Christmas Gift Ideas: Health and Beauty

I know many moms have now managed to tick off items from their Christmas lists. But if you are one of those who have yet to start shopping for presents, here are a few not so ordinary gift ideas for the health and beauty of your loved ones.

Gifts of Beauty

I know we often say that we shouldn’t judge any person by the way he or she looks. I do believe this. However, that doesn’t mean that we should not care about how WE look at all. I’m not talking spending hours (and a whole ton of cash) on makeup and beauty treatments. I do think that we all should at least have a basic skin regimen to keep our skin healthy. So here are some ideas for giving the Gift of Beauty.

Makeup Sets. If you know someone well enough, you may just know their tastes in makeup nearly as well as they do. You could have a family member who is obsessed with Thin Lizzy’s top 5 tried and tested, as one example, or another who insists on MAC products. If that’s the case you can confidently put together a makeup set, or buy a premade one from their favorite brand, and surprise them with just how well you know their beauty regime!

Gift Certificates. Having said all this, makeup can be a tricky thing to give as a gift. So are bath gels, lotions, and perfume. Let your loved ones be able to choose the right shade or the right scent for themselves by opting to give them gift certificates from their fave beauty shop.

Salon Treat. It is every woman’s wish to be able to have an entire day of pampering (ehem-ehem hubby Jasper!). Treat the ladies you love with a whole day at the spa. Give them a complete package of facial treatment, body scrub and massage, mani-pedi, and hair spa and they won’t ever forget how special you made them feel this Christmas.

Skin Care Packs. Bags, clothes, makeup…these are among the most often gifted items during the Christmas season and you can never go wrong with them. From Synergie Skin care online in Australia to different products in Spain, people all over the world have different skin care products on offer, and women love trying new ones! This year, give them something that would make them look beautiful both inside and out. For women my age (proud almost-40 lady here!), the Celeteque Dermoscience Advance Anti-Aging Line is heaven sent. The entire line works on any skin type, even for sensitive ones, and is very effective in making one’s skin look years younger. Make the beauty regimen complete by adding some Myra-E’s to your gift basket. Especially if you’re gifting to a close friend or relative (who are really into skincare routines), skincare products like city beauty invisicrepe body balm could be a blessing.

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Complete your beauty gift pack with some Myra-E and phCare products.

Gift of Health

We may have a slew of beauty products in our vanity table but if we are not healthy, all these would be for naught. Here are some ideas which may seem unusual for gift-giving but are actually very great gifts to give to your loved ones.

Gym Membership. Get your loved ones a jump start on their fitness resolution next year. A gym membership leaves them with no excuse not to exercise anymore. 😉

Health Kit. Who would ever give a basket full of vitamins and health supplements as a gift? Sounds weird, right? But this kind of gift actually shows just how much you care about someone – and it’ll definitely be appreciated by the recipient. Unilab has come out with the Handy Health Kit which contains medicines that we all often use including Biogesic, Alaxan, Kremil-S, and Diatabs.

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The Unilab Handy Health Kit is something we all must have wherever we go. If your loved ones have tiny tots, throw in some Ceelin and Biogesic Syrups. These are among the medicines we always always always have at home. 🙂

Raising Children with Husay at Malasakit


As parents, we all want our kids to excel in life and strive to provide all that they need for their future.  Knowing that they emulate us, we do strive to excel also in our respective careers.  Without pushing our kids to be overly competitive, we encourage them to always do their best in anything that they do.

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Raising children with empathy and compassion begins at home.  They learn that from us parents.  As we shower them with our love and care, they themselves become loving and caring. As we understand their feelings – whether positive or negative emotions – they become empathetic.  As we show them how we try to be of help and of service to others, they too become compassionate.

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We, however, cannot raise our children without any help.  They do say that it takes a village to raise a child.  We have our extended family who show our kids the same love and care we show them.  We have educators who impart their knowledge and expertise to equip our kids with skills they would need as they reach for their dreams. In raising our kids, we also choose partners that provide us with high quality products for our various needs.  One such partner of our family is Unilab who believes in the same husay at malasakit we believe in.   Their new TVC shows this thrust in touching people’s lives as they continue to deliver high quality products.


Read more about Unilab’s husay at malasakit in their press release below:


This day and age, the country has braved various calamities that, if anything, have only strengthened our solidarity as Filipinos. But to fully rise again as a nation, we must be able to have both excellence and compassion (husay at malasakit) in everything we do, especially when in service to others who are in need.

Unilab, being the biggest pharmaceutical company in the Philippines, believes in the power of husay at malasakit and has geared their company’s belief in this.

In every product they produce, they make sure that their facilities and procedures are safe, so that they will be able to take care of the Filipino people better.

They may have changed their processes in line with the rise of technological advancement, but their heart will always be present in the manufacturing of their healthcare products.  Rest assured that in all the innovations they create, the health and safety of the Filipino people are always at the core.

The distribution of their products are scattered across the country—from Luzon, Visayas, to Mindanao, to reach out to everyone in need of superior and affordable healthcare products. If anything, Unilab believes in the spirit of genuine concern to make the lives of other people better.

With their new TVC, Unilab shows their husay at malasakit thrust and hopes to influence as much as they can to the nation. After all, what matters the most is the number of lives we touch when we reach our triumphs.


Know more about Unilab and be updated with new promos and campaigns by following their social media accounts:


The Rundown on Allergic Rhinitis

Is your child always suffering from watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes and nose? He just might have allergic rhinitis. If you or your husband has it, chances are, your child has inherited it. The symptoms of allergic rhinitis may be bothersome but, fortunately, they can be addressed easily.

What Is Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is the inflammation of nasal passageways caused by allergens. Symptoms include runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, and itchy eyes and nose. If not treated immediately, it may cause nasal congestion, coughing, sore throat, and headache. Those who have frequent attacks may also develop dark and puffy undereyes.

How to Prevent Allergies

The only way to prevent allergies is to avoid all allergens that trigger them. Allergens that cause rhinitis often include pollen, dust mites, dust, and dander. Completely avoiding them though is impossible. The best thing you can do is to reduce exposure to these allergens. If pollens trigger your allergies, stay indoors during pollen season. Use microfiber cloth when cleaning your home to avoid dust from spreading through the air. Regularly clean your airconditioner’s filter and if you have pets in the home consider an Air Purifier For Dogs‘ hair. Clean your mattresses and upholstery often and keep the home aerated with fresh air from outside (unless pollen triggers your allergies of course). At home, we use Allercon, a tannic acid spray, to make sure that no mites inhabit our mattresses.


The symptoms of allergic rhinitis can be treated quite easily. There are a slew of nasal sprays, antihistamines, and decongestants available over the counter but it is always best to consult with your child’s paediatrician before buying any of them for your child. Medication would depend on your child’s age, the severity of his allergy, and other medical conditions.

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To give you an idea of the possible treatments for allergic rhinitis, here’s a quick rundown of treatment your doctor may prescribe:

Nasal Wash. This simple saline solution helps remove mucus from the nose. It’s available in drug stores but can also be made at home using warm water(1c), salt(1/2tsp), and baking soda(pinch). My kids and I use the ones in spray form available in drug stores. This may be the only treatment required for mild allergic rhinitis.

Antihistamines. These work well in treating allergies. They come in syrup, chewable tablet, and spray forms. Though available without prescription, always ask your doctor which one would be most suitable for your child.

Nasal Corticosteroid Sprays. These are very effective in treating allergic rhinitis but have to be used for continuous periods. Although they are generally safe for children, make sure to consult with your paediatrician first as steroidal sprays may not be necessary at all. Prolonged use may cause nasal passages to become dry and sensitive though. Alternating it with nasal wash may alleviate this discomfort.

Decongestants. Clogged nose can be addressed using decongestants. They are available in syrup, tablet and spray forms. They must not be used for prolonged periods though. Nasal spray decongestants must not be used for more than three days. Most syrups should only be taken for a maximum of five days. Again, ask your doctor before giving any decongestant to your child.

Immunotherapy. For severe cases, allergy shots may be recommended. Your child will be given regular shots of the pollen he is allergic to. The doses increase slightly until his body is able to adjust to the pollen and the symptoms are lessened.

Allergic rhinitis has become more common nowadays perhaps due to the grave increase of pollutants in the environment. Some outgrow their allergies as their immune systems become less sensitive to allergens while some will need medication throughout their lives. Moreover, medication that has worked before may lose its effect and require a new one. It is always best to consult with your doctor regularly.

NASOCLEAR for Mama Sniffles and Li’l Miss Sniffles

Ah-Chooooo! Ah-Chooooo!  Ah-Choooo!

Since I could remember, this was often how I greeted the morning – with a resounding sneeze totally unbecoming of a petite girl (now a woman) like me. Handkerchiefs and tissues were a must otherwise I’d end up with sleeves all wet and icky. Even the tissue had to be of a certain material as some make my allergies even worse.  Aside from the sneezes and sniffles, dark circles around my eyes are telltale signs of my allergic rhinitis.

The Tale of Mrs. Sniffles and Li’l Miss Sniffles

When I was younger, I didn’t mind the sneezing and the runny nose that much.  But there came a time when the allergies became so frequent and so severe that I had no choice but to take a daily dose of antihistamine.  During my not-so-favorite seasons, steroidal nasal sprays are my best friends.  Although medication and steroid sprays stopped the sniffles, they often made my nasal passages dry.  Plus, the doctor recommends using them only during certain periods of the year.  So when my allergies are tolerable, I just use a nasal sprays that contain only sodium chloride and water.

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Li’l Miss Sniffles doing the allergic salute

When my kids were toddlers, we found out that they had both inherited my rhinitis.  Li’l Jade, my Li’l Miss Sniffles, has the worse of it.  Xyzal, Alnix, Allerkid, Loraped, Disudrin, Claritin – we always keep one or two of these medicines on hand.  Their pediatrician also prescribed us to use saline solution to keep the nasal passages clear.  When they were toddlers, we used Salinase drops.  Now we use nasal sprays which are easier to use on our very active preschoolers.  Just a spray on each nostril and they’re off to go.

NASOCLEAR: Nasal Spray from a Brand We Trust

A few weeks ago, I received a sample of NASOCLEAR from Unilab. I was really more than willing to review the product. Dust, pollen, and the extreme heat trigger our rhinitis so I was thankful for an extra bottle of nasal spray.

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NASOCLEAR is a natural water based nasal spray that contains 0.65% sodium chloride.  It helps relieve nasal congestion and alleviates itching, sneezy and runny nose.   It does not contain any steroids, does not cause drowsiness, and does not have any adverse side effects.  The best thing about Nasoclear is that it safe to use on my kids

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As you can see in the picture above, both sprays look exactly the same (except for the labels of course).  They also have the same composition and work pretty much the same way.  It’s really just a matter of choosing the brand you trust.  Of course, for us, that has got to be UNILAB.  So, yes, it’s Nasoclear that keeps our noses sniffle free now.

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Even if you don’t have allergic rhinitis, do have a bottle of nasal spray for each member of your household.  Our nasal passages need some TLC too, you know.  Watch this video below to learn more about the importance of keeping our noses clean: