Just a few minutes ago when I was too preoccupied editing a review material…
RAVIV, trying to sleep: ‘Nay, come here already. Remember I can’t sleep without you [beside me]?
TATAY RANDY, lying down beside Raviv: Just pretend that I’m Nanay.
RAVIV: But I can’t. You have so many pimples and that’s rough, while Nanay has smooth skin.
HAHAHAHA! So of course I lay down beside him. Raviv started touching my face, and he seemed in awe of how smooth it was compared to Randy’s.
Speaking of smooth skin, uuuuyyy I’m so happy! Last Saturday I met up with Chrys and Zaira. It’s been a month or so since we last saw each other. Since I still had no phone, they just ambushed me at home. Upon their arrival, they both gushed at how nice my skin was. Ang ganda raw, and they were asking me what I had done to it. Eh partida: it was late already, I was tired from a whole day teaching, and since it was an ambush visit I just greeted them with my pambahay face (read: lusaw na ang make-up applied at 7 a.m.) and panlabandera hair.
Look, I didn’t even have lip balm or kilay on:
I was surprised, because I haven’t been satisfied with my skin for months now. I’ve already told you guys about my crow’s feet problems, right? Add to that my pores! These past months, I noticed that my pores have become huge. Aargh! Skin ageing na talaga!
Thus when Chrys and Zai insisted that my skin really did look glowing, I realized that my skin regimen dedication was probably paying off. See, for a month or so now, I’ve been diligently taking care of my skin. As in totoo na ‘to, guys. Hehe. You know what made me really do it? Well, I’m really lazy with all the nighttime skin rituals, but when I was tasked to host Gymboree’s Mommy Meet-up, kinabahan na ako. Fart, I’ll be on the same stage as Andi Manzano!!! And is really pretty, right? Plus being a celebrity and being younger, she’s got fantastic skin. I didn’t want to look like her Mom or Tita, que horror!
Thus, I dragged my tushy and diligently took care of my skin. Still far from the 10-step Korean skincare routine (good luck sa katamaran ko!), but at least I was actively doing something. I didn’t realize it when my skin got rehabilitated, thus I was just so happy when my best friends swore na ang ganda raw ng balat ko.
Today after bathing, I took a selfie.
In fairness, oo nga, my skin has improved a lot, I guess. It’s not perfect, of course. But in the photos above, the only make-up I put on were pangkilay and Nivea lip balm. No BB cream, no foundation, no powder. I took these photos in natural light with Randy’s iPad, and absolutely no filter.
If you want to know what I’ve been up to the past two months, then here are my not-so-secret weapons:
#1 and #2: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser + Clarisonic Mia
I’ve had this Clarisonic Mia years ago, at the behest of my online friend Candice (who’s my resource person when it comes to skincare; she ordered this for me from the US). Unfortunately, it got broken after a couple of months. Not caring a hoot about skincare (especially cleansing), I ignored it. It just sat in my bathroom cabinet catching dust for years.
Then my pores became gigantic, and I kept on reading blogs saying how much they love their Clarisonic. How Clarisonic is their skin’s saviour, blah, blah, blah. So I finally brought it out and had it repaired. The repair only cost me P300. Since the Clarisonic is already great at removing deep-seated dirt from my face, I opted to pair it with a mild cleanser like Cetaphil. Actually, I used to prefer “drying” facial washes (‘yung tipong after using eh banat na banat yung mukha ko) until Randy’s derma at Obagi told me to stick to mild cleansers (when I was pregnant with Raviv; she was actually the first one to point out my emerging crew’s feet).
To be honest, I think that the Clarisonic is the major reason why my skin is glowing. With this, I feel that I no longer need to get diamond peels (which I wanted to get every month, but I would only get twice a year). However…
#3 Nu Skin Galvanic Spa II
…if the Clarisonic is my cleansing go-to, I relay on my Galvanic Spa to promote my skin’s elasticity and firmness. I’m turning 33 this September, and aside from my crow’s feet I also noticed my deep laugh lines and sagging jowls. I initially thought of getting RF treatments, but I am hopeful that I need not to because of this at-home spa I can use at my convenience.
The Galvanic Spa is really expensive, as in masakit sa bulsa. But when I tried it and saw immediate dramatic results, I gave in and bought one.
Guys, I really don’t want to show this photo (because I look really chaka), but this is why I was convinced to buy the Galvanic Spa (sa kuripot kong ito). Look how asymmetric my face is:
Compare the left and right sides of my face. This was my first time to try the Galvanic Spa, and at this point, only the right side got the treatment. Notice how my eyebags and dark undereye circle on my right is lighter than my left. And what cinched the deal were my laugh lines! Look at how deep my laugh line on my left side is, compared to my right. ‘Di ba?!? (I demanded of course na pantayin afterwards!) With this dramatic result after just one treatment, I just had to buy one!
And even though tinatamad ako to use the Galvanic Spa (there are two steps per use), I still use this 2x/week. I am hopeful that this would also help me with my crow’s feet, because I really do not want to resort to Botox.
#4 Olay Total Effects
…or any night cream, for that matter. I got this Olay Total Effects as a gift from P&G (together with so many goodies. Thank you, P&G!!!) One of my lovely mommy friends swears by this (she already has a kid in college and yet she’s so young-looking!). I use this every night, and for the past days, I even use every day after bathing. I’ve read how much mature skin needs moisture. I just love imagining how putting this on my face quenches the thirst of my arid skin.
#5 Castor Oil (Cold-Pressed and Cold-Processed)
This is what I use in removing eye make-up, instead of make-up removing cleansers laden with chemicals. I use it because I’ve read numerous times that castor oil promotes hair growth, eh kulang na kulang ang kilay at pilikmata ko! Thus, aside from removing make-up, I’m also conditioning and strengthening my lashes. And I can vouch for its effectiveness—the results are not dramatic and not immediate, but I swear that after months of diligently swabbing castor oil on my lash lines (upper and lower) and eyebrows, some hairs actually grew on the previously bald parts. This is especially visible on my lower lashes (compare my photo today vs my photo when I first tried the Galvanic Spa)—the hairs there used to be almost invisible, but I could see hem now, yehey!!! (warning: make sure you’re using cold pressed and cold processed castor oil, and not the Apollo orange-scented brand you can buy at Mercury Drugstore).
#6 Derma E Hydrating Eye Cream
What i love about this is that it comes in a tube (hygienic, as I don’t have to dip my fingers into a jar, unlike my old favourite Burt’s Bees), it’s relatively inexpensive (cheaper than Burt’s Bees and Dermalogica), and it’s really hydrating but not too heavy. Like Olay, I use this 2x/day, and I always put this first before any eye concealer. It helps keep the creases at bay. 🙂
I hope this helped 🙂 Remember everyone, great skin is always in! Invest in your skin, and ‘wag n’yo akong gayahin na late na nagsimula. Start slathering eye creams and night creams as soon as you hit your mid-20s.
Baboosh, and don’t sleep with your make-up on!
(The Nivea lip balm and Anastasia eyebrow pencil were included in the picture because I put them on my face when I took the photo earlier today).