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Hello beautiful ladies!

Today, I will share with you on how I began my journey in taking care of my skin. From knowing my skin type, to choosing the products suitable for my skin type. And affordable!! 

If you are following my blog, you know that I lost my job recently that makes me more conservative in terms of spending money. But if you will ask me about time, oh! I am enjoying my free time!! My free time gives me a lot of ideas to write on my blog. And some of those are, skin care and product reviews. 

In this blog, I will share the three simple steps I took before I bought skin care products that beginner's can use as a guide. 

Honestly, I don't really have a skin care routine, not until September 1, 2020. Because I am this kind of frugal person who doesn't want to spend money going to clinic for check-ups and buying skin care products. And I am afraid to play doctor on myself and just buy products without consulting a dermatologist. 

Perhaps you're wondering why I came up with this idea. 

This is after my good friend, Izza Glino who's also a blogger, she's the one who opened my eyes in the world of blogging and she adviced me to write a product reviews.

Though I said to her that I have no idea about skin care products and I have mention above why I don't have skin care routine, but you know what, I walk home that night thinking of wanting to try it. 

And this is not just about for a blog post but for my physical appearance as well. 

Soon, I will start looking for a job and if God permits I really want to pursue my passion in recruitment. As I change my career, I must also rebrand myself. While writing this, I suddenly remember the training I had before about personal branding and physical appearance contributes in building our personal brand. 

So, this is it! This is the moment to overcome my fear and play doctor on myself. This is the moment to let my skin feel that she is taken care of. 

Here are the three simple steps before I buy skin care products:

Step 1 - I asked my friends who I know does have skin care routine of what are they using because there's a lot of skin care products in the market and I want to narrow down my choices from their preferences for I see how glowing their skin are. Though I'm aware that what works for them may not work for me. But who knows. And these are the answers I gathered from them: Celeteque, Beauche, Dr. Alvin, Vit. C Drop and Fresh Skinlab Tomato Glass Skin. 

I also asked how much is the price so I can foresee my expenses and can allot a budget for it. The price ranges from P100-1500.00. 

Step 2 I study what type of skin I have. 

And with the help of internet, here are the five skin types, it's characteristics and skin care tips that I have gathered:

Normal - it is characterized by soft and smooth texture, neither too dry nor too oily, fine pores, no blemishes and not prone to sensitivity. 

If you have a normal skin, good for you, it does not need special care. However, you should do the basic skin care routine to maintain it because as we age our skin changes. 

Dry - it is characterized by dull appearance, almost invisible pores but more visible lines, tight and rough texture, it can crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated, or inflamed. If it’s very dry, it can become rough and scaly, especially on the backs of your hands, arms, and legs.

If you have a dry skin, take shorter showers as much as possible to avoid stripping away the skin's oily layer that will cause to lose moisture, use lukewarm rather than hot water because the latter can wash away natural oils, use mild, gentle cleansers, use moisturizer day and night, exfoliate atleast once a week and use sunscreen to prevent your skin from getting dehydrated. 

Oily - it is characterized by greasy appearance, visible pores, have blemishes and blackheads and prone to acne breakouts. 

If you have an oily skin, wash your face twice a day to rid all the accumulated dirt and oil build-up which leads to clogged pores, acne etc, use an alcohol-free toner, use moisturizer, exfoliate once or twice a week to eliminate dirt and dead skin cells caused by excess sebum, use face mask especially after exfoliating and make sure you buy "non-comedogenic" skin care products and cosmetics. A non-comedogenic product is specifically formulated so that it does not block or clog pores. 

Combination - it is consists of a mix of oily skin and dry skin. It is usually characterized by an oily T-zone in forehead, nose and chin, enlarged pores with some impurities and dry cheeks.

If you have a combination skin, you should have two separate skin care routines because there are products that work for dry skin may be harsh on oily skin and vice versa. 

Sensitive - it is characterized by redness, itching, burning and dryness. 

If you have a sensitive skin, you better conduct a patch test before applying the products.

Do you know your skin type now? Mine, falls on combination. I have dark spots and have blackheads on my nose and also flaking both sides of my nose and I experience having dandruff on my eyebrows sometimes. 

It's time for us to go to Watsons to find the skin care products suitable on our skin type and affordable! 

And look what catch my eyes! 

Celeteque DermoScience Hydration. 
As you can see, a pack comes with facial wash, toner and facial moisturizer with 25 ml each. It's perfect for someone who will try skin care products for the first time. And it cost P149.00.


Step 3 - Check the labels if it's suitable for oily or dry or combo skin type. 

Upon checking the box, the Celeteque DermoScience Hydration is dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic. 

  • Non-comedogenic means that it has been specifically formulated so that it does not block or clog pores. Non-comedogenic products is recommended for those who have oily skin. 

For Facial Wash

Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerine, PEG-7, Glyceril Cocoate, Sodium Lactate, Panthenol, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Lactic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Chamomile Extract, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance, Bisabolol, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, CI 19140, CI 16305.

How it works: It has a combination of mild cleansing agents and Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF) also found in the skin to gently yet effectively clean while improving the skins moisture level.

  • Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF) occurs naturally in the skin. 
  • NMF components are important to maintain skin hydration. 
  • The lack of NMF results to dry skin with scaling, flaking, or even cracking. 
  • The NMF may be reduced by decreased production by excessive bathing or exposure to UV light
  • Using products which contain a synthetic version of NMF blend or its ingredients is highly beneficial in balancing natural skin processes and rebuilding the moisture level

For Alcohol-Free Toner

Ingredients: Water, PEG 6, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Panthenol, Polysorbate 20, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Disodium EDTA, Witch Hazel Extract Fragrance

How it works: It contains Witch Hazel Extract to soothe the skin while it removes the last traces of stubborn dirt. 

  • Witch hazel is commonly used in skincare products targeting oily or combination skin, as it can help to balance and manage oil.
  • Skincare pioneers Simple describe witch hazel as an excellent natural toner that helps to tighten pores. 
  • Beauty website Paula's Choice recommended using witch hazel up to four times a week rather than every day, in order to give skin a break in-between. For it can be drying and is astringent. 
  • Dermatologists recommended choosing a witch hazel product that’s alcohol-free. 

For Facial Moisturizer 

Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Glycerine, Panthenol, Hexylene Glycol, Carbomer, Aloe Vera Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Citric Acid. 

How it works: It has a unique hydrogel formulation that provides the skin with optimum hydration without the greasy after-feel. It's triple moisturizing system contains Glycerin, Pro-Vitamin B5, and Aloe Vera that works deep down to provide lasting relief from skin dryness. It also has dimethicone that seals in the skin's moisture.
  • Pro-Vitamin B5 helps keep skin soft, smooth and healthy. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect that can help stimulate your skin's healing processes. Deeply hydrating, it helps keep skin quenched by absorbing moisture from the air.
  • Aloe Vera helps to hydrate the skin and lock in moisture, explained Board-certified dermatologist Marisa Garshick, M.D.
  • Mucopolysaccharides, as found in the aloe plant, help retain moisture in the skin. Topical application shows increase the water content of the outermost layer of skin (called the stratum corneum), making it an ideal ingredient for dry skin types.
All products of Celeteque DermoScience Hydration contains Glycerin. 
  • Glycerine has many benefits in skin care, whether you have oily skin, sensitive skin or dry skin. 
  • Glycerin is a humectant, a substance that pulls water from the second layer of the skin and brings it to the top layer of the skin. As a result, glycerine hydrates skin, helps you shed dead skin cells and gives your skin a smooth, youthful glow. 
  • Glycerine is a preferred soap ingredient for individuals with sensitive skin due to it's gentle, moisturizing qualities.

With all the research, it seem that this Celeteque DermoScience is safe to use for dry, oily, combo and sensitive skin. 

I'm gonna buy and try this. 

Click here for my CELETEQUE DERMOSCIENCE HYDRATION PRODUCTS REVIEW blog to know the results of these products to my combination skin type plus Celeteque DermoScience Gentle Exfoliating Facial Wash.


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