Amy Chang is the founder and editor-in-chief of BOND EN AVANT; a luxury beauty blog that covers such topics as – plastic surgery, cosmetic and beauty trends, product and spa reviews and interviews with inspiring women in beauty. Let’s be friends! Say hi on Instagram or Facebook!
As a beauty blogger for BOND EN AVANT, I am constantly testing out new skincare and makeup products. This means my routine changes every couple of weeks.
Trying new products is so much fun, but sometimes my skin hates it (and me) and decides to breakout or get red and irritated. (Usually, when I have a special event. Ugh!) I have sensitive and dry skin, so it’s a constant battle. But one product I’ve discovered and I’m obsessed with that helps with this is Lotus Moon Cherry Blossom Healing Soothe. The Willowbark Extract in this balm has been found to reduce inflammation as effectively as 1% hydrocortisone cream! I apply a thin layer of this balm when my skin is irritated all over at night and wake up to calm, clear and bright skin. It’s my lifesaver.
In the morning, I first wake up and just splash my face with water and take my dog, Cheddar, out for a thirty minute walk. We live along the beach in Pacific Palisades, so I walk him along the coast and take in the fresh air. It’s a great way to wake up.
When I get home I start my morning beauty routine. Currently, I’m using Therapi Honey Skincare’s Orange Blossom Gel Cleanser. I massage it all over with a konjac sponge for a little gentle exfoliation. I used to use a Clarisonic brush, but it started to irritate my skin and made my chin and nostrils so red!
Next, I splash a little KOSE Infinity Lotion into my palms and then press it into my face. These “lotions” are really hydrating waters and insanely popular in Japan. They create moisture barriers on the skin. You layer the “lotion” with your products. So, I’ll apply the KOSE One Moisture Serum and the KOSE Infinity Moisture Serum and then layer more of the watery “lotion” on top of each layer.
I have found this Japanese layering technique to be amazing at keeping my dry skin hydrated. I live in California and the desert dryness and low humidity make it a death trap for my skin. I’m always fighting to retain moisture.
I’ve been testing out a lot of masks right now, so my skin is a little irritated, which is why I’ve been using the Lotus Moon Cherry Healing Soothe both morning and night. So I’ll rub a little bit between my fingers (a tiny bit is all you need) and then press it all over. Followed by whatever SPF I’m testing that week.
As for makeup, I’m so low-key these days. When I was younger (and a makeup artist for Shiseido) I used to love wearing a full face of makeup everyday. But now, I like to let my skin breathe. And I’m a blogger and nobody sees me since I work from home, so I’m like whatever and go barefaced on most days.
When I want to take it up a notch on the weekends or if I have a meeting, I’ll use the Tom Ford Illuminating Primer. It makes my skin glow! And it smooths out my pores. I use the Cover FX contour palette and then dust the Honest Beauty Luminizing Powder in Peach on the high planes of my face. I’m Asian with a yellow undertone and it’s the best subtle highlighter I’ve found for my skin tone. I love it! For blush, I’m currently using another green beauty brand called Antonym. To finish it all off I’ll swipe on Tom Ford’s Insidious lipstick.
The final step of my morning beauty routine ends in the kitchen. I’m a big believer, now that I’m thirty, that healthy, beautiful skin is all about what you put into your body in addition to what you put on it. So, I’m crazy about my supplements.
Every morning I mix hot water with lemon juice and sip on that while I prepare my breakfast. I eat the same thing every day: An organic kale, blueberries, chia seeds, collagen powder and distilled water smoothie. I’ll use it to wash down my supplements: calcium, fish oil, ashwaganda and astaxanthin. And I’ve also been taking placenta pills I picked up in Japan.
Placenta is huge in Japan! It’s THE beauty ingredient of the moment. Studies have found that the growth factors, amino acids and enzymes in placenta have insane anti-aging benefits and speed wound healing. Since taking them, I’ve noticed the skin on my hands is so much smoother with less discoloration. (It’s the one area I’m super insecure about and freaked out about aging since I used to be a smoker, so the improvements have made me a placenta believer!)