If you go to a Philippine supermarket or drugstore, you’ll notice that a lot of skin care products’ main ingredients are papaya, calamansi and/or lemon extracts, and glutathione. All of which are known to lighten skin color. A lot of Filipinos (women included of course! I’m talking about people of the Philippines in general, just to be clear) prefer fairer skin to tanned skin.
Others embrace their Pinoy colors, while others (me included) do not really aim to look mestiza but at least lighten some dark areas on the body. There is NO problem, though, if a person wants to achieve a fairer skin. It always depends on what WE want for ourselves, not what OTHERS want. 😉
My father used to tell me never to kneel without anything protecting my knees from the floor. The friction would make my knees darker and that wouldn’t look good. Unfortunately, being a little girl who wanted to be as carefree as a boy, I often failed to do as I was told. Not only my knees, but also my elbows. I’m not also really confident with my pits, too, and I felt like it’s high time I make my skin happy and myself confident. They’ve been in the dark for so long! 😀
I’ve tried a lot of commercial products that promised to whiten skin “in just 1 week!”. I knew it was codswallop, but I was too forgiving I still gave them a try. Oh well, it was a complete waste of money.
Later on, I was convinced that a thorough treatment at a dermatologist would be my only chance. Then again, MJ Perez, the blogger behind the successful Vanity Room Philippines, proved that there ARE products that truly work. Though I haven’t really tried the products he has recommended, I’ll definitely give them a shot.
Last week, my aunt introduced to me a local skin care brand. It’s called BN Whitening Shoppe. I checked their page and their products seem promising. Its main company is in Davao City and my aunt said that she had friends and colleagues in Australia who used BN products and swore by their effectiveness.
So, here are the products that I got:
- Cheek and Lip Tint
Claims: Smudge on this kiss-proof, see-through color for lips & cheeks that lasts for hours!
They have three shades: Orange, Red, and Plum. However, in other pages, they say, Orange, Pink, and Plum. Mine’s the red/pink one. 😀
Well, from the tube, the product looks red, but it’s more like reddish pink when applied. It does not indicate which shade it is; that’s one of the cons. It’s watery but gel-ish. Because of this, it is much easier to blend. It stains beautifully on my lips as well as on my cheeks. I’m surprised by its pigmentation and longevity. A little amount goes a long way. It lasted me all day and I love how natural it looks.
I’ve been using it for five days now and I have not had any breakouts. By the way, here are the ingredients:
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane and Cyclohexasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Seaweed Extract, Color, Preservative
I lightly squeeze the tube and apply the product directly onto my lips then I use my ring finger to spread it all over my lips. If you don’t want to have pink stain on your finger, use a Q-tip or a lip brush. However, the fingers are the best tools to spread it evenly on the cheeks.
I’m really happy with this product! This is better than the lip tints I’ve tried that are too watery.
- Underarm Whitening Solution
Claims: Conquer sweat and odor with this wonder solution!This underarm whitening solution would surely help your armpits be free from odor-causing bacteria and will keep them sweat-free all throughout the day! What’s more, unlike other deodorants, its light and clear so no need to worry about staining your clothes or a film/cream build-up causing he underams to darken.
I have only been using this product for five days. I have not seen any major changes yet, but I noticed that my pits ARE a tad bit lighter than they usually are! Also, I am impressed by how true their claims are when it comes to sweat and odor. I did NOT sweat – not even a little I swear – the entire day. Eversince I used this product, I’ve stopped using my deodorant. That alone is impressive, because deo is always a must-have for me. (I just want to be 100% protected. It’s hard to take a risk you know.)
What I do is, after taking a bath and drying my pits, I put a few drops onto a piece of cotton and apply it all over. It has a slight cooling effect upon application. It has the smell of alcohol, but I don’t think it is super irritating.
I have high hopes for this product because in just a short period of time, I’m seeing some of its potential.
By the way, if you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that I’m using an oatmeal scrub from another Pinoy brand. It’s almost empty now and I’ll be including that in my ‘product empties’ post. I’ll let you know what I think about it. But to give you a heads-up, I still can’t show you a before and after photo. 😀
As for this product, as promised, if there are any major changes, no matter how embarrassing it could be, I’ll post a photo here.
- Pink Whitening Soap
Claims: Helps lighten skin through its mild formulation and promotes smoother skin. Use regularly to improve skin fairness and correct blemishes.
First of all, I LOVE the packaging! I’m not into flowers, but it does give this soap an extra oomph! As the name suggests, this is a pink soap with the logo stamped on the top. It has that floral scent, well I guess there won’t be flowers on the packaging if it doesn’t.
Here are the ingredients:
Kojic Acid, Coco Nucifera, Water, and Fragrance
As we already know, Kojic Acid lightens the skin tone. Recommended usage is day and night. You must lather for 5 minutes to get better results.
Unfortunately, among the things that I got, this is the only one I have not tried yet. I have just finished the last block of my coffee soap; and I have won a magical soap from Lily’s Beauty Potion (owned by a fellow Potterhead, yay!) I initially wanted to try that Harry Potter inspired soap first, but since it has not arrived yet, I’ve started using the Extreme Whitening Face and Body Soap, which you’ll be reading below. 😉
My sister, Mikk, is currently using it and she said it smells good. She also cuts it up into smaller blocks to make the soap last longer. She said the soap melts pretty quickly so make sure you place it somewhere that does not collect water.
- Extreme Whitening Face and Body Soap
I have the small bar which is 55g, and is retailed for only P55. They also have it in a bigger bar, which is 220g, for only P195. I’ve just used this twice and my first time pleasantly surprised me! According to the instructions:
Use while bathing day and night. Lather onto your body to reveal lighter and healthier looking skin then rinse well immediately. GENTLY RUB. Pat dry and apply moisturizer.
The bar was wrapped in a transparent plastic and was so sealed that I squished the edges of the soap as I tried to remove the covering. It does not have any distinct scent, but it has that very subtle soap smell.
It did not have much foam as I lathered it all over my body, but the soap felt really smooth. I focused on areas that need more attention – you know, the dark areas. Hehe! However, it stung my groins because of some irritation going on down there. Also, I only saw the instructions AFTER I used the soap. Galing, noh?!
When I was done showering, I just let my body dry a little, then started rubbing my skin gently. I can see something (like libag haha!) coming off and noticed the sudden change in my skin. It looked radiant and light. My skin also felt cleaner, if that makes sense.
It just feels a bit drying afterwards, so moisturizing is a must-have. BN recommends their Extreme Whitening Lotion for best results, but I’m currently using a Korean soothing water gel at the moment.
This product claims to whiten skin in as early as 5 days… Hmmmh… We’ll see about that.
Here are some of the BN products I’m really interested in (due to all the positive feedbacks from their customers).
- Ultra White Skin Lightening Lotion
- Gold Whitening Bar
- Scar Cream
- Ultra White Toner
- Facial Scrub
- Gold Mask
If you’re in Laguna and are interested in these products, you may contact Lip Monstr to inquire. They have not posted the products yet, but they are now open for inquiries.
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