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Asian Secrets Whitening Body Scrub Review

Skin whitening has always been an obsession for many Asian women. It’s strange, really: Whilst Caucasians envy tan skin, Asians find lighter and whiter skin very alluring. And vanity so consumes us women that the market is filled with various whitening body scrubs.

Personally, though, I’m really just after even skin tone.

So when I got a hold of a couple of tubs from Asian Secrets, I went ahead and tried it right away. Nothing wrong with taking a bath again in the morning, right?

After getting awesome lightening results from a bodycare regimen using the cool package from SkinWhite and Ocean Potion, I have grown antsy just waiting for that beautiful skin the Media has promised us Filipinas. But then I realized, hey, I can’t really get that Georgina Wilson puti now can I? I mean, genetically speaking, I have a higher rate of skin pigmentation.

Now I’m just curious to find out if I could still get my skin a tad bit lighter, thankyouverymuch.
Let me share with you the two tubs I got from Asian Secrets:

Licorice and Mulberry Leaf Extract variant on left;
Seaweed Extract and Vitamin E on right

The Licorice and Mulberry Leaf Extract variant offers a very faint, almost sweet and fruity scent. I prefer the Seaweed Extract variety because it reminds me of blue slurpee from 7 Eleven.

Each tub’s winning ingredients? Tocopheryl acetate (a.k.a. Vitamin E) , Mineral Oil, Camellia Sinensis extract, Olive Oil, Glycerin, Squalene, Dimethicone, and Titanium Dioxide.

Since UNILAB is a trusted name in prescription and consumer health products, I’m confident that I can rely on the information on the packaging. When it clearly says “Dermatologist-tested” AND “Hypoallergenic”, then it IS safe for my sensitive skin!


PRO TIP: Use the product on DRY SKIN!

Stuff I love about Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Body Scrub

  • Effectively removes dead skin cells through gentle exfoliation
  • Evens skin tone on elbows, knees, armpits and the area between the thighs.
  • Product contains Vitamin E and Green Tea extract—powerful antioxidants that help protect skin from free radicals.
  • Emollients Squalene and Olive Oil help lock down skin’s needed moisture.


The only downside I see about the product is that it takes some meticulous rinsing to get rid of the exfoliating beads.

The results are worth the trouble, because I noticed soft and supple skin right after first use. I like that the product leaves almost no scent at all, because otherwise it would clash with my favorite perfume.

Price: Php90 – 150 depending on location and tub size
Rating: Five out of five stars (Especially because it’s affordable!)

For more information about UNILAB’s whitening body scrub and other products, head to the company’s NEWS page.

LadyKin Vanpir Dark Repair Youth Activator Bottle

Ladykin Vanpir Dark Repair Youth Activator Review

Korean cosmetics are here to stay, judging from the number of Filipina fans who just can’t get enough of anything and everything Korean!

Lately I’ve been eyeing this new Korean brand to hit the Philippine market- LadyKin! I checked out their online website, and one thing really caught my eye:

LadyKin Vanpir Dark Repair Packaging

Ladykin Vanpir Dark Repair Youth Activator

The Vanpir Dark Repair collection is quite expensive, as the line uses Dragon’s Blood, also known as Chroton Lechleriresin extract obtained from trees growing in Peru and Ecuador in Amazon. Dragon’s Blood is allegedly used by Amazon warriors to prevent skin damage, because of its antibacterial and stress relieving and calming effects.

Just like the other LadyKin products, the Youth Activator comes with a bunch of other plant extracts that help relieve skin inflammation and encourage cell renewal. For instance, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, and skin damage prevention effects.

Panax Ginseng Callus Culture Extract, an ingredient found in most other skincare products from LadyKin, strengthens the skin’s barriers and prevents skin damage.

The Youth Activator also contains arbutin and adenosine, both of which help diminish wrinkles and whiten skin.

Here are the 9 benefits you can get from the Ladykin Vanpir Dark Repair Youth Activator, according to the LadyKin website:

1. Whitening and anti-wrinkle care
Whitening agent arbutin and wrinkle agent Adenosine prevent melanin pigmentation and reduce wrinkles for resilient and bright skin tone.

2. Ginseng callus culture extract which helps skin barrier
It energizes and reinforces skin’s barrirs prevent skin damage and improve skin conditions to brighten and energize skin.

3. Simultaneous skin protection and improvement
Ginseng callus culture extract and centenella asiatica extract relieve stress or skin stimulation from external factors for healthy skin.

4. Croton Lechleriresin Extract
These trees grow on the upper parts of the Amazon such as Peru and Ecuador and contain ingredients that prevent skin damage, relieve skin and strengthen skin’s barriers. When the body of the tree is cut or damaged, dark red sap flows as if the tree is bleeding.

5. Improvement of fine wrinkles and skin resilience
Croton Lechlriresin Extract provide resilience to skin and reduce wrinkles for healthy and energetic skin.

6. Purification of complexion through brightening skin tone and blemishes
Rich in vitamins, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water with polyphenol and vitamin E keep skin tone clear and even.

7. Contains ECOCERT certified Rose Damascena Flower Water and Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water
Rich vitamin and nourishment supply

8. Replenishment of skin’s energy
Creates a moiusturizing film on the surface of skin to prevent moisture evaporation and delivers nourishing ingredients to skin.

9. Does not contain paraben, synthetic color, mineral oil, benzophenone and animal ingredients (The best part, since it proves to be safer on your skin and liver.)

With the skin nourishing ingredients that can help combat wrinkles and even whiten skin, I could not resist purchasing the 50ml product despite the hefty Php1800 price tag. Check out my verdict below.

LadyKin Vanpir Dark Repair in DropperTHOUGHTS:

1. I love the packaging! From the classy box that housed the glass bottle to the nifty silver design, I was hooked.

2. Bottle comes with expiration date and practically everything a cautious beauty maven needs. Even the life of the product upon opening is specified on both the box and bottle (12 months). To make sure I don’t forget, I  wrote the date of first use on the bottle.
LadyKin Vanpir Dark Repair Youth Activator Bottle

3. Easy-to-use dropper I just love using for the convenience!

4. Mild scent doesn’t bother me at all. Although I would have preferred a product free of fragrance, I find the mild scent acceptable.

5. Immediately noticeable skin calming effect! I love that it worked on calming my perennially reddish skin, proving that it works on inflammations and rosacea. I can definitely see myself using this product with my Red Better Care line.

LadyKin Vanpir Dark Repair Youth Activator Trial

6. Skin plumping effect to diminish wrinkles. I have only used the product twice a day for two days, and I have already noticed somewhat lighter lines around my eyes. It helps that I am now working on increasing my fluid intake and revamping my daily beauty regimen.


Value: Four out of five stars (Still a bit pricey)
Efficacy: Three out of five stars (Great for calming redness, but whitening and wrinkle diminishing effects not yet noticeable)

Do check out other LadyKin products at https://www.facebook.com/ladykinph and at http://www.ladykinph.com/index.php.