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Defying Skin Dehydration Challenge: Day 1 + A Giveaway From Neutrogena!

I drink a lot of water. When I say a lot, I mean at least six liters a day. I should probably go see a doctor about that because it can’t be normal to always be this thirsty!

Anyway, I was always under the impression that if not for the amount of water I drink each day, my skin and body would probably be in worse shape (got more vices than Miami!). I believed that, up until a few months ago when I learned that these supposed benefits of drinking water are actually myths.

If it’s true that drinking water doesn’t do much for your skin… then I guess I’m just lucky that my skin isn’t so terrible (no need to look for the best acne treatment), what with all my bad habits! In fact, my skin scored a 60 on the moisture sensor (40-70 is normal). Weird, I honestly expected to score an 80+ because I tend to oil up like crazy!

One should not mistake oily skin with hydrated skin!

We were then presented with this Hydration Level Meter:

After reading that, I wondered WHY I DIDN’T SCORE A 0-40!

So I’m doing this 5-Day challenge… I don’t even know why I am, considering most of the things listed are unavoidable parts of my day!

Today is Day One:

1) Leaving for work without sunscreen protection. Ha, negative. I love my SPF!

2) Too much coffee. Negative again! Only had one big mug today… as opposed to my two mugs in the morning + occasional iced coffee during the walk to work + another iced coffee after lunch. Wow.

3) Skipping lunch to dive straight into work. Nope! I had my lunch ten minutes after settling in my desk.

4) Long exposure to air conditioning rooms. Absolutely guilty of this. Nine hours a day, five days a week at the least.

5) Skimping on sleep. I think I clocked in around 7 hours of sleep last night. Good enough.

6) Skipping on skin care regimen before bedtime. Hmm. Mine’s pretty simple: remove makeup, wash face.

Today’s score? One of out six. Not bad, if I may say so, unless you factor in my smoking lol.

Neutrogena is launching a new (to the Philippines, as far as I know) product next week that will chase your dehydration blues away, leaving you with pretty skin. They are also giving (1) one reader of mine a Neutrogena pack aka a chance to test/try out this product!

-Philippine residents only :(
-Connect with me on Google Friend Connect! (Check sidebar)
-Comment with your answers to these questions: What’s your skin type and from the list, which activity are you most guilty of doing?

Valid email addresses only, please!

Contest ends Tuesday, May 31, 2011.

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  • Reply Chi May 26, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    My face gets oily especially on humid days! As for the activity I’m guilty of doing, I work a stressful job so I guess my skin’s affected by that. Also, I spend 8 or more hours everyday in an AC-ed room!

  • Reply Angie May 26, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I believe I have a sensitive skin type and among the list, I am guilty of the following: Leaving for work without sunscreen protection, long exposure to air conditioning room, skimping on sleep, and skipping on skin care regimen before bedtime.

    Out of the 6, I can say my skin is in a bad condition.

  • Reply Xyla May 26, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Right in time! I just had my consultation yesterday with a dermatologist and she told me that I have a dry skin. I’m guilty of everything stated above and thanks to this, I didn’t know those aggravated my skin condition.

    I’m actually looking for the best product I could use to help me hydrate my very dry skin. I am interested in their new product since I can not afford the regimen that the dermatologist prescribed for now.

  • Reply Jayrin May 26, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I believe I have combination skin? My skin feels dry but it gets oily throughout the day. And currently I’ve been lacking on sleep and taking long walks under the sun :(

  • Reply Weyn May 26, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I can fry up an egg on my face in this weather. I have really oily skin but it gets flaky during colder months yikes =\ Honestly, I’m guilty on all six of those but I would say the abuse happens when I don’t sleep. This Monday to Wednesday I had three hours max, each day. Kanina mga five naman :( I want to say I try to achieve balance in work and play but somebody’s got to pay the billz.

  • Reply Frances May 26, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    personally, I think I have a normal skin type though it can be really annoying when I sweat because you can see oil moderately building up on my nose. However, a surprising thing is that my skin is actually adapting to my lack of sleep routine especially that I face the computer most of the day.

  • Reply jennybeam May 26, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I have combination skin on my face and dry skin for the rest of my body. My legs even have scales!

    I’m guilty of:
    – Leaving for work without sunscreen protection. (most of the time)
    – Skipping lunch to dive straight into work. (I don’t eat breakfast at all)
    – Long exposure to air conditioning rooms. (9-10 hours a day, 5 days a week)
    – Skimping on sleep. (only 5 hours a night)
    – Skipping on skin care regimen before bedtime

  • Reply Ela May 26, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I have oily skin, which means I never leave the house without pressed powder and oil control films.
    I’m guilty of skimping on sleep! I always stay up until the wee hours of the morning and have around 3-5 hours of sleep.

  • Reply Clauie May 26, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I have oily skin especially near the T section of my face. I am most guily of having too much coffee. Coffee is like water to me. I can’t function without coffee in my system.

  • Reply Tina Elaine May 26, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I’m of the oily skin type.

    I’m a medical student so I’m guilty of most things on the lise. I drink too much coffee almost every week because I need to stay up late almost everyday. If I get lucky, I sleep 5 hours a night. And since at times, I don’t sleep at all, I skip skin care regimens before bedtime. And lastly, most of our classrooms are airconditioned so I practically spend the whole day in school in these classrooms. :(

  • Reply Dorothy May 26, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I have an oily to combination skin type (for the face, at least), then I have really dry elbows for some reason.

    I dont know which is worse:
    Sleeping for only 4-5hours per night, or being in an air-conditioned room for 12 straight hours.


  • Reply Nina May 26, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    I have oily and acne-prone skin. I don’t use a moisturizer because I really get greasy. But I have a feeling my skin is dehydrated because I drink copious amounts of coffee and I barely get any sleep! Oh and I really don’t use sunscreen. (I know, bad!)

  • Reply Tin Rementilla May 27, 2011 at 10:07 am

    What’s your skin type and from the list, which activity are you most guilty of doing?

    I have really oily skin which puts a frying pan to shame. I don´t use sunscreen at all which is a crime. :(

  • Reply Juliet Florenze May 27, 2011 at 10:19 am

    What’s your skin type and from the list, which activity are you most guilty of doing?

    I have an oily/combination skin (oily minsan naman dry, ang gulo! haha!)
    I am most guilty of skimping on sleep & drinking too much coffee due to a lot of OT work resulting to long exposure to air conditioning rooms.

  • Reply Honey May 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I have oily, problem-prone skin and I’m guilty of the following:

    1. Skimping on sleep – I sleep for 5 hours on average (Ironically, I’m a late sleeper (like, past 12) yet an early riser. (5-6 am) Blame it on my dysfunctional body clock.
    2. Long exposure to airconditioning rooms – I’m guilty of this, but only when I’m in the workplace. My job requires me to rarely leave my desk (which sucks but yeah).
    3. Skipping on skin regimen before bedtime – This happens when I’m too drunk that I just want to slump on my bed more than anything else, or when I’m just too lazy to get my ass out of bed hehe. Minsan lang naman hehe.

  • Reply Lianne May 27, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I have combination skin that’s prone to break-outs around my period week. It’s on extended overdrive now because my period is overdue. :(

    Guilty of:
    1) Long exposure to AC – 9 hours minimum a day.
    2) Leaving for work without SPF – I work nights though, so it’s not so bad that I leave for work without it, but my shift ends at 12nn, when the sun is unforgiving. My moisturizer has SPF 25 though and I have a small bottle of low grade [SPF 25] sunscreen in my bag.
    3) Skimping on sleep – While I get 6-8 hours a day, that’s cut up because I only get about 5-6 here at home and sleep off the remaining at work because I always am at work early. :(

  • Reply Gian May 28, 2011 at 1:40 am

    I have combination skin! I’m prone to a lot of breakouts during my period. Humidity makes me so oily too.

    I drink coffee always when I’m at work. I am a nocturnal employee and I stay in an airconditioned room for 10 hours a day. Coffee shops are our “tambayan” too because of the perks our company offers. Who doesn’t get stressed over work?

    Guilty as charged.

  • Reply Tiffy May 29, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Normal to combination skin according to this online test I took lol.

    I’m most guilty of stress and skipping on skin care regime before bedtime.

  • Reply Thea May 29, 2011 at 9:07 pm


    Oily skin. I don’t use sunscreen, I’m stressed, and I don’t have a skin care regime before bedtime. Am I screwed?

  • Reply Jenn May 31, 2011 at 12:41 am

    I have oily skin. My oilies has been tamed before by Acnetrex but I really don’t have the funds to maintain this medication artista-style. Currently, my face is able to fill 1-2 sheets of oil blotting paper.

    Among the six mentioned, I am most guilty of being exposed to AC for at least 9 hours every weekday, and not getting regular sleep.

  • Reply Faye May 31, 2011 at 1:23 am

    My skin is sensitive beyond any skin type. I use moisturizer that has SPF but still my skin tend to oil up, and even sometimes when touch roughly, a slight scar will show every single time.

    I feel guilty on (1) skipping lunch, in or out of the house, I felt like I have to take my food just whenever I feel need to eat. (2) Long exposure to AC, I get it 7 hours a day minimum. (3) Skimping on sleep is no rare cases in our generation and age (4) And skipping on skin care regimen, mostly because I am either too tired or busy on something else.

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  • Reply Felise February 4, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I drink a glass of water every time. I keep on drinking because the fact that it helps your skin well hydrated. But, I was confused with with this article. They say drinking water is a myth but actually it helps ma lot. I don’t believe in it.

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