I’m sure you know how much of a skincare addict I am. I don’t know if such a liking is related to genetics, but my mom, my sister, my aunts (basically, the entire family) are all skin care enthusiasts. I was surprised to find out that my cousin, Charisse, is currently selling some skin care and beauty products under the brand Viral Girl PH. I think this is her first business venture, so I’ll be truly supportive of her.
I’ll be sharing with you my thoughts on the skin care products that she has. She has other products but I’ll be focusing on the ones for your face.
I’ll start with my favorite product of them all — the Whipp Bleach (Supreme Crystal White Bleach).
I’ve been using all Viral Girl PH’s products since a month ago. This is the second step in my skin care routine, right after I use the facial foam of Vira Girl PH. Get just the right amount of bleach to cover the entire face. Then, wait for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse it off after.
Why do I love this? I love it because you get instantly radiant looking skin. You’ll notice your dark spots lighten after a few times you use the product. It doesn’t feel like your skin is dehydrated after, but you will still have to continue your skin care routine after for optimal “skin lightening results”. I noticed, too, that my skin is firmer and tighter. This is an immediate effect that you will feel.
It contains the following ingredients: Glutathione, Collagen, Lemon, Alpha Arbutin, Baking Soda, Snail Lime, Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Rose Hip Oil and Hyaluronic Acid.
I am still using this product to this very day. I use it every other day. And guess what? This jar is only at Php 180 pesos!
Next in my list are the Magic Glass Skin Serum (daytime) and the 24K Gold Serum (nighttime). A lot of her clients consider these two products as their favorites. For the Magic Glass skin serum, I get two to three drops of it. I rub it on the palm of my hand and tap it unto my skin. What I’ve noticed that it hydrates my skin and helps lighten the dark spots. I’m not sure if it’s the combination of the bleach and serum (since I used them together), but the more important thing is that it works.
My cousin highly recommends the 24K Gold Serum. It contains snail extract and Vitamin E. I think it’s perfect for those who are worried about lines and wrinkles. These 15 mL bottles of serum are at a very affordable price of less than Php 200 pesos.
The next product that I tried is the Magical Hydrating Facial Foam Wash. I’m not sure what the PH Level of this is and you all know that I’m not a fan of foam as a form of facial cleansers, but I tried this one. It’s definitely hydrating and I like the apple-y scent of the product. Active ingredients are Gluta Arbutin, Vitamin C and E, Collagen, AHA, Niacinamide and Tea Tree.
Usually, my personal experience is that continuous use of foam cleansers lead to acne. I didn’t get any pimples using this product though. I think it’s very gentle and the size is great for traveling. I’ve been traveling a lot lately, and this is the product that I’ve been bringing.
Viral Girl PH also has other products like a Whipp Cream, Hello Kili Deodorant, Secret in a Bottle Feminine Wash and other beauty products.
I’ve been blogging about the 10 step Korean skincare routine, but not everyone will have the luxury of time to follow it. So I wondered, is it possible to have great skin, even without following the 10 steps? If so, what steps are essential and what steps can you do away with? The inquisitive me was brought to the doorstep of Derm HQ, the clinic of Dra. Gail Vitas. Dra. Gaile is a dermatologist of almost 4 years. In her clinic, she offers the basic offerings like facial, wart removal, diamond peel, etc. and also advanced treatments for psoriasis, skin asthma, acne, etc.
Dra. Gaile Vitas of Derm HQ
Dra. Gaile tells me that she customizes what she suggests to each of her patients. Why? Each individual will have a different skin type.
*Image from Sephora
Also, each one will be of a different age, each one will have habits that are different from others, etc. So I asked Dra. Gaile Vitas about my own situation. I wanted to know if I really had to follow the 10 steps. This is my profile:
Ginger – 30-40 Female / rarely gets pimples / works in front of the computer (a lot!) / hardly gets exposed to the sun / hardly exercises nowadays / has one kid
This is what Dra. Gaile from Derm HQ recommends:
CLEANSER – Use a soap free cleanser (Cetaphil, Avene, etc.) We, Filipinos, think if something has bubbles or mabula, we think it cleans our skin better. This is not true. For those who love to wear make-up also, Dra. Gaile suggests using Micellar Water. Micellar Water is both hydrophilic and hyrophobic, which means that it can remove both oil and water based products.
SUNSCREEN – Dra. Gail advised me to use sunscreen which has 30 SPF and above which protects the skin from UVA and UVB. We all need to re-apply sunscreen after every 2 hours. We should apply 1/4 teaspoon, but if you are swimming, apply every hour. She also mentioned that it’s not about the SPF, but about the area of the skin that the sunscreen covers. Also, in the Philippines, there are only a few brands that protect your skin, not only from UVA and UVB, but also from Infra red and Visible Light. Since I’m always in front of the computer, Dra. Gaile recommended that I use any of these two brands that you can get from Derm HQ.
These are Frezy Derm and Helio Care. I purchased Frezy Derm, and I love it! Honestly, the best sunscreen I have tried so far.
Here is my review of Frezy Derm!
EXFOLIANT – We should also exfoliate. She still believes that we should use AHA or Alpha Hydroxy Acid or Mandelic Acid (Mandelic acid is actually an alpha hydroxy acid that comes from bitter almonds).
ANTI-AGING – Given my age, and for those of you who are 30 and above, do start using anti-aging products. These are products that contain retinoids, tretinoin (only in low dosages, 0.025%), retinal dehyde, vitamin C, etc. Once you start aging, there is a delay in the production of collagen. These products help delay collagen degeneration.
So if I get tired of following the 10 step skin care routine, these are the things that I should constantly do and use still. These are the products that are important in keeping my skin healthy!
Visit Dra. Gaile of Derm HQ and schedule a consultation! It’s never too late to start your own skin regimen!
DERM HQ is located at 2nd Floor, Island Plaza Bldg, 105 LP Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City!
This week, I will be sharing with you some of the products that I got from the Korean Products Festival 2017. This was a two day event that was held in SMX Aura. Check out this video of what transpired!
The first product that I will feature are these two facial masks from Mijin Cosmetics. Mijin Cosmetics, as I have heard and researched, is known for their facial masks. I got a brochure from them, and I think think have close to a hundred variants of facial masks.
During the Korean product festival, they closed early because they sold all of their products! I was lucky to have had the chance to buy one pack of 10 of the Horse Oil and one pack of 10 of the Jeju Mayu Moisturizing Mask.
Here is my vlog about on the Horse Oil Mask:
Both products are for nourishing and firming and tightening. The Jeju Mayu is part of the Selection Prestige Mask. The only difference, according to the lady in the booth, is that the Jeju Mayu just has a higher moisturizing effect. These products that they have are certified by CFDA (Certificate of Health in China). The horse oil that they have is from Jeju Island and it provides moisture and vitality to lackluster skin.
I actually gave some Horse Oil Masks to my aunts, so that they can try it. I’ve been using the Jeju Mayu Moisturizing Mask 3 times a week, and it really moisturizes the skin. I really feel that these products are working!
If you want to check out more products from Mijin, you can visit http://www.mjcare.co.kr
*Mijin Cosmetics is a producer/seller of sheet mask packs and an OEM/ODM specialized manufacturer. They possess some of the best technological capabilities and continue developing various products such as basic cosmetics and skin care patches.
Would I recommend these masks? Of course! I already did!
This month for me has been knowing more about skincare and the different ingredients that I should look for or watch out for. There is a plethora of products that you can choose from in the market, and the challenge really for retailers now is how do I stand out and what will make me unique and different. Looking at different skin care products from Korea and Japan, you would notice that they make use of quite interesting products like snail, lava, horse oil, orange, grapes, and even “unicorn tears” (I wonder how they got that! haha!). Then I got myself looking at Filipino made products, too (of course!) and one brand caught my attention, and that was My Natural PH. They make use of Seaweed.
I wanted to know more about the whats, hows and whys of My Natural. This is why I interviewed, Marina, one of the co-owners of My Natural PH.
Mommy Ginger and Marina Morada
About The Moradas
Marina is the daughter of Noel Morada, who started the business. Noel is a UP Alumnus and has an MBA in Marketing and Finance. He is a graduate of Business Administration and is a businessman who has been in the seaweeds industry for more than 20 years.
Marina is an IMC Graduate from UA&P (yeeeeah! same school and course as me!). She is also a graduate of Masters of Applied Business Economics. EJ Morada is the younger brother who helps in the business. He graduated from Ateneo de Manila University (Business Management).
Interview with Marina of My Natural PH:
Ginger: Hi Marina! It’s great to meet you. Can you tell everyone what My Natural is about and how long have you been in business?
Marina: We’ve been in the seaweeds business for more than 20 years but our personal care line made out of seaweeds was only launched June this year after 2 years of research and product development.
Mr. Noel Morada with the the country’s seaweed experts
This new venture is all about providing SAFE, HEALTHY, and EFFECTIVE natural products. It stems from our belief that having a healthy lifestyle does not stop with developing healthy habits and eating healthy foods but should also include the use of different products for personal care, home care and air care which are natural and environment friendly. Consumers need such products that will help them sustain a healthy lifestyle. This is the need that we wish to address through MyNatural products.
Ginger: Who is your target market? Why did you choose this market? Can you give us the insight behind this market?
Marina: Our product line generally caters to the health- conscious natural advocates who keep on finding ways on how they could maintain a healthy lifestyle. They have personal preference over natural products knowing its benefits.
We have 3 brands and each have distinctly identifies the type of consumers to address their needs.
Algynatural: For the regular consumer who wish to have the benefits of seaweeds and natural personal care products which they could sustain for their everyday needs.
Ocean Blue: For the ultra- sensitive skin consumers who are looking for natural, safe, and effective solutions that could help them manage skin conditions.
MyNatureland: For every homemaker that wishes to keep every corner of her home naturally fresh and clean without using harmful chemicals.
Ginger: How did you come up with this idea? What made you decide to start this kind of business?
Marina: Being in the seaweeds industry for several years, we have attended International conferences and exhibits and learned the benefits of seaweeds for skin care and other personal care needs. These are evidenced by numerous scientific studies, presentations and research papers by experts in the fields. More than this is our ardent desire to promote sustainable healthy lifestyle through products that help consumers take care of themselves as well as the environment. Last of course is our determination to provide more livelihood and continuously build self-sustaining and sustainable communities.
Before embarking on this business though, to be viable we asked ourselves 3 basic questions:
– Is there a market for the product?
– Do we have the resources ( capital, human, raw materials, etc.) to be in this business?
– Do we have the competitive advantage?
Ginger: Were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming an Entrepreneur? What are these?
Marina: Oh A lot. Putting up a business is always a challenge. But as an entrepreneur, you got to have the grit. You have to be tough – psychologically, physically, and emotionally, you have to have the capacity to find solutions to complex problems, the ability to see the opportunities and potentials of future products to fulfill human needs, the steadfastness to pursue your dreams and strong faith in yourself and God of course.
Ginger: What are the greatest challenges in putting up and maintaining a business?
Marina: Getting the right product that will address the need of the market. This is the product development stage where you really spend a lot of time, resources and human talent to be able to get a perfect product as much as possible. Then you have the challenge of getting your product to the market. Identifying the right market and communicating to them. How is your product relevant to your market? What are the right channels to reach your market? What marketing mix shall you use… Then you have the logistics side of it so that products get to the customer in a seamless and faster way. Finding customer expectation and fulfilling them is huge challenge for entrepreneurs. Getting the needed resources is likewise a challenge.
Ginger: What are three traits that you think a Start-up Founder/Entrepreneur should have when starting their own business?
The passion to succeed no matter what the odds (grit)
Eagerness to learn to keep up with the changing times.
Perseverance / Hardwork
Ginger: Do you have any unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as an Start-up Founder/Entrepreneur?
Marina: Think ahead. As an entrepreneur you should always be forward looking. Your decision today may no longer be applicable tomorrow so you should be always have plan B and C.
Learning is a continuous process.
There is an opportunity that lies for every problem. You just have to identify it.
Of course, never give up!
Ginger: What advice can you give to other Start-up Founders/Entrepreneurs?
Marina: Equip yourself with the right tools and mindset before starting a business. Learn from the mistakes of others. Always put your customers first (know and understand your market ) they are the lifeblood of any business. Never stop learning.
Ginger: Do you believe that everyone should become entrepreneurs?
Marina: Everyone has the opportunity but only few succeed. The general ratio they say is 1:10; that means only 1 out of ten succeeds. Being an entrepreneur is a conscious decision that you make to achieve a higher purpose ( change lives, create positive impact, etc) . It’s a commitment you should be willing to make to yourself and to your stakeholders (partners, consumers, investors, suppliers, etc).
Ginger: What is your belief about raising capital? What are ways that you can do to raise capital?
Marina: Generally the source of initial capital are personal savings then additional capital from relatives and friends. The formal channels of raising capital like banks, venture capital and other financial intermediaries or institutions and eventually the equity market, come in only in the growth stage of the business. So raising capital during the start up stage of the business is always challenge.
Ginger: How do you market your products?
Marina: Right now our products can be purchased online through our own website and other online shopping sites like Beauty MNL.
Ginger: What are tech tools that you use for your business?
Marina: On line marketing tools and apps. ( Facebook, Instagram, e- store). Automation of the accounting, financial, inventory and customer base.
Ginger: Thank you so much, Marina, for spending time with me! I learned a lot about seaweeds, its benefits and of course, a lot about starting a business!
For those who don’t know, I was a beauty blogger before I became a mommy blogger. There was a time I wanted to be a make up artist, and I was obsessed about skin care. All my life, I never had clear skin. I would always have breakouts. Then sometime 2009, I followed a skin care routine made up mainly of Pond’s products that really helped clear my skin. Then, motherhood happened in 2012, and I forgot to take care of my skin. I found it so tedious to allot time for a daily skincare routine. Now that I’m in my mid 30s, I know that my skin can be better, and I know that it will be better if I just got back to having my own skin care routine.
Two weeks ago, I stayed home for a week, because of a respiratory tract infection. I had nothing to do, so I just watched Youtube videos. Amazed at how clear the skin of Japanese and Koreans are (recently came from a trip to Japan), I researched about Japanese and Korean Skin Care. I know that this may be really late in the game to introduce this to you, but I wanted to share my experience. I’m no beauty blogger, but as a woman, I always want to look good, because it makes me feel good. Related to my last article about loving yourself, we all need to set aside time for ourselves. So, after watching Youtube videos, I opted to try following the 10 step Korean skin care routine.
After 2 weeks of following this skin care routine, I noticed that my skin was better. Some of the dark spots and sun spots lightened (I think I could not see others anymore!). My face also wasn’t as oily. I then decided to do a Facebook Live video to show my friends the products that I used. This is my Facebook Live video: 10 Step Korean Skin Care Routine. I got a lot of views and a lot of requests for me to list down the products that I use, so I decided to write a blog post to indicate the products that I use.
Here it is!
Step 1: Oil Cleanser or Make-up Remover
I don’t usually put on Make-up often so I don’t have an oil cleanser at the moment. What I use is the Nivea Extra Bright Make up Clear Cleansing Wipes. I find that it’s effective for me since I normally just put light make up.
Step 2: Water-Based Facial Cleanser
I use Speedy Perfect Whip and Whip Foam, because I like bubbles! haha! I know that it’s a shallow thing to say, but I just feel that it leaves my skin very clean. But full disclosure, I recently found out that Speedy Perfect Whip has high PH that may not be very good for the skin. I’m now scouting for a facial cleanser with a lower PH. I’ll let you know if I find one. I’m actually looking at buying this: COSRX Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser https://beautymnl.com/brands/cosrx
BTW, here is my video review on the Speedy Perfect Whip! Please subscribe!
For toner, I alternate (on a weekly basis these three toners). I’ve tried Celeteque DermoScience Acne Solutions (since I started this routine with pimples). After a week, I shifted to Nivea Extra White Repair Pore Minimiser Toner, since who doesn’t want minimized pores and no dark spots! haha! Today, I started using Skinfood Aqua Grape Bounce Mist Toner. This is a new product from Skinfood. I’ll be posting a review of it after a week on my vlog (http://youtube.com/c/gingerarboledavlog) so watch out for that.
Step 5: Essence
I have been alternating between the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Essence and the Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-essence.
Step 6: Serum
For my serum, I use the Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate with sustainably sourced Quinoa Husk Extract. I must say that there were a lot of good reviews about this product, and I think it actually works. I will also start using the Skinfood Aqua Grape Bounce Bubble Serum. I heard that it’s a hit. I got this from Skinfood and it was the last bottle (their stock was delivered just last week!).
Step 7: Facial Mask
For my facial masks that I use, my favorites are Innisfree and Lululun! I have tons of other brands here of facial masks (most of them I haven’t tried). I’ll get to reviewing these one by one for you and i’ll post it on my Youtube Channel (http://youtube.com/c/gingerarboledavlog).
Step 8: Eye Cream
For the Eye Cream, I use Helix-D Eye Serum. You can buy this from a store called Tuped in Uptown mall.
Step 9: Moisturiser
For my day and night moisturiser, I use Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting cream. I got mine from Watsons.
Step 10: Sunscreen
And last but not the least, my sunscreen is The Face Shot Natural Sun Eco Super Perfect Sun Cream that’s SPF50+ PA+++. You can get it at any The Face Shop store.
So these are the products that I use! I’m new to this if you want to share comments also and suggestions, I will be happy to read them, consider and try out new products. Just leave comments on the section below! I will also post a vlog for each one in my Youtube channel, so please subscribe and watch my videos!