    But I’ve read somewhere that layering sunblock might be useless because let’s say you are using a SPF 30 moisturizer, and you layer with another sunblock of SPF 30, it will not add up. It will only take the maximum SPF, which in this case, still boils down to SPF. Unless your sunblock is SPF 50, then it will take the higher SPF, which is the sunblock, not the SPF 30 moisturizer….correct me if I am wrong..will you be reviewing on Sheer Secrets products?

  15. Annie says:

    Thanks for the prompt reply Shirleen.
    I have read somewhere that layering of sunscreen is not an option.
    Example, if you apply a sunscreen of SPF 30 and then a moisturizer with SPF 15, you’re not increasing SPF protection. The SPF you get, is the one provided by the highest sunscreen you applied. In this case, 30.
    Just sharing with you want I have learnt… :)

  16. Shirleen says:

    Hi Annie,

    Yes, it’s true that it wouldn’t add up the SPF with both products.

    The reason for me topping up with sunscreen not because I want a higher SPF but to make sure I have sufficient sun protection for my skin. Many doctors have claimed that we need to apply at least 50 cents amount of sunscreen on the face. There will not be enough sun protection if too little is applied. Niu Er from Nu Ren Wo Zui Da even suggests that we should apply 3 layers of sunscreen with amount of 50 cents each layer.

    Hence I would not be comfortable if I only apply moisturizer with SPF. I will only do that unless I’m at home. Even if I know I will be out under the sun for just 5 minutes, I will not leave without sunscreen no matter what. :-)

    Interesting thing is that, some beauty books I have read share different point of view. Some doctors feel that moisturizer with SPF may not have sufficent sun protection hence a sunscreen is a must whilst some think that mixing both moisturizer with sunscreen will make the sunscreen less effective.

    I have recently read the book by Dr Murad and he has claimed that the SPF is not the important factor to choose a good sunscreen. SPF15 means your skin will start to get burn if you stand under the sun for 150 minutes. SFP30 = 300 minutes and SPF 50 = 500 minutes. In fact, he has also claimed that the higher the SPF, the least protection it will provide to your skin.

    Is Sheer Secrets products really good, I yet to try one. :-)

  17. Annie says:

    Hi Shirleen

    After 2 weeks of using Sheer Secrets, the condition of my face has turn flow glowing to dull. Guess I am allergic to one of the ingredients. And the eye cream cause my eye area to sting, so badly that the area around my eyes have become rough… :( I guess one man’s meat is another man’s poison.

  18. Shirleen says:

    Hi Annie,

    Oh dear! Thanks for sharing your bad experience. I have to wary about this brand now.

  19. Annie says:

    Hi Shirleen

    I went back to Sheer Secrets counter, and the SA after analyzing my skin, told me that I could be allergic to the eye cream (it contains something which is similar to botox treatment)which was too strong for my sensitive skin. The defense day cream which is SPF 30 is also not suitable for me because it is broad spectrum. She allow an exchange of their collagen Advanced Treatment cleanser. She advised me the following procedure – cleanser–secret water–regenerating&refirming serum–recovery night cream. I was to get back to her on my progress. After trying out for a few days, my skin improved drastically.
    The eye area has totally recovered, so is my cheeks. So now, I would gladly recommend the rest of Sheer Secrets Products, except for the eye cream and SPF defense Day Cream if you have sensitive skins. What is important is that the staff of SS is really helpful. They didnt brush me off and instead, gladly help me with my allergies and even do an exchange for the products which are not suitable for me. Thumbs up!

  20. Shirleen says:

    Hi Annie,

    Sounds like you have very sensitive skin. It’s glad they allow for the product exchange and at least your $$ will not be wasted.

  21. Sharon says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    Recently, I went for Fancl Skin Conselling and found out that I have combination skin that is very dry on the outside and oily inside, with extremely bad case of clogged pores due to my teenager years bad pimples. Hence recently I took up a facial for extraction at Rappellez. You stated that microdermabrasion is better, so what is the big difference?

  22. Shirleen says:

    Hi Sharon,

    Extraction facial is not very good for skin as it may hurt the skin tissue if it is not done properly. I will definitely opt for microdermabrasion. It is a more effective way to remove dead skin cells instead of extraction. The different is that extraction is done using fingers whilst microdermabrasion is using a machine.

    Your skin – very dry on the outside and oily inside is due to dehydration. The best remedy is to moisture your skin with hydrating products.

  23. sy says:

    thanks for this great post!! After reading this I will cut down on my facial but I really like the massage. Anyway where do I get to do ipl?

  24. Shirleen says:

    Hi SY,

    You can try IPL at Wen & Weng Medical Group. Look for Dr Chee.

  25. RC says:

    Hi, are you still going for the microdemabrasion at Bella? Can’t seem to find that treatment in their website. Do you know where can I find this treatment?
    Thanks

  26. Shirleen says:

    Hi RC,

    In fact Microdermabrasion is still available at Bella although it doesn’t feature on the site. Look for Angie at Bella Orchard (International Building) and she can assist you.

  27. Cherine says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    I chanced upon your blog and really like the beauty information and reviews you have provided. Im keen to incorporate the following to my daily regime. Can u advise if the order is correct? Thanks

    Day:
    cleanser
    toner
    Paula’s choice 2% BHA Gel
    Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion
    Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Essence
    Paula’s Choice Resist Remarkable Skin Lightening Lotion
    Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Conc Serum
    Moisturizer
    Sunscreen

    Night:
    cleanser
    toner
    Paula’s choice 8% AHA Gel
    Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion
    Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Essence
    Paula’s Choice Resist Remarkable Skin Lightening Lotion
    Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Conc Serum
    Moisturizer

    Is the above excessive such that I shld only use the antioxidant in the day and the Skin lightening lotion at nite?

  28. Shirleen says:

    Hi Cherine,

    Yes, I will advise you to only use Skin LIghtening Lotion at night and instead of using on the whole face, you should only use it on the dark spots areas. This product is pretty strong and it will cause sun sensitivity therefore day usage should be avoided.

    Since Skin Lightening Lotion is only used on spots areas, you may wanna switch the PC Antioxidant Serum with Skin Lightening Lotion. The rest are fine.

    For day regimen – to remove Skin Lightening Lotion.
    For night regimen – to switch Skin Lightening Lotion and PC Antioxidant Serum.

  29. Cherine says:

    Thanks so much for the prompt reply and advise! Much appreciated.

    In fact I went gaga over the products you recommended in your blog and came back with bags of goodies today to indulge my skin with! Hopefully that can bring back my youth in no time. =)

  30. Shirleen says:

    Hi Cherine,

    LOL!! You really make my day! I feel honored to have you as my reader. Thanks for coming back again ;-)

  31. Joey says:

    Hi Shirleen,
    Chanced upon yr blog and was so happy to be able to find lots of info here :-)

    I have combination skin… can you pls share with me if I shld use AHA or BHA?

    Thanks

  32. Shirleen says:

    Hi Joey,

    I’m glad you have find something useful here.

    For combination skin, you can use BHA.

  33. You are right, having a good lifestyle ca affect skin reflection.. You must take care of yourself and watch your diet. :)

    Thanks!
    Carmiex @ how to get rid of pimple marks

  34. Doreen says:

    Shirleen, have you ever tried ultrasonic/ Ion/ LED light face massager which are very popular in Japan and Taiwan now? Are they effective?

  35. Shirleen says:

    Hi Doreen,

    I’m now using the BBS Care Pro(5000P) Ultrasonic Massager from Korea. Yes I can see amazing result, love it! ;-)

  36. Lisa says:

    Hi shirleen. Where do you buy Sisley Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence with Vitamin C from?

  37. Shirleen says:

    Hi Lisa,

    You can buy it at any of the Sisley counters at Takashimaya, Robinsons Centrepoint or Metro Paragon.

  38. Lisa says:

    thanks for the quick reply! appreciate it

  39. Yan says:

    Hi Shirleen
    Please help to advise if the below are in correct order.
    Day:
    Bod White Tea Cleansing Gel
    Madara Deep Balance Toner
    Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion
    Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Conc Serum
    Shiseido Sunblock SPF27 PA++

    Night:
    Bod White Tea Cleansing Gel
    Madara Deep Balance Toner
    Paula’s Choice Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA
    Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion
    Hada Lobo Lifting and Firming Cream

    I just bought Clarins Whitening Night Cream & Sofina Beaute whitening mini sets lll( contain Sofina Whitening Lotion lll & Emulsion lll)
    Can i add on the new items into my routine?

    Thanks In Advance

  40. Shirleen says:

    Hi Yan,

    The day regimen is correct but I realized you do not have any day moisturizer to help seal in the moisture. You may want to consider to incorporate a ultralight moisturizer in it.

    As for night regimen, you need to switch the Hada Labo HA Hydrating Lotion with Paula’s Choice Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA.

    You can replace the Clarins Whitening Night Cream with Hada Labo Lifting and Firming Cream for the night regimen. And replace Sofina Whitening Lotion with Madara Deep Balance Toner.

    You can actually use the Sofina Whitening Emulsion as your day moisturizer if you want to.

  41. Yan says:

    Hi Shirleen
    Thanks!
    I also bought Sisley Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence with Vitamin C and started using last wednesday. i bought it to my boyfriend house yesterday and today i realised the vitamin c has a change in color.
    Does it mean it has ‘gone bad’? Can i still use it? If lets say the serum still has leftover after 7 days, we still continue to apply on the 8th day or discard it straight after 7 days?

    Thanks!

  42. Shirleen says:

    Hi Yan,

    Did you put in the fridge after opening? What is the color now?

    I will still use up the leftover serum after 7 days.

  43. Yan says:

    Hi Shirleen
    I did not put in fridge after open, its darker tone of yellow. So it is fine to still apply onto our face after the 7th day?

    Thanks

  44. Shirleen says:

    Hi Yan,

    Since it has turned darker tone of yellow which means it has become oxidized and has lost its effectiveness, you should discard it. Always remember to store it in the fridge when opened. It’s fine to use the serum after 7th day if it’s just a mild yellowish tone.

  45. Yan says:

    Hi Shirleen
    Its me again. I just bought trial size of SK-ll FTE and small size of cellumination essence. Can i ask how do i add it into my current skin routine.

    Day:
    Bod White Tea Cleansing Gel
    Madara Deep Balance Toner
    Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid
    Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Conc Serum
    Sofina Beaute whitening Emulsion lll
    Shiseido Sunblock SPF27 PA++

    Night:
    Bod White Tea Cleansing Gel
    Madara Deep Balance Toner
    Paula’s Choice Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA OR Paula’s Choice Weekly Resurfacing Treatment w/10% AHA
    Sisley Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence with Vitamin C
    Paula’s Choice Intensive wrinkle-repair retinol repair serum
    Clarins Whitening Night Cream

  46. Shirleen says:

    Hi Yan,

    You can incorporate SKII FTE after Madara Deep Balance Toner at night and use cellumination essence after PC Super Antioxidant Conc Serum in the day.

  47. Dor says:

    Hi SHirleen, Im leaving a message to say Thank you very much for sharing your honest opinions. Rrecently wanted to try new products and went aheaad to try the Paula Choice BHA as I have oily skin. Prior to that I have never heard of this brand. I must say after using for 3 days, I am really satisfied by the rsults. obviously smoother and softer skin each morning. I have tried two types of saloon bought peeling products before to treat my acne scars, including dermaflora and I.D. and the I.D. shed off my skin quite harshly without improving the texture and for the Dermaflora, after a while, the products also stopped working and the prices are overpriced. The PC does the exofliation very gently and it does not make my skin dehydrated at all, and really affordable. FYI, i also use SIMPLE refreshing cleanser because I love the gel texture and prefer it to cream based cleansers.

  48. Shirleen says:

    Hi Dor,

    It’s my pleasure. :-)

    Thanks so much for sharing your products experience with us.

    Yes I also extremely love the non-foaming gel-like texture of the SIMPLE refreshing cleanser gel too! The best cleanser I’ve used so far!

  49. Janet says:

    HI Shirleen, can you please help me? I’m in my early thirties but am faced with pimply skin. My complexion was perfect when I was pregnant. Thereafter it has become pimply. I think it might be because of bad make up removal. Currently I’m using thefaceshop products. Should I change to all the products that you have recommended or can I continue with what I have?

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Janet,

      I’m not too sure if your skin problem is due to your current skincare products or likely hormonal changes after giving birth. You need to find out the actual cause of your skin problem before making any changes of your current regimen. Check if your products contain alcohol denat? What make up removal are you using now?

      • Janet says:

        Hi Shirleen, thanks for replying. I’m using thefaceshop brightening cleansing oil before the rice water bright cleansing foam to remove make up.. Anyway, I stopped applying make up now. Just want to have clear skin first.

  50. Aireen says:

    HI Shirleen. can you please help me. my mom’s birthday is coming up and i wanted to give her a set of skincare products. i decided to buy her SKII product but i dont know if its good for her skin type or not. she have dry skin, big pores but she rarely get acne. she’s 41 this year and i hope you will respond fast. thank you.

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Aireen,

      I guess it should be alright unless she’s one of the very few people who is allergy to yeast. StemPower Essence may help to improve her enlarged pores.

      • Aireen says:

        Can i talk about my skin now. I really wanted to try the SKII product too but im 13. i dont know if im a little to young to use this product but if i cant use it, maybe u can recommend me something else. currently im using the nivea pore minimizer set and a neutrogena moisterizer. i really take care of my skin well but i wanted to try something new. can u give me a korean skincare routine because i love those korean girls having nice smooth skin. i have combination skin. i rarely get acne. my face shape is a little round, can you give me some massage routine steps that can make face a little bit slimmer and sharper. i always have a healthy diet. i rarely eat snacks that can cause bloating i rarely eat ramen. my weight is 50kg and im 162cm tall. when i lose weight my face rarely get smaller. i dont know if this is baby fat or what but i hope you can give some tips than can make my face smaller and my skin more radiant and if theres any tips about a more healthy diet i will follow them everyday. and thanks again for your fast reply.

  51. Tina says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    I am longing for a radiance & spot free skin
    My skincare routines manage to get my skin moist but still not able to reduce the spot at both of my cheeks.
    Can you suggest the whitening range that works based on your experience?
    Btw I am 37 years old.

    AM
    Ginvera Nutri White Marvel Gel (exfoliate)
    Ginvera Nutri White Hydrasoft Cleanser
    Hada Labo Whitening Lotion (toner)
    Anti-aging eye treatment (Origins Plantscription™)
    Anti-aging serum (Origins Plantscription™)
    Anti–aging cream (Origins Plantscription™)
    Hada Labo Whitening UV Milk with SPF50 PA+++
    Clinique CC cream SPF30 PA+++
    Dior Loose Powder

    PM
    Ginvera Nutri White Marvel Gel (exfoliate)
    Ginvera Nutri White Hydrasoft Cleanser
    Hada Labo Whitening Lotion (toner)
    Anti-aging eye treatment (Origins Plantscription™)
    Skin illuminating serum (Origins Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins™ Mega-Bright)
    Skin illuminating moisturizer (Origins Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins™ Mega-Bright)

    Weekly Treatment
    For Beloved One-Night Gel Mask (green gel)

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Tina,

      Currently, there are two whitening products – Sisley Vitamin C Serum and Haku Melanofocus W – I love very much however one has been discontinued and the other is only available in Japan. I’m still trying to source for a good whitening serum. A good sunscreen is very important to prevent new spots, I’m currently using the Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets UV Shield SPF50 PA++++.

      • Tina says:

        Tq tq tq Shirleen for sharing..I may try YSL once finish current Hada Labo sunscreen…
        Btw, I found so much useful info from your blog & really love the review etc etc…wish you keep up the good work
        C ya in the next review :) ))

  52. Yani says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    I would like to know is my daily step and product combination below are correct ?
    I am 38 years (combination skin, acne prone).

    AM
    1) cleanser PC’s Skin Balancing
    2) Toner PC’s Skin Balancing
    3) exfoliating SP 2% or 1% BHA
    4) resist ultralight super antioxidant serum
    5) resist anti aging clear skin hydrator
    6) Sunscreen daily matt lotion
    7) sometime added with sunscreen ROC soleil protexil SPF 50+
    8) loose powder

    PM
    1) Cleanser PC’s Skin Balancing
    2) Toner PC’s Skin Balancing
    3) exfoliating AHA 8% gel;
    4) resist anti aging clear skin hydrator
    5) resist RESIST Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum

    thank you for your advice

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Yani,

      For the PM routine, you may want to swop the skin hydrator and Antioxidant Concentrate Serum.

      • Yani says:

        Hi Shirleen,
        Many thanks for your advice.
        How if sometime I will use Resist BHA9 for my brown spots, is it just change the exfoliant AHA 8% to Resit BHA9? or change the PM exfoliant to BHA 2%/1% then use Resist BHA 9 as below :
        1) Cleanser PC’s Skin Balancing
        2) Toner PC’s Skin Balancing
        3) exfloliant (BHA 1% or 2%) + Resist BHA 9 or just Resist BHA 9
        4) resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum
        5) resist anti aging clear skin hydrator
        or just stop at step 3 without Serum and clear skin hydrator?

        Again, thank you for your advice.

        • Shirleen says:

          Hi Yani,

          I will prefer you to use just one, exfoliant or Resist, regardless is AHA or BHA. You can still follow up with the antioxidant serum and hydrator.

  53. Siyu says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    I happened upon your blog when I was researching reviews for SK II Facial Treatment Essence for I heard rumors about your face conditions will worsen if you stop using it. I must say your advice about it (FTE) has been a godsend to me. Anyway, this is not I wanted to ask your advise on.

    I have been reading some of your entries and have realized that the current products I am using are not very good for my facial skin.

    I am currently using Biotherm aquasource series (cleanser, toner, moisturizer), with on top a sunblock Biotherm UV Supra D-Tox Spf 50. Where I just known that they contain alcohol, which according to you is a no-no. So can you recommend me some good products for me?

    For your info, I have sensitive skin, have acne once in while (which I believe due to hormones and sometimes burning midnight oil), and my skin gets very oily and shiny at the end of the day (as my working environment is under very tough conditions: hot, dusty= construction site). I am in my mid 20s.

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Siyu,

      Since you are working in a harsh environment, you may want to start incorporate an antioxidant serum (to combat free radicals), hydrating products (may help control oily skin and provide many benefits) or product that can help improve your skin’s barrier function (improve skin sensitivity and achieve a healthy skin).

      Antioxidant serum : Paula’s Choice RESIST Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum, Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-aging Daily Serum or Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

      Hydrating products : Belif True Cream-Aqua Bomb & Cream-Moisturizing Bomb, Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque, Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer

      Improve Skin’s barrier function : Estee Lauder Micro Essence, Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Gold Ultra Capsule

      Products that contain alcohol may cause your skin getting oilier, dry and sensitive. Apply an antioxidant prior the sunscreen can help neutralize the free radical damage hence delaying your skin aging.

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