• Alyssa Chen

The Simpler, The Better I

Updated: May 3

Among all my clients, there’s a group of ladies at their 30s. They always raise the same question in the consultation: “I feel like to have a more elevated image to suit my age and current status since I don’t feel young anymore,” they said. “I don’t want to shop that much but have no idea what I can do. Can you help?”


It is interesting for me to see this common pattern from my clients, and trigger me to recall how I have been on this journey to pursuit looking great. I realise that, at some point (especially when we started to achieve financial independence), we all wanted more even though most of the time we were not too sure what we really wanted. Then one day, we figure out ourselves at a life stage that we strive to survive and stand out among peers. Meanwhile, there are many responsibilities on our back. Perhaps it’s this complexity driving us to embrace simplicity eagerly all of a sudden- a simpler everything yet better!


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This is exactly what I have been through, and I enjoy the current state of mind. I also try to introduce this “simpler yet better” philosophy in my work and how to carry it out in the daily styling. Here I am sharing few of my personal stories with you, my dear readers, and hopefully they will inspire you too.


Part I: Moisturizer Is The Answer to Everything


I worked in renowned cosmetics companies at my 20s. Back then, my job was to create stories for the new skincare and makeup products in order to convince public that these are necessary investments to better appearance and life. Of course there was always a message in my story: the more steps in your skincare routine, the more sophisticated and better your skin will be.


Upon working on these stories, I hypnotized not only my audience but also myself. Despite of my fine skin, I was still adventurous to search and invest in all kinds of skincare products- moisturizing, whitening, anti-age…you name it. The only problem was, my skin became rebellious and constantly returned me with random troubles.   



After leaving the cosmetics industry, without the access to so many products, gradually I simplify my skincare routine. I still invest premium eye creams and face serums for night. The rest is all about moisturising. I learned from my earlier jobs that the ingredient of hydration does not really cost much. Therefore, I rarely invest in big brands but only those comforting me with the good texture.  And you know what? My skin gets healthy, stable and glowing with fewer bottles!



I don’t usually recommend moisturiser brands to my clients as the ingredient are not that different. However, if someone asks, these two doctor brands from Taiwan are what i use the most in my daily routine.


Then I remember, all my years working in the cosmetics industry, I’ve actually learned from many dermatologists that moisturiser being the true answer to all kinds of skin problems- oily and dry skin, ageing, after sun, dull, pimples. A moisturiser before makeup can make the products staying longer with a more glowing effect. For men, a moisturiser should also be the most essential, aside from cleaning, to elevate the quality of their face, which also presents a better image and first impression. 


Sometimes the simpler is the better. Yet it takes time to realise the beauty of simplicity.


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