Could dairy be affecting your skin?

We all get those unexplainable breakouts every once in a while. Just last month, I noticed that my skin wasn’t in its usual shape. I could tell that a breakout was forming around my forehead area, and my whole face in general was a bit more blotchy and red than usual. I knew it couldn't have been my skin care products since I had been using them for months already, and I wasn't using any new makeup products that could be the cause either.

Long story short, upon realizing that I was drinking a lot more Iced Lattes and Mochas for the past few weeks cause of school, I was finally able to link the issues on my skin with an unexpected culprit -- dairy. I've heard about the negative effects of dairy on the skin before, but being the cheese and dessert loving person that I am, I chose to ignore them HAHA. I wouldn't say my dairy intake is too high on a regular basis, but like I said, I was really drinking a ridiculous amount of coffee beverages that had milk in them for a few weeks. So I decided to take action, and once I started lessening my dairy intake for around 3 weeks, I noticed my skin going back to normal. Coincidence? I think not!

So now I just wanna share with you guys a few of the most important things I've learned about the effects of dairy on the skin to save you guys the trouble of reading through tons of articles with highly scientific terms and more importantly, to possibly save your skin! I got all my info from different medical websites, and of course, beauty blogs with testimonials from real women all over the world.

For starters, did you guys know that 75% of the entire population of the world cannot properly digest milk and other dairy products? THAT'S HUGE. Basically, our human stomachs weren't made to digest milk from cows which is why I've heard and read lots of testimonials from people saying that aside from getting better skin, they have also stopped getting stomach pains when they removed dairy from their diets.

Dairy is also one of the most inflammatory food out there because loads of skin problems can be linked to the inflammatory properties from different animal proteins. Not only skin problems, but dairy is linked to different kinds of cancers as well. Isn't that so scary?

And lastly, the growth hormones that the cows intake also make their way to the dairy products that we consume. When we consume dairy products, not only do these hormones contribute to inflammation, but they also lead to skin breakdown, aging, and acne for some. Aging and acne? *puts cheese down* *cries*

I'm not saying we should all quit dairy, but maybe the lesson here is that we can sometimes forget that our skin actually tells us a lot about what's going on not just on the surface, but inside our bodies as well. So if you think that dairy could be affecting your skin, I suggest eliminating it to see if your skin is actually sensitive to it. And who knows, perhaps you'll feel better on the inside as well! Some people notice a huge difference after just a few weeks! But of course, everyone is different. I'm not an expert here, just sharing from my own personal experience! I do hope that I was able to help at least 1 of you beauties out there! :)

Rustan's Beauty Addict

I’ve been a Rustan’s Beauty Addict card holder for a few years now from all the makeup shopping sprees I’ve done at Rustan’s. When I was just starting out my makeup collection, I remember rushing to Rustan’s every chance I got aka whenever my dad would reward me with money for getting high grades HEHE.

While online shopping for makeup is getting more and more popular nowadays, I personally just find it so much better and even kinda therapeutic to actually go to the different makeup counters and try out products. Even if I come out of there with an arm full of lipstick, eyeliner, and eyeshadow swatches, I wear these swatches like a badge of honor. Makeup is serious business jafeel?

So now, my beauty addict card is pretty scratched up from being one of my most used cards, but I really can’t imagine my makeup shopping experience without it! Through the Beauty Addict card, you can even get access to different beauty events and be the first to know about epic sales and special offers. DON’T MISS OUT GUYS! Rustan’s has one of the best selections of different makeup brands, especially if you’re feeling like splurging yourself to a few high end products. I know I’m guilty of that all the time hehe.
One of my ultimate favorite brands to shop for in Rustan’s (and in general, really) is of course, NARS. And I feel like the people over at Rustan’s could read my mind since they were even kind enough to send in a few NARS products for me to try out. Not only that, but they even teamed up with Moet and sent in 2 bottles of champagne. I almost did a cartwheel when I opened the package HAHA. This package arrived just in time for their Beauty Addict event tomorrow, which is a perfect example of the great events that anyone who is a Beauty Addict card holder can be invited to!

So if you’re a beauty addict like I am, then I highly recommend you guys apply for a Beauty Addict card

at Rustan’s! Promise guys, they really go the extra mile to make your makeup dreams come true!

Hadabisei All in One Face Mask

You all know about my love affair with anything that has to do with skincare, so I’m excited to be sharing one of my new favorite sheet mask brands with all of you! When I got this pack of the Hadabisei All in One Face Mask, I was honestly so overwhelmed cause it’s not everyday you find a PACK OF 42 FACE MASKS HAHAHA! But that's exactly what I love about it now, cause I don't have to be panicking that i'll run out! It has now earned a special spot in my bedside table so that I always remember that I could just pop one on after I've cleansed my face. I spend most of my time on my bed anyway so I always see it there haha! Here's what the pack looks like:
 What's great about it is that it's resealable too, so you don't have to worry about it drying out! I find it super convenient to just grab one anytime.  
I also love how moisturizing these masks are on the skin. My skin type is oily, but I still use these masks once or twice a week. It doesn't turn me greasy or anything, it just makes my skin very plump, soft, and supple. I'm sure it would work even better for dry skin types as well. It's loaded with collagen and about 30 kinds of beauty essences which leaves my skin in great condition. Aside from this mask, Hadabisei also carries other variations such as anti-aging or tightening masks. I haven't tried them out yet but I'll be sure to review them once I have!

No joke, I look like this practically half of the time I'm home. Complete with messy bun and my favorite robe HAHAHA.
I really believe that great makeup starts with a great base, which is why I always strongly recommend incorporating sheet masks into your skincare regimen. This mask has been perfect for giving my skin a nice boost of nourishment whenever I know I'm gonna be wearing a lot of foundation. Together with a light exfoliation, gets rid of any dry patches of skin that makeup may cling on to. It's the little things like that which can really be a deal breaker for your makeup routine.
If you wanna get yourself this epic pack of sheet masks, head on over to any Beauty Bar! They carry the All in One mask together with Hadabisei's other variations of sheet masks. This entire pack of 42 costs around Php900 which is such a steal! Happy face masking, beauties!

Skin Care Routine

I’m really happy I’m finally able to share my skincare routine with you guys! Since so many of you were requesting that I share some of my favorite skin care products, I've decided to just create this video so I could explain each and every one of them better. Take note that my skin type is oily, so of course what works for me wont work on everyone!

Here's the video and below you'll find the rather lengthy list of products hehe:

1. Clarisonic Mia 2
2. Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
3. Bioderma Sebium Makeup Cleansing Water
4. Happy Skin Make A Clean Sweep Micellar Makeup Cleanser
5. NUXE Creme Prodigieuse Anti Fatigue Moisturizing Cream
6. Laneige Water Sleeping Pack
7. Nuxe Nuxellence Detox Anti-Aging Night Cream
8. Lush Dark Angels Cleanser
9. Cure Natural Aqua Gel
10. Biorè Charcoal Nose Strips
11. Nuxe Contour des Yeux Prodigieux Eye Cream
12. CeraVe Eye Repair Cream
13. Langsre Sunblock Mist
14. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
15. Origins Out of Trouble 10- Minute Mask
16. Glamglow SuperMud Clearing Treatment
17. Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Balm