How well do you clean your face at the end of a long day? Making sure you take off all the makeup and dirt is definitely not as easy as it sounds. Personally, a cleansing device is pretty crucial in my skincare routine as it’s quite easy to miss a few spots. Panasonic’s Micro-Foaming Cleansing Device has been my go-to for quite a while now for cleansing. After trying several facial cleansing tools, I have to say that this is one of my all-time favorites for a deep clean that doesn’t leave your skin raw and all dried-up.
One of my favorite things about this device is the Warming Plate. Found at the bottom of the device, the unassuming base actually warms up and can be used to help your oil cleanser or cleansing balm break down makeup.
This program runs for roughly three minutes and is one of the most relaxing parts of my routine. I put some of my Hanskin Oil Cleanser with PHA directly on my skin using my fingers. Then, I like to use the Panasonic Micro Foaming Cleansing Device’s warming plate to massage the oil into my skin. You have two choices when it comes to heat – low at 43 degrees Celsius or high at 48. Using circular and upward motions, it’s a great way of stimulating your facial muscles which can encourage collagen production.
Gentle on the skin
Having sensitive skin as an adult is no walk in the park. You need your pores to be squeaky-clean but at the same time, you need to be extra gentle with your skin. The device comes with two brushes – the soft brush designed for normal to sensitive skin and the pore focus brush that targets blocked pores using soft, silicone bristles.
After rinsing off the oil, I immediately add some of my gel cleanser. Currently, I’m using the Paula’s Choice Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser. I add the amount I would normally use if I’m just cleansing with my fingers into the device’s cleanser compartment. Then, I attach the brush and pour about 4ml of water into its center. A press of a button sets things in motion and you get a choice between two cycles: soft and normal.
The brush will start to turn and I must admit that I was a bit intimidated by it at first, thinking such a movement might be too harsh on my skin. With the soft brush, however, I noticed that despite the turning of the brush head, it was still quite a gentle process. I make sure I don’t press the brush into my skin as it turns, just gently holding it over my skin. It does the job on its own without much effort.
This mode runs for about a minute, giving you 20 seconds to clean each area of the face – the left side of your face, the right, and the forehead. A pulse in the movement tells you when it’s time to move on to the next area. This is so you don’t over-do a section.
Twice a week, I add a deep cleaning step into my routine using the pore focus brush. While I still have some of the foam left on my skin, I go in with the silicone brush. Targeting the t-zone which — for most people — is the area that needs a bit more effort in cleaning.
After cleansing, the skin feels lighter and without the dryness you get when you over-cleanse.
Post use clean up is a breeze. You just need to let water run through the brushes as well as the device. From the cleanser compartment and out. I shake the excess water out, give it a quick wipe, and I just plug it in using the charger it came with and it’s ready for the next evening use.
This device is something I highly recommend for people who wear makeup and would like to make sure that they thoroughly (but gently) clean their face at night. I used to depend on my Foreo Luna for the same purpose. However, since I got the Panasonic, I found myself gravitating towards it more. I’m a huge fan of the warming plate. Also, I think there is something oddly satisfying about all that foam.
Almost every other night, I also try to use the Panasonic Advanced RF Facial Device to build up on the massage I got while using the warming plate. A huge chunk of my evenings are dedicated to self-care after all.
The Panasonic Micro Foaming Cleansing Device retails for EUR 179 and is a great addition to anyone’s skincare tool arsenal. It’s practically an investment as in the long run, it becomes cheaper than often going to a dermatologist. If you’re already the type who likes to give yourself a facial at home, then this is a great companion and routine upgrade for that goal.
5 timeless gifts you can give to a mom anytime of the year
Bizarre gifts on their secret wishlists
We’ve seen it all: the kinds of gifts we need to give moms in our lives — whether they’re your mom, someone who’s a long-time mom, a friend who recently became a mom or a colleague that’s soon-to-be a mom. Every year, we get new ideas on how to celebrate them and how to make them feel special.
But this year, we’re taking it differently. We asked a few moms what’s secretly on their wish lists. And y’all, we didn’t expect these responses. Here’s a round-up of the bizarre gifts that we can gift every mom, Mother’s Day or not.
Pregnancy is a beautiful journey albeit an arduous one. For Ana, 25, and a soon-to-be mom, body pain and finding comfort have been the biggest issues in her wonderful journey. While she gets excited to see her newborn, she finds it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. For her, having a pregnancy pillow would solve 99 percent of her body pain — which she experiences every day.
Buy here: Lazada
Taking walks during sunset could be a therapeutic and beneficial exercise for soon-to-be moms. However, the pandemic imposed restrictions to keep us safe that resulted in a challenging situation where it’s difficult to cope and relax. Sunset lamps offer a good alternative; projecting aesthetically pleasing lighting similar to golden hour. All at the comforts of your own home.
When you’re a new mom, all your attention and resources shift to providing what your baby needs. To a point where you forget how to take care of yourself. For Lorraine, 31, and a mom to a 10-month old boy, self-care days are a must: getting a massage, going to a spa, having her hair styled, and other treatments to her skin, mind, body, and soul.
Given the dire circumstances, going out is dangerous for her and her baby, which is why she secretly wishes to be gifted by a self-care kit — a massager, hairdryer, hair straightener, and an epilator.
Space-saving and eco-friendly form of transportation
For Jean, 26, and a mom to a 4-year old boy, taking care of your health is more than just about the food you eat and the exercises you do. It’s also taking care of your emotional and mental health, and making a contribution to making the world a better place.
Through a foldable bike, she wishes to lessen her carbon footprint by using an eco-friendly form of transportation and save space, something that meticulous, organized homemakers want. Coincidentally, it’s also a good bonding activity with her kid. Think: mom and son biking on a Saturday afternoon.
Buy here: Lazada
A bigger TV
Having a TV is integral in keeping your family together. After all, it is a centerpiece for any home. Jenny, 48, a mom of four young adults, is always concerned about her and her children’s health. Although, secretly, she wishes to have her TV upgraded to a bigger one — at least 55- or 65-inch such as the Samsung Crystal UHD TV — to host movie nights and bond with her children, now that everyone is already having their own lives.
As a long-time mom, Jenny doesn’t like to splurge on what’s the latest gadget or appliance there is in. She wants the best value, and of course, something that lasts for a long time.
Couple co-op games to play during the pandemic
Loving from a distance
It goes without saying that the pandemic has drastically altered our lives. And, for the lucky few who’ve found love amidst the global chaos or barely kept their love life while apart, playing games has become one of the best past time in quarantine.
Below are cooperative games you can play with your partners or friends. We’re open to all forms of love here. Also, note that this list won’t include classic multiplayer games like Minecraft, Stardew Valley, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons because I’m assuming you and your partner or friends have already played these for an ungodly number of hours. Which, by the way if you haven’t, I recommend you start there.
Not included on this list are multiplayer online battle arenas(mobas) since that’s a whole genre of it’s own. And, I’m sick and tired of blatant sexting and flirting on moba team chats. Get your lives together or stay alone, yeah?
It Takes Two
It Takes Two is a cooperative action-adventure platformer with gripping stories and game mechanics. You play as arguing parents at wit’s end stuck in doll form. The doll form bit is due to your daughter’s attempt to cope with her parents’ eventual split. Speaking of splits, it’s a split-screen multiplayer that allows you to play locally or online. The game mechanics and design are witty and eloquent–drawing you into the characters’ stories.
It Takes Two is a good game to play with your partner to see how well you work through obstacles together–in more ways than one. It Takes Two was developed by Hazelight Studios and published by Electronic Arts under the EA Originals labels.
Heave Ho! is a multiplayer co-op platformer where you and your partner or friends get through tough puzzles using your wobbly and dangly limbs. Grab on to each other’s hands, climb across dangling bodies, and swing your way into safety.
Heave Ho! forces you to work together by throwing the other, climbing over, and using our partner to get to the other side. It’s a quirky simple yet challenging game that have left players screaming desperate for hand grabbing. Heave Ho! was developed by Le Cartel Studio and published by Devolver Digital.
Overcooked! 2 is a cooperative cooking simulation video game. It’s the sequel to Overcooked! which had the same game mechanics just without the new and improved stages, mechanics, and features. Overcooked! 2 will make it necessary to yell at each other–which doesn’t have to be a bad thing. You work together as a team to prep, cook, and serve.
It’s the perfect game to play to break the ice, work together, laugh, and panic. Test your relationship, strengthen it, or break up over a silly game. Overcooked! 2 was developed by Team17 alongside Ghost Town Games and published by Team17.
Do two burly Vikings braving the elements sound like a romantic way to spend the night with your partner? No, of course not, but you’ll get hours of entertainment riding together with your nordic allies. Valheim is an explorative survival game. Build yourself a little home, roam the giant wilderness for resources, and hunt some trolls. If Minecraft doesn’t hit the same way anymore, this will probably fill that gap. But make sure you’re playing together, microphone on, and you’ll get lost in purgatory.
Valheim was developed by Iron Gate AB and developed by Coffee Stain Publishing.
Ultrahuman: The essential app to get you through quarantine
Getting through isolation days through workout and meditation
Taking care of our physical and mental health is very much important now more than ever. With everything that has been going on in the world, it’s not surprising that people are taking extra steps to advocate and practice self-care.
One way to do this is by adding good habits everyday and being disciplined to sustain these habits.
With self-care as one of their ultimate goals this year, Martynne and MJ decided to try Ultrahuman: an all-in-one fitness app that includes all the good habits they are currently incorporating in their lives — from workout to meditation.
For a few weeks, they put the app to a test and this is their verdict:
Martynne: I am a huge advocate of meditation and it has been a life-changing practice for me, as someone who finds a hard time focusing and being in the present.
Ultrahuman has a wide range of course options that can match a specific mood or emotion. One of my personal favorites is the Managing Anger course, which helped me take a step back, consolidate my feelings and give compassion to myself throughout the process.
The Singles option with one-time meditation tracks helped me become more mindful and grounded whenever I feel overwhelmed in the middle of a workday. The productivity course, on the other hand, kept my eyes glued to my laptop screen until I finished what I needed to do.
The only thing I didn’t like about it, though, is the visuals seem basic to me, and the “dark” interface is much more fitting for the workout option.
MJ: When gyms are closed and home workouts aren’t fun anymore, how do you remain committed to your fitness goals? That’s what Ultrahuman did: Filling the gap by providing fun workouts and challenges that you can do in a span of weeks. It’s similar to how Nike Training Club presents their videos albeit more personalized.
The Ultrahuman app comes with guided videos from renowned trainers, and watching their instructions during your exercises felt like having a live session with a personal trainer. Unlike most fitness apps that offer video-on-demand workouts, Ultrahuman remembers that we are all beginners, offering a collection of videos through challenges that suit different levels.
After living a sedentary lifestyle, I knew I have to ease up when working out again. The app did wonders in helping me stay active by gradually increasing the difficulty of my challenges, without straining my body or having myself complain about how difficult a certain workout routine is.
Martynne: There was an instance that I had a bad case of insomnia and I needed something to put me to sleep.
I tried listening to Ultrahuman’s Bedtime Stories and it reminded me of the sleep podcasts I used to listen to on Spotify.
The voices are relaxing, and the stories come with meditation and sound effects, but I realized I can be impatient with slow stories. I resorted to the app’s soundscapes and brain music, and they helped a lot to relax my brain and finally shut my eyes off.
I don’t exactly know what’s the science behind brain music, but they really work sometimes.
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