Warm Weather Beauty

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Warm weather is a time for friends, vacations, and tans. For some, it is also a time for sweat, sunburns, overexposure to the sun. Similar to how we use particular products to our face for the winter, we also need to do some changes at this time. There are just some products that work best when the sun is up.

Cleanse Like You Mean It. For someone with oily skin like me, I rotate two cleansers during the warmer months. I use the Clean Bee from Farmacy daily for gentle but effective cleansing and the Exfoliating Cleanser from Zo Skin Health for those days when I’ve been outdoors for too long. This helps to remove all that extra grime and dirt my face encounters during the day. For removing makeup, which I never forget even after a long night, I go for the All Clean Balm from Heimish or the Under the Waterfall Crystal Cleansing Water from Girl Undiscovered. You bet, I have cleansed my face half asleep. Yes, I created a huge mess in my bathroom but I didn’t wake up with a pimple the morning after.

Exfoliate after Being Outdoors For Too Long. Twice a week, I use a more decongesting mask during these warmer months because I breakout more at this time. Oily skin types get greasier and if we’re outdoors for too long, there are more things we encounter that will clog our pores. I use the Sailor by CB Gentle Resurfacing Mask midweek to refresh and rejuvenate my skin or the Cleansing Clay Exfoliant from Alchemy Holistics if my face is really feeling clogged. I also use my trusty Sukari Baby Facial from Drunk Elephant during the weekends to get that renewed skin feeling after a week under the sun.

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Clear, Bright Skin. Since I break out more during these warmer months, I go for toners and serums that will help prevent these. I also always use a more hydrating toner like Ultra Botanic Skin Water from A by Bom to hydrate my skin and help keep the oil at bay. I follow this with the Biologique Recherche P50 to help me eliminate blackheads and breakouts. I use the P50 sparingly as because of its strength and alternate this something gentler, like the Le Dew Aloe Facial Refresher Mist.

To treat my skin concerns, I use the Vitamin C Serum from Mad Hippie Skincare evens and brightens the skin tone. This serum is also great from those moments that can’t be helped – when breakouts and, consequently, dark spots can happen as this fast-tracks fading those pesky dark spots. I always reach for the Moisture Serum from Pyunkangyul to hydrate and moisturize the skin. Whenever I use this, I don’t get that oily throughout the day.

It’s Warm but It Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t Moisturize. Even with oily skin, long exposures to the sun can cause your skin to dry out. Keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized is key. For the face, I use the True Aqua Bomb from Belif, which is a gel-type moisturizer that soothes, moisturizes, and hydrates the skin after a long day. In the morning, I use the Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet from Caudalie in the morning because it’s lightweight, dries matte, and it reduces the redness around my nose.

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Don’t Forget About the Rest of Your Body. The rest of my body is as dry as my skin is oily. The All in 1 Beauty Aid Cream from Touch In Sol is a savior as it contains ceramide to provide a non-sticky and easily absorbed moisture to the skin. For my hair, I use Prose to condition my hair. They customize their products from season to season, to address climate concerns like humidity, UV, wind, and pollution and they base the formula on your zip code.

For my hair, which gets drier as the temperature rises, I like to keep it natural and use the Mai Tai Spritzer Sea Salt Spray from Dry Bar. With this, I can just loosely twist my hair, spray this on, leave it for 15 mins, and I will get beach waves that will last for 6 hours before I see a slight limping. If I want a more stylized look, I will reach for the Fatboy Hair Sea Salt Pomade as this doesn’t make my hair look frizzy, especially at the ends. It can make my hair look undone and but not crazy. It’s also great for creating a tousled look. Both products also get you in a good mood because they both smell beachy.

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If I’m looking to glow, I go to the Plum Rose Organic Body Oil from Coast Sydney Botanicals. It’s not sticky and it creates a subtle sheen, which of course looks great while you’re lounging outdoors. Most importantly, however, we need protection. I usually reach for No Excuses from Julep, which I use for every day. When I’m going to the beach or know that I’m going to be under the sun for too long, I use the Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector from Shiseido it’s light, oil-free, and appears matte when applied to my skin.

Of course, we need some color. Makeup Sticks are my go-to for this time. Multi-purpose products are paving the way to packing light after all the Lip Crayon from Axiology in Bliss as it gives me the perfect salmon pink lip. For natural-looking rosy cheeks, I go for the Cream Blush from Nui Berlin in Pititi. It’s a lifesaver because I can use this on my eyes as well. For a punch of highlight, I use Glossier’s Haloscope in Topaz for a dewy sheen.

With this long list, I can now focus on how to pack them all.

Skincare in your 30s

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the many tubs of skincare

Along with the crippling fear and doubt about how your life is going when you reach your late 20s, for most of us, our skin will also be a big concern. As if things aren’t already getting more and more complicated.

I work in PR and getting product samples are as easy as clocking in but I chose makeup over skincare. I was 25; I thought I was done with my hormonal acne battle. My skincare routine (if you can call it that) is a routine I’ve had since I was 13, a routine suggested by my mother to pacify my oily, filled with teenage acne face – Liquid Neutrogena. I rarely washed my face at night, I also do not remove my makeup after a night out, and I do not wear sunscreen. Luckily, I almost never bother to wear makeup and I was never the outdoorsy type. Still, I was doing badly in life – skincare and other stuff (but that’s for another story.) It was a time where I had more scarves than skincare products and I was happy with it.

I did not know how awful I was being to my skin. Well, I did but I thought I could get by with just sheer luck from my genetics. I was too lazy to care, too proud to ask for advice, and too busy doing other things. Like texting and updating my social media profiles.

That is until I started getting pimples and post-acne spots were everywhere on my face. I was scared but apparently not scared enough. I still stuck with my trusted cleanser and just tried to solve my problems by cleansing twice every day. Obviously, it didn’t work. My skin was looking sallow and my once-rosy cheeks are not so rosy anymore. I was literally looking and feeling rough. I was 28 and I didn’t know what was happening to my skin. So, I turned to my long-time friend – Google.

Apparently, my skin cell turnover and skin metabolism are slowing down. My skin is going through a drastic change and my routine should too. It was time to use the help of skincare products, effective skincare products that are right for more skin. I researched and researched – read through countless websites and blog posts because taking the plunge and buying. Some products worked, some didn’t. I tried the 10-step method and modified it to whatever my skin liked later on. It took months of trial and error before I got into a routine. Let my mistakes serve as a warning and my solution an example.

Cleanse. Then cleanse some more. I never knew how effective double cleansing was until I tried it. Banila Co’s Clean It Zero removed makeup and dirt from my skin. It still amazes me to this day how quickly it can remove liners and foundation. As a second cleanse, Innisfree’s Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam was one of the first cleansers I bought. It’s gentle but it thoroughly cleanses my face. After all these years, I still use this as my night cleanser.

Prep. I had no idea what essences were until I read about it. This was my most hesitant purchase but now, I can’t go to my routine without it. My face immediately fell in love with SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence that I have gone through bottles. For me, it helped control oil and it prepared my skin for the next steps in my routine.

Exfoliate. When I was in my late 20s, I have already noticed signs of aging doubled with hormonal zits and putting on a mask twice a week, helped keep dead skin cells away. I use Glamglow’s Supermud  ClearingTreatment to rejuvenate my skin and spot treat some of the blemishes I still have because of those lovely hormones. I have also incorporated Sunday Riley’s Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment in my routine and it helped dissolve hyperpigmentation and refined my pores. These days, I have a couple of masks and acids in the rotation.

Treat. The first one I got was OST Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum (now called Ti’am My Signature C Source) to get rid of those annoying post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The results were slow but it was worth it. After six months, my skin cleared up and brightened. With the help of other serums, like Jordan Samuel Skin’s Hydrate Facial Serum and Glossier’s Super Pure, my skin was also hydrated and healthy. I alternate serums and use different products in the morning and evening.

Moisturize. This was the trickiest part for me as I thought that moisturizers are only for those with dry skin. I never knew that my oily skin gets oilier because I was dehydrated and because I wasn’t moisturizing enough. It was a long and hard journey to find that perfect moisturizer. I kept on looking for that one moisturizer that will hydrate my skin without making me look like a grease ball. After so many tries, I found Cosrx Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion. I have also stuck with the very much-hyped (but rightfully so) Laneige Water Sleeping Pack. Nothing has made my skin as soft and as moisturized as it did.

Protect. Me, who rarely used sunscreen before, came to love them. All the sunscreen I had before were thick, sticky, and tacky until I found Shiseido’s Extra Smooth Sun Protection Lotion. I never appreciated sun protection until I got older and the lines showed up on the corners of my eyes. Premature aging of the skin is not a myth, guys.

**as published in puropulence last September 2017