skin care

Try Something Different for Your Skin

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.

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@ShopSaladbox + @SkinFoodPH Sparty!

As we officially welcome the unforgiving summer heat, a sparty can’t be far behind. A spa indulgence was already underway, when I received an oh-so-timely invite from Saladbox for its second installment of Saladbox + Skin Food Sparty held at Nail Cocktales Hand and Foot Spa located in Tomas Morato last March 29.

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 Look who’s ready to sparty! I kind of knew I was in the right place when I saw those familiar boxes that lined the steps up to Nail Cocktales Spa place. 🙂

I have always been a solid Saladbox follower every since it was launched to the beauty box subscription world. I arrived rather early, so I was able to take photos as the organizers were still doing their last minute touches. 🙂

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So apt. Skin Food on a platter. 🙂

The very first product that I have tried from Skin Food is their Bath Salt. That goes back to 2008. It was the first bath salt I used when our home was newly constructed with the bath tub that I have dreamed of since I was a little girl. So how can I forget!  I totally loved how it felt on my skin. I just learned from the Skin Food folks in this sparty that their bath salt product has already been phased out. Figures why it’s always out of stock when I go check.

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The sparty has its very own official event hashtags! Sweet. You can check out the photo essays on Instagram via #SkinFoodSaladbox and #SBxSkinFoodSparty. Don’t forget to follow @shopsaladbox and @SkinFoodPh on Twitter and Instagram while you’re at it. 🙂

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The corner that spells makeover! Gotta love how dainty this spa place is.  (more…)

Back at the @SkinHouseBeauty for my GentleMax Underarm Laser Hair Removal Treatment

During my first visit to the Skin House Beauty and Laser Clinic last January, the clinic’s very friendly nurse Tricia, who took care of me during both of my visits, briefed me what laser hair removal was all about.  She said that it doesn’t look like I have a need yet for skin tightening. I chose the preventive laser skin tightening still plainly because I was plenty hesitant to have photos of my pits go rounding up in the worldwide web. Not that I stand a chance of overriding Madonna and her infamous armpit Instagram post that  recently gone viral. Haha!

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Before and After Underarm Laser Hair Removal

A-ha! Not my pits right there just yet. Above image is courtesy of Syneron Candela, the maker of the GentleMax Pro machine that was used on me. Unlike other laser hair removal machines, GentleMax Pro has a patented Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) that provides consistent, epidermal cooling and unparalleled comfort for the patients. GentleMax Pro is FDA approved for permanent hair reduction.

Benefits of Underarm Laser Hair Removal:

  • Hair removal
  • Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (PFB)
  • Skin tightening and wrinkle reduction

In all honesty, what totally sold me to get this Underarm Laser Hair Removal finally done after much self-deliberation, is my underarm’s susceptibility towards developing “folliculitis,” aside from the obvious of not having to shave anymore.  The folliculitis occurrence got so bad that the doctor I saw some few years back advised not just against plucking and waxing but shaving altogether! Yikes! Now, I never dreamed of pulling off a Madonna-pits stunt any day. When Tricia mentioned that the UA Laser Hair Removal is able to address this issue, I didn’t need any more convincing.  And regarding that doctor’s advice, nope, I don’t always follow doctor’s orders. Haha! But I had to forego plucking and waxing, which last longer than shaving. Inconvenient really, but I really have got not much of a choice…

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 ..until I finally plunged to have the Underarm Laser Hair Removal done two weeks ago! Sweet! 🙂

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Product Feature: Joy with a Touch of Olay

I totally love P&G’s newly launched dishwashing product – Joy with a Touch of Olay. Precisely because it nurtures my badly harassed skin whenever I do the dishes. For this reason, I can easily even tag this wonder of a product in the skin care category just because it takes care of my skin like I want it too. Imagine doing the chores that can otherwise dry your skin yet my skin feels moisturized. While some would suggest wearing gloves while doing their chores, I’m just not too comfy with it. Yes, as beauty-loving blogger as I am, I try my best to take care of myself too while I do my usual everyday domestic chores.

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Joy with a Touch of Olay helps maintain skin’s moisture,
making it all set for “touching moments.”

Dishwashing, ironing, doing the laundry and cleaning the house. Imagine doing all these things every single day, on top of your demanding career. This is tough love. As we celebrate women’s month, lives and experiences of women are given more importance and thought. This includes the challenges of women everywhere when it comes to doing household chores.

On March 5 at the Blue Leaf- Silk Pavilion in Taguig, the trials of housework are highlighted and refreshed through Tough Love, an event that placed Mariel Rodriguez and members of the media in “tough” household situations, but with the aid of Joy with a Touch of Olay, a new dishwashing variant of P&G Joy.

Dishwashing can be a draining task. Just imagine coming home from a tiring day at work, seeing piles of plates on the sink, and getting your hands wrinkled and dry from cleaning the dishes. Joy with a Touch of Olay is especially formulated to help maintain the skin’s moisture while retaining the superior grease-fighting power of all Joy variants. It locks in moisture to create moments of pampering as one does chores.

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The Benefits of Skin Care Products

The best and most useful kind of beauty products you can invest in is a good skin care regime. Skin products provide a multitude of benefits that many people may not even be aware of, and it’s never too late to start taking good care of your skin.

Better Texture

Using a daily skin cream provides the added moisture needed to replace that which is lost each day due to various reasons. Particularly in the winter time when dry heat can strip skin of moisture, you’ll want to be sure to use a moisturizer at least once each day.

Firmer Skin

As we age, our skin begins to sag and become less firm or taut. A good anti-aging skin care regime can help fight the signs of aging such as sagging by adding much-needed proteins to your skin.

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@ProactivWorks Skin Care Advisor Program

Can I just say I am impressed with Proactiv as they recently launched their Skin Care Advisor program? I called their Trinoma shop and was able to speak with Jean, their in-house Skin Care Advisor. I had a question I needed answered with the recent cystic acne that developed in my right cheek. For some reason it embedded itself and did not come out with the acne that was on the surface. She answered every single question I had and I am delighted to be given practical answer to my concern.
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Proactiv’s Skin Care Advisor program was recently launched with the goal to give the best information to Proactiv customers. I am not surprised that Jean knew exactly how to answer my concerns because apparently Proactiv’s Skin Care Advisors are not like your ordinary sales representative. They are trained and have undergone the same training module created by Doctors Rodan and Fields. Even if I only called to ask about my acne concern, I was met with a pleasant tone and in a very accommodating manner.

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GentleYag Laser Treatment by @SkinHouseBeauty and Laser Clinic

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?  🙂

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The GentleYag laser treatment started off with facial cleansing. (more…)

“The Doctors’ Secrets to a Lifetime of Clear Skin” by Drs. Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields

With the four other books I am currently simultaneously reading (okay, not exactly simultaneous, but you know what I mean) is “The Doctors’ Secrets to a Lifetime of Clear Skin” by Drs. Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields, a coffee table like booklet packed with wisdom on how to care for our skin. Very practical and easy to read.

The skin care tips and wisdom come in 30 bullets straight from the Stanford-trained dermatologist genius who revolutionized the treatment of acne by creating Proactiv Solution.

The Doctor's Secret to a Lifetime of Clear Skin

“The Doctors’ Secrets to a Lifetime of Clear Skin” by Drs. Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields comes FREE with every purchase of Proactiv 30-day or 60-day kit from Watsons, SM Department Stores, Proactiv mall kiosks, and Proactiv door-to-door delivery. The book is included in the kit.

DSC00672The tips on how to have acne free skin were thrown out in a fun way that makes it plenty easier to get a grasp of than actually read a book with hardcore principles to dwell on. I have yet to see an easier read on skin care, seriously.

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Physiogel Extraordinary Moisture for Extraordinary Women

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As we increase the awareness of the disease, I was encouraged a great deal with the recent event I attended where Physiogel took in three extraordinary women to be brand ambassadresses of the brand.

Michee Cadhit, Patty Balquiedra, Alya Honasan

 

Michee Cadhit, Patty Balquiedra, Alya Honasan

Aside from the obvious reasons why we need to campaign the awareness of Breast Cancer – its early detection and for women with the disease to muster up the courage towards the necessary steps for cure, getting a hold of the women who “have been there” and are “currently there,” will get the concerned women to listen up and be empowered.

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Is your skin moisturized enough?

For those who have been following this page for sometime know that I was never big on lotions and more than 1-step regimens. I am lazy like that. Last week, I had a taste of one of its repercussions, if I may call it that – a proof of having dry skin. It also did not help that I use a lot of alcohol based sanitizer several times during the day. In fact, I just had my hand sanitized moments before this moisture check.
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A reading of 24.7 via this nifty Moisture Checker gadget at the Physiogel event I recently attended tells that my skin is not moisturized enough.

I scored “Low” (20.1-29.9) – Skin barrier needs help as moisture escapes easily. Repair is needed to prevent moisture loss and promote healthy, smoother, younger looking skin. For even better results, make sure you use a hypoallergenic soap-free cleanser.

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Apparently, dry and sensitive skin is not a very uncommon problem. In fact,  one in three or 35 percent of women have dry skin but don’t realize that they do.  Women can easily get dry skin from exposure to the environment. But even if they’re not under harsh weather conditions, other factors such as stress, air conditioning, smoking, bathing in hot water and using soap can contribute to destroying the natural moisture balance of the skin, making it rougher and more sensitive. Skin may also have a dehydrated or shrunken appearance while simultaneously feeling tight and itchy.

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