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Being an Olympian is hard enough without having to deal with people doubting you because of your gender. Hidilyn Diaz, the Philippines’ first-ever Olympic gold medalist, has heard people doubt her abilities because weightlifting is a sport of physical strength—a trait not commonly associated with women. She works hard not only to excel at the sport she loves, but also to do so proudly as a woman and as a Filipino.
As the newest Belo ambassador, Hidilyn highlights the importance of representation. Her philosophy: you don’t need to choose between being strong or being beautiful, because you can certainly be both. “Para sa akin, as a strong woman, it means showing what you got. Kasi minsan, nali-limit tayo, na sinasabi na eto lang tayo. Dito lang tayo. Dapat ‘di tayo lumabas. E, babae kami. Tao din kami. So pinapakita lang natin na magaling din tayo, at malakas tayo.”
However, keeping your skin in tip-top shape isn’t always the easiest task, especially while training for the biggest athletic event in the world. People who live an active lifestyle sweat a lot, making them prone to breakouts—something Hidilyn is familiar with. In the months leading up to the Olympics, Hidilyn found that her usual routine of washing her face and applying sunblock wasn’t cutting it. She began to develop acne during her training period in Malaysia. Hidilyn began to feel self-conscious about her pimples. “Medyo mahirap eh, ‘pag may pimples ka. Magkakaroon ka ng self-doubt,” she admitted.
Hidilyn experienced Belo’s ADVALight laser treatment to help her combat acne. Belo is the first and only clinic in the country that uses this cutting-edge yellow laser. The laser targets hyperpigmentation, oiliness, acne, scars, and redness. “Na-treat ‘yung acne ko, e. Makita niyo, medyo less na ‘yung acne ko. After ‘nung first session, nakita ko gumanda ‘yung skin ko. Mas naging smooth na siya, mas naging clear. Gusto ko magtuloy-tuloy ng sessions!”
She’s grateful for the care Belo has given her and her skin, and the renewed confidence it gave her. “It’s good to be part of Belo. Gusto ko rin sabihin na, ‘Belo Beautiful.’ ‘Di ba? Every day, Belo Beautiful ako.”
The Philippines’ first gold medalist with the only golden laser treatment in the country? Now, that’s a winning combination of strength and beauty.