Beautifully diversified.

Genesis 2:22-24

22Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 23The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of a man. 24For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”

Don’t misunderstand me, I have nothing against the LGBT community. I have friends who are part of this sect of the society. It’s true, LGBT people can sometimes be more successful than straight people. And in today’s modern society, LGBT is a widely accepted sect, equal in almost every right to straight people.

But marriage? Here’s the thing.

I am not an active church-goer. I’m not a very righteous person. But please……. I think we already gave enough rights to the LGBT. No one bats an eye anymore about same sex relationships.  Marriage is for a man and a woman, for them to be united and become one flesh. For me, this implies for them to produce offspring. Children to continue their legacy. Their own flesh and blood united as one. Can same sex marriage unite to become a single person? Do they really NEED to get married? No. Can we just please reserve this one single right exclusively NOT for same sex relationships? It’s not because of the fear of my LGBT friends to get married first before me (which is something not impossible if this will be approved in the Philippines). But it’s difference between same sex and heterosexual relationships that matter. You know, there i still a thing as “too much.” Being modern does not have to be too radical minded. There are things that are old as time, that needs to stay the way they were.


Sincerely and with Lots of Love,


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Cosmetics 101: Preservation

Cosmetics, very much like food, contains ingredients that can serve as food for microorganisms. To combat the effects of microorganism proliferation, cosmetic formulators include Preservatives. For food products, the most widely used preservatives are Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate. These two preservatives function at pH not greater than 5.5, which means when you see this in your food label, the food you bought is acidic.

Preservatives used for cosmetics nowadays are becoming limited as researches on their long-term hazardous effects are discovered by chemical scientists. Let’s start off with Parabens. Most commonly used are Methyl Paraben and Propyl Paraben. Other forms include Ethyl Paraben, Isobutyl Paraben, Butyl Paraben and Benzyl Paraben. Studies show that these types of preservatives accumulate inside human cells and may cause breast cancer. Though other studies prove that parabens are still safe to use at very low concentrations, the public has already accepted the fact that prevention is better than cure, avoiding products containing parabens.

Another controversial preservative is DMDM Hydantoin. I have been using this paraben-free preservative for four years, and now it’s having issues on being a formaldehyde releaser. While this product is highly flexible, with an effective pH range of 4.0 – 8.0, its formaldehyde content alarms scientists.

Next on the list is Methylchloroisothiazolinone (and) Methylisothiazolinone. This halogen preservative is so effective against microorganisms that a formulator will only need 0.05 – 0.1% to preserve a cosmetic product. Issues on safety for baby products deemed this preservative restricted. This is very effective when used in surfactant based formulations, i.e. washes. Though this does not accumulate in tissues, MCIT/MIT may be a sensitizer.

When you see this in your cosmetic label, don’t fret. Remember, using too much of anything is dangerous. This is where bioaccumulation or sensitization occurs. But then, there is still hope for safer cosmetics. Look for Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol or Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate. Preservatives mentioned above that have safety issues can hold a product intact for at least two years. For the options stated herein, products can only be intact for a minimum of six months to one year.


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Cosmetics 101

I’ve been working in the cosmetics industry for almost five years now. I started out as a newbie Technical Research Staff in a cosmetic ingredient trader. Two years after, I joined a cosmetic manufacturing company, where I worked as Research and Development Officer.

Today, we will tackle one basic question: what is cosmetics?

The technical definition of a cosmetic product is an “articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body…for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance”. Typically applied on the skin, hair and oral cavity, cosmetics do not have therapeutic effects. The goal of cosmetics is just to alter odor, clean and groom.

When I was taking a shower, I thought, how much do humans depend on cosmetics? Believe it or not, cosmetics is one of the most taken for granted consumer products. Most customers rely on the price, brand name, and who advertises what. Safety and efficacy sometimes are forsaken.

For starters, let’s enumerate the types of cosmetics we use, starting from the time you wake up until you get ready for work.

1. Toothpaste
2. Mouthwash
3. Shampoo
4. Conditioner
5. Body wash/ Soap
6. Feminine/ Masculine Wash
7. Facial wash
8. Body scrub
9. Hair mousse/ Hair gel/ Hair wax
10. Facial toner
11. Facial moisturizer
12. Under eye cream
13. Hand and body lotion
14. Deodorant
15. Foot cream
16. Perfume
17. Concealer
18. Foundation
19. Translucent powder
20. Eyeshadow
21. Eyeliner
22. Eyebrow pencil.
23. Mascara
24. Cheek blush
25. Lipstick/ Lip gloss

OMG! And this is just for an ordinary working day.

While a lot of people are conscious about what they eat, four to five times a day, almost no one notices that they apply cosmetics at leas five times per day! Even if cosmetics are meant to be applied only topically, chemicals present in them may be absorbed by the skin, and may reach the bloodstream.

TIP: Before indulging in that new ultra whitening cream endorsed by your artist crush, READ THE LABEL. A little research may be necessary these days, to keep you aware of the safe and not safe ingredients you apply to the largest organ in your body, the skin.

NEXT TOPIC: Ingredient No. 1, Preservatives.

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Times have changed…

The Reproductive Health Bill has been under intense discussion for a long while now here in the Philippines. I am not a politically involved citizen, but for this particular issue, I can’t help but be critical. Since this is supposed to be all about “women and their children’s health”, I am making my stand. I am PRO RH BILL.

Lots of critically defined terms are being associated with this subject:

1. Pre-marital sex
2. Abortion
3. Contraceptives

As a normal human not very well versed with the technicalities, I have here my practical definitions for the terms above as it relates to the subject at hand:

1. Pre-marital sex – sex before the first marriage. Specifically for virgin women, sex that takes their V-card before actually getting married.
2. Abortion – inducing very early childbirth, most commonly by taking in oral prescription drugs.
3. Contraceptives – Most commonly takes the form of oral prescription drugs taken in to prevent fertilization. May have other side effects as skin rejuvenation, anti-acne, menstrual cycle regulator, supplement for menauposal women experiencing hot flashes, and abortion.

Pre-marital sex is a taboo subject, especially for strictly religious people. I grew up in a strict Catholic family. My parents raised me and my younger brother in a very wholesome and fun way. The subject of sex is not very openly discussed. My mom would go as far as “When a man gets you and you’re not a virgin anymore, he’ll love you less”. That’s it. As a curt reverse psychology, it actually worked for me. As I became older, I meet lots of women who are actually doing the reverse what my mom was saying. I was confused at first, but now I understand. Nobody actually cares. I am not PRO pre-marital sex. I admire couples who have waited until they’re married before doing the deed. It’s just that in reality, this is not what is happening. Interviewing some of my male friends, they actually don’t care that much if a girl is a virgin or not anymore. What’s important is they are happy together.

I am not saying we should promote pre-marital sex. I’m saying, we just have to accept the fact that it happens. In Western culture, girls are on the pill as young as fourteen years old. I admire their being realistic that anytime, a man may take a woman. This acceptance is, in my opinion, what makes them think of something else to improve in their communities, rather than discussing at length whether pre-marital sex is right or wrong.

Abortion has been a hot argument being ranted by anti-RH Bill advocates. I agree that abortion cannot be an excuse no matter what. As a Catholic, abortion according to scripture is the one sin that has no forgiveness, and whoever does this can never be granted salvation. But from my understanding of the RH Bill, it does not aim to promotes abortion. When people start using contraceptives, no fertilization will occur. Therefore, no abortion will happen. The responsibility for the correct diagnosis and prescription now lies in the OB-Gyne. These specialists will have to be very careful in prescribing contraceptives, so that women will not have a chance to use them as abortive drugs. As for the church’s stand on preventing life from forming, that is actually what has to be done if we have to avert from abortion. You do not abort something without a life.

Contraceptives, as defined, are prescription drugs used for hormonal regulation in women. Since they regulates hormones, pregnant women experiencing fluctuating hormonal changes may tend to lose their babies. In the old times, women really use contraceptives as abortive drugs. But nowadays, OB-Gynes conduct a pregnancy test prior to prescribing contraceptives, to make sure that the patient is not pregnant. When I had to consult my OB-Gyne about my irregular menstruation, she tested me first if I’m pregnant.

Bottom line is, I am PRO RH BILL. I am not promoting pre-marital sex. I am only accepting the fact that that this is reality. I am not promoting abortion, I abhor it. I am pro-contraceptives, since this will help in training youngsters on how to be responsible adults. In the end, while the senate is busy arguing about these things, today’s youngsters are out there doing what they want to do. It’s the person’s choice really, how he/she wants to run his/her life. I doubt if there can be a law that the senate can pass which will dictate how a person’s life has to be lived. What’s important is being responsible. A couple may have waited after marriage to have sex, but since they were not using contraceptives, they ended having 12 children. Then they will have to blame the government for their poverty. This is sad but true.

Times have changed…. We cannot stop it from deviating against the ideal. What we can only do is adapt, and maintain as much self value as we can.

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