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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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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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Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darlings

This kit has been out for quite a while but I didn’t get a chance to try it out until a few months ago. I’ve always been fond of the packaging for Too Faced products. But the quality isn’t always consistent.

Chocolate Soleil Bronzer (0.14 oz)

This is my favorite product in the set. Considering that I don’t use bronzer everyday, this is saying a lot. Like everyone has mentioned, this bronzer smells so~ yummy. Using it in the morning actually makes me hungry :P I like how this bronzer is pigmented enough to show up on my skin without looking too orange or dirty.

Primed & Poreless Face Primer (0.17 oz)

This primer felt a bit more oily than expected. The texture made me worry because I tend to go for matte finish primers. But this primer was able to keep my base makeup on my face for a good 5 hours. It’s not bad but I probably won’t be purchasing the full size.

Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer (0.17 oz)

This is the only Too Faced product that I’ve used prior to this kit. I actually really enjoyed my sample so I thought I would like this deluxe size version as well. But for some reason my eyelids have been really oily lately (partially due to the humidity?) and it seems like nothing can stop my eye makeup from smudging and disappearing. Having hooded eyelids make the situation more problematic on a whole new level. My eyeshadow would crease and disappear, and even my trustworthy Stila Liquid Eyeliner smudges after 2 hours. I’m going to take a break from using this primer and give it another chance when the weather gets drier.

Better Than Sex Mascara (0.17 oz)

It seems like most users have a love-hate relationship with this mascara. I personally love how it makes my lashes look full and separated. It does not clump or make spider-y lashes. But this mascara smudges like crazy under my eyes. I always “blot” my lashes right after applying mascara to get rid of the excess product. But it still smudges within an hour. The formula of this mascara reminds me of Maybelline The Falsies. I know a lot of people love that mascara but I personally can’t use it because it gives me raccoon eyes after 2 hours.

I think this is a nice introductory kit to Too Faced products if you are new to the brand. These products have a lot of potential but some are very ineffective for oily and combination skin users.

This kit is available at Sephora and Too Faced Official Website

-Karen

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