Confessions Of A First Time EvaCup Menstrual Cup User

Confessions Of A First Time EvaCup Menstrual Cup User

Reusable menstrual cups

Raised in a world of sanitary pads, the thought of inserting a reusable menstrual cup inside my vulva was way too creepy with Hellraiser movie scenes playing inside my head – the Female cenobite speaking in a harsh voice and Pinhead torturing a willing victim, his flesh torn into pieces ( insert interesting sound effects). Looking at the cup’s rim feels as though Pinhead’s ripping my vaginal flesh with a period cup. I tend to exaggerate things. You don’t want to get inside my ugly head. I’m sorry.

Hellraiser Pinhead

For girls living in third world countries, the idea of using a menstrual cup might sound weird and too advanced. But sanitary pads are your silent killers. Sanitary pads materials contain chemicals that you don’t want to be near your vagina. And nobody can ever convince me to wear tampons. Like sanitary napkins, tampons have medical side effects. Wearing a feminine cup is my last resort.

If you check some menstrual cup reviews online, they always have the best things to say about DivaCup. One of the reasons why I didn’t choose DivaCup is because it’s too pricey so I chose EvaCup instead.

 

Personal Review of Anigan’s  EvaCup Feminine Cup

Company Profile

Anigan’s EvaCup is based in California, USA. The company focuses on producing safe feminine hygiene products for women, especially menstrual products such as period cups, first period kits, menstrual accessories such as warmers to ease menstrual cramps, and stain-free period panties.

EvaCup Menstrual Cup

What I like About The Cup 

Cute Packaging

EvaCup Menstrual Cup

Period Cup

Feminine Cup

I love the packaging, it’s too hip and cute. I’ve seen the packaging of DivaCup but EvaCup has better packaging, making first timers like me feel less nervous about shoving a cup inside. It gives an impression that getting your period is okay because you have the choice to use colorful cups to make you feel better.

Also, you can easily bring your cup with you because it includes a colorful pouch that doesn’t say you’re carrying a feminine cup with you.

Simple Color and Design

 Feminine Cup Review

EvaCup’s design is okay, nothing really unique about it except that it looks manageable. It’s easy to clean because it doesn’t have ridges like other cups. It looks simple and easy to use, nothing complicated with the design, which is good news for first-time users.

I chose a pink period cup because it makes me feel warm and girly. Anigan EvaCup has many cute cup colors available, which is fun because you’re more occupied about choosing your favorite colors rather than thinking negatively about your period and how it’s going to change your way of life in a very short period of time.

Leakage-Free

A first time cup user surely has doubts when it comes to menstrual leaks. I was skeptical the first time I inserted it. It was the second day of my period and it wasn’t heavy flow unlike the first day. There was no leakage and I was comfortable not wearing any pads at all. I don’t usually have heavy bleeding during my menstrual cycle. I don’t know with other girls who really have heavy period flow. Based on some personal reviews, one of the reasons why users love EvaCup is it doesn’t leak. Be reminded that the capability of a cup to hold fluid depends on the heaviness of your menstrual flow.

Safe and Comfortable

EvaCup Review

Menstrual cups

It would be a big lie to say that I felt comfortable with the cup the first time I used it. Perhaps the biggest reason why it felt alright was the fact that it’s made from silicone. The cup is flexible yet firm inside, enough to convince you that your menstrual blood won’t gush out from the cup. I didn’t feel any ridges or sharp objects inside me, contrary to what my mind was telling me the first time I laid my eyes on the cup’s stem.

Reusable and Affordable

As compared to DivaCup, one of the popular feminine cup brands online, EvaCup is cheaper. The price depends on who’s selling it but it’s being sold for $18.99 to $24.99. I bought my EvaCup Single Pack for only $24.99.  Imagine the amount of money you need to spend every month for your sanitary pads or reusable tampons. You’re lucky if your country doesn’t impose taxes on feminine hygiene products. If you read some menstrual cup reviews submitted by real users, you will find out that while DivaCup is indeed a household name in the world of menstruation cups, there are still users who prefer EvaCup simply because it’s affordable and the quality is competitive with the other expensive cup brands.

Easy To Clean and Sterilize

Anigan website ideally suggests using a microwave to sterilize the silicone menstrual cup. However, if you’re traveling, you can sterilize it by pouring hot water in the cup. Like I said, its simple design makes it easier for me to clean my cup, no ridges to worry about.

Step by Step Instructions

Menstrual Cup

EvaCup Menstrual Cup

Although there are detailed video instructions online, it’s still a relief to know that EvaCup’s packaging contains detailed instructions that are very helpful for first-time users like me. The box has a tiny booklet that shows step by step instructions on how to properly insert the cup.

What I Don’t Like About The Cup   Χ

 

Size

Apart from the design, the sizing of the cup is also considered one of the important factors to determine what menstrual cup brand you should buy. Menstrual cup brands have different sizes.

I’ve read some reviews online that Asian consumers usually have problems with the cup sizes. In my case, I chose the Size 1 Small EvaCup thinking it would fit me because Asians are petite and smaller than other races. When the menstrual cup was delivered to me, I was already worried about the size. When I saw the cup, I was a bit disappointed. Although the cup was cute and flexible, I was still upset about the sizing. In the website, it was stated there that EvaCup Size One is for women who haven’t given birth yet (vaginally) and who are considered young adults with petite body types. I’m not petite, I have a semi medium body size and I’ve given birth through C-section but the cup was large and long for me. I’ve read testimonies and comments from cup users with the same brand and only a few of them complained about the size. Perhaps the majority of the users are Americans or Caucasians.

Tip:

Read the cup size details carefully. If you’re Asian, check testimonies from Asian users and get suggestions from them.

 

Thick Base

 Period Cup Review

I love that the body of the cup is soft and flexible. However, though the rim is soft, it feels thick inside. I find the rim’s thickness uncomfortable even after a number of insertion trials. The rim is firm inside yet I feel like it’s too wide and too thick for me.

Short Stem

Although a lot of girls prefer short stemmed cups, I prefer longer ones. Maybe because it makes me feel at ease that my vagina won’t swallow up the cup and if it does, I can easily pull it out. Of course, I’m exaggerating scenarios. I’m a bit uncomfortable with EvaCup’s short stem but like I said, it depends on your vagina’s length or depth.

Inconvenient and Time-Consuming

The idea of emptying the feminine cup after every three or four hours can be exhausting. Bathroom trips can be much of hassle especially if you’re busy working in the office. Also, you’re lucky if your bathroom has hot water so it’s easy to sterilize the cup even when you’re at work.  You can actually buy a menstrual cup with a collapsible sterilizing cup if you’re going to buy Anigan’s Period Kit. I’m planning to get one one of these days. My problem is that I need to have it shipped here in the Philippines, which means I have to spend money again for the shipping fee.

Conclusion 

I love my EvaCup. The cup’s simple design helps me stay calm and feel at ease. It doesn’t look intimidating, its color and simplicity are comforting. I’m not a tampon user and I haven’t used tampons before. It’s quite a challenge for menstrual cup companies to market their products in a country where tampons are never heard of and sanitary pads can be bought even in small grocery stores in suburban areas.

Although the legitimacy of the cup’s safety claims needs a lot of time for users to confirm, it still makes me feel better that I’ve switched from sanitary pads to menstrual cups. According to the company’s website, Anigan’s EvaCup is made from high-grade medical silicone and the materials are FDA approved so you don’t need to worry about getting cancer or any serious medical conditions through wearing tampons or sanitary pads. One of the major reasons why women consider wearing menstrual cups is basically because of our increasing concerns about the safety of pads and tampons.

I would surely recommend EvaCup to my girlfriends. Although I’ve never tried using other cups, I think EvaCup is the best choice because it’s much more affordable than other cups with the same quality standards. Also, I’ve never experienced any allergies since I started using EvaCup. Time to say goodbye to allergies from using sanitary pads.

After checking some online user comments and reviews, I realize that size is an important factor in rating a menstrual cup. It would be great if the company will produce smaller cups for Asian cup users like me.

I’ve read about vaginal infections experienced by most girls wearing EvaCup period cups. Fortunately, I’ve never experienced any infections and I’m still in a healthy relationship with my cup. I hope the company takes much time to check such complaints and reevaluate the cups. There are other possible reasons why they experienced infection, for instance, if the cup wasn’t properly sterilized after using it or if they have extra sensitive vaginal area.

Where to buy menstrual cup

You can buy menstruation cups online. Check the rating and reviews by real users. There are other menstrual cup brands to choose from, for instance, Lunette Cups and Super Jennie feminine cups.

Menstrual cup reviews

 

I’m sorry for reminding you about some graphic scenes in Hellraiser movies. I love the Female cenobite and it would be interesting if they can show menstrual blood stains on her leather robe. Menstruation is beautiful. Womanhood is beautiful.

April Skin Magic Snow Korean Cushion Foundation Review

April Skin Magic Snow Korean Cushion Foundation Review

Korean cushion foundation products like AprilSkin Magic Snow Cushion are all the rage. The popularity of Korean soap operas gave way to the rise of Korean beauty products in the market. Admit it, we are all drawn to dewy Korean skin. Every girl in my generation dreams to find the best tip on how to achieve that youthful and glowing Korean skin. The first tip is to get rid of your acne scars. After my laser tattoo removal, I realized there are so many things you can do with the PicoSure laser technology – you can instantly get rid of your pimple marks in less than 20 minutes.    

I don’t know with you but I wasn’t very much into Korean beauty products like BB creams, moisturizers, and lip tints that make you look Korean until I finally got my own April Skin Magic Snow Cushion just to end my curiosity and check what the hype was all about.

And it really isn’t just all hype.  It is a Korean cushion foundation that is a perfect combination of BB and CC cream but with a much more impressive formula.  So yes, it’s not your ordinary traditional foundation, in my opinion. I decided to buy a cushion foundation for the first time and write my AprilSkin Magic Snow Cushion review.

 

April Skin Magic Snow Cushion

The April Skin Magic Snow Cushion (SPF50+,PA+++) case is semi-matte and the whole package somehow gives an impression that they aren’t playing around. The packaging is beautiful, though it’s not the usual cute Korean cosmetic packaging you would expect.  This is April Skin shade #21.

 

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  Now you see the powder puff and the mirror. By the way, peel off the cover and you’ll like the awesomeness of this mirror.  

AprilSkin Magic Snow Cushion Foundation   AprilSkin Magic Snow Cushion Foundation

The sponge is soaked with the formula. It doesn’t spill and doesn’t get messy unless if you take out the sponge.

What I Like About The Product

Gives a fresh and dewy feel

It has a cooling effect and builds up on your skin. It also gives a smooth natural finish and moisture. It easily absorbs and has a flawless effect and can really brighten your face. A lot of bloggers say it’s semi-matte. It does look semi-matte in the first few minutes of application but I think after a few more minutes it becomes dewy and gives your face a much more moisturized soft look.  

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Doesn’t cake

This is really my problem with liquid and powder foundation. They’re too cakey and heavy.  I like AprilSkin because the cushion is too light and thin on the skin.

High SPF 

It actually has SPF50 to protect you from redness, sunburn and premature aging. Honestly, using products with high SPF makes me feel good about myself. Girls go crazy over cosmetic products with high SPF. 

Stays long

I applied it to my face at 3pm and to test if it’s really long lasting, I let it stay overnight without washing my face. I woke up and was surprised how it still covered my pores (not fully though) even without reapplying.

It conceals dark spots, pores, and pimples

I have dark under eyes and somehow April Skin works as a concealer too. I don’t need to use loads of concealer to hide the dark circles around my eyes.  

AprilSkin Magic Snow Cushion Foundation

Not messy and has good packaging

The cushion is not messy at all. You can drop the whole thing without feeling too guilty about breaking it. Actually a few months ago, I broke my compact powder, got frustrated and opted to choose my Naturactor and bought a liquid foundation instead.
Chifure Powder Foundation

Unlike other foundation, April Skin prevents aging skin

We all love anti-aging products that is why more women keep searching where to buy anti-aging products and supplements. Not all face powders and foundation products contain anti-aging agents for your skin. However, the foundation is not recommended if your lifestyle includes staying longer under the sun. Overexposure to sunlight should be avoided. It’s better to consult your doctor on how to determine future aging treatments. April Skin Magic Snow Foundation

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What I Don’t Like About The Product

The package seems too big for its content

When I got the product, I was a bit disappointed when I found out that it was too light. I checked inside and felt cheated because if you squeeze the soaked sponge, you’ll notice that there’s only a small amount of liquid foundation. The content is too small for its price. Lesson: Don’t expect too much.

The cushion is not refillable

Most face powders are refillable. This cushion isn’t. I think one of the things buyers should consider when buying powders is if it can be refilled.

Sometimes it looks too light on your skin

It’s hard to buy foundation and face powders without knowing the right shade for you. Some products have different shades that complement different types of skin. Maybe the shade is too light for my skin type or what. But it’s okay I think it depends on the application.  

 

April Skin Magic Snow Foundation

The powder puff isn’t soft

After weeks of constant use, the powder puff looks dirty and not really soft when you pat it on your face. Or maybe I’m just really used to using my own fingers or brush whenever I use face powders or liquid foundation. Every now and then I sanitize my powder puff and use antibacterial liquid soap.

 

Final Thoughts

To be fair, the product is really nice. I like the fact that it moisturizes my face and it’s perfect for me because I have oily skin. I chose the April Skin Magic Snow Cushion Black because according to their website, it’s the best choice if you live in a tropical country like the Philippines. Although this product is already expensive, I think it’s an alternative to a more expensive product like Laneige.

Will I repurchase?

For sure! Buying Korean cosmetics online is just one of the things that make me feel better about aging.

Price:

Amazon – $16.99

FaceBook and Instagram Sellers – 900php to 1500php

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Experience and Results

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Experience and Results

 

My first PicoSure laser tattoo removal experience was the biggest struggle in my life. My second was tolerable, thanks to the genius who discovered anesthesia. The tattoo removal cost is high yet worth it. Here are my before and after photos, they are unfiltered to clearly view my laser tattoo removal results.

 

Hand Tattoo

 

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal

First Week

Redness of the treated area is common. Pain level is 7/10

 

2nd Session 7

Second Week

Slowly healing; first time to experience itchiness 

 

2nd Session 15

After a month

(Please ignore the white spots because I had it tattooed using white ink.)

 

Tattoo Comparison 2

First Session VS Second Session

 The second session is obviously a big improvement – the green ink is almost invisible. And yes, no scars. 

 

Overall Comparison of Laser Tattoo Removal Results

 

 

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal

 

 

Foot Tattoo

 

2nd Session 2

First Week

Blisters are expected, as what I mentioned in my previous blog post

 

2nd Session 12

Second Week

I probably had an infection because I stayed in a hot and humid place for a week so the treated area became really dry. It was too itchy so I was tempted to continuously scratch it until it became red. I was supposed to use the aftercare cream for two weeks more or until the areas are completely healed but I only applied the cream for a week. 

 

Cream 1

Aftercare cream

Tip: Never look for cheaper alternatives, always use the cream given by your doctor 

 

2nd Session 11

After a month

The result in my first session was better than the second one perhaps because of the infection.

 

Overall Comparison of Laser Tattoo Removal Results

 

Session Comparison 2

 

 

Finger Tattoo

 

2nd Session 5

First Week

Healed the fastest; the blisters only lasted for a day

 

2nd Session 6

After a month

Another session might completely make the blue ink visible. As what I’ve noticed blue and green inks are easy to treat.

 

 

Overall Comparison of Laser Tattoo Removal Results

 

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Before and After Photos

 

Basic Things To Know About PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal

 

Cream vs Injection

 

To start with, if you’re planning to get your tattoo removed, always choose the anesthesia via injection. It works like magic. My comment on using numb creams: It’s like having that part of your tattoo session when the artist starts deeply shading your tattoo. But it’s more painful and less tolerable.

 

 

The Color of Your Tattoo Ink Matters

Yes, if your tattoo was done by a professional. The most difficult colors to treat are red and yellow.  Based on my experience, the green and black ones are the best colors for PicoSure treatment.

As you can see below the picture, the red lips of the woman are still visible. Even her orange hair and yellow colored eyes. Please ignore the white spots because I had it tattooed using white ink. What a desperate move to remove tattoos laserless.

 

2nd Session 18

 

Not 100% Pain-Free

 

Another brilliant idea that my doctor shared with me is that you can request for an anesthesia via injection without being scared of needles by applying numb cream first before the injection.

Shaving is Everything

 

One of my regrets during my first PicoBlast session was I didn’t shave. I had anesthesia alright but it was a bit painful each time the light hits the hair on my skin. So if you’re going to have the laser tattoo removal on some hairy parts of your body then start shaving.

 

 

Treasure Your First 15-20 Minutes Feeling Invincible

 

Your first fifteen to twenty minutes during your laser tattoo removal session could be one of the best times of your life. After those triumphant moments, suffer the stinging pain that will last for a day or two.

 

 

Q and A About Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal

 

Here are some of the questions (I’m not really good at Q & As but will try to give relevant answers) some curious readers asked me about PicoSure:

Why should I choose PicoSure over RevLite? 

I’ve never tried RevLite treatment and never seen its before and after photos. However, based on my doctor’s experience he admitted that one PicoSure session is equivalent to almost ten to fifteen sessions of RevLite. RevLite costs almost 8500php per session. If you’re smart enough, you can figure it out.

“PicoSure both heats and fractures the ink so that’s why it’s more efficient.”

How painful is PicoSure?

If you’re using the PicoSure machine only to treat acne scars then it’s not painful. Tattoo removal procedures are painful. But you can have anesthesia via injection so it’s pain-free. You can only feel the stinging pain after the anesthesia wears off.

What will my skin look like right after the treatment? Should I expect scars?

Expect your skin to be a bit swollen. Also, expect blisters. I didn’t experience any scars in my first session so I think you’ll be alright.

How long does it take for my skin to completely heal?

It depends on how you care for your treated skin. Mine started healing after two to three weeks. Don’t forget to use the cream prescribed by your doctor.

Does the age of my tattoo matters?

I think it does. The older the tattoo, the better. It’s not just the age but also the quality of the ink, how deep the ink is placed and if it’s done professionally.

I didn’t include some other questions because they’re too scientific and I’m afraid I don’t have the knowledge to answer them. My advice is to go to the doctor who can perform your PicoSure treatment so he or she can do the assessment himself/ herself.

If you’re too worried about the pain, you should start worrying about the needle injection and not the whole session itself. You have anesthesia so why worry?

If you’re interested and want to know more about PicoSure and tattoo removal cost, you better check some clinics that offer tattoo removal near you or if you’re living in Davao City you may contact:

Dr. Neil Oropeza
General Practitioner
Oroderm
Address: 64, Rizal Extension, Dermhaus Clinic, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur

 

Update: 

I already had my third tattoo removal session. You can check the laser removal results here.

How To Get Over A Breakup

How To Get Over A Breakup

You are trapped in a black hole.  You like to listen to Matchbox 20 because the songs remind you of your ex who is obsessed with Mars and constellations. You wait for the stars because you want him to listen as you passionately tell him the stories of the constellations in your own terms, how the universe gave birth to millions of stars guided by gods, arguing the flaws in his hypotheses. You know he would be half amused. You despise the fact that he can clearly explain what parallel universe is yet he cannot explain feelings, the death of love and the sudden death of your stars. Constellations failed to interpret your pain.

And you struggle to move on.

 

So how do you really move on? Let me count the ways:

 

Go Trekking 

 

Forget being an indoor person. You’ve mourned for the same person for a week. Perhaps after a week or two, you will mourn no more. Reconnect with your old friends and enjoy long distance backpacking trails with them. Get busy buying new trekking equipment. The long walks might remind you of your walks together, of those fights that were never left unresolved and his sweaty palms that you strangely find sexy. But none of those memories matter anymore. Like the stars, they’re dead.

Enjoy the sunrise

Feel the wind

Be free.

 

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If you’re living within Davao City, here are some hiking routes you can check out:

Mt. Hamiguitan (San Isidro, Davao Oriental)

Mt. Puting Bato (Samal Island)

 

 

Go to the Gym

 

Exercise can heal a broken heart. Physical pain is the best distraction. Besides, being in a new crowd of strangers is therapeutic. You can do yoga to relax your mind. Or you can try boxing if you find yoga boring. You will have a sexier body, good mental health and new gym buddies. And you will start to build your confidence. Breakups can lower your self-esteem. You tend to doubt your self-value. The best part is you will learn to rediscover yourself.

 

To do:

Go running

Find a gym buddy and motivate each other

Throw away your old heels and buy a new pair of running shoes

 

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Have a Personal Project

 

Get yourself distracted. If you are into photography, make a portfolio of the pictures you’ve taken.  Or you can change something in your bedroom. Check some bedroom decoration ideas or home renovation tips online. Repaint your room. Find some DIY projects on Pinterest. Learn a new skill.

 

Other personal project ideas:

If you love playing the guitar or drums, find other musicians and form a band. Create an album.

Write a poem. Experience catharsis. Or write a book. 

Go on a significant trip. Refresh your mind. 

Read books related to gardening and landscaping ideas

 

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Try New Restaurants

Good food can feed a broken soul. Try visiting some restaurants near your place.  Most girls are comforted by sweet words and foods. Guys heal their hearts eating grilled meat with different types of barbecue sauce. We have our own coping mechanisms. Our love for food is in our system. Every bite provides a sense of peacefulness and satisfaction. Unsurprisingly, good food is way better than your ex. (No arguments from Sheldon Cooper).

 

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Like the constellations, you are visible yet imaginary. Unlike the constellations, you are fragmented; disconnected.

 

P.S.

You are not a constellation

 

Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure (Before and After Photos)

Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure (Before and After Photos)

How to remove tattoos

 

If getting a tattoo for the first time makes you want to punch the person next to you, then getting a tattoo removal is a bloodbath. I didn’t feel something when I had my spinal anesthesia, it was a piece of cake. I had almost five trials before the anesthesiologist hit the right spot (it was my fault anyway). The after effect of the laser removal was worse than a heartbreak. It felt as though I was being skinned alive.

It took me months before finally deciding to undergo a tattoo laser removal. Honestly, I don’t have any regrets about my tattoos. I’ve had my tattoos for years and grew accustomed to them. But as you grow older, you have to adjust to the demands of your society and prioritize your career plans. And my career plan includes applying for a job that requires me to be tattoo-free.

Last year, I was curious about a pain-free laser tattoo removal cream that targets pigmented blood cells. It claims to be painless and cheaper as compared to the total cost of tattoo removal in some derm clinics. The problem with tattoo removal creams is that it’s quite a challenge to determine which one is really effective and won’t damage your skin.

When I first visited Oroderm in Gaisano South, they suggested Rev Lite laser treatment. They didn’t have PicoSure treatment in that branch and Rev Lite was the best option. I had a consultation and was told that I might have to undergo ten sessions for my tattoos to be completely invisible. The tattoo removal cost using Rev Lite treatment is 8000php per session with a 1-month interval. It is economical as compared to Picosure.

PicoSure was introduced last year. As stated on its website, “it delivers ultra-short pulses of energy to shatter tattoo ink and skin spots resulting in greater clearance faster, in fewer treatments with improved recovery time.” It’s popular because it’s not just for removing tattoos but basically removing acne scars.  Using organic oils may remove dark spots but it takes a lot of time and patience. Some people are actually using potatoes to treat skin pigmentation but I’m not sure if it’s truly effective. So if you’re interested to know how to lighten dark nipples and how to get rid of pigmentation and dark spots right away, then PicoSure is your best choice.

The Belo Medical Group gained the highest number of patients who underwent Picosure laser treatment. I didn’t choose to have my tattoo removal laser at Belo Medical Group because I was afraid of the extra charges. Instead, I went to Oroderm and was welcomed by Dr. Niel Oropeza.

 

My PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Experience ( First Session )

 

Choosing Your Type of Anesthesia

 

I was given two options: applying numbing cream or injecting a local anesthetic. I chose an anesthetic cream and until now I still blame myself for not doing my research properly. Unfortunately, the cream didn’t completely numb my tattooed skin. Until now, it’s still on top of my list as one of the things I wish I knew before I got my laser tattoo removal. 

 

Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure

The assistants applied cream and wrapped the tattooed area with plastic or Saran wrap an hour before the procedure. This is necessary since the heat will help activate the cream.

 

Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure

I decided to have the local anesthesia injection for my last laser tattoo removal. The doctor needed to inject almost thirty shots for this area. The shots were a bit painful yet tolerable. It was very effective in making the whole procedure pain-free, making me regret why I chose the cream during the first three procedures.

 

 

The Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure

Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure

 

Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure

 

Here’s a video of the PicoSure laser tattoo procedure 

Laser and chilled air

Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure

Swelling after the laser treatment; pain level: 10/10

 

So how painful is laser tattoo removal? Almost ten to twenty minutes after the laser treatment, the throbbing pain seemed unbearable. I took pain relievers and applied cream before wrapping them with plastic. I went to a gig and drank alcohol after my laser tattoo removal. I felt fantastic. Believe me, the alcohol was a big help although I knew aspirin with alcohol was a major no-no.  

 

What To Expect After The Laser Removal Treatment:

 

Day 1:

Swelling

Expect swelling minutes after the laser treatment. By this time, the anesthesia wears off and the treated area becomes extremely painful that you don’t even want to touch it. 

 

Redness on the tattooed area

The treated area becomes red and swollen, which is pretty normal after the laser treatment. It would feel as though you were skinned alive. As what I’ve noticed, the redness is noticeable on hard-to-treat parts. 

 

Throbbing Pain

Minutes after the anesthesia wears off, you will experience swelling, redness and throbbing pain all at once. If you don’t have a high pain tolerance, you can take pain relievers right away. 

After 4 Days:

Blisters

I got scared when I saw blisters all over the treated areas. I thought something terrible happened like an infection or something. Then I remember that during the consultation, the doctor told me that I may or may not have blisters after the treatment. The blisters could go on for almost two weeks. But rest assured that with Picosure, you won’t get suffer from scars. 

 

 

Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal Results

 

Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal Results

Day 2: The trick is to never touch the area; the blisters are normal

 

Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal Results

Day 2

 

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Results ( Before and After Photos )

 

 

Hand Tattoos

Before

Hand Tattoos

After

(The colors are not as bright as before)

Finger Tattoos

Before

 

Picosure Result Photos

After

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Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal Results

Before

Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal Results

After

 

Why I love PicoSure

 

  • Though it’s not economical, the result is worth it.

 

  • The blisters are temporary;  after three or four weeks they’re completely gone

 

  • PicoSure’s results are faster than RevLite’s. Many doctors claim that a PicoSure session is equivalent to ten Revlite sessions

 

  • PicoSure is safer since laser pulses were shortened to within a trillionth of a second

 

Although you cannot deny the fact that undergoing a Picosure laser treatment is a bit expensive (considering the fact that I only paid 36000php per session including the cream that I had to use right after the procedure), the results are satisfactory. If you’re living in Davao, I recommend Oroderm and look for Dr. Neil Oropeza. He’s very professional and is very transparent about the charges. He can explain and provide specific details that you need to know about PicoSure.

 
Dr. Neil Oropeza
General Practitioner
Address: 64, Rizal Extension, Oroderm Clinic, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur
 

 

Having your tattoos removed might break your heart. It broke mine. My first PicoSure laser tattoo removal experience was painful yet refreshing. It felt as though I’ve survived long backpack trails, going to the bathroom without your favorite book, or BOREDOM. May I live forever.

 

Update:

I already finished my third Picosure session. You can view my laser removal before and after photos and compare the results here.

How To Make DIY Organic Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

How To Make DIY Organic Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

DIY Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

 

I’m no tree hugger but I love organic products, especially natural hair treatments. Also, no one (not even some Pinterest guru) can make me pour vinegar on my head.

Everyone’s going crazy over organic coconut oil. Maybe that’s the reason why in Japan (we all know Japanese people are into anything fresh, organic and natural) there’s a high demand for extra virgin coconut oil. Even Americans are willing to spend dollars to get that natural hair treatment, not to mention the other benefits of coconut oil. Well, I guess we’re lucky here in the Philippines. Coconut trees are everywhere.

So instead of apple cider vinegar on your hair, I suggest using organic coconut oil for hair. If you don’t like to buy coconut oil in supermarkets because you don’t trust companies enough when they say they sell everything organic, don’t worry, doing your own coconut milk hair treatment should be a cakewalk.

 

DIY Coconut Oil Treatment For Dry Hair

 

What you need:

 

Coconut Oil

Making Hot Oil Hair Treatment

 

Oregano Leaves

Fresh Oregano Leaves

 

Honey and Eucalyptus Oil

 

Step 1

Heat the coconut milk

Step 2

Add the oregano leaves, calamondin leaves, honey and eucalyptus oil

Step 3

Heat them over low heat

DIY Coconut Hair Treatment

 

Your coconut oil should look something like this:

DIY Organic Hair Treatment

 

 

How To Apply

Massage your hair and scalp. You can use it before you wash your hair. Use the oil as your regular hair conditioner.

 

My hair after applying oil (unwashed)

 

After washing my hair 

Notice how my hair looks natural after washing my hair

 

Hair Flip Santana Lopez

 

What I Like About The DIY Coconut Oil Treatment

  • My hair’s exposed to chemicals but it’s really not as damaged as I expected it to be, using coconut oil is really a big help. My hair is healthier now.

 

  • It’s way too cheap as compared to expensive synthetic hair conditioners

 

  • It’s organic, no chemicals

 

  • I used to worry about my split ends back then but I stopped having them right after I started applying coconut oil on my hair

 

  • My hair feels softer

 

What I Don’t Like

  • Though you can smell the cooling aroma of eucalyptus oil, the familiar coconut smell lingers

 

  • It’s hot on the scalp if you put too much oil

 

Benefits Of Coconut Oil For Your Hair

  • Mixed with eucalyptus oil and honey, the oil is the best choice if you have dry scalp and terrible dandruff; remember that eucalyptus oil is a good anti-dandruff oil

 

  • It prevents gray hair and minimizes split ends

 

  • It nourishes dry hair and minimizes damages

 

  • Good hair conditioner. Say goodbye to synthetic hair conditioners

 

  • Not only is coconut oil good for your skin but it also moisturizes your hair, keeping it healthy

 

As a regular coconut oil user, I’ve proven this coconut oil hair treatment to be effective and yes, economical. An argan oil treatment would be nice too. The only problem is we don’t have argan trees here.

Goodbye synthetic hair products. We’re done with chemicals, adios.