[By Claudia Ma YunFei]

The dog is the 11th sign of the Chinese horoscope, and one of the most admired character traits of those born under this zodiac sign is loyalty, translating to the ability to stay true, once committed to a well-laid plan.  Not quite a person that can stick to routines though you know they work well to the best of your interest? We totally get it. Just because you don’t wake up bright-eyed bushy-tailed however doesn’t mean that you can’t make a few additions to enhance the results of your morning beauty routine. By implementing these 5 moves before you hit that snooze button once too often, aim to be a top dog and not a whining bitch in the Year of the Woof Woof!

More protein for breakfast

Trade your carb-heavy kaya toast or sugary donut for breakfast and replace them with eggs, oats or Greek yogurt. Studies had shown that eating a breakfast high in protein will helped women stay fuller longer and decreased chances of overeating later in the day by avoiding spikes in blood glucose level to set your metabolism right.

If you’re on a diet and watching your weight, it’s not just the number of calories consumed but also the food sources where they came from and how they’re distributed throughout the day.

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Hydrate with H20

Instead of coffee or OJ first thing in the morning, have two tall glasses of pure drinking water to start off the day on the right foot. Getting enough water is vital for your overall health, and dehydration especially shows up in unflattering ways on your skin— dullness, dryness and could even be the cause of breakouts.

Make it a point to drink when you rise from bed, to cleanse your system and allow you to feel great with skin success more likely for the rest of the day.

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Rescue with serums

Skin serums with potent antioxidants such as vitamins C, E, gingko and red algae, help to protect our skin from premature aging by hitting hard on harmful free radicals from UV rays, air pollutants, and any other environmental skin stressors that we expose ourselves to throughout the day. If this isn’t part of your routine AM regime as we speak, make sure to include one or more, with an even layer to cover not only your face but your neck as well after cleansing and toning. If you aren’t too sure what to pick from the plethora of serums available, consider the simple, fuss-free and yet highly effective CHAI CITRINE Pure Vitamin C Elixir & Powder, a professional-grade, high-potency, pure vitamin C that goes above and beyond brightening to deliver skin clarity and correct uneven skin tone for transformative, visible results for all skin types. By engaging premium vitamin C stabilization technology, CITRINE offers the purest and freshest form of hydra-stabilized L-Ascorbic Acid, with unparalleled anti-oxidant prowess to fight against destructive free radicals we are exposed to on a daily basis. With these dermal productive functions that leads to retextured, toned, and younger looking skin, a simple tweak like this goes a long way in age-proofing your skin towards graceful aging!

Pair CITRINE with CHAI LIQUID GOLD Eye Illuminating Serum to coax your complexion into stellar condition, an ‘eye-opener’ packed with potent yeux-prettifying 23 carat gold and other powerhouse ingredients including wrinkle-relaxing Argireline, often touted as “topical Botox”.  Regular use will dramatically recharge skin elasticity to reverse the signs of photo-damage and dermal aging. Targeting directly on skin fibroblasts to visibly improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles at the surface level and beyond, this marvelous eye serum helps to counteract visible signs of aging by increasing skin’s natural moisture barrier and restoring elasticity to crepey undereye skin.

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Don’t step out without sun protection

If there’s only one beauty resolution you got to fulfill in 2018, make sure you stick to the golden advice of never ever omit wearing sunscreen. Even if it’s overcast or if you’ll be inside most of the day, adequate sun protection is a must. Even a little sun damage today can lead to fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, a dull complexion and even skin cancer in the future.

If it’s the sticky sensation or the fear of a white overcast that’s putting you off sunscreens, look no further than SW1 BEACH HAT UV-Protection Oil-Free Lotion which contains several ingredients that, when applied, are absorbed in the top layer of skin offering water- and perspiration-resistant mega-sun protection for all skin types exposed to intense sunlight without those dreaded white streaks. The super lightweight formula forms a breathable shield to safeguard vulnerable complexions from both burn-causing beams and wrinkle-inducing rays with a multi-filter sunscreen complex, while natural botanicals and potent plant-extracts smooth, brighten and help skin resist sun-related stress. The new, improved formulation with satin dimethicones added to the base allows it to glide on easily, leaving the skin feeling smooth, matte and silky as a tinted primer for your foundation to sit on flawlessly.  In short, it keeps your makeup fresh and skin looking stunning without compromising its soleil-repelling abilities.

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Moisturize both day & night

Your skin should always be well moisturized to keep it hydrated and dewy looking both day and night. If it tends to oil up a bit more in the day time heat and humidity, opt for a lighter, non-comedogenic moisturizer to make sure that it doesn’t clog up your pores. Replenish dehydrated skin cells with the SW1 LUMINIZING II Replenishing & Moisturizing Cream, the perfect thirst quencher for dehydrated or sensitive skins. Developed with a dual approach to treating skin, this non-comedogenic formula deeply hydrates skin and boosts dermal immune system to increase skin health and overall resilience with key ingredients such as ceramides, wheat germ oil, safflower oil and squalane. Its innovative clog-free, fast-penetrating formulation ensures that skin is moisturized from within, without leaving a greasy trail on skin’s surface so complexion looks luminous and dewy fresh sans breakout during the rounds of house visits this coming Lunar New Year!

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