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I’ve been looking for an affordable and high quality compact powder for the longest time. Unfortunately, other pressed powders I have used usually end up giving me some pimple across my face. Don’t get me wrong. These pressed powders give me a nice glow while I have them on my face. I get great photos when wearing these pressed powders, but sometimes I feel like I’d rather deal with slightly oily skin instead of getting pimples for a few days. Makes sense, right?

However, there are still days when I wish my face wasn’t all that shiny. So, I went on another hunt for the pressed powder that would suit my needs. It was during one of these hunts, that I found out about Shiseido Medicated Baby Powder.

Being a product of Shiseido, I immediately expected the pressed powder to cost a lot more than my set budget. After all, Shiseido is a trusted name in the makeup industry; it’s only natural for them to carry quality products that sell a bit more than your average pressed powder. At the time I found Shiseido Medicated Baby Powder in Greenhills, I was quite ready to shell out some extra cash. I guess you can say I was getting desperate to try something that works–even if it meant going a bit over my budget.

To my pleasant surprise, Shiseido Medicated Baby Powder does not cost a lot. I was expecting it to be at least PhP 500.00. However, this wonderful powder only cost me PhP 350.00. Not bad, right?

Not only is this pressed powder affordable, it works really well for me, too!

As you can see, the label says it’s a medicated baby powder. With that in mind, you would instantly know that this is a mild product that’s safe to put on the face without worrying about pimples. True enough, I have been using this powder for almost a month and I haven’t gotten any pimples yet; not one bit!

Another thing I love about this product is that it easily blots out oil when applied. How great is that! Moreover, it does such a great job of blotting oil that my face stays shine-free for 3 or more hours. Sure, I stay in an air-conditioned office most of the day, but I still find my face oil-free after walking to and from the office for at least 15 minutes.

Aside from the oil blotting capability, I also love how Shiseido Medicated Baby Powder smells. It has an almost unnoticeable fragrance, but it smells really nice when you do get to smell it. I even get a therapeutic effect from smelling this powder as I apply on it my face.

Ok, now it’s time to talk about stuff that I don’t like so much about the Shiseido pressed powder.

The first thing that comes to mind is its color. It only comes in white. Not surprising since it is after all formulated for babies. You can’t expect babies or mothers to care about the color of their powder. What’s important is that it is suitable for the very sensitive skin that most babies have. However, my problem with this being a white powder is the possibility of leaving white casts. Actually, it has happened to me already. So you need to blend this pressed powder evenly on your face, but you have to take care not to remove your makeup when you blend Shiseido Medicated Baby Powder. The solution? Try using a big powder blush when applying this powder on your face instead of the big cotton puff that comes in the package.

Another factor I don’t like about this pressed powder is the packaging. It is bulky compared to other pressed powders. On the bright side, it must contain more powder than the rest of your compact powders.

Taking all things into consideration, I would recommend the Shiseido Medicated Baby Pressed Powder for the following reasons: blots out oil for at least 3 hours, has a nice therapeutic fragrance, is sold at a fairly affordable price, and doesn’t result to pimples. On the other hand, it comes in bulky packaging and may cast a white glow if not blended properly; if the last two items are no issue, I say this pressed powder is definitely worth a try.

 

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I always find myself looking for prices of different services like hair treatments, cuts, nail spas, and massages before going to a salon or a spa to get the service I need.

Unfortunately, I don’t always find what I’m looking for online. As a result, I decided to grab a copy of Dermcare’s flyer and copying it to this blog to help you learn more about their rates and services. Hopefully, you’ll find this post useful and help you decide whether or not you want to try some of Dermcare’s services.

FACIAL CARE

1. Therapeutic/Pimple/Acne Control

a. Facial Cleaning                                                                 PhP 250.00
b. Thearapeutic Facial                                                        PhP 250.00
c. Pimple / Acne Treatment                                              PhP 300.00
d. – 5 Sessions                                                                      PhP 1,200.00

2. Whitening Facial Treatments
a. Facial with Kojic Whitening Mask                                  PhP 400.00
b. Facial with Seaweeds (anti-oxidant mask)                  PhP 350.00
c. Hydra Oxygen Facial                                                       PhP 500.00
d. VIP Whitening Facial Mask                                            PhP 300.00
e. – 5 sessions                                                                        PhP 1200.00
f. Facial with collagen / oatmeal/ cucumber mask          PhP 300.00 - PhP400.00
g. With non-surgical facelift                                                 PhP 400.00

3. Anti-aging Facial Treatments
a. Eyebag treatment                                                             PhP 300.00
b. Dermabrasion with Collagen Infusion                            PhP 600.00
c. Jade Facial Rejuvenation                                                  PhP 500.00
d. Diamond Power Peel Treatment                                     PhP 900.00

BODY TREATMENTS
a. Pure Body Bliss (Body scrub, massage, facial,            PhP 1,500.00
hair treatment, foot/hand spa)
b. Body Spa (Steam, bath, whitening body scrub,
massage)                                                                               PhP 900.00
c. Body Scrub Spa                                                                PhP 550.00
d. – 5 sessions                                                                       Php 1,200.00
e. Lightening Legs Scrub with Massage                           Php 400.00
f. Arms and Legs Scrub with Massage                             PhP 550.00
g. Neck Scrub (Bleaching)                                                  PhP 250.00
h. Arm Scrub (Bleaching)                                                   PhP 300.00
i. Back Cleaning with Scrub and Massage                        PhP 400.00
j. Stretch Mark Lightening                                                 PhP 400.00
k. Relaxing Body Massage with 1/2 hr steam                 PhP 450.00
l. Foot and Back Massage                                                   PhP 450.00
m. Hand Spa Therapy                                                        PhP 250.00
n. Foot Spa Therapy with Reflexology                             PhP 250.00

HAIR WAXING
a. Arms/Legs/Armpits/Upper Lip/Eyebrow/
Mustache/Face/Bikini Line                                               PhP 110.00 – PhP 600.00

IPL Laser Hair Removal                                              PhP 1000.00 up

Body Contouring
a. Cellutrim – Arms/Thighs/ Abdomen                            PhP 400.00 up
b. Cellutrim – Whole Package                                             PhP 1,200.00

HAIR TREATMENTS
a. Hair Rebonding                                                                 PhP 1500.00 up
b. Hair Spa                                                                             PhP 350.00
c. Hot Oil                                                                                PhP 300.00
d. Hair Cellophane                                                                PhP 700.00 up
e. Hair Dye/Color
f. Hair Reborn with Semi di Lino                                        PhP 350.00 up
g. Hair Rejuvenation for Damaged Hair                            PhP 350.00 up
h. Thio Relax/Semi-Rebond                                               PhP 800.00 up

There we have it a list of Dermcare’s Services and their rates. I hope you find this post can help you decide if you’d like to try any of Dermcare’s treatments.

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Mr. Park’s Bread and Cake pastry shop opened in Ortigas around June 2013. I’ve been passing by this shop for almost a year, but I regret not visiting them earlier now that I’ve tried what they have to offer.

A couple of days ago, I’ve been looking for cute cakes for Mothers’ Day. I accidentally saw some blogs talking about Mr. Park’s Bread and Cake’s creampuffs while hunting for a cake. As it so happens, I’ve been a cream puff fan since childhood. The blogs I’ve read kept raving about the cream puffs from Mr. Parks; unsurprisingly, curiosity got the better of me. I decided to pay Mr. Park’s a visit during my lunch break.

As I entered the pastry shop, I suddenly felt overwhelmed by all the breads, cookies, and cakes. I knew I was going to get some cream puffs, but seeing so many other pastries got me confused. I wanted to try all off them at once! Unfortunately, I only brought enough money to buy some cream puffs plus a meal and drink for lunch. However, that didn’t stop me from buying one other pastry. I got the sausage pizza for PhP 58.

As soon as I got back to the office, I quickly ate my lunch and had a few cream puffs.

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I took a bite out of the strawberry cream puff, but most of the strawberry cream filling ended on my palm and around my lips. My friend and I had a few laughs over these pastries because it was messy to eat. So what we did was to eat a whole cream puff.

As soon as I chewed on a whole strawberry cream puff, the filling burst in my mouth. It tasted so good! It felt like the cream enveloped the bread and the result was just oh so sinfully delicious! We kept eating a few more cream puffs, despite the meal we already had for lunch.

As for the Mr. Park’s sausage pizza, I made my mom and sibs taste it. It got mix reactions. One verdict was that it tasted good, but the spice used was a little too much. My sister even said we could try getting a slice of bread to eat with the pizza as to lessen the spice. One of my brothers, on the other hand, didn’t like it due to the aforementioned spices. Meanwhile, the sausage pizza was just right for me!

The following day, I went back to Mr. Park’s Bread and Cake. I bought 20 pieces of creampuffs for Php 200; it retails for PhP 14 though. I also bought 1 Sweet Long for PhP 60.

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I think this pastry’s at least 1 foot long! Just like the puffs, it’s filled with custard. Again, I brought this home for the siblings to try. This pastry got a unanimous vote this time. The sibs loved it so much, I had to return to Mr. Park’s again the following day. ;)

Now that it’s the weekend, I can’t go to the Korean pastry shop even if I wanted to. However, here are some more treats I’d like to try next time.

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The cakes prices range from PhP 300-600, depending on the size and design. Also, there are some cake slices you can buy for PhP 65. Not bad, right?

You can lear more about Mr. Park’s Bread and Cake by visiting their Facebook page here.

Or better yet, try dropping by their shops at the following locations:

1. Eton Emerald Lofts, Sapphire Rd. cor. Emerald Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig, Metro Manila

2. Main Branch
200 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Paranaque City

3. 37 Polaris St., Bel-Air, Makati City

4. Unit 1, C&C Plaza Bldg., Friendship Hi-way cor. Volga st., Anunas, Angeles City, Pampanga

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Shopping and having hair treatments are 2 of my favorite things to do, especially when I’m feeling a little down. However, you have to agree that these two hobbies can put a huge dent in my wallet if I’m not careful.

Luckily, I passed by HBC’s stall in Robinson’s Galleria. I ended up buying their waterproof mascara, 2 Hortaleza hair spa treatment, 2 Hortaleza hair coloring cream in light havana, and 2 Hortaleza 12% oxiding lotion. I paid less than PhP 1,000 considering I bought 7 items from the HBC stall. I would have paid at least PhP 2,000 for hair color alone if I decided to have hair treatments done by a professional.

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By the way, the ladies tending the store were really nice. They helped me decide which shade to buy in order to achieve the hair color I wanted. So yep, I’m pretty happy with my HBC haul.

It was not until a week after that I had time to color my hair using the Hortaleza products I bought. The hair coloring cream and oxidizing lotion are easy to use. You just need to follow the instruction printed inside the box and you’re good to go. However, here are the instructions in case you accidentally destroy the box before you get a chance to read them yourself.

Skin Sensitivity Test
It’s important NOT to skip this test. The first thing you need to do is to mix equal amounts of the hair coloring cream and the oxidizing lotion in a non-metallic bowl. Next, you need to clean a small patch of skin on your elbow or behind the ear and then dab a small amount of the mixture to the area using a cotton swab. Leave the mixture on the area for 24 to 48 hours. However, wash the area immediately if skin irritation, swelling and redness occurs. Also, do not use the hair color mixture if irritation occurs.

Hair Color Preparation
Once you’re sure you can continue with the hair color application, you can continue mixing an equal amount of the color cream and oxidizing lotion. By the way, you need to buy a certain oxidizing lotion depending on the hair color you have.

6% oxidizing lotion can be used if you will use basic colors or if you will cover grey hair.
9% oxidizing lotion is to be used if you wish to change the color of the hair of if you will use fashion colors.
12% oxiding lotion is suggested if you bought a coloring cream in blonde colors. This way, the blonde hue will be achieved more properly.

Now that you have the prepared the proper mixture, you can start coloring your hair section by section starting at your nape. Also, remember to place the hair color 1/2 inch away from the roots if the hair color mixture is lighter than your natural hair color. However, put the hair color from roots to tips if the mixture is darker than your natural hair color. Leave the mixture on the hair for at least 15 minutes and then wet the hair near the roots to let the color emulsify. Leave it for another 30 minutes.

I think I left the mixture on my hair for another 45 minutes, hoping for the color to properly coat each hair strand.

I then took a shower using just a hair conditioner. I didn’t use shampoo for at least 2 or 3 days so that it won’t strip the color off my hair. Not only that, it helped retain moisture and softness for my locks.

I don’t have a photo of my hair before I colored it, but it was a dark brown or mahogany color. If anyone’s interested, here’s the result of the Hortaleza 8.5 Light Havana on my hair.

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It looks even lighter under the sun, but I still haven’t taken a photo of myself out doors. I’ll try to update this blog once I have said photo.

How about you? Have you tried any of the HBC hair coloring creams? How did you like it? Let us know in the comments below!

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Reading has always been a favorite hobby since childhood. I guess my aunt, who happens to be a teacher, has a big part in my love for books. She used to spend time with me and my siblings; teaching us how to write and read. I particularly remember her asking me to read my Children’s Book of Bible Stories out loud. She would then help me pronouncing big words. She also quizzed me about the Bibilical characters I have read about.

Years have passed and my love affair with book have continued to grow. Actually, I would say that it has evolved since I got myself a Kindle Paperwhite. With the Paperwhite, I’m able to read more often. Not only that, I can easily bring the gadget with me wherever I go; thanks to its slim built. Moreover, I take more than one book with me on a trip; try doing that with a physical book and you’ll run out of space fast.

However, I may be able to bring the Kindle Paperwhite with me to a trip on the beach, but I still worry about bringing the gadget near the water. I do not want to risk getting it wet.

Luckily, I heard about the Incipio Atlas waterproof case for the Paperwhite. Curiosity got the better of me and I decided to surf the net to find more out more about this prouct.

Incipio website says that the Atlas Paperwhite case is designed to protect your Amazon reading device inside and out. Not only is it a waterproof case that comes with silicon plugs around the perimeter, it also features a sturdy hard-shell frame that protects the Paperwhite from scratches and accidental falls. It even has a soft shell interior that absorbs shock should your device be dropped.

I’m liking the protection feature so far, but wouldn’t this case interfere with my reading experience? After all, the Paperwhite has antiglare and touchscreen features. It would definitely suck if a case compromises my gadget’s features.

Fortunately, the Incipio Atlas has everything covered. It also has antiglare and won’t mess with my Paperwhite’s touchscreen function. Whoopie!

So yep, methinks I’m getting my hands on this waterproof case one of these days. For now, I’ll be content with a photo of the violet Incipio case

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Photo credits: Incipio website

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Thinking of getting a Pomeranian

As you may know from my previous post, my dog Jacob Christopher is now in doggy heaven. :(

I still get teary when I think about him and Knuckles, our Siberian Husky who we had to euthanize due to liver problems almost 2 years ago–I’ll have to write about that sometime. Now, I’ve been thinking a lot about getting a new puppy. I’m torn between a Pom or a Yorkie, but I’m leaning towards the former. The problem is that we’ve already got 7 dogs at home.

Yeah, seven dogs and I still want another one! Why? Because I’ve been thinking a new pup will help me cope with Jacob’s demise. After all, Jacob helped me when we lost Knuckles. So yep, that’s why I want a new pup.

Why do I like a Pom? Because it’s a mini version of a Chow Chow, my ultimate favorite dog! Why not get a Chow instead? Well, because it’s an insanely huge dog and I heard it can be a high maintenance dog. So, I’m cool with settling with a smaller version.

Qualities of a Pomeranian

Aside from looking like a mini Chow Chow, I’d like to get a Pom for its characteristics. According to websites I’ve been reading online, a Pomeranian has the qualities I am looking for in a dog.

For those considering the same breed as I am, here are some characteristics that describe Pomeranians.

Temperament

Poms are little dogs with big hearts! They’re very loyal and are not afraid to show affection. They won’t mind sitting on your lap most of the time if you’re feeling like a couch potato. However, like most dogs, Poms also need to exercise. Be sure to take them out for short walks as much as possible.

Alertness

This may be a toy dog, but a Pom won’t shy away from strange sounds or smells. They will bark at anything or anyone that catches their attention. Despite its small size, you’ll be sure to have a great watchdog if you get a Pomeranian.

Intelligence
These are very smart dogs. Be prepared to train them early. Teach them when to bark or to keep their mouths shut. Do potty trainings early, too. Whatever you decide to teach these small dog breed, let them know who’s the Alpha—you! Otherwise, you just might see your poms use their intelligence in you. You might end up doing what they want you to do, instead of the other way around.

Like other breeds, Pomeranians may have some bad characteristics, too.

Small dog syndrome
As mentioned earlier, you need to let your Pom know who’s boss. If not, your furry baby may develop Small Dog Syndrome. Usually, dogs who have this condition are clingy, demanding, and nervous. They may even approach bigger dogs without hesitation; thinking that they can take anyone! Obviously, this can pose serious threats to your Pomeranian’s safety. So be sure to treat them with a gentle and yet firm hand.

Exercise
Daily walks are needed to help release this small breed’s energy. Think twice about getting a Pom if you can’t walk him regularly. Otherwise, it’s possible for your Pom (or any other dog) to release their unused energy on shoes, chairs, cushions, etc.

Grooming
Pomeranian dogs’ hair can get really fluffy. This is one of the best things I love about a Pom. However, keep in mind that you’ll need to regularly brush his hair to keep them from shedding and matting.

 

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Do you already have a Pomeranian in your life? Do let us know and add to the list of pros and cons to getting a Pom by commenting below.

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Today, I lost another dog. His name is Jacob Christopher. He’s a purebred mahogany shih tzu.

True to his breed, Jacob’s super affectionate, trusting, and outgoing. He’ll give you tons of kisses, making sure you end your day with lots of (puppy) love.

Unfortunately, he got sick. He had colds. He started losing appetite. He had high fever. We thought it was just a phase. We changed his dog food.
; We fed him by hand; Took him to the vet.

The vet gave him antibiotics and told us to make sure he ate and drank water. A few days after, we brought him to the vet again for another checkup. We wanted to have him confined just to make sure. However, the vet just gave him another set of antibiotics and told us that we’ll have Jacob confined if he gets high fever again. He also said we’ll have the blood test after 3-4 days.

Today was the 3rd day after his previous checkup; a week after his first visit to the vet this month. He was brought to the clinic in the morning. At that time, everything went downhill. :(

My poor Jacob’s eyes, ears, skin, and gums suddenly turned yellow. Definitely not a good sign. My pretty husky, Knuckles, had to be euthanized last 25 July 2012 due to complications to her liver. It was a gradual deterioration for Nookie. It was so different with Jacob’s case.

In a matter of days, Jacob turned from a cheerful shih tzu to a dog who didn’t even have the energy to stand up. He still managed to kiss us, but you can see it was an effort to do so.

As we were in the clinic, Jacob had to have some dextrose and oxygen pumped into his body. I tried so hard to remain calm and strong. I didn’t want him to see me hurting.

I talked to him; urged him to feel better already; promised to take him to places as soon as he got stable. You could see he wanted to please us. He wagged his tail every time we told him he was a good strong boy.

Unfortunately, he sort of had a cardiac arrest. He also convulsed. The doctor and his helpers were able to revive him.
I, honestly, thought he was going to be ok. Thing is… vet said he still wasn’t stable. I think, at that point, I started convincing myself to let Jacob go. After all, I knew this scenario all too well. I knew, first-hand, that damaged livers were irreversible for dogs.

We called another clinic. These doctors were Knuckles’ vets. They confirmed what my brothers and I already knew. They even said we’d be lucky to have Jacob live through the night.

I knew Jacob’s case was serious, but hearing that said out loud was still like a blow. I started tearing up, but I always put on a brave face when talking to Jacob.

At some point, my brother pulled me into a corner. He asked me to decide if we were going to have Jacob euthanized. I lost my cool.

I cried. I didn’t want to lose another dog. I couldn’t believe we had to have another dog euthanized again. So I waited. I talked to Jacob.

I told him I loved him. I thanked him for being with us even for the short time of his life. I asked him if he could still hold on. As if to answer me, he tried to get up. I told him to be a good boy and to not move so that his oxygen and dextrose won’t get tangled. Being the great obedient baby he is, Jacob lay still and used my hand as his pillow.

I smiled at that, but I felt time was running out. I asked him again if he could still wait, but this time he just lay still breathing.

I prayed then. With tears streaming down my cheeks again, I thanked the Lord for giving us Jacob. I asked Him to please guide Knuckles and Jacob when our shih tzu has finally joined them.

After some time, the vet stood beside me. He felt Jacob’s pulse and quietly said, “Wala na po.” It was 3:30 PM.

Unfortunately, Jacob’s clinic didn’t have a memorial service. We still had to bring Jacob to Vets in Practice in Mandaluyong so that he can be properly laid to rest. We filled up forms; made the payment; learned that Jacob will have his resting place in Cavite. It’s very far from San Juan City, but we figured it was best to have a special place for Jacob. Being the crybaby that I am, I cried again while filling up the form and talking to the attendant. When everything was set, it was time to go the long way back home.

I took a bath when I got home. It was then I cried the hardest. I kept seeing Jacob’s smiling face every time I closed my eyes. I sobbed, I cried, I prayed. I tried to be quiet, but I, apparently, failed at that. My sister knocked on the bathroom door and asked if I was ok; if I needed water. I tried to make a joke, saying, “Maraming tubig sa gripo. (There’s a lot of water in the faucet.” Before she left the door, I told her I was going to be ok and thanked her for checking on me.

It’s now 11:06 PM as I’m writing this post. It has been hours since I heard those dreadful words. I still can’t stop the tears. My eyes are painfully swollen, but tears are still flowing.

I guess I have to try get some sleep. I’ll see about writing a post on signs your dog is poisoned, but for now I’ll end this with…

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And this…

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We’ll miss you, Jacob Christopher. ‘Til next time, sweetie. I love you <3<3<3

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If there’s one thing I miss about High School, it must be having really smooth skin. Back then, I used to be able to have enough sleep. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same thing now. This brings us to why I miss having smooth skin.

Don’t get me wrong… I don’t have acne all over my face, but it would be great if I had skin as smooth as before. Hence, I’ve decided to take better care of my skin in the hopes that it’s not too late for me.

Having said that, here’s some stuff we need to do to have perfectly smooth skin.

Get enough sleep
They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing. Sleeping, in fact, does wonders for our skin. It’s that time of the day when our skin rejuvenates and takes time to heal itself. So, let’s try to get enough sleep; preferably, about seven to eight hours every day.

Drink lots of water
Water does not only keep us hydrated. It also flushes out toxins out of the body, keeping us healthier. Not only that, it also reduces skin blemishes and imperfections. It keeps the skin’s elasticity,too. Better drink up, ladies!

Regularly wash your face
Make sure you wash your face morning and night. Use a gentle facial wash and follow instructions properly. If the label says let it stay on your face for a certain number of minutes, do as the label says. Otherwise, you won’t achieve good results offered by the facial product. I use Dermcare’s Transparent Whitening Soap. It’s super effective!

Exfoliate
Some of you may use facial scrubs to exfoliate your face. Personally, I try to avoid the stuff because it gives me pimples. However, what doesn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you, too. Depending on your skin type, you may use commercial facial scrubs or you can also use a paste made of baking soda and some distilled water for a cheaper alternative.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
I can’t stress this enough. It’s important that you keep your skin moisturized. Drinking lots of water will help, but it will be so much better if you use moisturizing creams, too.

Watch what you eat
This is a toughie, especially for me. My siblings and I love to eat; hence, controlling my food intake’s going to be quite a problem. Ideally though, we should eat lots of greens and fruits to achieve glowing skin.

That’s it! Now if only I could discipline myself and follow the necesary steps to achieving a healthier, smoother, and more glowing skin.

How about you? How do you keep your skin looking fresh?

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