July 26, 2014


Posted by Marie Bulatao at Saturday, July 26, 2014 0 comments Links to this post

#antiaging #sensitiveskin

If you are anything like me, you are battling dark  spots and wrinkles and dabbing creams with ingredients to stop the clock.  But if you are part of half of the world’s women population with sensitive skin, getting aggressive on those wrinkles and dark spots can cause major irritation or damage. 

So is it time to accept defeat and just try to age gracefully?

Of course not.

Because no matter how sensitive your skin is, there are treatments out there that you can use that are just as advanced as those for normal skin while being perfectly gentle to your sensitive skin.

Stick to these rules and you will win your war against aging.


Skin doctors don’t classify you as having sensitive skin anymore.  Instead, they label your skin as sensitive or sensitized.

This one is new.  What does sensitized mean?

Sensitized complexion is caused by using the wrong products for your skin.  It may be your alcohol-based skin cleanser which stripped your skin dry, making it itchy or fragrant lotions with AHA or BHA that irritated your skin.

Once the trigger is identified and removed, the skin won’t be as sensitive.  Just try to avoid soaps that dry, AHA and BHA-based products and anything that has fragrance.

For the ones with real skin sensitivity who may be suffering from eczema or rosacea, always use a mild facial wash, an unscented, hypo-allergenic, mild moisturizer and try to introduce anti-aging creams gradually.  That way you can identify what product causes your eczema or rosacea flare-ups.

Product Picks: 
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, For all skin types, 16-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 2)

Stiefel Physiogel Hypoallergenic Dermo Cleanser Gel 250ml


Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash -- 5 fl oz


Exfoliation removes dead skin, minimizes pores and reveals a brighter,  even-toned , radiant complexion.  However, most microdermabrasion scrubs may be bad news for your sensitive skin.  You can opt to invest in an ultrasonic cleansing tool, which is a lot gentler with its feather-light bristles.  This is gentle enough for daily use, even on rosacea-prone skin. 

Top Pick: 

Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System, Lavender


For dark spots, dermatologists traditionally prescribe hydroquinone.  To combat botchy dark areas, swap hydroquinone for a product such as Lumixyl.  It is formulated with a special peptide that inhibits the production of excess melanin pigment, without irritating your sensitive skin.  In drug stores and mall beauty counters, you can also find Vitamin C which is very effective at brightening skin.  Be sure to introduce the product slowly since it can be acidic and may have burning sensations on delicate complexions.

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For years, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A and Stieva are the best products for treating wrinkles and uneven skin tone.  However, they tend to dry and irritate the skin, making it a product that most people with sensitive skin cannot tolerate.   Over-the-counter retinol in a 0.5 percent concentration may be used instead at nighttime  It works at restoring thinned skin, improving collagen production and evening out your dark spots.

Instead, choose over-the-counter retinol in a 0.5 percent concentration and use it twice a week at nighttime.  It is a milder version of retinoid and can be just as effective at restoring  and plumping your skin and evening out dark spots. 

Top Pick:Skinceuticals Retinol 0.5 Refining Night Cream, 1 Fluid Ounce 


Dry skin lacks lipids and proteins that protect the skin, acting like a barrier.  If you have healthy skin, this will serve as a shield from things that cause irritation or allergic reactions.  Be on the lookout for moisturizer that have ceramides or hyaluronic acid.  These two help in making the cell hold on to moisture  a little longer.

Top Picks:  

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator 50ml/2.5oz - Very Dry to Dry Combination 


vbeauté Undercover Agent Anti-Wrinkle DNA Protecting Serum, 1.01 Ounce

July 21, 2014

Are You Always Tired?

Posted by Marie Bulatao at Monday, July 21, 2014 0 comments Links to this post

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Are you always tired?

You are not alone.  Probably one third of the world population end up dragging themselves to work every single day and wishing the day is over.  What sneaky energy-zapper did this?

Surprisingly, it must be your posture.  Your poor posture.

Slumping and ignoring the soft pile of sofa cushions on your feet make your body literally tired that staying upright would take a lot of effort on your part, leaving you with less energy .

Cabin Fever

Staying indoors, especially when it is cold and cloudy outside literally drains your energy.  Spending a quick walk around the block or just spending twenty minutes outside will make you feel more energetic.

Energy drinks

Energy drinks give you energy, until you feel the slump afterward.  Energy drinks are often high in caffeine, which gives you a high, until you literally slump and get really tired after the “I-can-do-anything” feeling.  For lasting energy, opt for a snack of whole wheat pita bread with chicken breast and cucumbers instead, which gives you a dose of complex carbs, protein and fiber.

July 19, 2014

Get Glowing with BB Creams

Posted by Marie Bulatao at Saturday, July 19, 2014 0 comments Links to this post

Back in my mom’s time, there were Oil of Olay and Ponds and Max Factor and Revlon (and they are still pretty much visible these days, with new formulations to keep up with the times and what is uso*)

Youthful skin with BB Cream

BB Cream, also known as Blemish Balm, just like kimchi, bubble tea, Oppa Gangnam Style, ramen and K-Pop, is very Asian which has become so big and so uso that brands like L’oreal, Maybelline, Max Factor, and Ponds have a version of it.

Let’s start with a little BB 101:

Everybody thinks that BB Cream was originally from Korea.  BB Cream has actually been around for more than 50 years! (Why my mom does not know and why she stuck to Olay – although Olay is good I still actually use it - I just don't know!) Thanks to this German doctor named Dr. Christine Scrammek who formulated this cream to help skin heal after skin peels plus hide any scars and redness after  treatments and thanks to South Korea which years later would make BB a big buzz word, we now have this wonderful cream formulated to make us look blooming and radiant (no matter how sawi from pag-ibig** you are).

I was one of those people who went crazy over BB Cream years ago! 

See, I was having issues...

I just gave birth, I had dark spots on my face, I had problems with self-esteem, I wanted to look radiant (you know, that "I am soo happy, I just had a baby and oh, yes, I sleep through the night, thank you" look).  I need something to make me feel good.  I had to get that BB cream people are raving about online! And I found  one from Skin Food (the only Korean shop then that had BB Cream.)


Skin Food Aloe Sun BB Cream has aloe, which hydrates and soothes your skin as it moisturizes and nourishes your skin while protecting your skin from UV rays with its SPF 20+

Yes, back to those dark ages when BB Cream was scarce unless you lived in South Korea, I was one of those who asked/demanded drug stores if they had BB Cream and the sales lady would look back at me and say, "You mean, baby cream?" and I go, "Never mind."

And then I had to shell a big amount to buy this one from BRTC, which had so many raves on how it can transform your skin. I really, badly want to have it.

BRTC Perfect Protect System Gold Caviar BB Cream SPF50 / PA+++ is a triple-functioning BB cream that adds a glow to your skin and protects against damage. Caviar, collagen and other beneficial nutrients help create a soft and smooth complexion.
And the BB Creams delivered.  They are multi-tasking products that do everything!  

They moisturize, soothe the skin, are used as a skin primer, whiten, hides dark spots, make you glow.

You really have to be careful with choosing your shade, though. Unlike traditional foundations, they are available in just  a few shades.  You also have a choice in choosing an oil-based or oil-free formulations (and be very discerning about this because some people do say that they get blemishes when using a certain brand).

You can try  the following BB Creams:

MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB Cream No.23 Natural Beige SPF42 PA+++ (50ml)

It is Korea's best-selling BB Cream and you won't believe the long lines at Missha stores!  It brightens and evens out your face and it looks so natural, like your second skin - only more radiant, flawless and glowing!


This one gives you a flawless, photo-finish look and never washes off your face!
It has Micro-Gold Pearls that hide acne, scars and freckles instantly while creating a thin barrier to protect skin from getting dry and rough.  Its soft focus powder diffuses light, hiding wrinkles and giving you the illusion of smooth-looking skin.  It nourishes your skin with five nourishing treatment essences - hydrolyzed collagen, royal jelly extract, squalane, jojoba oil and macadamia seed oil.
It covers spots and blemishes and does not cake at all!   It has pearl infused sheer coverage that promotes silky complexion.   It is infused with adenosine and arbutin for anti-wrinkle and whitening.  Plus, it has SPF, too !

Next post would cover CC creams.

*uso - fad, what's in

**sawi from pag-ibig - broken hearted, unlucky in love

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