Having whiter and naturally glowing skin has always been a recurring trend in the local beauty industry, especially now that some of our favorite local celebrities and K-beauties are flaunting their flawlessly white skin every now and then.

Our stimuli-response to that? The basic: we buy random whitening products that’ll give us a skin like our idols’. But have you tried using one and ended up with a whiter yet dry, itchy, and stinging sensation? Sounds like a dream just turned into a nightmare, right?

 

Good thing, there’s Belo Intensive Whitening Extra Moisture Bar that’ll whiten and deeply moisturize your skin without that dry, itchy, and stinging sensation. According to the brand, it has Kojic Acid that gives the skin a visible lighter appearance, and Tranexamic Acid that prevents skin irritation. It also targets stubborn dark spots that do not respond to other skin lightening ingredients. Its hypoallergenic and glycerin content is proven to moisturize 42% better than regular Kojic soaps.

Given the chance to try and write my review, I vigorously unboxed the soap to see its difference from the previous model. And to my surprise, this moisturizing bar is truly beyond unique from other whitening soaps as it has an orange translucent feature and dewy gentle scent!

It excites me more to road test this product as I’ve been a victim of sting whitening products, too. But to put a little twist on this blog, I have decided to give myself a challenge and see how it’ll moisturize and brighten my dull skin in 7 days. With that, I am more than proud to share these progressive results upon using the all-new Belo Intensive Whitening Extra Moisture Bar.

You may not see some big changes on my skin’s color as I’ve been using whitening products since then. But, I noticed that my skin got a bit brighter and the stubborn dark spots on my face started to fade which means that the Kojic and Tranexamic Acid is actually working! Plus, I found a new discovery that this moisturizing bar also made my skin softer and smoother. With all these positive results, I can truly say that Belo Intensive Whitening Extra Moisture Bar is true to its claims. Unlike other whitening soaps, it did not leave an itchy and stinging sensation on my skin. Definitely, a new kind of Kojic soap that’s worth trying!

Just a little reminder to our roommates out there, getting beautiful and whiter skin doesn’t need to be painful. As I have proven with Belo Intensive Whitening Extra Moisture Bar, you can achieve beautiful skin, without the need to go through unnecessary dryness and pain! No more tiis, roommates! Ganda lang! 

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I am a person who loves clothes, especially dresses. I’m fond of styling myself so that I will look fashionably neat and presentable anywhere I go.

Like other girls, I used to wear clothes that’ll show off some skin, particularly when attending a very special occasion. Until one day, I accidentally got cuts on my skin which made visible scars (near my elbow). And recently, I got mosquito bites that eventually turned into dark permanent marks. Because of these, my clothing style has been affected and my clothing choices became limited.

Since I want to finally get rid of these pesky scars, I began searching for a topical gel that will heal them. I actually found a lot, but none of them effectively worked on my skin. They only lessened the itchiness and pain, but the scars remained, waving at me.

Good thing, Sample Room gave me Dermatix Ultra for me to review! How convenient is that? I’ve been researching about a product that can lighten my scars, and voila–it’s just so coincidental that we are also sampling and reviewing this based on my experience! According to Dermatix Ultra, it can lighten, flatten, and soften my scars and initial improvement may be seen after 8 weeks of continued use. Upon further reading, it is said to have also been prescribed by different skin and surgery specialists! Now, I know that I’m in good hands!

Though I’ve just recently used it for 2 weeks now and is still waiting for the results, I noticed that my scars have already been softened. I’m definitely in for a good start! Dermatix Ultra’s content and feature are also way too awesome than other scar-healing products!

Common topical gels come in creamy texture and leave an oily, sticky feel when applied onto the skin. Dermatix Ultra, on the other hand, comes in a silky, transparent feature and leaves a smooth, non-greasy feel when applied. It is odor-less and quick-drying that it can dry in just a minute or two upon application. It can also dry in just a few seconds, if your scars are not that big. Plus, cosmetics and sunscreen can be applied over it! Amazing, isn’t it?  I usually wait for a few good minutes for it to dry up on my skin.

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Check out Dermatix Ultra’s awesome TVC below!

Truly, Dermatix Ultra has made everything convenient and possible for us. I’m really glad that I have found a hero to help me get rid of my scars. I’ll just have to wait 6 more weeks for the complete process. After which, I can finally wear the clothes that I want and not feel limited again when it comes to my clothing choices! I can finally wear my dresses again, this time with confidence!

For more information about Dermatrix Ultra, click on the brochure below:

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Before, I was the type of girl who always goes with the flow. When it comes to my hair, I used to think I can just use whichever brand of shampoo and conditioner and it will just have the same result. Because of this thinking, I never bothered to read the content or ingredients and just buy whichever brand is more convenient at that time.

I had been doing this routine until I started my first work. I noticed how my other officemates’ hair look so soft, smooth and healthy. And I noticed how mine looks so dull, dry, and unhealthy. It was not normal at all. It totally crashed my confidence and I also became overly conscious with the smell of my hair as the smoke of vehicles, cigarettes, and grilled food would stick onto my tresses every time I commute to work. That’s when I began doubting the effects of the shampoos and conditioners that I use. Good thing, Sample Room partnered with Palmolive Naturals recently that got me to try the Intensive Moisture variant.  

According to brand, it has the ability to restore moisture, and give long-lasting smoothness and fragrance to the hair. Though I first had trust issues with hair care claims, I took a leap of faith and tried it instead! After all, you’ll not discover the truth if you’re not going to try it, right?

Upon opening the bottle cap of both the shampoo and conditioner, I was surprised to sniff a candy-ish sweet and fruity floral scent! Funny as it may sound, but it came to a point where I found myself sniffing and getting addicted to its sweet smell! If it already has an amazing fragrance on the first smell, what more can it do if applied on my hair? 

As I squeezed a small amount of the shampoo product onto my palm and started putting it onto my hair, it quickly lathers and the sweet fruity floral scent became more prominent. After washing, my hair definitely felt cleansed afterwards. Its cream conditioner counterpart, is also not as sticky compared to other hair conditioners I’ve tried. It also leaves a fruity scent with a touch of milky coconut smell.

After a week’s usage, I noticed its incredible effects on my hair! True to its claim, my tresses started feeling lighter, softer and smoother. It gave my hair life by making it look healthier! It also gave my hair that irresistible sweet fragrant smell that lasts all day even with my daily commute to the office! My officemates even asked me if I was using a different perfume. They didn’t realize, it’s only my hair that gives off this kind of #BangongPalmolive! 

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I’m a person who loves make up! Make up enhances our features, making us look prettier than we already are. But I’m also all about skin care. Since our face is our canvas, we have to make sure it’s smooth, clear, and free of any dark spots.

That’s why I really make sure to take care of my skin. Aside from proper diet like drinking lots of water to keep my skin hydrated and avoiding oily types of food to prevent face oiliness, I also use skin care products for better results.

One thing I’ve tried lately is the new Pond’s White Beauty Detox Day Cream for Oily Skin. Basically, it’s a cream that you apply after a facial wash. It promises to enhance your skin’s appearance by removing dark pigmentations caused by the harsh sun or pimple scars. What I find appealing about this product is that it does not only work on the surface of your skin; it penetrates the skin from deep inside, whitens it from within, and gives it that instant glow on the outside!

I keep a good skin care regimen, so I really don’t have any visible dark spots and blemishes on my face. However, I do have some really small ones, so this product really had something to work on. Plus my face is usually dull-looking due to stress from commuting, work, and other everyday activities. Thus I gave Pond’s White Beauty Detox Day Cream a shot!

I apply it every morning after washing my face with a good facial wash. Since I’m a makeup person, this acts as my primer, too. It actually makes for a good base since it moisturizes my skin, holds my makeup into place, and best of all, it’s not greasy! Unlike other facial creams, this one does not leave your face shiny. It has a matte finish, which I really appreciate. Oh and the smell is also something to die for! I really love its pleasant and sophisticated scent.

After a week’s usage, I noticed that my face started to become more radiant and glowing; far from its former lifeless and boring state! It really transformed that I actually started getting compliments from my officemates, which is a good validation that the product is really working! My tiny dark spots became less visible and I got this rosy and brighter complexion! I don’t even have to use that much make up anymore.

From then on, I’ve added Pond’s White Beauty Detox Day Cream Detox for Oily skin as part of my make up routine and daily skin care regimen! It not only makes my face spotless and free of blemishes, just like a clear canvas, but it also enhances my skin complexion, giving it that beautiful color and glow! I’m absolutely lovin’ it!

5 signs of hydrated skin

Every woman dreams of waking up with smooth, hydrated, glowing, and beautiful skin. To notch this desire, drinking lots of water is made a habit as it has the ultimate power to hydrate the skin inside out. Yet sometimes, it is not enough. Due to many factors, such as stress and aging, our skin becomes dulls, dry, and susceptible to sun damage and wrinkles.

To combat this problem, we’ve compiled five healthy tips that you can follow to keep your skin beautiful and hydrated!

1. Say goodbye to sodium and welcome H20. While they are keeping you happy and active with their crunchiness and tenderness, foods that are high in sodium such as processed foods, pizza, and junk foods can actually draw water from your entire body making your skin dry and dehydrated. Shun from eating those and switch to water-dense fruits and veggies like watermelon, cucumbers, oranges, celery, berries, plums, peaches, bell peppers, and lettuce.

2. Treat water as your bestfriend. Drinking 2-3 cups of water everyday is definitely not enough for a healthy skin. Cling and stay close to your ‘bestfriend’ as frequent as you can as it is the basic need of our body. Eight to ten full glasses of water everyday will definitely keep your skin healthy, radiant, and hydrated. You can also add slices of lemon or cucumber for that refreshing look and taste, plus skin-friendly antioxidants!

3. Get enough beauty sleep. As we deal with changes in our lifestyle, our sleep cycle also gets affected too. Cliché as it may sound, getting 7-8 hours of sleep not only refreshes your whole-body system, but also rebalances hydration and recovers moisture that your skin needs. Failure in getting enough beauty sleep could result to poor water balance, dark under-eye circles, wrinkles, and skin dryness.

4. Use two different moisturizers. If you follow a skin care routine in the morning, it is also a must that you give your skin the care it deserves during night time. For day-use, use a light non-oil moisturizer to give you that smooth and even coverage of your make-up while for night-use, apply a heavy moisturizer onto your skin to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, prevent flakiness, and heal sun damage as you sleep.

5. Complete your daily routine with Celeteque CC Micro-Hydrating Powder. Unlike common face powders, Celeteque CC Micro-Hydrating Powder, is composed of Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid, and Silica. These three ingredients has the power to nourish your skin from within giving it a healthy and supple appearance on the outside. Compared to usual compact powders that tend to make your face look cakey, Celeteque CC Micro-Hydrating Powder features a unique auto-grinding technology that gives off an ultra-fine powder for a smooth, matte and oil-free finish. Also, it has SPF 30 that will provide you protection from the sun. Definitely an all-in-one solution to hydrated, beautiful, and radiant skin.

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So, there you go ladies! Follow these 5 healthy steps, and you’ll surely wake up to a beautiful and hydrated skin.

Let us know in the comments section how they improved your skin!

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I think that I have been endlessly expressing how bath time is my favorite time. When I wake up, I love being energized by a wake-me-up shower. There are times when a night bath would just help calm my nerves and let me drift to dreamland blissfully. But nonetheless, I love bath time every single time! Haha!

I consider milk baths so luxurious because I come out of it with softer, smoother, baby-like skin. I feel so pampered. So imagine my glee when I was given a chance to try the new Palmolive Naturals White + Milk Soap, and Body Wash! What a treat for me!

Well, aside from the new Palmolive Naturals White + Milk Soap and Body Wash having milk protein extracts, it is also infused with natural whiteners, that fairer complexion is achievable in just one week. Okay, let’s put it in the test, then!

Okay, I tried the Palmolive Naturals White + Milk Body Wash first, just because I am forever smitten with body wash. The consistency was just alright – not too lathery, but it felt like a liquid lotion that mildly lathered on the skin. My skin felt cleansed, but not stripped away off its natural moisture. It did not feel tight. The scent was gorgeous – it was a really light floral ( and try to mix it with milk hahaha! ) scent that smelled really fresh. I could just sniff at myself the entire day of freshness and of the wonderful scent! Thumbs up!

The soap however, was something that I am also used to using because there are some days when I’d want a body wash, but on some days, I would really love to use soap, just because I’ve been using bar soaps ever since I was a kid – it just makes me remember the good ‘ol days haha! The effect was the same – this lathered more, but the result was clean skin feeling oh so fresh!

The heat in this tropical country has been getting more intense lately. You’re forced to bathe baby more than once a day and baby is endlessly crying out of irritability!

To end this summer woe for you and baby, we’ve compiled 10 tips on how to make your baby comfortable despite the summer heat!

1. Dress appropriately
If you’re going outdoors with your baby, dress baby with light colored clothes and a wide brimmed hat to cover his/her face from the sun. If you’re staying indoors, use loose-fitting and lightweight clothes, preferably made of cotton.

2. Get a room thermometer
Getting a room thermometer will help you know what temperature you are dealing with. This will take away the guesswork and give you peace of mind that you have dressed your baby suitably.

3. Shield your baby’s skin with sunscreen
UV rays doesn’t pick anyone to harm; it can damage your skin as well as your baby’s. Protect his/her skin too by applying sunscreen on his/her skin before leaving the house. It’s generally safe to use one that’s designed for babies and one that contains zinc oxide.

4. Avoid going out in peak heat hours
You should avoid being outside during the peak heat hours which are from 10 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon. At this point, the sun will harm your baby’s skin the most.

5. Use a summer-friendly baby carrier
The combination of your body heat and the carrier’s confining space can make an infant hot and bothered within a matter of minutes. Choose a carrier made from lightweight nylon rather than a heavy fabric like denim.

6. Keep baby hydrated
If you notice that your baby’s face is flushed or warm to the touch, she’s breathing rapidly or she’s restless, your baby may be dehydrated.  Since infants under 6 months shouldn’t drink water, give him/her extra formula or nurse more frequently.

7. Hang wet towels on open windows
A quick and easy idea to cool your baby’s environment is to hang some wet towels between open windows. The evaporating water will help the air to cool.

8. Use appropriate bedding
Use only cotton bed sheets and avoid any waterproof mattress covering as this will hold heat and make your baby sweat.

9. Keep baby calm
A calm baby will remain cooler than a frustrated baby, so try to maintain a calming bedtime routine and offer reassurance and comfort if they are agitated.

10.  Apply a safe talc-free powder on your baby’s skin

If your baby sweats a lot, he/she may develop rashes. Signs of heat rash are tiny red bumps clustering on your baby’s neck area, groin, back of the knees, or the crease of the elbows. To relieve this, target these areas when bathing your baby, and make sure to apply a baby powder afterwards. Use one that has a gentle formula like the—Belo Baby Talc-Free Powder.

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Made with 100% natural ingredients & 0% chemicals, Belo Baby Talc-Free Powder is designed to gently absorb moisture out of your baby’s delicate skin, so your baby doesn’t have to suffer skin rashes but enjoy a cool and refreshed feeling! It’s guaranteed to give your baby comfort, any time of the year!

There you go, Mommies! Follow these tips for a more comfortable summer for you and your baby!

You may also share your improved experiences in the comments section below.

Happy summer!

References

http://www.parents.com/baby/safety/outdoor/how-to-keep-your-baby-comfortable-in-the-summer-heat/

http://www.newkidscenter.com/How-to-Keep-Baby-Cool-in-Summer.html

http://moms4mom.com/questions/5589/keeping-baby-cool-during-summer-heat

http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/family/how-keep-babies-cool-heat-5980660

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/14-tips-to-keep-babies-and-young-children-cool-in-warm-weather/story-30355651-detail/story.html

As warm and welcoming Mr. Sun may be on summer days, I don’t look forward to greeting him whenever I go outside. Why? The heat energy he releases is so intense, I need to back off. Don’t get me wrong, I know the sun has amazing benefits to our overall health, but when the heat it radiates gets really intense, it can cause harm to our skin and hair. Yes, let me emphasize on the latter–hair– our crowning glory.

We all know that sun exposure can damage skin, but what many don’t realize is that it can also damage our hair. In fact, according to Saint Tiu, Procter & Gamble’s Senior Scientist for Asia Pacific, “excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays (UV) can make hair look and feel dry, dull, and brittle from the outside. Sun exposure attacks the basic building blocks of hair – the proteins, therefore compromising your hair.”

So what are ways to prevent Mr. Sun from frying our hair? First, we need to moisturize our hair. Applying hydrating oils such as olive oil and coconut oil is a great way to hydrate hair, but the downside of this option is that oils have the tendency to drag down hair and make hair greasy. Second, we need to shield our hair from the damaging UV rays. Oils may hydrate, but they cannot protect our hair from the harmful UV rays. Wearing hats or using an umbrella may help, but they can only do so much. We need a hair product that moisturizes and protects at the same time.

This is where my discovery comes in. Sample Room just recently launched Pantene’s newest shampoo and conditioner line—the Pantene Summer Rescue! What’s good about the Summer Rescue line of Pantene is that the formula of both the shampoo and conditioner is specifically created to address our hair’s needs during the summer.

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Let’s talk about the shampoo first– the Pantene Pro-V Summer Rescue. What makes this shampoo different from other shampoos is that its Pro-V formula has the ability to improve hair’s retention of natural and vital proteins. It locks in essential moisture and shuts out excess humidity. This is great because when hair is damaged, it cannot balance moisture anymore thus losing essential moisture when dry and absorbing excess moisture when humid.

On the other hand, its partner conditioner–Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner– has Pro-V formula too, and it contains 40% more Deep Repair Essence, giving more actives to restore the hair’s health.

The Pro-V formula of both the shampoo and conditioner protects the hair from UV damage by moisturizing hair at its core, and leaving a thin layer of sun protecting shield.

Upon trying this two-step regimen for 1 week, I already noticed the improvement of my hair. Compared to its former lifeless state, my hair is now livelier and bouncier even if I am sun exposed most of the time. No kidding! I actually thought that because of its concentrated moisturizing properties, it will drag my hair down, but to my surprise, Pantene Summer Rescue did not. It hydrates the hair without weighing it down. I also noticed that my hair became healthier in the sense that my hair strengthened. Because formerly, my hair was much thinner. And when I remove my pony tail, my ribbon will leave its mark on my hair. When I used this shampoo and conditioner, I can barely see the ribbon marks on my hair anymore whenever I remove my pony tail. It’s amazing! Also, kudos to the sweet-smelling scent! It’s so heavenly. Using the Pantene Summer Rescue shampoo and conditioner is such a great experience!

Now that I have tried the amazing benefits of the Pantene Summer Rescue combo, I am now more confident to go outside and say hello to Mr. Sun despite his overwhelming energy! I am confident that my hair will be completely protected and moisturised because of Pantene. I recommend that you guys try this combo, too!