Beauty Q&A: Skincare Issues

I’m getting more and more emails from my sparkly readers! *happy dance*

Y’all are sending such fabulous (and challenging!) beauty Qs to me, so I thought I’d set aside a post each month to answer them.

What do you think I should name my new segment? Cast your vote in the comments section below!

What do you think I should name my new section? I’m kinda leaning towards “Ask Nicole” or “Beauty Q&A” since it’s straightforward, but cast your vote in the comments below!

So let’s get this Q&A party started with this sweet email that I received from one of my readers over the weekend. She really had a lot of questions for me!

So happy to hear you enjoy reading my blog, Ana! But do try to sleep earlier—it's better for your skin! :)

So happy to hear you enjoy reading my blog, Ana! But do try to sleep earlier—it’s better for your skin! :)

I looooove talking about skincare, so I really took my time and thought about the best answers for Ana’s specific beauty dilemmas. Here’s a rough summary of her Qs to make it easier for you to follow:

Q: What’s your stand on Eskinol Cleanser?
A: I have a friend who swears by the Eskinol Deep Facial Cleanser and she even uses it all over her body! I tried the Classic White formula back in high school, and it did help clear up some of my pimples. If you’re acne-prone, it’s always good to use a toner before you moisturize since this helps get rid of excess oil and dirt. Try using it every other day first to see how your skin reacts to it. P.S. I also heard that Eskinol is good for whitening armpits and elbows—must try this soon!

Q: Does using a facial scrub (like St. Ives Apricot Scrub) damage your skin?
A: It definitely can—especially if the scrub you’re using contains rough and uneven granules. I know the St. Ives Apricot Scrub has a cult following, but personally, I find it way too abrasive and rough on my skin. Exfoliating is a must for me now that I’m older (it helps me get rid of dead skin cells that can clog pores and cause acne much faster), so I like to use this once or twice a week. It doesn’t contain any harsh scrub beads at all and it’s a lot gentler on my skin.

Q: If I use a moisturiser with SPF, do I still need to use a separate sunblock?
A: This really depends on your skin and your lifestyle! If you burn easily or are constantly outdoors, then yes, it’s probably better if you use a separate sunblock (you’ll need to reapply!). But since you mentioned that you’re also prone to breakouts, it might be more prudent if you don’t slather on multiple creams. As long as your moisturizer offers broad-spectrum protection with SPF15 or SPF30, that should be enough if you’re just staying indoors.

I hope this helps clear things up for you and thanks for sending in your questions, Ana :) If you guys have more beauty-related Qs for me, just email nicole[@]beautyandsparkle.com or click here to find out how we can go on a beauty date!

P.S.
Want to know more about skincare n-o-w? You can also visit my new baby, SkinMatters.com.ph. There are tons of skincare articles here and you can even consult with a licensed dermatologist from the PDS for free! ♥

  • Jhake O.

    I don’t need to ask anymore. My question about moisturizers with spf has been answered. Malimit kasi hindi ko malaman kung yun moisturizer ko na may spf ba ang gagamitin ko o yun sunscreen. Thanks Ms. Nicole! (and to Ms.Ana for asking that question)

    • You’re welcome :) And glad I was able to answer your beauty question!