A few days ago, I saw this quote on Facebook.
It made me pause and think for a moment: does that also apply to the food we eat?
Growing up with a strict aunt, you probably had experienced a lot of killjoy moments just like me. Some occasions when you can’t watch any more TV after dinner, or you can’t leave the table unless you finish the vegetables on your plate! I remember we, my Auntie Lelen and I, had a standoff because I did not eat my ginisang ampalaya! Who would want that as a kid? I still don’t eat ampalaya until today, haha, even if I know it’s one of the most nutritious vegetables. Instead, as my family does, so do I enjoy rich and fatty foods—tendons, bone marrow, butter, bacon fat, to name a few. When we (cousins) hit puberty we were faced with that horror of horrors!
Hormones and food suddenly caused, reacted, or produced some chemical backlash in our bodies and breaks on our skins. But I loved the fat of steak, lechon, pork chops, sinigang liempo, chicken skin, bulalo, name the fatty ones and I was deeply attached to them, including dishes rich in cream and butter. The consequence was not really so far off, we had pimples, and black- and whiteheads started to show. My face got super oily, the oil can fry an egg!
So my mom brought me to a dermatology clinic on appointment for a facial treatment and that was the first time I heard of fat deposits. I was signed in for a regimen and after every session, it felt like I lost a pound or two. I was told to cut down on the favorites—oily and fatty foods, even chocolates. In high school that sounded like a life sentence! In college, the bumps lessened but left craters on my face! Still, there were the stubborn ones that overstayed. I think I have used most of the commercially available facial cleansers and products the market could sell but nothing seemed to work.
A classmate advised, “why not use calamansi?” Hmm, at least that’s a natural alternative to the chemical. And my oh my, she had flawless skin and used calamansi. So I tried it. Oh, dear! My cheeks and forehead became smooth but the nose area and skin around my lips burned from the citric acid.
There are other natural remedies and solutions from plants that I remember because we used them while growing up. My Ninang Nita has super soft and baby smooth hands from making achara, the papaya enzymes did that. My mom would apply fresh coconut cream on our hair for a few minutes before taking a bath, and the result was even better than commercial hair conditioner! I got to try fresh aloe vera extract on my skin when at a classmate’s house doing a group project, she handed me a pot. It was cool and soothing. Resting cucumber slices on our eyes soothe and rid the eye bags and has its own cooling properties. There are a lot of natural sources that naturally beautify, detoxify, hydrate, smoothen, and soothe our skins, hair, and our digestive organs. Have you tried the coffee scrub, oatmeal milk, or honey mask? There are a lot more.
In recent years better and more skin-friendly face products have been available in the market. After that calamansi incident, I did not touch any other preparation without professional advice. Now I use Jeju Aloe Ice by Fresh. It’s a soothing gel lotion my sister has been using for so long which I decided to try. It has become my only nightly pampering system; it makes my face softer, lighter, less oily, and glowing! The Jeju Aloe Ice is natural aloe vera less the slime.
FRESH products are available at Watson’s and other health and beauty bars. visit them on their social networks for more information.
Dermatologist Dr. Cristine Claire Uy-Mesias provides her most invaluable pieces of advice: “observe what you eat” and “eat in moderation”. She also said that skin problem is treated on a case-to-case basis as there is no general treatment that fits all. Not all products that work on one person may work on the other; similarly, it is the same case with the food we take. Our skins react differently. Dr. Cristine’s advice is a holistic approach because skin problems are usually a manifestation of other underlying health problems. It is not just skin-deep advice but one that is applicable for our overall health and wellness.
Seek professional medical help before trying anything on yourself because damages on the skin may be permanent. For consultation and treatments you may reach Dr. Cristine Claire Uy-Mesias at the following clinics:
Ahem, so there, you read what the doctor said, eat in moderation, and see you all in the next issue!
Photo credits: photos shown here are captured from their respective Facebook pages.
Featured image: Skin Food by Polina Tankilevitch.
Chef Chris Lachenal strives to elevate Filipino cuisine and revive dishes that are slowly losing popularity. A former chef instructor, he emphasized the importance of understanding the process of things in order to grasp refinement in food. As a chef-for-hire he satisfies his clients, always. He is creative, passionate and believes that everything must be done with love. He strongly believes that the smallest detail makes a difference.