This post is partnered with Clarins, but all the opinions are my own.
Happy Chinese New Year to you all! Technically, today is the Lunar New Year’s Eve. But for Chinese people, the Eve is when the biggest celebration happens. Tonight, I will cook a storm in my kitchen with family and light up some fireworks afterward.
In traditional Chinese culture, after the Lunar New Year, everyone is one year older. So that means, I will be 45 years old tomorrow!! Really?! Already 45? That means I will be 50s soon. Oh, I better stop right here before I go crazy. But I don’t feel like I am 45, I feel like I am barely in my 30s, lol. It feels really good when I look at myself in the mirror, and I do look like I’m in my 30s as well. I still get carded a few times a year. Lucky me!
One of the factors that helped me look much younger than my actual age is serum!
I started to use a serum when I was 35 years old. Now when I look back to the old photos of mine, I realized that my aging process pretty much stopped right at 35 years old. In fact, I even look younger now compared with some of my early 30s photos. Isn’t that just so cool that you grow younger? I wish I have known this when I was 25, that way, I can keep being 25 forever, right? Lol!
Since I got my convertible car, the last two summers I have cruised under the sun a lot. Of course, I used sunscreen daily but I still noticed some dark spots caused by the sun damage. My skin tone is not as even as before. SOS! This winter, I tried this Mission Perfection Serum from Clarins to correct the dark spots and get a more even, luminous skin. #SerumSOS
I use this Mission Perfection Serum twice daily after I clean my face, then tone. I apply a small amount into the palm of my hand. Then I warm between hands before gently pressing into my skin, applying on my face, neck, and décolleté.
Serums work best when used with moisturizer applied afterward. If you only use a serum on its own it is not going to produce the best results you can get. Think of a serum as the “vitamin” and the moisturizer after as your “sealer”. A serum has smaller molecules to get deep in the layers of skin and the moisturizer “locks it in” and provides hydration needed.
I have used this serum for more than one month and it works very well on me. I noticed it is lightening the sun spots on my face. In fact, just after only a few days, I noticed a difference in my skin. Red spots are lightening and I see a boost in luminosity. But usually, it needs 28 days to see the full effects because it takes about 28 days for skin cells to turn over.
I am not much of a makeup junkie, but I am defiantly a skincare junkie. Lol. So below is my daytime and nighttime skincare routine for your reference. By the way, I truly believe for a healthier and younger looking skin just like everything else in your life, you have to work hard to get your desired results. So don’t be lazy! 😉
My Daytime Routine:
The morning routine is all about protection from the sun, pollution, and the elements, so leave your peel pads and treatment products for the night.
STEP 1: CLEANSER
STEP 2: TONER
STEP 3: SERUM FOR EYES
STEP 4: SERUM FOR FACE
STEP 5: FACIAL MOISTURIZER AND NECK CREAM
STEP 6: EYE CREAM
Step 7: SUNSCREEN
And then primer, foundation and the whole line of makeup routine.
My Nighttime Routine:
As our skin naturally repairs itself at night, my nighttime routine is all about treatment and giving my skin what it needs.
STEP 1: (DOUBLE) CLEANSER, I use makeup remover first then use the gentle cleanser.
STEP 2: TONERS, ESSENCES AND BOOSTERS
STEP 3: SERUM FOR EYES
STEP 4: NIGHT SERUM FOR FACE
STEP 5: NIGHT FACIAL MOISTURIZER AND NECK CREAM
STEP 6: EYE CREAM
Step 7: FACIAL SLEEP MASK AND LIP SLEEP MASK
Now you know my beauty secrets! Lol! Whether you’re looking to minimize pores, diminish dark spots, or defeat fine lines, it’s time to make serum a staple in your skincare routine and reclaim your glow! Not sure what serum to use? You can take the serum finder quiz to find your serum match! You can find several type of serums at Clarins. Since this Mission Perfection Serum works pretty well on my skin, I am thinking to add the Double Serum into my nighttime routine to give my skin more anti-aging boost!
Overall, serum can penetrate deep into your skin to target specific concerns, revitalizing it from the inside out. And it helps the rest of your skincare work more effectively. Are you using serum now? Are you planning to add serum into your skincare routine? Share with us below! You can also watch my Instagram Stories for more details about this serum I am loving.
Photo credit: Grace Liang
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