Sun Protection Week: Day 3 – My Sun Protection Strategy for Outdoor Activities

I love the sea. I love swimming and water activities. I used to love getting really dark and almost sun burnt until I found out that it’s not healthy. So I learned to accept my medium yellow-olive-toned skin that’s neither pale nor tan. I take sun care more seriously when I’m spending the day directly under the sun. I buy the really heavy diaper cream-like zinc oxide sunblocks — the type that’s almost like white body paint. I’ve accepted that when it comes to sun care, I CAN’T have it all. I’ll always have to choose between 2 things: 1….

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I Think I Already Found the Moisturizer I’ve Been Looking For

In my 30th birthday post, I mentioned the Jason Ester-C Skin Care line which had the best moisturizer I have ever tried. I remember my skin looking alive, and glowy, and pretty, and healthy, and smooth, and even-toned, AND post-acne hyperpigmentation went away so much faster when I was using it. Note that back then, I wasn’t using tretinoin yet. The line is already discontinued, although technically, it’s not. They reformulated and the moisturizer is just not the same anymore. After that, I switched moisturizers a lot in an attempt to find something that could give me the same effect….

Lush Ponche Shower Gel Review

Technically, my first drink was wine because our dad have us drink it every New Year’s eve. But, my first real drink was in college, at the end of our 2nd year. I can still remember clearly that we drank a bottle of tequila. My college friends stopped me on my 9th shot because they knew it was my first time and they were worried for me. Only I was far from drunk, my face wasn’t red at all, and I can still walk a straight line. They said it was beginner’s luck. I say I got it from my father. My dad is not an…

Human Nature 100% Natural Cleansing Bar Soap – Used Up and Reviewed

Some months back, one of my workmates resigned and she gave us all a parting gift — mine was this soap by Human Nature. I knew it was only a matter of time before Human Nature comes out with a bar soap. Isn’t the box packaging lovely? The bar is white, almost opaque, with an inscription of the brand name and heart logo. General Info: Price: Php 64.75 for a 120g. bar Available at Rustan’s Supermarket, Shopwise, and the Human Nature website. Ingredients: Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, aqua, sodium hydroxide, sodium lactate (sugarcane-derived), sodium gluconate (sugarcane-derived), coco glucoside (coconut-derived), glyceryl oleate (coconut-derived), stearic…

Nature’s Gate Aqua Block SPF 50 Review

If you love water sports and swimming under the sun, this is the sunblock for you. I discovered Nature’s Gate Aqua Block during my chemical phobia days. I grabbed it as soon as I saw it at Healthy Options because it says Very Water Resistant on the package. I was going to Boracay at the time and I knew we were going to do a lot of water activities. That was mid-2009. Fast forward to 2012 and this remains to be my favorite sunblock for water + sun activities. I made a mistake of using sunblock-that-must-not-be-named last year and I…

The 3 Requirements for Acne to Exist: My Acne Story

I was an acne sufferer for years which lead me to reading a lot about anything acne-related. The goal is to be able to create a skincare routine that would keep my acne in remission. My skincare products now address at least 2 of the following. So far so good. The 3 requirements for acne to exist: #1:  P. Acne (Proprionibacterium Acne) This is the bacteria that causes acne. It feeds on the oils in our skin. #2:  Clogged Pore(s) The clogged pore(s) may be caused by comedogenic ingredients. But there are also people like me who have acne-prone pores….