Skin After 40

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Once you reach the age of 40, your body will be undergoing some rapid changes, and these all have an effect on your skin. From cutting back on the amount that you cleanse to increasing the amount of antioxidants that you use, these tips will help you to take the best possible care of your skin once you have passed the age of 40.

Skip the Morning Cleanser
Cleansing twice a day is not something that is recommended for certain skin types out there, and the same applies to those with more mature skin. Assuming that you have cleansed your face at night before going to bed, skip the cleanser in the morning, and simply rinse your face instead. Cleansers, even if they are gentle, strip your skin of sebum, and since sebum production will start to decline at this age, using a cleanser too often is something that you now need to avoid.

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Antioxidants
Investing in quality skin care products at this stage is absolutely vital if you want to preserve your youthful complexion for as long as possible, and this means using products that are rich in antioxidants and will truly nourish your skin. Vitamin E is one of the most popular antioxidants out there, as it protects cell membranes from damage and works beautifully with vitamin C, which is important for treating wrinkles, dark spots and dullness. Retinol is another antioxidant that is extremely effective, as it has been proven to increase the skin’s production of collagen, even after it has begun to decline with age. Retinol also enhances your skin’s natural barrier, which therefore leads to firmer and plumper skin. To protect your collagen even more, look for products containing green tea, and always keep in mind that these antioxidants work even better when they are combined with each other, rather than being used individually.

Stimulate Cell Turnover
Cell turnover is the process at which dead skin cells are shed from the body and new, healthy skin cells are created. However, this process naturally slows down with age, leading to a rough and dull complexion, but, fortunately, there are ways in which you can stimulate cell turnover to avoid these issues. Removing makeup and cleansing before bed is essential, as this allows the pores and skin cells to breathe, while a toner that contains glycolic acid will help to remove any dead skin cells, speeding up the rate at which new ones are created. Exfoliation should also be a key component to your skin care routine, and you should be doing this two or three times a week without fail, but only using exfoliants that are gentle enough so as not to cause any damage.

When it comes to taking care of your skin after the age of 40, there are many different methods and techniques that you can try, but the most important aspect to remember is to continue protecting your skin from the sun. Since the skin thins with age, it is much more susceptible to damage, and unless you are providing it with constant sun protection, you will not be able to stave off the effects of aging for much longer.

The Seductive Power of Romance Languages

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Latin is a language that has had a huge impact on the world as we know it today. In medieval times, it was a language that was only spoken by farmers and shopkeepers and limited to Rome and its surroundings. However, it soon spread throughout the Roman empire, and even after the empire had fallen, the language stood strong. Legends throughout history, such as Cleopatra in Ancient Egypt, were known to pick up a number of these languages, and could speak them all fluently. Between the sixth and ninth century, as Latin continued to spread throughout Europe, it began to evolve, giving birth to the Romance languages, which are still considered to be the most seductive and romantic languages in the world today.

French
While French is considered to be the most evolved of the Romance languages, it also thought to be the most romantic language in the world. Often referred to as the Language of Love, French culture has played a huge role in this perception, with part of this coming from the international prestige that surrounded the French language. French is also a language of accuracy and clarity, with a number of different romantic words and phrases that do not exist in other languages. An example of this is the word “retrouvaille”, which usually refers to long-distance relationships, and couples that have had to spend time apart but are now reunited with each other again.

Spanish
The official language of 21 countries, Spanish is widely spoken around the world and is another one of the Romance languages. The Spanish language gives its speakers a versatility and passion that they can use in their words, making the language seem extremely sensual and powerful. Spanish phrases also flow together well, with many words sounding much softer than their translations in other languages.

Italian
Many consider Italian to sound quite similar to Spanish, and many countries believe it to be the most romantic of languages. In terms of vocabulary, it is extremely close to Latin and is widely spoken across Europe, as well as in some parts of Africa. Italian is known to be the Language of Music, and this perhaps lends to its overall romantic appeal, especially as it soon began to spread through art, culture and the luxury consumer market.

Portuguese
Portuguese is the third most spoken European language in the world, and is often referred to as a “sweet and gracious language”. A number of great literary figures produced their work in Portuguese, and this has perhaps helped it to retain its seductive qualities.

While there are many more Romance dialects that have sprung from Latin over the years, the most widely spoken Romance languages are French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian, and these were stabilized with the invention of the printing press, which encouraged a greater uniformity between languages. While, technically, the Romance languages do not have anything to do with being romantic, the way in which they are spoken, and the words that are used, make them some of the most seductive and passionate languages spoken in the world today.

Donkey Milk & Beauty

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Legend has it that, for cosmetic reasons, Cleopatra used to bathe in donkey milk every day, with 700 donkeys needed to produce her daily baths. Donkey milk was used by many others throughout history, and while it may seem quite unconventional, it is actually the closest to human breast milk when compared to any other mammal milk out there, and is packed with unique properties that make it extremely effective in many cosmetic uses.

Vitamin-Rich Composition
Donkey milk contains high levels of protein, phospholipids and ceramides, which work wonders on the skin. The protein is great for boosting the structure of the skin, while the ceramides, which are usually lost with age, help to bind together the protective cells that are contained in the skin’s outer layer. Phospholipids are a type of fat, and are essential when it comes to providing support for the skin, as well as in the functioning of cell membranes. These three components of donkey milk also make it exceptionally soothing, making it a fantastic ingredient for those with sensitive skin to use.

High in Vitamin C
Donkey milk contains up to 60 times more vitamin C than cow’s milk, which is a vital component when it comes to the appearance of your skin. When donkey milk is used in skin care products instead of cow’s milk, your skin will be receiving all of the benefits of this extra vitamin C, such as an increase in the production of collagen, which then leads to added firmness and skin strength. This makes donkey milk a popular ingredient when it comes to anti-aging products, as collagen production is a process that naturally slows down with age, resulting in visible wrinkles and fine lines.

Soothes Certain Skin Conditions
Donkey milk is extremely high in lactoferrin and lysozyme, while cow’s milk only contains traces of these. These two components have the potential to dramatically soothe certain inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.

The Price of Donkey Milk Beauty Products
One of the main reasons that donkey milk has not yet hit the mainstream market is due to the fact that it faces one serious limitation, and this is in regards to the amount of milk that can actually be produced on a daily basis. While a cow can produce up to 40 liters of milk in a single sitting, a donkey will only produce around 2 liters a day in total, making it quite the premium ingredient. However, due to an increase in demand for the product, especially since the cosmetics industry has been turning more and more to natural ingredients in recent years, donkey farms are now on the rise, and this ingredient is likely to make its way into many more beauty products soon.

The cosmetics industry is always experiencing trends, especially when it comes to popular ingredients. While donkey milk may be quite a new idea to you and seem like a crazy trend, this is far from the case, as this ingredient can actually work wonders when it comes to skin care and beauty.

Elizabeth Taylor’s Style Legacy

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While Elizabeth Taylor may be remembered for a number of different reasons, her fashion choices over the years are still proving to be inspirational for today’s generation. As a woman that managed to redefine style all over the world, Elizabeth Taylor was a true fashion icon who has left behind a one-of-a-kind style legacy.

Risk Taking
Elizabeth Taylor was known for taking risks when it came to her style choices, wearing pieces that would not have been at all conventional during those time periods. It was in the early 1950’s, when Taylor was making the transition from child starlet to an adult actress, that she began donning a few strapless numbers, which, at the time, was quite unheard of, and had never even appeared on the big screen before. Needless to say, this was something that changed quite rapidly after Taylor’s style influence, and women all over the world began to show off their shoulders in sexy strapless numbers. Taylor was also the woman that brought popularity to the plunging neckline, but did this in a way that was not at all vulgar, showing off just the right amount of cleavage in sophisticated dresses.

Cleopatra
Considered to be one of the grandest films ever made, Cleopatra starred Elizabeth Taylor, who kickstarted a number of trends after appearing in the movie, many of which are still standing strong today. From the stormy blue shades that were applied to her brow to the graphic eyeliner that stretched out from her eyes, all of these looks still feature heavily in stylish magazine spreads today.

White and Minimal
While Elizabeth Taylor may have been a big fan of sparkling diamonds, she also proved that minimal all-white looks could be just as glamorous. From a simple white slip to a curve-enhancing white swimsuit to tailored white dresses, Elizabeth Taylor showed women that style does not need to be all about sparkle. Rather than pairing these pieces with endless strands of jewelry, Taylor instead opted for statement lips and eyes, allowing her face and makeup to be the focal point of these outfits.

Showing Off Your Curves
Elizabeth Taylor had plenty of gorgeous curves and was never afraid to show these off. While her body may have been more shapely than other stars of that time, these curves are what helped Taylor to really stand out with her fashion choices, and experiment in ways that other women were not yet doing.

While Elizabeth Taylor may have been born in the UK, she exuded an aura that made her relatable to women all over the world. Voted as the most beautiful woman in the world in the 50’s, Taylor’s sense of personal style exploded after this, and she soon set new standards for what style really is. Even in Elizabeth Taylor’s last few years, when she suffered from a number of different health conditions and was confined to a wheelchair, Taylor still displayed the ultimate in style and fashion, cementing her reputation as one of the greatest style icons that the world has ever seen.

What to Wear in Singapore

With a hot and humid climate throughout the year, warm weather clothing is always worn in Singapore, as the island does not really experience dramatic seasonal changes. From casual daytime outfits to dressier looks that would suit the country’s nightlife, this is your guide to what to wear in Singapore.

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Lightweight and Comfortable
The fabrics that you choose to wear in Singapore should all be lightweight, comfortable and breathable. Fabrics such as cotton, silk and linen will help to regulate your body’s temperature, while absorbing any excess perspiration. Layers are not necessary here, and will only end up making you feel even hotter, so try to keep your outfits as simple as possible. You may end up needing to change part of your outfit a few times throughout the day, to ensure that you feel as fresh as possible, so keep this in mind when packing for your trip. You may also want to bring along a light cardigan or jumper, as this will keep you warm if you find yourself in any malls that blast their visitors with icy air conditioning.

Footwear
As mentioned above, flip flops are usually the footwear of choice in Singapore, and this is mostly down to the sheer heat that the locals face each and every day. Comfortable shoes for taking in the sights are also necessary, as is a pair of more formal shoes for the evening.

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Sun Protection Accessories
In addition to sunblock, which is absolutely essential in Singapore, there are some sun protection accessories that you should always keep with you. The two main ones are a pair of sunglasses and a sun hat, as these will give your face some extra protection from the harsh rays of the sun.

Evening and NightLife
Singaporeans tend to dress up much more in the evenings, and the city is known for its thriving nightlife scene. While you may have spent the day in shorts and flip flops, the evenings are your chance to dress up, so be sure to bring some party dresses and high heels with you.

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Beach and Pool Clothes
While Singapore may offer more of a city break, it is still home to a few good beaches, and it is also likely that your hotel will have its own outdoor swimming pool. For this reason, a swimsuit is always useful to have around, as is a cover-up and a pair of simple flip flops, which you can also wear around town.

Local Style
Most of the outfits that you will see in Singapore will be relatively mainstream, and the locals are not known for being very fashion forward. While some do take a few risks with their clothing choices, opting for bold statement outfits, be aware of the fact that this may end up attracting some unwanted attention from the more conventional locals.

The dressing style in Singapore is extremely laid back and casual, which, in a way, makes packing for a visit to the city quite easy. With a selection of simple casual clothes, and a few dressier pieces for the evening, you will be covered for just about any occasion or event in the city.

Styles from Berlin Fashion Week

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From the 27th of June to the 1st of July, Fashion Week Berlin transformed the city, its streets filled with an abundance of style, creativity and personality. As always, this was an exciting time for the city, with industry experts flocking to Berlin to enjoy a first look of the latest creations from these talented German and international designers. From fashion presentations to runway shows to fashion talks and lectures, this twice-yearly event is one that is always highly anticipated.

Mexico Fashion Design Presentation
The Mexico Fashion Design Presentation was one of the events that kicked off this year’s Berlin Fashion Week, and featured a number of emerging Mexican designers. Kris Goyri is a designer that really stood out here, with his dresses falling beautifully around the female body. His designs make use of delicate fabrics, but embolden them with ruffles or pleats, perfectly positioned to enhance the female form.

Marc Cain
Marc Cain showcased his Spring/Summer 2017 collection at Berlin Fashion Week, and it was not just it’s “Happy Hour” title that put the audience into a holiday frame of mind. Cain’s collection seemed to be inspired by a tropical Caribbean island and featured palm tree prints, decorative design details, and vibrant, summery colors.

Umasan
Fashion Week Berlin places a strong emphasis on sustainability and green fashion, and Umasan is a brand whose ethics fall perfectly in line with this. One of the brand’s founders studied under Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto, and has taken elements of this minimalist, Japanese aesthetic and brought it into their own brand. Umasan only makes use of high-tech, natural and completely vegan materials, and this was evident in the innovative fabrics used in their collection seen at Berlin Fashion Week, showcasing never-seen-before materials such as Japanese paper and eucalyptus.

Noteworthy Trends
It is always worth taking note of the key colors that were seen on the runways at any major fashion week, as these are likely to have a global influence in time, and there were a few standout shades seen at the recent Fashion Week Berlin. In addition to the dusty rose and gray shades that were seen, there were some bold colors too, that really promise to brighten up a wardrobe, from bright reds and yellows to true pinks to contrasting stripes. Another trend that was seen in an abundance was the concept of upcycling, with a number of different designers making use of recycled clothing or reusing certain materials. When it comes to footwear, platform slippers were quite prominent on the runways, and this is reminiscent of the many other slipper styles that have recently been seen on catwalks around the world.

Every fashion week around the world lets loose a stream of creativity into the fashion industry, influencing style habits all over the world. From the tropical collection of Marc Cain to the minimalism of Umasan, these were some of the hottest styles seen at Berlin Fashion Week, and it likely will not be long before you begin to see them at stores near you.

Ghostbusters Singapore

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June 12th was an exciting evening for the city of Singapore, as the Ghostbusters red carpet première took place at Marina Bay Sands. Attended by director Paul Feig and star Melissa McCarthy, the event was a resounding success, and even managed to set a new Guinness World Record, while the looming clouds above that had threatened a downpour all afternoon held firm, keeping the crowd dry.

The Movie
The original Ghostbusters movie had its debut in 1984, with the supernatural horror comedy receiving critical and commercial success, before moving on to winning a number of different awards. More than three decades later, the popular film has been remade, but this time with a female-centric cast, a choice that many believe was quite daring. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, the movie features some of the funniest stars in the industry today, and its exciting fresh take is all down to talented director Paul Feig. Feig himself is a huge fan of the original movie, but wanted to “reboot” it, creating a version that would appeal to the youth of today.

The Red Carpet
Red carpet events are always exciting, and this one was no exception. Melissa McCarthy has a huge following, and all of her Singapore fans turned up to greet the star on the red carpet. McCarthy herself spent a large amount of time taking selfies with her loyal fans, and chatting to those who were there in the hope of setting a new Guinness World Record. While McCarthy had only arrived in the city earlier that afternoon, she made it a point to visit some of Singapore’s famous street food stalls, and enjoyed sharing this experience with her local fans.

A New Guinness World Record
In honor of the movie’s premiere, Sony Pictures Entertainment organized for Ghostbusters fans to make their way into the Guinness Book of World Records, for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Ghost. 263 people, dressed in white onesies, wore Ghostbusters masks, and gathered together to set the new record, which was verified by an official Guinness World Records adjudicator who was present to witness the spectacle, a testament to just how far the franchise has come since it first began thirty years ago.

Green Skyline
Singapore’s buildings burst into color once the sun goes down, and, in celebration of the Ghostbusters première, there were some buildings that turned a ghostly green on the night of the 12th of June. The ArtScience Museum, in particular, is an iconic part of modern day Singapore’s skyline, and fans all over the country were excited to see it turn a ghoulish shade of green.

The new Ghostbusters movie will be hitting big screens in Singapore on the 14th of July, and promises to be a captivating new take on the original. With a cast that contains six Oscar nominees, the quality of acting is expected to be high, and, being the first new Ghostbusters movie in 27 years, both new and old fans are excitedly anticipating this film.

Hot Beach Must Haves

While the summer months are a favorite amongst many, they do also present a unique set of fashion challenges, especially at the beach. For those who want to look chic on the sand but still feel comfortable and protected from the sun, take a look at these hot beach must haves.

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Triangle Bikini
Triangle bikinis are timeless, never really seeming to go out of style. With so many different versions of them out there, it is also relatively easy to find one that will suit just about every body type. For a chic and sporty black and white two piece, take a look at the bikinis from Mikoh, while those who are after something more feminine will love the floral triangle bikini from Brynja.

White Onesie
A casual white onesie is ideal for a day at the beach, as it can easily be worn over your swimwear, and by having an all-in-one piece, it will save you time when it comes to putting together your whole outfit. Zimmerman have designed a range of rompers in a variety of fabrics and prints, and their white pieces really stand out. The Belle Bustier Romper has a delicate feminine quality to it, while the Realm Scallop Romper plays with different textures to create a simple yet stunning look.

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Aviators
Aviators always look stylish, and do a great job at protecting your eyes, and the skin around them, from the sun. For those who like to view the world through rose-tinted glasses, the aviators by Victoria Beckham will be right up your street, while those who would prefer a more classic, dark-tinted style, will find this at Givenchy.

Crimson Shorts
Bright, bold colors are bang on trend for this summer, and a pair of crimson shorts will be easy to style with other pieces. For a gorgeous lace pair, head on over to Dolce & Gabanna, while those who are seeking something lighter can opt for the red and white striped shorts from Land’s End, or the even more laid-back pair from Alice and Olivia.

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Sun Hat
A sun hat is always a must-have accessory for the beach, and this season sees some elegant new styles being created by top international designers, making it easy to give your beach outfit a high fashion touch. The New York Cape Stripe sun hat by Kate Spade is a classic black and white, making it easy to style, and is also designed to be convenient to pack, making it ideal for beach vacations. For a timeless floppy straw hat, J.Crew have a design in both black and tan, and is a piece that you could wear for many years to come.

Retro Bikini
It is always a good idea to have at least two go-to pieces of swimwear, and if a triangle bikini is going to be one, a retro bikini can be your other. She Made Me is an Australian brand that has created a range of crocheted bikinis, while Lisa Marie Fernandez has a few retro styles that are truly one-of-a-kind.

Putting together a beach outfit that looks stylish, yet is comfortable enough to wear under the hot sun, can often be difficult. However, if you have a few go-to beach pieces in your wardrobe that are classic and easy to style, you will not have any problems putting together chic looks all summer long.

The Beauty of Ocean Art

Artistic creation made using plastic found in the body of birds

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World Oceans Day fell on the 8th of June, with this year’s focus being on preventing plastic ocean pollution. In support of this, artists from all over the world have created exciting new pieces that make use of marine plastic, hoping that the beauty and exploratory nature of their ocean art will inspire others to think deeply about their individual role when it comes to plastic ocean pollution.

Plastic Beach by Gilles Cenazandotti
Gilles Cenazandotti is a French artist that has created a collection titled Plastic Beach. Featuring life-sized sculptures of various animals, each piece has been created using plastic litter that the artist has found on a beach. Focussing on endangered animal species, each sculpture is extraordinarily detailed, yet draw attention to the large amount of litter that ends up deposited on beaches. By placing these sculptures in natural environments, the artist manages to create an almost dystopian scene, in which animals have evolved in unpredictable ways.

Oceanic by Nick Pumphrey
Nick Pumphrey is a fashion and lifestyle photographer, as well as an ambassador for an Australian organization that deals with ocean pollution. On a recent diving trip to Nusa Lembongan, which is near Bali, Indonesia, the photographer was horrified at what he witnessed below the surface of the ocean and luckily had his camera with him to capture the experience. These powerful images feature marine life swimming through a sea of ocean trash, showcasing an underwater viewpoint that is rarely seen by the public.

Hong Kong Soup 1826 by Mandy Barker
Hong Kong Soup 1826 is a series of photographs that feature the waste collected from over 30 different Hong Kong beaches. Each and every day, around 1826 tons of plastic waste from Hong Kong is dumped into landfills, hence the title of the series and each of the images created has significance when it comes to Hong Kong culture, traditions and events. The artist hopes to raise awareness of the massive amount of waste that Hong Kong creates each day, by creating an emotional response from the public, which could possibly lead to social change.

Floating Artifacts by Evelyn Rydz
Floating Artifacts is a series of photographs and illustrations featuring man-made objects that have been washed ashore. The artist collected these objects before examining them under a microscope and then creating her photographs and illustrations, presenting them in a way that allows the viewer to truly see them up close. This close-up view makes each of these small pieces of debris seem almost like shards of ancient pottery, or even sparkling gemstones, while showing the effect that the ocean has had on these various objects over the years.

Art has always had the power to inspire and move people, and with ocean pollution having such a devastating impact on the planet, artists all over the world are focussing on the subject. From the detailed photographs of Evelyn Rydz to the life-sized sculptures of Gilles Cenazandotti, each of these artists has managed to create beauty from ocean pollution, while highlighting the urgency of the current situation.

All Over Body Moisturizing Routine

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Your skin is your largest organ, and not only protects your body from the outside world, but also detoxifies it, giving it a way to release its impurities and toxins. Moisturizing is hugely important when it comes to healthy skin that can function at its optimum level, and the best way to remember to keep your body well moisturized is by forming a routine that you can follow each and every day. While everybody’s skin needs a different level of care, this full body moisturizing routine can easily be adapted to suit your own individual requirements.

In the Shower
The first step to your moisturizing routine should begin in the shower. A body scrub is a great product to use a few times a week, as this will gently exfoliate your skin, leaving it more receptive to any products that you later apply. You should also opt for a moisturizing body gel with which to cleanse your skin, as well as a facial cleanser. Opt for a formula that is hydrating yet gentle, as anything too harsh will only strip your skin of its natural oils.

Body Serums
Body serums are not as common as facial serums, but they work in a similar way, blending into the skin almost immediately and leaving very little residue. Serums are often higher in active ingredients than moisturizers, meaning that they should always be applied first. While a body serum may not be a part of your everyday moisturizing routine, they are a great product to use once in a while, giving your skin an extra boost of moisture.

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Moisturizing Body Lotion
After your shower, gently pat your skin dry with a towel, but make sure that it is still slightly damp before applying a moisturizing body lotion, as this will trap that extra moisture into your skin. Body butters are also fantastic products to use at this stage, and because they are thicker and greasier than lotions, they are able to moisturize your skin even more. Do not forget to pay attention to all of those areas of your body that are likely often ignored, such as your hands, feet and elbows. Your underarms also deserve some extra attention, as they not only have to deal with constant hair removal, but also the large amounts of dead skin cells that usually accumulate here.

Sunscreen
A moisturizing sunscreen should be a vital part of your skin care routine, and it is the one product that needs to be reapplied throughout the day. While there are many moisturizers out there that already contain SPF, it is always better to use a dedicated sunscreen, applying it to all the parts of your body that are going to be exposed to the sun.

A moisturizing routine should not be complicated, as this will only put you off on those days when you are feeling extra tired or stressed. Develop a routine that works for you and your lifestyle, because, although it may need to be slightly tweaked as your needs change with age, you will be able to follow it for the rest of your life, enjoying healthy and happy skin as a result.