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

 

 

Fresh Black Tea Collection

More and more western skin care brands are using Asian remedy as new ingredients. Fresh recently launch a new collection “Black Tea”. I purchased the Age Delay Eye Concentrate and Instant Perfecting Mask . Here are my thoughts on these products.

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Instant Perfecting Mask
When you first open the bottle you’d think you need to apply a very dense cream, but it turn out to be a very cooling and light weight  mask. The mask provides a hydration to the skin, but I would recommend you apply very thick layer to seal the skin better without it quickly drying out (see picture below for reference). The mask also make your skin feel cooling and tickle a little.

TIP: Any time I use any mask I always  apply eye cream around my eye first. The reason is that the mask will pull your skin down and most the mask will tell you avoid eye area ! Therefore apply eye cream before the mask to create a barrier so the mask not pull my eye area. After rise the mask off my face still feel tickling I would say this mask is perfect for hot summer day.

Age Delay Eye Concentrate
I used it for few days and I didn’t see any difference. It hydrates the eye area but I didn’t feel any firming. So I feel this is more for preventatives. I know most the skin care ask you to use for 30 days or longer to see a results, but be honest I have tried some skin care products and you can see results with in 3 days. Also, I didn’t smell the Tea scent in both the mask and eye cream which was a disappointment. I wish I can smell the tea scent . I listed all the products from Black tea collection with a brief info from their company website for your reference .

“Tea is the world’s most ancient remedy. It was discovered thousands of years ago in China, whose people cultivated its use as a medicine, as a ritual, as an art form. Tea has a rich history and an even deeper meaning for us because of our Russian heritage, as it is an enormous part of our own culture.”   —Lev & Alina, Fresh Founders

KEY INGREDIENT

  • Black tea ferment is an advanced antioxidant that helps to defend against wrinkle-causing free radicals** while softening, smoothing, and enhancing luster.

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BLACK TEA INSTANT PERFECTING MASK
A hydrating treatment that immediately reveals softer, firmer, healthier-looking skin. 100ml for $88

BLACK TEA AGE-DELAY CREAM
A face cream with advanced antioxidants that is proven to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and firm, smooth, and retextures the skin. 50ml for $95

BLACK TEA AGE-DELAY EYE CONCENTRATE
An advanced eye treatment that diminishes and prevents signs of aging while moisturizing and visibly firming the eye area. 15ml for $85

BLACK TEA AGE-DELAY SERUM
A firming treatment proven to diminish the signs of aging, protect from future damage, and provide 24 hours of supreme moisture. 30ml for $85

BLACK TEA AGE-DELAY INSTANT INFUSION
An advanced treatment toner that’s proven to provide 24 hours of moisture while evening skin tone and refining skin texture. 120ml for $48

*images and information provided from www.fresh.com

 

Cl’e de peau BEAUTE Illuminating Concentrate Review

If you ask: if I can only take one skin care product with me when I travel, what would that be ? I can tell you “mask”. I am a strong believer in masks. In fact, I use SK-II Facial Treatment Mask 5x a week. Mask is the only reason why my skin looks as good as it does.

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Cl’e de peau Illuminating Concentrate is a 3 step intensive treatment mask and delivers instant radiance to the skin.

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Step 1: Lotion – free skin form old cells. A refreshing lotion helps to removes old skin cells and prepare your skin for next step.

Step 2: Essence – infuses skin with a radiance. This serum essence creates instant luminosity and makes your skin look and feel soft.

Step 3: Mask – optimizes radiance and revitalizes skin. This soothing mask is instilled with a unique beauty gel that locks in the benefits of essence for more and long lasting radiance.

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After applying this mask for 10 minutes, my skin really looks and feels soft and radiant. Of the 3 steps, I really enjoyed step 2: Essence. I wish they sell this essence by itself because I think the most powerful item of this treatment is step 2: Essence. As far as the results, it lasts about 2 days for me which is standard so I am happy with this mask.

 

 

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 !

Check out my Youtube video below

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 Collections

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 Series, Episode 1, Skin Conditions is on YouTube!

I am so happy to report that the first episode of my Skin Care Essentials series has been uploaded to YouTube! This episode is designed to help you determine your skin condition. Determining your “skin condition” is the initial and most important step in your quest to purchase the correct skin care products.