A New Beauty Regimen to Lighten and Detoxify Skin

If you seized the summer like we did, your skin would most likely need an extra dose of TLC now.  Slathering sunscreen all over our body may not have been enough to protect our skin from the scorching summer heat.  Lucky for us we were sent a package for a new beauty regimen that could give our skin that much needed care. My current skin condition though prohibits me from using new products so I had my dearest Mom try them out for me.  You may also want to try these new products that promise to lighten and detoxify skin.

Le Meilleur Micro Diamond Scrub

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Among the products sent to us for review, this is the one my mom likes the most.  Le Meilleur Micro Diamond Scrub is enriched with Cirabelle Beads which are spherical wax-based mechanical exfoliators that are proven safe for everyday use.  It also contains antioxidants Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Retinol that protects the body from free radicals and increases collagen production.  Papaya Extract and Glycolic Acid complete the powerhouse of ingredients that help give skin that healthy glow.

This scrub has a nice faint scent that makes washing the face pleasant.  The beads are really fine and exfoliates the skin without feeling scratchy. Unlike other scrubs with glycolic acid, this one does not leave the skin dry.  Although she has yet to see how truly effective it is in giving skin that youthful glow, my mom likes this scrub a lot already.

Shizen Charcoal Soap

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Anti-aging, Moisturizing, Skin Protecting – just what women in our age group are looking for in a beauty product. All these Shizen Charcoal Soap boasts of.  Activated Charcoal draws out dirt and oil that block pores.  L-Glutathione fights free radicals and effectively whitens dark spots and blemishes.  Papaya Extract removes dead skin cells giving the skin a beautiful glow. Niacinamide not only helps whiten skin but also has anti-aging properties.  Virgin Coconut Oil keeps the skin moisturized and soothes skin problems.

Although there were no adverse reactions on my mom’s skin, this charcoal soap left her skin a little bit dry.  She’s used to ultra-moisturized soap though so this may be why she felt her skin was dry.  Despite of this, she still likes the soap and even asked where she could get another one.

Ravissante Whitening Body Lotion

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I asked my husband to try out the Ravissante Whitening Lotion. His skin is a lot darker than usual after our trips to the beach so he really needs a good lightening lotion that could help rejuvenate his skin.  The lotion is really thick when applied so it’s best used during bedtime.  The scent reminds me of a spa.  We’d have to wait a few weeks to see how effective it is in lightening the skin and improving its elasticity.

 

Aside from these three beauty products,  One Lightning Corporation also sent me a box of One Juice Green Tea Powdered Drink Mix which I’ll be featuring in another blogpost. These products are exclusively distributed by One Lightning Corporation.  For more information, you may reach them at (632) 226-4111.

Product Review: Celeteque Maternity Anti-Stretch Mark Cream

A couple of weeks ago, I received a tube of Celeteque Dermoscience Maternity Anti-Stretch Mark Cream for review.  When I received the cream, I knew it would be a miracle for it to banish my stretch marks which in all likelihood could only be removed through a surgical procedure or a state-of-the-art dermatological procedure.  I carried twins on my first pregnancy which has stretched my abdominal skin to unimaginable size.  Imagine my petite 5-ft-frame carrying twin daughters.  I literally looked like a balloon – a hot-air balloon at that! This was followed soon after with another pregnancy; this time with an 8-pound-16-ounces baby boy. So, yes, I have earned my stripes, my tiger stripes so very evident until now.  Nevertheless, I still tried the anti-stretch mark cream.  It may not banish my stretch marks completely but it could reduce them and hopefully make them a little bit less noticeable in time for summer.

Celeteque Anti-Stretch Mark Cream

Celeteque Maternity Anti-Stretch Mark Cream contains Elastonyl and Alchemilla vulgaris extract that improves skin elasticity.  Phyto Collage and Shea Butter helps moisturize the skin and help make skin more pliant.  The cream helps prevent stretch marks and reduces existing ones.  It is easily absorbed by the skin and does not feel too thick and warm.  This formulation works great in our humid climate as it does not leave you feeling sticky throughout the day.  The “stickiness” factor is the primary reason why I seldom applied the rich cocoa butter during my pregnancy.  I was already feeling warmer than usual during those times and the sticky cream just made me feel much more uncomfortable. Celeteque Anti-Stretch Mark Cream, as I’ve mentioned, is quickly absorbed.  I can apply it on my tummy and on my thighs (no stretch marks there yet but Mama’s gaining a few pounds and might end up having tiger stripes there as well) without feeling uncomfortable during the day.  I really wish this cream had already been available six years ago when I first got pregnant.  I probably wouldn’t have these unsightly stretch marks now.

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varying degrees of stretch marks: from severe to barely noticeable

Another factor that makes this a great product for frugal moms is its affordable price.  At only P445.00 per 100ml, it’s very easy to fit into the monthly budget. Celeteque Maternity Anti-Stretch Mark Cream is available at Watson’s, SM Department Stores, and Robinson’s Department Stores.  You can also purchase it and other Celeteque Dermoscience products online at http://service.healthfirst.com.ph/celeteque/

Whether you choose to use the Celeteque Maternity Anti-Stretch Mark Cream or some other product, make sure you apply it on your abdomen and on other stretch mark prone areas before your baby bump grows into full size.   Believe me, preventing stretch marks is a lot easier than making them disappear.

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Disclosure:  The product was given to the Tottering Mama for review purposes.  However, views and opinions are solely mine and are not influenced by the product sponsor in any way.  

Celeteque Sun Care Soothing Lip Balm – TLC for Chapped Lips

You know what’s worse than having chapped lips?  Having chapped lips during the cold season!  Wind burn on chapped lips is nothing short of torture! Contrary to what many believe, wind burn is not caused by cold wind but by the sun’s harmful rays. Oh yes, lips do get sunburnt too.  During the cold season when the sun isn’t shining as brightly, we mistakenly think that we are safe from the burning rays of the sun. Thus we attribute chapped lips to the cold wind, thus, the term “windburn”.  This is why our lips need extra TLC during this season. They need to be protected from the sun and from the drying effect of cool wind.

“Sun exposure can also cause chapped lips, especially as you age. Apply a lip balm that contains a minimum SPF of 15 before heading outdoors. The balm itself helps to moisturize the lips, while the sunscreen minimizes further drying effects.”

Source: http://www.healthline.com/health/chapped-lips

Well, Celeteque DermoScience™ Sun Care Soothing Lip Balm with SPF 15 has got us covered!  It not only has moisturizing oils such as Sweet Almond Oil and Castor Seed Oil that reduce dryness, it also has double sunscreen protection against UVA/UVB rays.  Those with darkened lips will love the added Mulberry Extract that helps lighten lips.

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The lip balm feels a bit like petroleum jelly with a light fragrant scent. It’s rich and moisturizes your lips immediately.  What I like about this lip balm is that it’s small enough to fit my purse – even a small wristlet.  It also cost only P190 which is right within the budget of frugal moms like me.  It’s safe enough to apply as often as needed.  I wish though that it came in strawberry or cherry flavour also and perhaps a hint of color.

If there are no underlying health conditions that are causing your chapped lips, you can easily address your problem by using the Sun Care Soothing Lip Balm daily. Always have one with you wherever you go so you can conveniently re-apply it throughout the day.  Of course, it would also help keep dry lips in check if you drink plenty of water.  And, please, stop licking your lips habitually!  Licking them just worsens dryness.

Celeteque Dermoscience Sun Care Soothing Lip Balm

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out which one is moisturized with the Sun Care Soothing Lip Balm 🙂

Since it’ll be summer in just a few months, you might also want to check out the other products in the Celeteque Dermoscience™ Sun Care Line. Aside from the Soothing Lip Balm with SPF15, included in this line of products are the Facial Moisturizer with SPF15, Matte Moisturizer with SPF30, Face and Body Sun Defense Cream, Skin Relief After-sun Gel.  They all have 2x sun screen protection against UVA and UVB.

CETAPHIL: Much More Than A Gentle Skin Cleanser

The Tottering Mama is proud to be a Cetaphil online ambassador!

My sisters and I have been using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser long before my children were born. Yes, the ole blue and white bottle of Cetaphil was a fixture in our bathroom. So, naturally, I replied with a resounding yes when asked whether I would like to become one of Cetaphil’s online ambassadors. We have been using this product for several years now and can vouch for its effectiveness in keeping our skin moisturized and our skin problems at bay.

Our long-term love affair with Cetaphil started when it was prescribed by our dermatologist to one of my sisters who has atopic dermatitis. Unfortunately, she wasn’t the only one riddled with skin problems as we all had dry sensitive skin that was prone to rashes and eczema.   Our facial skin was the opposite though as it was oily and acne-prone.  Fortunately, Cetaphil works well on all of us.

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When my children were infants, they were bathed with only purified water and Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.  Since sensitive skin runs in the family, I didn’t want to take chances and opted to use our dermatologist-prescribed cleanser on my babies.  Had I known about the mositurizing cream then, I would have used that on them too.

Aside from being hypoallergenic, another thing I love about Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is that you could actually use it even without water. This makes clean up possible even when the kids are running a fever and can’t be given a real bath or when we get home really late and they’re just too sleepy to wake up for a quick shower.

I’m not really one who’d take my time to scan products on store shelves. Armed with a list of things to buy, it’s usually grab-and-go shopping for me. Which is why I was surprised to find out that Cetaphil had more to offer than their skin cleanser and cleansing bar.

  • PhotobucketCetaphil Antibacterial Gentle Cleansing Bar not only deodorizes and moisturizers but also provides antibacterial protection as it cleans.  I’ve written this on our grocery list so we can grab some for the little ones.  Anything that’s antibacterial yet gentle on the skin is a must-have for those with very active preschoolers.
  • Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser is an effective deep pore cleanser for oily skin. This foaming cleanser removes oil and dirt without stripping your skin’s natural moisture. More importantly, it’s hypoallergenic. It only proves that gentle cleansing is possible even with oily skin.
  • PhotobucketCetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF15 with Parsol 1789 is a light, non-greasy moisturizer that’s perfect for everyday use. It also protects your skin against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion hydrates and protects skin for a full 24 hours.  It contains Epidermal Replenishing Complex 5, a unique combination of five key ingredients that protects dry skin and enhances hydration.
  • PhotobucketCetaphil Moisturizing Cream is a rich formulation of emollients and humefactants that bind water to the skin to prevent moisture loss.  This would work well to prevent diaper rash and maintain your baby’s smooth bottom.

 

Definitely, Cetaphil is more than just a gentle skin cleanser prescribed by dermatologist.  It is a whole range of skin care for even the most sensitive skin.   It’s actually a great line of skin care products for the whole family.

The Tottering Mama is giving away some Cetaphil products.  Mechanics will be posted on Friday, October 5, so do come back and visit this blog then. 😀  



Look Fab even with the Flabs: Feel Good with Your Bod after the big 3-0

“NOOOOO!!!!”  This was my reaction when I received a moss-green tank top from my hubby on my 35th birthday.  Though I loved the style and the color, I was aghast to see the glaring XL on the tag.  “XL! Since when did I fit into XLs?!”  Hubby was confident though that it would fit me perfectly and appeased me with the S‘s on the other two blouses he gave me and a supposedly gratifying remark of “you look sexier now than when you were stick-thin.”

So there goes my warm welcome to middle-age and to the many rude awakenings of aging.  One of the things that we should be prepared to lose when we start aging is the lean figures of our youth.  There are people who manage to maintain their figures until their golden years(lucky them!) while others seem to grow bigger as they age.  Some women find it difficult to accept the flabs that come with the aging process especially those who are blessed with hourglass figures during their younger years.  But accepting your transition from small to bigger and plus size womens clothing can help you age gracefully and look fab even when flabs start to build around you.

Physical fitness is essential in keeping our body healthy, but proper diet and regular exercise can only do so much when metabolism slows down and muscle loss which starts around age 30.  We can’t help but feel bad when our favorite pair of jeans don’t fit anymore or when your gorgeous top starts to show bulges on the sides when you put it on.  However, this dilemma shouldn’t keep you down.  Embrace the changes in your body and go for a make over with clothes that will flatter you. Here are some ideas on how to solve our figure woes and start looking and feeling fab again.

  1. You don’t have to bare a lot to be sexy.  Luxurious fabrics like silk, cashmere or leather and rich colors such as plum, champagne or chocolate can help you show your sensuality even when you are covered up.
  2. Stay away from tight-fitting outfits and go for clothes that fit you well.  Clothes that are fitted or those with structured shape are more flattering than those that hug your body.
  3. Baggy or shapeless clothes which are often chosen to hide unwanted curves in the body can actually make you look bigger.  Choose outfits with cuts that accent your best body parts instead.
  4. Go for prints. Certain prints can also help you look slimmer or flatter your body.  Clothes with vertical lines are your best options for a trim look.  Going for prints with overlapping images and ditching ditzy prints also works for women with bigger frames.  However, our print options become more limited as we move towards our 50s and senior years.  Leave the fun and funky prints to the young ones and look into blocks of solid colors to make your outfits more vibrant.
  5. Black is beautiful and can make you look or feel more beautiful.  Some people are hesitant to go all black on their outfits but I love going all black!  You can count on black outfits for chic and elegant looks for any occasion.

The most important accessory that we should keep is confidence and a good disposition in life. Make-over and wardrobe changes won’t keep you looking fab if you don’t feel good about yourself. Remember, when physical beauty starts to break down, inner beauty built with strength in character and wisdom hold up the fort for aging gracefully.  Thankfully, I’ve got my husband and two adorable children to remind me how beautiful I am, flabs and all.