10 SECRETS TO GOOD SKIN

Shh… I’m letting you guys in on what I do to keep my skin minimally flawed and young-looking.

I’m not without vices – my lifestyle certainly does a great deal of harm to my skin. Constant travelling, difficult climates, dry-air in airplane cabins, late nights, sleepless days, junk food and irregular meals, social drinking and partying – all these adds to the daunting task of damage-control, and to maintain my current skin conditions.As I get older I’ve come to realize the importance of a good skincare regime. Party season has come and gone. January and February is the time for healing and pampering the skin you’ve subjected to abuse. Over the years I’ve tried many products, methods, and these are the ones I’m gonna keep:

 

1. CLARISONIC for cleansing the skin.
If like me your work requires a high volume of makeup, the highly raved-about sonic skin-care cleansing brushes works wonders unplugging clogged pores. I got hooked onto using my Clarisonic MIA ever since I got mine from L.A. and now it’s a necessity in my day-to-day regime. I get my replacement brushes (you’ve got to change them once every 3-4 months) each time I hit the States, since it’s way cheaper in SEPHORA USA. I don’t use fancy cleansing foams: a respectable store-bought brand like Innisfree, The Face Shop or Laneige would suffice for me. The rotating motion of Clarisonic brushes gives me all the reassurance that my skin is being taken care of.

 

2. SHEET-TYPE FACE-MASKS
At least 3 times a week I engage the usual suspects who take really good care of my skin: 我的心機 (My Scheming Beauty), 我的美麗日記 (My Beauty Diary), Innisfree, Etude House, Laneige, ODBO, Acwell. In under 25 minutes I can get a variety of results depending on whether my skin feels especially dry and tight, or oily and clogged.

I get them from COSMED Taiwan, Watsons Hong Kong, and from the big brands themself in Seoul. Try not to purchase them from online stores as there’re tonnes of scams out there peddling the fakes. Yes! Even face-masks are fake these days.
On days when I do apply my face-masks, I see visible differences.

 

3. SERUM LAYERING
Like lots of people I face the dilemma of deciding which type of serum to use. Well, it never hurts to layer them. I use a good combination of 2 – 3 serums (without toners, because honestly I fail to see the use of toners) from a customised variety. I love Vichy’s Idéalia Life Serum, Laneige’s White Plus Renew Essence, Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum and Turnaround Concentrate, Innisfree’s Green Tea Seed Serum, DHC Japan’s PQQ Up-Gel and Vitamin-C Serum, Bio-Essence Radiant Youth Essence etc. Just remember to leave a good 10-second gap between each application.

 

4. OVERNIGHTERS
I never let my skin go dry in the night. After the serum shots I plump up my skin with heavy creams, especially at night. I trust Vichy’s Idéalia Night Cream, Kiehl’s 24-hour Moisturiser, Bio-Essence V Face-Lifting Cream, and Laneige’s White Plus Renew Night Cream. In the day, I rely on just a thin layer of sun-block after the serum.

Confession: I have lazy days whereby I skip all the serum and face masks steps and go straight to sleeping masks. In those instances, Laneige’s Sleeping Mask and Vichy’s Night Detox masks come in really handy.

 

5. COLLAGEN BOOSTS
I’m a big fan of Meiji’s Amino Collagen, but I find it troublesome having to dissolve it for ingestion, and for travellers who don’t always have the luxury of luggage space, powdered collagen is a hassle. Kinohimitsu’s pack-of-6 BB Beauty Drink (Blended Bird’s Nest with Acerola Cherry) is a shot of collagen I take every few months. In between these courses, I try to take SATO’s Hakubi White C pills which are way easier to take around the world with me. Honestly, this seller at Qoo10 sells Kinohimitsu at a way cheaper price than I’ve actually seen in Japanese pharmacies.
A colleague once told me that collagen takes effect from the day you start taking them, so your skin is preserved from the time you begin to ingest collagen. Do yourself a favour and start early! You don’t have to take them everyday but once in a while, the stuff does wonders.

Confession: I dissolve my Meiji Collagen in coffee to replace my milk and creamers.

 

6. TEAS TEAS AND MORE TEAS
My favourite BB Detox Tea from Kusmi Tea is my go-to morning drink (in place of my regular cappucino) after every late-night party accompanied by drinking. Also on my list are Pukka’s Detox Tea from the UK, and Arifoğlu 9-in-1 (Arifoğlu Dokuzu Bir Yerde 9 in 1 Karışık Bitkisel Çay) from Turkey. It’s no secret: green tea, yerba mate, rosemary and thyme are great for your skin in the long run. They also give you plenty of hydration, minerals and anti-oxidants.

 

7. OMEGA-3 FISH OIL SUPPLEMENTS
No way you can do without this. Unless you live in Norway and eat fish for breakfast lunch and dinner, all day everyday. I’ve only recently started to take them on a daily basis and discovered good small changes to how my T-Zones no longer secrete sebum so unwontedly and frequently.

Confession: I love smoked salmon, cooked salmon, fresh sashimi, raw salmon, steamed salmon and salmon with buttered, battered crusts. Basically anything salmon, but I suspect that has little to contribute to good skin in the long run if you’re always eating them pan-fried or oven-baked.
8. MULTIVITAMINS
This is another no-brainer. Without the essential vitamins your body simply cannot function. When the basic functions go into hibernation mode, your skin condition is compromised. So help yourself: take your daily multivitamins. I go for ALIVE! Women’s Multivitamins or Centrum.

 

I’m sure way more females have extensive skincare regimes and secrets. Do share and I hope these are little tips to pick up along the way. Your skin doesn’t get any younger. I don’t have the most perfect skin, but I try.

Viktoria Jean Li

 

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

TOKYO DIARIES 東京旅日記 III

Momi & Toy’s Crêperie モミアンドトイズ

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ホテルに戻って行く前に、モミアンドトイズで夕食のためにクレープを食べる。私は驚いている!店舗売りバブルティー。良い!バブルティーは、香港で一般的な飲み物だったが、今では非常にまれである。 トレンドは終わった。モミアンドトイズは、日本の優れたクレープのレストランの一つです。
An early dinner at Momi & Toy’s Crêperie before heading back to the hotel for a nap. Surprised to see bubble tea being sold in Odaiba! A couple of years back it was such a common sight in Hong Kong but nowadays it’s rare to find bubble tea stalls on the streets. I guess the fad has passed.

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きんぴらチキンサラダクレープを食べた。
Had the sauteed teriyaki chicken salad crepe ^^

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多くの人が休憩のデザートを食べていた。甘いクレープも本当においしい見えた!
Loads of people were having tea-time desserts. The sweet crepes looked really yummy too!

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お台場を残したくない! 私は日本人だったら、私はそんなにおいしい料理を毎日食べてから非常に太っ育つ。どのように幸運、私は世界中からのすべてのビットをサンプリングすることができるのは非常に恵まれてね。本当に私に与えられた機会を大切に。
Couldn’t bear to leave Odaiba! If I were Japanese or living in Japan, I cannot imagine not eating awesome food everyday, and hence becoming a complete glutton. How fortunate, I’m very blessed to be able to sample a little bit of everything from all over the world. Thankful for the opportunities to experience the world and all that it has to offer for the time being ^^

お読みいただき、ありがとうございました!次回お会いしましょう!

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

TOKYO DIARIES 東京旅日記

How to tell tourists apart from locals in Tokyo: spot the ones with ginormous bags of コンビニ (konbini – convenience store) buys!

観光客が日本で食品に多くを費やす。私が重い袋でお台場から帰って来ました。
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 今回は、多くのスナック、菓子、チョコレート、大福や化粧品を買った。私は家族が幸せに食べていることを望んで食べ物を買いました。

If ever I were to stay in Japan for a long period of time, snacks and various knick-knacks would consume me. My luggage came home filled with crackers, Starbucks matcha lattes, daifuku (大福), instant soba, salad dressings, Odaiba’s Shiroi Koibito, skincare and cosmetics. My family table is never empty – it’s always filled with foodstuff from whichever part of the world I return home from!

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このチーズのビスケットはとても美味しいです。私は一人で2つのパケットを終えた!
This Cheeza is insane, I finished two bags on my own. If you love cheese crackers, this is crackers infused with 53% thick, fresh cheese. So technically, it is more cheese than crackers #conundrum.

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バウムクーヘンとどら焼き食べるのが大好き! Baumkuchen は人気のドイツのケーキ​​であり、日本でも非常に人気。日本にどら焼きを購入する必要があります。
Baumkuchen, the round layered cake, is a German snack and also a very popular Japanese sweet pastry. And when in Japan, you have to get dorayaki.

20140306-015111.jpg 大福を食べること私は非常に幸せ! ^^
In Chinese, Daifuku (大福) translates to big happiness/good fortune, which is exactly how I feel when eating these gigantic mochis!

20140306-015120.jpgなぜシンガポールはスターバックスの抹茶ラテを販売していない?日本のコンビニは、スターバックスコーヒーのすべての種類を販売
In Japan, convenience stores are loaded with prepacked matcha lattes and Starbucks coffees in various assorted flavours. Would give anything for them to be imported.

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二日目、私は家族のためのより多くの食料を買いました。私はいちご大福、お台場白井恋人、せんべい、抹茶、サラダドレッシング、カフェラテとブルーベリーのお菓子を買いました。
On the second day…after we had lunch, we went wild at the mall.

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私の父は白い恋人ビスケットが大好き。
Honestly, my dad loves this biscuits more than I do!

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そしてもちろん、私は自分自身のために大福を購入しなければならなかった。
Chocolate-coated mochis with strawberries – my new love.

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私はまた、より多くのチーズビスケット、焼きチーズケーキのスライスを買った。
Day one wasn’t enough, clearly. The slice of baked cheese was sooo good!

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これらのすべての化粧品はもちろん、日本ではかなり安いです。
Stocking up because it’s way less pricey in Japan, obviously.

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私はホテルの外に出るのが面倒に感じたとき、私は旅行のためのインスタントそばを買った。ホテルのルームサービスメニューには、嫌なことができます。
TA-DA! Instant soba for days when I feel too lazy or tired to go out of the hotel, and nothing looks good from room service.

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これらは私が、ホテルからチェックアウトする前に食べたものです:カフェラテや穀物。
Before checking out: some comforting cafe latte and cereal to fill my tummy for the long night ahead.

これが私の短い東京旅行記の終わりです。次回お会いしましょう!

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean