Let me start this article by saying that I am a very hygienic person. I make sure to clean my body thoroughly and sanitize my stuff. However, last year, I started noticing a strange thing on my middle finger. I inquired about this tiny-bump-like-callous from a clinic in Quezon City last year, and they said it was basically a callous.
So I didn’t let it freak the hell out me. Instead, I used a finger nail file to flatten it. The treatment worked for several months. But then it goes back every now and then. And because I’ve been regularly visiting my favorite place – Skinclique, I asked for confirmation if this bump I was a callous. I was totally wrong.
I found out that it was an ugly wart. Although it was only one, I have to be honest that I felt totally ashamed of myself. If I could just use a knife to remove it from my skin. It had me thinking where I got this one. Based on my research, warts are a growth on the skin that is caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Usually, it occurs on a broken skin as the virus can easily enter through the top layer of the skin. Warts may grow on any part of your body and they can grow bigger and are prone to spread to other parts of the body as well.
QUICKEST WAY TO GET RID OF WARTS
The moment I found about it, I became obsessed to get it removed. Warts are ugly and plain yucky! Real talk: people would judge you of being gross and stay away from you if you have them. To make the story short, I desired to get rid of it the easiest way — which is through electrocauterization.
The procedure uses heat from electricity so that the wart will be burnt off from the skin. As such, in order for it to be effective, cauterization treatment should only be done by an actual medical expert who is trained on the method. Of course, we should understand the risks of a botched job that can lead to infections and ugly scarrings.
The area was cleansed with the help of alcohol and betadine. Then a topical anesthesia was applied. First few seconds really hurt because the wart was big. Dr. Leila decided to inject an anesthesia to numb the area better. We waited for a minute until it had taken effect. This time, I feel more comfortable despite the smell of my burnt skin. I watched how she did the procedure effortlessly. The only thing that hurt me in this procedure was the injection; but given the logic of the situation, injections are really painful.
It was not less than five minutes for the procedure to be done. In order to get it protected, she covered it with a bandage and handed me “Beta + Eryth Post-Cautery Cream”. This antibiotic cream is applied thrice a day to have a better healing and prevent unwanted scarring.
It has been two weeks since I had the treatment. Amazingly, the healing period is just a week and the area treated has no noticeable scars. Glad that I made a right decision to get rid of it. Warts, can damage our self-esteem as they are plain ugly and yucky. There is no excuse why we should keep them on our skin because it can multiple. They are annoying like your ex. They give us stigma and a negative impression to people.
Skinclique offers unlimited removal of warts. For inquiries, you may call 0929 734 7286 or 0956 867 4863. You may also find and like their official Facebook and Instagram account, Skinclique Wellness and Aesthetic Center.
When I was younger, I wanted to be fat because I hate my body type. I grew up insecure with my body that no matter how great my appetite is, I never get the chance to increase my weight. My doctor said that it was merely because of my fast metabolism.
But when I hit my mid 20’s, I started noticing that my tummy was getting bigger. With my thin arms and legs, I couldn’t afford to look like a tadpole. So I made sure tojog thrice a week during my leisure times. I tried doing crunches and sit-ups, but it was really hard to get rid of stomach fats even if I decreased my food intake. And maintaining it was harder because of the demands and commitments I have with my career. Welcome to adult stage where you have no choice but to be fat.
NON-INVASIVE SLIMMING TECHNOLOGY
But wait… there’s more! I got intrigued by my friend who suggested Radiofrequency and V-Shape. He let me see his old photos back to the times when he weights like a dinosaur. Kidding aside. He validated my cry that going to the gym wasn’t enough. This then decided him to take advantage of Radiofrequency Technology. It sounds so cool even though I don’t know what was he saying.
Radiofrequency is a non-surgical means of “reshaping” the body and the face from beneath the superficial layer of the skin. This method uses sophisticated devices specifically designed to treat men and women’s most common skin aging problems like wrinkles, excess fatty tissues, or cellulite.
The method utilizes radio frequency waves which basically heat energy meant for tissue remodeling and production of elastin and new collagen.
Unlike invasive procedures which primarily affect the most superficial layers of the skin, the resulting heat of the Radiofrequency treatment works mainly on the deepest layer of the skin, the dermis, without affecting the upper layers that are above it such as the epidermis.
As heat is a stimulation that promotes contraction of the underlying tissues, especially at the dermis level, soft tissues found within that area of the body compress, realign, and even produce new collage, a process that normally takes many months to complete.
With healthy new collagen present from the deepest level of the skin, exposing such soft tissues to further Radiofrequency waves help sculpt and tighten those tissues into a more youthful and elastic surface.
OTHER BENEFITS OF RADIOFREQUENCY
As mentioned above, aside from reduction of body fats because it causes our fats to melt and be drained into the system, thereby producing a result at par or equal to surgical means of losing body fats. It can also diminish or remove cellulites, tighten the skin, smooth the post-operative liposuction, and contour the shape of the body.
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
It has been a year when I found out about this amazing technology. However, I couldn’t find an affordable and accessible clinic within Marikina City. I have told you on my last article that Skinclique was giving its soft opening promo, so this is the perfect time to try it.
On my next visit to the clinic, I was advised not to eat two hours before and after the procedure, and not to let the treated areas get wet.
First thing to do is filling out the form for patient’s record. Yes, Skinclique keeps the record of their patients for documentation purpose. Then, they will measure your upper and middle abdominal area to have recommendations on how many sessions you need. In my case, I needed five sessions to see the results. The interval days can be three to five days or once a week if you are busy.
The nurse explained to me that results vary for each patient. Some may experience minor swelling after procedure but this is totally normal because the body reacts to the effect of the radio frequencies. The key factor here is to be patient. With all that, I agreed to have the procedure started.
First step is the application of RF Cream. She spread it around my stomach before gliding the sixpolar head part of the radio frequency slimming machine. The heat was adjusted based on my tolerance. I felt ashamed of myself because the machine tickled me so hard that I didn’t stop laughing throughout the whole procedure. Is it hot? Not so. Is it painful? Not at all. I didn’t feel any discomfort despite the heat mechanism.
On the first session, my measurement was 80cm on the upper part and 83cm on the middle part of my abdomen. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to return to the clinic for two weeks because of my busy schedule. On the second session, I came to the clinic with the same waistline despite eating buffet and partying with my family. I felt really guilty because I ate too much without consideration so I also tried Lipocavitation and Laser to have better results.
My three sessions resulted to a total of 7cm reduction in my abdominal area. This is something that cannot be achieved easily through exercise. The procedure is really effective.
If you have exercised and reduced the intake of your food but still didn’t get the result you want, then you must try Radiofrequency. It really helps a lot as a complementary activity to remove stubborn fats. The world is constantly changing and people are struggling to cope with the responsibilities of adulthood. But this should not be the reason not to be take care of our looks. Radiofrequency is a promosing technology that would surely give you the result you want.
And because sharing is caring, Skinclique is giving an Independence Day Promo for the whole month of June. Avail of Facial Cleaning, Diamond Peel, V-Shape, Radiofrequency in Tummy, Lipocavitation, and Underarm Hair Removal for only P199. For inquiries, you may call 0929 734 7286 or 0956 867 4863. You may also find and like their official Facebook and Instagram account, Skinclique Wellness and Aesthetic Center.
Having a healthy skin is a great advantage in many aspects. But how much are you willingto pay for it? Growing up being meticulous with my skin, I used to think that the higher the price of the clinic services, the better the results would be. However, I have proven myself wrong.
Just to get my face thoroughly cleaned, I have to schedule an appointment two weeks in advanced to my previous clinic. The price is crazy expensive that I have thought of selling my kidney to purchase their services and prescriptive products. LOL! Although the result was truly promising, I found it really difficult because I live in Marikina and I have to commute to SM Megamall. Going home was awfully harder because of the traffic in rush hours.
Thus, I have to search for a clinic that is accessible within my vicinity; something that my close friends, co-teachers, and social media readers would be able to visit too.
SKINCLIQUE: Fairness that goes skin deep!
Then a friend of mine recommended a new clinic that is just near Bayan Marikina — the capital of my beloved city. I was a bit skeptical because I do not easily trust a clinic unless it has an in-house doctor, nurses, and well-trained aestheticians. I want a clinic that gives a cozy and “Instagram worthy” atmosphere to clients (insert hashtag kaartehan goals). Despite being dubious, I decided to give it a try. I went to the cliniclocated in front of Our Lady of La Naval Chapel in San Roque, Marikina City.
My First Impression
I visited the clinic to inquire about the services it offers and observe the ambiance. Stepping into the clinic, I cannot lie about the neatness and simplicity of its interior designs. The lighting, curtains, wall accents, sofa chair, room for skin procedures, machines, and other equipment are new and appealing to the eyes. The clinic smells good and everything looks sanitized. But what really blew me is the in-house doctor and nurse. I don’t intend to demean other inexpensive clinics, but some I visited before only have a doctor once or twice a week. Which means if something unexpected happens, no medical personnel could assist you. Well, Skinclique Wellness and Aesthetic Center is an exception. That for me is a massive factor to consider. Yes, I am really impressed.Below are some photos inside the clinic.
What’s New with Skinclique?
When I interviewed Dr. Leila Saavedra, I found out that the clinic’s ultimate goal for clients is fairness that goes skin deep. She wants wellness and aesthetic services that average Filipinos can afford — without compromising quality. From an affordable consultation, facial and body fit/slender treatments, skin rejuvenation, IPL hair removal, to different types of drips to chose, all services are significantly lower in prices compared the other clinics. Why waste money when you can save a lot for the same procedure?
She added that their services for those who use glutathione drip is not merely for aesthetic. She emphasized her intention to educate the clients about the health benefits of glutathione as an anti-oxidant. Most of people I know think that glutathione is just for whitening. Truth is, glutathione helps us counteract deterioration, cleanses our liver, and leaves nothing but whitening side effect. Although our body produces own glutathione, it depletes in time because of poor diet, pollution, toxins, medications, stress, trauma, aging, infections and radiation. Thus, this explains why some are looking older than their age. Dr. Saavedra knows that glutathione is one of the most important molecule that humans need to stay healthy and prevent disease. And because of that, she made sure that her clients would enjoy the health benefits of it by lowering the prices. I asked about the safety of products for infusion and they are all BFAD approved.
If you are a type of person who loves to take care of your skin and body on a budget, I believe that Skinclique Wellness and Aesthetic is for you. I have seen people from far places going to Marikina just to visit the clinic. Why not? The place is really clean, cozy and Instagram worthy. Services are lower in price compared to other clinics. And lastly, the staffs are really respectful and accommodating.
The clinic is running a soft opening promo until May 31, 2018. You may enjoy 70-80% price drop for Facial Cleaning, Diamond Peel, V-Shape, Radiofrequency in Tummy, Lipocavitation, and Underarm Hair Removal. Any of these will just be P150! Make sure to purchase vouchers for future use because slots are just limited.
Share the good news with your friends and family. After all, beauty has no sense without love for humanity. For inquiries, you may call 0929 734 7286 or 0956 867 4863. You may also find and like their official Facebook and Instagram account, Skinclique Wellness and Aesthetic Center.
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.