OMG you guys! A blogger’s nightmare just happened to me recently. I had to re-shoot all photos I took from prior weeks because my Macbook Air (where everything was uploaded) got corrupted and my efforts to rescue that white screen of death unfortunately went futile! I had to preface today’s post because it will potentially affect my blogging schedule in the coming weeks. I ended up buying a new iMac, totally unplanned, budget-wise.
Now on with some good stuff. Who gets excited trying new skincare stuff? count this woman in! I think most of you will agree with me: the secret to flawless makeup starts with good skin because no matter what kind of makeup you use or application you employ, rough, bumpy, dull, patchy and dry skin will peek through. That’s why I can’t emphasize enough to invest on good products. It doesn’t matter whether they’re high-end or drugstore brand because at the end of the day, finding your holy grail is a labyrinth, trial and error for the most part. Thankfully, my combination and aging skin is in agreement with Jan Marini, a brand I have been meaning to try!
Let’s start with my newfound favorite serum, the C-Esta Face Serum. Featuring a cocktail of antioxidants, Vitamin C and DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol), this product is indicated for fine lines, wrinkles and uneven texture. Vitamin C is known to brighten dull skin while DMAE helps tighten and improve aging skin. In case you don’t know yet, my nighttime skincare regimen is a little bit more thorough as I use multiple serums, oil and moisturizer because this is also the time when our skin cells regenerate, hence active ingredients work better. This serum is bursting with strong citrus fragrance so if you’re sensitive to scents, it’s a primary consideration. Personally, I don’t find it migraine-inducing that’s why I am happy to add it to my skincare stash.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Urea, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Dimethicone, Acetyl Tyrosine, Dimethyl MEA, Fragrance (Parfum), Zinc Sulfate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ergothioneine, Pyridoxine HCl, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Sulfite, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Farnesol, Linalool, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamal, Limonene, Eugenol, Gerianol, Hydroxycitronellal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol
Mask is also a key component of my skincare routine. I do masking three times a week at the most, and yes, I use it as an excuse for “me-time”, stepping away from the “world” and just enjoy the serenity of being alone in my woman cave. The Marini Luminate claims to address hyperpigmentation. Treat it with a grain of salt because in our practice (working as aesthetic registered nurse), laser is the most preferred choice but even that, you need to categorize what kind of hyperpigmentation one has. Certain skin types (Asians, Hispanics, Africans) are also predisposed to PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) that is why hydroquinone is prescribed post-laser treatment. I will talk about it more in a separate post (it’s in my list of must-do). Now barring serious medical or skin issues, an over-the-counter mask like this which contains green/red/white tea extracts and lactic acid can help revive skin’s lackluster look. Consider it like your “a day before the red carpet or special event” treat to your face. Because going back to work on Monday after a weekend hangover is reason enough to revive that glow!
Water/Aqua/Eau, Kaolin, Glycerin, Lactic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol,
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Hydroxide, Cyclopentasiloxane, Steareth-20,
Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Arbutin, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanyl Palmitate,
Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract,
Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice,
Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum,
Tocopheryl Acetate, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Lecithin,
Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Steareth-2, Silica, Disodium EDTA,
Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol
Another important yet oftentimes neglected by many in the realm of skincare is
sunscreen! So I say it with so much passion, please don’t! Companies in recent years
have incorporated several ingredients to make sure that it fits certain lifestyles.
The Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant has SPF 33 and while it claims to be water-
resistant, reapplication every two hours or each time you get wet or sweaty is something
you should keep in mind for continued protection.