The Reluctant Stylista

I’m in my late 20s now, and one of the things I’m really determined to do right this year is skincare. I know that sounds frightfully vain, but think about it—if I look good, then I’ll feel good about myself and I’ll be happy. If I look good and I’m happy, and people are inclined to be more agreeable with you thus making everything easier I’m more motivated to accomplish goals I’ve set for 2013!

 

See how that works?

 

Right, so we go back to basics—skincare. One of the first things I did last January was get a check-up—something I don’t regularly do. I went to The Skin Sanctuary along Metropolitan Avenue Makati and consulted with Dr. Jackie de las Alas about the current condition of my skin.

The Skin Sanctuary - Metropolitan Ave, Makati City

This is the most recent picture I could find of myself without studio lighting.

 

Thankfully, she didn’t see any major skin problems but I was due for a facial and she recommended getting a microdermabrasion diamond peel.

 

Diamond peels, despite how it sounds, are virtually pain-free. You see, our skin takes about an average of 10 days to renew its surface. As we grow older, or depending on how we take care of our skins, cell renewal becomes slower. Diamond peel microdermabrasion helps with cell renewal by sweeping away the surface of dead skin cells from the epidermis. Diamond peels are also used to treat aging and sun-damaged skin, acne scars, discoloration and pigmentations, fine lines, stretch marks and enlarged pores. They even out your skin tone, renew your skin’s elasticity and refine its pores.

So first, I had a facial which I thought I was a little overdue because I don’t get these often. I didn’t have acne, but I do have what I think are large pores so there was still a fair amount of cleaning to get done to remove whiteheads. Before I had the facial, though, my skin had to be cleansed and the makeup removed. And then I got steamed…I suppose to open up the pores so they’d be easier to clean.

The Skin Sanctuary - Metropolitan Ave, Makati City

Cleansing and make-up removal

The Skin Sanctuary - Metropolitan Ave, Makati City

Steaming?

The Skin Sanctuary - Metropolitan Ave, Makati City

“Pricking” and cleaning

The Skin Sanctuary - Metropolitan Ave, Makati City

I remember this used to hurt like a bitch when I was a teenager dealing with acne. Thank God that was only for a few years.

 

After that, I had the diamond peel microdermabrasion. I’ve had these before, but I guess I ought to do this regularly now that I’m older. It’s non-invasive and may help to heal pimple scars. I don’t often get pimples but when I do, they are annoyingly long-staying. They really leave marks. Anyway, diamond peels feel like getting the dirt and other impurities sucked out of your skin, but they don’t really hurt like I already mentioned before.  After getting these treatments done, avoid getting your face wet for about 6 hours.  I’m not sure if that includes putting on your regular night moisturizer, but as my skin felt cleansed, toned and moisturized anyway, I skipped it.

 

The Skin Sanctuary is open from Mondays to Saturdays from 12:00 noon to 9:00pm. Good news this month of love! They have special promos right now, so it’s a good idea to jumpstart your pretty this February with these special packages:

The Skin Sanctuary - Metropolitan Ave, Makati City

The Skin Sanctuary - Metropolitan Ave, Makati City

 

Skin Sanctuary
Telephone number: 9030368
Mobile: 0949 4345239
1047 Metropolitan Avenue, San Antonio Village, Makati City 1203

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