Skin 101 | What You Need To Know About Your Skin

Our skin is not as simple as we think it is.

You know what it does — it protects our bodies from all external forces like sunlight, wind, extreme temperatures… It is, in fact, the largest organ in our bodies (*some 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) and 22 square feet).

But what you might not know of it what goes on under your skin, and that’s what I’d like to focus on in this blogpost.

1. Our skin is made up of different layers. 

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Source: https://skincare.academy/

First, you have the EPIDERMIS, also known as the “skin barrier”.

This is the topmost layer of the skin, and the one exposed to all the external forces such as pollution, sunlight and — all the products you put on your skin. What’s important to note in the epidermis is that it is made up of building blocks namely keratin and lipid.

To understand this better, you can imagine that your skin is a house and keratin are the bricks and lipids are the cement you used to build it. You have to keep your epidermis very strong — so that external factors that cause breakouts such as bacteria cannot enter.

Next, is the DERMALAYER

This contains the nerves, fibers, sweat glands, and hair follicles. This is the biggest part of the skin, and also the part where inflammation tends to happen, once dirt and bacteria enter our skin.

Lastly, we have the SUBCUTANEOUS LAYER.

It is made up of fat, connective tissue, and larger vessels. This is the deepest layer of the skin before it gets to our muscles and organs.

2. pH Balance and H20 = Things You Need for your Epidermal Layer to be Strong 

Now that you have learned the different layers of your skin, you must now realize that if your epidermis or skin barrier is not as strong as you would like it to be, it’s very easy for dirt, bacteria and harmful chemicals to go inside your skin.

Your next question may be: How do I make sure my skin barrier is strong? The answer is actually quite simple:

First, you need to use products that balance your pH.

If the product you use is too alkaline (most chemical products are), the tendency is, it ruins your skin barrier. That is the very reason why most skins are sensitive. It is because you have absorbed too many chemicals in your skin that your epidermis is too thin.

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Source: Health Line

Second, you need to make sure you have sufficient skin hydration. 

We have what we call our natural oils or sebum that help hydrate our skin naturally. It avoids the loss of water and helps defend the skin from UV rays. However, when we use products that ruin our pH and skin barrier, your skin will lose its natural hydration and become either 1) very dry or 2) very oily (because it thinks it needs to produce more oil). This is also the reason why our skin also becomes opposed to aging, dark spots, as well as acne.

3. What You Put ON Your Skin Goes IN

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Take a moment to reflect — Have your been feeding your skin well? If we imagine our skin as our stomach, what will we find? If we look deep in our skin, is it full of great ingredients that help our skin function better and well protected? Or is it full of toxic chemicals and preservatives?

I used to suffer from extreme acne when I was in my teens.

One of the reasons why I actually shifted to using organic and natural products is because when I learned about the skin and what caused my acne, I realized that I have been ruining my own skin by using different products with harmful chemicals. I loved trying out different cleansers, toners, moisturizers, and even makeup. I would cake foundation on to hide the acne and in turn — I broke out more and more. It was a vicious cycle.

With that, I urge you to look into your beauty closet and check out the ingredients of the products that you are currently using.

Be careful of Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Petrolatum (the most evil!), Mineral Oil, Propylene Glycol, Coal Tar Dye, Paraffin, Carbomer and there are thousands more. All of these ingredients are purely toxic and unnecessary to be in your skin products. They are merely put there as a preservative, or to make the product feel good on your skin. If you want to learn more about each of them, check out my blog Beware of These 10 Cosmetic Ingredients 


One lesson that I have learned is that — if I truly care about my skin (your largest organ), I need to treat it with enough respect to use products that are beneficial for it.

I hope that this post has been helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a PM or drop them in the comments below.


Disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist nor a medical expert, but as part of my business and research, I have gathered extensive knowledge about the human skin thus what I have shared above. 

Sources: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/health-and-human-body/human-body/skin/ |https://skincare.academy/the-skin-series-part-i-functions-anatomy/

A personal reflection on the current pandemic (and why we ought not to worry)

Alternative title: Relax 🙂

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A busy New York pedestrian (Source: Daily Mail UK)

Disclaimer: Long post ahead

It’s been a while since I wrote my last blog post (as usual, I got busy with work) but now I am currently at home, really with nothing to do and I thought, well now I have no reason not to write a blog post.

Everyday, I read the news and it gets worse and worse. I remember about a month ago, when the Philippines wasn’t in panic yet and the rest of the world are starting to like China, Korea, Japan, etc and I thought to myself, why are we so relaxed? Of course it’s because we have that mentality “wala pa naman eh” (“it’s not here yet anyway”). Well now it’s here, and perhaps we can take a moment to reflect. Continue reading “A personal reflection on the current pandemic (and why we ought not to worry)”

My Organic Hair Care Routine

I am pleased to do this blog post in collaboration with Saule, aka Tales of a Salad. She has an awesome blog about health, travel and art. We are joining forces to write about self-care–I am going to be sharing my hair care routine, while she shares her skin care routine. Please give her some love by visiting and following her blog! 🙂 

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I am pleased to do this blog post in collaboration with Saule, aka Tales of a Salad. She has an awesome blog about health, travel and art. We are joining forces to write about self-care routines–I am going to be sharing my hair care routine, while she shares her skin care routine. Please give her some love by visiting and following her blog! 🙂

My Organic Hair Care Routine

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Naturaverde Organic Shampoo and Conditioner

You can’t imagine how long it took me to find organic shampoo and conditioner that actually works. Most of the ones I’ve tried feel stiff on the hair, dry it out, and make it very tangly that it’s difficult to comb my hair after showering. Thankfully I’ve found my perfect duo–Naturaverde Daily Shampoo and Conditioner from ItalyThese make my hair soft and shiny. I also don’t have problems combing my hair, and I noticed that I get less hair fall. (Fact: 50 to 100 hair falls a day is normal, beyond that, there is a problem)  Continue reading “My Organic Hair Care Routine”

Why Women Should Use Organic Down There (Feminine Hygiene)

YEP. This is a topic that we girls often don’t want to talk about since no one wants to mention the “v-word” and its “embarrassing”. But today I would like to share some very important information about feminine hygiene. It is vital for us to be aware of this topic because it concerns our health. So girls, listen (read) up!

Disclaimer: I will mention vagina a lot in this post. 

YEP. This is a topic that we girls often don’t want to talk about since no one wants to mention the “v-word” and its “embarrassing”. I can remember my high school teacher telling our class (I went to an all girls school), “Girls, what do you call your private parts? VAGINA! Not flower! Say it! Vaggggiiiiinaaaaa” and since then we were never uncomfortable anymore whenever we talked about it.

Today I would like to share some very important information about feminine hygiene. It is vital for us to be aware of this topic because it concerns our health. Let’s talk medical and let’s talk scientific. So girls, listen (read) up! 😊

Let’s start with some facts. First, our vaginas are self-cleaning and we don’t really need to “clean” it. Second, it is also supposed to be pH balanced, wherein the pH score is somewhere between 3.5 to 4.5 pH. This means that our potential of hydrogen (pH) is neither acidic nor basic. Third, it is also self-lubricating, meaning there should always be moisture and we shouldn’t feel dry.

But how come we sometimes feel itchy or dry and sometimes, even smell odor coming from it?

The reason behind this is because of something called bacterial vaginosis (BV). This is the effect of having a high pH level, and this causes odor. The problem is that 2 out of 5 women have it, and 84% don’t know they have it. Even bigger problem? Women who have the BV are 60% more susceptible to STDs and HIV infection, and are 3x more likely to infect their male partners.

What do a lot of us do when we feel dry and itchy, or if we smell bad odor coming from our vaginas? We go to the supermarket and buy feminine washes off the shelf. However, what we don’t know is that using these chemical-based feminine washes have a very high concentration of petrochemicals, which increase risk of BV in women up to 13x. For your information, petrochemicals are 30x harsher than tissue, and they suck out all the moisture of your vagina–it actually dries you out. Resulting to our vaginas releasing more odor and us feeling even more itchy. It is truly a vicious cycle if you think about it. We smell bad odor -> we wash it off with a feminine wash -> it smells okay for a while -> it releases bad odor again later on -> we wash it off again …. And this continues on and on until we become used to it being a part of our routines. Furthermore, the colors, fragrances, and chemicals (like parabens and propylene glycol) found in these products are also contributing to bacterial vaginosis.


With this, I’d like to introduce an organic brand I recently came across, called Good Clean Love. They are an American company who are committed to providing natural well-being products and essential educational resources.

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I tried three of their products—the Balance moisturizing wash, the Rebalance cleansing wipes, and the Restore gel. All of their products do not contain any petrochemicals, but instead, they use natural and organic ingredients and are 100% vegan and gluten-free, biocompatible and recommended by medical professionals.

BALANCE Moisturizing Wash

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Balance is great for daily use to help pH balance, moisturize and deodorize. First thing I noticed was how fresh I felt after just using it one time. It doesn’t leave you feeling dry at all. In fact, it makes you feel very moisturized, so it’s great for everyday use, and its especially great for menopausal, pregnancy and postpartum. Women who have bacterial vaginosis may also treat it using this wash every day.

REBALANCE Moisturizing & Cleansing Wipes

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Rebalance is basically like balance, but in wipes form. This is great to carry on-the-go–in our bags, or while we are on travel. Since these are individually wrapped, they maintain their freshness. They also used biodegradable organic cotton which is great for the environment.

Bio-Match™ RESTORE pH Balanced Moisturizing Gel

Good Clean Love

Restore is my favorite. This is a moisturizing personal lubricant–but in my own words, I would call it medicine for your vagina. It helps it to literally RESTORE to its normal state—perfect pH level, salt balance and healthy lubrication and deodorization. You can use this for 3 nights straight the first time, then just 1-2 times per week in the succeeding weeks.

Good Clean Love

CREDITS to the Good Clean Love team for sharing these information, visit their website at www.goodcleanlove.com

Grace Park: Farm-to-Table Organic Restaurant

Grace Park is a restaurant in One Rockwell, Makati that a lot of people check out because of its cool interiors, but what intrigued me is their food and concept. Owned by Margarita Fores, Asia’s Best Female Chef for 2016, I was definitely curious to see what all the rave was about. 

Grace Park Organic Restaurant

Farm-to-table restaurant is a concept that is getting more popular nowadays, especially with the rise of the organic food industry. It means that all ingredients used in the restaurant are directly acquired straight from the producers like local farms, fishery, brewery and so on.

GRACE PARK: Farm-to-Table Organic Restaurant

Grace Park is a restaurant in One Rockwell, Makati that a lot of people check out because of its cool interiors, but what intrigued me is their food and concept. Owned by Margarita Fores, Asia’s Best Female Chef for 2016, I was definitely curious to see what all the rave was about.

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Ambiance

First let’s talk about this interior! Combining the industrial + rustic feel, this restaurant feels warm and homey–and definitely instagrammable. 

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The Menu

They feature an international menu offering sandwiches, pasta and steak, while incorporating some Filipino touches here and there. Everything is made with fresh organic ingredients, so looking at the menu alone makes me happy 😀

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Aside from their regular menu, they also have a weekly special, depending on what ingredients are in-season.

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Food

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I was definitely impressed by food! The taste + quality was great and knowing that these are organic and straight from the farms, eating them also makes you feel good.

We went for a salad, the 3-Page Organic Field Greens & Honey-Dijon Dressing and 2 main courses: Organic Duck Rice & 2 Organic Eggs and Norwegian Salmon, Scallops and Fish Roe.

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3-Page Organic Field Greens & Honey-Dijon Dressing
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Organic Duck Rice & 2 Organic Eggs
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Norwegian Salmon, Scallops and Fish Roe

I really enjoyed all of them but I especially liked the salmon dish, since I love seafood (!!!) and it tasted fresh and perfectly seasoned. Bonus: they plated it really well

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Final Verdict

I loved everything about this restaurant–their food was A+, the service was great and their interior was instagrammable. I also appreciated that everything was well-thought of, like the little details like using brown paper bags at pots, or using a cardboard for their menus.

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Grace Park Organic Restaurant

GRACE PARK ORGANIC RESTAURANT
Ground Floor, One Rockwell Building, Rockwell, Makati City
+639399347223 / 8437275