They say the best way to hide the pain is by smiling. Smiling on purpose changes our brain chemistry to produce endorphins. It has the power to release stress, pacify tantrums, bring positive vibes, and make someone attractive.
Whether it is an expression of joy, appreciation, satisfaction, amusement, or whatnot. It is indispensable in daily existence of humans — something that is of worth taking care.
But not everyone is blessed to have pearly white teeth to flash. The criminal is not solely poor oral hygiene. Just to name a few, it can be also caused by genetics, aging, beverages, food, smoking, medication, or trauma.
So how can we achieve that coveted teeth that celebrities are sporting? Initially, by using a whitening toothpaste. But little did you know that using it will not really change the natural color of your teeth? Instead, it will just slightly remove the surface stains; creating an optical illusion that your teeth have less yellow hue. A truthful waste of money.
If your goal is to have an optimum result, that’s not what you want to happen. It will disappoint you like your long-time crush. Hence, the idea of teeth bleaching is the perfect resort.
But are you willing to spare 20-30K for it? I presume it will be a cold-hearted NO. It is bloody expensive for practical people.
Home Teeth Whitening Kit
Why burn a great cash when you can have the same professional result using a home teeth whitening kit? This new technology uses a Carbamide Peroxide Gel on a moldable teeth tray in conjunction with a teeth whitening LED light.
By doing a research and asking my dentist friend, I have validated that Carbamide Peroxide is the safest gel to use at home. Some gels can cause tooth sensitivity and irritation on the soft tissue of the mouth — like Hydrogen Peroxide. In which, only professional dentists are allowed to use.
Not so fast because looking for a reputable store of home teeth whitening kit is not easy; especially online. My friend advised me to order a kit from US and simply pay the shipping fee. Too toxic and pricey I must say.
As a result, I entrusted my stalking skills to look for a decent online store in the country. My eyes are on the feedback of customers for it is the best evidence. Then I found the Instagram account of @whitersmileph. Reading the happy customers’ testimonies wanted me to join the bandwagon. Their product is also made in the USA which I preferred the most.
Upon receiving the kit, I noticed the packaging is simple yet attractive. It contains:
1. Teeth whitening LED light with batteries
2. A pair of moldable teeth tray
3. Two 44% Carbamide Peroxide Gel (10ml each)
4. Shade guide
5. User manual
There are four easy steps on how to use the product. First, mould the thermoplastic mouth trays by submerging it on a boiling water and placing it on teeth. Second, trim the formed mouth trays to avoid gel contact with the gums. Third, fill a small bead of gel per tooth. And lastly, turn the LED light and hold it close to teeth as possible.
To be honest, it was a fun experience using the home teeth whitening kit. It was very convenient. Although for a minute or two, I felt anxious with the smell of the gel; so as to the temptation of swallowing my saliva filling my mouth. Nevermind.
I managed to stay still for twenty minutes. Then I brushed my teeth and evaluated the result. I didn’t expect too much since it was my first time to do it. But my teeth have become one shade whiter without suffering from tooth sensitivity! Furthermore, it doesn’t fade away quickly like whitening toothpastes. It indeed changed the color of my teeth in a professional level. Impressive.
Taking photos of ourselves have become the mainstream. We buy posh outfits, style our hair, wear cosmetics on the face, etc. Yet no matter how good we look, it will be a turn off to see our teeth in dreaded yellow hue. Certainly, the trick of photo editor app will just remain good in virtual extent.
Having these things said, home teeth whitening kit from Whiter Smile is the most convenient, effective, and affordable way to whiten our teeth. It saves our time to schedule an appointment with a dentist for the procedure and maintenance. Yet, the result is comparable to professional teeth bleaching without hurting the pocket. If I may say, this is just a little investment we owe to ourselves.
Smile when you still have the teeth. It can make all the difference in the world.
We all want skin perfection. We spend money figuring out how to stop pimples from building empires on our faces. We risk ourselves trying cosmetic products to address the oiliness or dryness of our skin. We avail facial services in hope that our pimple marks or large pores would be gone right away.
But how much are you willing to burn cash just to solve your skin problems?
May this article end the myopic view that — the higher the price of the product, the better the result will be. Because one can always find a product that is inexpensive yet effective.
The Product and its Background
Just like my new holy grail, Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera Gel. Sounds uninteresting right? Aloe Vera is a plant I barely care about when I was a kid. But going back to history class, I learned that Cleopatra has sworn her beauty to the power of honey, milk, and aloe vera.
The said plant is rich source of saponins, compounds which possess antimicrobial properties that fight against bacteria, viruses and fungi. Furthermore, it’s jelly-like substance from the leaves contains 75 different minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and enzymes which are good for human health.
The Plant of Immortality, as called by Ancient Egyptians, clearly justifies why it is widely used in cosmetic industry for the manufacture of lotions, shampoos, makeups, and soaps.
Nature Republic’s 92% Aloe Vera Gel holds the spotlight for pioneering this cosmetic gel. It soothes dry, dehydrated, inflamed and sunburnt areas of the skin. And this fast-absorbing product does not leave a greasy feeling; which oily people worry about when using moisturizer. It is also a known vulnerary, it speeds up the healing of wounds, burns, abrasions, psoriasis, and even to bug bites. Impressed?
How to Use It
As to how I personally use the product, it serves as a moisturizer to my face, body and hair. But often times I mask it as sleeping pack. I apply a thick layer of gel onto my face and let it dry before I shut my eyes to bed. I greatly notice how tiny bumps on my face subsided and disappeared after a day or two.
When I had a trouble with my large pimples and red marks, I tried to put a thick amount of gel on the affected area. The next day, they unbelievably disappeared.
Often times, my friends compliment me and ask my secret for having a flawless and glowing skin (sometimes they accused of me getting back to my ex lol).
It has been seven months and the tub is just half empty. I can’t help but fall in love with the product. It is inexpensive for the amount of P249 (300ml) which can be consumed for almost a year. The product is worth the hype. It heals the pimple. It makes the tiny bumps disappeared. It moisturizes the skin without making it look oily.
There are so much more to be said. It’s for you to try.
March 10, 2017— the day I took a leap of faith to undergo Z-LASIK after years of indecisiveness. What kept me holding back? The tormenting idea of cutting my eyes open which assassinates my sanity. But with the advances of medical technology, relationship breakups can be more painful than a corneal refractive surgery. The overnight recovery process is not an illusion anymore. Hence, having a poor eyesight nowadays is not an option. No amount of fear will succumb me to step back again. It’s now or never.
As told by my LASIK consultant, I arrived around 2pm at Shinagawa Ortigas Branch. A waiver form was waiting for me with a piece of paper about the things not to do after the operation. I have never expected that reading the waiver form would give me a second thought. Gambling the chance to correct my vision is risky, ba-blah-blah! I signed it anyway.
I sat on a couch where I met the six patients who would also undergo the Z-Lasik procedure. We waited almost two hours to prepare the machine — an hour in the lobby and another one in the sterile room.
The Sterile Room
In the sterile room, we were asked to take off our shoes and wear the slippers, medical gown and hairnet. This time the real tension is on. We sat down listening to individual stories and how each of us mustered our courage to finally go under the knife.
Nurse Pinkie oriented us on what will happen during the surgery. A speculum will be inserted on our eyes to prevent ourselves from blinking as we follow the green light. We need to answer in verbal and stick our hands on our lap during the surgery. Then she started to drop topical anesthesia on our eyes in three dosages.
The Medical Kit
The medical kit was distributed next. It consists of the following:
1. Protective Glasses – this must be worn all the time; may it be indoor or outdoor. However, if one cannot tolerate the light outside, sunglasses can be worn provided that you will put back the protective glasses once you have entered an establishment.
2. Eye Shield and Medical Tape – a pair of eye shield has to be taped around the eyes at night. This is to avoid scratching off the eyes unconsciously while sleeping.
3. Anti-Infective, Anti-Inflammatory and Artificial Tears – these eyedroppers must be religiously put into the eyes every three hours for the first 24 hours. And four times a day on the second to seventh day after the operation.
4. Pain Reliever Tablet – the nurse advised me to take it as soon as the anesthesia has worn off. If not, I might look like a desperate loser crying over a lost relationship. My ex should be choking at this moment.
Now that the anesthesia has taken effect, it’s surgery time! Announced to be third in the queue, my knees began to tremble. My heart pounded like someone is about to devirginize me at last! Oh I can tell.
Until I heard, “Next is Sir Emmanuel. Let’s proceed to the operating room.” I followed the nurse immediately. I gently laid on the surgical bed, and the other nurse covered my body with a blanket. Since we are not allowed to raise our hands, this is to determine any hand movement right away.
They put a tape close to my superior and inferior eyelids before inserting the speculum to my right eye. The metal is really cold that I have almost compared it to my ex, for the record! It was bothersome and uncomfortable at first, until the nurse put another drop to my eye.
Dr. Francis Guerrero instructed me to focus on the green light no matter what happens. I did my best to do so. Sucking my eyeballs was the next part. The sound of the machine is like an on-going printer, it was totally eerie. Then I saw a thin-like plastic lifted (which I believe is my cornea) and the red light started to laser my eyes. It smells like something is burning. When the red light disappeared, the flap was put back and another drop was put into my eyes.
After while, the nurse filled my eyes with water repeatedly before removing the speculum. And it was over! The same procedure was done to my left eye. I couldn’t believe the surgery lasted in just eight minutes for both eyes! It was absolutely painless.
After The Surgery
After the surgery we were advised to go home and sleep it off. Since it was Friday, I almost gave up in life looking for a cab. My friend took 30 minutes outside Hanston Square Building while I dreaded to get my eyes exposed to polluted air. Duh?
In the taxi, I still had a hard time opening my eyes since it gets easily tired. Although hazy, I was able to see things on my phone for the first time without my prescription eyeglasses. I was able to see the signages, plate numbers and small letters written on billboards clearly.
However, as much as I want to do so, again, my eyes get strained easily so I rested it way home. I also took the pain reliever so I won’t experience the pain anymore.
As instructed, I put my medication religiously every three hours. Thank God my alarm clock worked for me.
The Next Day
The world in my eyes is in high definition quality! Looking into the mirror, I even noticed a white strand of my hair from afar. Although my eyes are extremely light sensitive that moment, I could tell that everything was doing perfect.
I went back to Shinagawa. Dr. Guerrero scanned my eyes through a machine that has a vertical light again. He said that I can resume to my normal activities and instructed me to have the medication four times a day — morning, noon, evening and before going to bed. Except the artificial tears which I have to put every three hours; but not anymore when sleeping.
After A Week
After seven days, I went back for my another post-operation check up. The same doctor who had my LASIK screening was there to check my visual acuity. From 675/675 with almost 100 astigmatism to 20/16. How was that? I can see better than the normal human eyes can!
Then, Dr. Guerrero scanned my eyes with the same machine he always uses. He informed me to stop putting the anti-infective and anti-inflammatory anymore. But because my eyes are indeed dry, I still have to put the artificial tears every three hours.
It has been two weeks and I felt like I never had a surgery; except that my visual acuity is now 20/16. It works like magic and I admire how Shinagawa Lasik and Aesthetics stayed true to their words. No doubt why it is the world’s largest eye surgery provider. Z-LASIK is the most advanced refractive corneal procedure that is proven safe and effective. It has an overnight recovery process which is a huge factor.
Human eye is the organ of vision. We use them in almost every activity we perform, whether reading, watching television, and in other countless ways. Having these things said, vision is not solely what we see but how we see the world that matters most.
I wake up each morning pleading myself that I am contented to be a slave of my eyeglasses forever. Why not? I spent my whole teenage looking nerd.
Romanticizing pessimism won’t help me, I certainly know that. But the idea of getting one’s eyes cut open cringes the hell out of me.
Can you not think of these questions? Is LASIK really too good to be true? Can my vision be really restored to 20/20? Will my eyes be really a good candidate? Is it really painless? What would I really feel during and after the operation? What if I really get blind after the operation?
I fondly abused the word REALLY because of the fear and doubt devouring my brain. LOL.
But I have to take the risk, I have to live above my fears if I want to gain back my 20/20 vision. I decided to give a message to Shinagawa’s Instagram account last March 5, 2017. Surprisingly, it replied faster than my lame ex! How cool was that?
I sent my full name, mobile number, preferred branch (Makati or Ortigas). They informed me to expect a message or phone call from a LASIK consultant. Around 3pm when I received a text message from David of Ortigas Branch. Basically he discussed the three LASIK procedures — the Traditional, Intralase, and Z-Lasik which is the most advanced among the three. Convinced enough, I made an appointment on Thursday afternoon (March 9, 2017).
The screening costs P2,500 but if you decide to undergo the operation, it will be free of charge. I arrived at the 21st floor of Hanston Square Building, San Miguel Avenue Ortigas at 3pm. Staffs are really welcoming. They asked if I have an appointment. I told my name and they hand me a form to fill out.
When done, my screening was started right away. There were two rooms for the test — the dark room and the bright room. As far as I remember there were like 10 machines used to assess the shape and thickness of my cornea, the tolerance of my eyes to pressure, etc. Then I had to read the notorious Snellen chart to check my visual acuity.
The last part of screening was the dilation. The doctor dropped a solution in three dosages to paralyze the focus of my eyes. Even when I wore my eyeglasses my vision was still blurry. It was totally annoying so you have to make sure you are with someone; going home alone might be a trouble for real. After an hour they checked my eyes again to see its accurate grade.
Dr. Francis Guerrero, the doctor who performs the surgery in Ortigas Branch, was the last to check my eyes. He scanned my eyes through another machine that has a vertical light. All along I pray that my eyes will be a good candidate. Thank God, my eyes were qualified despite all the abuses I’ve done.
I waited for my LASIK consultant excitedly to inform him that I will pay for the surgery that day. My surgery schedule was supposedly next month, but for unknown reason I trusted my LASIK consultant to have it done the next day; so I would be able to enjoy the full benefit of my clear vision immediately. Anyhow, Z-LASIK has the fastest recovery time as flagged in their advertisement.
He informed me not to put any cosmetic products and have someone accompany on the day of the surgery. I went home gushing to my parents about an impulsive decision I made.
There you have it! The rest is history. My experience during the surgery will be my next writeup. Thanks for reading! I
I am happy to announce that Shinagawa Lasik and Aesthetics will be performing Ultra Z-LASIK to me tomorrow!
To tell you a boring story, I started wearing eyeglasses at the age of 13. Because of my failing vision, I had no choice but to quit playing sports. In school, people expect I am one hella smart — when in fact wearing glasses has nothing to do with intelligence. At times I couldn’t read the visual aids, I sit on the floor near the chalkboard to see them clearly. But still, nothing beats the bonus of getting painful jokes of having four eyes from my disgusting classmates.
There were no perfect words to describe the frustration. You wake up in the morning fumbling for your eyeglasses. You have a hot drink and your lenses get fogged up. You step out from an air-conditioned room and your lenses get moistened. Wearing sunglasses too can be dangerous and agitating since your vision is almost close to being blind. You never know if your next step will lead you to fatal accident, but you have to play it cool. Glad that contact lenses were invented.
I managed to embrace the inconvenience of contact lenses for seven years. I can list all the awkward situations I faced when I needed to put an eyedropper in the middle of doing something. I got allergies and complications consequently. The bitchiest part is — the grade of my eyes soar high from 250 to 650. Impressive!
Needless to say, going under the knife may sound terrifying. Yet this could be the wisest investment you will do for yourself; if you really are exhausted with your poor eyesight. Shinagawa Lasik and Aesthetics is the world’s largest eye surgery provider that offers the latest technology in refractive corneal procedures.
It will only take about 10 minutes to perform for both eyes, and your vision will be restored back to 20/20! Z-Lasik has also the fastest recovery time since you can go back to work the next day!
My journey to 20/20 vision will be blogged from the screening to surgery and post operation checkups. The screening procedure will be posted in my next writeup. And if in case you have inquiries, I would love to answer them as long as I can. You may also want to schedule an appointment since Shinagawa Lasik and Aesthetics offers a special promo for the month of March!
Estimate the number of times you check your smart phone every day. Forty, fifty, sixty? Take whatever number you thought and double it, you might be getting close to the real frequency.
A new research conducted by British psychologist shows that young adults use their smart phone roughly twice as much as they have estimated. As a matter fact, the small preliminary found these young adults use their phones an average of five hours a day — almost one third of their total waking hours.
It wouldn’t be surprising if everyone has that one bitch friend who picks her phone to converse over her nonsense melodrama, or a gamer boy who never bothers to keep in touch with reality because mobile game has taken away his sanity.
Nothing is wrong when we face different businesses through text messaging or other social media. Threateningly, however, people subconsciously prioritize the world of virtual reality over the world we are living in. What an eyesore to see families, couples or friends dining in a restaurant holding their phones without bringing an authentic conversation to the table.
Telecommunications have really not connected people’s belonging despite the number of social networking friends we have. It takes away our priorities and our daily existence by the use of communication technology and entertainment applications that mostly are hollow and meaningless; changing our ways of thinking because everything is just a click of a mouse or tap of our touchscreen phones.
The generation today is too young to understand how the world used to be before emails, televisions, and Internet. Letter-writing styles are not even develop in chats where people are so informal — the spelling, grammar and punctuations are terribly neglected — not to mention the substitution of emoticons to the message itself.
We may call it a dilemma, because killing our modern technology can never be the best solution. We are aware of the chaotic system going on with the world. The countless blessings of smart phones to humanity are what we are defending; when using phone in times of disasters/accident, or organizing rallies, video footages of tyranny, economic troubles and global crisis.
At such, we are the one who are responsible in shaping the future by setting ourselves as a good example to be emulated. Humans of all ages are susceptible to smart phone abuse and we reach our oblivion to reality when online. Our new breed of generation has a vast threat not only in the progress of our country but also in the spirit of fellowship.
Did technology really improve our way of communication with all these repercussions emerging? It’s never too late to ask yourself this question:
“Do you control technology or does technology control you?”