Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Black is The New White: Redefining Clean

The latest trend involving charcoal as both a cleaning and detoxifying agent is causing quite a stir. For one thing, dark-colored cleaning agents have never been associated with clean.

White has long been associated with the word “clean.” Its pure state has made the color associated with cleanliness: stain free and without blemish. This is why recent trends of using dark ingredients to clean both our faces and our teeth are causing curiosity for a good reason.

The trend has been around for quite sometime now when it was just associated with flushing out toxins from the body a few years back. Today, charcoal has moved from just being a quick remedy against food poisoning, to flushing out toxins from the face. Cleansing your face and whitening your pores have recently been linked to everything dark: charcoal, black soap, clay masks, and skin-saving muds.[1][2]

Some of these ingredients, such as mud and tar, have been around since the time of the pharaohs. But the most recent addition to dark cleansing agents is charcoal. Activated charcoal is a carbon that has been treated with oxygen. It contains millions of small pores that result in a huge surface area that allows charcoal to soak up gases and toxins that they come in contact with.[3]

The interest in charcoal has allowed some to experiment on what better way to use it in terms of personal hygiene, especially in oral and facial care. As studies in charcoal confirm its cleansing benefits, would you be willing to try it for yourself?

Of Tiger Stripes and Gly Derm

Let's face it, even before pregnancy, some bellas tend to have those white stripes somewhere along the bikini area, along the underarms, and on my pre-wife/pre-pregnancy years, those almost transparent stripes doesn't bother me at all - not until I gave birth.
I did tried to prevent these stripes using Shea butter during my pregnancy and it did help a bit. The stripes however are tougher especially when it's on the blueprint of your genes.
The tiger stripes that I'm talking about is very well known as the stretch mark. As mentioned earlier, puberty, weight fluctuations, pregnancy and hormonal changes weakens skin elasticity and causes collagen fibers to break.
Gly Derm Stretch Mark Cream promises to help rebuild collagen and regain skin elasticity. This so called dual-function helps improve color and size of the stretch marks.
As much as I would want to let you guys see my before and after photos, I would pass. I'm too conservative when it comes to that and my sex life (but that's another story).
Sorry for that blurry photo. Glyderm looks like any other lotion, but I could feel a film after applying this. The bottle tube is also better than OK since it is upside down and you could control the product by gently squeezing it. At the back of the bottle, the direction for use is to gently massage onto skin twice daily, and since I don't have that luxury of time, I apply this on to area after shower. And although, there are days when I forget this new routine after bath, I still quite see some difference in size and color.
This product will do best if stored below 25°C but do not refrigerate.
Its dermatologically tested, preservative free and fragrance free.
Have you tried Gly Derm before? What other stretch mark removers do you use? Comment down below!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Kids Craft Workshop - The Basic Polymer Clay Art

I wish baby is old enough to join this workshop! Nevertheless, I'm inviting everyone to the latest quality learning time you and your kids could enjoy!

Sign up now! This will be on October 25, 2014 at the Sulok, Tiendesitas, Ortigas Avenue cor. E. Rodriguez Ave. (C-5), Pasig City, Metro Manila from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
Click here to sign up!