14 November 2014

Olay Natural White with Papaya Extract

Hey guys! I don’t know if anybody has noticed, but since I’ve started blogging, I’ve been branching out—widening my horizons, you could say—as opposed to just posting outfit shots constantly. It was beginning to bore me, the whole ‘I wore this because (insert reason), and what I really love about (brand) is because their clothes are not only (adjective), but also (comfortable, versatile, etc).’  It was beginning to feel a lot like a cardboard cut-out, fill-in-the-blanks sort of thing, and for someone who hated routines as much as I did, it frustrated me that blogging began to feel more like an obligation than a hobby that made me happy.

So to combat the onslaught of me giving up on blogging altogether, I decided to make ninapineda.com a little more me. I’ve started writing about personal experiences, events I’ve attended, the trips I’ve gone on… I posted vlogs (although not as often as I would like to)… And now, as I go through the rest of my adolescence, I present a new category that you will be hopefully reading more posts on in the future: beauty. 

I’ve been toying with the idea of posting product reviews for a while now. Over time, I’ve discovered my favorite beauty products—or essentials, if you may—and I’m often asked to share them to my readers. I’ve received questions ranging from ‘what shampoo do you use SPECIFICALLY!!!!!!!’ (which I always answer with ‘whatever my mom buys for me’) to ‘what kind of deodorant do you use?’ (I use a derma prescribed deodorant that doesn’t have a brand, thank you very much.)

I’ve never been sure just how I would go about writing such things. I’m not skilled in describing things, and at best all I can say is, ‘It’s good, I use it. It’s my favorite. Try it,’ and that doesn’t exactly make for a convincing narrative.

However, I thought I’d maybe give it a shot. I’ve always been one for challenges, and so without further ado, here’s the first thing on my beauty essentials list: Olay’s Natural White Bar with Papaya Extract.

Before I begin, I’d like to clarify that I’ve never used any sort of whitening products in my life before. I’ve never been particularly concerned with achieving fair skin, although I do understand the craze for it here in the Philippines. There’s just something about glowing, porcelain-like skin, isn’t there? 

With that said, you can only imagine my initial reluctance when it came to using papaya soap. Olay was lovely enough to have sent me a few bars to try, and me being me, I did a wee bit of extensive research so I could figure out just what to expect after enough time has passed of me using it.

Someone said that it makes your skin dry, and then another said that it’ll make your skin peel. Peel. 
Honestly, I was terrified at that point. I was never big on making drastic changes to my body—a personal preference that I’ve decided on early on in my puberty—and was I really up for the challenge? Is it even worth it?

I was pleasantly surprised, though, to have found out that using Olay’s Natural White bar did not result in excessive skin peeling whatsoever. In fact, it’s made my skin smoother and healthier-looking. 
I have to be really careful when it comes to the products I use on my skin, whether it be lotion, face wash, or makeup. It’s easy for my skin to get irritated, and walking around with itchy, red blotches isn’t exactly my ideal daily look, nor is it anybody’s, I’m sure. If you have the same skin problems as I do (I’ve got keratosis), I can assure you that Olay’s Natural White Bar with Papaya Extract is safe for every day use.

There’s a bit of stigma attached to the usage of whitening products, a fallacy that I used to believe in myself, but there’s no shame in wanting to pamper yourself. If you truly want to achieve a lighter skin tone, then you’re going to have to use this soap for much longer as it doesn’t take effect overnight. However, its short term effects leaves you with a smoother, softer, moisturized skin and a healthy glow. I haven’t found the need to use lotion since I started using this soap because it’s been fantastic at keeping my skin hydrated.

If you’re wondering what the effects of papaya on the skin is, I’ve taken the liberty on scavenging the internet for the answer. Credits go to PerfectSkinCareForYou.com.
  • Papaya is abundant in anti-oxidants due to the huge concentration of Vitamin A
  • ‘Papain' in Papaya is helpful in removing the dead skin cells so applying papaya on the skin will exfoliate your skin in the most gentle and natural way
  • Papaya is a great skin-firming and anti-aging mask. It helps in removing blemishes, dark spots, evens out your skin tone and brings a glow to your face.
  • Papaya is, again, a natural exfoliator.
Olay’s Natural White Bar with Papaya Extract smells delicious too, if any of you are wondering. Let me know if you're ready to show your #BestBeautiful with Olay by using the hashtag! 

And that's it! Stay tuned for more product reviews of my top beauty essentials. ’Til the next post!


  1. It's great to see you write another category Nins! (I hope you're comfortable with writing these) Good luck on your future articles! (They're gonna be successful either way)

    -Xine | Let's Talk!

  2. It's great to see that you're expanding what your blog is about - I have never really like giving bloggers one label when they can write/are writing about so many other things. I'm not fond of applying lotion (even if my body is literally screaming that I should) so it's good to see that there's finally a product that will keep both me and my skin happy. Can't wait to read more posts like this! xx