Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Truth About Acne

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What is acne and how does it develops? 
Acne is the most common skin disease and very common to teenagers. Nearly everyone experiences acne at some point in life. It may last for a few months or a few years. 

An acne blemish begins approximately 2-3 weeks before it appears on your skin’s surface. So while it may seem you get a pimple overnight, what you’re actually seeing is the final stage of a much longer process. It starts in your sebaceous hair follicles – the tiny holes you know as pores. Deep within each follicle, your sebaceous glands are working to produce sebum, the oil that keeps your skin moist and pliable. As your skin renews itself, the old cells die, mix with your skin’s natural oils, and are sloughed off. Under normal circumstances, these cells are shed gradually, making room for fresh new skin. 

Dead skin cells may block the pores, resulting to over accumulation of oil underneath. Bacteria that live on the skin naturally begin to grow and multiply in this site, triggering an inflammatory response causing a red, angry pore that we may see as pimple already at the tail-end of the acne formation process. 

What provokes Acne? 
Contrary to popular belief, acne is not caused by eating too much chocolates or oily foods, nor does it occur exclusively on teenagers. Acne is a cyclic process that everyone experiences, and can occur at any age. Stress, periods, climate, cosmetic products (comedogenic), drugs and industrial chemical are factors that provoke acne. 

How to Prevent Acne?
Nourish - There is no miracle diet to clear acne, but a healthy, balanced diet can help your skin fight acne. Choose fresh, unprocessed foods from all four groups and drink eight glasses of water a day, or more when you exercise. 

Cleanse - To maintain clear skin, stick to a daily acne-fighting skin-care routine. Gently wash your face with a soap-free exfoliating cleanser twice a day to remove excess oil, dirt and dead skin cells. Avoid over washing, which dries out your skin and causes it to produce even more oil.
Protect - While small amounts of sun exposure may seem to clear acne at first, the sun actually dries your skin, causing it to produce more oil and dead cells, creating the ideal environment for blemishes. Avoid excess sun exposure and wear at least SPF 15 sunscreen every day, even if it's cloudy. 
Rest - A good night's sleep (7-8 hours) can do wonders for your complexion and immune system, which helps fight infection to clear acne more quickly. 

Exercise - Your skin benefits from an increase in blood flow and blood oxygen level achieved by exercise. If you are prone to body acne, wear loose-fitting, breathable clothing when exercising, and shower with an acne-fighting body wash soon after. 

Relax - Acne starts inside hair follicles, where your sebaceous glands produce the protective oil that keeps skin soft and supple. Hormones control these glands, and psychological stress affects hormone levels. Too much stress can yield too much oil and trigger the acne cycle. So relax—take a bath, go for a walk, do yoga or whatever you want to make you feel happy and calm. 

How Proactiv Solution Combination Therapy stops acne? 
  1. The Proactiv Renewing Cleanser (Step 1) and the Proactiv Revitalizing Toner (Step 2) works by removing dead skin cells, ensuring that the pores don’t get clogged. The Proactiv Revitalizing Toner (Step 2) removes excess oils. 
  2. The Proactiv Renewing Cleanser (Step 1) and Proactiv Repairing Treatment (Step 3) kill the bacteria and prevent proliferation. 
  3. The Refining Mask helps reduce the inflammation and swelling. 
Proactiv is designed to attack acne “proactively” – delivering the right concentration of medicines and acne-care agents, in the right order and concentrations, to help control the acne cycle before breakouts occur. If you have acne, Proactiv Solution is the key to clear complexion.

Proactiv is safe and effective for almost everyone with mild to moderate acne – healing the breakouts you may have today and keeping your complexion clear by helping to prevent future breakouts. By clearing your skin, Proactiv also helps blemishes from leaving behind permanent scars. Proactiv combines mild concentrations of antimicrobial acne medicine with botanical skin-care agents to gently remove excess dead skin cells and oil (to keep pores from clogging); to kill acne causing bacteria inside pores; and to soothe redness and irritation. 
Proactiv Solution comes in 30-Day kit (P2,495) and 60-Day kit (P3,995) and is available at all Watsons nationwide

Monday, December 21, 2015

Look and feel your best this Holiday season

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The yuletide season is just around the corner and for us Filipinos that only means one thing – endless parties and gatherings with families and friends you haven’t seen all year. It’s that one time of the year when people take their minds off deadlines and just spend quality time catching up with loved ones over great food. With Christmas time and all the reunions that come with it fast approaching, it is mandatory for everyone to put their best face forward. This means having flawless, acne-free skin.

No one is spared from acne. Breakouts can put a blow on your confidence and hold you back from being your social and fun self. Good thing Proactiv Solution got you covered so you can look good and feel good this holiday season.

How to achieve acne-free skin this holiday season?
Shopping, eating, parties, too much to do and too little sleep all taking place during holiday season. The hurried pace and the demands of this season can take a toll to your skin. Neglected skin can become dull, tired and blemished with acne. Just when you want to look clear and beautiful, your skin gets the holiday blues. The good news is that Proactiv can help your skin battles against all of this skin stress. Proactiv Solution Combination Therapy Kit System is #1 acne treatment in America and recommended by dermatologist. It is a combination therapy wherein the products in this system work together to cleanse the skin, fight the blemishes you have now, stop new blemishes from forming and gently heal the damaged skin. Proactiv has free gift, Refining Mask – with antibacterial sulfur that speeds the healing as it calms the skin. It’s also has money back guarantee and risk free on your hard earned money.

What is Proactiv and how it works:
Developed and recommended by dermatologists, Proactiv Solution’s 3-Step System helps clear existing acne and prevents future breakouts without taking much of your time. The skincare regimen only takes 5 minutes to do, so it is easy to integrate it to your daily skin care routine.

With deep cleaning prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide, Proactiv’s Renewing Cleanser penetrates pores and heals blemishes fast. Proactiv’s Step 1 contains smooth tiny beads that exfoliate dead skin cells and other impurities while its Step 2, an alcohol-free Revitalizing Toner with soothing botanicals that gently balance the skin tone, removes excess oil for a refreshed, clear skin. Proactiv’s Step 3 consists of the Repairing Treatment, a light, oil-free skin-clearing lotion that heals blemishes and helps prevent new ones from forming.

Proactiv Bonus:
Each Proactiv kit comes with a free Refining Mask that’s sure to keep your skin clear and acne-free this merry-making season. Formulated with Sulfur, a proven acne- fighting ingredient that reaches deep into the pores where blemishes begin, the Refining Mask gently unplugs pores, pampers inflamed skin, and softens the skin’s texture.

Save yourself from the unnecessary stress caused by acne. Don’t let anything get in the way of your Christmas celebration! Have Proactiv Solution do the work of getting rid of your blemishes so you can confidently share the love with the people in your life.

Proactiv Solution comes in 30-Day kit (P2,495) and 60-Day kit (P3,995) and is available at all Watsons nationwide.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Tips by Proactiv’s newest celebrity spokesperson: Alex Gonzaga

As an actress, comedienne and TV host, it is part of Alex Gonzaga’s job to take good care of herself, especially her skin. Being on the limelight, her face has to be camera-ready at all times.




Maintaining a clear and radiant skin is a lot of work and the 27-year old knows she needs to keep an eye on her overall lifestyle to do this. From what she eats to what she does off-cam, Alex walks us through her hacks to acne-free skin:

1. A good night’s sleep is key 
“Sleep helps the skin recover after a long tiring day so I make sure I get enough rest every night,” she explains. Stress causes sebaceous glands produce more oil and make skin extra oily leading to formation of acne. Getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night has been proven reduce one’s stress level.

2. I chug lots of water
Increasing the amount of water you drink is a great way to flush out internal toxins and hydrate your skin from the inside out. Alex shares she always keeps a bottle of water on standby to keep her hydrated during long hours of shoot.

3. Exercise is good for blood circulation
Physical activity cuts stress which may contribute to acne. Improved blood circulation helps the skin by sending more oxygen to your skin cells and carrying the cell wastes away. “I do pilates regularly. It is fun and a great way to relieve stress,” Alex adds.

4. Sleeping with makeup on is a big no-no
No matter how tired she is after a long day at the set, Alex religiously takes time to remove all traces of makeup from her face to make sure her pores are not clogged with sweat, dust, and dirt.

5. Invest in over-the-counter product
“Proactiv has always been part of my beauty regimen for six years. Its specially-formulated ingredients help treat and prevent acne so I won’t have to deal with it,” Alex shares.

Alex swears by Proactiv, the leading anti-acne treatment product which is safe and effective for almost everyone.

Composed of the complete 3-Step System to knock out acne, Proactiv is very easy to use. Step 1 is the Renewing Cleanser, an oil-free, soap-free medicated exfoliating cleanser that kills acne-causing bacteria with U.S. prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide. Step 2 is the Revitalizing Toner, a refreshing alcohol-free toner that refines and purifies pores. Step 3 is the Repairing Treatment, a feather-light, invisible medicated treatment that kills acne-causing bacteria.

Every Proactiv kit comes with a free Proactiv Refining Mask, a rich, deep-cleansing mask formulated with sulfur, a proven acne- fighting ingredient that reaches deep into the pores where blemishes begin.

“Proactiv requires less than five minutes a day. It’s convenient and it works,” shares Alex.
Take it from the celebrity. These beauty hacks are your sure way to a smooth and acne-free skin just like Alex’s.


My Skin Care Tips
Alex actually covered most of the skin care tips that I would recommend, but here are a few that I would like to add her tips above.

1. Makeup and makeup tools can make or break your skin
Always make sure your makeup products are stored properly and sanitized. Keep in mind that other makeup products' shelf life are way shorter than others, so please make sure you toss 'em after the expiration dates. You must wash and sanitize your makeup brushes and sponges religiously to get ride of all the bacteria and build ups. 

2. Avoid touching your face
Here is one of the best tips that I can probably give you. I for one used to always touch my face, particularly my chin and jawline. So it wasn't a surprise when I get HUGE and UGLY zits on those areas. If you must touch your face, please do so after washing your hands first. 

3. Treat your skin, at least weekly
If you can't afford regular facials, opt for affordable face masks instead. You can even create your own mask using natural ingredients found in your kitchen. Whenever I get zits out of nowhere, I use Proactiv Refining Mask at night and let it stay overnight (for the really hug and bad ones). 



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Alex Gonzaga for Proactiv | The first Filipina face of Proactiv

Proactiv, the skin care product choice among Hollywood’s elite finally found the perfect Filipina who embodies the brand. Young, charming and most importantly, a loyal user of Proactiv, actress and comedienne Alex Gonzaga is the first Proactiv Filipino endorser.



“The Proactiv 3-Step System has been an important part of my daily skin care routine for years! It is effective and easy to use. I am so thrilled to be the first Filipina face of Proactiv and tell everyone all about my experience using it,” the 27-year old TV host shares. “Its mild formulation gently exfoliates my skin, removes excess oil and delivers powerful acne-fighting medicine.”

Being an in-demand celebrity causes stress and fatigue which may take a toll on the skin. The long hours of tapings and shoots, the never-ending mall shows and pounds of make-up cause damages on the skin such as zits and breakouts. She knows, however, that with Proactiv’s dermatologically tested ingredients, her skin stays clear, radiant and acne-free.

Even with her frenetic schedule, Alex finds time to adhere to Proactiv’s simple and easy 3-Step System. “As my beauty regimen before going to sleep, I apply Proactiv’s Step 1 which is the Renewing Cleanser. You can feel it gently removing impurities in your skin with its exfoliating beads,” Alex explains.

The Renewing Cleanser is an oil-free, soap-free medicated exfoliating cleanser that kills acne-causing bacteria with U.S. prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide. The ultra-fine micro-crystal benzoyl peroxide penetrates pores fast while being gentle on the skin.

“I follow it up with Step 2 which is the Revitalizing Toner,” Alex continues. Proactiv’s Revitalizing Toner is refreshing alcohol-free toner that refines and purifies pores. Its Glycolic acid exfoliates dead skin cells to help keep pores unplugged while its botanical-rich formula soothes and hydrates acne-prone skin.

“Step 3 is the Repairing Treatment. I just squeeze a pea-sized amount on my palm and spread it on my face,” she adds.

The Repairing Treatment is a feather-light, invisible medicated treatment that kills acne-causing bacteria preventing zits and acne.

Each Proactiv kit comes with a free Refining Mask. This Refining Mask makes a great leave-on spot
treatment at night for better complexion in the morning.

“We are proud to have Alex Gonzaga as the first Filipina face of Proactiv. She is beautiful, spontaneous and hip, making her a perfect fit for the brand,” says Proactiv Philippines General Manager, Mari del Rosario. “With Alex heading our local campaign, we hope to reach out to more Filipinos and Filipinas and encourage them to take a step and fight acne today.”

Proactiv is available in 30-day kit (P 2,495.00) and 60-day kit (P 3,995.00) and is exclusively distributed at all Watsons nationwide.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Be a Life Achiever with ATC Ginkgo Biloba

All of us are achievers, we want to be the best among the rest. Challenging ourselves to be a straight achiever is a great way to spend life. 

I was raised to excel and enjoy everything that I do. Earning and achieving success in my chosen career and personal makes me feel alive. 

Living a life of countless feat is a life story worth sharing. Be on top of life by keeping your brain on point, with the help of ATC Ginkgo Biloba.





ATC Ginkgo Biloba is a dietary supplement that is called the “Brain Enhancer”. It contains Ginkgo Biloba which protects the brain from nerve damage that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease and can also be a possible aid against Dementia. It helps retain good memory, sharpen your mind and avoid cognitive knowledge.

I'm still in my 20s but with a thriving career in the advertising and PR industry, the constant brainstorming and stress could affect my brain's health in the long run. That's why taking supplements like ATC Ginkgo Biloba is truly helpful.

Follow your dreams by working hard and fuel your spirit with passion. Be a life achiever with the help of ATC Ginkgo Biloba


ATC Ginkgo Biloba is available at Mercury Drug and leading drugstores nationwide for P 6.00 per capsule. For inquiries, you may contact ATC Healthcare at these numbers: 516-88880909-3333333 or 0917-5623333.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Get ready to feel fully alive with B'lue! | #FullyAliveWithBlue

The B'lue Team is on a campus tour around the different universities around the metro and they want you to be a part of the experience.




Come and see the deeply refreshing surprises they’ve got in store for students, barkadas, classmates and everyone at school! Some of the highlights of the tour are the B’lue Digital Billboard, a talking Bench, and an interactive Vendo Machine that takes selfies as currency!

Not only they are giving away cool merchandise and prizes, they also want the whole student body to experience what B’lue can do for them!

You're all invited to experience what it means to feel fully alive at the Plaza Mayor in University of Santo Tomas on September 10, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 PM. See you there!




Monday, September 7, 2015

Skin White Solutions Superior 10-in-1 Soap - Review and Photos

I always look forward to taking long baths. This is my "me time" wherein I can just relax and pamper myself after a long day at work. Thus, I always try to find products that will make my bath time even more luxurious - without breaking my budget, of course. ;-) 

Let me share with you a staple in my bathroom essentials: Skin White Solutions Superior 10-in-1 Soap. This soap is meant for the face and body, but I prefer using it just on the latter. 


Skin White Solutions Superior 10-in-1 








Here is the description on their packaging:
"Superior ingredients are put together to function as a whitening system that effectively stimulates cells in the dermis to produce more collagen. It reduces melanin production of the skin as a reaction to UV exposure.  Effectively slows down aging process, therefore prevents formation of wrinkles. It gently removes impurities and residual rough skin. Soften and nourish skin, encourages growth of new and healthy skin cells. Rich in antioxidants and it prevents moisture loss and dryness. It consists of excellent properties to enhance whitening effect. The set includes clinically proven ingredients and formula, which will guarantee you fast whitening results."

What was my experience?
I love this soap. First of all, it smells really good. It really helps in whitening (or at least brightening) my skin. I was born with a relatively light skin, but this soap really helps in giving my skin tone that oomph it needs. I like the fact that it's anti-aging, something I consciously try to look for in products since I'm in my late 20s. The level of moisture it leaves on my skin is fairly enough. It's not sticky (which I hate) but not dry as well. The best thing about it is the price. It's only Php120 yet you get 150g worth of product. That's 15 grams more than the average soaps I find from other sellers. Also, the fact that it's locally made and owned makes it even better. 

The downside? It melts rather quickly so slicing it up is highly recommended. I prefer using this in the evenings only. I use citrusy soaps in the morning because those wake up my senses better.

PROS:
  • Does the job in whitening/brightening my skin
  • Moisturizing without the sticky feeling
  • Smells good
  • Very affordable
  • Locally made/available
  • Expiration date is indicated


CONS:
  • It melts quickly
  • Might not work for you if you have extremely dry skin


VERDICT:

 I will repurchase!




Where To Buy:
Skin White Solutions Superior 10-in-1 Soap, Php120
Online, thru their resellers (find them on Instagram) or drop by their physical stores (details on their FB page and IG page)