I remember the days when I was in my tween age and we lived with my maternal grandparents for a year while we were waiting for our own house in Rizal to be finished. It was a two-level apartment in Pasay City and all 5 of us were living together with my gramps, my grandmother’s sister, my 2 aunts and 2 uncles. It was a two-bedroom apartment but we managed to all fit in and honestly, I never considered it cramped.
I mentioned about my aunts and my grandmother being skillful makeup artists, right? Together with that, they also maintained their beautiful skins – my grandaunt included. I witnessed them slathering cleansing liquids, facial creams, mud packs almost every night and then in the morning they’d clean their faces, apply a different kind of moisturizer and put on their makeup and be on their way.
My younger sister, who was 9 at that time, and I found this ritual fascinating that sometimes we mimicked what they did. We knew we were not allowed to go thru their arsenal of Ponds, Beautifont and Avon products because that meant the end of the world for me and my sister in our mom’s hands, so we came up with our own. We, instead, got our baby powder, put in some water and we put that paste on our faces and we had that on till the paste dried out then we clean our faces. We felt like divas.
My grandma and her sister were probably close to my age now at that time when we lived with them and I still remember their beautiful, smooth, light-colored skins. I remember my aunts talking that my grandma and her sisters had been doing these rituals even when they were younger.
I know I should have taken heed of that fact at a much younger age. But who had the time? But at 45 years old and a vertical dented line appeared in between my eyebrows I panicked! I had to do something to eradicate that awful wrinkle before it multiplied.
I first tried over the counter cremes but they gave me pimples and it felt so greasy. I did more research, tried out some more, but I still forgot the continue with the regimen or they didn’t work. The vertical wrinkle was still there.
About 2 years ago, I came across an internet post explaining about Korean women’s 10-step beauty ritual. And you’ve seen this pretty Korean women, with radiant almost transluscent skin, right? You would think that only the younger girls look like this but so do the mature women. Most were the same age or 2 or 3 years younger but their faces glow! That and a lot of beauty sites convinced me that the Koreans are doing something good. And a week later I was at the asian HMart talking to a beautiful Korean girl at the cosmetics counter.
In the coming days I’ll be telling you about my version of the 10-step Korean beauty regimen and explain why you have start your own skin care routine.
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The once named “godmother of the Philippine Blogosphere”, Gigi Manaloto-Refugia, known by her pen name “Ate Sienna” has been blogging since 2002 in her old pansitan.net community where she housed famous bloggers. She now writes about being 50-something and shares her tips on fashion, makeup, skincare, travel, food and thrift-store diving.
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