When I was in my 20s, aging, anti-aging, wrinkles, sagging skin, all seemed like foreign phenomena. As with getting married, owning a home, and discovering an interest in cooking. I knew they'd happen SOMEDAY (except for the cooking part. I never thought I'd like it so much!), but these issues seemed like far away 'adult problems'. Sooner than I thought, one day I turned 30 and woke up looking like a raisin.
BAHAHA, obviously aging doesn’t work this way! (By the way, I do not like raisins) I look back at my skin in my 20s and comparing side by side with more recent photos, it is obvious I have more smile lines, my skin is less bright, my nasolabial folds are getting more obvious, and skin elasticity is eroding by the minute. As we speak, as I type, as you read. OMG.
The lifestyle I led in my 20s can kill me now - all those crazy nights of staying up till 5am chatting online and then waking up for Business Statistics lecture at 7am; playing out in the sun the whole day without nary a care; not removing makeup thoroughly; and using whatever random skincare because my skin was armoured with this essence named YOUTH.
Habitual is the desire to salvage what we have left of what's good - like a broken relationship, vintage pieces, and of course, aging skin. The general advice is to start on anti-aging products once you hit 25. Even if you're past that, don't worry, better late than never. 🙂
Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence
When skin ages, its ability to absorb skincare declines as well. Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence was designed to boost penetration of anti-aging ingredients of your moisturizer to increase skin cell metabolism and renewal. This serum acts as a strong absorbent of all subsequent products to allow them to penetrate into the skin for better results, instead of just skimming the surface. According to Olay, 'the first drop starts the renewal of a million surface cells and helps visibly reduce fine lines, wrinkles and pores, and firms the skin.'
Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream
Starting from Day 1 of use of Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, the skin goes through a renewal process of hydrating, lifting, firming, and line reduction. It is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, Amino-Peptides and Vitamin B3, and peptides small in size to penetrate the upper layer of skin while helping surface cells regenerate. This moisturizer softens the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and adds a beautiful glow to the skin. Like literally, due to mineral pigments (including mica) that impart a soft, reflective shimmer to skin. Bling-a-ling!
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream can be used during the day or at night. Don't neglect the jawline and neck, bring it all the way down! These areas need lovin' too.
Love how the red tub and silver cap make it look regal and expensive, something we don't usually see in drugstore brands.
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream is best paired with Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence. Cleanse your face, then pump out 2 drops of Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence via the auto dropper and apply on dry skin. It takes just a few seconds to be absorbed, then follow with Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream.
The combined usage of Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence and Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream propagates what Olay calls the 'Miracle Duo', as these two products work hand-in-hand to boost renewal of surface cells and provide 2x more anti-aging active penetration into the skin. Regenerist Miracle Duo has been proven to reverse the look of skin up to 10 years.
One of the reasons why Olay has become a customer favorite is that it continues to offer high quality skincare products for prices well below that of the competition. Its dedication to product quality, safety and constant innovation is how the breakthrough in skin cell renewal captured in the form of Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence came about.
But of course, no elixir in the world is going to turn back time. High quality skincare products can help to soften the effects of aging, but more important is how we must accept that we are no longer the young things we once upon were. That shouldn't stop us from taking good care of our skin.
6 Little Known Skincare Tips
In your 20s you could get away with doing whatever you wanted the night before and still end up looking awesome in the morning. That privilege will stop once you hit your 30s, HAHA. 😆 Oh come on, it's not that bad actually, you just gotta get used to it. Here are some lesser known skincare tips I'd like to share with you all.
#1 Throw out the straw.
Constant pursing creates lines and aggravates existing ones around the mouth. Drink from a cup or if you're at the gym, use a bottle with a spout
#2 Avoid putting pressure on your skin when you sleep.
That means avoiding sleeping on your side as this creates sleep lines. I know it's hard coz I love sleeping on one side too, but I'll try whatever it takes to reduce the chances of wrinkle formation.
#3 Don’t apply skin care products only to your face
Keep going and cover your neck and even your décolletage, as it’s one of the first places that shows the of aging.
#4 Fill your eyebrows.
Because our brows thin out and droop at the ends as we get older, well-defined brows can lend your face a years-younger look. Make your arches look thicker, you'll get an instant eye lift and wipe 10 years off your face.
#5 Be active!
Stress harms the skin - your body increases production of the hormone cortisol, which can damage collagen and elastin and decrease the skin’s ability to repair itself. Exercise helps in beating stress. So get ample amount of exercise to keep your skin looking revitalized and youthful.
#6 Never too late to start
It's never too late to start on anti-aging treatments. 🙂
Good habits and daily skincare routines are essential in improving the look aging has on our skin. It doesn't take a lot to start applying these simple changes to your lifestyle and skincare regime.
Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence retails at all Watsons and Guardian stores.
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This post was written in collaboration with Olay.