Thursday, September 8, 2016

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel SPF 30 PA++

Hydration shouldn't be confused with oiliness. A lot of Dermatologists will tell you that no matter the skin type, we should always use a moisturizer to keep skin healthy and supple. I know that a lot of women (especially those who live in the tropics) prefer to skip moisturizer and/or sunblock (gasp!) in order to keep oiliness at a minimum, but let me tell you that this will cause more harm than good. 

First, you're traversing the hot streets of Manila without sunblock which means you're absorbing all the UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays = wrinkles, pigmentation, spots, etc. Second, without proper moisturizer skin becomes stressed and dehydrated = rough skin, more oil production. 

Thankfully, Neutrogena released their own water gel moisturizer with sun protection. It's like hitting two birds with one stone: a hydrating and light moisturizer spiked with SPF 30 PA++ sunscreen made especially for hot, humid weather. Sounds like a winner, doesn't it? 

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel SPF 30 PA++ is part of the Hydro Boost line that claims to boost hydration by 400%, strengthening the skin’s moisture barrier making skin smoother, supple, and younger-looking. 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Trekking in Foresthill, Auburn, CA

Burned out from all the shopping my family has been doing for the past 2 weeks in the US, my Tita and I decided to go trekking and explore the outdoors a couple of days before my return to Manila.

Over an hour away from Sacramento, we headed East to the quaint town of Auburn. My Tita, while on her way to a wedding months ago, made a wrong turn and ended up seeing the Foresthill Bridge. She stopped and looked down, then said to herself, "What a nice place to trek. I shall explore this area soon." She made a mental note to go back, and this was a good a time as any to bring us there for our first trek on American soil.