Why Sunscreen Makes You Breakout

Here’s my theory: It’s probably because you only use soap to wash it off at the end of the day. I think that whenever you apply sunscreen (or use any product that has SPF), then you’ll also need to use a makeup remover to clean your skin effectively. I’ve actually been using this skin trick for years and it’s definitely helped me keep my complexion pimple-free during summer!

My current fave: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. A friend (hi, Maika!) got this for me from Japan and I'm hooked!

My current fave: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. A friend (hi, Maika!) got this for me from Japan and I’m hooked! P.S. Leave a comment if you want a review!

If you want to cop my technique, here’s what I do: I double-cleanse by using an oil-based makeup remover first before lathering up with my facial wash. This trick helps melt off any residue from my sunscreen and it also helps get rid of excess oil, sweat, and dirt that stick to my skin. But if your skin is extra sensitive, you can try using a gentle makeup remover like Bifesta (it’s water-based) or Bioderma before you wash your face. That’ll work, too!

Do you breakout whenever you use sunscreen on a daily basis? Try this skin trick and LMK if it works for you! ♥

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. Check out my answers the jump! Continue reading

Bioderma Is Officially Here!

I first heard about Bioderma from my friend, Kat. I tried it when I crashed at her place and forgot to pack my makeup remover. She told me it was actually one of Gwyneth Paltrow’s favorite beauty finds at French pharmacies!

Saw this on GP's site, Goop. Click here to read about her other French pharmacy picks.

Saw this on GP’s site, Goop. Click here to read about her other French beauty picks.

Fortunately, we don’t have to travel all the way to France anymore to try this because it’s already available at selected derma clinics—and soon, even at Watsons! I scored a sneak peek during the launch and got to check out the other products from the French brand. Let’s take a look:

bioderma-philippines-launch

With my favorite beauty addicts! Fashion & beauty editors Iya and Sandra and my Team B love, Tina. At the bottom, that’s Bioderma distributor Nikki Tang, celeb stylist Alyanna Martinez, and MAC sponsored makeup artist Jigs Mayuga.

Our host for the event, Bianca Valerio. Sandra and I were totally drooling over her dress! I was really surprised (and kilig!) when she went up to me and gushed about how much she liked my blog! Thank you, Bianca! Hearing that really makes all the long nights worth it <3

Our host for the event, makeup artist and model Bianca Valerio. I was really surprised (and kilig!) when she told me how much she liked my blog! Thank you, Bianca! Hearing that really makes all the long nights worth it <3 P.S. Sandra and I were totally drooling over your dress!

Now on to the good stuff…

The cult favorites: Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Solution is perfect for those with dry, sensitive skin. One bottle is actually sold every 3 seconds around the world! The Bioderma Sébium H20 Micellar Solution is for those with oily or acne-prone skin since it has anti-bacterial properties.

The cult favorites: Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Solution is perfect for those with dry, sensitive skin. One bottle is actually sold every 3 seconds around the world! The Bioderma Sébium H20 Micellar Solution is for those with oily or acne-prone skin since it has anti-bacterial properties. Both are P650 each for 100ml.

Bianca actually gave me a great tip. Since she has combination skin, like most Pinays do, she uses the Sébium formula over her T-zone and the Sensibio over the rest of her face. It’s actually a great way to give your skin what it needs on specific areas of your face if you have the budget.

For more of my thoughts about this makeup remover and to check out the other products Bioderma is bringing in, clickity-click! Continue reading

Q&A: Do I Need To Wear Sunscreen Even If It’s Rainy Season?

YES! Si! Oui! Oo! 

Get the picture?

You absolutely, positively do have to wear sunscreen every day—even if it’s cloudy outside. Heck, even if you’re just at home. Your computer screen, fluorescent lights, and just every little UV ray coming through the windows still penetrate your skin. And that will accumulate over time and skin damage!

Found this cool infographic from Badger. It's a simple way of explaining how sunscreen protects your skin. I really suggest SPF30 as the new minimum. SPF15 really isn't enough anymore.

Do you want wrinkles, sagging, age spots? Okidoki, then don’t apply sunscreen. But in case you’re interested in protecting your skin (yay!), here’s a cool infographic from Badger that explains how sunscreen works. As you can see, SPF30 is best for optimum protection.

Are you still not convinced? Are you thinking, “Ya, I already know this…but I’ll probably skip it anyway. Doesn’t really make a difference.” Well, well, well, my friend. Watch this video and prepare to feel the fear.

 
Okaaaay, so I don’t really want you to feel the fear. That was just me being overdramatic. But I do want you to take your sunscreen  application seriously. Commit to it. You’ll be glad you did 10 years from now. Trust me—I’m 33 and I owe it all to two things: (1) good genes and (2) my constant reapplying.

Do you apply sunscreen daily? What’s your SPF of choice? ♥

Soothe Your Sunburn

So many people headed to the beach over the Holy Week break! If you didn’t apply (or re-apply) your sunscreen and are now suffering the consequences, check out this article I wrote for Cosmo.ph. It’s filled with beauty goodies that can help reverse UV damage and soothe scorched skin. ♥

Click on the image to read the article!

Click on the image to read the article!

 

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