The Art Of Aging Gracefully | Clozette


Aging is an inevitable part of anyone’s life. While some dread the thought of it, others see the beauty in it — especially when you embrace it with grace and gratitude. But it does seem easier said than done. So we asked the help of two women who have embraced the new season in their life — Joyce Tan, a jeweller, and Natasha Goh, a realtor — to share their journey.


Natasha Goh on THEFACESHOP Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating series


Armed with poise, wit and the newly improved THEFACESHOP Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating Series — which contains 12 traditional herbs and vitalising ingredients-rich “Bo-yoon-dan” complex that penetrate deep into the skin to reveal radiance, restore balance and improve resilience — here’s what they have to say.


Natasha, 38


“I’m 38, and yes, am comfortable with my age. I sometimes forget how old I am. Over time, I have learned that life is transient. So we should learn to love life for all the imperfections; treasure the good whilst it lasts, and never despair, as bad times likewise aren’t forever.

To me, ageing gracefully is learning to take care of oneself without hopelessly clinging to lost youth, and taking care of your body and skin without unrealistic expectations of looking 21 again.



To ensure I enjoy as I age, I see to it that I cleanse my face thoroughly at the end of the day, preferably clearing off makeup from my skin as soon as possible. And I try to mask frequently.

On my vanity right now is the THEFACESHOP's Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating series. The products in the line — the Ultimate Rejuvenating Toner, Ultimate Rejuvenating Emulsion, Ultimate Rejuvenating Serum, Ultimate Rejuvenating Eye Cream and Ultimate Rejuvenating Cream — hydrate my skin well and add a radiant glow even on days when I’m feeling tired.

I find the light ginseng scent comforting and invigorating at the same time; it’s familar to me and is something I associate with tonics and nourishing one’s body and skin.

I enjoy using the products in the morning as I find that they wake up my skin. The toner and serum are easily absorbed by the skin, leaving it feeling fresh and soft. The cream is quite rich so it’s perfect for locking in moisture after a deep hydrating mask.

This line would make the perfect gift for busy, tired mothers in need of a good pampering."

Joyce, 43


“I’m turning 44 this year and I’m perfectly comfortable talking about my age. I’ve learned so much from my experiences, but the one that’s close to my heart recently is that ‘the rainbow is just around the corner.’

As time goes by, I realised that aging gracefully is a state of mind. It means learning new things every day and staying curious. I read to learn about improving my skills as a jewellery maker and also actively go for courses to keep myself relevant. Talking about all sorts of stuff with my children and indulging their curious nature also help me age gracefully. When you have a keen and curious mind, you’ll never feel your age. That includes learning about how to take care of our physical self, too. So I enjoy experimenting with various types of workouts like spinning, pilates, HIIT and hiking.


Joyce Tan on THEFACESHOP Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating series


I also make sure that I keep to a regular skincare routine of toner, serum, moisturiser and sunblock (for daytime). I apply a face mask three times a week.

Right now I’m liking THEFACESHOP's Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating series. I like the scent of the products as it is very calming and soothing. The Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating Toner comes in a squirt bottle that is unlike the others I've used before. The squirt bottle makes it really easy to dispense the toner onto my cotton pad, which is a plus in my book. Its texture is also really more luxurious as compared to most other brands that I've used. 


The Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating Eye Cream is so generous in portion and I enjoy using it generously as well on my forehead lines aside from my undereyes. Some people don't like the fact that it's in a pot, stating hygiene reasons, but I've always preferred this packaging for eye cream and it allows me to take as much as I really need.

My favourite, however, is the Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating Serum, which has a smooth finish that glides on the skin and has a refreshing blend of ginseng and floral scents, because of its efficacy. It's moisturising and my skin feels very soft upon application and even the next morning.

The products in the range are easy to use. The moisturiser is rather rich so I would use that only at night but it’s plumped up my skin nicely! I will continue to use the serum and recommend it to my friends.”



Get THEFACESHOP's Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating series at THEFACESHOP outlets island-wide.

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When we hear the word “summer,” we’re immediately transported to images of gelato, milkshakes and other sweet treats that inspire cravings. And, yes, it also sends us the message of pure indulgence. If you’re looking for sweet treats without the extra calories, we say take the olfactory route.


Enjoy saccharine scents that inspire you to envelope yourself in fragrances that evoke happy energy and smiles through the limited-edition BVLGARI Omnia Collection. With vibrant colours inspired by Italians’ love of gelato and packaging that’s reminiscent of treats in a pasticcerie, you’ll have delightful fragrances to accompany great summer memories. #ChooseYourTreat from these delectable scents.

Omnia Crystalline


BVLGARI Omnia Crystalline


Like biting into a freshly picked fruit, engage in an affair with pear with this scent that’s ripe with crisp notes of Asian nashi. Crisply sweet but with a hint of freshness, this fragrance is something you won’t get tired of.

Omnia Coral


BVLGARI Omnia Coral


Imagine yourself taking a whiff of fresh florals while enjoying a bowl of a zesty fruit like pomegranate. It sounds like the perfect summer combination, just like this scent that has a medley of fruits and hibiscus. It’s just what you need to match your sunny disposition this season.


Omnia Pink Sapphire




Walk out of your room feeling like you stepped into the beach and ready for summertime drinks after spritzing on this sweet blend of pink pomelo and frangipani. Sugar-like with a lot of zest, it’s a thrilling but refreshing fragrance to wear.

Omnia Amethyste


BVLGARI Omnia Amethyste


The alluring combination of rose and iris gives a sophisticated spin to a sweet classic in this fragrance. Imagine yourself sitting by the window at a patisserie while enjoying a decadent chocolate cake. The scent of this sophisticated fragrance is that experience packed in a bottle.



Explore and learn more about the BVLGARI Omnia collection here.


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Great makeup starts with great skincare. But while many brands would recommend multiple products to achieve the look of healthy, glowing skin, I appreciate the few who attempt to innovate a single, multi-use item to get the effect. Drunk Elephant is one such brand. Hailed as a vegan skincare favourite, my ears perked up when I first heard they’ve released a bronzer. So, I tried the Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi™ Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops to see if it’s worth the hype. Read on to find out.


Packaging and texture


Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops


Good packaging is really one of Drunk Elephant’s strengths and the D-Bronzi™ Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops holds its own among the brand’s other brightly coloured products. The bronzer comes in a hygienic soft tube decorated with little ancient script-like symbols. I love how the tube is built with its own pump, which ensures the right amount of product dispensation making it fuss-free to use. I also like how the cap perfectly matches the shade and finish of the bronzer formula.


Texture-wise, the formula is somewhat similar to a tinted moisturiser or lightweight foundation. It goes on a bit tacky but is easily absorbed into the skin, leaving behind a semi-matte finish. There’s a faint but not unpleasant scent of chocolate, which may be credited to the cocoa extract included in the formulation.


Application and wearability


The Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi™ Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops is something in between a bronzer concentrate and a serum. The idea behind it, according to the founder, Tiffany Masterson, is "sunshine in a bottle without the damage." It’s designed to be mixed in with other skincare products like serums, daily moisturisers, facial oils, even sunscreens to add a healthy boost of colour to the complexion. A little goes a long way with this product so I’ve decided to mix a single pump of the bronzer with two drops of rosehip oil.


Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi™ Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops Swatch


The result once blended out is an even, natural-looking bronzed glow to the skin — nothing too tanned or muddy. It doesn’t show any signs of patchiness, which is a problem with most self-tanning products, nor does it look overtly noticeable. For someone with pale skin, it just looks as if you’ve been regularly stepping out of the house for a bit of sun. That being said, the subtle colouring might not be as noticeable when it comes to medium and dark skin tones so hopefully, Drunk Elephant can have more options for its shade range.



Overall thoughts on Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi


While many seek a sun-kissed glow, sun damage is also a very real thing and I like how the Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi™ Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops makes the former accessible without the consequences. The brand's Suspicious 6-Free formula is always a plus, but what I really love is the skincare aspect. The chronopeptide in the formula mirrors the benefits of actual vitamin D while platinum peptides reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Meanwhile, the blend of virgin marula, blackcurrant seed oil, and fatty acids help strengthen the skin barrier. Plus, it also protects against pollution damage so it’s really hard not to like. All in all, I think it is a great seasonal essential for when you need that extra boost.


Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops is available at the Sephora SG store. Read our other skincare and makeup reviews here. 

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