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The Secret to Getting Glowing Skin This Summer

Staying at home might be the norm nowadays, but that doesn’t mean that your skincare has to take a back seat. The summer months are fully upon us, which means taking care of your skin is more important than ever.

Indeed, keeping your skincare routine up means you’ll get glowing skin throughout the season, while also practicing some self-care! Here are some top tips to getting glowing skin this summer.

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Vitamin C is key

Vitamin C serums have been growing in popularity within the skincare world, and for good reason. According to this guide on vitamin C serums posted by Women’s Health, this is a potent antioxidant that also boosts your skin’s collagen production. What’s more, this vitamin aids in protecting your skin from environmental stressors like pollution and sunlight. Since exploding into the scene a few years ago, lots of skincare brands have been creating their own vitamin C serums: Clinique’s Fresh Pressed Daily Booster has been a long-time favorite of Filipinas!

Drink your water

Viral YouTube star Mimiyuuuh has a point: it really is time to drink your water! If you’re religious about your skincare but aren’t seeing any difference, upping your water intake might be just what you need. Drinking water helps prevent dehydration while flushing out toxins, which is what will result in that enviable glow. Eight glasses is still the best practice, but making sure you take a sip every 15 to 30 minutes is enough to help you stay on track.

Choose cleansers that brighten

There’s nothing more refreshing than washing away the sweat and grime at the end of the day. As far as cleansing ingredients go, Pretty Me recommends kojic acid soap for its brightening properties, and its ability to gently exfoliate while evening out your skin tone. When coupled with other ingredients such as moisturizing coconut oil and anti-inflammatory vitamin E, kojic acid cleansers are definitely ones you’ll want to reach out for. These cleansers are even gentle enough to use both day and night; just be sure to boost your sun protection during the day to combat sensitivity issues!

Pick the best sunscreen

Speaking of sun protection, sunscreen is a no-brainer during these hot months—even when you’re mostly indoors. The key is finding one with adequate protection that also feels light on the skin, so that your face doesn’t feel sticky and uncomfortable as you go about. To that end, Biore’s UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence comes highly praised by beauty blog Blush & Pearls. Not only does this sunscreen have high SPF, it’s also packed with hyaluronic acid and water jelly to keep moisturizing your skin throughout the day.

Don’t forget to exfoliate

Last but not least, don’t forget to exfoliate! Your body sheds skin cells regularly, but they just sit on top of your skin and need to be scrubbed away. Physical exfoliating scrubs are still the default option, but chemical exfoliants with AHAs and BHAs have also grown in popularity. What you end up choosing will ultimately depend on your skin concerns and sensitivity level. Either way, be sure to exfoliate two to three times a week to keep your skin happy!

To that end, skincare is more than just vanity—it’s a way to take care of your body. Our post on teaching beauty Amalia Cabangbang highlights just how naturally beautiful Filipinas are, and these skincare tips will surely help you glow through the summer heat to give you that added confidence boost!

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Best Vegetables to Grow at Home

Vegetables are nutritious to eat. But these healthy foods can be so expensive or the ones that arrive at your locality might already be several days old. Don’t worry because there are actually a lot of vegetables that are so easy to grow at home!

If you live in the Philippines are other areas where there is a lot of sunshine, then these vegetables would be perfect for your garden.

Malunggay

Something that you can commonly see in most Filipino homes, malunggay is so easy to grow. In most parts of the country, you can just ask for a stem that you can plant at home. It doesn’t require a lot of maintenance or fertilizer. Once it takes root and grows leaves, you can have an endless supply of malunggay all year round.

Pechay

A delicious vegetable, pechay is so easy to grow. It does not even need a lot of soil. This is a perfect vegetable to grow even if you don’t have a lot of space because you can simply plant this inside 1.5L-softdrink bottles and place on a spot that gets some sun.

Eggplant

One of the easiest vegetables to grow, eggplants are perfect for the home garden. You can even grow these in containers. Just make sure to provide support so the heavy branches won’t break or the container won’t topple over.

Okra

A very low-maintenance vegetable to grow, okra is perfect for sunny areas. The plant grows fast. Once it starts bearing fruits, you’ll have a steady supply of okra. Just make sure to harvest while the fruits are still young or else the vegetable will be too hard.

Tomatoes

A lot of Filipinos use tomatoes for most dishes, whether salads or soups and stews. What’s great about this vegetable is that it is easy to grow and will also be perfect for container gardening if you don’t have a lot of space.

Squash

It is easy to grow squash but this vegetable requires a lot of space to grow. While it won’t be ideal if you have a small space, this would be perfect for gardens with plenty of space for the vines to grow.

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8 Healthy but Delicious Pinoy Foods You Need to Try

When you think of Pinoy foods, fat-rich dishes like lechon, adobo, and crispy pata often come to mind! But there are also lots of healthy but still delicious Pinoy foods that every health buff needs to try.

Ensaladang Talong

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A lot of Pinoys love tortang talong but because this is cooked in oil, this isn’t as healthy as ensaladang talong or eggplant salad. It is prepared in a similar way as the torta dish, with the eggplant roasted with the skin on. Then, the skin is removed before the eggplant is mixed with tomatoes, onions, and calamansi.

Tinolang Tahong

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Tahong or mussels are popular seafoods in the Philippines, thanks to its ready availability and affordable price. A rich source of folate, zinc, selenium, and vitamin B12, tahong is truly a healthy food. This dish is cooked with ginger, lemon grass, and leafy greens like malunggay or kamote tops.

Ginisang Monggo

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Ginisang monggo or sauteed monggo beans is rich in folate, manganese, phosphorus, thiamine, iron, and magnesium. Often considered as poor man’s meat, monggo can be prepared without meat but also tastes great with pork and chicharon.

Laing

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Prepared with coconut milk and spices, laing is an authentic Pinoy food that’s rich in iron as well as vitamins A and C. It is a delicious and healthy dish.

Bulanglang or Law-oy

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A simple yet very healthy dish, this food item has different names in different areas of the country. Made of vegetables cooked in water without a lot of additives or even meat, this dish is called bulanglang in Batangas and law-oy in the Visayan region. You can add any vegetable you like but this is often cooked with malunggay or camote tops, okra, squash, eggplants, and spices like tomatoes, onions, and lemon grass.

Seaweed Salad

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Prepared fresh from the sea, with just some calamansi or vinegar to taste, seaweed salad can be made from lato, guso, or some other seaweed. This healthy dish is a perfect companion to grilled or fried fish or pork.

Pinakbet

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A traditional dish that’s cooked using vegetables with alamang (shrimp paste), pinakbet is rich in vitamins and minerals. It is often prepared with squash, string beans, eggplants, and okra. You can cook this with or without meat.

Fish Sinigang or Tinola

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Sinigang and tinola are culinary cousins. These are both cooked with a water base and spices but sinigang makes use of items that make the soup sour, such as tamarind or unripe mangoes. Whereas tinola often uses malunggay leaves and camote tops, sinigang uses kangkong leaves and radish. Both can have eggplants.

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Dad Promises to Give Php10k as Reward for Daughter’s Weight Loss in 5 Months

One dad promises to give Php10k as reward for his daughter’s weight loss in 5 months – and netizens could only wish #SanaAll! LOL

Dad Offers Php10k Reward for Weight Loss

Everyone knows how hard it is to lose weight. That’s why many people put “weight loss” as part of their long list of New Year’s resolutions but do this every year because they just can’t lose weight.

Year after year, people try to lose weight but end up gaining more as they just can’t let go of the delicious high-calorie food they love to it. Plus, doing exercises can be so tiresome. But many would say that you can overcome all that with proper motivation. And what’s a better motivation for a young girl than money, huh?

Photo credit: Jeric Paulo De Jesus / Facebook

Dad Jeric Paulo De Jesus feels a bit apprehensive about the weight of his daughter, Jelaine Paola De Jesus. So, he decided to give her the best motivation to lose weight – a whopping prize of Php10k! Wow.

See you in 5 months baboom 🤣🤣🤣. Mapapasayo kaya ang 10k?? Abangan!!!!” this dad encouraged his daughter, sharing her photo and the ‘contract’ they made.

Photo credit: Jeric Paulo De Jesus / Facebook

Nasa 69kg na siya, magdadalaga na kaya ko inalok yong challenge. Pabata nang pabata na rin kasi ang inaatake sa puso eh kaya pinagdiet ko na rin,” Jeric explained.

To make the deal official, they drew up a ‘contract’ that came with a witness to the deal, mommy Annalaine De Jesus.

In the contract, the young girl’s starting weight is at 69kg. The weight goal is 50kg for a duration of 5 months.

Photo credit: Jeric Paulo De Jesus / Facebook

A lot of netizens are unsure whether the young girl can reach the target weight in such a short amount of time without starving herself, but many are also cheering her on!

Ideal Weight

A person’s ideal weight is based on gender and height. For example, a person with a height of 5’0” has an ideal weight of 48.1kg if male and 45.3kg if female. Someone who’s 5’2” has an ideal weight of 53.5kg if male and 49.9kg if female.

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