Long before this morena beauty captivated millions of viewers around the world when she won 3rd runner up at Miss Universe 2013, Ariella Arida has always been a “golden girl,” thanks to her love for the outdoors.
The then-23-year-old listed running and swimming as her favorite physical activities in her Binibining Pilipinas bio. These intense outdoor activities, rewarded her both with a knock-out figure and glowing skin, arguably the reason why this Alaminos, Laguna native stood out from her mostly mestiza competitors. Together, her killer physique, mega-watt smile, and sun-kissed skin clinched her the honor of representing the country to the all-important Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, Russia.
Almost four years after competing for the international crown, Arida’s love for the outdoors continues, and has apparently gown greater what with her constant posts from on her Instagram account @araarida.
“I’ve always been a sporty girl and I love the outdoors, the beach most especially,” Arida acknowledged during her launch as the new brand ambassador for CosmoSkin Grapeseed Extract.
Besides enjoying recreational activities, the beauty queen turned model and host added, “Keeping fit is also very important to me. With the schedule I keep, I always find the time to run and swim, because it allows me to have a balanced life.”
On the downside, Arida admits her chosen lifestyle has led her to suffer a common skin condition called melasma.
“I realized these activities also take a toll on my skin. No one is immune to sun exposure, and sunscreen alone is not enough. That’s why I noticed the occurrence of melasma on my face. I guess I am more prone to it because of my continuous sun exposure,” the 28-year-old revealed.
Melasma, as defined by the American Academy of Dermatologists through their website www.aad.org, is “a common skin problem that causes brown to gray-brown patches, usually on the face. Most people get it on their cheeks, bridge of their nose, forehead, chin, and above their upper lip. It also can appear on other parts of the body that get lots of sun, such as the forearms and neck.”
Besides prolonged sun exposure, the academy also points to hormonal changes as one of the causes of melasma. As such, the skin problem is more prominent among women, citing 90-percent of females out of the total number of sufferers.
For Arida, who is currently a regular co-host of Willie Revillame in the daily variety-gameshow “Wowowin,” the answer to her melasma woes came in the natural ingredient grape seed. She knows its potency as a BS Chemistry graduate from the University of the Philippine-Los Baños.
Grape seed extract is rich in Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins, which, according to several medical journals, like Alternative Medicine Review (which published Thorne Research Inc.’s 2003 study) can be beneficial in treating melasma. Coupled with skin-loving vitamins A and E, Cosmo Skin in turn made sure to formulate a product containing this effective natural ingredient.
“As a supplement form, I take it before bedtime because I know that’s the best time for my body to fully absorb grape seed extract. I started two months ago and within that period, my melasma has been visibly reduced,” Arida happily declared.
Swearing by the wonders of grape seed extract, Arida went on to share more beauty tips to keep her skin golden and glowing.
“I’ve always been a fan of low-maintenance beauty routines. To take care of my face, I only do the classic cleanse, tone and moisturize routine. But I do it religiously,” she emphasized.
Finally, she pointed to a good night’s sleep and lots of water as non-negotiables for both beauty and health.