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Lay Bare Waxing Salon: Clean Profits

Introducing Lay Bare, established in 2006 as a one-stop venue for – well – waxing.



“In the Philippines,” says Fiona Hilario, “(there used to be no) exclusive waxing salons. The available service providers were from the extreme (sides of the spectrum) – there were high-end salons offering waxing as add-on services, but they are often too costly so not many can afford them; and there were the low-end salons, where the technicians (wax the clients really painfully, so that) you wouldn’t want to go to them in the first place. There was nowhere to go to in the middle.”

That was in June 2006, when, because “even if there was a need, a demand, there were no responses,” Hilario decided to open Lay Bare Waxing Salon (LBWS), a one-stop-shop for “all waxing needs” with a start-up capital of P300,000.

“It was hard at first – specifically for the first nine months,” Hilario, who quit her job as a human resource specialist, says. “Filipinos are not that open to waxing, with most, if they remove body hair at all, opting to shave instead.”

But LBWS’s efforts paid off. “After only six months, we opened our second branch, this time in Quezon City, and we didn’t even get our return of investment yet,” Hilario says. But mainly because “I have been receiving numerous requests to open (a waxing station) in the northern part of Metro Manila, it was a natural progression of things for us.”

From two employees, there are now eight people working at LBWS, which was incorporated early this year. “We aren’t growing extremely fast, but our growth rate is just about right,” says Hilario, who stresses that “I’m happy with our pace of growth (over 50%).”

There are already plans to re-structure LBWS, “and we’re even looking at franchising,” she adds. But over time, I learned that when opening and running a business, things are never easy. You work harder and for longer periods of time (than when you are working for somebody else). But definitely, it is more fulfilling.”

The best lesson in business, however, is “to never fail in satisfying your customers. Not only will that make them return to continue availing your services, but the word of mouth (from that) spreads fast, too, so you end up capturing more customers,” Hilario ends.

Lay Bare Waxing Salon is at 5081 Filmore Street, Barangay Palanan, Makati City; and at 18 Scout Ybardolaza, Sacred Heart, Quezon City. For inquiries, call 8337915 (Makati City), 4160998 (Quezon City), or 0917-LAY-BARE; or visit

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Why crocodile bags are good for the planet (and the crocodiles)

The report was published in response to the accusations of hypocrisy against Boarini Milanesi following the launch of the most expensive bag in the world, worth 6 million euros, made of precious stones and alligator leather and created to raise awareness on the pollution of the seas.



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Luxury bag brand Boarini Milanesi released a report claiming that crocodile leather is actually good for the planet and… yes, the crocodiles.

The report drawn up by the luxury bag brand Boarini Milanesi begins with a quote from Dr Daniel Natusch, biologist and member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature: “Buy a crocodile bag and you save five more”. The report uses three scientific reasons to demonstrate that alligator and crocodile bags are good for the planet, communities and the animals themselves.

The report was published in response to the accusations of hypocrisy against Boarini Milanesi following the launch of the most expensive bag in the world, worth 6 million euros, made of precious stones and alligator leather and created to raise awareness on the pollution of the seas.

The report was compiled using the research of numerous scientists and species conservation experts belonging to the IUCN, an organisation which includes over 17,000 scientists and more than 1,400 member organisations, including the WWF, Global Nature Fund, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and CNR.

The report reached the following conclusions:

1. The use of alligator and crocodile leathers contributes to the preservation of the species

Crocodiles and alligators are seen by the communities living in close contact with them as dangerous for their personal safety and that of their farms. The sustainable use of these animals allows people to tolerate them, because they are useful for their economic sustenance. Based on these considerations, programs for the sustainable use of crocodiles and alligators have been implemented which have led to an increase in current population numbers. 

From 1960 to date in Louisiana in the US, the alligator population has gone from being in danger of extinction to reaching numbers around 3-4 million in the wild. In countries such as Sri Lanka, where no plans are in place for the sustainable use of the species, the Porosus crocodile is considered severely depleted, with known destruction of its eggs and habitat.

2. The use of alligator and crocodile leathers contributes to the health of the planet

Wetlands – the natural habitat of crocodiles and alligators – are the ecosystem with the best capacity to store carbon (in some cases capable of storing twice as much as forests) and can reduce the damage caused by tsunamis and floods.

However, they are destroyed every day to create agricultural land or tourist settlements (some studies calculate that 87% of them have been lost since 1700). Sustainable crocodile use programs incentivise populations to keep their wetlands intact and recreate them where they have been destroyed.

3. The use of alligator and crocodile leathers helps local communities

Programs for the sustainable use of crocodiles and alligators generate revenues that improve the quality of life of the poorest communities (from the schooling of children to the construction of drinking water plants and hospitals) and also bring money into the public coffers of more developed countries.

In Louisiana, for instance, taxes on the unique wild alligator tracking tag (one of the required taxes for “croc industry” operators) brought 1.9 million dollars into the state’s coffers in 2018 alone.

Carolina Boarini, co-founder and CEO of Boarini Milanesi, said, “For Boarini Milanesi, these three points are the start of an information campaign aimed at breaking down the fake news that influences public opinion, putting this delicate safeguarding work at risk”.

“We do not agree with the choice of some luxury brands to abandon the use of exotic leathers”, declared Matteo Rodolfo Milanesi, co-founder and CEO of Boarini Milanesi.

He continued, “For us, stopping their use would simply be a marketing move to capture an audience that ignores reality. A serious mistake that would jeopardize the conservation of these species and the well-being of entire communities”.

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Anti-aging eye product combines sonic technology with proprietary peptide formulation

The compounds are designed specifically to treat the delicate eye area by penetrating beneath the skin faster using 10,000 vibrations per minute to help infuse the serum deeper into the skin layers. The effects mimic injectables, but work naturally, more effectively, and without needles.



Fresh Faced Skin Care, science inspired beauty, launched Eyebrations Triple Action Serum, the only anti-aging eye product that combines sonic technology with a proprietary peptide formulation that dramatically reduces the effects of aging around the eyes.

The compounds are designed specifically to treat the delicate eye area by penetrating beneath the skin faster using 10,000 vibrations per minute to help infuse the serum deeper into the skin layers. The effects mimic injectables, but work naturally, more effectively, and without needles.

To diminish the look of wrinkles, dark circles and reduce puffiness, Eyebrations delivers a drop of serum and automatically vibrates upon contact with skin. It uses sonic sound waves to vibrate the serum beneath the skin. 20 seconds a day under, around, and above the eye reverses signs of aging.

Peptides are one of the most effective anti-aging skincare ingredients that help firm the skin and reduce wrinkles by stimulating cells to build collagen. The serum is blended with caffeine, Green Tea and Vitamin K, which together increase circulation, firmness, and reduce free radical damage. Altogether, Eyebrations Triple Action has seen clinical results in as little as two weeks!

“Not everyone has the means to afford cosmetic procedures, so I wanted to be the first to create a product to get deeper into the layers of the skin, work faster, with better results,” states Erica Suppa, Founder of Fresh Faced Skin Care, “Eyebrations Triple Action is basically mimicking what an injectable can do, whether it is filler or Botox.”

Forget prescriptions and needles, Eyebrations focuses on gold standard ingredients in conjunction with advanced technology to enrich the biology of your skin. The only product/device in the US that will treat, correct and enrich your skin, naturally.

Fresh Faced products are available online, making it affordable to everyone.

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Smart summer skin care

Get back to basics with warm weather skin care tips.



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If you’ve ever noticed how thirsty you get when it’s hot outside, that’s because your body’s natural water content evaporates more quickly in warm weather. It’s not just your mouth that gets parched, however; your entire body, including your skin, can feel the impact of climbing temperatures.

Although it’s often overlooked, skin is an essential organ that needs special attention and care. After all, not only does your skin tell the true story of your health and age, it provides a protective barrier to the rest of your body.

Keeping your skin supple, soft and well-hydrated helps ensure it doesn’t dry and crack, which is just as possible during the warm summer months as winter. Use these tips to create a healthy summer skin care regimen.

Use proper sunscreen. The sun can dry out and damage your skin quickly even on an overcast day, and more so if you’re near water, where reflections can magnify its intensity. Protect your skin from burning and drying out by using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 any time you venture outdoors. Also remember to check the sunscreen’s expiration date to ensure you’re actually being protected.

Moisturize often. Make moisture part of your daily routine, not just when you get out of the shower, but throughout the day.

Shorten bathtub and shower time. It may seem contradictory that spending more time in the tub or shower strips your skin of moisture, but prolonged heat does exactly that. Keep your bathing time brief to minimize the chance of dehydration.

“Although a long, hot shower or a nice soak in a tub is very relaxing, hot water can really dry out your skin,” said board-certified dermatologist and Medline Remedy consultant Dr. Jeanine Downie. “Damp skin helps hydration from your moisturizer lock in, so the best time to apply moisturizer is not when your skin feels the driest but rather after a bath or shower. Be sure to apply a thick coat of lotion immediately after getting out while skin is still wet to help keep skin soft and supple.”

Exfoliate. Take time to regularly exfoliate, which removes dead skin cells and makes it easier for moisturizer to penetrate and reveal healthy-looking skin. Be sure to exfoliate gently and adjust your exfoliation schedule to your skin’s unique needs so you don’t irritate it.

Hydrate frequently. Applying lotion is an external strategy for maintaining your skin’s natural barrier, but you can also keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. When you’re dehydrated, the body pulls water from any source it can, including your skin. A good rule of thumb is to drink at least 8-11 8-ounce glasses of water a day, and keeping a bottle of water on-hand at all times can provide easy, on-the-go hydration.

Consume hydrating foods. Similar to upping your water intake, you can increase your body’s overall water content by eating the right kinds of foods. Many types of produce have a high percentage of water, like berries, melon, cucumbers and zucchini.

6 Causes of Dry Skin

Everyday activities, including some that are intended to improve your overall health, can have a big impact on the condition of your skin.

Bathing too often. A nice hot shower or soak in the tub may be a great way to relax and chase away aches and pains, but that heat strips away your body’s natural moisture. Avoid excess bathing, shorten your showers and aim for more moderate temperatures to reduce the impact on your skin.

Too much chlorine. It’s essential to keep pools safe and clean, but chlorine is a harsh chemical that can be damaging to your skin, hair and eyes. To minimize the impact, take a brief shower as soon as possible after leaving the pool to rinse away chemicals, and apply lotion while skin is still damp for maximum absorption.

Washing your hands frequently. Thorough handwashing is important to keep germs and illnesses at bay, but all that washing can wreak havoc on your skin. If possible, choose a soap that has moisturizing ingredients along with the anti-bacterial agents. Follow up each wash with a layer of lotion to seal in moisture.

“While touching something that you’re allergic to such as chemicals or latex gloves can lead to dry, cracked hands, more often the culprit is handwashing,” Downie said. “In fact, there are several professions where frequent handwashing is associated with the job. In that case, it is best to carry around moisturizer or keep a jar of it next to the sink so that applying lotion after washing your hands becomes second nature.”

Excess hand sanitizer. It may be convenient when you’re not near a sink, but the most effective hand-sanitizers contain more than 65% alcohol, and alcohol is extremely drying. If possible, supplement usage with a sanitizing lotion.

Air conditioning exposure. The cooling relief of an air conditioner may help reduce the natural evaporation that occurs when you’re hot and sweaty, but it also makes the indoor air drier, which pulls moisture from your skin that you probably don’t even notice. It’s easier to maintain moisture in skin before it’s dry and scaly, so use a regular moisturizer as a preventive measure and maintain the skin’s natural protective barrier to moisture loss.

Soaking up the sun. While many people think of sun-kissed skin as a healthy glow, the opposite is actually true. A tan is a clear sign of skin damage, and the darker the tan, the greater the damage. Use appropriate sunscreen when you’ll be outdoors, and when you come inside, use moisturizers designed to reduce chances of irritation of sensitive skin from fragrances or dyes.

More skin care tips from Remedy Dermatology Series Moisturizing Lotion.

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