Serums to Save Your Skin

Winter's coming; which means a change in weather, which means a change in your skin's appearance. For me, it means death for my skin is coming! What the best way to save it? SERUMS

I was in dire need to get a hold of a couple serums for my face. As you already know, my skin is super dry all the time; I have eczema on my cheeks; I have darker pigmentation around my mouth area.  After doing extensive research cuz there's a MILLION GILLION out there, I landed on two that would give me the results I wanted: pure hyaluronic acid and vitamin c serumPlus these items got over 5000 REVIEWS (what!?!)

It's a clear and a bit runny. Feels like heaven

It's a clear and a bit runny. Feels like heaven

Remember to use in conjunction with a moisturizer! 

Remember to use in conjunction with a moisturizer! 

3 is enough to cover my entire face and neck area too!

3 is enough to cover my entire face and neck area too!

Hyaluronic Acid

Get it here! 

Acid? ACID? No, it's not really "acid". Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in our body, mostly in our eyes and joints. It acts as a lubricant for our joints. It's also found in our skin and is able to attract and hold an extensive amount of moisture

In short, as we age, our cell walls weaken and lose the ability to keep moisture. The more moisture we lose, the more wrinkly we get. That's why babies have supple and soft skin, and elderly people have drier, looser skin. 

So using hyaluronic acid (HA) will help create that suppleness and plumpness we are all missing. It is great for dry skin. Remember that this stuff does not work on its own. You must use it WITH a moisturizer (see my other post about my skin care steps here). 

My favorite winter time moisturizer

My favorite winter time moisturizer

A little goes a loonnnngg way after HA serum

A little goes a loonnnngg way after HA serum

After toning, I drop 3 drops onto my palm and massage it into my face and neck. (It feels like diving into moisture heaven!). The little beads will kinda "pop". Then, I apply a face lotion. I've been favoring the Kate Sommerville Dry Skin Saver. If I feel uber dry, I'll wait for the HA to absorb, and then I'll apply another hydrating serum on my cheeks before I put on the face lotion.

I tried it for a couple of weeks with my nighttime regimen. I found that using this has reduced my eczema by about 75%. My cheeks were less red and irritated. My face felt softer and plumper.  I really really love the results. 

Tip: wait for everything to absorb before you go to sleep and rub it off on your pillow!

 

Very thick compared to HA- you'll need more

Very thick compared to HA- you'll need more

I love that this stuff is all natural! Store in a cool and dry place. 

I love that this stuff is all natural! Store in a cool and dry place. 

5 drops is perfect for my face

5 drops is perfect for my face

Vitamin C Serum

Get it here!

Vitamin C is an amazing thing for the skin. V-C is an antioxidant. Antioxidants protect the skin from free radicals. It's also an ingredient in collagen. Collagen binds cells together in order to give us stronger skin cells and more elasticity- thus, firmer skin. V-C also helps brighten and tone skin tone, while preventing breakouts. 

I added this serum into my morning regimen. After washing my face lightly, I'll use a cotton round to wipe it with witch hazel. Then, I'll drop about 5 drops into my hand and then massage it into my face and neck. I'll follow up with a moisturizer and sunscreen. 

After a couple of weeks of using both of these serums together, I'm really happy with the results. My eczema has been reduced. No more flare-ups. My skin is smoother and softer. The pigmentation around my mouth area has lessen dramatically. My face is almost the same color throughout. And I looove how plump my skin feels after the HA serum. 

Verdict: THIS STUFF IS AMAZING. Both products do exactly what they are suppose to and more! I totally recommend it for anyone needing a boost in their skin care. These products are more natural and more affordable than typical serums out there. 

Price: HA is about $15 for 2 oz and V-C is about $20 for 1 oz. I think it's completely worth it. Get it before winter comes too soon!  

Until next time, my beauties. Stay Golden. 

 

 
 

Happy 29th Birthday, Jimmy

Cheers to you, MR. JIMMY CHO! Thanks for being my travel pillow, my heater on cold nights, my sous chef, my ice cream accomplice, and my roommate for life. Thank you for always smiling, always shimmy-ing, and always laughing.

Paris, France  Photo by  Katie Ruther

Paris, France

Photo by Katie Ruther

Amorino Ice Cream, Paris, France  Photo by  Katie Ruther

Amorino Ice Cream, Paris, France

Photo by Katie Ruther

If you haven't met Jimmy yet, he has the kindest and most giving soul. He is one of the most loyal friend anyone can ask for. He is generous with him time and will be there for you when you he need him. He puts his family and friends before anyone else. He brings life to a dull and unhappy room with his contagious laughter.

Palace of Versailles, France  Photo by  Katie Ruther

Palace of Versailles, France

Photo by Katie Ruther

Palace of Versailles, France  Photo by  Katie Ruther

Palace of Versailles, France

Photo by Katie Ruther

Jimmy Cho, I'm so thankful to call you my other half. You go through life with such optimism that I get jealous I can't look at the world that way. You always see the glass as half full when I see it as half empty. You see the good in every soul, while I question the intentions of strangers. I guess this is what it means when you find someone who is similar but yet opposite of you. Thank you for filling the gaps and voids that I lack. Thank you for letting me see life from your eyes. 

The Lourve, Paris France  Photo by  Katie Ruther

The Lourve, Paris France

Photo by Katie Ruther

Paris, France  Photo by  Katie Ruther

Paris, France

Photo by Katie Ruther

Cheers to another 10 months until you can call me "your cougar" again.

Happy birthday, my handsome and sweet husband! 

 
 
 

Golden Birthday, Golden Year

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This past birthday (one month ago) was a special one. Not only did it mark my final year in my 20s, but it was my golden birthday. Meaning I turned the age 29 on the 29th day of the month. It so happened that the 29th of May was Memorial Day. 3x Golden. I should be noted that my birthday has fallen on Memorial Day only a couple times: my 1st birthday, my 7th birthday, my 12th birthday (Y2K year), my 18th (the year I graduated high school), and my 29th (the year I got married).

My triple home run topped every other birthday because of all the things that blossomed before and after it: from booking beyond the number of weddings I desired for the year, to spontaneously eloping in my dream city with the man of my dreams, to growing and building friendships that spanned miles away from me, and to finally choosing to be selfish to make myself sane and happy.

To mark this Golden Year, I decided to expand the heart of my business: myself. My biggest desire is for clients to get to know me on a deeper and more personal level. What better way for someone to get to know me than for them to see life from my perspective. To be honest, it was difficult to blog in the past. I felt as if I could only write about makeup or beauty. Since the categories I made for myself were so limited, I got bored quickly and ran out of ideas. So this time around, I'll be writing about my life as a makeup artist, a beauty guru, a home maker, a wife, a traveler, a foodie, and so much more

Btw, a big THANK YOU to all who came out and celebrated life with me on my birthday. I love you all so much. Each and every one of you has shaped me into who I am today.