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Skinvesting at Luminisce Skin & Laser Clinic

And just like that, another year has passed, another birthday celebrated. Time flies by quickly when you’re having fun. And my life as a wife & mom has proven to be a happy road of love & laughter. I have no complaints, really.

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How we are at praise & worship every sunday service. They love me so! <3 

But when I think of how old I actually am, and how so little miles are left on the road ahead, I panic and I just want to hit that PAUSE button. I want more time.

Just last week as I was looking at myself in the bathroom mirror, not only did I find several grey hairs sprouting, but my pores seem to be getting bigger as well. And my skin is lacklustre. Wala nang ningning ang bituin ko! :'(

That’s when reality bites. And as always, it comes in 3’s. First I noticed the enlarging pores. Then I see the sagging jowls. And if that’s not enough the marionette (puppet) lines running down both sides of my mouth become even more prominent. I am SO NOT aging gracefully, in as much as I want to make myself believe it. My age is showing.

What Are Marionette Lines?

Marionette lines are the pronounced crease that runs from the corners of the mouth to down along the chin. It can also refer to nasolabial folds occurring around the top of the mouth.


What Causes Marionette Lines?

As collagen in the face decreases with age, skin tends to crease and fold around the mouth. While not everyone experiences marionette lines, they can be quite bothersome for those who do, as they can give the face an unhappy expression.

How to Prevent Marionette Lines

It is believed that genetics play a large role in whether or not you develop marionette lines. But there are certain things that can serve to exacerbate the issue, like too much sun exposure, smoking and poor diet.

Effective Ingredients to Combat Marionette Lines

As there is no certain way to prevent marionette lines, the best defense is to take good care of skin and protect it from excessive sun exposure.

Solutions for Marionette Lines

The marionette lines are a common location for filler injections. However, there are ways to improve the appearance of these lines without resorting to needles. Consistent LED treatment is the most effective way to plump the area, reducing the appearance of creasing. However, there are also topical solutions that can provide help with long-term use. 


Kap, bless his heart, doesn’t mind really. It’s a blessing that we are the same age so we are literally growing old together. But I do. If only I can photoshop reality as mush as I do my photos, I’d be fine! But life ain’t that easy.

As I had some time to kill while I was at Luminisce Skin & Laser Clinic a couple of weeks ago to address Ate’s acne outbreak (ok, and also mine!) so I was able to look at several literatures & the clinic’s available services. One particular service that piqued my curiosity is the ACNE CLEAR LASER. Acne Clear Laser targets acne inflammation, post-acne redness, and facial flushing. I don’t know what’s happening but Ate & I seem to be breaking out non-stop! Sabay pa!

To read my previous post on Luminsice, CLICK HERE.

Permanently remove unwanted and unsightly skin irregularities with Laser Solutions. This procedure repairs and restores your skin from within, and with minimum to zero downtime, this makes it the ideal choice of skin experts and patients alike. Finally, flawless skin can be yours with Laser Solutions, now at Luminisce.

So for my birthday, instead of buying yet another bag or another piece of jewelry (let’s admit it, how many times do we really change our bags & jewelries diba? Nakakatamad!), I decided to SKINVEST instead. I availed of the Acne Clear Laser for me & Ate. A bit on the pricey side but hey, you gotta pay premium for beauty.

To make sure it was the right treatment for me, I consulted again with Dr. Kaycee Reyes.

Luminisce Holistic Skin Innovations

2/F Mercury Drug Bldg., (in front of St. Luke’s Medical Center)
32nd St. cor. 4th Ave., Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines

Mondays to Saturdays: 10AM to 7PM; Sundays by appointment. For queries and appointment TEXT or VIBER 0915-979-4661 or call 02-5118500




Having served as a visiting fellow in Dermatologic Laser Surgery at the National Skin Centre in Singapore, Dr. Reyes specializes in lasers and in Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM). She underwent a visiting fellowship in Dermatologic Laser Surgery in the University of Ramathibodi Hospital – Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. Practicing wellness care, she dealt exclusively with wellness and acupuncture, with the Traditional Medicine Clinic at the Philippine General Hospital.



Luminisce Skin & Laser Clinic by Dr. KAYCEE REYES offers the following services: ● Dermatology Consult ● Non-surgical Facial Rejuvenation ● Non-surgical Skin Tightening / Facelift ● Acne and Pimple Treatment ● IPL Photofacial ● Stretchmark Removal ● Laser Scar Reduction ● Laser Hair removal ● Laser Vein Removal ● Rejuvenation Peels ● Fillers and Botox ● Wart removal


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I am very cautious when it comes to people touching my face. I can safely say that I feel very confident being handled by Dr. Kaycee. Here, see me & my calming top view! :P May matching calming music pa yan, hindi nyo lang marinig.


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Aside from Acne & scarring due to years of self-pricking, I have these red veins & blotches on my face. I can barely go out of the house without powder or foundation to cover my bad skin! :'(

As you can see, my skin is not flawless. Underneath all my gunk is a very flawed & scarred skin. My treatment of choice, available in 10 sessions to correct my skin problems:

Acne Clear Laser

– targets acne inflammation, post-acne redness, and facial flushing;

– solves freckles, melasma, rosacea, seborrheickeratoses, and other pigmentation;

– improves enlarged pores, sun damage, wrinkles, onychomycosis, and even inflammatory acne with seborrhea;

– regenerate collagen and correct melasma, pigmentation, acne, skin tone,pore appearance, and fine wrinkles.

Best of all, these procedures are done in minutes, safe for all skin types, and require ZERO downtime, so you can get back to business in no time!


My machine of choice. SPECTRA XT The ultimate all-in-one skin solution, the Spectra XT is one of the safest, fastest, and most advanced laser treatments available today. Also called “The Extended Platform”, it is named so because of its wide array of aesthetic solutions using varying wavelengths.



This photo belongs to LUMINISCE. This is how the ACNE CLEAR LASER works. You feel a moderately tingly, but bearable, sensation that last for about a minute or even under. Tiis-ganda lang ng konti.



Ate also undergoes the same procedure. I love that Dr. Kaycee is soft-spoken, so patient, and really takes time to explain the procedures since Ate is a newbie, highly strung and nervous with just about everything done to her. Notice the yellow stress ball? Sira yan sa kanya pagtapos! :P



New prescription. I was hesitant with Ate using Diane because of its link to breast cancer. But Dr. Kaycee assured me that it is relatively safe at her age. So maybe we’ll give it a try for a month or so then stop. A word of caution. Skin types vary so make sure you consult your doctor before taking the same medication. This was prescribed to Ate with consultation. See your doctor before taking any medication topical or otherwise.

Passionate about beauty and wellness, Dr. Kaycee Reyes makes it a point to attend international conferences to further widen her outlook towards treating diversified skin cases. Through this, her patients are guaranteed to receive only the latest techniques and technologies in the field of non-invasive aesthetic and cosmetic dermatology. She believes that a tailor-fit and individualized approach to managing skin and weight problems is an effective way to take care of her patients.


Just recently, Dr. Kaycee acquired another new “toy” to play with. What sorcery is this? I wonder if I’ll get to try it out on my next sesh. :P

With another year tucked under my belt, I’m just so glad that I met Dr. Kaycee. I just wish I’d #SKINVESTED earlier. Maybe my puppet lines won’t be so prominent.

Footnote: Dr. Kaycee is not just beauty & brains. She is also all heart too! As an advocate towards health and wellness issues in the Philippines, Sr. Kaycee Reyes formerly directed the ALAGA KA project, a local cause that focuses on helping unprivileged communities to renovate their barangay health centers and include staff training. It has become her mission to educate, inspire, and help people to live happier and healthier lives through encouraging important lifestyle changes.

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