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.
My 12 beauty secrets
First thing I wake up in the morning is to drink a glass of water before heading to the toilet.
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).
I don’t smoke and drink.
I refrain from eating too much fried foods.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
My current DAY skin care routine
Lotion (testing SKII Treatment Essence now) >> antioxidant serum >> light-weight day moisturizer (for face & eye area) >> sunscreen
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.