Ever wondered why most Asian women have flawless skin that never seems to age? Besides our *awesome* good genes and a different diet, we practice a skincare regimen, known as the 5-step skincare regimen, religiously. Basically it consists of the following 5 steps:

Step 1: Double Cleansing
Double cleansing is crucial in maintaining great skin because makeup can clog your pores and lead to breakouts. This step consists of removing your makeup with a cleansing oil followed by a gentle cleanser (usually a foam wash or creamy cleanser) to remove any residue. Check this out to find out more about cleansing oils.

What I Use: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil and Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser

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Here are a couple of ways to reduce your excess baggage without going under the knife:

*Put something cold over your eyes. Ice, cold compresses, tea bags or even a cold spoon all work great.

* Put two slices of potatoes, one over each eye for 10-15 minutes.

* Use the right kind of makeup. To make bags look less visible, first use concealer to camouflage your undereye circles. Then apply a lighter concealer or a highlighting powder right below your bags. This will create the illusion that the area right under your bags is jutting out and in turn makes your bags appear less prominent.

* Use an eye cream with caffeine. Try MAC’s Fast Response Eye Cream – it really works!

* Cut down on salt and alcohol.

* Although this sounds gross but Preparation H have been used by makeup artists on models forever. The yeast extract and shark oil that it contains are thought to be the active ingredients for reducing puffiness.

* Treat allergies if you have them.

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Today I would like to write about one of the biggest concerns of women of all ages – undereye circles! I myself have had undereye circles all my life and I swear it’s a curse! Before we look at the remedies, let us take a look at some of the causes for undereye circles.

Causes

* Poor Blood Circulation

* Hyperpigmentation

* Hereditary

* Lack of Sleep

* Allergies

* Thin Undereye Skin

Remedies

Sadly, there is no way you can get rid of your undereye circles completely unless you are willing to go under the knife. The good news, however, is that there are a few things you can do to help:

1. Exercise regularly and massage your eyes daily to improve blood circulation.

2. Invest in a good concealer. For a list of concealer reviews, please check out Concealer Reviews.

3. Make it a habit to use an eye cream daily. Keep your eye area well hydrated and never ever rub your eyes. Look for a lightening eye cream with an ingredient like hydroquinone or with SPF.

4. Remember to take your eye makeup off gently and completely every night before you go to bed.

5. Soak two cotton pads with skim milk and lay them over your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes.

6. Sleep, sleep and sleep some more!

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Someone wanted me to post my skincare regime so here it is. FYI, I have dry, sensitive skin with freckles. I hardly break out but I do get a zit or two occasionally.

AM
* MAC Fast Response Eye Cream
* Oil of Olay Hydrating Beauty Fluid
* Coppertone WaterBabies Sunscreen Lotion Spray

PM
* Ponds Bare & Repair Conditioning Eye Makeup Remover
* Ponds Daily Exfoliating Cleanser
* Witch Hazel
* Benefit Eyecon
* Oil of Olay Hydrating Beauty Fluid or DHC Extra Nighttime Moisture if my skin is extra dry

Tips
If you have dry skin, you might also want to try doing the following:

* Exfoliate once to twice a week to get rid of flakes. I love MAC’s Microfine Refinisher.

* Use those Asian hydrating paper masks once to twice a week. Kose, Kanebo and Shisedo all make good masks.

* Drink a lot of water.

* Put some rosewater extract into a spray bottle and mist on your face regularly.

* Take vitamin E pills.

* Carry a jar of Vaseline with you. It works on any dry spots.

Updated Regime (9/14/06)

AM
* DHC Q10 Eye Cream
* Easy Care Milky Lotion for Dry Skin
* Biotherm Sunfitness Gel Cream with SPF 15

PM
* Ponds Bare & Repair Conditioning Eye Makeup Remover
* Kose Softymo Super-cleansing Oil
* Clean and Clear Daily Pore Cleanser
* DHC Q10 Eye Cream
* Nivea Visage Aqua Sensation Moisturizing Gel-Cream

Back when MAC first released its cleansing oil, a lot of people were skeptical about it. How do you wash makeup off with oil? Doesn’t oil make your face all greasy and cause breakouts?

The truth is, cleansing oils have been a staple in the Asian skincare regime for a very long time. They break down and melt away your makeup like no other and most of them contain emulsifiers so when they are in contact with water, they turn into this milky white liquid which can be easily rinsed off.

Avene Soothing Eye Contour Cream was one of the very first eye creams I ever purchased and so true to its name! Formulated with Avène Thermal Spring Water (68%), Dextran sulfate, Hyaluronic acid, Pre-tocopheryl (a patented and stable form of vitamin E) and Chamomile to soothe, fight inflammation, reduce puffiness and hydrate, this little gem from France worked perfectly on even super sensitive or irritated skin. For a while I was struggling with eczema on my eyelids, this was the only eye cream that kept my dry flaky skin moisturized without further irritating it.

Other than this though, I don’t think it did anything more than what a basic eye cream would do. I did not see any changes in undereye circles or bags despite continued use. Nonetheless, Avene Soothing Eye Contour Cream is a fool-proof product that will keep your eye area moisturized and I always go back to it when my skin starts acting up.