Skincare Options For Your Specific Skin Concerns

Okay, you guys. I have been trying some major skincare products recently and I thought I’d put them all together in one post. I categorized everything according to skin concerns, so it’ll be easier for you to sort through the products based on your current skin need. You ready? Let’s do this!

1. If You Want…Matte Skin
Practically every Pinay I talk to complains about the fact that her skin looks shiny or oily. If you want to control your grease production (or at least curb it while you’re wearing makeup), these goodies from Benefit can help.

That's the Benefit Porefessional Matte Rescue Gel, License To Blot, and Instant Wipeout Masks set.

That’s the Benefit Porefessional Matte Rescue Gel, License To Blot, and Instant Wipeout Masks set.

The Skin Lowdown: The mask is fun to use (watch how here) and it’s a great way to cleanse your pores of unwanted dirt and oil. As for the water-based mattifying gel, I like applying this on my T-zone when I don’t want to wear makeup and just want to look fresh all day sans retouching. Meanwhile, the License to Blot stick is fantastic for touch-ups. It has invisible blotting spheres that zaps shine for up to six hours and the stick is shaped like a diamond, so you can get apply it over the corners of your face easily.

2. If You Want…Smaller Pores
The reason your pores look big is because there’s dirt and oil trapped in there. This means that you need something that’s gonna get in there and do some deep cleaning!

Check out the Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate if you want tighter pores.

Check out the Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate if you want tighter pores.

The Skin Lowdown: It has alguronic acid (so it has anti-aging benefits) combined with salicylic acid (to exfoliate and cleanse pores). I usually apply a moisturizer after I use this because it’s not super hydrating, but this lightweight, oil-free serum did help refine and brighten my skin. Full disclosure: my pores aren’t too huge to begin with, so I didn’t see much of a difference. But research results showed that 90% of the 100 women they tested noticed that their pore size minimized within four weeks of use.

3. If You Want To…Control Oil Production.

I started taking new vitamins recently and it made my face (and scalp!) super oily. It was weird, because my skin would feel grimy even after I washed my face. So I added these goodies from Bioderma into my routine to help balance my complexion again.

From left to right, that's the Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner, Sébium Akn Smoothing Purifying Care, and the Sébium H20 Purifying Cléansing Micelle Solution.

From left to right, that’s the Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner, Sébium Akn Smoothing Purifying Care, and the Sébium H20 Purifying Cléansing Micelle Solution.

The Skin Lowdown: I wanted to control my skin’s oil production without overdrying it, so I would use the Sébium H20 Purifying Cléansing Micelle Solution after I wash my face. Yup, after! It’s actually more of a makeup remover, but since it’s also a cleansing water, I would swipe it over my skin to get rid of leftover oil (think of it as a substitute for toner). After that, I’d apply the Sébium Akn Smoothing Purifying Care in the morning. It helps prevent your pores from getting clogged, so it served as a barrier between my skin and makeup to help prevent breakouts. Loved this complexion balancing formula because after 2 to 3 weeks, my skin went back to normal!

More skincare recos for anti-aging, pimple-clearing, and dry skin after the jump! P.S. There’s an event invite also for Murad if you want to join us for a fun Makeup Mixology class! Continue reading

This Pimple-Fighting Cream is Awesome!

I usually breakout around that time of the month (hormones, guys) or when I binge on junkfood. Although drinking this has helped lessen skin inflammations significantly, I like using this also.

Yadah Anti Trouble Spot Cream, P250 at Beauty Bar.

Yadah Anti Trouble Spot Cream, P250 at Beauty Bar.

I’ve been writing about this Korean brand a lot (their smudge-proof eyeliner is my fave!). I really like that they try to minimize the use of chemicals in their products. Take this pimple-fighting wonder, for example. It’s free from paraben, colorants, and mineral oil.

Lol, I made an "8" accidentally. But when you squeeze it out of the bottle, it comes out this thick.

Lol, I made an “8” ;) When you squeeze it out of the bottle, it’s seems thick and is balm-like in consistency. It’s actually pretty light though!

Once it’s on your skin, it melts and disappears. You can wear it with or without makeup and it won’t be obvious at all. Now for the info you’re really waiting for: Will it clear up your pimple overnight?My answer (and more deets about the product after the jump! Continue reading

Sneaky Pimple Culprit

You wash your face diligently, never go to bed without makeup, keep your skin moisturized, and follow all the beauty rules. So why are you still breaking out? One of the surprisings culprits could actually be your laundry detergent.

My derma recommended Perla and I noticed that I stopped getting red, itchy bumps along my cheeks after I changed sudsers.

I noticed that I stopped getting red, itchy bumps along my cheeks after I changed to a milder sudser for my linens (my derma recommended that I use Perla).

If your skin is sensitive, detergents with harsh chemicals or fragrances can actually irritate your skin and cause breakouts. Try switching to something milder (and ditch the fabric softener) and observe your skin to see if your acne starts to go away. Personally, I use a different detergent for anything that touches my face—like my towels, bedsheets, and pillowcases. But if you’re breaking out on your back or chest, you might want to consider washing everything with a gentler laundry soap.

Think this could be one of the causes of your breakouts? Leave a comment and let me know! ♥

How I Got Rid Of My Acne Scars

There are many different types of acne scars. The one I’ll talk about today is, in my opinion, the worst kind. Craters. Pock marks. Just nasty little buggers that leave holes in your face. Ayayay, as if a horrible pimple wasn’t enough.

Sorry, guys. I'm not brave enough to post pics of my skin when it was at it's worst (maybe someday). For now, enjoy this infographic and try to identify which type of scar you have.

Sorry, guys. I’m not brave enough to post pics of my skin when it was at it’s worst (maybe someday). For now, enjoy this infographic and try to identify which type of scar you have.

After my horrible bout with cystic acne (see the major reason behind my breakouts here), I was left with rolling acne scars. Apparently, even if you don’t pick on your pimples and treat it with care, the skin inflammation is so intense that it can still cause significant damage—enough to leave a scar.

When I first noticed the scar(s) left behind by my breakouts, I assumed it was just pigmentation. But once that lightened up, I was horrified to discover that it also left a mini crater. It was most visible under overhead lighting, but I still got super depressed (and stressed out!) since I never had to deal with this before.

Fortunately, I found a few solutions that helped improve my skin condition. The trick is to deal with the scar while it’s fresh and to use the right collagen-boosting cream to help your skin rebuild the cells that were damaged. If you’re dealing with this skin issue, click to find out how you can (hopefully!) solve it.

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