beauty tips

Skin Care Tips To Clear Acne

Thursday, April 06, 2017

     There are many different types of acne and plenty of proposed solutions to your pimple woes. However, when it comes to skincare, say goodbye to complex regimens, and say hello to simple changes that can bring dramatic changes to your skin. 

     Some people are born with beautiful clear skin, but most of us are not so lucky. Diet, exercise, genetics, and hormones have a lot to do with the severity of acne. The origin of your acne may be rooted in many different causes so treatment may be equally complex. However, there are many simple tricks that can get you on track for clearer, healthier skin. Some DIY treatments and solutions can actually be harmful to skin, so when it comes to skin care treatment, it is time to downsize your regimen for a simpler routine. Here are a few simple skin care tips to clear acne.

Skin Care Tips To Clear Acne

Use a Gentle Makeup Remover

     Stop irritating your skin by scrubbing it harshly with a washcloth and hand soap. Hand soap is not designed to suit your vulnerable skin, and the chemicals can prove to be a harsh irritant, creating rashes or causing your pores to create more oil. In addition, scrubbing your face with a washcloth our other material will cause further irritation. Those who rub their skin excessively can peel off vital new skin cells, damage pores, and stimulate the production of oil.

     Skip the rubbing and stick to a gentle makeup remover. Apply lightly to the skin with water and gently rub in with your fingers and voila—a makeup free face.

Use a Night Cream

     When it comes to moisturizing your skin, not just any lotion or cream will do. This is why dermatological companies create specific products just to moisturize the face. Night creams are meant to retain moisture throughout the night and help quicken the skin-repairing process that occurs while you’re asleep. The key to finding the right night cream for you is to decide between an oil-based or water-based product. Typically, water-based night creams will cause less irritation and are less likely to lead to breakouts. What’s more is that a night cream can also be used as a makeup primer. The skin naturally absorbs water-based face creams quicker, so it can go under makeup quickly. This is especially important if you live in a dry climate and during dry winters.

Stop Using Harsh Exfoliates and Face Masks

     If you are a Pinterest enthusiast, you have likely seen hundreds of pins that advertise DIY facemasks and exfoliates. The most popular types include those with natural ingredients such as lemon, honey, lavender, cinnamon, avocado, egg white, Greek yogurt, and the list goes on and on. For some people, a regimen that includes a facemask can truly rejuvenate the skin, and different ingredients can make skin glow. However, a common mistake comes in using masks too often. Harsh exfoliates such as cinnamon can burn and irritate the skin, especially for those with sensitive skin or those taking strong acne medications. Certain types of cystic acne treatment make the skin more sensitive; using a mask such as this every night, for example, can actually cause you to break out more because you are always peeling off the new layer of skin.

     Some choose to buy exfoliates from the store. Again, for many people, exfoliates are simply not a good choice. From natural scrubs to exfoliating beads, it is best to let nature take its course and let the skin clear on its own. The only time you should use an exfoliate is if your dermatologists tells you to do so.

Best 5 After Gym Skincare Tips You Should Know

Saturday, January 07, 2017

     You might already have a good everyday skin care routine that gives you a flawless shine, but have you given enough thought about the post-workout one? 

     It is difficult to maintain two skincare routines in one day (blame it on your strict deadlines) and it is even harder to add your workout to your busy schedule. Spending a few extra minutes in the locker room can become unimaginably beneficial to get a good looking skin. It will make all the difference in maintaining a healthy skin that is free from breakouts and even looks hydrated.

Best 5 After Gym Skincare Tips You Should Know 

Why Madonna is Aging Gracefully?

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

     Hi dearies! If you're born in the 80's and 90's I'm so sure that you know Madonna and became a fan. She's timeless because at her age (57), she's still rocking that fit body and glowing skin. Guess what?! The most anticipated concert in Manila is happening this February 24 and 25- REBEL HEART TOUR! Everyone is so excited to see her perform live in Mall of Asia Arena.

     Anyhoo, I became a fan of Madonna when I was in second year high school. She's a music genius because her songs appeal to everyone. Aside from her music, what I like with her most is how she takes good care of her skin. Is she the living proof that there is really a fountain of youth and she's been drinking that potion or applying that all over her body? I made a simple research online and found out that Madonna's secret to her fit body and youthful appearance despite her age is her lifestyle. Read some lifestyle tips below that I'm sure will inspire you to be like Queen Madonna!!!
Why Madonna is Aging Gracefully?
     Here are eight simple lifestyle tips that will definitely make your skin as youthful and graceful as the Queen. These are the basics and easily to follow lifestyle tips why Madonna is aging gracefully:

1. Drink 8- 10 glasses of water a day. Water doesn't have calories and is a great anti-oxidant. Drinking more than your usual glass of water a day to help flush those toxins in your body everyday.
2. Limit alcohol intake, if you cannot ditch those alcoholic drinks switch to red wine instead but limit yourself to one glass a day.
3. Stop smoking for good period.
4. Use sunblock, suncreen, sun cream, sun spray, or whatever you call it. Use it everyday even if your indoors. It is recommended to use sunscreens with spf 30 above.
5. Always remove your makeup before hitting the sack.
6. Invest in eye creams and moisturizers that will lessen the appearance of pre-mature wrinkles and sagging skin.
7. Eat fruits and vegetables. Dump those processed, sugary, salty, and fatty foods. Remember that fruits and vegetables are called glow foods. We're after youthful and glowing skin, right?!
8. Exercise! It's important to sweat out those toxins so that it will flushed out of our body. Remember to drink lots of water during exercise and bring a face towel to wipe the sweat thus avoiding germs to spread in your face during workouts.
9. Sleep at least eight hours a day. Sleep is important as it reinvigorates and repairs our body especially our cells. Have noticed that your skin becomes dehydrated if you only have four hours of sleep?
10. Mediate, worry less, and smile more!

Why Madonna is Aging Gracefully?
Lifestyle Tips
     And if you want to have a glimpse of Madonna, now is your chance to see her in person. This may be her first and last concert in Manila. Score tickets to this phenomenal concert and who know, you might get a chance to see her up close and personal.
Why Madonna is Aging Gracefully?
Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour on February 24 and 25 at the Mall of Asia Arena
     So if you really want to see Madonna performing your favorite songs live on stage, take advantage of what Globe is offering a 32% off discount on lower box tickets if you/concert-goers purchase them at Globe stores. Here are the great deals and promos that you should not miss!

  • For a limited time only, you can get your Madonna tickets at only 40,000 for 2 regular lower box tickets from its original price of 58,000, plus 1000 bonus rewards points! Catch this exclusive deal only on February 12 to 14 at Globe SM Megamall and Globe Powerplant Mall on February 19 to 21. That’s a total of 32% savings!
  • Globe customers purchasing Lower Box tickets also get an exclusive 15% discount from SM Ticket outlets. Two tickets worth P58,000 are now available for only P50,000.
  • For those who want to try their luck to win free tickets, the exciting ‘Hunt for the Rebel Heart’ on-ground activity allows one a chance to bring home two (2) Regular Lower Box tickets to the concert by solving clues and puzzles.
  • The ‘Hunt for the Rebel Heart’ activity is happening on February 14 at SM Mall of Asia and February 21 at SM North EDSA and is open to all Globe, TM, and Globe Home Broadband customers with an Instagram or Twitter account. All they have to do is the visit the ‘Hunt for the Rebel Heart’ booth on the specified dates to join. To win tickets, the player has to complete the task instructed to them via the clues provided. Clues are revealed through the official Globe Twitter account @enjoyGlobe. The first player to return to the booth with the completed task wins. There will be a maximum of 3 winners for each run.
  • Apart from solving puzzles with the 'Hunt for the Rebel Heart' contest, Huawei is also giving customers a chance to win concert tickets at the Huawei Ball Pit event. 
  • Those availing a Globe myLifestyle Plan bundled with select Huawei devices at Globe Stores in GMA automatically get 2 passes to the Ball Pit event at SM Mall of Asia on February 21. Instant prizes are up for grabs including Huawei devices and of course, Madonna Rebel Heart tour concert tickets for two!

Tickets for Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour on February 24 and 25 at the Mall of Asia Arena are on sale now in all SM Ticket Outlets, or call 470-2222. Exclusive ticket deals also await Globe customers. 
More information about Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour below:

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Get Glowing and Gorgeous this Holiday Season

Sunday, December 06, 2015

     ‘Tis the season to be merry and healthy! From Christmas parties, family reunions, and series of night outs, there’s simply no room for stress, break outs, and bloating. 

     However, the dog days of El NiƱo plus your monthly visit can only heighten the symptoms of PMS, which certainly doesn’t spell like fun to us. So learn a trick or two from Philippine-US registered dietitian nutritionist Cheshire Que, RND, RN, RDN and with Fellow the of Philippine Dermatological Society and Medical Director of The Skin Specialist’s Dr. Jean Marquez to make sure you’re glowing and gorgeous this holiday season. 
Get Glowing and Gorgeous this Holiday Season 
     Fried, sweets, and rich foods, who can resist? While it’s no sin to indulge for the merry season of Christmas, the key is to eat mindfully and moderately. “Fuel up before you go to a party. Have cereal or oatmeal with fruits, which are loaded with fiber and antioxidants--it’s a simple way of keeping yourself from noshing too much carbs and fats. Take time to scan the spread and carefully choose what you’d like to have before piling them up on your plate, which should include veggies, protein, and healthy amount of fats such as salmon. Don’t miss a bowl of clear soup or glass of water before the meal begins, hydration is crucial for efficient metabolism and beating the bloat”, says dietitian-nutritionist Cheshire.

     While it’s a temptation to delay and neglect sleep during the holidays, know that it’s bad for your hormones, which affects the appetite and cravings by making the body want to eat more. And here’s a motivation to seriously aim for the 7-8 fully restorative hours of shut-eye according to Dr. Jean: toning, lightening of dark circles around the eye, and preventing breakouts. “It’s also the ultimate in skin anti-aging that costs zero”, adds Dr. Jean. 
Get Glowing and Gorgeous this Holiday Season 
     The worse part of having an all jacked up hormones during PMS (namely estrogen and progesterone) are a bad case of mood swings, anxiety, and irritability. That’s why Jeunesse Anion Sanitary napkin and liners are not only equipped with a special soft top sheet material with quick absorbing properties, superior liquid-retention made of dirt-free and sterilized virgin pulp, breathable bottom layer, non-toxic adhesive to keep material in tact, it’s special anion chip defines the difference which helps to prevent bacteria, reduce feminine discomfort, and helps eliminate unwanted odors. In addition, recent research at the University of California proves that negative ions stabilize serotonin levels of the brain heightening a person’s positive outlook and mood. Need we say more?

     As a conclusion, we can’t help but say it again: exercise and get moving! In fact, nutritionist-dietitian Cheshire only requires total of 1-½ hours of moderate intensity exercise weekly to increase the system’s capacity to burn calories and to prevent those unsightly Santa belly. And aside from Dr. Jean who swear by its glowing effect for the skin, exercise releases endorphins which produces feelings of euphoria, so you’re always on the go and ready to party for the entire holiday season!

     Wellgold International Inc. distributes Jeunesse Anion Sanitary Napkin and Liners and currently available at Watsons, selected Mercury Drug outlets. SM department store’s health and beauty section, Robinson’s Supermarket, Shopwise, Rustan’s, Waltermart, Landmark Department store, UP Town Center’s Merkado Department Store, PCX stores, selected Metro Gaisano outlets, selected LCC Malls in Bicol, plus other stores nationwide. You may also purchase it online via

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Feature: Divine pampering and ME TIME at CEDAR Salon

Saturday, October 03, 2015

     When it comes to salon hair care and services, I only trust a few stylists to touch my crowning glory. Since I have a colored-treated hair, it's given that my locks are prone to dryness and frizz. We're already in the last quarter of the year and this means that we will be entering the busy months of October, November, and December. This are the crazy months we're we are rushing things- buying gifts, planning reunions and parties, and going on a vacation.

     Having all these in our schedule, we must not forget ourselves and have a perfect 'me time' before holiday officially starts. I was invited to one of the newest beauty oasis in the metro three weeks ago where I had my most needed 'me time' with other beauty and fashion bloggers. Prior to this event, Martha of thebeautyjunkee blog gave a brief of CEDAR Salon and the pampering options that I can try on the day itself. I've chosen color, cut, and hair treatment that I really, really, really liked and enjoyed. Are you excited to know more about CEDAR Salon and see the new hair color that I'm sporting now? Scroll down please!

Feature: Divine pampering and ME TIME at CEDAR Salon
     CEDAR Salon is the newest oasis in the city where one can reinvigorate and recharge the senses. Upon entering the salon, I felt relaxed because of the soothing spa ambiance. No funky-chemicalish salon scent, so those with sensitive nose can relax and breathe during your entire stay at the salon. But if you're having a hair color treatment, expect to smell a little bit of ammonia.

Feature: Divine pampering and ME TIME at CEDAR Salon
CEDAR Salon reception area
     The place is roomy and has perfect lighting with big mirrors. I can say there's a zen in the room where all the services are made. I like the minimal design and the furniture in this salon. Relaxing, indeed!

Feature: Divine pampering and ME TIME at CEDAR Salon
CEDAR Salon service area
     During the event, I was introduced to my stylist Jake. He is very kind and approachable. Yay to him because he did a great job in coloring my hair. I had a heart-to-heart talk with him in terms on cut, color, and style. He discussed with me the trends in hair cut that suits my hair type. I have long, thin and limp hair that I've kept uncut for almost 2 years. He said that I needed to cut the ends of my hair and give it a u-shaped look. I'll summarize below the important things he said to me and why I've achieved the hair color that I wanted :)

Hair color details:
Brand used: Schwarzkopf 
Shade: Combination of  8.11 and 7.56
Treatment: Bonacure Hair Therapy

Feature: Divine pampering and ME TIME at CEDAR Salon
Clockwise L-R: My old hair color and long limpy hair, after shampooing, Jake is checking my hair (status, condition, and if the color will look even, and prepping for haircut.
  • Before going to the salon, decide what hair color you like and let the stylist study it first.
  • Rule of the thumb- if you have bleached hair or you have light hair color from the very start, expect that you will achieve the true color that you want or almost the same and close shade.
  • If  you're really dying to have that hair color you have to undergo hair bleaching BUT always consider the condition of your hair.
  • The quality of hair dye that will be used in coloring your hair depends on the brand. It's not a must but as much as possible, stick to only one brand of hair color so that next time that you're going to have another coloring sesh, you will achieve the hair color you want without the fuss.
  • If you will not undergo hair bleaching, the only thing that will work in achieving the closest shade of your dream hair color is by mixing dyes. Ask  you stylist to give you a copy of the color chart. From the chart, let him explain which is which. What colors he/she is going to mix so that you will have an idea what the color will look like after application and waiting time.
  • Always choose color + treatment service on the day of your visit to the salon. Remember that after the coloring process, hair is in the delicate state where all the nutrients have been stripped of because of the hair dye BUT fret NOT- hair treatment is here to rescue!
  • Relax and enjoy while waiting for your new hair color. You can ask the stylist anything you want about the process and the after care treatment.
  • Use hair care products- shampoo, conditioner, serum for colored-treated hair. Since the hair color will eventually fade, make sure to use products that will make the fading beautiful.

Feature: Divine pampering and ME TIME at CEDAR Salon
Counter clockwise L-R: Haircut,  checking the hair color chart, and after applying the dye
     So here's the color of my hair after the event. Take note that this color will fade on the 4th or 5th day to the hair color that I really want- close ash brown hair color without bleaching. After the event, I can see that it's really the ash brown that I've dreamed of before. Jake also explained to me that the color of my hair will fade in either of the two shades in the chart because fading also depends on the hair care products I'm using.

Feature: Divine pampering and ME TIME at CEDAR Salon
Look ma, the hair color that Jake recommended in the chart looks like this. This is the 8.11 shade
     After almost a week, I took another photo to see how beautiful my hair color faded. I run out of shampoo for color-treated hair that's why I'm using organic one right now. I also use a conditioner for color-treated hair. The photo was taken around 5 p.m. in natural lighting. No filter or other effects used. I also love the hair treatment  used in my hair after the color sesh. It made my hair soft, smooth, and shiny!

Feature: Divine pampering and ME TIME at CEDAR Salon
After a week, this is my hair color in natural lighting around 5 p.m. The shade looks like the one that I've encircled on the left photo above.
     Thank you so much CEDAR Salon in an afternoon of divine pampering. I always get compliments from my relatives and friends because of my hair color. To all my readers, I highly recommend CEDAR Salon. Since the holiday rush is coming, visit them today and book an appointment. Posting here the menu services for your reference.

Feature: Divine pampering and ME TIME at CEDAR Salon
CEDAR Salon menu of services

For more information about CEDAR Salon:
Like them on Facebook: Cedar Salon
Follow them on Instagram: @cedarsalon
To book an appointment pls. call CEDAR Salon at (02) 726-7960

Good Times!~


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