Beauty Secrets

A Filipina is beautiful – both inside and outside. Real beauty is not just skin deep. You need to have a well-rounded and positive personality to be truly beautiful. What are the Filipina beauty secrets?

  • Love yourself.
    Believe in yourself and in your inner beauty. The world is beautiful, and so are you!
  • Be happy.
    Smile. Laugh. If something bad or stressful happens, think of steps to turn it into something good. Decontaminate your mind.
  • Be positive.
    Change the negative to positive. Think of your blessings!
  • Have Fun!
    One way to have fun even while at home is to play online games, tournaments or contests.
  • Eat Healthy
    Eat in moderation, with lots of fruits and vegetables. Detoxify.
  • Hydrate
    Drinks lots of fluids

These are beauty secrets which you can apply in your daily life. The key is to make it your own and be true to it.

Be Beautiful!

The Basic Aromatherapy Kit: tools and equipment

As you start out, you can make your kitchen equipment and utensils do double duty. Just make sure that you clean them out before either cooking or making your beauty concoctions!


If you think that you’ll be making more of your own beauty recipes, then it would be wise to start investing in equipment that will be used for that purpose alone. Check out what type of recipes you do the most, and what equipment you use, and start acquiring those.


Here’s a list of the basic tools of the trade that you’ll need. Take note that you don’t need all of these at the same time. 


For formulating

·         A variety of different-sized glass or ceramic bowls, preferably heat-resistant ones. You’ll use these to mix ingredients.

·         Measuring cups. Again, glass is preferred for its non-reactivity. The glass measuring cups are also easier to clean and read.

·         Measuring spoons. Don’t use silver, copper or aluminium spoons as they may react with certain ingredients.

·         Double broiler. Or a pot big enough to hold a medium-sized bowl or container standing on a trivet.

·         Tea kettle or electric kettle, for easy heating of water.

·         Wooden spoons for mixing.

·         Wire whisk. It helps mix ingredients more evenly and emulsify them.

·         Chopping board and knives, to chop up herbs and other ingredients.

·         Strainer. 

·         Glass droppers for adding essential oils (the oils may react with or melt plastic droppers).

·         Mortar and pestle.

·         Blender or food processor. Glass still works best.

·         Glass jars and bottles, to put your concoctions in. Make sure that they’re clean and sterilized, to prevent any contamination or molds growing.

·         Plastic bottles. Flip tops work well, and spray bottles can be of good use too.

·         Funnel, for easy pouring into bottles.   


For application

·         Large bowl or small basin, to use for steaming your face.

·         Medium-sized basin, or at least one big enough to soak your feet in.

·          Bath mitt, puff or sponge.

·         Natural bristle brush.

·         Pumice stone or skin file for exfoliating feet and other rough spots.

·         Shower cap, to intensify the effects of hair treatments. You can also use plastic wrap or a clean plastic bag.

·         Towels: oversized bath towels for your body, regular ones for your hair or for steaming, washcloths for compresses.

·         Disposable rubber gloves, for applying mud or other messy treatments.

·         Large plastic sheets—to stand over while applying messy treatments, to make cleanup easier.


Some notes

·         Sterilize plastic containers the same way you would baby bottles—boil gently in clean water for a few minutes, then lift out and drain (make sure that the plastic containers are heat resistant).

·         You can also sterilize glass containers and their lids in boiling water. Or you could stick the glass in a 100F oven for about 10 minutes.

·         When preparing your beauty concoctions, prepare your area first. Put away all food items. Make sure that you have access to clean hot and cold water, and a stove. Prep all ingredients and equipment.

·         Don’t use equipment with or tools made of silver, copper, aluminium, Teflon or cast iron—these could react with some of the ingredients. Use glass, stainless steel or enamel.

The Basic Aromatherapy Kit

The essential essential oils

The number of essential oils available—there are over a hundred of them—can be overwhelming. Each one has its own special properties, and each is potentially useful.

For beginners, here are the must-have essential oils for your aromatherapy kit. Take note that you shouldn’t apply essential oils directly to your skin, nor should you ingest them. Pregnant and lactating women also are advised to avoid certain oils.  In general, essential oils should not be used on babies and children, with very few exceptions.

  • Lavender. The ultimate in stress relief. It’s soothing and calming scent can also aid in sleep problems and muscle pains. Known to be antiseptic and antifungal as well, making it good for treatment of skin issues like acne, inflammation and wrinkles. Also aids in healing wounds and burns.
  • Tea tree. An all-around healing oil, tea tree is antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal. Great for treating acne and other inflammations and infections. Its strong lemony-woody scent may take getting used to, and it may cause skin irritations in some.
  • Rosemary. Not just for your pasta and lamb, rosemary is popular for boosting memory, relaxing and soothing tired, sore muscles, stimulating hair growth and relieving headaches, rheumatic and arthritic pain. You can also use it to freshen your breath—and freshen the room. It can also be used for respiratory problems: infections, coughs, colds, even asthma.
  • Chamomile. One of the most mild essential oils, chamomile can be used on children. It is soothing and calming, good for treating inflammations. It helps reduce pain in the muscles and joints, toothaches, headaches, sinusitis, and a whole lot more. There are two varieties: the Roman Chamomile and the German Chamomile; the former is more common.
  • Peppermint. Cool and refreshing come to mind when you think about peppermint. Aside from freshening your breath, it can also help soothe skin inflammations and itchiness and skin ailments like scabies, ringworm and acne. It helps relieve nasal congestions, headaches and muscle pains, and it also helps increase mental alertness.
  • Lemon. Lemon gives off a fresh, clean scent which can uplift your spirits. It’s useful for acne treatment, dealing with oily skin and hair and removing dead skin cells. It can even be used for cellulite. Since it has antiseptic properties, lemon can also be used to deal with minor cuts, wounds and burns.
  • Eucalyptus. This oil is mostly known for its power to ease respiratory ailments. But it’s also great for headaches and muscle pains. It also aids speed up healing of skin wounds and insect bites, soothe skin eruptions and clear congested skin.
  • Patchouli. One the lesser known essential oils patchouli is superb for skin. It stimulates the growth of new skin cells, thus speeding up healing and preventing scars. It also helps improve dry, cracked skin and also works to heal acne, sores, fungal infections and scalp problems. It’s said to be an aphrodisiac to boot.
  • Rose geranium. Known as the balancing oil, rose geranium helps balance the emotions and skin condition. It keeps skin supple and prevents it from becoming too dry or oily; helps in healing of wounds and sores; and can be used for edema, eczema, cellulite and bruises. It is also effective in repelling head lice.
  • Cedarwood. Almost masculine and woody in aroma, cedarwood can calm and soothe nerves. As a beauty component, it’s great for acne and oily skin, as well as treating dandruff. It can also work to ease respiratory problems, urinary tract infections, rheumatism and arthritis.


Aromatherapy Basics

Lighting a scented candle and playing soft new age music does not an aromatherapy session make. Aromatherapy is the use of natural plant extracts and oils to help improve a person’s mental and physical condition and health. Simply inhaling (through a burner or steam) pure essential oils like lavender, for example, can help relax you; inhaling something like rosemary, on the other hand, helps sharpen your memory. Applying tea tree oil (through creams or massage oil or other concoctions) can help lessen and heal acne while chamomile can soothe redness and swelling.

Aromatherapy works mainly through the olfactory system. In simpler terms—when you smell the essential oils, the molecules of the oils enter your body through your nose, and through the nerves of your nasal passage, end up in the limbic system of your brain, which controls emotions. The limbic network also controls heart rate, blood pressure, hormones, breathing and stress levels. That’s why even inhaling lavender can help de-stress you. The EO molecules can also enter through the skin, where they end up in the blood, passing through the blood capillaries. As they circulate throughout your body, they gradually exercise their therapeutic properties.  

Take note that you have to use 100% pure and natural essential oils. Fragrance oils or perfumed products, while they smell good, will give you the same effect that essential oils will; they may even harm you.

You don’t need to spend a lot to experience the restorative powers of aromatherapy. With a few select supplies and a little knowledge, you can create your own aromatherapy products to pamper yourself.

Essential Oils 101

  • Not everything that is marketed as ‘essential oil’ is essential oil. Some may be fragrance oils, which may smell the same but are synthetic, hence have no real aromatherapy properties. How can you tell the difference? Usually, if it’s cheap, it’s most likely synthetic. Be wary also of unusual ones such as coffee or melon-cucumber—these are merely fragrance oils.
  • Store your EOs (essential oils) well—in dark glass bottles, in a cool dark place. Some people keep their EOs in the refrigerator, though the ones with higher wax content may solidify (dip the bottle in a bowl of warm water before use). Most EOs, when cared for will last two years. Citrus ones like lemon typically last six months. Heavy, musky ones like patchouli and sandalwood improve with age. Oxygen deteriorates the quality of your oils, so when a bottle of EO is half-empty, transfer the contents to a smaller bottle.
  • Never apply undiluted EO directly to your skin; always use a carrier oil or other base. You can also add EO drops to your bath or soaking water or compress; inhale it via steam or fragrance burner; or mix EO with alcohol or water for a room spray. EOs are also used to create soaps, lotions, scrubs and other body care products.
  • Essential oils are not recommended for very young children and infants, though some practitioners may recommend mild ones like chamomile or lavender in a vaporizer or massage oil. Some EOs are also not recommended for pregnant women, such as sage or rosemary. Some oils also are more likely to irritate skin, like cinnamon or lemongrass.

How Your Skin’s Ecology Affects Skin Whitening Treatment

What You Need to Know About Skin Whitening – Part 6

Did you know the effectiveness of skin whitening products can be based on your skin’s ecology? You are spending time and money on skin whitening methods that will create a beautiful, even-toned complexion, so it is a good idea to learn about how certain conditions affect the appearance of your skin before starting skin whitening treatment. Read on to learn what you need to know about your skin’s ecology and how to best target your problem areas.

Skin ecology encompasses how your skin interacts with the environment, which affects your skin’s health and color.
Here are some things you may notice about your skin:

Skin Roughness – As you age, your skin changes in response to the many environmental and personal factors it has experienced throughout your life. This can lead to a rough skin texture, meaning that there is a hill-and-valley effect composed of dead skin cells on your skin’s surface. When light hits this bumpy, uneven texture it creates shadows, which makes your skin have a darker appearance.

The fix: Remove the rough skin with exfoliating agents. Pick your favorite exfoliant or make your own with one part baking soda mixed with two parts water. Exfoliating away those dead cells will brighten up your skin – particularly on your face – and reduce that shadow effect.

Blackheads – Blackheads are made up of hard oils mixed with skin debris which essentially creates a plug that blocks your pores. Blackheads are so named because they have a black appearance at the tip. Blackheads can cause problems with skin whitening treatments because deeply rooted blackheads will still give your skin a darker appearance even when the skin whitening product is working to lighten your skin.

The fix: It is critical to remove those blackheads. Be sure, however, that you are using the right method. If you improperly remove blackheads with tapes or frequent squeezing, you can actually leave part of the blackhead trapped in your pore, which means it still makes your skin look dark. The best way to completely remove blackheads is to first steam your pores in a sauna environment or by applying warm towels to your face. Once you have steamed the area, than you can remove them by whatever method you find most effective.

Large Pores – Your skin may naturally have large pores, or, if you are prone to blackheads, your pores might have increased in size. Large pores create shadows on your skin, which will make your skin look dark even with skin whitening treatments.

The fix: Use a deep cleaning clay mask or steam your skin to cleanse your pores (the bigger they are the more particles they accumulate) and reduce them to normal size.

As you can see, there are several things to be aware of with your skin ecology that applies to skin whitening. By knowing how to fix these common skin ailments, your skin whitening products will be more effective and you will not spend as much time or money wondering why your beauty products are not working properly.

Belo Nutraceuticals Glutathione+Collagen Dietary Supplements

Collagen” is the magic word in Vicki Belo’s latest breakthrough in beauty. There are many skin whitening pills in the market, but Vicki is making women happier by adding collagen to her newest product aptly called Glutathione+ Collagen.

”Our product combines the power of whitening and anti-aging in one capsule,”she says.”It is the first of the dietary supplements created by the new division of our Belo Medical Group called Belo Nutraceuticals.This division will focus on beautifying men and women from within. That means you simply have to take a capsule to look more beautiful.”

Vicki explains that her team of doctors and scientists conducted a test on women taking several unidentified brands of whitening capsules, including Belo’s Glutathione + Collagen for several months.The result? The women who took the Belo capsules had fairer skin than the rest.

”We don’t want to sell any product that doesn’t work,” Vicki emphasizes,” that’s why we conduct tests and experiments very thoroughly before we put any product in the market.”

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Tips for Augmenting Your Skin Whitening Treatment with Natural Options

What You Need to Know About Skin Whitening – Part 5

Skin whitening products and therapy are very effective at lightening your problem skin areas to create a beautiful, even-toned complexion, but there is also a variety of natural skin whitening options that you might like to know about. These natural options are best used in tandem with skin whitening products and other treatments. They are also useful if you have a negative reaction to your current skin whitening product or treatment and would like to continue your efforts as you seek out new products to try. Natural skin whitening options can bridge the gap between stopping the irritating treatment and your dermatologist recommending a new option. That way, you can still stay on track to achieving lighter, more even-toned skin.

Here are some natural skin whitening options to get you started:

  • The natural acidic essential oils located in citrus fruit peels are great for lightening dark spots. The next time you eat an orange, save the peels and put them out in the sun or other warm location to dry. When they are completely dry, grind them into a powder and add milk (as close to raw as you can get) to make a paste. Apply this paste every day to the skin area(s) you would like to whiten. Wait for the paste to dry, and then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
  • Get sandalwood powder and add lemon juice, tomato juice and cucumber juice to the powder to make a paste. As with the orange paste, apply the mixture daily to the skin areas you would like to whiten, wait for it to dry, and then rinse the paste off with lukewarm water. An alternative to this method is to not include the sandalwood powder and just use the combined liquid from the lemon, tomato and cucumber rather than the paste.
  • Get two spoonfuls of gram flour (which contains a whitening agent) and add a pinch of turmeric, a few drops of lemon juice and a few drops of milk cream. Apply the resulting paste to your skin, wait for it to dry, and then scrub it off (the scrubbing helps to remove dead skin cells and leave newer, healthier skin behind)
  • Allow almonds to soak in water overnight. The next day, peel the almonds and grind them into a powder. Add honey to this almond powder to make a paste, and apply to the skin areas that need whitening. Let it dry, and then scrub it off.
  • Potato juice has a great natural whitening agent, which reduces pigmentation and blemishes. Rub the juice onto your problem spots daily, and give it some time to penetrate your skin before showering.

As you can see, various foods and liquids that you likely use frequently and may already have in your kitchen can be mixed together to effectively whiten your skin naturally. The benefits of these liquids and pastes is that they come from all natural sources, which is great if you would like to naturally augment your current product without worrying about product side effects.

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Skin Whitening Lifestyle: Eat Right and Be Sun-Smart

What You Need to Know About Skin Whitening – Part 4

If you have begun your research into skin whitening options, you have likely come across various treatments, such as pills, creams, bleaches and laser therapy. What you may not yet be aware of, is that in conjunction with the skin whitening product you will be using, you can also make certain lifestyle choices to help augment and maintain the product’s skin whitening effect.

Standard advice for maintaining healthy, blemish-free skin should also be taken to heart when pursuing skin whitening treatment, such as being aware of sun exposure. UV rays speed up melanin production, which, if you are turning to skin whitening products to even out dark spots in your complexion, is exactly opposite of what you want to see happening.

While the skin whitening product will whiten the dark skin area, too much sun exposure will darken it right back again. The lesson here is to remember your beauty advice: Stay out of the sun when you can (which does not mean you have to stay inside, but consider wearing a stylish hat outdoors) and use plenty of sunscreen. Even if you are not prone to burning, you are not immune to UV damage, so remember that you need to reapply sunscreen often, depending on the sunscreen’s SPF level and the activities you are engaging in (sweat-producing exercise and getting in the water are two primary activities that need frequent sunscreen reapplication). Plus, check out the various make-up products at your favorite beauty store that contain SPF protection so you can look fabulous and protect your skin during skin whitening treatment simultaneously.

But sun-smart tactics are not the only lifestyle choices that can help keep your skin looking lovely and even-toned. Did you know balanced nutrition also helps strengthen your skin? Keeping a healthy and balanced diet is not only for satisfying your body’s nutritional needs and preventing eating-related illnesses. Eating healthy also enriches your exterior, from your hair down to your toenails.

Enjoy foods in the antioxidant category such as blackberries, blueberries and black grapes. Not only are these foods delicious, but antioxidants are fantastic for your skin. Antioxidants fight against free radicals that damage your cells and cause cellular decay, so eating foods from this powerhouse group keeps your skin glowing and fresh.
Remember to drink lots of water. Water hydrates your skin, which keeps it free of blemishes. By keeping in mind how much water you are drinking, you are giving the skin whitening product a big helping hand. As the product is doing its work, you are right there behind it protecting and strengthening the new skin.

Skin whitening products will work to reduce uneven skin tone areas to give you a beautiful flawless complexion. But you will have to maintain that complexion after treatment has ended in order to keep your skin looking beautiful. By making certain lifestyle choices, which benefit you in more ways than just skin whitening, you will be able to make the skin whitening treatment really count, and you will enjoy a lovely, even-toned complexion for a long time afterward.

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What to Think About Skin-Whitening

What You Need to Know About Skin Whitening – Part 3

In the prior segments of this series, we’ve gone over how skin whitening works and examples of the types of skin whitening beauty products available. Now it is time to talk about possibly the most important part: safety. While skin whitening treatments can produce fabulous results to give you that glowing, even-toned skin, if skin whitening is done wrong, you could potentially face both short- and long-term skin damage. Whether or not you are working with a dermatologist, you should not begin any skin whitening treatment without thoroughly researching the products and their effects.

What to Think About and What to Watch Out For

Some skin whitening treatments will promise fast results – and you will get them, but at severe long-term cost to your skin and health. An even complexion is not worth poisoning your body or causing permanent damage to your skin. Many of the safer skin whitening treatments are sometimes more expensive, so be sure you are prepared for the cost that comes with completing this process safely. If you cannot afford it, you may want to consider other options rather than do something harmful.

Some say the pills and other products that contain metathione and glutathione are better for you, because metathione and glutathione are powerful antioxidants that already occur in your body naturally. You will also likely find vitamin C being included in these products, as Vitamin C increases glutathione’s effectiveness.

Hydroquinone is a main ingredient in many skin-whitening products, and there is some debate about its safety. Some research indicates that, when used in a small dosage, complications arising from hydroquinone are minimal, so be sure you are not using a product with a high concentration of hydroquinone.

Be aware of the potential side effects of any skin-whitening product you are considering. Are the benefits of the product worth risking the side effects? For example, a common result of skin bleach is a condition called ocronosis, which is persistent acne.

Be aware of what the side effects actually entail. For example, say you are willing to risk ocronosis in order to get the lightened skin results bleaching offers. Would you feel the same if you knew that not only is it fairly common to develop ocronosis but that, thanks to ocronosis’ ability to drop into your dermis, it is very difficult to remove? By not only finding out what the side effects are, but also what those side effects actually mean to your skin in the short and long term, you will be better able to make an informed decision about which skin whitening beauty product to use.

This way, you hopefully will not be blindsided by any reactions or new problems that would have caused you to make different choices if you were aware of them prior to choosing a skin whitening product. This is also a great reason to consult a dermatologist, as these professionals will be aware of potential side effects and can help you understand what you can expect to experience on your safe quest to lightening problem skin areas and achieving that beautiful, even-toned complexion.

Most people considering skin whitening products and treatments are looking for an option that will provide fast results. It is only natural to want to correct areas of darker pigmentation and obtain an even complexion as quickly as possible. However, it is a far better course of action to take the time to fully understand the ingredients, potential results and possible side effects of each product you are considering. This will allow you to make an educated decision that will help you in achieving the lasting skin whitening you desire in a safe and effective manner.

Types of Skin Whitening Products

What You Need to Know About Skin Whitening – Part 2

In the previous segment we went over how skin whitening beauty products work, the important antioxidants involved in skin whitening treatments, and a few general ways to achieve that even-toned complexion you crave. In this segment, we will go into more detail about the types of skin whitening beauty products on the market.

Types of Skin Whitening Products

A variety of skin whitening treatments are available, some more popular and more tested than others. You will find several skin whitening creams that are applied just like lotion. There are also pills, lasers, cosmetic peels and combination treatments. There are many options when it comes to skin whitening beauty products, so you will find conflicting viewpoints on which type of product is better. The best idea is to consult your dermatologist to find which product or combination of products works best for your skin and the degree of skin whitening you want.

As an example of the types of skin whitening products available, let’s take a look at a particular brand: the Belo Essentials Dermalight Skin System. Remember that skin whitening products are designed to inhibit melanin production, prevent melanin transfer and promote new growth while strengthening existing cells to make your even-toned skin a permanent achievement.

Within the Belo Essentials beauty product line, you will find such products as:

  • A body bar that smoothes and lightens your skin. This soap is formulated with microbeads that mildly exfoliate your dead skin cells to rejuvenate your problem skin areas. Plus, by removing the old skin, it exposes the new layer that makes you look more fresh and radiant.
  • A whitening lotion that promises fast results when used on dark skin areas. This lotion contains Pentavin that attracts and holds onto moisture as it penetrates your skin, which gives it a healthy appearance. Plus, it contains chamomile extract to sooth potential skin irritation. Also, this lotion does not give that icky sticky feeling, so you feel good the moment you put it on.
  • A face wash that promotes skin rejuvenation. It inhibits tyrosinase, which means it reduces melanin production as well. Say goodbye to your skin’s problem dark spots, and watch for the noticeable results as your skin lightens to an even tone.
  • A day cream and night cream. The day whitening cream moisturizes and provides SPF 15 protection, which helps protect your skin from excessive melanin. The night therapy whitening cream helps you lighten your skin while you sleep with natural fruit extracts and antioxidants.

As you can see, these products are not only designed to whiten your skin, but also to promote new growth and help maintain that even-toned skin you are taking such steps to achieve. You will also notice that these products contain natural ingredients, which helps you lighten your skin with minimal irritation. While it is a great choice, this product line is not exhaustive of the skin whitening options available to you. Find what works best for your skin, can provide the results you want and is most convenient for you to stick with.