Did you know that you need 43 muscles to frown whereas you only need 17 muscles to smile?! Compared to frowning, smiling also does not take much effort, and unlike frowning, it does not cause facial lines and wrinkles that tend to make you look tired and God-forbid?! O-L-D! Plus, aside from appearing gracious and friendly to others, you would actually be spreading good cheer.
The positive vibe resonates even among strangers. In a room full of people, notice how you are easily drawn to the one who flashes a beautiful smile. Having a light and cheerful outlook easily spells happiness. It is an unexpected treat especially when one is having a stressful day.
Starting the day with an infectious smile is like opening the door to more good tidings. You feel light, happy, and beautiful. But then of course, we also cannot deny the fact that there will always be those bad days when our patience will run thin. In this cases, we can always choose to lighten the load by looking at the bright side or taking a deep breath to attract positive vibes.
Did you know that the warm, wonderful feeling that we label happiness is caused by the release of neurotransmitters endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin. Every time we receive good news or we feel excited the brain releases these happy hormones into the nervous system. They are the ones responsible for our infectious giggles and hearty laughter. Happiness is, indeed, just around the corner. In this case, in our brain corner! And this can only mean one thing, we don’t have to wait for good news or thrilling events to happen, with a little bit of freedom and creativity, we can incite happiness! How can we do this you might ask? Well, here are some tips:
When you feel good about accomplishing your desired task for the day, or your boss compliments your excellent performance that wonderful feeling is known as a dopamine hit. You can achieve that vibe by setting realistic goals or by simply finding ways to love your work.
Seratonin is a natural anti-depressant. You release a healthy amount of serotonin when you exercise regularly. A 10-minute brisk walk, or 30-minute hip hop exercise can do wonders to your mood. I have recently went back to running after a long hiatus, and I must say, I have never been this happier..again!
Maintaining a happy disposition also brings out a youthful glow. Positive emotions promote skin renewal because it keeps the hormones in check. Notice how pimples immediately show up when you are sad and stressed out. Aside from negative emotions, other factors that can cause pimples include poor diet, genetics, and exposure to dirt and pollution.
Achieving healthy skin can be as easy as one, two, three with the Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System with its Smart Target technology that delivers anti-acne formulation directly to the pores. Here’s how the Proactiv+ 3-step Clear System works:
Step 1: Skin Smoothing Exfoliator. After washing with a facial cleanser to remove dirt, oil and other impurities, apply the exfoliator on damp skin. Give the face a two-minute massage before completely rinsing with warm water.
Step 2: Pore Targeting Treatment. This stops the acne at the source. The blemish-fighting solution is directly applied on the pores by spreading it evenly all over cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. Leave on face until full absorption.
Step 3: Complexion Perfect Hydrator. The moisturizer heals redness, helps diminish awkward acne marks, and brightens skin. Apply on face until full absorption. Reapply during the day as needed. Don’t forget to put sunscreen if you need to go outdoors.
The Proactiv+ 3 Step Skin System is available at Watsons and SM Department stores nationwide. The 30-day kit is sold at Php 3,250.00 and includes the Skin Smoothing Exfoliator 60 ml, Pore Targeting Treatment 30ml and the Complexion Perfecting Hydrator 30 ml while the 60-day kit is sold at Php 4,680.00 and includes Skin Smoothing Exfoliator 120 ml, Pore Targeting Treatment 60ml, and Complexion Perfecting Hydrator 60 ml.
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For those of you who are curious as to how PROACTIV+ actually works to eliminate pimples that would often lead to horrendous breakouts, here’s a quick rundown of some frequently asked questions about these amazing product:
1. What is Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System?
Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System is a 3-Step skin care system that clears blemishes and prevent future breakouts. It helps to:
clear Blemishes and prevent future breakouts
hydrate and soften skin
improve visible texture and clarity
reduce visible pore size
control and balance oily skin
helps reduce the appearance of redness
brighten and smooth skin
enhance overall skin radiance
diminish look of dark marks and wrinkles
2. Who can use Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System?
Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System is for any teen or adult who struggles with blemish-prone skin and suffers from breakouts. It works for men and women of all ages, skin types, and ethnicities. It appeals most especially to women in their twenties, thirties, forties and fifties who desire high quality skincare products.
The recommended age to begin using Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System is 12 years and older, however the products are safe and effective for all age groups with adolescent and adult acne. For preteens, we recommend that you start slowly by using the products every other day. However, if you are unsure, we suggest that you consult your GP or pediatrician before applying the products.
3. Can I use Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System on my body as well as my face?
Yes, you can use Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System on any blemish-prone area.
4. Will Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System work if I use the products individually rather than as a system?
The products within the Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System have been carefully designed to work together to achieve maximum results. Each product has been formulated to complement the other two. To keep your skin looking and feeling its best, use the products together as a system. You will also receive optimum results by using them twice a day as directed.
5. Will Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System clog my pores?
No. Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System was formulated to be non-comedogenic (non-pore-clogging).
6. Is Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System an anti-ageing regime?
Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System is better described as an anti-blemish regime designed with skin care benefits in mind – notably smaller looking pores, improved texture and tone, visibly faded unwanted pigmentation, demised appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, enhanced hydration and suppleness, and a brighter, more luminous complexion.
7. Can I wear make-up over Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System?
Yes, you can still wear make-up, but always look for products that are non-comedogenic and oil-free. And always remove make-up before working out.
8. I am outside in direct sunlight for most of the day. Is it safe to use Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System?
Yes. However, you should always wear a sunscreen of at least SPF 15. Apply Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System first, then the sunscreen.
9. Does Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System have any side effects?
Side effects are usually mild, and include drying or irritation in some users who are sensitive to Salicylic Acid. If you are concerned or desire more information, we recommend you discuss with your GP.
10. Is Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System hypoallergenic?
Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System is not for people who are allergic to Salicylic Acid. However, many of our ingredients were selected due to their hypoallergenic properties. The products founds within the Proactiv+ 3-Step System are also paraben-free, oil-free, non-comedogenic (non pore-clogging) and suitable for all skin types.
11. Is Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System sold as pack or can components be bought individually?
Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System is sold as a kit. It includes Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, Pore Targeting Treatment and Complexion Perfecting Hydrator. The Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System is available at Watsons and SM Department stores nationwide. Proactiv+ 30-day kit is sold at Php3,250 and includes the Skin Smoothing Exfoliator 60 ml, Pore Targeting Treatment 30ml and the Complexion Perfecting Hydrator 30 ml while the Proactiv+ 60-day kit is sold at Php4,680 and includes Skin Smoothing Exfoliator 120 ml, Pore Targeting Treatment 60ml, and Complexion Perfecting Hydrator 60 ml.
There you have it folks, hope this helps especially for those who wants to try the Proactiv+ 3_Step Clear Skin System.:)
If you have acne prone skin like me and you value every bit of tip you can get your hands to on how to stay pimple free and blemish free, here are some advice from Proactiv dermatologist Dr. Laura Savage on how to take care of your skin. Hopefully, these will help you on your acne journey as well.
Tip #1 – Cleanse gently and wisely
While deep cleansing sounds desirable to purify oily blemish-prone skin, over-washing and harsh cleansers can do more damage than good – by stripping away the protective barrier, skin is left dry and vulnerable to bacteria. Avoid using soap too – the high pH of soap will dry the skin and cause a compensatory surge in oil production, leaving skin in a confused state with an undesirable combination of dry and greasy patches. Choose a cleanser containing helpful anti-inflammatory ingredients such as salicylic acid to help soothe inflamed pimples, and gently massage over the entire face and neck for at least 60 seconds (to allow any active ingredients to take effect).
Avoid cleaners and toners containing harsh alcohol-based astringents and ingredients such as witch hazel, which typically cause a sting on application and make the skin appear red. Small flaking patches might indicate you’re over cleansing, so ease back and then gradually increase the frequency of use as your skin adjusts and gets used to the product.
I was guilty of over washing at some point. I have this mistaken notion that I can wipe off all my pimples if I wash my face more than usual and use astringents that sting. I could not have been more wrong. To this day, I still regret that decision because it has left permanent scarring on my face.
Tip #2 – Make salicylic acid your star ingredient
Salicylic acid is one of the most effective non-prescription ingredients that prevents breakout. It is a great choice of exfoliant for those with spot-prone and oily skin too since it targets pimples by sloughing away dead skin cells that clog pores and lead to breakouts. Onen of its secret magic too is, it minimizes pore visibility.
I am a great fan of salicylic acid. You can never go wrong with acne medications that have salicylic in them like Proactiv!
Tip #3 – Moisturize!
A common misconception is that moisturizing is bad for oily skin prone to breakouts. It’s true that many creams and lotions contain ingredients that can block pores and make breakouts worse, so never put a product designed for your body near your face. Look for products labelled ‘non-comedogenic’, which is a fancy way of saying they don’t contain ingredients that block pores and lead to the formation of blackheads and whiteheads.
Hydrating the skin with an oil-free moisturizer will not only counteract the drying effect of many spot treatments, but also loosen the pore-blocking sebum (skin debris and grease) leading to clearer and healthier skin.
I used to avoid putting moisturizer on my face because I have oily skin. I feel like I am adding more grease on my face every time I put them on. Turns out, I was using the wrong kind of face moisturizer. In acne prone skin, mositurizers can actually help the healing process.
Tip #4 – Give it time and be optimistic
Sometimes your skin can take a while to adjust to new products or active ingredients. Direct your attention away from the guide on the bottle and focus only on your skin. If you experience signs of irritation or over-drying, try reducing the application to every other day (or even less often) for a couple of weeks before gradually increasing back to daily.
Remember that it can take 4-6 weeks for breakouts to diminish, so you need to persevere with a new product for at least this long (and ideally a bit longer) before really deciding whether it is doing the trick and clearing your skin.
I am the queen of impatience! The reason why my acne took time to cure was because I kept changing products every two weeks especially when I don’t see immediate improvements. After a long serious talk with a dermatologist, I decided to stick it out and exhibit the patient of a saint. Treating acne can be a good training in virtue as well.:)
Tip #5 – Keep your hands off!
As tempting and satisfying as it is, squeezing a pimple really is the worst thing you can do so keep your hands off! Pressure on an inflamed pimple will push the contents of the grease gland (oil, bacteria and dead skin cells) into the surrounding healthy skin which causes damage and more inflammation. Squeezing can lead to a temporary darkening of the skin (so called ‘post-inflammatory pigmentation’) that can take weeks, even months to settle, and scarring, which can be permanent and difficult to treat – not cool. If you really find it difficult to resist squeezing, try applying a warm compress instead to the pimple for 5 minutes to reduce any swelling and then apply a small amount of salicylic acid-based product.
Who couldn’t resist popping a zit on her face? Me! And I have always bore the brunt of that silly decision. Believe me when I say that it takes every bit of self control for me not to do that especially when I see and feel a throbbing pimple on my face. Over the years though, I have come to appreciate the wisdom behind this advise. I sure would not want to end up with a face full of “tiny craters.”
Tip #6 – Review your make up choices and clean your brushes
It’s a fact that as breakouts worsen, the more we try to conceal them by putting on more make-up than usual. For pimple-prone skin, it is essential that we choose the right cosmetic and clean the applicators we use regularly to prevent future breakouts. Mineral-based make up products are a good option as they contain ingredients such as titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and silica that mop up excess oil without blocking pores. Also, switch to a concealer that contains a blemish-fighting ingredient such as salicylic acid to not only reduce the visibility of blemishes but also help reduce the size.
Like in the case of not washing your face daily, make-up brushes can also accumulate a layer of pore-clogging product, dirt and bacteria – your skin’s worst enemies. So, aim to cleanse your brushes at least once a week using baby shampoo or a professional brush cleaner to keep them in tip top condition.
I am not a heavy make-up user. In fact, I can do way with it everyday, But, when it is necessary for me to wear one, I make sure that the brushes and sponges I’ll use are clean and the make-up products I’ll apply are acne friendly, since my face is sensitive to make-up.
Tip #7 – Review your diet
For many years, the jury was out as to whether there was a link between diet and breakouts – the hard evidence was simply lacking. But then over the years, dermatologists have seen a correlation between the hormones in cow’s milk and oil production that promote and cause breakouts. Similarly, foods with a high glycemic index can cause a spike in blood sugars, causing a rise in hormone levels and sending grease glands into an oily overdrive. Try reducing cow’s milk intake to just 1-2 servings per day (or choose an unsweetened alternative like almond milk), and cut out fatty foods high in omega-6 fatty acids and refined sugars (generally found in all the foods you know are bad for you!) Even if your skin doesn’t dramatically improve, your waistline will!
I am diabetic and my usual gauge if I have too much sugar in my body is the presence and abscence of a skin breakout. My diabetologist says, too much sugar can cause inflammation and formation of cystic pimples is one example. Trust me when I say that it is better to lay off from the sugar than to cure a cystic breakout.
Tip #8 – Use a good skincare routine like Proactiv+
Proactiv+ 3 Step Clear Skin System has Smart Target technology that delivers acne-fighting formulation directly into the pores. It is formulated to address blemishes PLUS it helps deliver benefits such as improved skin texture and clarity, and brighter, radiant, and smoother skin.
The 3-step system starts with a Smoothing Exfoliator which removes excess dirt and other impurities. The exfoliator is applied on damp skin and rinsed with warm water after two minutes. The second step is called the Pore Targeting treatment where the lotion is applied all over the face for full absorption. This stops the acne at the source because it delivers blemish-fighting ingredient directly into the pore. The final process of the Proactiv+ 3 Step Clear Skin System is the application of the Complexion Perfect Hydrator. This moisturizer will reduce redness and will help brighten the skin as it works to lighten acne marks.
I have tried Proactiv+ and it really works. If you have been searching all this time for an effective acne medication treatment, I recommend you try Proactiv+ today and discover for yourself the wonders it can to for your skin.
About Dr. Laura Savage:
Dr. Savage studied Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, where she also obtained an honours degree in pathology. She trained as a Dermatologist within the Yorkshire Deanery. This included three-and-a-half years of research investigating the use of biological therapy in psoriatic disease culminating in the award of a PhD degree.
Here’s Dr. Savage taking about the importance of sticking with a skin routine to get rid of blemishes.