I was a bit iffy to take supplements that I haven’t taken before. But I was inspired to try new things. Watching 30 day challenges in YouTube, like this one from Matt D’Avella (one of my YouTube idols!)…

and this one, where people were asked to do planks for 30 days straight…

inspired me to just go for it and try a new thing every 30 days. The first challenge that I did was called #mycollagenjourney. I’ve never lasted 30 days in taking supplements. I would usually be so excited to start using a bottle then I would stop after a few days. Usually, I would forget to take them… then completely stop. So I would never really know if the supplement worked or not.

But this time, I am decided to take Healthy Options Collagen Complete for 30 days straight at the suggested dosage.

Why Collagen?

Some of you may be wondering why Collagen of all the supplements that I could take. Okay, first of all, they say that collagen delays the ageing process. I wanted to know if regular intake would really help.

Collagen is a form of protein found in the body. Endogenous collagen is what is produced by our body, but as we grow older, production decreases.

There are three types of collagen in the body. Types 1 and 3 makes up 75% of your skin, helps in hair and nail production, are found in 100% of tendons and 86% of ligaments. Type 2 are found in the different tissues of the body, usually in cartilage (60% of cartilage) and helps in joint support.

This is the reason why we find collagen in different beauty products. Some of them also help increase the production of collagen.

What Does Collagen Complete do?

Collagen Complete helps stimulate the production of collagen in the body. With this, it reverses the ageing process. Wrinkles are minimized. Your skin glows more. You get thicker hair.

The Collagen Complete from Healthy Options offers Types 1, 2 and 3 collagen with chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid (attracts water into tissues for hydration). It is rich in antioxidants from red wine and grape seeds to combat free radicals that damage cells and cause ageing. It also contains Vitamin C.

#MyCollagenJourney

I started my Collagen Journey last September 28.

October 19, 2019

How did it end? 🙂 Check out and watch my video!

So overall, I had fun doing this challenge. It was a good first challenge to do for 30 days. I saw the results and now, I’m inspired to move on to my next 30 day challenge!

The reality of life is that we won’t stay young forever. I realized this last year while I was looking at the mirror. I noticed fine lines under my eyes! It suddenly dawned on me that I was about to hit the big 4-0 in a couple of years.

Personally though, I have no qualms about mentioning my age (my REAL age) when people ask for it. I just think that the older you are, the wiser you get. Also, people in this country respect you a little bit more when you’re older. Case in point, when I fainted in the gym two months ago, people were asking me… “okay lang po kayo, ate?” (are you alright, older sister). I just feel that if it were a younger ME, people would have just paid no attention, and they would go about their own business. Haha!

Anyway, my point is that I love myself; I love my age. But, loving one’s self doesn’t mean that we don’t want to look good, right? We still want to look our best. I have plans of living a long, fruitful and useful life. I still want to look and feel young even if I’m old, so I can do a lot of purposeful things. I want to make all the positive difference I can make in this life for the good of everyone in this world.

For us women, we need a little boost of confidence, when we want to complete our goals. We want to make sure that we can look back and be proud of ourselves (i.e. when looking back at old photos and videos).

Speaking of looking good and feeling good, I discovered this site called Bella Pelle: https://bellapelleph.com/

I instantly loved it. The site is an eCommerce site that brings you the best and premium dermatological beauty products in the Philippines. You can just sit back, navigate through the site and order online. The brands that it carries are the brands that we trust like Heliocare, Neostrata, Biologuique Recherche, Viviscal, Cosmetic Skin Solutions, Footlogix, Infracyte, Kamedis, MD Therapy, Rapid Brow, Rapid Lash, SErum V, Tizo, Vanicream, Yllume and Zo Skin Health by Zein Obagi.

What I like about the site is that you can search for products based on your skin care need/s. Also, these products are not those that you see being sold over-the-counter. They are those that you get from dermatologists. When you ask for recommendations via the contact us page, a fellow of the Philippine Dermatological Society and board certified dermatologist is consulted.

These are the products that I got from the site.

Zo Skin Health Instant Pore Refiner, NeoStrata Tri- Therapy Lifting Serum, Heliocare Ultra Gel SPF 90 and Zo Medical Brightenex

I also got a prescription on how to use the products that I ordered. I’ll be reviewing each product soon and posting a vlog about each in my YouTube channel soon (http://YouTube.com/gingerarboledavlog) and on my Facebook Page (http://facebook.com/mommyginger).

Feel free to ask me anything you want to know about these products, and I’ll definitely try to answer them (to the extent of my experience with the product). I can also ask the derma who recommended these to me if you have more technical questions about the products.

Also, I wanted to interview the founder of Bella Pelle PH, so watch out for that article in the upcoming days.

So, that’s it, peeps! If you want recommended-by-dermas, trusted, premium skin care products, I highly recommend that you visit https://bellapelleph.com/.

When I was younger, I was guilty of abusing my skin. Seriously. I would not care to put on sunscreen, and immediately bask in the sun during beach trips. I wouldn’t care if my skin was dry and scaly. I wouldn’t care if during some months, I would break out, too. My face would be incredibly filled with pimples.

But now, I know better. I am more sensitive to what my skin needs, and I have researched a lot of ways to keep it looking fresh and fab. Not a lot of people consider me as a beauty blogger (since I don’t really blog about make-up that often), but I am a skin care addict! haha! My friends know this fact.

I would spend time researching about products that I’d love to try out. I even have a notebook with a long list of the products that I intend to use and experiment with later on (three pages long! Yup!).

So when I heard about Eau Thermale Avene, I really wanted to try it out and see for myself if the product works.

Why I wanted to try Eau Thermale Avene?

I wanted to try Eau Thermale Avene for the following scenarios:

When I walk to work, I always feel sticky after. The weather is humid at times that using Eau Thermale Avene is just what I need.

I go to the gym, too (just recently) and using this product after I workout is a great pick-me-upper. I love how fresh I feel after.

I always get red skin after a session of threading or waxing. The spray helps soothes the pain and helps with the redness and inflammation.

I also use it also just before applying make up!

More about Eau Thermale Avene

  • Originated from the mountains of Cevennes in France
  • It is non-irritant and has soothing properties
  • It has the lowest mineral content on the market and neutral pH7.5 to maintain a perfect balance of the skin
  • Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic
  • Suited for all types of skin, even sensitive skin

So to use the product, spray the mist onto the skin. Leave for 2 to 3 minutes then gently pat dry.

I was impressed with the Eau Thermale from Avene that I also tried the other products.

In the evening, I use the Hydrance Intense Rehydrating Serum followed by the Hydrance Aqua Cream-in-Gel (Yup, I’m a “layers” kinda gal when it comes to skin care). The Hydrance Intense Rehydrating Serum contains a patented Cohederm that is a lipidic trio that helps restore coheive skin barriers and prevent water loss. It contains hydration-boostin microspheres that gradually release Avene Thermal spring water and Cohederm to keep the skin replenished at all times. I noticed that this works well for people with dry parts of the skin, like the side of the nose (I told my husband to try it out… hehe!)

In the mornings, I would use the Hydrance Intense Rehydrating Serum followed by Hydrance Light Emulsion. Since I didn’t want to put on too many layers of products in the morning.

Overall, Avene products are perfect for people with sensitive skin and for those who just want a simple skin care regimen that they can follow. For me, it’s beauty is in its simplicity.

Try the products out and let me know what you think!

If you take a peek into my life, you’ll find out that it’s so… “full”. I can’t seem to find the right adjective. Full seems to be the closest to describe what my life is.

Everyday, I race (sometime literally run) from one meeting to another. I successfully meet deadlines for the things that I have to write about. At the same time, I need go through stuff for Taxumo and Manila Workshops that need my attention. To add to that, I need to check if Zeeka (daughter) has assignments and quizzes that she needs to study for.

My “full” table with my new Air Optix Colors Colored Contact Lenses

Even with the things that I have to accomplish, I always take time out to relax and do things that I love to do.

One of the things that you can do is to go and stay for a while in a place where you feel relaxed. What we do is we go on a staycation and stay in a hotel over the weekend. You don’t necessarily need to go on a staycation. Staying in a quiet cafe, sitting in a hotel lounge or hanging out by a pool can be enough of a change of scenery.

The other thing that I like doing when I feel stressed is doing new things! haha! I try new restaurants and dishes. I go to new malls or stores. I sometimes suddenly dye my hair to another color or buy clothes I wouldn’t normally choose (since I’m not really your fashionista friend.. haha!). I also try out new gyms, learn new things, read new books or play new mobile rpg games or boardgames.

Recently, to destress, I wanted to try out a new look. I always wanted to try colored contact lenses! For the full 38 years of my life and the 23 years of which I wore contact lenses, I have never ever tried colored contact lenses. I was always intrigued by them though!

Having gone through eye injuries before, it made me very careful in choosing the kind of contact lenses to use. Alcon is a brand that I trust and they have a brand called Air Optix. Air Optix is called such because it has a technology that makes it breathable contact lenses. Air Optix Colors and the other Air Optix products are made with a highly breathable material that allows nourishing oxygen to flow through the lens so your eyes stay comfortable and fresh all day.

Yours truly wearing Air Optix Colors in Honey

Me not wearing Air Optix Colors

Me wearing Air Optix Colors!

I finally got to try the Air Optix Colors in Honey! At first, it felt weird to be able to see the contact lenses as you put it on. I was so used to transparent ones… ones that sometime fall from the palm of your hands because you can’t see them (BTW, I use Dailies Contact Lenses… also from Alcon). haha!

When I used them, I could immediately see the difference. I felt so polished, even if I was in an ordinary shirt and loose pants! Feeling ko bigla akong gumanda! I felt like even if you didn’t have make up on, people would just look at you and stare at your eyes. haha!

I got Honey (color of my lenses), which looks natural and is close to the color of my eyes. I was thinking, if I feel this way with this new, natural color, imagine the confidence I would gain if I my eyes were blue or green! I actually can’t wait to try it.

What I like about it is that it’s easy to wear and it’s very comfortable, too. It’s a bit thicker than my Dailies contact lenses, but both feel light and comfortable. I actually used the contact when I went to the gym after!

So slight changes in your life, can be such “uppers” of mood. A slight change in the color of your eyes can make you see the world from lighter, more positive perspective. A slight change in the way you look can make you more confident and ready-to-face the world again.

So in times when you feel stressed or lonely, just breathe a little.

When we went to Greece a decade ago, we went to a restaurant. The lady sitting behind me tapped my shoulders and said, “I just have to say, I love your hair. It’s so straight!”. But even with this compliment, there were so many times that I wanted to tap someone else’s shoulders and say, “I love your hair, it’s so thick!”

I think I never had thick hair, even before I breastfed. Oh man! During breastfeeding, I felt like a furry dog shedding my coat during summer. And having thin hair is an insecurity.

Me having breakfast… notice not the bowl of cereals but my thin hair 🙁 My scalp shows a lot!

Having thin hair makes you worry when you see hair fall off especially when you shower. There are so many times when I’ve asked myself if I was going bald. This was a pestering thought and I also mentioned it to my husband.

I’ve researched a lot on using organic shampoo. I’ve always wanted to try hair growing products, but I was too scared to try. This was until a friend told me about this safe product or I would say product line called Physiocap. Honestly, I have never heard of the product before, but since my friend said it was safe, I tried it out.

What is Physiocap?

Physiocap was created in France by Nutrisanté Laboratories and meets the most rigorous of health product standards as a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certified pharmaceutical company. It is from the same manufacturer as Kilo Off (I have tried this brand, btw!).

Physiocap is already here in the Philippines and has already launched in over 40 countries with more than 8 million units sold. It is an anti-hair loss system designed for men and women. Physiocap has two products (I have both!):

  • Physiocap Hair Growth Supplement (box of 30 capsules) with Prosilium horsetail extract and 7 vitamins/ minerals
  • Physiocap Anti Hair Fall Hair Serum (box of 10 serum) with Prolytein to promote hair strength and contribute to fix hair to the scalp to help slow down hair loss

Let’s talk about Prosilium horsetail extract and Prolytein!

Prosilium horsetail extract is a plant and not something from horses (I actually thought it was from horses! Silly me!). Anyway, it has many uses — helps with fluid retention, urinary tract infection, balding, etc. It’s safe to use but if you have or are the following (pregnant, allergic to carrots or nicotine, diabetic, have low potassium levels or low thiamine levels), just try to avoid using it. Read more about it here: https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-843/horsetail

Now for Prolytein, it is a macronutrient for building muscle mass (https://www.livescience.com/53044-protein.html).

How effective is Physiocap?

I got these facts from the distributors here in the Philippines. According to laboratory testing, using Physiocap’s simple system, you can witness tangible results within 3-4 months of use. Independent testing has resulted at up to 121% hair growth.

My own Feedback

For the hair growth supplement, I took it for one month. I took one capsule a day. I’m sure it helped, but you know how supplements that you take orally are. It’s hard to know if it’s working. Haha!

I took the supplements together with applying the serum every evening before I sleep. The Physiocap Anti Hair Fall Hair Serum comes in a plastic, vial shaped container. Use scissors to cut off the end to open it. The serum’s consistency is like water.

The instuctions said to either use it on dry or wet scalp and hair. I tried using it on dry hair, but it dripped off from my hair. So I prefer using it on wet hair. I apply it after I take a shower. I love the serum! It’s so easy to apply.

I think both of them worked well. It’s only been a month and I could feel not much hair falls off anymore when I shower. I used to have a bunch of hair fall off (seriously!). Now, I could see that only a few, so I guess in that sense, my hair is stronger and healthier.

Will I keep on using it?

Yes, I think I will keep on using Physiocap. I’m excited to see if I will really have 121% hair growth. I think it’s a safe and worth-while investment.

Have you tried this product? Please share your honest to goodness feedback so that others can learn, too!

Where do I get Physiocap?

https://beautymnl.com/brands/physiocap

Get Physiocap from Lazada, too!