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.


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…)

“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.


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.


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.
physiogel moisture checker

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.

jigsaw puzzle skin physiogel

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.


Moving On: My (Shin) Scar Story

I blog about lifestyle and beauty and I am a klutz. A line that sounds a lot like one of those AA session introductions. The only difference is that, getting handed with one of those shiny medallion chips or sobriety coins for having made it a month from not tripping or getting a booboo, for me, is far fetched. To cut the long story short, let’s just say, I trip, hit my elbow or whatever on a daily basis. It is something I have kind of gotten used to and have grown to live with.

I have also noticed that my tripping incidents become so close together  when my hormones go berserk during my time of the month. PMS does this to me. Minor bruises, trip here and there are my usual route.

But nothing has quite prepared me for something like this – photo taken June 2011 (1 week old Shin Scar)

Because I would like to consider myself to be a reasonable person, I try to figure out why I klutz away through my daily grind. I surmise that it has a lot to do with my being an action person. Because I tend to follow through on what I think of doing, I oftentimes get ahead of myself and there goes the accidents I most often have to deal with. Ouch!

Nothing major as my shin skin scraping off that night in June 2011. It was crazy painful! But I am actually thankful enough that I was wearing PJs then. Else, I could have scraped myself to the bone! Yikes! And that was right inside our very own backyard.

Here’s much I can tell, for a moment there, I really felt like I saw stars and birds circling my head on impact. It happened during the time when the rain was pouring hard. So screaming for help wouldn’t have done me any good. It was also too owie to let out a scream! I struggled to get up and helped myself as I limped my way back to the house. It was crazy for me to go out and walk in the dark anyway. What was I thinking!

providone iodine medicine for wounds

I am not surprised to find out that my accidents are not particularly limited to the four corners of the house. Apparently, a klutz is designed to have this innate ability to tumble, trip and tumble all over again regardless of my location – for as long as the pull of gravity is present. Above is an instagram post I uploaded April of last year when my family and I were in Vietnam. For lack of heart of posting a photo of my scraped knee right above the shin that was scraped just the year before, I just uploaded a photo of the solution we bought from a local Saigon drugstore. I was taking photos (as any tourist would) along 23/9 Park in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, when I totally lost my balance for no reason. I don’t think anyone can be klutzier than that.

scars quotes

And with the hope that the odds of tripping in a foreign land might not be that high, I did not arm myself with any sort of first aid anything (so irresponsible- I know!). We were only visiting Vietnam and Cambodia for a little over a week, for one anyway. You see, even a klutz can hope. The sting from that Vietnamese Providone-Iodine solution I got hold of that day, made me promise to myself, that I will never assume or presume, let alone hope. Yes, the sting was pretty bad.


Liquid Castile Soaps by Casa de Lorenzo

Because of the scarcity of liquid castile soaps we have locally, I was stuck for years using Dr. Bronner’s Magic Pure Castile Soaps, which are only available in Healthy Options. Whenever I went to visit Healthy Options, I always secretly wished that a local counterpart will be available. I knew if there were,  castile soaps need not be as pricey.
Casa Lorenzo Castile Soap

Imagine this soaper’s delight (if you have been following me on Instagram (@jenaspacio) you must have seen that I have been into castile soap making myself), when I was contacted by Casa de Lorenzo, a very local brand, offering to send me their products for me to try out! As much as I would have loved to get into full blast manufacturing my castile soap, mass producing it is not really a priority right now. So learning that castile soap loving people like me actually have options besides Dr. Bronner’s is such a refreshing change.

Casa Lorenzo Calamansi Manila Castile Soap

Casa de Lorenzo Calamansi Liquid Castile Soap (Manila)
Water, Saponified Philippine Virgin Coconut Oil, Saponified Rice Bran Oil, Saponified Palm Oil and Philippine Essential Oils.

Only natural ingredients from natural products indigent to the Philippines are added to Casa de Lorenzo Manila Castile Soap. We combined the cleaning power of Virgin Coconut Oil Soap, the Moisturizing properties of Rice Bran Oil Soap and the lathering effect of Palm Oil Soap in one bottle. Added with Essential Oils from plants and flowers natively found in the Philippines, it is a delightful mix to surprise your senses.

But of course, I had to try Casa de Lorenzo for a couple of weeks at least, to be sure if the quality can at least be considered at par. I have used both Lavender and Peppermint variants of Dr. Bronner’s, so when Casa de Lorenzo included a unique variant, they interestingly called, Manila (Calamansi), I just had to try this out first from the batch.


Recent Beauty Find: Nature Republic C.C. (Complete Control) Cream

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 beauty products

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

Nature Republic C.C. Cream comes in three variants. Pure Cream Tinted, Makeover Cream Color Change and Holic Cream Whitening

nature republic cc cream tinted

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! 🙂


Upgrade Your Proactiv Kit and Get your Add-on at 50%-60% Discount! Extended Until December 31, 2013

For those who have greatly benefited from using Proactiv system, here’s some good news: On your next Proactive kit purchase, you can have it upgraded and get your add-on at 50%-60% off!

First off, what are Add-ons?
Add-ons to your already effective Proactiv Solution kit have the makings of enhancing your already effective skincare regimen. It is sweet that Proactiv has this way of personalizing how they cater to each skin type.

Here are the Add-ons to choose from on your next Proactiv Solution Set purchase:
Proactiv Solution add ons

This Upgrade Your Proactiv Kit and Get your Add-on at 50%-60% Discount works like such:
Customers purchasing a Proactiv kit (60-day or 30-day kit) at participating outlets are given the option to upgrade their kits with an additional Proactiv product at 50% discount (if purchase is 30-day kit) or 60% discount (if purchase is 60-day kit).


My Current Facial Regimen is Made of These…

I have honestly tried to stick to a facial regimen for as long as I can remember but have failed every time. But this I have been on for a month now. It may be because different brands come my way and I would honestly want to give my honest review on them. But there’s this strong feeling it has a lot to do with my withstanding issue with multi-step things. Is it just me, or regimen sounds a little rigid too? Or I might just be one plain lazy cow when it comes to facial this and that.

Facial Reginen


Pond’s Gold Radiance Revealed Facial Foam, Pond’s Gold Radiance Youthful Glow Day Cream, Ysabel’s Daughter Revitalizing Facial Serum and Celeteque Eye Plus Dark Circles Lightener

Pond’s Gold Radiance Revealed Facial Foam claims to be infused with 99% real gold micro-particles that sweep away dullness and boost the skin’s radiance. This rich facial cleanser also doles out luxurious lather and exfoliates the skin without over-drying it. I use this at least twice a day. Upon waking up in the morning, followed by…

Pond’s Gold Radiance Youthful Glow Day Cream with SPF15 claims to work deep within the skin to re-energize the lost radiance of aging skin cells. Infused with 99% real gold micro particles. It claims to improve dullness & protect your skin against UV rays. The first thing that attracted me to this cream is its SPF. Look, Ma! No need for extra everyday sunblock.

Celeteque Eye Plus Dark Circles Lightener is the one from this bunch I have used the longest. It was after all the hassles of our home project last May that I saw the nightmare that are my eyebags. As I have mentioned in my Celeteque review and giveaway post (don’t forget to join!), it is the one eye cream that I have seen to really lighten my otherwise panda eyes.

I got introduced to Ysabel’s Daughter Revitalizing Facial Serum via the Saladbox. It retails for P950 for this 30ml. I have been hearing a handful of raves about it. But not to take their word for it, I got down to trying it myself. The All Natural in its branding was what got me listening.


Understanding How Acne Forms and What Makes The Proactiv Solution Superior Over Other Acne Treatment Methods

How exactly does an acne form? How long does it brew inside the dermis before it actually surfaces up the skin? Truth be told, we do not just get pimples overnight. It’s more of a nightmare waiting to erupt with a process that takes longer than we think.

how acne forms


(1) An acne starts in our sebaceous hair follicles – the tiny holes we know as pores. Deep within each follicle, our sebaceous glands are working to produce sebum, the oil that keeps your skin moist and pliable. As your skin renews itself, the old cells die, mix with our skin’s natural oils and are sloughed off. Under normal circumstances, these cells are shed gradually, making room for fresh new skin.

(2) Dead skin cells may block the pores, resulting to over-accumulation of oil underneath. Bacteria that live on the skin naturally begin to grow and multiply in this site, (3) triggering an inflammatory response causing a red, angry pore that we see as pimple already at the tail-end of the acne formation process.

Proactiv Solution

The Proactiv Solution

How exactly does Proactive Solution prevents acne at the root cause and targets to destroy the acne cycle?
1.The Proactiv Renewing Cleanser (Step 1) and the Proactiv Revitalizing Toner (Step 2) works by removing dead skin cells, ensuring that the pores don’t get clogged.
2. The Proactiv Revitalizing Toner (Step 2) removes excess oils too, eliminating food for bacteria.
3. The Proactiv Renewing Cleanser (Step 1) and the Proactiv Repairing Treatment (Step 3) kills the bacteria and prevent proliferation.
4. The Free Refining Mask helps reduce the inflammation and swelling.


But how about other pimple/acne treatment methods? Are they not as effective?
What makes the Proactiv Solution superior over other acne treatments is that unlike other spot- treatment methods, Proactiv Solution is not reactive. The likelihood of scars and dark marks are higher with this kind of spot-treatment. It also does not prevent future breakouts. It can be the most frustrating to have to treat acnes this way and have not long haul solution to it.

Proactiv Solution contains only 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, a safe and effective concentration which makes it OK for daily use and may be applied to the whole face. With Proactiv’s Advanced Microcrystal technology, eradicating bacteria is faster and gentler than common spot treatments.