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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.

Cetaphil Turns 70 – How To Moisturize Skin Properly

Cetaphil, the brand recommended by dermatologists is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Nowadays, reaching 70 years in the health & beauty industry is an extraordinary milestone.

If you are one of the many users of Cetaphil, are you sure you’re using it the right way? I’m talking about the Cetaphil moisturizers in particular.

Cetaphil Face & Body Moisturizing Lotion

Cetaphil has come a long way from just producing its famous and gentler than water facial wash. Nowadays, the brand has a diverse line for different skin types and ages. Cetaphil is available in more than 70 countries worldwide and offers a wide range of everyday products from, cleansers, moisturizers, sun protection to baby products and solutions for sensitive skin conditions such as acne, eczema and rosacea.

Cetaphil Face & Body Moisturizing Lotion, 237ml  P890

For this post, I want to offer information on how I use the Cetaphil Face & Body Moisturizer. Here’s what I like about this product:

– 2 in 1 product that can be used for the face and body
– comes in big packaging/tub with pump nozzle
– fragrance free which makes it suitable for daily use even for sensitive skin
– light weight
– easily absorbed by the skin
– prevents spots/pimples on the face and body

Do you know why using a good moisturizer stops pimples and help cure acne? Based on my experience – when you’re skin is dry, it produces more sebum or oil. The oilier your skin is whether your face or body, the easier dirt sticks to it and cause clogged pores. Dry skin also makes it easier for bacteria to enter the skin causing infections and skin irritation like pimples.

The Proper Way to Moisturize using Cetaphil Face + Body Moisturizer

Moisturizers “seal” moisture on your skin. This means there should be moisture to begin with. I’ve started the habit of moisturizing as quickly as I can right after stepping out of the shower. Since my Cetaphil moisturizer of choice is for both face & body, it’s very easy and time efficient to use.

The proper way to moisturize is right after cleansing your skin while your skin is still hydrated and supple from washing or cleansing.

Ever since I started this habit of using Cetaphil moisturizer right after bathing, I’ve enjoyed pimple and spot free face, chest, arms, and back. Of course, you must also exfoliate thrice a week – something I always fail to do but always try hard to follow!   You can bring a small version of this Cetaphil moisturizer and re-apply whenever your skin starts to feel dry i.e. when staying in air conditioned places.

Keeping your skin moisturized is also keeping your skin young and healthy for longer. “With its gentle and clinically proven formulas, Cetaphil reinforces and protects the structure of the skin – even in people with the most sensitive and delicate skin” explained Dr Eszter Baltas, dermatologist who contributed to developing Cetaphil products.

Where to Buy Cetaphil in the Philippines

Cetaphil Cleansers

The easiest way to buy Cetaphil in the Philippines is at Watsons stores. I buy mine from Watsons in SM supermalls. In the past, I remember having to ask relatives abroad to buy Cetaphil for me but now this product and its variants are available in the Philippines.

Cetaphil Moisturizers

Only Buy the Original Cetaphil Products

Beware of fake Cetaphil, I’ve read about it on Facebook. If you must buy online, cross check with Cetaphil’s website or send a message to Cetaphil’s Facebook Page.

Here is a complete list of where to buy original Cetaphil products.

 

What Cetaphil products are you using in your skincare routine? Share it via comments below! Stay healthy and beautiful, Mommy :)

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

Real Techniques Starter! 4 Basic Brushes for a No Makeup Look

Level-up your makeup games without really buying new makeup? Here’s my life-changing review of Real Techniques brushes. I never owned any makeup brush and have given up on wearing any kind of foundation for the past 5 years! And maybe this is why this review can’t get even more real.  I never wore foundation because it ends up cakey on the cheeks and extremely shiny on my oily and hyper sensitive, acne-prone skin. If only I knew I was applying it wrong after all these years – with my fingers or a sponge.

Real Techniques Brushes are now available at Sephora.ph

I got my first set of real makeup brushes online at Sephora. I chose Real Techniques based on YouTube reviews of makeup vloggers and when it came to which brush (or brushes to buy), the Real Techniques YouTube channel helped me decide. My starter set also fits the everyday look I wish to achieve that focus on looking fresh and natural without too much effort.

4 Basic Real Techniques Makeup Brushes for Beginners

As you can see, the brushes I got from Sephora Philippines came from different Real Techniques collections. There are ready-made sets available but I wanted the ability to pick those that I only need and for the makeup I actually have. You can do this when shopping online at Sephora. The above photo shows a contour brush, concealer brush, stippling brush, and pointed crease brush for applying eye shadow.

Continue reading how to use each brush and with what kind of makeup.

1. Real Techniques Stippling Brush (Price: Php 603.00) – you can use this when applying your base. In my case since I am allergic to foundation, I just use my tinted sunblock. You can also use the stippling brush when applying your BB cream, CC cream, liquid foundation – any base of your choice.

The right way to use the stippling brush is to glide or swipe it along your skin. Imagine you’re painting a wall, that’s the correct motion versus using the bottom of the brush against your skin. I also only learned this from Youtube!

Benefits of using a stippling brush based on my experience

– It lets you apply evenly all over your skin whereas if you’re using your bare hands or sponge, you can easily miss some areas.

– You can stretch your base and only use a little of it to apply on your face. The stippling brush is effective in distributing the product evenly, as thinly as you want it to be.

– A stippling brush brings out the high definition properties of your base as if bringing your makeup to life. Note I am just using tinted sunblock yet it looked like a real foundation with an air-brushed effect.

– It will encourage you to blend. I learned that the solution against cakey makeup is proper blending. So that’s why professional makeup artists use a stippling brush and blend for a long time. It doesn’t mean you put a ton of product either. Blending your makeup especially your base creates a natural finish and in short, look more like your skin. No makeup – makeup!

Tinted sunblock as base, applied with Real Techniques Stippling Brush. Under eye concealer applied with Real Techniques concealer brush.

3. Real Techniques Concealer brush (Price Php 732.00) – this is the easiest brush to figure out, yes use it with a concealer. I’ve been faithful to my skincare regimen and for this post, I just applied concealer under my eyes to hide dark circles.

I use the flat sides of the concealer brush to dab the concealer onto my dark circles in gentle patting motions.

Benefits of using a concealer brush based on my experience

– A lot easier versus using your finger.

– Flawless finish, no marks or uneven patches and creases which happen when I use my finger

– Little concealer goes along way when applied with concealer brush

– Allows you to blend and reach corners of your eyes

– Creates a real bright and awake natural look especially when blended very well

3. Real Techniques Flat Contour Brush (Price: Php 1,888.00) – this is a little pricey but worth it especially if you want to contour but have no idea how to do it! Like me, I’ve watched many tutorials on how to contour and only wished I could do the same. Now I know that the skill is found with the proper tool – a Real Techniques contour brush! I only want to contour my nose to make it look more straight since it is a little deviated to the left.

Rate my nose contour? It’s my first attempt using a Real Techniques Contour Brush and it looks amazing enough for me! I blended it with the Real Techniques Flat Contour Brush and it helped defined what needs to be defined while creating a natural, no makeup look.

Benefits of using a contour brush based on my experience

– This is an important tool to contour since a contour brush creates clean lines and definition

– Easily blend your contour makeup whether it is in stick, powder, or liquid form

– Like the other brushes, it’ll help you use as little product as possible to create your desired effect.

4. Real Techniques Pointed Crease Brush (Price Php 1,156.000) – While I still struggle when it comes to eye makeup this brush still improved results. I still have a lot to learn in this area so I just use one color which is the brown/nude eyeshadow when needed. It does help my eyes look softer and more dramatic.

Benefits of using eye makeup brush

– It picks up the right amount of pigment of eye shadow which saves you time in application

– Helps blend easily and making the eye shadow look really natural especially if you’re after a nude and matte look

– You can also use it to apply dots of highlighter on the corner of your eyes, lower lash line and on top of your upper lips for a fresh look

Verdict: Real Techniques Makeup Brushes are Beginner Friendly!

I made the right decision (and after all those researching and watching video tutorials) to buy these makeup brushes. Each brush comes with a mini-tutorial on their packaging. I’ve seen makeup brushes before that look bulky and these ones are very compact, easy to store, and easy to clean. I’ve already cleaned mine several times with baby shampoo and air drying, all four brushes retained their shape and soft quality bristles.

If you must buy only one, I highly recommend the stippling brush followed by the concealer brush. It can’t get any more basic than that. Using Real Techniques helped me understand the real benefits of using makeup brushes:

1. Helps you save on makeup because proper application prevents over application
2. Brings out the real properties of your makeup i.e. airbrush effect, 3D effect with makeup you already own- you’ll see when you try!
3. Finally, helps you achieve a professional result not far from your favorite beauty bloggers!

I used the stippling brush to apply cheek tint

Here’s a photo where I spent an entire day under the sun with my usual makeup applied with Real Techniques brushes. I love the no makeup effect and how light my face was since I only had to use very little products. I stayed shine-free and selfie-ready all throughout this family day. Success!

Do you have tips on applying makeup like a pro? What is your favorite makeup brush? Share them 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.

5 Ways to Use Belo Baby Hand Sanitizer Spray

Do you always carry with you a small hand sanitizer? Congratulations if you do because clear, beautiful, and healthy skin starts with clean hands!

belo baby
Belo Baby Hand Sanitizer, P49.75 each

Germs and Bacteria Cause Skin Infection

Nowadays, I try to always have a sanitizing spray with me. I also use handy antibacterial gels that come in small bottles. They fit well in mommy’s handbag and the kid’s school bags. If you ask why, I’ve always been susceptible to cystic acne. One time, I had it on the bridge of my nose and the doctor said it was bordering on becoming a serious infection. On a separate occasion, that same month – my grade schooler suffered from a skin boil at the back of his thigh.

WATCH: Unboxing and Using Belo Baby for the first time

All of these could have been prevented if we tried harder to keep our hands clean every time. It’s not that we do not practice proper hygiene, it’s just that we did not realize yet the importance of having access to and using hand sanitizers at all times.

Currently, I am using the Belo Baby Hand Sanitizer Spray. It is a new product of Belo Baby and like the rest of their lines – this hand sanitizing spray is free from harmful chemicals and is made of natural ingredients. It also means it won’t dry up your skin especially when you use it every now then. In fact, it has glycerin that keeps your hands moisturized.

5 Tips on Using Belo Baby Hand Sanitizers

1. Place Belo Baby Sanitizers on regularly used bags – sanitizers are pretty affordable but sometimes they are easy to forget. I’ve learned to keep hand sanitizers in our hand bags, school bags, lunch box and travel bags. One for each so that we never forget to bring them. Plus, getting them in & out of different bags can make you lose and misplace the sanitizing sprays.

2. Have a hand sanitizer ready in your living room – if your child likes to thumb suck, put things in his mouth, etc., do have a hand sanitizing spray ready for icky situations. We like eating in the living room too so now we use hand sanitizers before eating, after, and to wipe clean any surfaces quickly.

3. Make Belo Baby Hand Sanitizers available in the office – whether you work from home or in the office, have a hand sanitizer available close to you. I recently used Belo Baby to clean my laptop, mouse, and my son’s iPad too and I like how it left a sweet smelling (and calming scent).

Remember that gadgets, like your mobile phone is home to plenty of germs and bacteria too.

4. Use Belo Baby in and when using the toilet – We keep our toilets clean but living with boys mean sprinkles here and there. I just use the hand sanitizer to spray then wipe spots. You can also do this when you or your child really have to go and need to use public toilet.

5. Keep a bottle of Belo Baby Sanitizer in the car – Aside from sanitizing hands when eating inside the car, it’s also best to use/spray on your hands and your child’s hands before going out of the car. This ensures any germs or bacteria you contacted in the car have been removed and you can start your adventure with clean, sweet smelling hands.

It’s also handy to have for spills and cleaning spots inside your vehicle.

These tips may sound going overboard but believe me, we will only benefit from the germ-killing effects of hand sanitizers if and when we use them. Most of the time, I can’t locate my sanitizer especially in times of emergency like spills, using a public toilet, etc. Having hand sanitizers available for use significantly reduce risk of contamination, skin problems, and different types of infections.

Have a beautiful, germ-free day Mommy & Baby!

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

Vlog: Night Time Organic Skincare Routine

When you finally find the right mix of products, you can’t help but share it with others. My skin is very sensitive and it’s only 2 years ago that I learned how I should be using organic products and that organic means less irritation, redness, and breakouts.

VIDEO: Organic Skincare Routine

I recently started vlogging (just for fun) and here, I give a step-by-step of my daily PM regimen. Here is a list of the products I used:

1. Luminisce Glow Botanicals Liquid Facial Wash
2. Luminisce Gycolic Toner
3. Nano White Serum
4. Luminisce Moisturizer

All of the above are from my dermatologist, Dra. Kaycee Reyes but you can also buy them from her clinic, Luminisce located across St. Lukes in BGC.

I exfoliate at least twice a week with Jarful of Goodness’ coffee and dead sea salt scrub. I buy this scrub online. Sometimes when I feel my skin needs extra cleansing in the afternoon or in between morning and night, I use Cetaphil because it’s very mild as well.

Please subscribe to my YouTube channel where I try to post videos snippets of my day with different tips and ideas :)

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

Luminisce Skin Clinic: ThermiTight Review & Results

When I hit 30, I started to see signs of aging which I know are normal like tired looking eyes, sagging or baggy skin especially in my lower face like I have loose skin, and fine lines and wrinkles.

Even for someone like myself who works out regularly and try to eat healthy, these visible signs of aging are inevitable. We can’t really exercise our skin and make them tighter. I am very happy with the benefits of exercise but when I lost fat in my face, my skin started to sag. Unlike muscles that we can exercise, it would be difficult if not impossible to work out the largest organ in our body – our skin.

For the past few months, I thought I looked tired even though I was not. I wanted my appearance to match the way I feel – young, healthy, and fit. Sometimes I think my sagging skin, cheeks and nasolabial area draw a frown on my face. It is as if loose skin drags the corners of my mouth downwards, making an involuntary frown.

Unlike my friends I am poor at makeup skills and being a mom, don’t really have time to learn and contour, etc. every time I go out. Still I want to look healthy, active, and happy especially for my 6 year old son. My dermatologist, Dra. Kaycee Reyes of Luminisce Skin Clinic introduced me to ThermiTight which is a single treatment/procedure that produce long term results.

WATCH How ThermiTight works:

During my consult, Dra. Kaycee Reyes explained how ThermiTight is a non-surgical and minimally invasive procedure that is best for patients like me who want long term results but not go under the knife. It is a 100% pain-free procedure without down time meaning you can resume your daily activities right after (except heavy exercise of course).

Photo credit: Luminisce Facebook Page

I am a regular patient at Luminisce and remember how Dra. Kaycee Reyes trained with renowned Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Brian Kinney for this procedure. Note that not all doctors can acquire and perform a ThermiTight procedure, they need to be trained and licensed by Thermi – the company who created the ThermiRF machine which is used for the procedure.

My ThermiTight Experience

The day finally came when I will undergo ThermiTight. We agreed to start early at 9AM since the line-up of patient procedures, non-surgical and surgical were quiet long at Luminisce. The nurses took my Before photos first, I came without anything on my face which was a good idea.

Next step was having my face sterilized with Iodine solution up to the chest area. This is to prevent any form of infection. Even if ThermiTight isn’t surgical, the procedure was done in Luminisce’s new Operating Room. It looked serious and nurses plus Doc Kaycee are very strict about sterilization which made me feel very safe.

ThermiTight Procedure

When I was finally ready, Doc Kaycee came in and administered local anesthecia. I am not afraid of injections and for me, it felt like any ordinary vaccination. I appreciated how Doc Kaycee was very friendly and compassionate throughout the ThermiTight procedure. She explained every step and updated me on where we are with the procedure, if she was inserting a tiny probe, removing it, finishing or starting on an area. The only thing I felt during the procedure was some pressure on my face as the tiny probe moved around under my skin. At first I was afraid it would hurt because I read on another blog, done in another clinic – how it hurt BUT thankfully, that didn’t happen to me. In fact, I was smiling throughout the procedure sometimes I get so relaxed I almost fall asleep but I am embarrassed to sleep while the hardworking doctor performs ThermiTight.

The procedure itself took just an hour, I was asked to sit-up a few minutes thereafter and transfer to another room for endermology. It’s like a massage for your face to reduce swelling which was very relaxing. Then, the nurse gave me a head dress or head bandage which will help reduce and relieve any form of swelling.

I wore the head bandage 24/7 for 2 weeks because I want to get the best results. Other patients only wear it at night which is also okay.

Post-Thermitight

Swelling from thermitight lasts for 2 weeks and results will start to show on the 4th week. When I arrived home, my face was swollen but after 4 hours the swelling was greatly reduced. I drank lots of water like Dra. Kaycee advised and it did really help.

I was prescribed pain medicine in case I feel pain but I didn’t really feel anything. I just relaxed and worked as usual for those 2 weeks.

ThermiTight Results: Before & After Photos


If you ask me if I will undergo ThermiTight again, I will give you a BIG yes! The photos don’t do enough justice, I hope I can really share how I feel through writing but 3 weeks after ThermiTight – It’s like I went back in time and met my face 10-15 years ago. My husband says I look like her daughter nowadays!

I can confidently and honestly say that my skin and face look significantly refreshed, my tired look has gone, and the lines that my younger sister used to point out (under my eyes, mid-face, lower face) have disappeared. I don’t see any signs of my sagging skin and everything just feels — tight and toned.

It’s amazing how ThermiTight can give all these results in just an hour and I don’t need to go back to any more sessions. It’s a one-time thing whose results would probably stay for 3-5 years or, as the normal ageing occurs.

BEFORE Thermitight selfie with my son (1 month ago):

I was a happy mommy but now, I am even happier because I feel like I have taken care of myself and it shows. I would let these before & after photos speak for themselves.

After ThermiTight selfie with my son (taken yesterday, same camera phone):

After ThermiTight, I feel more confident letting my hair down. Before, I like putting my hair up to avoid framing my face but now, my confidence has improved and I am comfortable with anything at all :)

I feel young and look forward to more years and memorable, happy moments with my son

Getting ThermiTight at Luminisce Skin Clinic was definitely a right decision for me, I will do it again if I have to. The technology is really innovative, non-invasive, and absolutely pain free. I have recommended it to fellow moms to do it for no one else but for themselves to look & feel great inside and out.

I only had my lower face done and if budget permits, I would consider getting my entire face done. Cost of thermitight varies per patient and the degree of ageing or skin damage. Do send an inquiry to Luminisce on Facebook for more information and to schedule a consult with Dra. Kaycee Reyes :)

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