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5 Tips to Take Care of Your Skin During Summer


I walk to work five days a week. The walk takes about 20 minutes, which means that much sun exposure. Although I walk between the safe hours in the morning, I’m still scared to get parched skin and for my skin to darken. I need to try to maintain my face and body tone because I find it expensive to change foundation and concealer. #firstworldproblems There are also some months that I work in Ortigas. Since I often take the MRT, my walk to the office is longer at 30-minutes. Not only do I have to walk that long under the sun, there’s also the EDSA pollution. Dear lord. I had to step up my skin protection.

Let me share with you what I do to protect my skin from this extreme summer heat. I hope this five-item list can give you an idea how to prevent your skin from sun damage.

1. Sunscreen or sunblock
I prefer to use non-greasy and water-resistant sunscreen for both face and body when in the city, while it rarely matters to me if the sunscreen鈥檚 oily or greasy when in the beach.

From what I know though, it wasn’t until a few years ago that non-greasy sunscreens became available in the local market. Sunscreens that do not leave a white cast were also difficult to find. Now there are many options that we now need to understand what would be best for our skin. I won’t go technical since I’m not an expert on this, but there are many resources in the internet (Google is your friend 馃槈 ) where you can learn about UVA/UVB protection, the definition of the SPF numbers, reapplication tips, etc.

Nivea was the first brand I encountered that sold body lotions with sun protection. Eventually, they released a non-greasy spray type, which I bought in a heartbeat because, at the time, my feet got so brown when they used to be one of the pale parts of my body. 馃槅

The first Asian sunscreen brand I used was from Biore and it’s the UV Perfect Bright Milk SPF 50. It can be used for both face and body that’s non-greasy with a powder-finish feel and has great sebum control. Another Biore sunscreen I recently acquired is the UV Perfect Spray SPF 50+ PA++++, which was a lucky find in Watsons, SM Megamall. It鈥檚 an aerosol spray-type sunscreen that’s also for face and body. It feels sticky at first, but not once it sets. The first face sunscreen I used was Clinique City Block SPF40. Effective sunscreen for me; provides a bit of coverage. It feels a little greasy on first application, but sets to a slightly dewy finish.

2. Face spray/mist
There’s nothing like spritzing on a face mist especially after some time under the sun. Face mists will help refresh, moisturize, and hydrate our skin.

I don’t think there’s a lot of face sprays options in the Philippines especially under the very affordable price range, but I’ve seen some from Innisfree, Nature Republic, and L’Oreal (theirs has SPF).

I get separation anxiety if I don’t have a face mist when I go out. 馃槅 At the moment, I use the Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief (Php1500) and Benton Honest TT Mist (Php400). They’re great under makeup, as toner in the mornings, and to calm down my face if I’ve been under the sun. Another suggestion and my first face spray is the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rosewater (Php450).

3. Face and body masks
Masks help soothe, hydrate, and moisturize the skin. I find that it prevents dryness and reduce occurrence of sun burns.

There are many face masks options to choose now. Like sunscreens, we also need to understand what our skin needs that’s also particular to our skin type. There are face masks for normal, dry, and oily skin. I use face masks most often when I travel or if I had a whole day outdoor activity. At the moment, I use Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask EX, which is a favorite of mine, and the COSRX Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask. I also use the Nature Replubic Aloe Vera Gel (Php250) for both face and body. If you want a mask that doesn’t require washing off in the morning, I highly recommend that popular Nature Republic gel.

4. Lip balm with SPF
Lips can also get burned and very dry under the sun, so it’s best to have one with you. Some lipsticks have SPF too. I think Clinique and Clarins’ has SPF in their lipsticks.

I have a ton of lip balms that I use alternately. I don’t use them too often though except when I want to give my lips a break from lipsticks since I slather on a lip mask or balm every night before bed.

5. Water
Besides that we need water to keep ourselves from dizziness and headaches, we need internal hydration to prevent dry skin and lack of “skin glow”. I drink caffeine like a mofo, so I need to drink water more than the said minimum.

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New beauty buys!


Good morning, ladies! It’s hump day. I’m excited for the paydayweekend in a couple of days and to watch Captain America: Civil War tonight. 馃榾 I’m also excited to show you my beauty buys. Hihi~

The past few weeks I did some beauty and skin care shopping, which isn’t impulse really because most of them I do need — I need more makeup to review for Glam Love. (LOLOL! Justify pa!)

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Skin Care

My Nivea summer essentials

It should be the rainy season now, yet we still do have days with scorching heat. I hope this could still be of reference for you all concerned with getting an ugly tan or. XD

Over the later part of the supposedly summer season (the weather is confusing really), I finally decided to purchase two body lotions for whitening and protection of my skin.

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Time to clean out the dresser — part 1?

As I have been busy with my personal blog, I ended up neglecting this blog for more than a month. How many times have I done this? Eep~ Oh well, I got no new purchases lately anyway as I told myself I will not buy until I review at least all my beauty products purchases from my US vacation. But I just bought a brush guard yesterday. Essential for the care of brushes, you know, though I am a bit late as some of those I use/d already look bad.

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Skin Care

Nivea Good-bye Cellulite Gel

Nivea body’s Good-bye Cellulite Gel “visibly reduces the appearance of cellulite.” The gel contains L-Carnitine that is “naturally present in the skin” and converts fat components to energy. The daily use of this gel will therefore be beneficial to our skin as it reduces visible cellulite.

Nivea Good-bye Cellulite 001
Nivea Body Good-bye Cellulite Gel
Made in France
200ml, 6.8fL oz

My first tube of this gel was from my mum. Since I like to wear shorts (as my mum said) and I wear skirt for office five days a week, she got me a tube and advised me to apply it everyday. I admit I have cellulite on my thighs. Yet they don’t seem to be that terrible-looking. LOL But I might as well start using such product before these annoying cellulite worsens. 馃槢

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