what are you so freakin' busy with?

I could be employed right now but I went back to school to be a student.
I could be financially self-sufficient right now but I stayed dependent on my parent's monetary provision.
I could be the type of person who wouldn't care if time passed but I chose to be the person who feels guilty when time passes and I haven't done anything productive.
I could be sleeping well more often than now but I chose sleepless nights to study for an exam that I wouldn't pass with outstanding marks anyway.
I could be reading tons and tons of novels I have been wishing to read but I chose to be buried in books on Human Anatomy, Surgery and even Parasitology.
I could have more free time than now but I chose this life-consuming career path just so I could earn an 'MD' after my name.

I could be in a community as a Public Health Officer but I chose the path to becoming a Doctor for the community.

In the end, I feel I have been prepared for this. Not just by my friends, mentors and my family... but by God's will. Let this be done.

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16 March 2010

relationship between OCD and a facial brush

Partially convinced, I think I am obsessive-compulsive -- not to the point of it being a disorder though.
I do think everyone has a little bit of obsessive-compulsiveness in them but just like our fingerprint, it manifests differently in each of us.

I've always had a belief that if my material things are not arranged the way it should be, my personal life would follow. So if my things are all over the place, most likely, my relationships/events/mind-setting would be a mess too.

No one has ever pushed me to dump this mentality, so I think I'm doing fine. :) No need to call for professional help. :P

What has this got to do with this post?

I wanted to rant about The Body Shop facial brush.

...and this facial brush has got something to do with my being OC.

How? I'm not satisfied with just washing my face with just a gentle cleanser then exfoliating after a day of being exposed to the pollution of Manila (Philippines) or even after a day of wearing makeup... and being exposed to the pollution of Manila. I felt like my cleansing routine lacked something.

I needed to feel "cleaner".

On weekends, The Body Shop in Greenbelt... I don't know if I got this info right... but the lady says that they're products are 10% off...?
When the saleslady failed to convince me to buy a kabuki brush, I wandered towards the wall where facial cleansers were and I saw this tiny brush, that didn't even fill half of my palm.

When I got home, I gave it a try.

How I did it?
I poured some facial cleanser on the brush, washed my face with water and knowing I have sensitive skin, I started brushing my face with it like it was a cotton ball -- but I soon felt it wasn't.
Of course not~ the bristles are nylon-like. Since I already hurt one side of my face, I gave it another try, but this time on the other side. I was waaay more gentle this time -- that's when I appreciated the brush's purpose! :D

The next day, yes, the next day, I used it again
[I know it's bad to exfoliate everyday...:/].

(1) I washed my face first with something uber gentle
(I used Olay Sensitive).
(2) I let my face dry a bit then used a thicker facial cleanser
(I used Pond's) and spread it on my dry face.
(3) Then I wet the brush until I was sure all the bristles were damp.
(4) Placed a bit of cleanser on the bristles and...
(5) ...started brushing my face -- veeery gently.

...gradually added pressure when my skin gets used to it.
I count my strokes on each region of my face -- right cheek, left cheek, forehead, chin and around the nose.
15 gentle strokes each and 10 more (with a bit more pressure).
(6) After that, I wash all the froth (:P) off my face.
(7) Then I rinse the brush too.
(Note: Let the brush completely dry before storing it in its cover.)

I applied moisturizer liberally to counteract the drying effect though. After that week, I've used it once (sometimes, twice) a week. :D

I like using this brush with a thick/viscous cleanser (like Pond's) than a watery/less viscous kind (like Olay).

For dry to normal skin-types, I actually recommend using it two days in a row the first time so you could feel the effect but make sure you use moisturizer right after. ;)
For oilier skin types, never use it days in a row, it'll aggravate your oil glands into thinking your skin's too dry and it'll produce more oil.

On the safer side of life, it is still recommended to exfoliate once a week...

I think we should all stick to that, :P


Kayni said...

I've never used brush with cleanser. I'm doing the Proactive these days. I can't believe I got acne in my 30s. Freaking unbelievable because I never had pimples back then, but such is life. Glad you found something you like.

Srivats said...

no wonder girls flocks to this page of urs, i am fan of body shop too, but sometimes it burns a hole in my pocket lol

jehan said...

hi Geli! just sent you yesterday a small small package really... included is a cleaning sponge you can use everytime to wash your face to help you remove the dirt..

please please help me pray too that the stuff will reach your doorsteps, huhu...

sana di madekwat ulit...


Geli said...

@Kayni: pimples don't forgive age ^^ probably the pollution/stress is causing it. pimples weren't a problem for people who were 30s back then ^^

@Srivats: that comment surprised me :D you're a fan of body shop too? (kind of stereotyping ^^')... i'm glad when guys share stuff like that :D

@jehan: woooooow!!! thank you thank you thank you :D i'll pray for it to get here^^

Golden said...

Waa! You're actually raving about it. You're too clean! Hehe.

Lots of love,

Golden said...

Thanks for making me smile today. I'm actually alone here in the office, it looks like a "ghost town" LOL. It's Sunday kasi so most of them are on day off. Poor me, I have work on Sundays.

I hope you're doing great at school.

Lots of love,

sexylegsandbody said...

No prof help needed for you.... your principles seem in order and make perfect sense.

Very interesting post, thanks for sharing! Thanks also for leaving as thought on my last post, love hearing from you.

Hope your week has been going great.

beckyxoxo said...

Wow it works ! Haha . Good for you then ! I've never used facial brush , but I think I'm going to try it . When I have money . Haha . Anyway , nice review ! Hope you're having a nice day ! xoxox

Lady E said...

I've always ignored that facial brush because I feel it's too harsh because of the nylon but seeing that you have sensitive skin too and it worked for you, I guess I'll give this a go. I'm going to buy one this Saturday!!! Thanks Geli!

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