Fab Five Beach Must-Haves

Do you love summer—the sun, sand, and sea? If you do and you always have at least one beach outing a year, then you’re already a veteran when it comes to surviving the summer heat and enjoy your time under the sun. If not, then you should at least have these Fab Five things with you. Forget about everything else. These are your basic necessities.

Fab Five Beach Must-haves

Fab Five Summer Survival Kit

String Backpack | Shades | Flip-flops | Beach Blanket | Skin Survival Kit


1. String BackPack

I cannot stress the importance of having this item. Not only does a backpack free up your hands, a string backpack keeps your items safe from thieving hands. String backpacks are also travel light so you can put them in your luggage and just use them when you’re going to the beach.

There are different kinds of string backpacks out there, some are waterproof. Personally, I love this one, which I got from a yoga retreat I participated in last year. It’s made of hard cloth but very durable and washable when it gets dirty. Even though it’s not waterproof, I have waterproof pouches I use to protect my gadgets.


2. Shades

The eyes need as much protection from the sun as our skin. The eyelids are not enough to shield your eyes from the sun’s rays. For those with lighter eyes, sensitivity to and the risks of sunlight damages are higher. You can get eyelid cancer or cataracts, among others, if you leave your eyes unprotected.

So when you’re going outdoors, make sure to have your trusty shades with you. Better if it has UV protection. I got mine from Eye Channel (not Chanel), which I really love as it’s perfect for the beach. I call it my Sepia shades. You can guess why.

For more information about eye protection from sunlight, I got my source here.


3. FLip-FLops (or Slippers)

Flip Flops

But don’t let a pair of destroyed flip-flops from letting you enjoy a night of partying.

The sandy beach can become a desert in no time and harsh on your feet as the sun’s rays. So make sure to have soft and durable flip-flops with you to protect your soles. Rubber is not the only option but if you plan to run along the shore, I’d advise to use rubber slippers because it resists salt water better.

Mine’s from Salvatos, a prize I won from BDJ Box (thanks again!). It’s durable and ideal for traveling as it folds in the middle and has a pouch to separate it from my other items. I’ve walked miles along the beach and on concrete with this. I’ve tested this as well, walking knee deep in the sea and on rocky sand. I couldn’t recommend a more fitting brand to use and bring along with me in my travels than this.


4. Beach Blanket

If you like lounging by the beach whether to get a tan or read a good book, then you’d want to invest on beach blankets. Lounge chairs are not enough if you want to be able to lie close to someone or if you just want to play board or card games with your friends on the beach. A beach blanket is necessary.

Mine is not a beach blanket really but a bath towel—an ultra absorbent one. But I find that Towelite can double as a beach blanket and better than using the bath towels from the resort you’re staying at. It’s also travel friendly—you can fold or roll it to the size to want.


5. Skin Survival Kit

Our skin is the largest organ of the body. According to National Geographic, an adult carries about 8 pounds of it and covers about 22 square feet. So normally, it’s the first thing you’d think of protecting when going to the beach.

It’s your choice what products you use. For a kikay like me, I turn to these items:

♥ Sunflower oil. It’s my first line of defense. Applied after taking a shower and before going out of the hotel. Contrary to what you might think, sunflower oil is not greasy and is easily absorbed by the skin so you won’t get that icky feeling.

If you’re sensitive to most sunblocks, consider using sunflower oil as your sunblock as it has qualities that help shield the skin from the sun’s rays. (You can find other ways to use sunflower oil here.)

♥ Sunblock. The most common protection you can give your skin. I have two fail-safe sunblocks, both without chemicals that harm the seas. It doesn’t matter what level of SPF your sunblock has. Just make sure to re-apply when you’ve been in the water or have been sweating for too long as the SPF may drop.

(I’ve reviewed Human Nature Safe Block here if you’re interested. I’ll be posting my review of Human Nature Safe Protect soon so be sure to come back or follow along with me on my social media accounts at the bottom of this page.)

♥ Citronella oil. This one I use on a case to case basis. If you’re the type to lounge at night or do some partying outside, then I advise you to protect your skin from insects, especially if you’re going to a tropical beach. Citronella oil is a natural insect repellent but you can use citronella lotion if the scent is too much for you.

♥ Balms. Another I use on a case to case basis. What happens if you forgot to apply sunscreen or been under the sun for too long and get sunburn? What if you get a headache from last night’s partying? I have two of the best balms I could get my hands on.

One has peppermint, eucalyptus, and bergamot extract that work magic to cool the skin and ease the senses. If you have motion sickness, this is your cure. (I’ve shared in a previous post fab five ways to use this balm.)

The other dispels any skin discomforts I have. In my last beach trip,  I was tested the product to see if it will ease the sunburn I got after staying too long under the sun. Overnight, the sting of the sunburn was gone. So if you have a balm like this, be sure to have one in your kit.


Next time you go to the beach, make sure you have these fab five items with you. What’s basic to bring to the beach for you may be different to another person. You may even have a different set altogether. If you do, I’d like to know what your fab five beach must-haves are.

Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil: Beyond Miracles

If you live in the Philippines, you’ve already probably heard of the wonderful sunflower oil that is manufactured by none other than Human Nature (or what others call Human Heart Nature). If you haven’t, where have you been for the past 6 years?

Sunflower

What are the Benefits of sunflower oil?

According to Sunflower Oil on Skin, sunflower oil can be used to reduce acne, prevent skin infections, protect skin from sun damage,  prevent signs of skin aging, effectively moisturize skin.

“Being rich in nutrients and antioxidants, it is widely used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes and is found to be effective against acne, eczema, inflammation, general redness and irritation of the skin.”

Stylecraze.com

For skin application, Stylecraze notes that sunflower oil has extremely high Vitamin E content, which protects skin cells against UVA from the sun. It is light and non-greasy and gets easily absorbed by the skin without clogging pores. Other vitamins that can be found are Vitamins A, C, and D, effective in the treatment of acne.

For hair application, Stylecraze also notes that sunflower oil can be used to condition greasy hair. It can be used as a natural conditioner and helps prevent hair breakage. It can also be an effective treatment against hair thinning and hair loss.


Human Nature’s Sunflower beauty oil

Most of these mentioned benefits that come from sunflower oil is harnessed by Human Nature into 50ml and 100ml pump containers for everyone to share. For six years and counting, Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil is described as having “23 Miracles in a Bottle”.

23 Miracles in a Bottle

  1. Helps lighten dark undereye circlesHuman Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil
  2. Helps lighten dark spots & pimple marks
  3. Undereye moisturizer
  4. Helps prevent & diminish the appearance of stretch marks
  5. Helps soften and lighten underarms
  6. Softens feet soles, knees & elbows
  7. Removes stubborn makeup
  8. Overall body moisturizer
  9. Helps diminish fine lines around the eyes
  10. Helps soften cuticles and dry skin
  11. Makes skin glow and helps keep it youthful
  12. Helps relax tired, puffy eyes
  13. Helps relieve itch & redness caused by insect bites
  14. Nourishes & conditions eyelashes
  15. Helps lighten dark lips
  16. Adds shine to dull hair
  17. Helps ease dry & itchy scalp
  18. Helps improve skin condition after sunburn
  19. Smoothens dry, rough skin from shaving
  20. Helps calm skin & ease rashes
  21. Helps relieve symptoms of skin infections
  22. Helps hydrate dry patches on face
  23. Helps lighten lesions and scars

Didn’t that get you excited? But there are still more ways to use Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil beyond the 23 that only those that have tried and tested it through the years can share with you.

I’ve noted those that I’ve tried and tested for myself as well as those shared to me by people I know who used it.


Beyond 23: More ways to use Human nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil

Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil - one pump

1. Day/Night Moisturizer

If you can use Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil as an undereye moisturizer, then you can use it as a face moisturizer as well. For those who has extra dry skin, applying Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil on dry areas after your usual moisturizer will give an extra boost.

For myself, I tried using Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil minus any other moisturizer and there’s no icky feeling. Take note—this is coming from someone with oily and sensitive skin prone to acne.

Tip: If you’re going to apply makeup after, make sure to wait until the Sunflower Beauty Oil has been completely absorbed by the skin (about 5 to 10 minutes depending on how much you applied). This is in order to avoid your makeup running since makeup usually dissolve in oil and Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil is, well, oil.

2. Massage Oil

If you’ve used baby oils as alternatives to the massage oil of massage parlors or spas, you might as well try Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil as your quick alternative and reap the benefits from sunflower oil.

Again, it’s a great moisturizer and since it helps even out skin tone, let your masseuse help you apply it to parts of your body you can’t reach.

Also, if you’re someone whose nose is extra sensitive to aromatherapy oils, Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil would be a good option since it has no fragrance to irritate your sense of smell.

Tip: I especially like having my masseuse apply 1 to 2 pumps of Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil when she is about to comb out my hair (usually to finish the massage session). You will like it, too.

3. Lotion

Sunflower Oil as LotionSo you can use Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil as a day/night moisturizer for your face. You can also use it as a massage oil. It makes sense then to try and use it a your very own lotion.

I confess, the first time I used Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil was as a body lotion, not for any of the 23 Miracles. I used it everyday as body lotion for close to a month and saw really good results. My skin tone evened out, the scratches I had at the time disappeared without a trace, my skin had a glow it normally didn’t, and areas where I usually get pimples became free of them.

The only reason that I didn’t continue using it as a body lotion was because it becomes pricey since the Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil wasn’t intended to be a lotion. So I switched to Human Nature’s line of lotions instead.

Tip: If you’re curious about trying out Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil as a lotion, you can do this at a monthly interval (or every two months). You don’t need to use it everyday for a month but I recommended using it everyday for at least ten (10) days to see the initial results. Also, if you’re the sweaty type or if you commute daily to work, try applying it during cold weather or until you have arrived in the office (if it’s air conditioned).

4. Foot Soak

Another moisturizing technique. Since our feet are always tortured by our weight and bound by our shoes, much care should be given to it. So if you’re the type to pamper your feet every so often as a reward for a job well done, I recommend adding 3 to 5 pumps (or as needed) to your foot soak.

Actually, this can be applied during any part of your foot pampering routine. I just think that it’s best if you let the sunflower oil seeped into your soles at the outset. If you already love the Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil, you can also swap your foot lotion or massage oil with this or add a pump to your foot scrub for a gentler exfoliation.

5. Prep for Body Scrub

I mentioned foot scrub. If you’re like me, you’d probably be asking yourself why not use Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil as a body scrub as well?

Actually, this one was shared to me by my Mom’s kumare. She’s very kikay and meticulous about her body rituals and, like me, not afraid about experimenting. So what she did with her 100ml bottle of Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil was to use it as a prep for body scrub. She would apply Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil all over her body and let it sit for a few minutes. Then she would use her favorite body scrub and do her usual body scrub routine. Then she would either shower or soak in the bath tub and then rinse.

I never actually thought of using Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil that way. I only discovered this when I—and others—noticed a big difference in her skin. Much like the benefits I got for using it as a lotion everyday for a month, her skin lightened and glowed. It really blew my mind. Although this one took longer to do, the effect were more immediate than with my using it as a lotion. Amazing!

Healthy Nails

6. Nail Health Restore

Although the 23 Miracles in a Bottle list already mention the nails and cuticles, it didn’t mention restoring nails to their healthy state. If you’re into manicure-pedicure (a.k.a. mani-pedi) sessions or tend to leave your nail polish on your nails a tad bit too long, you will notice, after removing the nail polish with a nail polish remover, that the tops of your nails develop white streaks.

Here’s what I do: After using my favorite nail polish remover, I apply enough amount of Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil on my nails and kind of massage them nails. You can do this as many times as you want or need. For me, once is enough. You will notice that after your nails absorb the product, the white streaks will no longer appear. Our nails, like our skin, can become dry from the chemicals we expose it to. So Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil really helps in this situation.

7. Restore Hair Growth

This one is uncanny and I’m not sure if it can be backed up by science. One thing I know for sure, this is based on my cousin’s experience.

As you might know, stress can have different manifestations. For me, it’s acne. Others, it’s migraine. For my cousin, it’s hair loss. She developed bald spots on portions of her head a few years back. So she went to a dermatologist to have it checked. She was given a list of things to do and items to buy to restore hair growth. At the time, she had just one bald spot (and Human Nature was not yet known to us).

Later, her bald spot was no longer bald and little strands of hair were finally growing. I was already a Human Nature dealer at the time and was experimenting using the Sunflower Beauty Oil as a lotion.

I gave one to my cousin as a gift. At the time, she had developed another bald spot, but smaller than the first. For this other bald spot, she used Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil. She applied it religiously, day and night, for how many days I don’t know. The next time we met (more than half a year), this other bald spot was no longer a bald spot. Hair was growing!

Granted, it was not as quick as the product recommended to her by her dermatologist. But still, right? Amazing! So if you have the same problem or any other hair loss problem, using Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil to restore hair growth may not be a far-fetched idea at all.

Although at the time we didn’t think it would work, apparently, sunflower oil is an effective hair loss treatment. Had I not started this post, I wouldn’t have known such a thing.

“Sunflower oil is an important source of gamma alpha linolenic acid (GLA) which helps in preventing thinning of hair. It is effective in the treatment of hair-loss, baldness and alopecia areata, characterized by round patches of lost hair.

Stylecraze.com

8. Overnight Intensive Hair Repair

My cousin’s story did not end there. Since the wonderful effect brought to her by Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil, she extended the use not only to her bald spots but to her whole scalp and hair from root to tip.

Once every week, or twice if she’s feeling it, she uses Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil as an overnight intensive hair repair. What she does is, after showering for the night, she would apply it on her scalp and towel dried hair generously, do her usual routine at night and then go to sleep. The next day, she would shower and shampoo her hair and then she’ll be off to work. She said that at such times, there was no more need for conditioner because Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil did all that for her. She just rinsed off the excess oil through shampooing.

“This versatile oil maintains your hair’s luster and texture and can be used as a natural conditioner. Sunflower oil can be applied and massaged on your scalp before a bath once a week for maximum benefits.”

Stylecraze.com

Tip: You may want to tie your hair in a bun and cover your pillow with a towel to avoid the oil seeping into your pillow or other bed materials while sleeping.

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9. Sunblock

Before Human Nature’s 100% Natural Safe Block, I have never encountered a sunblock that didn’t cause me any pimple breakout or sunburn. I always got all these things. For someone who loves any body of water that I can jump into, this can be really frustrating.

So one summer time at the beach, I slathered myself with Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil (the Safe Block was not yet in the market at the time), thinking that it can shield me from the sun. If not, at least it can shield me from the saltiness of the sea. If I can use it as a lotion everyday, why not as sunblock, right?

Believe me when I say that I didn’t get any sunburn and I didn’t get any pimple breakout. I love it! At that point, just for this reason, I was a convert and would forever share the miracle of Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil.

Did it prevent me from tanning? No. It’s not meant to be a sunblock and it has no SPF to speak of. But, I’ve never had my skin tone even out in a way that it had at the time. I would always get sunburn so my tanning were always more like burnt skin. Maybe it’s the salt water. Maybe it’s the sun. But with Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil, it was a job “well done”, pun intended. I did not turn too dark, mind you, but it was a good color.

“Beta-carotene is a richly pigmented fat-soluble compound that can be converted into Vitamin A and its antioxidant properties are beneficial for the appearance of your health and skin. Sunflower oil is an excellent source of beta-carotene. Consumption of this compound makes your skin less sensitive to the sun. The antioxidants in it neutralize the free radicals that penetrate your skin, causing sunburn and other types of sun damage such as skin cancer.

Stylecraze.com

To confess, I didn’t know that sunflower oil can be used to protect against sun damage when I used it as sunblock.

Tip: As a sunblock, apply Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil generously and preferably at least 10 minutes before hitting the sun or sea. Re-apply as needed.

Alternative: Or you may want to try Human Nature’s 100% Natural Safe Block. You can find my review of Human Nature’s 100% Natural Safe Block here.

10. Pole Burn Soother

If you’re following along with me on Instagram or FaceBook, or have read through my archives and seen this post, then you’d probably already know that I’m into pole fitness. I’m still a beginner though, but doing basic tricks can still cause skin burn if you fail to nail it a few times. The skin that touches the pole and carries your weight can be stretched and rubbed against the pole so much that it causes  burns or just redness at times. Still, it can be quite discomforting.

I mostly get burns between the thighs, back of knees, tummy, back or inside or elbows, inside my upper arms near the armpits, and tops of my feet. So after pole sessions, I apply Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil on these areas to soothe the redness and prevent it from drying to much because of the friction dealt to it. This also prevents the skin from darkening also caused by friction.

Alternative: You may want to try Human Nature’s 100% Natural Balm For All Seasons (tried and tested), which has a cooling sensation from the peppermint ingredient, or Human Nature’s 100% Natural Rescue Balm (new product), which has tea tree and lavender extract for anti-bacterial properties and to relieve pain and swelling.


There you have it! 10 more ways to use Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil. I’m sure there are so much more ways to use it that have yet to be discovered or shared. It’s really a dynamic product with many benefits and uses. With an open mind and willingness to experiment, who would have known that Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil can be used to against hair loss, as a sunblock or suntan oil, pole burn soother, among others?

Disclaimer: I am a Human Nature Dealer but I strive to give a fair and objective opinion on Human Nature products. After all, I am a consumer of the products myself.

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Have you tried Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil? Let me know what you think.

Favorite Skin Care Products

Since I shared my not too glamorous pictures about my pimples, I’ve been asked by some about the skin care products that I use to prevent the pimples from coming back.

At the outset, there is no “one size fits all” type of skin care products. You must always observe your skin, what irritates it, what works well with it. Once you’ve found what’s hiyang or good for your skin, stick with it. Why fix what isn’t broken?

As for myself, these are my favorite skin care products that help curb and lessen the appearance of my pimples.

favorite skin care products

As much as possible, I choose products that are organic or have only natural products.

1. Tea Tree Oil (The Body Shop)

Tea tree oil extract is widely known as a topical antiseptic, commonly used to treat pimples. I’ve been using this since I was in college and it does great work on zit control. Compared to benzoyl peroxide, which is a chemical, tea tree oil is natural and therefore, safer on the skin.

Alternative: Acne Defense Solution Gel (Human Nature)

2. Overnight Elixir (Human Nature)

As the name suggests, I use this product before I go to sleep. It’s a combination of 9 essential oils–rosehip oil, passion fruit seed oil, soybean oil, lavender oil, avocado oil, elemi oil, rosemary oil, sunflower seed oil, and natural vitamin E. Simply put, these 9 active ingredients work together to restore the skin to its healthiest state. I especially love the scent of this product and the feel of my skin the next day.

Alternative: Pumpkin Sleeping Pack (Too Cool For School)

3. Sunflower Beauty Oil (Human Nature)

A too dry skin is as much prone to pimples as one that’s too oily so whenever I find my skin getting a drier than usual, especially the areas outside my T-zone, I balance it out with this. It’s not as concentrated as the overnight elixir (so it’s cheaper) so it’s easily absorbed by my skin. Contrary to its name, it’s not as oily and perfect to apply before or after my moisturizer.

Alternative: None. It’s that great! But you may want to know other ways you can use it here.

4. Tea Tree Pore Minimiser (The Body Shop)

Although it’s marketed as a primer and so is technically part of the “makeup/beauty” category, this product still makes my list. I use it as an added layer of protection over my T-zone area before applying makeup (which may or may not have chemicals that can harm or tire my skin). It also curbs my skin’s oil production to an extent so that I don’t look as greasy. And because there is less oil, there is less clogging of the pores.

Alternative: None. I haven’t found a primer that can compete with this.

5. Tea Tree Blotting Tissues (The Body Shop)

For times when my glands work overtime in oil production, I resort to oil blotters. One infused with tea tree oil is always a better option. Sadly, this one’s blotters are smaller in size compared to other normal oil blotters so I limit my use to those days when I know I’m extra prone to breakouts.

Alternative: Gatsby’s oil blotter. I make sure not to buy those with powder. They only contribute to the clogging of my pores.

6. Pore Strips (Glam Works)

Having open pores, I’m very familiar with black heads and since they are prequels to pimples, it’s best to get rid of them. I normally use Glam Works Green Tea Nose pore strips (see review here) because the green tea extract helps reduce skin inflammation and prevent skin irritation, among others. However, I use pore strips sparingly only since using them leaves the pores open for a time after removing the black heads. You must take extra care to avoid touching your nose. If you wish, you can rub an ice cube to close the pores but I don’t usually do this I’m not always sure about the cleanliness of the ice cube. 😉

Alternative: Other variants of Glam Works such as the Classic and Charcoal.

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Pimple problems? What products do you use to prevent and/or get rid of those pesky zits? Share them in the comments below and we can all learn from each other.