After waging a battle against this gruesome sun damage on my face, it seems I am slowly winning. At least that’s what it looks like in my pictures.
I think I finally found the right products for me. They’re all Vitamin C based which not only lightens my melasma, it makes my skin tighter. I can actually feel it tighten. In the beginning I didn’t take to the product right away. I started breaking out and I feared I had nodular acne after developing a zit so huge it looked like a volcano ready to erupt. But my fears were unfounded. My face cleared up and so did my melasma.
I’m still on the product and nowadays a high SPF sunscreen is something I cannot do without. So be warned……
Aside from the extreme discomfort, this weather has chosen to give me zits as well. To think I’ve been rather diligent in treating my mug for melasma and sun spots. Zits have decided to make a rare appearance on my face. Darn. I thought I was too old for zits.
What to do? Looking through a bevy of supposedly the best acne treatments around, I’ve decided to go natural and use tea tree oil. My husband swears by it and has been using it for years. And he has great skin…even better than mine. So am off to the drugstore to get myself my own bottle of tea tree oil.
Seriously, it should start raining soon. My face needs a respite from this horrid weather and…uhhmmm….the dams and farms are drying up as well. So there.
Remember I mentioned that I had melasma? Well, its been more than a month since I started using these “go away brown spots” kit and I must admit, they seem to be working. Ironically, whenever I look in the mirror it seems like those brown spots are getting browner but basing on recent photographs they seem to look lighter.
So for the ultimate test I asked my sister who is not only frank she is brutal as well. According to her she didn’t even notice that I still had them had I not mentioned it. Ok..allow me this…WOOHOO!! It works!!
With that in mind and with the scorching summer sun fast approaching, I am now building an arsenal against melasma and all sorts of sun damage. I have my sun block (spf70), my moisturizers, my extra dry skin lotions, my preventive acne body wash, and liter upon liter of the best moisturizer in the planet….H20 aka water.
So come on Mr. Sun…bring it on!!! I’m covered. Plus I’ve got my stash of umbrellas to shield me away from you!
Next I’m battling my love handles…but thats another story.
I would like to believe that the good Lord has blessed me with wrinkle free genes. All I have to do is take a look at my mother and I am immediately assured that wrinkles aren’t what I should worry about now that I’m fast coming into the world of middle age. Weight gain, maybe. But wrinkles….nah!!
However, despite my supposedly good luck, this doesn’t mean that I don’t have the good sense to check out some anti aging product comparison. In fact, I do my fair share of fighting age. You’ll never know really if one day you wake up with lines criss-crossing your once youthful mug. Not that I’m afraid to age. I just want to hold on to that last remnant of my youth for as long as I can. Plus, it is flattering to hear people mistake you for someone younger. Gives me enough reason to slather on the moisturizer.
I won’t be coy about this…I have melasma or hyperpigmentation. It started out as a bad case of sunburn after a trip to Palawan nearly 2 years ago. After going on an impromptu hike up a mountain with my business partner, I suddenly developed brown spots on my cheeks. It doesn’t help that freckles and other cases of hyperpigmentation runs in the family. Both my grandmothers had them.
And so without futher ado, I visited my dermatologist for several treatments to rid my face of these dreaded blotches. I went for facials (with blackhead treatments on the side), peels, and even whitening treatments. To be fair to my doctor, the treatments worked…at first. Then I had a really bad case of uterine bleeding and I needed to take high-dose birth control pills that gave those brown spots a free ride on an express train back to my face!!! After more than a year of successfully fighting those blotches, they were back with a vengeance. Read more