Back in 2015, skin care wasn’t a part of my vocabulary. I could go to bed without washing my face and I wasn’t into makeup at all. I would wake up, take a bath, and go to work. I was THAT lazy. It wasn’t until I had the worse breakout of my life in 2017 that I actually bothered to even look into skin care.
During the depressive episodes of my breakout, I went all out with my research—from the 10-step Korean skin care routine to the highly regarded Fraxel CO2 treatment. My skin was breaking out so badly, I just wanted to get it over and done with. That’s when I realized that what I was doing was a bandaid solution. Aside from genes, this could’ve easily been a result of me not taking care of my skin for a long time.
Proper skin care didn’t fix my acne because the entire thing was hormonal. However, it definitely propelled me to actually start having a skin care routine. Since I was desperate to make things better in the beginning; I went with intense chemically-heavy formulas hoping to speed up the skin repair. After a while, though, I realized that skin care and self-care are not things you rush. If there’s one thing I can take away from it: less is more. I started investing in natural and organic products. From my makeup remover to my setting spray, I try to be as natural as possible. As such, hearing about Soak Opera’s truly natural self-care line was a godsend for me.
Soak Opera is a Philippine-based skin care brand that started with a simple vision: to provide full, luxurious, and natural self-care. Believing that nature is the most powerful form of therapy, Soak Opera harnesses the power of natural ingredients so you can bring a piece of nature into your home. At the foundation of every formula are raw, pure, and organic ingredients with skin-loving vitamins and nutrients for healthy and naturally beautiful skin.
Rose Body Oil and Scrub (Php355)
A detoxifying, anti-aging and moisturizing body scrub that leaves the skin hydrated, soft, and rejuvenated. I actually don’t like using scrubs because I feel like they’re too harsh, but this one is just so luxurious! It has actual petals in it and it feels so good when I lather it onto my skin. It is a bit tedious to remove the rose residue from the drain; but damn, it keeps leaving me wanting more after my bath.
Lip Scrub (Php180)
The lip scrub is a revitalizing beetroot and acai berry-packed sugar scrub formulated with nourishing oils and butter to keep your lips supple, moisturized, and naturally pink. This is one of my favorites!
I know you’re not supposed to eat lip scrub, but I accidentally tasted some of it while I was scrubbing my lips, and it was so good!
Lip Balm (Php150)
The lip balm is formulated with a moisturizing blend of natural oils, beeswax, and butter to keep lips hydrated. The formula reminds me of Carmex, but at a more affordable price.
Rising Sun Collection (Php875)
This is what I was most excited about since I love masks. The collection includes the Blossom Face Mask (Radiance), Evergreen Face Mask (Anti-Acne) and Sunshine Face Mask (Multipurpose).
The said masks don’t have any fillers or preservatives and include ingredients like Turmeric, Sandalwood, Chlorella, Moringa, Neem, Rice Powder and more. I tried using all three masks since they each address specific skin problems, and they all work wonders. I’m especially in love with the Evergreen mask since my skin has a rough texture due to the weather and I’ve been getting tiny zits here and there.
Be careful when you use the masks, though.Make sure you don’t leave them on for too long since they leave a slight tint on the face. I also found it necessary to have a treatment dish handy to mix the masks. I didn’t have one, so I had to make do with what I had.
While I didn’t have trouble mixing the Evergreen and Sunshine mask, I found that lukewarm water is best to use for the Blossom mask. I also wasn’t particularly fond of the scent of crushed leaves, but I guess that’s the price you have to pay if you really want to go au naturel.
Yes, it’s pretty tedious, but it pays off! I just got back from Baler with a sunburn and a few rough patches on my face, and these masks saved the day!
Aside from that, I would like to note that none of the products are fragrant. No chemically induced perfume-y scents on any of the items. Everything is all natural, especially the masks! So, if you’re on the lookout for all-natural skin care, make sure to check out Soap Opera!
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