Q: Out of nowhere, I just started getting really bad blackheads on my forehead, and I thought it was the BB cream I was using, so I stopped using it.. I even tried changing my skincare to see if it'd help, but it's just the same. I'm not sure what to do

— Anonymous

It could be due to congested skin. Have you been exfoliating regularly? Personally, I find it necessary to exfoliate more often in the summer time. I’d recommend looking into a mild chemical exfoliant containing AHA/BHA because those tend to work better for the forehead. I have a blog post on skin care acids that you might find helpful. Good luck!

-Karen

Anti-Aging Tips for Early 20s




When you are in your teens or early 20s, anti-aging is more about prevention rather than treatment. There’s no need to spend a lot of money on expensive products as long as you use sunscreen, facial oil, and moisturizer.
Sunscreen: If you wear sunscreen religiously everyday in your early 20s, you will thank yourself later on. For the face, try to use a liquid sunscreen that’s light-weight so it won’t leave a thick or sticky residue. My favorite is the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence (review). This sunscreen also serves as a great makeup base.
Argan Oil (or another beauty oil of your choice): Don’t break the bank to buy expensive serums or eye creams when you are young. Just use a pure organic oil, such as the Pura D’or Argan Oil (review), as your facial oil and eye treatment. With just 1-2 pumps per day, my acne scars have lightened quickly and significantly. Around my eye area, I lightly apply some argan oil once every other day for hydration.
Moisturizer: Simply moisturizing your skin regularly can keep the skin looking firm and plump. When applying moisturizer to your face, don’t forget about the neck! My neck is quite long so it gets wrinkles very easily. Looking for moisturizing products with the following ingredients:
Hyaluronic Acid: This is probably one of the most popular skincare ingredients used in Asian cosmetics, particularly Japanese skincare products (Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion). Hyaluronic acid is a substance that’s naturally present in the human body. It can help lock in the moisture and make the moisturizer more long-lasting.
Ceramides: They are a major component in surface skin structure. They serve as part of the “glue” that holds surface skin cells together. Products containing ceramides help to keep the skin hydrated and prevent wrinkles from forming. I really enjoy the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid & Cream (review).
-Karen
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Anti-Aging Tips for Early 20s

When you are in your teens or early 20s, anti-aging is more about prevention rather than treatment. There’s no need to spend a lot of money on expensive products as long as you use sunscreen, facial oil, and moisturizer.

Sunscreen: If you wear sunscreen religiously everyday in your early 20s, you will thank yourself later on. For the face, try to use a liquid sunscreen that’s light-weight so it won’t leave a thick or sticky residue. My favorite is the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence (review). This sunscreen also serves as a great makeup base.

Argan Oil (or another beauty oil of your choice): Don’t break the bank to buy expensive serums or eye creams when you are young. Just use a pure organic oil, such as the Pura D’or Argan Oil (review), as your facial oil and eye treatment. With just 1-2 pumps per day, my acne scars have lightened quickly and significantly. Around my eye area, I lightly apply some argan oil once every other day for hydration.

Moisturizer: Simply moisturizing your skin regularly can keep the skin looking firm and plump. When applying moisturizer to your face, don’t forget about the neck! My neck is quite long so it gets wrinkles very easily. Looking for moisturizing products with the following ingredients:

  • Hyaluronic Acid: This is probably one of the most popular skincare ingredients used in Asian cosmetics, particularly Japanese skincare products (Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion). Hyaluronic acid is a substance that’s naturally present in the human body. It can help lock in the moisture and make the moisturizer more long-lasting.
  • Ceramides: They are a major component in surface skin structure. They serve as part of the “glue” that holds surface skin cells together. Products containing ceramides help to keep the skin hydrated and prevent wrinkles from forming. I really enjoy the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid & Cream (review).

-Karen

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Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel

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This is one of Mario Badescu’s best selling cleansers and it is also one of the most gentle cleansers they have to offer. It’s a non-foaming gel cleanser that’s suitable for all skin types. It works very well with the Clarisonic. As you can see from the photos above, this cleanser does not remove makeup very well. It’s best suited for the morning time or second step during double cleansing.

Because this cleanser is so gentle, the chemical exfoliating properties of the papaya and grapefruit extracts (containing AHAs) are questionable. My skin needs something a bit stronger to treat dull, congested skin. But compare to the Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser (their other best selling AHA cleanser), I personally enjoy the Enzyme Cleansing Gel much more because the entire glycolic line is too drying for my skin.

I would highly recommend this cleanser to everyone. It’s affordable, gentle, and suitable for all skin types.

This product is available at: Ulta, Nordstrom, and Mario Badescu website

-Karen

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