Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Obagi's Professional-C Serum

Ten years ago, I would have said no to facial treatments. I would have saved my precious bucks for a hot dress, an elegant bag or a pair of charming earrings. But some things change with time. I don’t know when it started. I just remember waking up one day and seeing a noticeably older reflection of myself in the mirror.

Did I grow the eye bags overnight? I didn’t think so. Were the lines running on my forehead just pillow marks? Not possible. I don’t sleep face down, ever! Was the tired skin just a product of the cold rainy weather?  Could be. But this was the first time I ever noticed these things.

At 32, I never thought I would be worried about aging. I always thought my youth would last ten more years before it expires. Clearly, I was wrong. Obviously, I was ignorant. Apparently, something must be done before it’s too late.

So, I googled about skin aging and came across the term “photo-aging”. It’s the damage done to the skin from prolonged exposure to UV radiation. The first signs of photo-aging appear in the mid-20’s, way earlier than we ever realized. That's why it’s vital for us to start protecting our skin as early as we can. After all, if there’s a better investment, more important than a beautiful wardrobe or a wonderful bling set, that would be our precious face.

The bad news is we can never stop aging. It’s simply the way nature works. The good news? Nature tilted the scales in our favor and gave us Vitamin C, its most powerful antioxidant. But the intake of Vitamin C supplements is not enough to give us the radiant glow of a healthy skin. What we need is L-Ascorbic Acid, the only form of Vitamin C that can be effectively absorbed by the skin.

House of Obagi's Professional-C Serum 15%

House of Obagi’s Professional-C Serum is stabilized ascorbic acid in a bottle. This skin care innovation offers maximum antioxidant protection you won’t find in other Vitamin C products. It’s clinically tested to be noncomedogenic with minimal side effects. It’s available in four concentrations to address all skin types:

20% Serum - has the highest concentration of L-Ascorbic Acid.
15% Serum – for all skin types.
10% Serum – for dry, sensitive or reactive skin
5% Serum – protection for the sensitive eye area

I had been using the 15% Serum for some time now and it really works. Before, the skin on my face was a bit rough and even had dry patches in certain spots. After just 3 days of using Obagi's Professional-C Serum, I noticed a big change. My skin became properly hydrated and the dryness evidently disappeared. My pores shrunk as well, which restored the youthful glow on my face. It’s like the tired skin of yesterday never really happened, sort of like a bad dream.:)

Who says 30 is old?:)

I now use Obagi’s Professional-C Serum  every single morning. I can even wear it under make-up. It comes with a bent tip glass dropper which makes it easy to apply. A few drops to your face, neck and chest every morning is all you need to give you the protection your skin requires.

Php 4800 at House of Obagi.

So when people ask me what I carry in my handbag for self defense, I always show them my pepper spray House of Obagi's Professional-C Serum. What else do I need? Thanks to House of Obagi, I can now face the day without worries. I’m proud to be in my 30’s and counting.:)

House of Obagi Greenbelt 5 
Ground Flr. Greenbelt 5 
Ayala Center, Makati City

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Traffic jams no more

LAMBOLANCE: Speed Car meets Speeding Truck

My solution for reducing traffic jams around the world is safe and responsible driving. A huge percentage of traffic jams were caused by road accidents which could have been prevented if:

1) We do not drive faster than the speed limit.
2) We are not drunk or under the influence of drugs when driving.
3) We make sure we are in good shape, and not sick, overly fatigued or too drowsy to drive.
4) We do not take a call or use our cell phones while driving.
5) We are constantly alert for road hazards such as debris, potholes, crossing animals, etc.
6) We do not drive recklessly by changing lanes abruptly, driving so close to another car, running red lights, etc.
7) We follow traffic signs diligently.
8) We avoid driving during extremely bad weather when road conditions would be unsafe for motorists.
9) We pay proper attention to our vehicle's maintenance to keep it safe and reliable.
10) We follow the law and do not participate in illegal street racing.

If we change our road habits for the better, there is no doubt that efficiency can be achieved. No traffic jams means more time to spend on the things we really need to do. That's what true efficiency is all about.


Apart from road accidents, another primary contributor to traffic jams is the exodus of people and vehicles in the streets at a given period. When people leave their house at the same time, traffic jams are inevitable. Hence, the term “rush hour”.

The reason why traffic conditions had worsened through the years was because the world did not only become overpopulated with people, we also witnessed a dramatic jump in commercial and industrial development.

My solution for reducing traffic jams around the world is what I would call, SECTORAL TIME ZONING. Implementing a specific timetable for each sector would greatly improve our traffic conditions. For example, schools and universities would be ordered to open at a designated period of time (between 5am-7am). A great way to make this idea viable is the utilization of school buses and carpooling, so parents would no longer have to drive their children to school.

Sectoral Zoning Hours

After an adequate time interval, offices can now start their business hours (between 8am-11am). Around this time, the students would be out of the streets and road congestion in the morning would have been reduced by 50%. The time we would save by not getting stuck in traffic would definitely do wonders for the business sector. Time efficiency means better productivity which will in turn result in greater profit.

Commercial establishments like malls should be required to start operating around 12pm onwards, when the country’s workforce is all at their desk getting busy for the day. Who goes to a mall before lunch time anyway? Students and employees can always eat breakfast in their respective school and office cafeteria.

By doing this, we would also be able to prevent evening rush hour because students would be travelling back home way before people getting out of the office would.

A world without traffic jams is possible if “rush hours” will no longer exist. The strict implementation of SECTORAL TIME ZONING might just be what we need. The solution is in our hands. Imagine how efficient our lives would be if we can only manage our time wisely.

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