Skin Care 101: Three Signs Your Skin Care Products are Bad for Your Skin


“Invest in your skin. It is going to represent you for a very long time.”-Linden Tyler

In taking care of our skin, it is essential that we use only top-notch products to ensure that our skin’s health and integrity remain intact. As we all aim for glowing, radiant and youthful skin, it is only understandable to be a little bit meticulous with the skin care products we use. In this regard, using products such as Belo products cancer free would be advisable. However, with a myriad of products at our disposal, it can be somewhat hard to choose which ones would suit our skin types—after all, what might have worked for our friends might not necessarily affect our skin in the same way.

Generally, mixing and matching skin-care products is fine, but if you are getting less than desirable or even adverse reactions, your regimen and skin care routine might be to blame. So, how do we determine whether a skin care product is causing some reactions? Read on below to identify what these signs are:

1.) Intense burning or stinging when using a product for the first time

Regardless of whether it is skin lotion, a cleanser, a moisturizer or even your foundation, if the skin care product causes intense stinging or burning on first application, it might be a sign you should stop using it. Stinging and burning are cardinal signs of being allergic to one of the components that might be found in your skin care product. Medically known as contact dermatitis, this is your skin’s defense mechanism in shielding itself from an ingredient it finds offending. This ingredient or component can be anything from preservatives, fragrance or any other additives. However, while some acid-based and enzyme masks can cause a bit of a stinging on your skin for about a minute, it should not feel like it is on fire. If the latter is the case, you might be allergic to an ingredient in the product or may have sensitive skin.

2.) You experience flaking, peeling or dryness

If you have been trying to get rid of your acne by using several products at once, you might be overdoing it. Despite what your skin care product says, this can actually be counterproductive to getting rid of your acne. If you notice excessive flaking, dryness and peeling mainly in areas around your nose and at the corners of your mouth, then you might be overusing an acne product such as benzoyl peroxide or retinoid. These topical ingredients are used to help exfoliate your skin and regulate the skin cell maturation, but they can cause mild irritation in your skin in order to encourage new collagen growth.

3.) You get rashes or blisters from a product on the site of application

You may have read a lot of raving reviews about a specific product or just thought the packaging was pretty, but that does not immediately mean that it is the best skin care product for you. Remember, not all skin types are the same, some have more sensitive skin than others, and there are also individuals who are more prone to breakouts. If you notice that you have developed a rash after applications, then you should immediately stop using and discard the product. The rash might be due to the chemicals called acrylates, fragrances or preservatives contained in the skin care product. So, before putting a skin care product to the test by applying it to your skin, it is best if you considered getting an allergy patch testing at your dermatologist’s clinic. This would help you identify which agent you are allergic to and would enable you to select skin care products that do not contain the offending agent you are allergic to in the future.

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Aging Woes: How Can I Get Glowing Skin?

The fastest and easiest way to achieve glowing skin is by using Photoshop. The right filter and a couple of brush strokes will erase the imperfections. It will bring out any hidden glow. Unfortunately, you cannot Photoshop real life. You have to face your zits, pigmentation, blackheads and dry skin. These things are natural to everyone, but they contribute to a lifeless and lackluster skin.

Besides these issues, you have to face the truth – you are not getting younger. The signs will show in your skin. Glowing skin is a sign of youth. Thus women aspire to retain their youthful glow using a Belo product. If you are feeling down because of your less-than-flawless skin, it’s never too late to make some changes.

Here are foolproof things you can do to improve your skin’s condition:

Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize

You MUST wash your face daily. The step is crucial because impurities and dirt cling to your face every day. Skipping to wash your face before going to bed allows the gunk to settle on the skin’s surface. When mixed with dead skin and natural oils, the dirt will build up and cause acne.

Washing the face twice a day using a facial wash or cleansing oil prevents buildup and acne. However, too much washing will strip the natural oils on the face. Follow up with an alcohol-free toner like the Skin Hydrating and Pore Minimizing from Belo to bring the skin’s pH balance to normal levels. Most importantly, moisturize. A lightweight moisturizer with SPF works best in the morning. At night, you can use water or gel-based moisturizing treatment to hydrate the skin. Women with dry skin will do well with cream-based moisturizers.

Make Time for a Scrub

Youthful skin is a comes easy in your teens. Skin cells regenerate every 28 days for people under twenty. Once you pass your 20s, it’s another story. It gets worse once you reach your 30s and 40s when skin turnover is every forty days.

A slower skin regeneration allows the dead cells to pile up which contributes to the skin’s dull appearance. To slough away dullness, include exfoliation in your regimen. There are different ways to exfoliate. You can use a scrub or a facial sponge with your daily cleanser. You can also try natural exfoliators such as oatmeal, brown sugar and coffee grounds. The coarse texture will help reveal the healthy skin underneath.

Watch Your Intake

The condition of the skin reflects the internal organs’ condition. If something is wrong, your skin will bring out what’s inside. The same goes with everything that comes in the body. If you intake excessive amount of fatty, salty and unpleasant food, your skin is likely to act up. Too much oil and fat can lead to acne. Too much salt will cause bloating and retain water. Other food causes allergies. Hence, a great skin is a sign of good health.

Switching your focus from tedious skin care to improving the quality of health is the real secret to glowing skin. Focus on what you consume. Prioritize your intake of nutritious food. Eating natural and unprocessed food will surely clear the impurities in your skin.

Other than food, make sure you are getting enough fluids. Moisturizers can mask and retain the skin’s moisture. However, water intake is more powerful and effective in improving the skin’s condition.


The skin repairs itself at night when we’re asleep. If you always lose sleep don’t expect a glowing skin. Try to complete the sleep cycle each night. Sleep for six to eight hours daily and expect gradual results.

If you want glowing skin, you need to make lifestyle changes. There are thousands of products in the market that guarantees flawless and perfect skin. But instilling lasting habits will go a long way than any product would. Choose to make your skin glow not just for a day, but until your later years.

Skin Care Products that Should be Paraben-Free

A growing trend of paraben-free products is sprawling the market. Following the trend, the leading dermatology and skin care expert in the Philippines launched paraben-free products as parabens were found to be linked to cancer. Belo product from the Belo Essentials has removed paraben from its list of ingredients to make it safe for its consumers. Parabens are used as a preservative in various cosmetic products. However, it is listed as a category 1 substance by the European Commission on Endocrine Disruption. Parabens are often listed as methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutyl paraben, ethylparaben and poly paraben.

Look out for these substances when using these skin care products:

  1. Facial moisturizers

Parabens are added to the mix of ingredients to preserve the shelf life of moisturizers. Facial moisturizers are used to minimize the loss of moisture from the skin by creating a barrier on the face that gives a plump and healthy appearance. All ages use moisturizers, so it is alarming to find dozens of brands containing paraben.

  1. Anti- aging creams

Signs of aging ranks number one in the list of concerns women have with their skin. The birth od anti-aging creams lessened the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines of the busy and fast-paced women. Including paraben in anti-aging creams may have prolonged its expiration, but it increases the risk of breast cancer development as the skin quickly absorbs it. Anti-aging creams used more than once per day may cause rashes, redness and skin irritation.

  1. Foundation

Foundations come in different types: liquid and powder. Liquid and powder foundations are applied on the face and neck to even out skin tone and cover unwarranted blemishes. Some foundations contain SPF, making it a necessity and part of the daily skin care regimen. Regardless of the formulation, foundations include some parabens as to allow the products to last a long time. Liquid foundations have a shelf life of six months while loose and compact powder foundations can be stashed for a year.

Being aware of what makes up these skin care products is a step to becoming a responsible and conscious consumer. Going paraben free is not only for the improvement of the well-being but also changes the beauty and cosmetic industry one product at a time.

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Belo Paraben-Free Products FAQs

Belo Essentials is increasingly becoming a favorite beauty product brand. Some people are still skeptical about using it, however. Fret not, below are the answers to some of the frequently asked questions about Belo products.

  • Are there any side effects in using Belo Essentials?

There will be no side effects if the products are used as directed on the packaging. Belo products are safe because they contain no parabens and any other banned or harmful chemicals. The products are also dermatologically tested.

Using the products does not make any user immune from the sun’s harmful rays. Proper skin care must be observed at all times especially when exposed to the sun. For instance, use lotion with SPF 30 to protect your body and cream with SPF 15 to protect the face.

  • Can I use body products on my face?

While the products are paraben-free in general, Belo does not recommend using the products intended for the body on the face. The reason behind is the fact that the face is a more sensitive area. Belo face products have a milder formulation to suit the sensitivity of the face. In sum, Belo products are safe to use. However, make sure that you are using a product per the directions on how to use it properly. And ensure that you are using the right product for the face and body.

Whitening Line by Belo Essentials

Delivering only the best skin care, Belo Essentials meets the highest standards of safety and quality. Your skin is safe and well cared for with our hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested,  paraben-free products.


Face everyday with confidence, with fair and flawless skin. Belo Essentials 3-step Regimen safely cleanses, revitalizes, and nourishes your skin, making it brighter and healthier.

*Whitening Wash

*Whitening Toner

*Whitening Cream


Who doesn’t love skin that’s soft, smooth, and fair? Belo Essentials Whitening Body Care safely refreshes, moisturizes, and whitens, helping your skin achieve a healthy, radiant glow.

*Whitening Bar

*Whitening Lotion