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8 Essential skincare routines

When it comes to achieving healthier skin, it’s all about making smart, sustainable changes. Here are some of my top tips to help you kickstart your 2024 skincare routines.

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By Hannah Morse, RN

There’s a strong link between skin health and how we feel about ourselves. Improving our skin can significantly boost our self-esteem. However, achieving healthier, more radiant skin is not an instant process – it’s a fulfilling journey.

8 Essential Skincare Routines

When it comes to achieving healthier skin, it’s all about making smart, sustainable changes. Here are some of my top tips to help you kickstart your 2024 skincare routines:

  1. Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water is one of the simplest yet most effective steps to healthier skin. Aim for at least eight glasses a day to keep your skin hydrated and refreshed.
    Pro Tip: Personally, I always carry a Stanley Cup with me, consistently refilling it throughout the day. It has become such an essential accessory for me that my friends have even created custom “Nash Injections” name tags for the lid.
  2. Maintain a Balanced Diet: Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats can help your skin glow from the inside out.
    For glowing skin, Sarah Sawyer, MD, a board-certified dermatologist, recommends an anti-inflammatory diet, similar to the Mediterranean Diet plan, that prioritizes whole, plant-based foods alongside lean protein and healthy fats.
  3. Sun Protection: 90% of skin aging is caused by the sun. Do not underestimate the power of a good sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30 every day, come rain or shine. It’s an absolute non-negotiable for safeguarding your skin from damaging UV rays.
  4. Regular Exfoliation: Exfoliating once or twice a week can be a game-changer, unveiling brighter and smoother skin by removing dead cells that mask the natural glow of your skin.
  5. Daily Moisturization: Keep your skin’s moisture levels in check by moisturizing every morning and evening. This helps maintain the essential skin barrier while preventing over-drying and irritation.
  6. Choose Skin-Friendly Products: Your skin is unique and deserves specially tailored care. Opt for products without harsh chemicals that are suited for your skin type. Learn about your skin type to make smart skin care product choices.
  7. Regular Facials: Elevate your skincare routine to the next level by integrating professional treatments such as facials or chemical peels. This approach ensures not only routine care but also addresses specific skin issues with targeted precision, promoting optimal skin health and radiance.
  8. Remember, Consistency is Key: The most crucial aspect of any skincare journey is consistency. A regular skincare routine, no matter how simple, can lead to significant improvements in skin health with time.

Scientific studies have even shown that routine skincare rituals can lower your stress levels. One study conducted by Rodan + Fields’ founders, Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, revealed an 83% decrease in cortisol levels (stress hormone) among participants with consistent skincare routines. 76% of participants reported feeling more confident taking selfies – many even reported feeling confident in wearing less makeup saying their “skin looks as good as it feels.”

Incorporating Medical Spa Treatments

While at-home care is an essential part of any skincare routine, adding professional treatments into the mix can truly take your skin to the next level. Medspa treatments, administered by licensed and trained professionals, can offer a range of benefits, from reducing fine lines and wrinkles to improving skin texture and tone.

Botox

Botox, also known as Botulinum toxin, is a non-surgical procedure that has gained immense popularity due to its relative ease and noticeable impact. It’s a great option to consider if you’re looking to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, which naturally occur as we embrace the passing years. Botox works by blocking nerve signals in the muscles where it’s injected, causing temporary muscle paralysis that softens existing wrinkles and prevents the formation of new ones.

  • Rapid Results: When it comes to Botox, you don’t have to play the waiting game. It is quick and easy, with visible effects just 24 to 48 hours after the procedure.
  • Minimal Downtime: Unlike more invasive procedures, Botox requires minimal recovery time. You can literally get a Botox treatment during lunch and return to work immediately after.
  • Customizable to Your Needs: Depending on the areas you want to treat, you can adjust the amount of Botox units used, giving you complete control over the results.
  • Preventative Measures: Regular Botox treatments can actually help train your muscles to move less over time, which can prevent the creation of new wrinkles.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers, also known as “injectables” or “soft-tissue fillers,” are substances designed to be injected beneath the surface of the skin to add volume and fullness.

  • Immediate Results: Upon injection, you’ll notice a significant improvement in the fullness of the treated areas.
  • Non-Invasive: For those not ready for surgical procedures, dermal fillers are an excellent choice. Filler injection treatments are quick, in-office procedures that require no surgical incisions or lengthy recovery periods.
  • Tailored to Your Needs: Dermal fillers can be used to address a range of concerns, from fine lines and wrinkles to enhancing facial contours and improving symmetry.
  • Prolonged Effect: Depending on the specific product used, results from dermal fillers can last anywhere from six months to over a year, making them a cost-effective treatment option in your skincare routine.

Microneedling

Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, is a minimally invasive procedure that triggers the increased production of collagen and elastin, the key building blocks of supple, youthful skin. It’s primarily used for making your skin smoother, firmer, and more toned; an answer for those seeking a natural, radiant glow.

  • Reduces Acne Scars and Stretch Marks: Microneedling is proven to diminish the appearance of acne scars and stretch marks. By promoting collagen growth, it helps your skin to heal and reduce these marks over time.
  • Improves Skin Texture and Tone: Say goodbye to dull, tired-looking skin. Microneedling can help you achieve a smoother and more balanced skin texture and tone.
  • Increases Product Absorption: The tiny channels created by microneedling allow for better absorption of skincare products. Therefore, your favorite serums and moisturizers become more effective.
  • Minimizes Pore Size: By inducing collagen in and around your pores, microneedling can give your pores a tighter, more youthful appearance.

Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels are treatments that use a solution to “peel” away the old skin, revealing a fresh, glowing layer underneath. This helps reduce discoloration, improve skin texture, and reduce signs of sun damage or aging. Additionally, these types of peels promote healthy skin growth at a cellular level.

Medical-Grade Skin Care

Medical-grade skincare products offer several benefits due to their advanced formulations, quality ingredients, and targeted approach to addressing specific skin concerns.

Here are some key benefits of incorporating medical-grade skincare into your routine:

  • Higher Concentrations of Active Ingredients: Medical-grade skincare products often contain higher concentrations of active ingredients compared to over-the-counter products. This allows for more potent and effective results.
  • Scientifically Formulated: These products are developed based on scientific research and clinical studies, ensuring that the formulations are backed by evidence and designed to deliver specific outcomes.
  • Professional Guidance: Medical-grade skincare products are typically recommended or prescribed by skincare professionals, such as dermatologists or aestheticians. This ensures that you receive personalized advice on product selection based on your skin type and concerns.
  • Targeted Treatment for Specific Concerns: These products are designed to address specific skin issues such as aging, hyperpigmentation, acne, and more. They often contain a combination of ingredients that work synergistically to target multiple aspects of a particular concern.
  • Comprehensive Skincare Systems: Some medical-grade skincare lines offer comprehensive systems that include multiple products designed to work synergistically. These systems may include cleansers, toners, serums, moisturizers, and sunscreens, providing a complete skincare routine.
  • Long-Term Skin Health: Regular use of medical-grade skincare can contribute to long-term skin health by addressing concerns at the root and promoting overall skin wellness. This can result in a more radiant, youthful complexion over time.

Your skin is one-of-a-kind, and it deserves a customized skincare routine tailored to its specific needs. Consult with an expert to discover the ideal skincare protocol designed just for you.

Make 2024 the Year of Transformation

Remember, the journey to beautiful and healthy skin is yours and exclusively yours. It’s unique, just like you. Let 2024 be the year of revelation, the year where you discover the true potential of your skin and the immense boost of confidence that comes along with it.

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PUMA drops new Deviate Nitro 3

With the third iteration of Deviate, PUMA is redefining speed in a way the running scene is yet to experience, empowering runners to unlock new personal bests.

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Deviate means to do things differently. To not accept normal standards. To challenge the status quo. Deviate inspires you to not just go beyond your boundaries, but to shatter them in emphatic style.

With the third iteration of Deviate, PUMA is redefining speed in a way the running scene is yet to experience, empowering runners to unlock new personal bests.

Embodying PUMA’s relentless pursuit of excellence in performance footwear, Deviate provides runners with the confidence to hit the road, making every second count.

This new offering sees Deviate served up in a new  distinct model; Deviate NITRO 3 – a premium everyday hero.

Deviate NITRO 3

The Deviate NITRO 3 challenges runners to have the most successful training experience ever. It’s the everyday source of speed that runners can trust week after week, mile after mile.

The shoe is engineered with even more of PUMA’s cutting-edge NITROFOAM technology to deliver supreme cushion and responsiveness, elevating the legacy of its award-winning predecessor.

The carbon fibre PWR Plate offers a smoother and more consistent source of speed, resulting in an explosive toe-off that propels runners beyond their normal limits, whilst PUMA’s unrivalled PUMAGRIP enables multi-surface traction in even the most testing conditions.

A lightweight engineered mesh upper features strategically placed PWR Tape to provide support in high stress areas, with a padded collar offering additional comfort and fit.

Sure to enhance the training experience for people around the globe, Deviate NITRO 3 continues to grow closer to its raceday counterpart.

Deviate NITRO 3 Specifications:

  • Price: PHP 8, 800
  • Weight: 265g (UK8)
  • Stack Height: 29mm – 39mm

Commenting on the hotly anticipated double dose of Deviate, Romain Girard, VP Innovation at PUMA said: “We’re living in a world where athletes and runners have high expectations. They want to set PBs and break records, time and time again. To do that, you need a shoe that gives you the competitive edge – that’s where Deviate comes in. The Deviate NITRO™ 3 is now available globally on PUMA.com, in PUMA stores and selected retailers.

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Salomon opens new store at EDSA Shangri-La

Salomon has carved out a niche for itself, becoming a cult fave among fashion-forward individuals thanks to its unique design and versatility. A standout in their lineup is the XT-6, which has been a fan favorite since its debut in 2013.

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French brand Salomon finally dropped in the Philippines with the grand opening of its first store at Midlevel 2/3 East Wing, EDSA Shangri-La Plaza on July 13, 2024. The new store boasts a curated selection of Salomon’s hottest picks, including the legendary XT-6.

Salomon has carved out a niche for itself, becoming a cult fave among fashion-forward individuals thanks to its unique design and versatility. A standout in their lineup is the XT-6, which has been a fan favorite since its debut in 2013.

The XT-6 continues to dominate both the streets and the trails with its varied palette, from earthy tones to bold pops of color. Sleek silhouettes and statement patterns make Salomon the perfect match for both your workout gear and everyday streetwear. Forget the days of bulky hiking boots–Salomon’s XT-6 is for anyone who wants to elevate their look while pushing their limits.

The XT-6 was a highlight of the event, wherein attendees got to explore what makes Salomon stand out. From its origins in the French Alps in 1947 all the way to Manila today, this event celebrates Salomon’s journey from trail to city and back again.

Carlo Aragon, founder of Salomonology, was on hand to explain why Salomon is a fashion force that blends peak performance with everyday style. Meanwhile, Daphne Chao, a designer known for her Salomon accessories, showed off how to turn Salomons into head-turning fashion pieces that are sure to make a statement.

Along with this, Salomon’s been making big strides in the trail running community. They were the official footwear partner for the Southeast Asian Trail Running Cup held from June 19–23, and the official footwear partner for the Philippine Train Running Association. They’re looking forward to a long-term partnership with these organizations, reinforcing their commitment to supporting trail running here in the Philippines.

“We’re very excited to finally bring Salomon to the Philippines,” shared Mikko Abello, Business Unit Senior Manager for Salomon, Wilson, and Descente. “This store, with its extensive selection, embodies the brand’s commitment to providing premium products to fans of the brand. From trail to city, we have something to offer both the serious trail run athlete and the fashion-forward consumer. We want this to become a space where both sport and culture converge.”

The Salomon Products

The new store features some of Salomon’s most desired products, including limited editions and cutting-edge performance gear:

RX Marie-Jeanne

Retailing at PHP 9,690, with its effortless style that’s technical, cozy, and ultra-versatile – the RX Marie-Jeanne makes a powerful self-statement, anytime, anywhere.

S/LAB Alpinway

Available for PHP 14,490, the unisex S/LAB Alpinway is crafted through close collaboration with world-class athletes, ensuring top performance without compromise.

These lightweight hiking shoes are specially developed for rocky terrain and ascents up mountain slopes, providing a secure grip and confidence during challenging adventures.

S/LAB Phantasm 2

Selling for PHP 16,390, the superlight racing dynamo that picks up where its predecessor left off: even lighter, more responsive and fully geared-up to smoke the competition. The combination of the new superlight bouncy foam and a full length carbon plate make for explosive propulsive energy, housed in a premium racing fit.

Gear up–Whether you’re conquering mountains or cityscapes, Salomon ensures you’re ready to own your adventure in style.

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PUMA taps BLACKPINK’s Rosé as new brand ambassador

Through the partnership, Rosé will bring her vision, voice, and unique insights to PUMA’s global campaigns and storytelling.

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PUMA announces a new partnership with Rosé, a member of one of the best-selling girl groups of all time, South Korean musical quartet BLACKPINK.

Rosé has established herself as a dominant and inspiring force in the K-pop world, as well as a style icon in her own right. Through the partnership, Rosé will bring her vision, voice, and unique insights to PUMA’s global campaigns and storytelling. The Korean-New Zealand K-pop star’s ambassador role will be dedicated to amplifying PUMA’s catalog of iconic silhouettes and supporting the “Rewrite the Classics” program, which celebrates PUMA’s most timeless franchises, bringing them into a new generation.

Rosé says, “I am so excited to join the PUMA family. I cannot wait for my fans to join my next chapter with PUMA.”

Joining PUMA Sportstyle ambassadors who have had a transformative impact including Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Dua Lipa, and Skepta, Rosé kicks off her partnership wearing the PUMA Palermo, styling the iconic low-top in her very own way. Over the course of the partnership, the K-pop idol will support additional classic franchises in PUMA’s Sportstyle category.

“Rosé’s remarkable influence on music, fashion, and culture globally are such an inspiration. We are thrilled to embark on this journey with her, where she will play a diverse role, leveraging her knowledge and vision to help us redefine our classic space. Her unique perspective will be instrumental in amplifying PUMA’s “Rewrite the Classics” program highlighting franchises like Palermo, Speedcat, amongst others. We are delighted to welcome her to our PUMA family, and we eagerly anticipate the accomplishments we will achieve together,” said Maria Valdes, Chief Product Officer for PUMA.

Loved around the world for her rock star persona, Rosé discovered her interest in music at a young age. Learning to play the piano, and later the guitar, brought out a deep passion for singing, and songwriting. Rosé’s debut album ‘R’ arrived in 2021 with a lead single “On the Ground,” which broke the record for the most-viewed music video in the first 24 hours on YouTube by a solo K-pop artist. Rosé is also the winner of a Hanteo Music Award, and a Mnet Asian Music Award, and boasts the honor of being the first artist to top the Billboard Global 200 as a soloist and as part of a group.

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