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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


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

Make your Summer Fun & Sun-Proof with Watsons | Promos, Freebies and Prizes

Sunblock is not the cheapest beauty product and is often ignored by many of us – until we see the signs of aging caused by sun damage. Every summer we are reminded of the importance to apply sunblock on our face and body. Kids are especially susceptible to sunburn when playing in the sand and swimming for hours. Make your summer fun, safe, and healthy by being equipped with the right summer products.

FREE Floaters when you shop at Watsons

The best time to buy sunblock for your summer outing is before you go! Sunblock lotions are more expensive to buy in resorts compared to stores like Watsons. You’ll be amazed at the top of the line sunblock options that are now available here: Nivea, Vaseline, Banana Boat, Beach Hut, Solstice, Biore, Sunplay, Belo, Neutrogena, Cetaphil, Celeteque, Kojie San, Hawaiian Tropic, Dermplus, Ponds, and Olay, plus when you buy from Watsons like I did – you will get freebies like trendy giant donut floaters!

FREE Nivea floater when you buy P700 worth of Nivea sunblock/products

For our next summer outing, I shopped for sunblock at Watsons. I carefully read the promos and checked out each brand’s promos. Ultimately, I came home with 1 beach ball, 1 donut inflatable floater, and 1 Nivea ring floater – total of 3 freebies that will make our summer more fun.

FREE Donut floater for every P1,400 receipt. I just bought other essentials to reach the amount. These inflatable donut salbabidas can cost up to P1,200 in online stores!

From all the brands that Watsons have in store, I personally use Nivea for me and my son. I’ve been using it for many swimming activities already and I like how it has a “porcelain” effect on our skin. Just reapply every now and then.

Watsons Summer Treat for SM Advantage Card (SMAC) holders

SM Advantage Card Members can also get a chance to explore the wonders of the Philippine islands with getaways for four to Batanes, Boracay, Cebu, Davao, and Palawan. Just buy participating products and for every PHP500 single-receipt purchase, you get 1 e-raffle entry. The promo is from February 23 – April 26, 2017.

Do not lose your e-raffle stub!

Enjoy your summer Mommy and Baby! Please don’t be lazy in applying sunblock, your skin will thank you for it :)

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

Lazada turns 5! Surprise Deals & Discounts until March 23

Lazada Philippines officially turns 5! From March 21-23, the leading online shopping site will surprise shoppers with amazing deals during its 3-day birthday sale. Brands like Samsung, Bosch, Nestle, L’oreal, and many more will give up to 90% discounts on their hot selling items.

Thank you Lazada and LAZ the Lion for inviting me to your birthday party!

Lazada’s birthday blowout also includes hourly raffles, top deals, massive discounts, unbeatable flash sales, and other amazing surprises.

WATCH: Lazada’s 3-day Birthday Blowout

Mommy Lace Tip: Buy your summer essentials effortlessly from Lazada. Here are some of my top picks for Lazada’s 5th Birthday Sale.

Top Lazada Birthday Picks! Get these items fast on March 21-23

1. Inflatable Flamingo Floater P999 – original price is P3,500. This inflatable will level-up the summer fun for you and your family. Plus, if you like posting on Instagram, this giant flamingo floater will definitely achieve your family’s #feedgoals.

2. Portable wooden picnic table P2,849.75 – original price is P15,000. Useful for beach trips and different types of summer outing. There are more price cuts starting tomorrow, so who knows this picnic table might receive further discount!

3. SJcam, Go Pro, action camera floater P179 – original price is P599. For parents who like recording and filming their summer adventures, this floater stick will save your camera if dropped in water. It also doubles as a hand grip and a floating device; Floats sticking straight up out of the water and its bright yellow color makes it easy to spot; Wristband is adjustable.

4. Inflatable banana bed P275 – original price is P999. One of the hottest summer trends, this inflatable bed that looks like a banana serves as a bed outdoors and can even be used as a trendy floater! Perfect for your beach outing.

5. Inflatable donut floater P199 – original price is P499. This is definitely the year of the floaters and the come-back of “salbabida”. Perfect for kids to stay safe in the water and for adults to meet their summer #feedgoals.

Don’t miss these birthday surprise tips for more savings

1. Secret Lazada Birthday Voucher Code – visit the Lazada website and wait for the secret password to unlock P500 off on your online purchase. Look for this tab:

2. Save your favorite items now and come back on March 21 for surprise price cuts! – this makes your online shopping easier and ensure that you grab your item before others do!

Happy birthday Lazada and happy shopping Mommy!

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

#LoveSnR: DIY Frugal Summer Party

The kids are still on vacation but us moms never seem to get a break, especially from bored kids asking for activities. I have tried numerous arts and crafts, role play, and backyard farming games for my 5 year old. However, the sweltering weather makes it easier for kids to feel agitated and unable to stay put in one place.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Disney Pool Ring P389.95

The DIY basin (palangana) setup entertains my son for a long time. We do this almost every summer but this year, my son can barely fit inside the palangana. If you are looking for affordable kiddie outdoor swimming pools like me, check out these finds from S&R Membership Shopping:

Disney Arm Band – P74.95
Disney Swim Ring – P69.95
Mares Snorkel – P2,589.95
Disney Pool Ring – P389.95
Disney Family Pool – P1,629.95

If like us you are a family on a budget and skipped on expensive summer out of town trips, why not make your own summer party or activity at home? The best thing about it is that you can be creative with your setup in your garden or garage, re-use old and new summer equipment, and cook/bring your own food plus stay as long as you like!

For safety purposes, you can make your kids wear aqua shoes like these that have rubberized, non-slip soles.

Chicco Aqua Shoes for Kids P279.95
Barbie Aqua Shoes P279.95

A few months ago, we bought our first outdoor tent and I can say it was worth it. We enjoyed outdoor barbecues with it, stargazing, or playing house.  Having a tent is one way you can get your kids away from their gadgets and online games. Even my sister (in photo) wants to buy one for her own adventures.

Coleman dome adventure tent starts at P1,519.95
Coleman outdoor sleeping bag P1,139.95

There are also portable coolers that can make your DIY party more convenient by keeping your drinks, ice cream, and other chilled food by your side and not in the kitchen.

Coleman extreme wheeled cooler P5,759.95

Summer isn’t complete without barbecues, it’s one activity you can assign to your husband especially if he is using a nice outdoor grill. You can also find a number of them at S&R:

Before we left, we made sure to buy ice cream for everyone at home. It’s our first time to try this imported ice cream brand “Blue Bunny”. We are trying them because they are on sale here at S&R – what a treat. It’s buy 2 for just P629.95.

How is your summer going so far? Remember, summer activities can be done at home with just a little bit of planning and imagination ;)


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

Munting Buhangin in Nasugbu Batangas – Family Summer Outing

We had our summer outing earlier than usual, I pushed to go to Munting Buhangin resort in Nasugbu Batangas. The beach is clean, affordable, and in late February – the crowd was still thin.

Entrance fee for the day tour is Php 200 per head, including children. You also have to prepare P500-1,000 for the gazebos you intend to use during your stay. They have overnight options but to save money, we decided otherwise.

You can bring in food without any corkage fees. We brought 2 pcs. of lechon manok and rice for lunch and snacks. My motto was the less we bring, the less hassle and stress we’ll have in cleaning up. At Munting Buhangin, they have a medium sized sari-sari store where you can buy other snacks and an assortment of icecreams like Magnum and Cornetto. They also have a restaurant but dishes range from P400 and up.

The beach is about 2 hours from our place in Cavite but we left at 6AM. It’s better to leave earlier to avoid more vehicles and arrive just after sunrise. We took the Kaybiang Tunnel in Maragondon. Expect to travel across Mt. Palay Palay – it will feel long but the view is worth the effort, not to mention the beach at the end of your trip.

Gas up because you won’t find any gas stations in the mountains, there is one just after Pico de Loro called Mt. Pico gas station.

Back to the beach, the sand is very fine and I have been in Boracay and the sand is comparable. Water is also clear and clean when we went. There isn’t anything floating even seaweeds cannot be seen – there are plenty of fish you can swim along with and friendly baby crabs on the sand.

I want to point out that come peak season, it really is the people who pollute the beach with trash (especially unsupervised children). Don’t be surprised to see floating trash if there are a lot of people swimming. You can blame them not the resort or the beach itself (Sorry I get carried away).

Since the sand is fine, children are able to play along the shore. Just like my son Ashton who met several new friends of the same age. We let them borrow our plastic pail, scoopers, etc. I did not see any life guard actively supervising so take care of your children and just take turns with your spouse swimming if there’s only the two of you.

We brought other relatives including my mom, aunt, and sister who made it easier for me and my husband to sneak some me-time at the beach. We swam from 10AM up until around 3PM. The weather was very nice and my husband even got to fly his kite. So do bring your toys to keep you active during your summer outing. I always bring my goggles and wear my rash guard so I am ready for any activity. Ashton is always ready with his toys too.

Watch out for seafood vendors on boats. They sell anything from tuna, lobsters, squid, and more. The prices are really cheap like a whole tuna for just P300. I advice not to haggle when you know you already have a deal, it’s not easy to fish or even to ride a bangka and sell fresh seafood to tourists. I bought tuna and lobster from this lady.

We will come back when summer is over and I wish to experience an overnight in their nipa hut with a grill outside. Perfect for our endless honeymoon ;)

You can get directions and other details from the resort’s website:

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

Kids: Swimwear for your Tweens

It’s raining but doesn’t mean summer is over just yet. Don’t let your kids especially your tweens miss out on the summer fun. Classes resume soon and they need a fun summer activity to relive and daydream about! One of the challenges when it comes to summer and tweens is the choice of swimwear. Your little miss is no longer a toddler, nor a teen – but a tween. I know right. If I had a girl, I don’t like awkward styles but something fun, vibrant, and safe to wear.

Consider these perfect swimwear for your tweens from Orange Juice (I call them OJ). They are the same company who owns Spin! where I got Ashton’s baby rash guard.

Lucky we have these kiddie shops to solve our kiddie fashion 911’s. I remember when I was a “tween”, I was embarrassed to go swimming because I didn’t have proper swim attire. Now, I am sure you had your kiddie summer mishaps as well, and promise you will make it easy-er for your kids this time ;)

Completing the summer get-up are swimwear cover-ups, hip slogan tees, tank tops, shorts, and embellished light dresses. The Orange Juice Summer Collection is available at Orange Juice stores in Alabang Town Center, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, and Power Plant Mall or at Big&Small combination stores in Greenbelt 5 Makati, VMall Greenhills Shopping Center, Glorietta 3 Ayala Center Makati, Fun Ranch Pasig City, SM City Pampanga and KCC Mall General Santos City.

Other posts you may want to read:

Shopping for a rash guard

Letting your baby swim for the first time

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