A blog that gets nerdy for beauty

Author: Anne Porter

Hydroquinone in Hyperpigmentation : Away from the Bad Light

Hydroquinone: How it Works To simplify the chemistry, hydroquinone lightens skin by inhibiting the enzyme tyrosinase. Tyrosinase is essential in the production of the pigment melanin. Low levels of melanin means lighter skin. This makes hydroquinone an effective ingredient in hyper pigmentation. Elucidating Issues Despite its ability to lighten skin and treat hyperpigmentation , you might have heard about the safety concerns of hydroquinones  like the products below: Let me start by saying that there’s an exaggeration and to some extent, fearmongering with regards to the safety of hydroquinone in lightening products. To date, 4% hydroquinone is still the most effective…

How not to waste your time in DIY face masks

We get it babe, facial masks are pricey. You want one but you have other adulting  priorities. So you see these DIY masks from Pinterest or Instagram and they start to allure you. Unfortunately, many of these ingredients will not do anything for your skin. And to tell you frankly, in most cases, spending PHP 500.00 in a good facial mask would do you better than spending an hour in the kitchen experimenting on your “all-natural” beauty recipe. Nevertheless, they are cheap and fun, so why not give it a shot? Unless you have nothing else to waste your time…

Micellar Water: Is it worth a spot in your skin care routine?

Micellar Water: What was your first impression when you first heard of Micellar Water?  Well, for me, a very sharp memory of my mid-morning chemistry class tells me that this isn’t a scientific breakthrough – it just came from a very common chemistry term –Micelles.   What are Micelles?   Micelles are formed by soaps and detergents –the handy cleaning partner that has been around since your grandma’s grandma. Soaps and detergents are both surfactants. Surfactants are the workhorse of many cleaning products: for your laundry, kitchen, toilet bowl, floor –name it. Basically most products used for cleaning or removal…

The Quest for Beauty Pill : Beauty Supplements that Work

If you rely solely on skin care products to achieve a healthy-looking skin, you are missing a huge chunk of opportunity for a more holistic approach in your beauty regimen. The quest for great skin should not end in finding the magic beauty balm that works wonder for you. Find the right magic pill and you’re a step closer to your best skin ever. Beauty supplements that improve the condition and overall appearance of your skin is something you should consider if  you don't have them yet. It is a good way to support your skin care routine to keep your skin…

Truth about Cellulite: Prevention and Treatment

Cellulite is a condition where  clumps of fat are distributed under the skin. These are usually present in the thighs and buttocks.... an ultimate bikini bummer. For the record, it is not an abnormal medical condition. In fact, it is not even a medical term. However, this is a concern in most women because it create bumps on surface of the skin. Women are more likely to develop cellulite especially on ages 35 and up. In this article, let us know more about cellulite, its prevention and treatment.   Why Does Cellulite Appear? The photo below illustrates the major layers of our skin. The…

A Girl’s Guide to Shaving

When you want to show some skin but feeling too lazy or too busy to visit a waxing salon, shaving is the ultimate speedy solution. With just few sweep of your razor, you are hair-free and your skin feels amazing in an instant.  However, 2 to 3 days after, ugly bumps and dryness can come to haunt you after a careless shaving session. How to avoid these? A little diligence can go along way when you follow these easy steps: Before Shaving The skin should be thoroughly cleansed.  Cleansing removes surface soils that can interfere with the shaving process. Apply…

Anti-aging products that really work

Do you know that wrinkles start to appear at the age of 21? At this age, the rate of collagen (the protein molecules that holds our skin together, to keep it from sagging and wrinkling) production starts to decrease. Don't freak out. Good thing is that we can delay it with  proper diet, exercise and wait for it – the right choice of moisturizers, sunscreens, serums, night creams and all that beauty shebang. The beauty industry has already filled its shelves with so many anti-aging products that promises you the elixir of youth.  Trust me, you don't have to spend thousands of…

Holy Zit! – Why Zits Show up and How To Treat Them

We get it babe, we all hate zits and its annoying when it shows up on days when we just need to look perfect (well basically everyday). There could be several causes acne and understand how they develop is a step closer to solving the problem. Acne is an inflammation of the hair follicles and their sebaceous glands. The sebaceous glands are the little factories of sebum, the substance that causes skin “oiliness”. Before sebum reaches on the skin’s surface, it passes through the hair follicle. While the sebaceous gland is busy producing sebum, cells  are also continuously replicated within…

Double Cleansing: Is it worth the extra mile?

If you have not yet tried double cleansing, babe, don't go elsewhere and read on. If you have been double cleansing as a part of your skin care routine, pat yourself at the back for doing a good job. Double cleansing is exactly what it sounds like – it’s cleansing your face ...twice. You start off with a cleansing oil, and then followed by your usual foaming or non-foaming cleanser, that simple. Why is double cleansing suddenly a thing? Think of it this way: Besides the usual dirt and sebum, we layer different kinds of skin products on our skin:…