Staying out in the sun can wreck havoc on your skin.
Meet your new favorite summer pampering skin essentials.
By Elaine Natividad Reyes, with additional research by Maita de Jesus
1 VESTÉ.PH JADE ROLLER, P1,550, Instagram.com/veste.ph
This gorgeous green gemstone is all the rage not just as an accessory, but also as a skin care tool. Long used by the ancient Chinese to realign the chi, beauty enthusiasts are now harnessing this healing gem’s power by using it as a skin massager. Benefits include improved circulation, reduced puffiness, and the stimulation of collagen production. Plus, it’s cool to the skin, giving you a much needed relief from the heat.
2 KIEHL’S POWERFUL STRENGTH LINE REDUCING CONCENTRATE, P3,675, Kiehl’s, Greenbelt 5
The bestselling serum just got an upgrade: Originally featuring a 10.5% dose of pure Vitamin C, the reformulated version has been given a boost and now has 12.5% Vitamin C. How’s that for additional skin protection and wrinkle-fighting effects? Even better, it’s now also infused with hyaluronic acid for extra hydration and skin-plumping action.
3 MAC LOOK IN A BOX: NICE ‘N’ SPICY, P3,100, MAC Cosmetics
Liquid lipstick might be tricky for a newbie, but MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is worth the effort and practice it entails. This particuar MAC Look in a Box contains all you’ll need for that perfect nude lip: a tube of Prep + Prime Lip, a Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Nice ‘N’ Spicy, and a Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Look Out. The longlasting shade will withstand the summer heat, while lounging and sipping cocktails by beach.
4 IN HER ELEMENT GLOW JOB 5% GLYCOLIC GEL CREAM, P775, inherelement.ph This gentle, botanically-derived glow-getter has just the right amount of glycolic acid to effec- tively exfoliate and purify skin without causing any skin irritation or visible peeling—so you can make this your new go-to product for lightening dark spots (Helpful to lighten dark underarms!) and reviving dull skin. Bonus: It’s also got soothing aloe vera, and moisturizing shea butter, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil. Start using it once a week, then gradually build up to twice a week as your skin adjusts.
5 SNOE BEAUTY HORSE OIL, P1,399, snoebeauty.com
In case you haven’t heard: Horse oil has been gaining traction as one of the newest “It” oils, thanks to its impressive healing properties. It contains a generous amount of linoleic acid, a “cell-communicating” ingredient that helps improve skin’s cellular function, boosting skin repair and protection. Plus, it’s quickly absorbed by the skin (hair and nails, too!) and delivers intense moisturization.
6 ZO SKIN HEALTH BRIGHTALIVE NON-RETINOL SKIN BRIGHTENER, P7,000,
Belo Medical Group Clinics
Address age spots and other signs of hyperpigmentation without resorting to retinol- or hydro- quinone-infused products (a.k.a. notorious potential irritants) with this brightening serum that’s formulated with a gentle complex of Vitamin C, hexylresorcinol, soy, and licorice root—perfect for sensitive skin!
7 MALIN+GOETZ REVITALIZING EYE CREAM, P4,600, Rustan’s The Beauty Source This rich and luxuriously concentrated cream is a multitasking must-have. Extra absorbent and non-greasy when applied, it addresses all major eye concerns, from fine lines and wrinkles to dark circles and puffiness. Key ingredients include marine algae for antioxidant protection and amino acid peptides for firming and hydration.
8 DERMALOGICA NIGHTLY LIP TREATMENT, P2,450, Rustan’s The Beauty Source
Got visible laugh lines and feathery lips? This overnight formula lets you score younger-look- ing kissers by firming, hydrating, and restoring skin on and around the lips, thanks to unique extracts like Indian Gentian Extract and Sesame Seed Extract, and vitamin-rich Shea Butter. It’s absolutely vegan, too, and has no artificial fragrances and colors.
9 HAPPY SKIN BEAUTY SAKURA BLOOM BRIGHTENING PEELING GEL, P799, happyskincosmetics.com
Do away with rough, dull skin, which has a tendency to look aged and haggard, with this smooth gel-type exfoliant that’s suited even for sensitive skin types! Don’t let the word “peeling” scare you; this water-based formula gently lifts away dirt, dead skin cells, and other impurities without abrasive force, allowing you to delicately polish skin to reveal a softer, smoother com- plexion. Skin looks extra radiant after one wash, and is brightened even more over time!
10 DERMALOGICA OIL FREE MATTE SPF30, P2,750, Rustan’s The Beauty Source While donning a wide-brimmed hat is pretty while protecting your face from the sun’s harmful rays, it will however not be enough to prevent skin darkening. If you wish to protect your face but hate the oily, shiny look that sunscreen brings, the Dermalogica Oil Free Matte protects you from harmful UV rays, but keeps the oil slick at bay. It’s perfect for sensitive skin, too.