Anti-Aging Tips from a 24-Year-Old


I know what you’re thinking. How can a 24-year-old give anti-aging tips?

Frankly, I can’t – if only because I prefer giving {and receiving} advice that is based on personal experience. What I can do, however, is tell you about my personal experience with a particular anti-aging product: the Exuviance Illumination Duo, which combines the Evening Restorative Complex with the 100% pure active formulation of Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster.

But first, a story.

It may come as a bit of a surprise, but I’ve always been the girl that rolled her eyes at skin maintenance. Removing makeup every night? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Toner? Sounds an awful lot like a workout – definitely not for me! And so I lived on in my delusional and skincare-free world – until one fateful day, when, upon looking at my face in the mirror, it occurred to me that I am no longer a teenager and, more importantly, that my skin is a dead giveaway of this little secret. So when presented with the opportunity to review the Exuviance Illumination Duo – a high-end, highly-recommended anti-aging product retailing for the {equally high} price of $77 – I couldn’t pass the chance. 

In doing my research {because you should never put anything on your face or inside your body without doing your research}, I found that Exuviance Illumination Duo comes with quite hefty promises. According to the brand’s website, it is clinically proven to fade dark spots {i.e. the dark bags under my eyes}, improve skin texture, and smooth fine lines {more endearingly known as laugh lines} – all this without drying or irritation. I’ve only been using the product for two weeks, but I am already quite impressed with the results. Even my husband noticed a change! Not only is my skin silky smooth, but my complexion has become more clear – even my pores have shrunk in size, and that, my friends, is quite an achievement! I’m also happy to report that strangers have finally stopped asking me if I am not well {because, apparently, thanks to the black bags that have claimed permanent residence under my eyes, I look like I am ill}.

Each night I mix a small amount of the Evening Restorative Complex along with three shakes of the Vitamin C+ Angiaging Booster and apply it to my already-washed face, taking great care for it not come in contact with my eyes {they are, after all, my best feature}. If you have more sensitive skin, use less powder, as Vitamin C can irritate the skin. The Evening Restorative Complex is a thick cream with the slightest tint of teal and a lovely, light fragrance. Refrain from the natural tendency to use more – a small amount goes a long way with this one, especially if you have oily skin. Also make sure you are using sunscreen every day, as anti-aging creams can increase sun sensitivity.

The one disadvantage of this product is its price. At the risk of sounding like an expert {which I most certainly am not}, I must note, however, that in comparison with other high-end lines found in department stores, $77 is quite a steal.

I’m curious to know if there are other mid-20-year-olds using anti-aging cream? If you’re in a different age bracket, I’d love to hear your input as well! Which have you tried? Which are your favorite? Go on, now. Tell me all your secrets.

DISCLAIMER »

This post is sponsored by BrandBacker. I received a free sample of the Exuviance Illumination Duo to test and review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. All writing and opinions are always my own and never influenced by gifted products or any type of monetary compensation. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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3 Comments

  1. There is also a great like by one of top New York dermatologists , Dr. Dennis Gross. I like his creams but the most impressive thing in his line is the Alpha Daily Peel which comes in a form of pre-soaked wipes and comes in two levels of strength, I prefer the regular one. It literally makes the face glow, takes away all dead skin cells, makes the skin feel baby soft and smooth. Erases fine lines. It’s also a bit pricey, I paid something like $80 at Frederick Fekkai salon, but it’s also sold on Amazon for a much better price.
    The biggest anti aging thing is I think using sun screen throughout the day and staying away from the sun and beaches.

    • Hi Elena, thanks so much for your input! I’ve so much to learn about skincare so any recommendations are always appreciated!

      As for sunscreen, that’s definitely a major must, but unfortunately I cannot survive without sunshine. But I’m happy to report that at least I’ve started using SPF 45, so that’s progress. Which sunscreen do you recommend?

      • Since sunscreen is only effective for about two hours, I reapply throughout the day when I am outside. Because of that I’ve been using powdered sunscreen for my face, neck and hands (so that I don’t have to re-apply my makeup every time I apply SPF – and let’s face it it’s pretty impossible to re-apply lotions throughout our daily routine). There are two brands I love, Peter Thomas Roth’s (found at Sephora) and Chantecaille (this one is pricey but refills are less than half the price of the original purchase).
        The only thing I’ve read, it’s not fully known how powdered sunscreen effects our lungs when we breath it in so I hold my breath when applying it:).
        Generally speaking I think sunscreen, drinking lots of water, good night sleep and very good moisturizing habits (of all body and not just the face) are all that’s needed for good skin. I think that a lot of the extra things like tonics and scrubs and all kinds of masks are just marketing and are not really needed. I truly believe that aside from SPF, the most important things for our skin are the ones that come from the inside (sleep, water, good food, positive thinking and approach to life).
        Also, I read that your sunscreen should not contain Retinol or Vitamin A or other age fighting components as when interacting with the sun they make the skin more vulnerable to damage so from what I understand all anti-aging products and especially peels and wipes should only be used at night.
        There is a great book written by top NY dermatologist Debra Jaliman, Skin Rules, that gives the basics of very good skin care:)

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