Monday, December 22, 2014

Be Stress-free and Acne-free this Christmas

Image from RadyoNatin.com

Christmas season is a wonderful time of the year, but it can also be a very stressful time for everyone. It’s the time of year when we usually experience a lot of good stress like the excitement brought about by Christmas shopping and family reunions. But we can also experience bad stress such as Christmas rush traffic and year-end business activities. Regardless if good or bad, stress may aggravate acne.

How is stress related to acne?
The increased levels of stress stimulate the body's production of various hormones and trigger different changes in the skin. Sometimes it causes the skin oils to become more viscous making you more acne prone. Stress also reduces your body’s natural immune defense and your skin doesn’t fight off bacteria build-up as well.

When these happen, we become more prone to breakouts. Acne begins when oil collects at the base of the hair follicle and becomes trapped by dead skin cells. Bacteria flourish, form a plug and swell beneath the skin. Stress can make acne worse, causing more anxiety, and creating a vicious cycle

How to be have a stress-free Christmas?

List Them Down
To make sure I don't forget anything, I list down all the things I have to do and get. Whether it's getting my hair done (who needs a bad hair day on holidays?!) or ordering food in advance, I like listing down my tasks so it'll be easier for me to track down what else I should be doing. It also saves me a lot of time fretting over stuff I could have forgotten or missed.

Be Active
Combat those stress hormones with the happy hormones! You can try something as intense as HIIT or something as relaxing and quiet as yoga. Moving around and being active also clears my head, making me feel relaxed and focused at the same time.

Get Enough Sleep
Everyone needs to get enough sleep. When you're well rested and refreshed, it minimizes the chance of you getting all worked up on things that usually shouldn't bother you anyway.

Use Proactiv Solution Combination Therapy 
To prevent acne before they even begin, arm yourself with Proactiv Combination Therapy System.
It is a 3-Step System, that work together to cleanse your skin, fight the blemishes, help stop new one from forming, and gently heal damaged skin.


  • Step 1: Renewing Cleanser

This medicated Renewing Cleanser is made with exclusive micro-crystal benzoyl
peroxide – featuring smaller, finer particles designed to quickly penetrate pores
to start killing acne-causing bacteria on contact. Tiny exfoliating beads gently
remove dirt, excess oil and dead skin cells to help keep pores from clogging.
Step

  • Step 2: Revitalizing Toner

This refreshing, alcohol-free toner helps remove impurities and excess oil
so your skin looks and feels clean, soft and refreshed – not tight and dried
out. Soothing botanical agents gently balance your skin tone.


  • Step 3: Repairing Treatment

The repairing acne treatment is a feather-light medicated treatment that
Gets deep into clogged pores faster but is designed to be gentler on the
skin. It’s an oil-free formula that’s safe for your entire face.


  • Bonus: Refining Mask

Our rich, deep cleansing mask uses sulfur, a proven acne blemish-
fighting ingredient that reaches deep into the pores, heals existing
blemishes, pampers inflamed skin, and softens and refines the skin’stexture.


Catch this Ongoing PROACTIV Promo!
The Proactiv 60-Day Limited Edition Pack with FREE Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control 50ml is available at Watsons and SM Department stores (Beauty Section) nationwide.


Merry and stress-free Christmas to you and your family! :)

Friday, December 12, 2014

A New Shade of Cosmetic and Beauty Products SALE with Lazada’s ‘12.12’



Lazada Philippines ends the year by bringing in a new wave of cosmetics and beauty products sale through its 12.12 Online Revolution.

Great deals await beauty addicts as the country’s biggest online shopping mall will be giving away huge discounts on international beauty brands including Underground Cosmetics.

Underground
Underground cosmetics is a company which produces natural-made products. The company started with nail polish products, eventually introducing several cosmetic products including the Underground finishing powder, eye shadow and grooming kit.


The company’s finishing powder is made up of 100% mineral makeup formulated with Argan Oil, Allantoin and Vitamin E. It is used to set the foundation for long wear.  It is available in two shades namely, the volatile and sunkissed shades for light and medium skin tone, respectively.

Like the finishing powder, Underground’s eye shadow is also made of 100% mineral makeup and formulated with Argan oil, Allantoin and Vitamin E. It offers a variety of colors that are great when used individually or in combination with other shades. It comes in 10 shades and can alternatively be used as a nail polish by mixing the powder with a clear polish.

Underground is also offering an eye-grooming set composed of a multi-purpose pigmented powders and tools such as tweezers, angled and comb brushes.



These products will be available during the country’s biggest online shopping site in marked-down prices through its killer deals flashing from 12:00 am to 11:59 p.m. 

“We kicked off the month-long Online Revolution sale in November, but the best is yet to come. With 24 hours of unbeatable deals on December 12, consumers are in for an unforgettable shopping experience,” Inanc Balci, Co-Founder and CEO of Lazada Philippines said.

Lazada is Southeast Asia’s largest online shopping mall, with operations in Indonesia (www.lazada.co.id), Malaysia (www.lazada.com.my), Philippines (www.lazada.com.ph), Singapore (www.lazada.sg) Thailand (www.lazada.co.th) and Vietnam (www.lazada.vn), with a sourcing center in Hong Kong that drives cross-border marketplace activities.
Launched in March 2012, Lazada has grown rapidly to include approximately 3,000 employees across Southeast Asia. The company has an online footprint of more than 2 million daily visits to its websites, and the largest Facebook following in Southeast Asia with over 9 million fans.

Lazada, a part of the Lazada Group which includes the C2C platform, Lamido, is pioneering eCommerce in the region by providing customers with an effortless shopping experience with multiple secure payment methods including cash on delivery, extensive customer care and free returns.

It features an extensive product offering in categories ranging from consumer electronics to household goods, toys, fashion, beauty and sports equipment.


For more information about Underground products visit www.lazada.com.ph/underground/

Friday, November 28, 2014

How To Order Proactiv Online – Quick and Easy steps

Almost everything and everyone (I mean brands!) is available online. With the ever-changing and innovating world of online shopping and e-commerce, it shouldn't even be a surprise that the superior solution for acne is now also available online for your shopping convenience. You can now purchase your 30-day kit or 60-day kit online (at https://my.proactiv.com.ph) safely and hassle-free!




Why Buy Proactiv Online?

1. It is easy. Just create an account and you get to have access to Proactiv products (kits, product extensions, and exclusive online promotions).

2. No need to leave your house or office. The Proactiv kit will be delivered straight to you at NO DELIVERY CHARGE*.

3. You can order anytime, 24/7. No need to worry if you’re working on shift and all the malls are closed during your free time to shop.

4. There is a chat-mode available where our friendly Skin Care Advisors can address your concerns. You may also email us at customer@proactiv.com.ph or call our hotline at 02 729-2222 (Metro Manila), 1-800-10-889-4444 (PLDT Provincial), 1-800-8-7298888 (Globe Provincial).

5. Overnight delivery is available in most key areas. Our delivery partner is Aboitiz 2Go and there might be some lead time considerations for provincial, non-covered areas, or holidays.

6. Cash on Delivery is accepted.

7. Credit card payment is accepted. We have secure servers, data-encrypted payment portal. Nobody sees your confidential details.

8. Money back guarantee! If you are not happy with your purchase, send it back to us and you will get a refund. Please visit http://my.proactiv.com.ph/guarantee.htm for more details.
*applies to orders with Proactiv kits, 60-day or 30-day


HOW TO ORDER PROACTIV PRODUCTS

1. Visit: http://my.proactiv.com.ph and create an account. Depending on your browser, the link may not work with www at the beginning so please take note of this URL format and use it as is.

2. Once you have an account you may browse Proactiv products at the website. Select products, fill your shopping cart and check-out. You may fill out the delivery instructions and special notes to the rider on this section.

3. Finalize your purchase. The shopping cart accepts payment using Credit Card or C.O.D. (Cash on delivery).

4. Transaction details will be emailed to you.

5. For customer support, you may email: customer@proactiv.com.ph or call 02 729-2222 (Metro Manila), 1-800-10-889-4444 (PLDT Provincial), 1-800-8-7298888 (Globe Provincial)

What Proactiv Products can I buy online?

You can buy the following products at https://my.proactiv.com.ph.
Proactiv Kit*:

Proactiv 30-day Kit 2,495.00

  • Renewing Cleanser 60ml
  • Revitalizing Toner 60ml
  • Repairing Treatment 30ml
  • Refining Mask
  • Proactiv 60-day Kit 3,995.00
  • Renewing Cleanser 120ml
  • Revitalizing Toner 120ml
  • Repairing Treatment 60ml
  • Refining Mask
  • *with Money Back Guarantee, terms and conditions apply


Extension Items:

  • Green Tea Moisturizer 30ml 1,099.00
  • Clarifying Night Cream 30ml 1,199.00
  • Daily Oil Control 50ml 899.00
  • Oil Free Moisture 50ml 1,099.00
  • Deep Cleansing Wash 240ml 999.00
  • Daily Protection Plus Sunscreen 118ml 1,099.00


You might also be interested to try Wen Hair Cleansing Conditioner – a new product from the same manufacturer of Proactiv which I really love.

  • WEN Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner, 350 ml 995.00
  • WEN Pomegranate Cleansing Conditioner, 350 ml 995.00

Does the Free Delivery apply to online purchase of non-kits?
The purchase of product extensions along with a 30 or 60 day kit delivery is FREE of charge.
A delivery fee of P150 for Metro Manila and P330 for non-Metro Manila deliveries will apply for purchases without the 30 or 60 day kit

Delivery Lead times per Location
Orders are processed and shipped daily during regular business days.

You will receive your orders:
24 hours If within Metro Manila: (Makati, Manila, Quezon City, Mandaluyong, Marikina, San Juan, Taguig, Pasig, Pateros, CAMANAVA are, Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, Parañaque and Pasay)
24 hours If within Provincial and other NCR areas (City of Proper)
2-3 days If within Provincial

Completed orders before 2pm will be processed on the same day once, but orders after this cutoff time are processed on the next business day.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Why Proactiv is The Superior Anti-Acne Product

There are so many anti-acne products sprouting in the market: from the usual topical creams up to oral medicines that claim they can solve your acne problems. A lot of these products are too harsh to be used on a daily basis, while others aren't even effective. Some, unfortunately, could have some side effects. Now let me give the advantages of using Proactiv for your acne problems and why the benzoyl peroxide in Proactiv is superior to other anti-acne treatments.

When it comes to preventing acne breakouts and blemishes, the Proactiv Solution 3-Step System is the right choice. As the leading pimple-fighter, Proactiv treats acne safely and effectively by attacking it at the source where a build-up of dead skin cells and bacteria clogs your pores.

Reveal your beautiful acne-free skin by using Proactiv Solution 3-Step System!

If you're like me (I have sensitive skin! I just found that out recently), you're in luck. Proactiv is mild enough to use every day. It gently cleans and unplugs your pores and kill acne causing bacteria. The combination of medicines penetrates deep into your skin to destroy the bacteria and help reduce inflammation and heals the lesion. Your skin clears without the drying, peeling or chemical smell you may find in other products.

The Proactiv Renewing Cleanser (Step 1) and Repairing Treatment (Step 3) contain finely-milled,
prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide with soothing botanicals. Together these ingredients
gently exfoliate your skin, unplug your pores and attack acne-causing bacteria. The Revitalizing
Toner helps remove excess oils and dead skin cells to prevent future breakouts, and the Refining
Mask helps reduce inflammation. When used together regularly, Proactiv not only eradicates
pimples but also importantly prevent future breakouts. 

Benzoyl peroxide is a powerful ingredient that is effective against all kinds of acne (blackheads, whiteheads, and big red pimples). It is bactericidal, meaning it kills bacteria, rather than simply slowing down their growth. It also works very quickly improving acne as early as five days after starting treatment. It’s a great first line treatment but it’s also helpful to use in combination with
antibiotics for severe cases. It may cause drying, peeling or redness if not delivered in the right
amount (too strong concentrations) or surrounded by the right mix of ingredients. Proactiv’s 2.5%
benzoyl peroxide concentration is mild, yet powerful enough to kill acne causing bacteria. It is finely
milled, with proprietary advanced microcrystals that delivers the medicine without irritating the skin.
This benzoyl peroxide technology is unique to Proactiv.

And to provide you with a stronger arsenal to fight acne, Proactiv released a Limited Edition
60-Day Bundle Pack with upsized Refining Mask (2.5oz instead of the regular 1oz) and FREE 50ml Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control. These are exclusively available at Watsons and SM
Department stores nationwide.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control - Review And Photos

Living in a tropical country wherein it's either rainy or humid, my very active oil glands always makes it's presence known. When it's too hot, my skin becomes oily. When I'm inside an air conditioned room. So what do I do? I use Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control. :)


Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control is designed to absorb excess oil to help give a more
mattified appearance while helping to assist the skin in the fight against acne. This lightweight,
oil-free moisturizer helps the skin to remain soft, smooth and hydrated without looking or feeling
greasy, giving way to a more satiny, flawless looking complexion.


I was pretty adamant about this product. Whenever a product says "oil control", it usually means it will leave my oily/combination skin dry and patchy, and that is NEVER good. Surprisingly, this didn't do that. It helps control excess oil throughout the day to keep skin from shining and makeup from streaking, but wouldn't leave dry patches.It also gently balances the skin while keeping your skin hydrated and healthy looking.

How to use the Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control?
1. Apply daily or as needed onto clean skin.
2. Use fingertips to gently apply a thin layer to the entire face.
3. Allow to dry completely.
4. For best results, use after Repairing Treatment.

To make sure my skin won't look too matte and avoid dry patches, I use my moisturizing makeup base and foundation over it. I must say, they really work well together. My moisturizing foundation routine balances out the mattifying effect that Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control brings. Without this product (and using the same base and foundation), I'll need to retouch my makeup and pull out my oil control film after 2 hours. But when I incorporate Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control into my makeup routine, I don't have to retouch my makeup for the next 4 hours. Plus, it's new formula has salicylic acid acne treatment! Good news for those who have acne-prone skin like myself. :)

Want to get your very own Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control for FREE?



Take advantage of the new PROACTIV Promo Pack: The Proactiv 60 Day Kit Limited Edition Pack with FREE Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control 50ml. This promo pack is exclusively available at Watsons’ outlets and SM Department Store branches nationwide.
Promo Duration: July 15 to December 31, 2014

What is the Proactiv 60-Day Limited Edition Pack?
The Proactiv 60-Day Kit Limited Edition pack is complete set of Proactiv 60-day supply, with an upsized Refining Mask (from 1oz to 2.5oz) and Free Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control 50ml - all for the same price of Php 3,995 only.

Contents:
Proactiv Renewing Cleanser 120ml (inside the box)
Proactiv Revitalizing Toner 120ml (inside the box)
Proactiv Repairing Treatment 60ml (inside the box)
Proactiv Refining Mask – upsized from 1oz to 2.5oz (inside the box)
Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control (shrink-wrapped with the box)

This promo pack is exclusively available at Watsons and SM Department Stores (Beauty Section) nationwide. These special packs are specially marked with a red sticker on the upper rightmost corner of the box. Make sure to ask for it as items on display at Watsons or SM may be non-promo packs or dummy boxes only.

Monday, August 4, 2014

OOTD: It's A for Ayzee

As I've said in my Great Northern Sale 2014 post, I will be posting OOTDs that will feature the items I got during the sale. So for my first post, I wore one of the Uniqlo tops I bought.

I especially loved this shirt because it's loose and easy to wear with almost anything, and of course because of the letter A print. ;)

I paired it with this school girl-inspired skirt and low-cut black boots to keep it comfortable and edgy at the same time. You guys know I'm not a big fan of heels, right?

I also wanted to point out that a print-on-print ensemble doesn't necessarily mean "busy" or "overwhelming". You just have to make sure that the prints aren't competing with each other; one should be bolder or busier than the other. It also wouldn't hurt if they have similar color(s).

Now who says plus size girls can't rock cute ready-to-wear edgy pieces, hmm?




Top: Uniqlo
Skirt: Forever 21
Boots: Topshop
Hair color: Essensuals Toni & Guy Trinoma

Thursday, July 31, 2014

How To Treat Acne: Benzoyl Peroxide

Lots and lots of anti-acne products are available in the market. Some come in the usual topical form, in a complete skin range and some one should take orally. But what is the best way to treat acne?

Let me tell you how benzoyl peroxide is superior to any medications for acne treatment.

Nowadays, a lot of medications are sprouting out claiming that they can treat acne. But can they really treat acne? For years now, the gold standard of treating mild to moderate acne is the benzoyl peroxide. This is because it is a topical antimicrobial medicine, an oxidizing agent that specifically kills P. acnes, the bacteria that cause acne breakouts. To a lesser extent, it also helps to unblock pores and has an anti-inflammatory effect. BPO is not an antibiotic, and in 50 years of use, there has never been a documented case of BPO bacterial resistance; it is the cornerstone of prescription and over-the-counter acne therapy.

And Proactiv Solution knows that. 



That’s why Proactiv Solution has Micro-crystals (micro-crystal medicine) benzoyl peroxide!
The exclusive form of benzoyl peroxide (BPO) found in the Proactiv 3-Step System’s Renewing Cleanser (Step 1) and Repairing Treatment (Step 3). A crystalline BPO that is finely milled in order to achieve the pore penetration required to control the acne cycle. The Proactiv micro-crystal BPO features exceptionally small and uniform particles—designed specifically to penetrate pores faster and to be gentler on the skin.

OTHER WAYS TO TREAT ACNE

PROACTIV SOLUTION VS SOAP 
While it may seem counter-intuitive, harsh scrubbing does not unclog your pores any better than gentle cleansing, and may actually worsen your acne. Cleansing and scrubbing only reduce surface oils and dead skin cells. Many people use harsh products, laden with alcohol and foamy surfactants (detergents) somehow wash the acne off their skin. However, these actions often produce irritation and worsen acne. It is possible to gently unplug pores with fine polyethylene beads that gently relieve impacted pores without irritation. 

Proactiv Solution does not contain any surfactants that can harsh the skin. 

Proactiv® Renewing Cleanser is formulated without the harsh detergents, known as surfactants, found in many other cleansers. I personally use their Deep Cleansing Wash. Surfactants, which are responsible for a sudsy foam and lather, strip skin of its essential oils. As a result, the skin’s barrier becomes damaged and vulnerable to irritation and infection.

PROACTIV SOLUTION VS SALICYLIC ACID
Salicylic acid in a cleanser breaks through the plug but does not kill the P. acnes bacteria, the bacteria that cause acne breakouts.

Acne is caused by a variety of factors that take place below the surface of the skin. That’s why it’s best to gently wash with a medicated cleanser with proven ingredients, like benzoyl peroxide, or sulfur, that can penetrate the skin to help unclog pores, kill bacteria and/or reduce inflammation.

PROACTIV SOLUTION VS. ORAL DRUGS
When acne is severe, dermatologists sometimes prescribe oral drugs like isotretinoin or hormonal pills. There are studies that support that these methods are extremely effective for severe cases, but because of the nature of these drugs there are side effects that make it questionable if the benefits truly outweigh the cost. For example, there were reports in 2010 linking suicidal tendencies and psychotic behaviors among acne patients on isotretinoin. Hormonal pills, which are mainly indicated as a contraceptive sometimes causes water retention, weight gain, mood swings, and in the long run, even breast cancer.

What's the good news? Proactiv Solution does not have these side effects! 

Proactiv Solution is safe and effective in treating and preventing acne. It's more effective than salicylic acid because Proactiv has benzoyl peroxide. It's also much safer than those oral drugs. So if you're still in the market for a solution for your acne problems, give Proactiv Solution a try. 

For more info about Proactiv Solution, visit http://my.proactiv.com.ph.