In our early 20s, our skin may not yet show visible signs of aging – and thinking about tightening our skin is probably not at the top of our list of skincare needs. But take note: our daily activities such as putting on makeup and commuting from work or school can age our skin faster than we think, causing our skin to lose its firmness which may lead to wrinkles and fine lines.

So what should you do? We say: up your skin routine a notch! Sure a good anti-aging skincare routine is always a necessity; but did you know that there are other anti-aging methods to help those skincare products work to its full effect?

Be your #BestBeautiful! Keep your skin looking radiant and youthful with these tips that will complement your current skincare regimen.

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Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate



Even if you put an entire jar of moisturizer or night cream on your face, the product won't work to its full effect if you don’t brush off the layers of dirt and oil that’s been clogging your pores. Make sure you exfoliate at least twice a week to get rid of dead skin cells. And as much as you want to be thorough, avoid scrubbing your skin too much to avoid redness and irritation.

Once you’ve exfoliated, your skin is now primed to better absorb a good anti-aging skincare routine. Our current favourite? The Olay Regenerist Miracle Duo! So start your day with the Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence to help boost our skin’s natural rejuvenation process and the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream to keep our skin hydrated and moisturized.

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Don’t touch that spot



We may think that we’re safe from pimples long after puberty, but because of the changing weather and other damaging factors such as pollution and stress, a spot may come out once in a while. And we have to admit that one of our guilty pleasures is picking on that spot even if we know it’s not good for our skin.

Picking on a spot can irritate the layer underneath your skin. Even if the redness has already subsided, the damage caused to the skin cells takes longer to recover, causing your skin to look dull and discoloured.
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Drink moderately



There’s no problem with drinking alcohol occasionally. But drinking too much alcohol causes your skin to reduce the production of Vitamin A – a vitamin that is important for your skin as it contributes to your skin’s natural protection and self-rejuvenation process.

Over time, this will lead to your skin looking blotchy and dry; and causing other signs of skin-aging to appear like dark spots and fine lines.
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Always keep a glass of water nearby



Sometimes, we get so busy to the point that we don’t even leave our desks to take a break. But one of the things that we must never, ever skip out on is that much needed H2O. Water is key in producing sweat that helps expel dirt and other toxins from our skin. It also helps keep our skin soft and supple for that youthful glow.

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Do you have any other anti-aging tips in mind? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

Learn more about the #MiracleDuo here: www.everydayme.com.my/tag/olay
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(Cover photo from: @mannymua733)


Maybelline has made a major move! The cosmetics brand just introduced its first-ever male ambassador: Manny Gutierrez, who is also known in the YouTube world as MannyMua.


Gutierrez, who has won over the hearts of over five million people on social media, has been tapped to be the face of the Colossal Big Shot Mascara. He is joined in the campaign by fellow YouTuber Shayla Mitchell, a.k.a MakeupShayla.



(Photo from: @maybelline)


Maybelline's decision is bold and refreshing  a move that's apt for a product that promises to be a companion for people who are always on top of their games. 


“The duo's boss-like personalities, in which they unapologetically slay both their makeup looks and their professional lives on a daily basis, made them a perfect fit for the role," said Maybelline's senior vice president of marketing, Anne Marie Nelson-Bogle, about tapping the YouTube sensations as ambassadors. "They represented the 'boss' beauty attitude in this mascara campaign that no one else could, truly inspiring their audiences daily to be their own bosses which brings the inspiration and message of this mascara to life.”


Check out the campaign below.




Maybelline's announcement comes a few months after Cover Girl named its first-ever male spokesperson, James Charles. 



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The first question that came to mind when I heard about FaceTox was if it is some sort of a detoxifying oral supplement for the skin. I was relieved when I learned that it's actually an organic detoxifying face mask because I love masking.

Now, I'd like to first give a preface on my skin condition, so you have a better understanding of how well the mask could work on someone with a similar skin type. I have combination skin, and my face is drier in the U-zone. I also have overzealous acne (come on, puberty. I thought I was done with you 10 years ago). Aside from that, I also have congested pores, dull complexion, excessive sebum production, and my face is almost always shiny.

With that out of the way, let's start talking more about this organic mask that has taken over the U.K. by storm.


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FaceTox is made by a U.K.-based company whose primary goal is to offer organic products created using natural methods. Their products are said to be 100 per cent cruelty-free, paraben-free, organic and vegan-friendly.

FaceTox uses a blend of natural healing Aztec clay, Rhassoul clay and 100 per cent organic rosewater in its formulation, which works together to deliver the following key claims: draw out external toxins, restore skin tissue, extract and prevent blackheads, shrink pores, minimise scars, reduce skin redness, even out skin tone – at the end of the day leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth.

I have used FaceTox for a total of four sessions, and I can now understand how and why it took the U.K. by storm.

The Process


The set contains seven packets of "Step 1 - Mixed FaceTox Blend", seven packets of "Step 2 - Organic Rosewater", and a purple mixing bowl and spatula.



Pour the contents of the sachets into the bowl. Using the folding method, begin mixing the contents slowly and evenly until a thick, beige-colored paste is formed. The paste will not come out super smooth or creamy-dreamy, and that is okay. As long as the clay powder and rosewater are completely blended together, you are good to go.


The Scent

With the "Step 1" sachet, you will notice a faint, muddy scent that is common with clay masks. The content of the "Step 2" sachet, on the other hand, has an unmistakable scent of fresh rosewater. It is so delicate and delightful. There's no need to worry if you are not a fan of rose-scented products as the scent dissipates quickly.




Application



Although a spatula is provided, I find that using my fingertips to apply the paste is much easier and less time-consuming. The texture of the paste is rather thick. Unlike commercial clay masks that come in tubes, its texture makes it slightly difficult to spread using the spatula. Don't get me wrong; you can still use the spatula to apply the mask. I just prefer to use my fingertips because it gives me greater control over the skin contour.


Results

Oh, the results! The amazing, amazing results I get after just 30 minutes – well, after what seems like another five minutes of washing the mask off. I may be exaggerating about the time, but I am definitely not joking about the difficulty in removing it. However, there is a good reason why it takes some effort to wash it off: this mask is made with only three ingredients. Since it does not contain any additive, it doesn’t have a smooth, butter-like texture or easy-to-wash-off formula. Honestly, I would rather take more time to remove a mask than to have one loaded with unnecessary additives, wouldn't you?

Once you have removed the mask, you will discover that the results are nothing short of stellar. You will find your pores cleaner, complexion smoother and softer, facial redness reduced slightly, and more importantly, get this: pimples heal up so much faster. By the third session, I could already see that my blackheads and whiteheads were nicely under control.

I truly think that the FaceTox mask is a remarkable product and that everyone should have it in their skincare arsenal. Get used to spending more time washing off the product, because oh boy, you will start getting used to people complimenting you on how clean and clear your skin looks.

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Learn more about FaceTox here.
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