Five Minutes Skincare for Men

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I have received this question: How much time do I need for my skincare? 5 minutes, 10 minutes or 20 minutes? My thought is not how much time you need but what your skin concerns are and if you are using the right products for you skin conditions.

I like to share some of the budget friendly skin care for Combination Skin Condition: But first what is combination skin? Usually, it means you don’t have dryness or redness on your skin, you will feel a little oily on the face, especially on the T zone after lunch. No major issues of your skin.  I found these products from Sephora.com. I like their website because you select the best products based on your skin conditions and there are mnay options and reviews on their products.

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Cleanser for day and night: Anthony Algae Facial Cleanser $36 8oz :
A gentle cleanser that moisturizes and calms the skin, leaving it feeling soft and refreshed. Algae cleanses and refreshes while extracts of azulene, lavender, and rose hip oil calm and sooth. Ideal for dry, sensitive, or mature skin, skin looks and feels fresh, smooth, and healthy.

Mr. Jan’s thought: No need to have day and night face wash, that’s just too much for men.  I love the fact it’s a very large bottle and lasts for a long time. You can even shave with this cleanser.

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Face Lotion:
Day: Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 $28 3.3oz
A multitasking daily moisturizer that acts as a broad-spectrum sunscreen and an advanced facial treatment. It contains blue algae extract to keep skin supple and reduce inflammation along with sea parsley, which contains a combination of naturally occurring vitamins A and C and minerals to improve skin’s overall appearance. UVA and UVB protection plus potent antioxidants help shield skin from premature aging due to sun exposure.

Mr. Jan’s thought: Always use SPF during the day. I love face lotion with SPF together. It saves time and money.

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Night: Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10 percent Moisturizer $45 2.0oz
A luxurious facial cream that features a gentle, patented time-release form of glycolic acid and helps to produce a beautiful, fresh, youthful-looking complexion. It helps clarify the skin and smooth away a rough texture, leaving it looking refined and revitalized.

Mr. Jan’s thoughts: The glycolic acid 10% is perfect to use at night before you go to sleep. It will help exfoliate the surface of the skin.

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Eye Lotion: Anthony High Performance Continuous Moisture Eye Cream $38 0.75oz
An advanced, time-released, cream formula that helps prevent premature aging around the delicate eye area. The eye cream fueled with arnica and allantonin to help stimulate circulation and reduce puffiness, and is infused with jojoba oil, shea butter, squalane, and carrot root to provide maximum hydration. vitamins A, C, and E protect, firm, and help diminish the appearance of fine lines and dark circles.

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Target Treatment:  The Art of Shaving Facial Scrub – Peppermint Essential Oil $25 3.0oz
An effective face scrub enriched with refreshing peppermint oil. This must-have Facial Scrub gently exfoliates the skin’s surface as it deeply cleanses pores. It’s formulated with peppermint essential oil, white kaolin clay, and lavender essential oil to refresh skin and leave it delicately scented.

Mr. Jan’s thought: 3 time a week you should scrub to polish the skin, but I would  suggest do this at night, if you use this in the morning it may irraites the skin after you shave.

All products informations were taking from the Sephora.com

 

 

Mother’s Day Luxury Gifts Recommendations

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I want to shared with you a few of my favorite luxury skin care products and fragrance for someone special in your life! How do I celebrate Mother’s Day? Well, everyday is a special day and it’s not just today. The products I recommend today are also what I have been using for long time.

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1. SK-II Facial Treatment Mask 10pk $135
“A luxurious facial mask with an indulgent concentration of Pitera™ in a single application. Your skin is immediately and exceptionally immersed in moisturization, resulting in a visibly radiant and crystal clear complexion.
Texture: Soft and luxurious, each cotton mask is generously soaked with Pitera™ for maximum delivery to the skin.
At a Glance: An indulgent dose of Pitera™ in one mask for an instant boost in your skin’s suppleness and translucency.”

My Thoughts: 
One of best facial masks I’ve ever used. In just one time, you will see the transformation of the skin and provides more hydration, radiance, smoother and softer skin. I would recommend use the face mask at least 1x a week.

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2. SK-II LXP Ultimate Revival Essence 5 oz $305
“This precious skin enhancing essence is infused with SK-II’s Highest Concentrated Pitera and Centella Essence to strengthen your skin’s resilience, while drenching it with an intensive boost of moisture. Your skin is firmer, smoother and more radiant.
Texture: Ultra-light liquid essence that is instantly absorbed by your skin.
At a Glance: This precious essence drenches your skin with an intensive boost of moisture for a firmer, smoother, more radiant looking complexion.”

My Thoughts :
I use this beauty essence daily at night over toner before serum. I use it especially when I am traveling. It offers intensive hydration and my skin feel so supple.

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3. La Mer The Intensive Revitalizing Mask 2.5 oz $160
“This energizing mask instantly revitalizes the skin and helps promote its natural renewal process. The Vitality Ferment drenches skin in hydration, plumping skin from within. Instantly, skin looks healthy, resilient and glowing- infused with life.”

My Thoughts:
The best sleep mask ever!! I have dry skin so I use this mask over my night cream when I am traveling. Next day, my skin looks and feels great!

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4. Sisley paris Black Rose Precious Face Oil 0.84 oz $235
“Black Rose Precious Face Oil is a satin-smooth dry oil that prepares, nourishes, moisturizes and diminishes the appearance of fine lines. An essential in the daily care of dry or mature skin, this product contains legendary Black Rose oil and an exquisite combination of essences and natural active ingredients with repairing and stimulating properties that give skin a healthy glow.”

My Thoughts:
Talk about luxury skin care! This precious face oil makes my fine lines less noticable and the best part is it’s not oily at all. I like to mix this with my moisturizer at night. I have been trying different brands, but most of the time they are just too oily for me.

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5. Darphin Nourishing Satin Oil 3.4 oz  $45
“A nectar of nourishment, its formula brings to the skin a perfect balance of fatty acids; nourished, it reveals all of its softness. A powerful anti – oxidant , red ginger essential oil enhances the formula.”

My Thoughts:
This body oil is not greasy at all. In fact, it makes your skin feel super soft. But always make sure you exfoliate your body 1x a week before you apply the oil. If you still feel dry, you can layer with additional body cream over the dry area.

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6. Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Drops 2.5 oz $101
“Dolce Floral Drops’ elegant packaging is reminiscent of a vintage fragrance flacon. The flower cap pays tribute to Sicilian customs, the original design handcrafted to portray the marzipan sculptures seen in traditional confections. Dolce signed in a flourish of black script, a replica of Domenico Dolce’s father’s own signature underscored by a graphic twist of thin black grosgrain ribbon.

A lighter version of Dolce, neroli leaves replacing papaya flower at the top. White Amaryllis, Daffodil, Water Lily, Cashmeran, Musky Notes and Sandalwood. Made in UK.”

My Thoughts:
Overall, this has a very light scent and is not overpowering. I think most women want to wear something that smells natural and can become more of personal scent when they wear it. This is definitely one of those scents.

All products info were from Saks.com or NeimanMarcus.com

Skin Care Tips in 2 Minutes

Last week I posted the first video from my new series, “Skin Care Tips In Two Minutes”. This video blog is intended to share and answer questions you may have in a quick and informative two minute video. I will share quick and easy tips that will fit any lifestyle! Leave your skin care questions in the commend area and you just may see you question answered in the series.

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La Prairie Skin Caviar Eye Lift Cream Review

the_caviar_collection_collection-dp-h2-en_US-1280By now, you know I love luxury skin care brands! I strongly feel that the more I try different brands the better I will be able to share my experiences with you.  There are many new products that are launched every month but today I am going to share an existing product from La Prairie.

1987 La Praire creates the first phenomenon by introducing the Skin Caviar, the encapsulated delivery system containing the Caviar Pearls.  20 years later, The Skin Caviar Eye Lift Cream was launched despite the many new eye creams available. This is still one of best seller in luxury brands.  This eye cream helps to target seven concerns around the eyes: fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, loss of elasticity , puffiness, dark circle and dryness.

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This eye cream addresses the 3 areas:

1. Lifting and Firming : 3 dimensional protein network, firm, lift and tightens. Caviar extracts, biopolymer of sweet almond proteins, marines lifting complex , bio mimetic peptide and extracellular matrix tripeptide work together for maximum lifting  and firming.

2. Hydrating : Moisture complex imparts 24 hours hydration. Botanical root, rich in potassium, boosts hydration.

3. Brightening and Smoothing: Restorative algae extract. Inhibits the appearance of dark circles.

The texture feels rich but not heavy. Very little amount will allow you cover entire the eye area. I would suggest using this eye cream at night (as you should use the best products you have at night) allowing deeper penetration.

The packaging is beautiful. You will just have to watch my video to see their attention to details!

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This Eye cream is 20ml/0.68 oz $320 can you call this luxury !

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YSL Forever Youth Liberator Products Review

9.17_YSL-FYL-Landing-SiteUpdate-v1YSL Forever Youth Liberator Collection, doesn’t that name sounds an amazing? I am sure everyone on this planet wants a fountain of youth or long lasting beauty. Personally, I know if we take good care of our skin, body and mind, you will see a delay of aging process. Unfortunately, too many people don’t even spend time taking care their skin left alone taking care of their body and mind. So, if you want long lasting beauty you must do the following:

1. Believing in yourself: That’s right! It’s a very simple thing called believing in yourself will change everything in your life.

2. Spend time on your skin: If you spend less than 2 mintues to take care your skin, we have problem. I would recommend starting and ending your day with a cleanse, toner, moisturizer  SPF for day and masking at night.

3. Balance healthy life style: Eat lots green and dark color fruits for antioxidant and exercise!

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Forever Youth Liberator collection contains anti aging ingredients call Glycanatif which will restore your skin’s youthful beauty. Your skin will look instantly more luminous and soft. Skin will feel more supple and visibly improve after one month of use.  As always, I purchased the trial set first, includes Cleansing Foam 0.7 oz. Night Cream 0.2 oz. Serum 1.0 oz and eye serum 0.5 oz. The Eye serum is a full size which costs $120 and the face serum also full size costs $155 but the kit I purchased is only $180 on their company website. The trail kit is not only a great deal but also great way to first experience the line.

Of all 4 products, I like the night cream the best! Simply because it doesn’t have too much perfume. I am very disappointed in the face serum for 2 reasons. The strong perfume scent and the medicine dropper does not work very well. The Eye serum however is smell little less fragranced and the dropper works a little better.

Check out my youtube channel for YSL Forever Youth Liberator review below.

 

 

 

Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale

I get this question all the time, “What product should I get when I am trying “X” brand for the first time?” I never suggest to purchase a full line because it can be very pricey and it may not even work with your skin. I recommend to purchase a trial set or travel set before you invest too much and they usually will cost 50% less than full sizes.

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I heard much buzz about Guerlain’s Orchidee Imperiale because out of the 30,000 different Orchidee in the words, only three were used in the skin care plus a new Gold Orchid  that regenerates cell life. How can I not try it 🙂 I purchased the Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Voyage (travel set ) which includes the Exceptional Complete Care Cream 15ml/0.50fl, Exceptional Complete Care Longevity Concentrate 10ml/0.33oz, and Exceptional Complete Care Eye and Lip Cream 7ml/0.23oz.

1. Exceptional Complete Care Cream 1.7oz retailed at $445.00 is the 3rd generation in the line. Anytime a product goes through a major upgrade and receives great reviews, it is most likely selling very well. Something to consider when you are checking out new brands. This face cream will help revitalize and renew your skin giving you a younger look. The cream recovers skins density, firmness and elasticity.

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2. Exceptional Complete Care Longevity Concentrate 1.0oz retailed at $498.00 works on all visible signs of aging quickly and intensely. The formula restores the skin to a more youthful look. The cream melts into the skin.

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3. Exceptional Complete Care Eye and Lip Cream 0.5oz retailed at $200.00 enhanced with the revitalizing gold orchid technolgy which will reduce fine lines, puffiness and dark circle under the eyes. You can also use it around the lips! Honestly, any eye cream can be applied to the lips area.

So, check out a trial set or travel kit before investing in a new brand!

 

My Night Time Regimen SK-II LXP Collection

“What’s my night time regimen?” is the question I get asked a lot. My answer depends on my current skin conditions. Three conditions affect my night regiment 1. When I am traveling 2. After traveling and 3. When I am not traveling . Today, I want to share what I use at night when I am at home and not traveling.

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SK-II LXP Collection is the most luxurious collection in SK-II. Why ? This collection contains 8x concentrate of Pitera and 15 ingredients plus more. I would say this collection is perfect for night treatment. After cleansing and toning my face, I will apply LXP Ultimate Revival Essence with cotton pads and press on my face for one minute or longer. This liquid Essence will help to promote a healthy skin barrier function, improve skin resilience and hydration. Sometimes, I will even use a pad cotton pad and saturate it with LXP Ultimate Revival Essence and use it as a mini mask pad for extra care. Next, I use the LXP Ultimate Revival Serum. This serum helps improve skin texture & softness and fights signs of aging. What I love about this serum is that it super hydrates your skin but does not make your skin oily. However, you should avoid delicate areas like the eyes (especially for sensitive eyes).

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LXP Ultimate Perfecting Eye Cream is not available in Western hemisphere but I am lucky to have my mom bring it back from Japan. This eye cream texture so light and penetrates into the skin quickly. The worse thing that can happened to eye cream is for it to just sit on top of the skin.

The last step of my night treatment is LXP Ultimate Revival Cream. This luxurious moisturzer works to enhance skin’s vitality and strengthen skin’s moisture barrier while keeping your skin hydrated overnight. It contains the 15 ingredients, 8x concentrate of Pitera and Rose Absolute. You should first massage the cream in your hand and inhale the Rose Absolute then press upward on your skin. Here is a little tip for an emergency booster. You can apply a thicker layer of the cream and use it as a mask (no rubbing since it’s content is too rich and may clog pores!) for 3 minutes , wash it off with water, and apply moisturizer as usual.

 

Skin Care Essentials, Your Questions and Steve’s Answers

The Skin Care Essentials series was a huge success, thanks to all of our amazing YouTube subscribers! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all of your support. Keep watching we have some great videos coming!

In this last episode of Skin Care Essentials, I respond to the excellent questions from my YouTube subscribers. I am sure many of you have similar concerns, so I decided to address these questions in a video for everyone.