Friday, September 26, 2014

Free in My Skin with Physiogel

It sounds superficial, but skin issues really are more than skin deep. It takes a dig at your self-esteem, and makes you want to disappear and not show your face to the world.

I should know. I had a bout of stress-induced acne in my early 20s. 

Just recently, my pregnancy hormones took a toll on my skin, and my face became so dry, with itchy bumps that I had to stop my skincare regimen because it seemed that whatever I put on my face just aggravated the condition.

So on a routine check-up with my OB-GYN I told her about my concern. It's funny how our conversation went:

Me: Dr. Jayjay, what's happening to my face? It's so dry and itchy. I never had this with Xavi! I had dry skin with Berry, but this time, it's so bad, I have bumps all over my face!

Dr. Jayjay: Pregnancy hormones! Every pregnancy is different. Remember you had spotting with Xavi and had to go on bed rest.

Me: Harvs says I look like I have leprosy. I get so conscious tuloy.

Dr. Jayjay: Would you rather have that, or spotting and bed rest?

Me: Sige, dry, bumpy skin na lang. Haha. What can I put on my face that's safe for pregnancy though?

Dr. Jayjay: Physiogel!

Then Dr. Jayjay writes me a prescription:

Ayan ha, true story! Actually, I wasn't surprised that she recommended Physiogel

I know Physiogel is safe, because my friend Patty of and her fellow breast cancer warriors are advocates of Physiogel.

But I only fully understood why it's the number 1 most prescribed moisturizer by dermatologists (and doctors, like my own OB-GYN!) when Dr. Bernadette Arcilla, GSK Medical Director, explained how similar the ingredients of Physiogel are to our natural epidermal lipids - from the ceramides, to trigylcerides, phospholipids and squalene. 

The only difference that being epidermal lipids have cholesterol whereas Physiogel cream & body lotion has phytosterol.

This means Physiogel replicates the structure and ingredients of our natural lipid barriers, so it repairs dry skin naturally, allowing us to be truly free in our skin.

Which yes, leads me to Physiogel's Free in My Skin Movement.

According to Mr. Jeoffrey Yulo, General Manager of GSK Consumer Healthcare, “The Free in My Skin movement is not just about creating a nurturing community of smart, strong and sensitive women, but is also as a way of honoring these women who didn’t let their dry-skin insecurities prevent them from being the best versions of themselves,”

Leading the movement is model, TV host and entrepreneur Patti Grandidge, who for a time was super conscious about her sensitive, itchy, red and dry skin. 

"This made me quite insecure, and in the business I am in, it is always about first impressions,” she said. 

That, is until she discovered Physiogel. “Unlike ordinary moisturizers I used before, Physiogel made my skin less sensitive and dry. My skin became so much softer, smoother and definitely healthier.”

“It’s amazing how one simple change in my skincare has renewed my confidence,” she enthused.

“One of the best feelings is when you feel confident, and have control of your life, like I can do anything! And with Physiogel, I am Free In My skin to do just about anything.” 

The highlight of the afternoon for me was when all of us guests were asked to write down the names of the the smart, strong and sensitive women our lives who have all been a source of inspiration. 

It made me stop and really think of the girls who inspire me, and while we were asked to choose three, I had to put down four names.

Which is just a drop in the bucket really, because I can think of so many more women who I feel embody empowerment, and who have gone on to great success in spite of their limitations.

I hope this also inspires you to stop and think of the women who motivate you, and thank them for being them. Because part of being free in our skin is letting go of inhibitions, and confidently embracing life and the people who have helped us achieve our dreams and aspirations.

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