Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Truth About Acne and Proactiv

Hey coffeeholics! How is your skin lately? Well I’m pleased to say that the acne on my skin, especially my face, has not been making an appearance that much ever since I’ve been using Proactiv. I haven’t had any major zits for several months already! Well, I’m pretty much sure you wanna know how this can also be true to you! Well here are some things you need to know and realize about the truth about acne.

My BEFORE Pic. Yes I have zits around my mouth area, sometimes on my cheeks, forehead, or my chin area. 
Acne is the most common skin disease and very common to teenagers. Nearly everyone experiences acne at some point in life. Honestly, I’ve been having acne ever since I was in high school! 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. Shocking right? So the saying that you got pimples because napuyat ka kagabi  is NOT TRUE!  It actually starts in your sebaceous hair follicles – the tiny holes you know as pores. Yes 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.  
I guess the next logical question would be – 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. So maybe one sleepless night doesn’t provoke acne but the stress from sleepless nights can. Lam na!

And now to the pressing question, 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. Totoo. Our body is made up of almost 70% water so we need that.

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. For me, that would mean reading a book!

In all honesty, out of those 6 suggestions, I've only been regularly cleansing and protecting but not so much on the others! I am soooo guilty of not doing the 7-8 hours of sleep. So if you want to promote a more acne-free atmosphere, a good night's rest is definitely a must! But still, I think the most effective way is to use the Proactiv Solution Combination therapy.

This is 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.

Pimple free! Dark spots na lang.. :P
Try it. Promise, you won’t regret it. My face is now clearer and pimple free ever since. You can check out the Proactiv Solution comes in 30-Day kit (P2,495) and 60-Day kit (P3,995) and is available at all Watsons nationwide.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Win Free Passes to BU9xSmart on June 6

Connecting with your favorite bloggers is easier with Bloggers United and Smart!

Be always in and live all out this June 6, Saturday, at the most anticipated bloggers event of the year: BLOGGERS UNITED 9, which will be held in Whitespace, Makati! Oh wow! How quick time flies! Haha. I can't believe that Bloggers United is already on its 9th installment! YAY! Congrats BU Bloggers and Organizers!

Are you ready to SHOP? :) Join your favorite fashion bloggers and online celebrities as they, again, hold their traditional get-together. Shop their closets and bond with them from 10am until 9pm! Mark your calendars and get ready to Live More on a full-day of activities, games, shopping, and meet-and-greet as we partner with the #1 telecommunications company in the Philippines, Smart Communications.

As a community of writers and readers, we are supporting DiksyonaryoAtbp Inc. as our charity partner this installment. We are all for education and this is our way of raising social awareness and social responsibility. This non-profit organization's mission is to bring dictionaries to every remote public elementary school and indigenous community nationwide, raising literacy one child at a time.

Tickets will be available at P100 on the event date, or catch the many free passes contests from Bloggers United accounts, the BU Bloggers, and our event sponsors. 

Last BU8, I had fun being part of the BU Angels Team (yes that's us in the reg, production, etc). I had lots of fun and of course was able to do some shopping! (Duh.. BU is one of the best places to get awesome stuff at an affordable price!) 

This is what I got last year.. a pink tote bag that I  bought from Christine Liwag! Super useful yung bag nung summer.. hehe. I can't wait to see what other awesome stuff our favorite BU Bloggers are selling! Excited ka na ba? :)

AND this BU9, I'm back again as part of the BU ANGELS Team! Yay! I hope to see you all there again.. and yes, I'll be there greeting all of you at the gate. Welcoming committee este... sa REG as usual. hehe. Oh and because of that, I've got some TICKETS to BU9xSMART to give away! 

I'm giving away 5 PAIRS of tickets to BU9xSMART! 
To join, here's how:

1. Follow me on twitter and instagram

2. Tweet this: Join @kai_sensei's giveaway to win passes for #BU9xSmart on June 6!

2. Comment below with your name, twitter and ig username and email so that if you win, I can contact you. 

Contest ends on Thursday, June 4 and I will be choosing the winners and announcing them on that day. :) Good luck and see you there!

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Little White Box - Save My Bag is now open in SM Makati!

Hey dears! Have you heard? Little White Box has already opened its first store in SM Makati! I was pretty happy that I got invited to the "opening" of this nifty chic little store, the first of its kind in the Philippines. The Little White Box is actually a store within a store, conceptualized to house international brands not found elsewhere in the country. These brands have different varieties and categories – all under the accessories line. From colorful eyewear to cheeky yet functional bags, Little White Box has a broad range of stylish surprises in store that customers can keep coming back for.It's situated at the 2nd Floor, East Wing of the SM Store. 

The Little White Box at SM Makati is now open!
The design of architect and artist Carlo Calma served as the inspiration for the store’s overall look and feel – modern and minimal, allowing the merchandise to be displayed and highlighted in a variety of interesting ways.  His fresh approach at visual merchandising treats products as elements of art. Aptly so, as first to be featured in Little White Box is the Italian brand Save My Bag, with its wide spectrum of colors in various styles.


Stefano Agazzi and Valentina Azzia, a young couple from Bergamo, Italy, founded the brand in 2013. Made of poly-lycra, a material lighter and more durable than neoprene, Save My Bag was conceptualized as a stylish protection for luxury designer bags. Celebrities like Patricia Field have recognized its style potential and began to use it as a regular bag. Oprah herself even remarked that they should be called “Save My Back,” due to the lightness of the material.

I personally was able to check out some of these bags and was amazed indeed by the lightness of the material. I think you can also have it washed in the washing machine or hand wash it as long as you use a cold wash. I love also how there are all sorts of sizes.. for me I'm a big fan of big bags (haha yes coz I got a big.. HEART! nyeh! hehe) so there's an option of a big travel bag which I think is pretty cool.


A lot really liked this cool comics design bag!
The event was attended by quite a number of people! They also had a lil fashion show to display all the Save My Bag items available. Here are some of the photos during the event. 



Save My Bag is available at Little White Box, now open at SM Makati. New locations are opening soon in SM Megamall and SM Aura. With new Save My Bag collections and other product ranges to be introduced in the coming months, good surprises await every one inside the Little White Box.

Bright, colorful, and lightweight bags - Save My Bag is currently available at Little White Box!

Little White Box is located at the second level of SM Makati. 

Follow @littlewhiteboxph and hashtag #littlewhiteboxph on Instagram for more updates.