September 3, 2012
Diana Stalder Black Soap
Paulyn, editorial assistant
I've patronized facial scrubs ever since they entered the market and became a staple part of women's beauty regimen. And during the times I find the tube empty without a new one on-hand to replace it, I find it hard to go back to soap when I need to wash my face. So although I also dislike using a different brand even for a one-time wash, I resort to borrowing my sister's or mom's facial wash, just to avoid reaching for an ordinary bar soap to cover my facial cleansing needs.
All this changed, however, when I started using the Diana Stalder Black Soap. The description at the back of the box said that it whitens, evens out skin tone and moisturizes, promising great results when you wash your face with it just before going to bed.
It wasn't love at first sight, from my experience. The soap came in a boring black box with nothing much to offer in terms of design. My interest went down another notch when, upon opening it, I saw that it was literally black in color.
I like my soaps clean and white, so naturally, I didn't want to wrap my hands around this thing, let alone wash my face with it. I had this terrible image in my head of working a black lather on my face and seeing black bubbles sliding down my cheeks.
As it turned out, I was overreacting. It didn't leave black stains, and no black bubbles were in sight; apart from the color of the bar itself, everything else remained soap-white.
After a week of using it, I must say that the soap is definitely more than what meets the eye. My skin is softer and more supple in the mornings, and it stays this way throughout the day even though I use my normal facial wash when I take a bath. I don't think my skin is any lighter, though, but I don't mind as I was never a fan of skin whitening anyway.
Two weeks down, and I still keep being surprised by the little improvements I see in my skin, all of which I can only attribute to the soap. My pores are smaller, my blackheads are gone, but the thing I'm happiest about is how this black soap managed to keep my skin evenly-moisturized. Like most professionals, I am confined to an air-conditioned room 9 hours a day for five days a week, and for the past months, I have had very dry cheeks and a very oily T-zone under this condition. It's confusing because I don't know whether to moisturize more or moisturize less, considering that the different parts of my face seem to have different needs. But ever since I tried the soap, my cheeks have become more moisturized while my T-zone lost its once-irrevocable shine. My skin still gets a little oily, sometimes, but it's nothing my trusty oil-control sheets can't handle, and at least now, it involves my whole face—not just parts of it.
Perhaps the main disadvantage with this product is that it's rather hard to find. I have yet to see Diana Stalder products in supermarket aisles around the metro. If you Google it, online sellers will come up, but I haven't bought from them yet so I can't say if they're legit. Good thing that even on its fourth week, the bar looks like it still has a long way to go as it doesn't even look any smaller than when I first opened it. I might just have enough time to scour around in search of this gem of a soap.
For inquries on Diana Stalder's Black Soap, call (632) 740-6099 or visit www.bcpderma.com.
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