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Summer-Ready Skin Tips & Treatments That Work

Summer-ready skin takes time to achieve, especially if you’re prone to body acne. These tips are based on my experience dealing with occasional break outs on my face and I do get back acne / backne too. While these things should not keep anyone from enjoying their outings and wearing their favorite swimsuit, skin conditions can make anyone feel self-conscious and less confident.

Spot all the sunblock lotion! :D It’s better to be crazy applying sunblock or pay the price with damaged skin later

Here are some of my tried and tested tips you can try at home including some skincare procedures you can try to achieve a more flawless skin in time for summer.

At Home Solutions for Summer-Ready Skin:

1. Exfoliate – you read this tip all the time but here are details that will help. Exfoliate your face and body 2-3x a week to remove dead skin cells. I find that unlike others, my skin really needs manual exfoliation or the build up of dead skin cells will clog my pores and give me acne.

I use an organic scrub of coffee grounds and sea salt, with virgin coconut oil.

2. Moisturize – dry skin makes it easy for pimple-causing bacteria to enter your skin. Find a good face moisturizer (I use Sensilia Moisturizing Cream on my face, I got it from Luminisce Skin Clinic) and for the body, use a light weight body lotion (I use Aveeno right now).

3. Spot treat with acne gel – If you have spots on your body like chest, arms, and back, try applying a topical anti-acne gel. I currently use  Adapelene Gel and apply it before putting on body lotion.

Skincare Procedures / Treatments for Summer-Ready Skin

If your skin condition is severe such as persistent body acne on your chest, back, and arms that don’ improve even after regular exfoliation, spot treatment, and moisturization, then maybe it’s time to consult the professionals. Here are skin treatments I tried that reveal clearer, smoother skin.

1. Chemical body peel – I tried this several years ago and it really works. Face and body peels instantly reveal younger and healthier looking skin after say 2-4 weeks. It also helps to clear out acne and you can undergo this treatment even if you have active pimples.

Recently, I consulted a dermatologist at Luminisce Skin Clinic (Podium Branch) and it was recommended that I try their body peel while I can’t remember the name, I know it is a combination of peeling solutions that are safe and the downtime is around 2 weeks.

Be sure to get a peel at least 1-2 months before you go to the beach to avoid pigmentation when super new skin is exposed to the sun.

2. Starwalker Angel White Laser – if your problem is acne scars and blemishes, this is an instant solution that you can find at Luminisce Skin Clinic. My first experience with this treatment is with my underarms then it was recommended that I try it for my back which had pigmentation and acne marks. I was very happy with just 1 session, it lightened acne marks and evened out my skin tone. I can only imagine how amazing it is if you get 2-3 sessions since the laser shatters all types of pigmentation on any part of the body.

3.  Full Radiance and Acne Clear Laser – summer means a lot of sweating and potential breakouts. Just last month, I tried this facial which is safe even if you’re going to the beach! This facial will rescue you from acne armageddon whether it’s on your face, chest, back, or arms. I had my face undergo the Full Radiance facial at Luminisce and then their Acne Clear Laser technology too.

The Full Radiance facial gently exfoliates to remove dead skin cells, impurities and to help younger skin to surface. The Acne Clear Laser kills acne causing bacteria painlessly. According to the Luminisce website, the Acne Clear Laser normalizes the blood vessels surrounding the wound healing process to lessen the inflammation and hasten skin healing. In a few sessions, you can notice the difference with smoother, even-toned skin. This is the safest yet most effective solution to acne inflammation, redness, and flushing!

You can get this treatment even just a few days before your summer outing.

Summer Skin Care Regimen

Now that you can enjoy the beach in full confidence, thanks to your flawless skin – it’s important to ensure that your skin stays healthy and smooth all throughout the season.

This is my current skincare regimen. All of them are very mild yet effective. I’m not keen on trying different products so I like to follow what the dermatologist recommends. These are all from Luminisce Skin Clinic. I like the moisturizer the most, as mentioned above.

One item in my regimen that stays forever is the Luminisce Sunblock which I’m using for at least 3 years now. It’s so nice to use in beach trips because it’s like a BB cream (without clogging) and evens out my skin tone without having to wear makeup. Of course, you have to wear your sunglasses to avoid eye wrinkles during the summer time.

Luminisce Skin Clinic is my current choice for a friendly skin laser clinic that has the latest technology. I also like Dra. Kaycee Reyes’ holistic approach that yield natural-looking results. The nurses and staff are very caring and professional too. They have two branches one in BGC and another at the newly opened The Podium in Ortigas. I go to their BGC clinic which is nearer for me. You can contact them through Facebook or their website http://luminisce.com

 

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Tips to #LiveBetter with Vitality in 2018

Happy New Year! Every new year means new beginnings and the first few weeks of the year is a good opportunity to develop new lifestyle habits. These minor lifestyle tweaks are what it would take to reach different goals.

An example is waking up earlier than usual like 5am. This is one of my favorite new year resolutions that I actually started before the end of 2017. Vlogger Sam Ozkural inspired me to do it, watch her video on how waking up early can change your life:

Many of our goals can be categorized into relationships, career, finances, and health. At a glance they look so different from each other but they’re actually so interconnected. An example is when you’re healthy you’d be able to perform better at work, possibly get that promotion that will improve your finances, and allow you to take care of your relationships such as family, especially your children.

Quick and Easy to Do Wellness Hacks to Try in 2018

Taking this example, here are things you can do now to improve your health and spread wellness in all aspects of your life:

1. Relax your senses with scented candles as you destress after a long day at work. You deserve these few minutes of peace and quiet. It’s a simple way to love yourself more and feel taken cared of.

2. Squeeze in a few minutes of fitness no matter where you are. I recommend using any type of resistance bands. They’re portable, affordable, easy to store, and you can find full body workouts on YouTube that use resistance bands. If you’re new to working out, this is a good and practical way to start.

 

Tip: Watch Camp #LiveBetter for inspiration on how to get fit outside of the gym. You’ll also learn fitness tips straight from celebrities Solenn Heussaf, Nico Bolzico, and Raymond Gutierrez. Camp #LiveBetter is a total wellness game show powered by Philam Vitality that will help contestants train harder, eat healthier, and manage their finances better.

 

3. Fuel your body with complex carbs like brown rice or biodynamic rice. From my own experience, brown rice is the easiest way to lose belly fat. I even think they help in building abs! I’m not a nutritionist so try it for yourself in 2018 and let me know how brown rice helps you.

 

4. Worry less about your finances by making informed choices. One of the worries we’ll always have is money. But, if we take charge of our financial wellness by learning more then we’d fear less about the future and enjoy our life more.

Make it one of your habits to check out financial products from different companies. Here are 3 financial products to check out from Philam Life:

Active Money Works

Active Family Provider

Active Health Invest Plus

You can read about other financial products from this blog here. Contact a registered financial planner or a licensed financial adviser if you’re interested to know more about these investment and insurance plans.

5. Make every day count. Days make up weeks, months, and an entire year. Don’t wait for tomorrow and rob yourself of achieving your goals and living your life to the fullest. One of my mantras this year is to “just go” because sometimes, overthinking gets us nowhere and as they say – action speaks louder than words. Try to squeeze the most out of each day. Make every day the best day of your life.

 

What are your New Year resolutions and goals? Please share your tips and motivational thought via comments below! 

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Teaching Kids the Value of Investing

The common misconception is that kids may be too young to be taught about how to handle their money. But the danger behind this is we assume that children will not be able to understand what saving means even after we have taught them. So instead of actually teaching them earlier, we wait a couple of more years when they are almost an adults to teach them the importance of delaying gratification.

Turning investment into a family activity

Obviously, you cannot start their financial literacy lessons with terms like diversified portfolios and mutual funds. Start with the basics like saving money. Simply telling them saving money does not mean you get to spend it all in one go. While it is important to buy things that will add value or generally make you happy, it also pays to delay gratification. What this means is if they want a toy now, they would have to forego buying sweets for a couple of weeks so that they can buy the toy and still have money left in their piggy bank.

 

When you see improvements on how they handle the money you give them that is when you slowly give them an idea about what investing means. Tell them the difference between saving money and making it grow by investing it. You can tell them that investing is one of the ways they can make more money out of the money they have now. Maybe you can start with simpler concepts to grasp like stocks — which is buying a tiny piece of a company, and then telling them the importance of being on top of that company’s performance.

 

Adapt to your children’s learning style

Some kids get bored when you simply define terms to them, especially on a topic like this. The best way to deal with this problem is knowing your children’s preferred learning style. Some kids understand concepts more when there are stories involved. Maybe you can talk about your experience with saving and investing money, the first time you chose a company to invest in and the day-to-day tracking you are doing to make sure they are performing well.

 

Some kids are more visual, which means they might want to see graphs and pictures while you are explaining. What you can do is pick a company that they might be interested in from your own portfolio, print out the latest reports , and then show it to them. There are kids who would like hands-on experience, and for this one, you have two options:

 

  • If you are already thinking about buying stocks again, let them do it. Just instruct them on what to do and explain what happens in each step.
  • Open their own investment account and ask them which company they want to start with. Preferably, start with companies that are already in your own portfolio since you know how those are performing in the market.

 

Use everything that you have as tools for teaching them like videos, apps, pictures, and so on.

 

One of the most effective ways to keep them interested is to start involving them in your investment transactions. Explain to them the concept of risks and rewards, show them that there will be times when it seems like an investment is losing money, and tell them what you do as a countermeasure. Learning financial literacy is important no matter what age; it is best that you start teaching them now.

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Christmas Family Experience at Lancaster New City Open Air Cinema

Lancaster New City is the premier development in Imus, Cavite. The family-friendly community made a spectacular Christmas attraction at the famous Central Greens. An open field outdoor area where Lancaster residents shop and play. Their kids playground is a haven for active children and this communal space is really green, breezy, and spacious.

My family and I instantly felt refreshed and rejuvenated when we saw this outdoor space. We heard about Lancaster a few years ago from fellow Cavite residents. On this day, we came to watch the  FREE Christmas Light Show at The Square.

Christmas Family Wonderland

We arrived early for the Christmas Light Show that begins at 6pm and will run until December 26. There were plenty of restaurants and cafes to relax in. When the sun set, people started flocking to the Mercato-style food park are at Lancaster. This is also within the Central Greens.

My son enjoyed his holiday cotton candy. We also bought flying LED lights that’s perfect to play with at night outdoors. Lancaster New City was so lively that night, families especially children were obviously enjoying their bonding activities over food, shopping, and playing.

There were also plenty of Christmas booths and features where you can play games, meet Santa Claus, and pose for the camera. So many instagram-worthy shots here at Lancaster New City!

Watch: Lancaster New City Open Air Cinema

I can’t remember the last time I watched a romantic movie but when I saw that Lancaster New City was also hosting an Open Air Cinema in partnership with Cinema One, I immediately made my plans known that I will watch one of the movies. There were two films shown “Love You to the Stars and Back” and “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. The first one shown was Julia Baretto and Joshua Garcia’s Love You to the Stars and Back. It was my first time to experience an outdoor cinema and I enjoyed the movie from start to finish.

It was so relaxing, romantic, funny, and inspiring. I heard that this is a yearly activity that’s hosted by Lancaster New City. How lucky their residents are and I hope to be here with my family again when that happens.

 

Food Trip at The Square, Lancaster New City

Right after the movie, we walked around The Square to see different shops but most of all – food choices to try. We were so happy to enjoy the outdoor vibe and feel the “Christmas weather”. It is cold in Cavite during December and activities like this make you really feel and enjoy the charm of Christmas. There are coffee shops to warm you up, milk tea shops, and restaurants that serve Filipino and comfort food for all.

 

Enjoy these ongoing FREE activities at Lancaster New City, check out their FB page to get official updates and to plan your Christmas family bonding!

P.S. Lancaster New City‘s The Parish of the Holy Family opens its doors and welcomes the faithful for Simbang Gabi. It starts on December 15, 7 p.m. for the anticipated Mass, and continues on December 16, 4 a.m. for the regular Mass.

 

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Christmas French Fine Dining at Impressions, Resorts World Manila

A quiet French Fining Dining gem in Maxims Hotel, Resorts World Manila where you can enjoy private, luxury fine dining with exceptional service that truly impress.

Experience and taste something different this Christmas season at Impressions in Resorts World Manila. Impressions is a French fine dining restaurant located at the 3rd floor of Maxims Hotel where you can enjoy the  Impressions Christmas Special set menu created by Chef Cyrille Soenen, the first and only Master Chef of France in the Philippines, and also the Director of Culinary Arts for Resorts World Manila.

Impressions Christmas Special

The Impressions Christmas Special is a sit down dinner with an elegant four-course set menu. It’ll be available from December 23-25 only at a special holiday rate of P2,500++.

Appetizer: Pork Terrine with Cherry Compote

The dinner starts with this Pork Terrine with Cherry Compote that serves as an appetizing beginning. Pork Terrine is a French forcemeat loaf similar to a pâté. It is served with crostini and on the side, is a very light Apple and Herb Salad with Cherry Puree.

It was my first time to eat a French Pork Terrine, it is similar to embutido but with a lighter taste and coarser texture that makes it a good companion for toasted bread. I wasn’t very excited with the Cherry Compote at first, but this preserve went very well with the Terrine. The natural sweetness of cherries and its creaminess complimented the savory texture of the pork.

Even my kid loved it and it was a very interactive plate to start our special dinner.

 

The next entree is the Spiced Pumpkin Soup with Fennel. This isn’t just an ordinary pumpkin soup, it is served with Foie Gras Mousse (oh yes) that transforms this dish into a different experience.

Your bowl arrives with the Foie Gras Mousse and the actual pumpkin soup is carefully poured onto the mousse. It was a delight and a luxury to experience, the soup smells and tastes like Christmas.

Spiced Pumpkin Soup with Fennel

The main entree is Impressions’ Braised Beef Brisket and Mushroom Gratin. It is more than just a slab of meat or an ordinary steak. This beef is cooked French-style and for over 5 hours to achieve the authentic French taste and tenderness.

Main:  Impressions’ Braised Beef Brisket and Mushroom Gratin

This dish’s portion and serving is so generous, I only managed to eat half of the delicious, savory, and ultra-soft, easy-to-chew beef. You’ll appreciate the mushroom gratin that compliments the meat flavors with its soft, starchy, and creamy flavor. I can only imagine how wonderful this braised meat would be with rice!

Desserts and Mignardise

Dessert is a festive Raspberry Panna Cotta with Red Crumble, Raspberry Spiced Ganache, Coconut Lady Finger, and White Chocolate Vodka Ice Cream. You can request for Vodka to be omitted from your ice cream especially if dining with young children, like my son for example.

My favorite among the assortment of desserts (and these are all for just one person) is the White Chocolate Vodka Ice Cream. It was also my first time to enjoy a French Mignardise. I didn’t even know how to pronounce it (min-yar-dees) but basically, a mignardise is a “bite-sized, pretty dessert that’s served at the end of a meal”.

Sharing the mignardise and talking about which dessert to pick from red and green macroon, ube cannele, to ginger spiced pralines made the dinner more social and engaging. It was such a break from the demands and lure of modern technology.

Book Your Christmas at Resorts World Manila

Experience this highly recommended French-themed Christmas Dinner Special at Impressions, contact the Tourist/Visitor Hotline at (02) 908-8833 or visit www.rwmanila.com to reserve a table. RWM guests will be treated to wonderful evening of music and magic with a Christmas Day Show at The Plaza in Newport Mall. The angelic voices of the UP Singing Ambassadors will fill the air with traditional Christmas hymns, while “Diamond Soul Siren” Nina will enchant audiences with contemporary carols. Santa Claus will also be on hand to delight children of all-ages.

Merry Christmas!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

5 Tips to Keeping Holidays Fun and Healthy

December brings a crazy kind of busy for parents and children alike. At school, home, and work – the holiday season can be both fun and hectic at the same time. Here are some tips to keep the Christmas season fun like it’s meant to be while keeping the whole family healthy.

1. Plan and learn to say no – take a step back and review your family’s commitments, including your children’s upcoming exams and social activities such as reunions or parties. Be realistic about your limitations and take into consideration your family’s need to rest and recharge in between. Only say yes to things you can commit to and really deliver, it will be good for your own productivity, mood, and well-being.

The holiday themed play area at The Square of Lancaster New City

2. Keep your family active – the holidays might be a good break for you and the kids from school and work but sitting all day playing mobile games and scrolling through social media can make you and your family feel sluggish in the end. Take advantage of free Christmas attractions outdoors, take a break from the gadgets, and squeeze in physical activities through outdoor games or even just walking is better than sitting.

3. Protect your kids from infectious diseases with Vitamin C – serving your family nutritious food helps in keeping them fit and healthy but busy work and school schedules, add to that the holiday season, makes it a challenge to ensure everyone’s getting the right dose of vitamins such as Vitamin C. Vitamin C can help protect your child from infectious diseases that are easily transmitted during the holiday – think Christmas parties, gatherings with lots of people, children playing indoors and outdoors, all the traveling, etc.

Pack toys and activity books to keep kids busy when traveling during the holidays and when braving the traffic.

The holidays are the worst time for anyone to get sick and miss all the memorable family moments. I always pack Vitamin C (together with some first aid medicines for fever, etc.) whenever I travel with my son. You can buy them in small bottles for traveling then just get the big ones to use when you stay at home.

FERN-C kidz comes in a delicious orange flavor at Php62.00 per 60mL bottle and Php119.00 per 120mL bottle. FERN-C kidz is also formulated with Zinc which further builds their resistance from illnesses and common diseases.

4. Keep things simple – Christmas is a great time to be creative and bring out your best decors, outfit, or family recipes. However, it doesn’t hurt to make things simpler. Simple might be even better if it means you get more time with your family especially your children. Remember that the holiday season is not a competition and at the end of it all, it’s your family that matters.

5. Enjoy – Believe it or not, this hectic but wonderful time of the year will end very fast. Christmas will end before you know it and 2018 will begin as swiftly. Family time is precious and Christmas is the best time to invest in memories that you and your child will forever cherish. Don’t forget to pause and make sure that you and your kids are enjoying the holidays in your healthiest shape by boosting your kids’ immunity.

Have a merry and healthy Christmas, Mommy and Baby!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.