When people hear about cleansing the skin with oil for the first time, a blaring alarm goes off. People have traditionally been taught to think that oil is bad. They think that oil equals blackheads, pustules and other forms of acne. People have been taught that they must completely rid their skin of all traces of oil in order to have clear skin. However, if people look at the amount of products they have used on their skin over the years, they will quickly observe that all these products that were designed to rid the face of oil did very little to clear their skin. In fact, these products have exacerbated the effects of wrinkles, comedones, uneven skin tone and acne.
Last weekend, I finally got the chance to have some pampering time for myself. It was way overdue and I thought it might as well be a treatment that will jumpstart my skin improvement journey.
It was my first time to visit SkinHouse Beauty and Laser Clinic and I finally got to meet Gretha who explained to me the Gentle Yag Laser Treatment procedure that I was there for.
Laser skin tightening is a unique facial rejuvenation option that produces dramatic results. It effectively reduces the appearance of wrinkles and loose skin for a smoother and more youthful appearance. As gravity and the aging process naturally take place, the skin loses its elasticity and youthful appearance. This treatment may offer an alternative to, or help supplement a surgical facelift. It is a safe, effective way to lessen the effects of time.
Laser skin tightening helps with improving fine wrinkles and lines on the face without prolonged “downtime”. The effect is often referred to as non-invasive collagen remodeling.
I was actually choosing between Laser Hair Removal and Laser Skin Tightening. I also wanted to do away with having to shave my underarms every so often, so the former was very tempting. But since I was blogging about this, I couldn’t bring myself to think I would have to post images of my pits. Haha! Besides, I also would love to do something about my laugh lines that are threatening to further embed around my poor mouth prematurely. Now that I think about it, I believe it’s a facial feature passed down to us because my mom’s laugh lines have been pretty prominent too even at her young age. Plus I kind of give in to laughing whenever. With homeschooling my corny and giggly 8 year old son for 4 years now, can you really blame me? 🙂
The GentleYag laser treatment started off with facial cleansing. (more…)
It has been more than a year since Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Body Scrub was first introduced to my bath routine. I love that the makers have come up with its counterpart specially formulated for the face.
I posted the above photo on Instagram (follow me! @jenaspacio) a couple of weeks back. 🙂
Asian Secrets Lulur scrubs are inspired by a most luxurious ritual used by Indonesian royalty called Lulur, originally intended for the bride-to-be to beautify, smoothen, and whiten her skin before her wedding day. Lulur originated from the royal palaces of Java, Indonesia and products inspired by this traditional treatment are still used by Indonesian women, and in specialty spas today.
More than six months in and I am still loving the first of the Nature Republic beauty products I have gotten my hands on. I am especially loving the Nature Republic’s Collagen HD Blusher, which lasts me practically the whole day.
Nature Republic sent over a few more products last week and I am totally digging the Nature Republic C.C. (Complete Control) Cream. I have used it thrice since and I love how it evens out my skin tone without looking so heavy. While my usual BB cream will give me the full coverage look, this CC cream just looks so fresh and light. It has given me no breakouts too! That is definitely something to take note of when using a brand new skin product. When it does, it can go either way – either it is designed to do some purging or it really is not for your skin.
Nature Republic C.C. Cream comes in three variants. Pure Cream Tinted, Makeover Cream Color Change and Holic Cream Whitening
What I am currently using is Nature Republic CC Cream Super Origin CC Cream Tinted with SPF 30 PA++. The tinted part allows me to use it with nothing else on top of it, which really is a dream! While some CC creams will have you use a BB cream on top of it, this one is ideal for lazy girls like me. I really would rather apply one product on my skin and that’s that. I do not even have to bother with the sunblock because the SPF 30 will take care of that. Sweet! 🙂
There is probably no other job on earth (except perhaps for those who are in the cosmetics department) that can have you work as your face is plastered with a mask like this — Innisfree Shea Butter, specifically, for me, for this time being. It’s like seeing the twin sister of phantom himself (is he had any), this time with a full mask. I was supposed to upload a photo of me with a mask but was way too shy. My eyes gave my illness away. I have been under the weather for a good month now. The stress of settling back home must have triggered my allergy attacks.
As I found my skin being too tired than usual lately, I pulled out this Innisfree Shea Butter mask from one of my recent Saladbox subscription boxes. The label is mostly in Korean yard sign printing. But that did not stop me from using it. I always knew anyway that Shea butter has some real good moisturizing and hydrating qualities, so Innisfree Shea Butter Mask, it is. I love that it is infused with the blend of herb complex water and essentially ingredients from nature. Natural ingredients always get the upper hand with me. 🙂
Shea butter-enriched sheet mask soothes and hydrates dry skin for a dramatic improvement in its moisture level after every use. Thick sheet masks are also steeped in herb complex water, treating skin to a steady stream of vitamins and minerals that perk up a drab complexion while strengthening its natural moisture barrier.
After using Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner for the longest time, I found a facial cleanser that I love more than Dickinson’s — LeVon Magic Facial Cleanser with Vitamin Beads. I was not too sold out a first. But after the hubby personally vouched for it and showed me his visibly lightened and clearer face, I knew I just had to go try it for myself. 🙂
LeVon Magic Facial Cleanser with Vitamin Beads, P155.00
What sets LeVon Magic Facial Cleanser apart from other facial cleansers is its vitamin beads. In all my years of using facial care products, I have learned that not all facial cleansers are kind to the face. Some, in its function to cleanse, strips away the skin’s needed moisture. LeVon does not do that. In fact, it moisturizes as it gets rid of dirt and excess oils which cause pimples, blackheads and whiteheads that cannot be eliminated by soap and water alone. The vitamin beads in this facial cleanser is responsible for making our face clear, firm, smooth, soft and healthy.
In my attempt to rest my skin from using a product that I love but is kind of drying my skin out, I grabbed a hold of Avalon Organics Vitamin C Hydrating Cleansing Milk and Renewal Facial Cream from my favorite health and beauty store, Healthy Options.
First off, as per package, Avalon Organics Vitamin C Hydrating Cleansing Milk is a soap-free cleansing agent with antioxidant protection. What it claims:
- Skin Nourishing
- Antioxidant Intensive
- Sun-Aging Defense
- For Normal to Dry Skin
- 100% Vegetarian Ingredients
- No Animal Testing
- Paraben Free
- EU Compliant
Hydrating Cleansing Milk has Vitamin C, Lemon Bioflavonoids and organic White Tea gently removes impurities while moisturizing the skin and protecting its natural balance from free radical damage generated by sun exposure.
All of what is said in the package are more than fine by me. I love its being vegan and does not contain all the other ingredients a lot of our usual and locally available beauty products have. (more…)
One of the items I have a photo of from my first Health Options post was that of Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner. More than a couple of months since I started using it and I think my skin is loving it.
Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner 2 fl.oz. (59ml) retails for P59 (approx. $1.40)
I have since been using Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner in place of Nautreal’s Facial Cleanser. The ingredients of the latter being Licorice Extract, Mulberry Extract and Witch Hazel. My skin is finding the former to be friendlier and non-drying. Somehow after a couple of months of using Nautreal Facial Cleanser, I noticed my face becoming drier than usual.
Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner is non-drying and good for all skin types. It gently cleanses and conditions pores to maintain clear, smooth and balanced skin. What I love best about it is it is 100% All Natural. This toner is designed to:
- refine pores
- remove and control oil
- soothe irritation
- locks in moisture
Directions for use: Use daily after cleansing or before applying skin treatments. Moisten a cotton ball or pad and apply to face and neck. For best results, use in the morning to prepare and evening to repair for naturally soft and beautiful skin.
Because my Hearts Day was mostly spent in the hospital taking care of my little Valentine, thus this Clean & Clear Post Valentine Giveaway. I have a whole bunch of other products lined up to be given away that you pretty ladies might want to watch out for as well.
Clean & Clear Essentials Moisturizer, Deep Action Cleanser, Oil Control Powder, Active Clear Speed Clearing Gel
I have done a lot of brand switching lately. But that does not mean these lovelies should go to waste. Especially because I had, once upon a time, benefited from this brand. Take for example, the cystic pimple that zapped out the next morning by Clean & Clear Acne Control Kit. But this particular bunch has been stashed away, untouched for months now.
And the easy peasy Contest Mechanics:
It was in November last year when the hubby had his warts cauterized at Facial World in Timog. The scabs left some pronounced scars, which were all practically taken cared of by my hubby’s current favorite skin care product, Nautreal.
Before we got hold of Nautreal, the scars were holding up even after almost a couple of months since the cautery procedure.
Almost 2 months after the wart removal procedure, the scab marks were still all over the place.
Three weeks of using Nautreal Beauty Products and the scab marks have faded a great deal. Most of them, to some degree are non-existent. The two marks that remain on the hubby’s left cheek are his moles. The ones that used to surround them on the former picture, which were scars from the scabs are practically all gone! And he sure is a whole tad fairer. Now, you know why he’s glowing and all, the next time you see him. Here’s the bonus, the screaming pores that used to sit around his nose, which have been there since time immemorial are all gone! G-O-N-E! Just recently, I showed him his “before” and “after” photos, he was so thrilled that he told me to make sure we don’t run out of their products!
I first encountered the Nautreal Beauty Products during the Noel Bazaar at the World Trade Center. It was our girls night out. Bff Beth threw us a Wensha Spa treat. My friends and I figured while we’re there, we might as well check out the bazaar right smack our favorite spa place. Amidst all the various stuff on sale, real and knock off brands, cigar specials and even food stuff, I was taken aback when I saw this sign on Nautreal’s corner that says, “See Results in 1 Week or Your Money Back.” Now, that’s something we don’t see around everyday. That is one brave statement. You just don’t say things like that when you are not sure that you can’t deliver. You just don’t. So I just had to stop and have a look-see. (more…)