HAVING your hands full can take away your time for yourself. There are even some who say that instead of spending time in the spa or parlor, they would rather use it for more important things.
I have had the chance to talk to five women who have really been juggling their schedule just to finish a number of things at the same time. They have been facing several demands from different responsibilities yet they have remained fresh and glowing. So, I asked them how they take care of themselves considering their family, job, business and a lot more.
Ellen Jane Ferenal
Mother, events host, Concentrix Davao Site Director
“I am a very late bloomer when it comes to taking care of myself. It wasn't until I almost turned 40 when I decided I should do it. I used to wear heavy makeup and sleep with it. Today, I never sleep without washing and thoroughly cleansing my face, toner and I use a few night creams. I have also ditched heavy foundation during the day and instead, wear a lot of sunscreen. Thanks to the Korean craze, we no longer call out oily skin, we call it dewy and it's lit!
Fashion-wise, I wear what I want based on comfort, not even looking at whether it's uso or not and the brands but I am more biased to the plain neutrals - blacks, whites, grays especially because I am on the slightly heavy side.
But I think the best part about taking care of yourself is accepting that your little imperfections are still beautiful. Be happy, live and love everything around you and always keep a positive outlook. Do not be easily influenced by the negativity around us - they make us age a lot faster. Surround yourself with happy people and find something beautiful everyday.”
Mother, radio DJ, events host, teacher
“It is boring to say but ‘I wash my skin daily, I never sleep with any make-up on’. I wash my face with Cetaphil because I have very sensitive skin. I use Dove baby body wash. I moisturize with Olive oil and Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream. I make sure to visit my derma every two weeks for my diamond peel and regular facial. I try to sleep up to eight hours, I drink at least two liters of water or a liter of buko juice daily. I drink tea before I sleep.
I wake up early and I meditate. I exercise at least five times a week. I do yoga, planking and squats twice a day, in the morning and in the evening.
On Fashion, I think the most important thing to consider when you're dressing up for any event is to feel comfortable and confident with what you're wearing. Clothes should give you confidence. I always go for the classic look, because it's timeless, a classic style wardrobe doesn't have to be old fashioned. I try to mix old with the new.
On a regular day, you'll see me wearing a shirt, tattered pants and rubbershoes. There's beauty in simplicity. Fashion need not be complicated, you just have to be your confident self and stay true to your own personal style.”
“I am one of the few people who don’t exercise. I take care of myself by keeping my mind healthy instead. Me-time is very important to me. Every day, as soon as I wake up, I grab my gratitude notebook and write about all the things that I am grateful for and give myself some positive vibes.
Beauty regimen: kojic lang sapat na! I have a very simple skin care routine. I just use micellar water to remove makeup at night then wash my face with kojic liquid soap then that’s it. In the morning, kojic cream lang before make up.
Less is more when it comes to makeup. I only use bb cream with sunscreen and a little blush.
Fashion-wise, I choose comfort over style I’m not a fan of tight-fitting clothes and I only wear heels when necessary. I stick to the basics.”
Ellen Luz Quilaneta
“How do I take care of myself? I never really thought of that. In fact, I don’t have a set routine. But one thing is sure. I remove all the things I put on my face and body at night, before I sleep. Which is fairly easy since I don’t put so much! I take vitamin C to take care of my whole body, including the skin of course. I also use organic products like the kojic products of Bee Essentials. In my fairly busy schedule, I try to move as much as I can, which could count as exercise.
I try to be minimalistic in everything I do. This includes my fashion sense. I usually wear what is comfortable and available. I do try to follow fashion trends, but only to a minimal extent. In fact, I try to do or make my own fashion, which other people see as weird sometimes. Well, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
Mother, Professional Chef
“1. Hydrate- lots of water especially that I’m with dry skin
2. Moisturize face and body, especially at day time
3. Smother Aloe gel sa face before bedtime. It gives a dewy, bright skin.
4. Trying my best to get enough sleep
5. Because of my work, I make sure to be in comfy clothes most of the time- joggers and kicks. But there are days that I dress up and be girly. As long as I feel comfortable, it should be fine.
6. If not needed, go out with less make up. I’m good already with pressed powder and lip/cheek tint
7. Cleanse face and remove make up at night.”
These women surely know how to highlight their strengths, whether it is in their personal life or their looks. If you would see them, you might not believe that they are already in their late 30s or early 40s. Thus, if you want to stay gorgeous and positive just like them, their secrets are already out. You have the option to follow them, right?
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