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Being in my early 20s, I’ve always been told that I should take care of my skin early before regretting being careless along the road. Because of this little wisdom from my peers, I researched everything from BHAs to Retinols, Ceramidin to Snail goo… name it! I was even tempted to buy a clay bubble foam mask just to keep my skin in tip-top shape!

However, all my efforts were proven futile as I still noticed how dry and uneven my skin is despite all the fancy ingredients and products I slather on my face. Taking my research a bit further, I stumbled upon one integral product that’s not present in my current skincare routine — sunscreen.

Luckily, Belo SunExpert, the commercial sun protection arm of Belo Medical Group, came up with two lightweight sun defense products that are safe for sensitive skin, paraben-free and fragrance-free: the Belo SunExpert Face Cover SPF40 and PA+++ and Belo SunExpert Tinted Sunscreen SPF50 and PA++++. And what luck that they partnered with Sample Room this 2017!

The obvious difference between the two products is the hint of color in the Tinted Sunscreen. According to the product’s description, it has Tone Adapt Technology that evens out the skin tone, conceals fine lines, wrinkles, and other imperfections. However, what really caught my eye is the Cell Protect Technology that strengthens skin’s defense against premature skin aging. Honestly, I was like “Yeah, right. Every skin care product I used claims to do that too.” Suffice to say, I don’t really have high hopes for its claims but I’m still willing to give it a shot. And to be able to check the effectivity of the products individually, I used the Face Cover first for 5 days straight then the Tinted Sunscreen for another 5 days.

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For the Face Cover, I used a generous amount to cover my face after putting on my moisturizer and the first thing I noticed is the hint of smell in the product. It’s kind of like a “from-the-tube” smell but it goes away after a few minutes so I’m okay with it. What I love about it is that it’s true to its word: LIGHTWEIGHT. It almost feels like I’m not wearing anything! It’s non-greasy and I can apply the rest of my makeup seamlessly over the Face Cover! And for an oily-skinned girl like me, it’s a big plus! I’ve had horrible experiences with heavy duty sunblocks that left my face looking like an oily mess and it’s good to know that something affordable and effective is breaking the stereotype.

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As for the Tinted Sunscreen, I have three words to summarize my experience from it: I. LOVE. IT. I got the shade medium to deep which is perfect for my skin tone and same with the Face Cover, I love how lightweight this is. It doesn’t have a greasy after feel and I only needed a small amount to cover my face. I applied my trusted powder after this and the result is a matte, smooth finish! I even tried going out on a weekend with only this on, a bit of powder and a lip balm and I looked fresh and bright. This now deserves its own place in my vanity kit starting today!

After 10 days of using these two products, I felt my skin became softer and smoother during the day. Since I didn’t tweak my skincare routine except for adding these two in, I suppose the improvement of my skin’s texture is because of the Belo SunExpert products that I used.

All in all, I love what the products did to my face while keeping it protected from the harsh UV rays of the sun. It’s perfect for everyday use and at its affordable price points, it’s definitely worth every peso!

5 Beauty Resolutions to try this 2017!
Thursday, 5 January 2017

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It’s already a week into 2017! Do you already have your New Year’s Resolutions prepped for the year? If not, you’re in luck! This blog post will give you 5 beauty and health related resolutions to try as we turn over a new leaf.

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1. I promise to wear sunscreen every day
Contrary to popular belief, summer time is not the only time to apply your trusted sun protection products as UV rays are present all year round! And FYI, these UV rays are the ones responsible for premature skin aging. Eeek! Don’t let your skin age faster than it should! Protect your face and body by using sunscreen every day.

And to help you start this new habit for 2017, you can get the Belo SunExpert Face Cover SPF40 and PA+++ and the Belo SunExpert Tinted Sunscreen SPF50 and PA++++ for free at our products page!

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2. I promise to drink more water
Dehydration is a no-no if you want to take care of your skin and body! Make sure you keep yourself hydrated! It doesn’t only help you skin-deep but your whole body will thank you for it!

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3. I promise to take off my makeup before I sleep
Removing your makeup before going to bed is a must if you don’t want your pores to get clogged! Make it a habit of spending at least a minute of your evenings to remove your makeup and cleanse your face.

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4. I promise to eat more nutritious food
If your diet is still unhealthy, maybe it’s time to inject some greens and nutrients to your meals! The internet is a goldmine of information for healthy and yummy recipes. Search for ones you find appealing and try it at home! Explore your city’s farmer’s market or restos that serve healthy food. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to take a step to a healthier you.

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5. I promise to move more
This resolution is probably the most common in the history of New Year’s Resolutions year after year but why do some people still fail at it? One reason I know is that they quit and give up after a few months due to tight schedules or they never really tried at all! (Yes, I’m writing from experience) If you can’t commit full-time to a workout sesh in the gym or at home (like me), try incorporating small doses of extra movement in your everyday routine. If your office is just a few floors up, try taking the stairs. If the convenience store is just a few blocks away, walk. No matter how small, these steps of extra effort to move can help you over time.

Remember roommates, no matter how long or short your New Year’s Resolutions list is, consistency is the key. Start small and work your way from there. It’s all about building the habit and sticking to it to be able to see and feel the effects of the changes in your routines.

Good luck!

In a country where some parts of the year are bombarded with torrential rains and the rest is a scorching nightmare, it pays to protect your skin from the harsh environmental factors including the harmful rays of the sun.

Exposure to UV rays can cause premature skin aging and in worst cases, skin cancer. We may never avoid going out in the sun (unless you plan to hole yourself in your house for the rest of your life) but it pays that we amp up our first line of defense against UV rays. Read more on these #SampleRoomTips to gear your sun protection anew:

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1. Utilize your umbrellas. 
Yes, dear roommates. Umbrellas are not just for the rainy days. If you can, use your umbrella when going out, especially when the sun is at its peak as the UV rays can instantly penetrate into your skin.

 

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2. Hats up! 
If you’re not an umbrella person, or you don’t want to carry one in your purse, sport yourself a cute hat to boot. It’s an upgrade to your look and your head will thank you for protecting it from the sun.

 

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3. Shades, shades, shades 
This fashion accessory serves as your eyes’ protection from the harmful UV rays so don’t scrimp on it! Use something that’s comfortable for you to use and gives your eyes the shield it needs. Different brands also offer shades specifically made for sun protection, so check those out as well.

 

4. Use products infused with SPF religiously
For starters, there are two harmful UV rays that reach our skin from the sun, the UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate deep into the thickest layer of the skin and can cause premature aging. UVB rays, on the other hand, burn the skin and can cause permanent damage and skin cancer over time. For easier reference, UVA = Aging, UVB = Burning.

Sun Protection Factor or SPF is used to determine the ability of to deflect UV rays so make sure you use products that have SPF, every day. Not just on your body but also to your face and lips.

 

Check out the latest offering in Sample Room from SkinWhite, the SkinWhite Advanced PowerWhitening with SPF20, SkinWhite Classic with Light-Feel Technology with SPF10 and the SkinWhite Advanced Whitening Face Powder with SPF12 for the face. Not only does these protects the skin from the sun but lightens and also evens your skin tone after the exposure. Go to our products page and try it now for free!

 

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It’s not news anymore when we hear that women spend so much time (and money) on their skincare routines and who can blame them? If the effects will benefit you in the long run (ex. healthy and youthful looking skin for xx years) then all the efforts (and investments) are all worth it!

Skincare routines are very personal and curated to a woman’s needs. It can be as extensive as the famous 10-step Korean skincare routine or it can be as basic as the Cleanse, Tone, and Moisturize routine depending on what your skin concerns are and how you’re going to treat it.

But if you’re still testing the waters on what to include in your own skincare routine, let us help you out in today’s #SampleRoomTips!

1. Cleansers
It’s important that we clean our face from all the oil, dirt and makeup that accumulated in the day. But bear in mind that not all cleansers are compatible for every skin type. Choose a cleanser that’s gentle and most suitable to your skin’s needs.

Tools for a thorough and deep face cleansing are also available in the local and international beauty market. If you have the extra moolah to purchase one, it’ll prove to be a worthy investment.

2. Toners
Toners bring back the PH balance of the skin and remove the last traces of makeup and dirt left on your face. A variety of face toners has popped up giving you a wide selection to find a specialized toner for your skin needs.

3. Boosters
If you’re new to skin boosters, these are essentially the products that strengthen the skin’s natural defenses and better protect itself from the environment and toxins which allow the skin and your products to perform at its optimum level.

To give you a 101 on how skin boosters work, you can try out the Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster in our products page for free.

4. Serums
Serums are the workhorses of every skincare routine. It has the highest concentration of active ingredients that target different skin problems such as anti-oxidants, lighteners, and peptides.

For this month, we have two serums available for sampling to you, roommates. The Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE® Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum to boost your skin’s natural defenses and renewal ability and the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum for a more youthful and healthy looking skin.

5. SPF
Skincare is suncare! Don’t let your skin be bombarded with damaging UV rays in the day. Apply sunblock (for UVB rays) or sunscreen (for UVA rays) to keep your skin UVproof!

6. Moisturizer
Moisturizers hydrate your skin just like how water hydrates our body. It makes the skin look healthy and soft and helps the skin function at peak performance. Most moisturizers available also contain active and natural ingredients that target different skincare concerns.

To supercharge your evening routines, the Elizabeth Arden FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide™ Night Cream is available for sampling in our products page.

Hope our quick rundown gave you a brief insight on how to customize and personalize your own skincare routine.

Remember roommates, whatever steps you decide to include or products to use, the trick here is to be consistent and true to your skin needs. The list of products and the amount of time that will be spent may look daunting at first but your skin will love you for it.

If you have your skincare routine already, share it in the comments below! We’d love to know!

 

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When our skin is not properly protected, the sun may just be its greatest threat.

Sun exposure damage is both cumulative and cunning. It is like a computer virus that enters your body whenever an opportunity presents itself. Little by little it destroys your DNA and when the effects on your skin start to be obvious, it may already be too late.

Actress and host Anne Curtis reveals that it was never her habit to apply sunscreen on a daily basis.  “Before, the only time I think of putting on sunscreen is when I go to the beach.  But Dr. Vicki Belo helped me realize that I need to use sunscreen everyday.”

True enough, Dr. Belo believes that sunscreen is the best anti-aging product there is.  She even iterates, “sunscreen everyday keeps the wrinkles away”.

As part of its continuous innovation in creating expertly formulated sun care products, the Belo Authority proudly introduces one of the first tinted sunscreens in the country, the new Belo SunExpert Tinted Sunscreen.  It offers the superior sun protection you need with the perfect skin coverage you desire.

Belo SunExpert Tinted Sunscreen is rated SPF50 and PA++++ for broad spectrum protection against harmful UV rays.  Its light tint benefits from Tone Adapt Technology that evens out your skin tone and conceals fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots.  And it has Cell Protect defends against premature skin aging.

Expressing her delight on this new beauty discovery, Anne shares that the Belo Sun Expert Tinted Sunscreen has now become her daily sun protection and quick makeup fix in one.   “Now I can have both sun protection and that perfect no makeup look in just 15 seconds! And I love how my skin instantly achieves a natural flawless finish.”

Be beautifully protected everyday with Belo SunExpert Tinted Sunscreen.

Available in your nearest department store, supermarket and drugstore nationwide.

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Discover even-toned, luminous looking skin. This advance daytime moisturizer minimizes the appearance of existing sun damage while helping to prevent discoloration. With timed-release capsules for all day brightening and moisture, this multi-functional brightener improves skin texture, targets dark spots and evens out the appearance of skin tone. White Lucent is the ultimate brightening solution.

Size: 50ml

Price: PHP 2,750.00

Available at: Glorietta, Greenbelt, Trinoma, Powerplant, Alabang Town Center, Lucky Chinatown, Shangrila Mall, The Shops, Greenhills Shopping Center, Eastwood Mall, Landmark Makati, SM Makati, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM North Edsa, Landmark Trinoma, Robinson’s Galleria, Robinson’s Place Ermita, Ayala Center Cebu, Abreeza, SM Cebu, SM Clark

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A softening soap great for all skin types. It’s a moisture-rich soap made with a combination coconut & sunflower oil base

  • The user also gets the benefits of Sunflower & Coconut oil
  • Sunflower oil: rich in Omega-6, it prevents skin infections, protects against sun damage, prevents aging and softens skin
  • Coconut oil: rich in Lauric Acid (found in breastmilk), it repairs skin and skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis

Size: 150g

Price: PHP 249.00

Available at:

  • 3/F Lucky Chinatown Mall
  • 2/F Virra Mall, Greenhills, San Juan
  • 3/F Robinson’s Place, Ermita, Manila
  • G/F Landmark, Ayala Trinoma Mall
  • G/F Landmark Makati
  • 1/F Festival Mall, Alabang
  • G/F SM City Pampanga
  • G/F SM City Sucat
  • LG SM Southmall
  • G/F SM Center Pasig
  • 3/F SM Sta Mesa
  • 3/F SM Megamall
  • 4/F SM Fashion Hall, Megamall
  • 2/F SM Manila
  • G/F SM City Clark
  • G/F SM San Lazaro
  • UG SM Masinag
  • G/F Ayala Trinoma, Bonifacio Global City
  • 2/F SM Bicutan
  • 2/F SM Baguio
  • 2/F Ayala Terraces, Fairview
  • G/F SM Fairview
  • G/F SM Batangas
  • G/F Century City Mall
  • G/F Metro Gaisano Market! Market! Mall
  • 2/F Metro Gaisano Ayala Mall, Cebu
  • G/F Market! Market! Mall, Bonifacio Global City
  • 2/F SM City BF Paranaque
  • G/F SM City Mariloa
  • G/F SM City Sta. Rosa
  • G/F SM Davao
  • G/F SM Dasmarinas, Cavite
  • 2/F SM Bacolod
  • 2/F SM North Edsa Main Building
  • 2/F Metro Gaisano Colon, Cebu

 

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The newly developed WetForce technology emerged as the innovation that, when exposed or perspiration, makes the sunscreen film more uniform and smooth, enhancing its UV protection effect on the skin.

The new protector is sunscreen formulated with stabilized form of Ionic Mineral Sensor, which contains negative ions. They bond powerfully with minerals in water and perspiration to create a highly water-repellant layer.

Shiseido’s exclusive SuperVeil-UV 360™ technology now gets more power with water. So you can swim, play and enjoy the outdoors, knowing WetForce loves water like you do.

   Features:

  • Formulated with Superveil 360™ and WetForce
  • Very water resistant/ Perspiration-resistant
  • Skincare ingredient Profense CEL™, prevents oxidation and damage to cells and DNA
  • Protection from air pollutants
  • Easily removed with regular soap                                                                                                                                                 

Size: 50 ml

Price: PHP 2,100.00

Available Stores: Glorietta, Greenbelt, Trinoma, Powerplant, Alabang Town Center, Lucky Chinatown, Shangrila Mall, The Shops, Greenhills Shopping Center, Eastwood Mall, Landmark Makati, SM Makati, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM North Edsa, Landmark Trinoma, Robinson’s Galleria, Robinson’s Place Ermita, Ayala Center Cebu, Abreeza, SM Cebu, SM Clark

Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShiseidoPH
Twitter: https://twitter.com/shiseidoph
Instagram: https://instagram.com/shiseidoph
Website: http://www.shiseido.com/

Grab a sample at Sample Room!