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SUMMER HEAT = Dryness
I didn’t think I would ever have the problem of battling dreaded dryness. Especially on my face – ‘cos ever since I could remember, I’ve always had oily – combination skin. To be honest, I preferred being combination/oily because it means I won’t be prone to pre-mature wrinkles and other aging concerns.
Ironic because I used to (still do actually!) enjoy basking in the sun, swimming in the pool and getting a tan (with those trendy bikini tan-lines in tow screaming I just came from the beach when in reality, I don’t even like swimming in saltwater) — activities that age skin faster than I can say “I regret not finishing up bottles of sunscreen during those times”.
Anyway, it has happened and I’m now more prone to dryness than oiliness. During these times, I’ve gotten comments from everyone telling me to stop over-extending my welcome under the sun and to moisturize moisturize moisturize! I also had dry areas all over my body but I didn’t give it much thought (‘cos I was so concentrated on my dry face) until Enzo (!!!) told me, “You should use the lotion I’m using. Your skin is kinda rough.” SLAP IN THE FACE, YO.
Add to that – I hate the feel of lotions all over especially when you step out of the house and the feel of lotion and the heat merge together and turn into one oily slick fest. Ugh. My mom, on the other hand, was a proponent of lotion and moisturizing. I even remember her sneaking into my sister and I’s room when we were young (until we were about 16-17) and putting lotion on our legs and arms while we were asleep then.
Another Culprit of Dryness
As summer season approaches again, dry skin can easily be our best friend. What with the combination of heat, extra sweating, exposure to saltwater and/or chlorine? These can all suck the moisture out of our skin cells, making it appear and feel scaly and itchy. But did you know that it’s not just SUMMER HEAT that can cause dryness? That even if you don’t go outside and enjoy being hit by the UV rays of Mr. Sun, you’re also bound to experience dry skin – even when you’re just slaving away in the office from 9-5 for 5 days a week.
AC = Frenemy
In a tropical country such as ours, I’m sure it’ll be a nightmare for some to have to imagine a world without air conditioning. Malls – where some of us (ehem*ME*ehem*) go to to just cool off and bask in free AC – would only have electric fans and spraying mists bursting every now and then. Offices and restaurants, the same. But did you know that just as extreme heat can suck up moisture, so could prolonged exposure to air conditioning? If you do, good… keep on moisturizing!
If you don’t, then read on. It’s just like when you travel abroad and the winter air makes your lips crack and face dry – which is why when travelling to a colder country, the need for heavier moisturizers are necessary. So for those of you who work in an office with air conditioners blasting in full mode the whole day or sleep at night without putting any kind of moisturizer on, please save your skin. It’s extremely important to keep it moisturized and hydrated else dryness will eventually creep up on you. Like it did on me.
OLAY BODY WASH MOISTURE OUTLAST*
So for those of us who don’t want to continuously slather on lotion repeatedly throughout the day OR too lazy to spend time at night to put on lotion — the folks of Olay have something new in store. The Olay Body Wash Moisture Outlast promises (big word, right?) to provide 24-hour moisturization. Just apply in the morning and you’re set for the whole day! No need to be afraid of the AC.
The brand is quite confident with their claims and would like all of us to get to try it FOR FREE. Just go to Robinsons Place Manila, Midtown Atrium on March 28, swap in any of your non-P&G bar soap and instantly get a full-sized 200ml bottle of Olay Moisture Outlast Body Wash. I’m actually excited to try it myself so come, join me and other women to experience #MoistureThatLasts by Olay. Goodbye, lotions! See you there? To see what exactly will happen during the event, view the details here.
*This post was brought to you by Olay Philippines. I’ve been compensated for this post. Thoughts, experiences and opinions are purely my own.
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