What are my best anti-aging tips? I have 2 words for you, skincare and exercise. Let’s make it 3 and add wine to the mix! lol! Having a regular routine for your body and skin can make a world of a difference in keeping yourself looking youthful. To stay physically fit, strong, and healthy, I do indoor spinning, zumba, and boxing for my cardio. For toning, I do yoga and synergy 360. So, how do I manage to take care of my skin? Being a mom, makeup artist, and entrepreneur, I need to find time to take care of myself despite my busy schedule. Just like a cup, I fill myself with things that make me happy, because how else will I be able to pour anything out of an empty cup? One of my favourite places to have my ME time is in Belo.
Lately, I have been trying to improve my skin texture. Contrary to what people think, I do not have flawless porcelain skin. During my adolescent years, I would get breakouts just like any normal teenager. My perpetual problem area is my forehead because it’s the oiliest part of my face, and that’s where I get those annoying little bumps which are actually white heads. For the past month, I have been going to Belo to treat my skin problems. Following the doctor’s recommendations, these are the treatments that I have done:
The Hydra Facial is an all in one facial that exfoliates and hydrates. The machine simultaneously exfoliates the dead skin and expels serums to treat the skin. The machine expels salicylic acid to clarify the skin and remove oil. I have combination skin so my t-zone gets oily and because of this, my forehead and nose are prone to white heads and black heads. After that, the machine applies glycolic acid to soften black heads and white heads for an easier extraction and cleaning. The cleaning part is the most unpleasant part of the facial, but it is important to do this in order to get rid of the white heads, black heads, and acne. No pain, no gain! The next day, my forehead bumps got smaller. Last step of the facial is when the skin is bathed with hyalaraunic acid as it brightens, hydrates, and plumps the skin. It’s the best serum for anti-aging! It’s good to have a facial once a month to unclog the pores.
A week after my hydra facial, I followed up with the Revlight. Revlight uses light beams as high energy pulses to remove skin pigmentation and discolorations like acne marks and sun spots. It also improves skin texture, minimizes pores, and removes fine hairs. As we age, our collagen production slows down. Revlight promotes collagen growth underneath the skin, that is why it is a good anti-aging treatment as well. The procedure wasn’t painful for me — it just felt like quick tiny flicks of the rubber band. It took about 10-15 minutes to finish, and Dr. Jetty from the Fort clinic made sure that my skin got as many pulses as it can take! Thank you, Dr. Jetty!
I also applied their CHAT medicine for two weeks. CHAT stands for: Clindamycin – it prevents black and white heads and an antibacterial for pimples, Hydroquinone – whitens skin, Alum – minimises pores, and Tretionon – exfoliates the skin. I stopped using it because my skin became red, but after one week, my skin peeled and looked so much clearer! That’s why I will start using it again every other night to slowly reintroduce it to my skincare regimen.
Here is a summary of the treatments I had to achieve my results: 2 Hydra Facials, 2 Revlights, and 2 weeks of CHAT medicine. Remember, we all have different skin types and conditions. What you need may be different from what I need. Now, let’s make this social media official — Without further ado, here is my before and after photo: (no filter, no edit!)
I have no foundation, just eyebrows. You know me, kilay is life. lol. In just one month, my forehead bumps diminished! See how smooth it is compared to before?! Go ahead and zoom it! Yay! I’m so happy! My skin also looks healthier, more plump, less oily, and more youthful! These days, I’m usually wearing very minimal makeup, as in zero foundation — just concealer, lip and cheek tint, and brow product. That’s really my ultimate skin goal, to wear minimal makeup and be comfortable with my bare skin. I always tell my makeup students that beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin, that makeup is best applied to enhance beauty and not as a mask. The most expensive foundation cannot hide bumps, it can conceal redness/discoloration, but not bumpy texture. I believe that with skin care, prevention is key! Take care of your skin before you see wrinkles and sun spots! I’m in my 30s now and it’s never too early or too late to address your skin woes. Be patient, find what works for you, and invest in your skin. Take care of your mind, body, and soul so that you will always look and feel youthful.
Thank you Belo for taking care of my skin! For those who have skin concerns or simply needs a little pampering, book an appointment with them here: Belo. Goodluck and I hope you will also have great results like I did!