Growing up, there was a time when I used to watch my mother as she did her skincare routine. Each night before going to bed, she would be at her vanity table, where she had at least four bottles containing different kinds of substances. While she applied them onto her face, I would sit on the bed and watch her through the mirror. Sometimes I asked her what a certain bottle contained or what it did, and sometimes I just keep silent until she finished.
It’s been a while since then; mum doesn’t keep to a skincare routine as religiously as she used to because of her work. Interestingly enough, the situation is now reversed—I’m the one who’s fully immersed in having a full-blown skincare routine, and she’s the one watching me through the mirror.
She asks me things like “What does that do?” and “What’s the difference between this and that?”, and it amuses me to no end that she’s now the one who’s curious about things that used to make me curious. What makes me respond with raised eyebrows, though, is when she asks me: “Why are you doing a skincare routine when you’re still young?”.
My mother poses a good point—why am I starting a skincare routine young? It’s a common misconception that taking care of your skin is something that should be done by people in their 30s or 40s. Research shows that as early as 25, our skin’s two structural proteins—collagen (which keeps it firm, taut, and resilient) and elastin (which gives skin its flexibility, enabling it to stretch out and then snap back into place)—decrease, according to Dennis Gross, MD, founder of 900 Fifth Dermatology in NYC.
Backed up by other recent research on skin aging, it’s only understandable how the idea of a skincare routine appeals to the younger generation now—this, and how beauty enthusiasts and influencers all over social media are hopping on the skincare bandwagon.
That being said, it’s best to start taking care of your skin as soon as possible; don’t wait until you see signs of aging. Personally, I’ve been sticking to a skincare regimen as early as 17 years old. Since then, my routine has changed quite a bit, as I’ve figured out what works for me and what doesn’t.
If you’re new to skincare or you want a reference of what products would be suitable for you, here’s a list of skincare tips I’ve learned and put together over the years.
Remove Your Makeup Properly
If you’re someone like me who wears makeup almost on the daily (in my case, it’s not just for work—I do love playing with makeup), it’s a MUST that you take it all off.
The first step would be to remove your makeup with a gentle product like Garnier’s Micellar Water, which you apply on a cotton pad and gently wipe across your face. It’s important to remember that with this, you’re only removing what’s on the top-most layer of your skin; that is, breaking down the layer of makeup or other products.
Do a Double Cleanse
This step goes hand-in-hand with the first one. After removing your makeup, you have to make sure that you wash your face to remove the residue. For this step, it’s best to choose a water-based cleanser such as gel or foam to deep clean the pores and get rid of impurities.
I recommend the Banila Co. Foam Clean It Zero or the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, two products which I alternately use depending on what best suits my mood at the time.
Don’t Forget to Exfoliate
Exfoliation not only cleans out clogged pores, but it also sloughs off dead skin cells. When you remove this dull layer of cells, brighter skin is revealed. This step is not recommended for daily use. If you have sensitive skin, you’ll only want to exfoliate once a week; otherwise, you may opt to exfoliate up to thrice a week.
Personally, I prefer to exfoliate only once a week, especially since it’s an added step of my already-long regimen and I don’t always have the time to exfoliate. This gentle exfoliator, Dermalogica Micro Exfoliant, leaves skin feeling refreshed and clean, and isn’t tough on the skin.
Deep Cleanse with a Clay Mask
Clay masks are used to draw all the toxins and impurities from the skin. It’s said that clay is best for oily skin as it sucks out all the oil that’s built up deep in the pores.
Apply the clay mask (try the Aztec Indian Healing Clay, in which you combine equal amounts of the product with apple cider vinegar or water) to your T-zone and cheeks two to three times a week, depending on how much you need it. Once your skin has gotten better, cut down the usage to only once a week or when necessary. If you have combination skin, you can multi mask. Apply a hydrating or tightening mask on the areas where you did not apply the clay mask.
Apply a Sheet Mask
Sheet masks are something that I enjoy putting on, especially after a day’s worth of work. While sheet masks generally have moisturizing and soothing properties for normal, dry or sensitive skin, these masks also have variants that are best for oily skin, which include ingredients like tea tree, lemon, witch hazel, honey, and so on.
If you do a deep cleanse, there’s nothing wrong with doing a sheet mask right after. I recommend using Korean brands when it comes to picking out sheet masks; my personal favourite are those from The Face Shop.
Use a Toner
A toner is a way to prep the skin especially after putting it through a thorough cleanse. It resets the skin’s pH to help maintain moisture levels, minimize acne-causing bacteria, and quell inflammation. While I think each of the steps listed here are important, I always think it’s wise to not skip out on toner.
As someone with oily skin, I was constantly looking for the right toner that could balance out the double (and deep) cleanse that I do and improve my skin’s moisture level. I found Human Nature’s Balancing Face Toner works the best among all the toners I’ve tried. Aside from that, it’s an organic, cruelty-free Philippine brand that supports the local community, so that’s a plus in my book!
Invest in Serums, Essences and Ampoules
Popularized by the Korean wave, these are products that give an added boost to your skin. While there’s very little difference between the three (don’t worry too much, as it’s a marketing tactic more than anything else), such as texture and consistency, it’s best to figure out which suits your skin.
I typically use Korean products for this step, such as the It’s Skin Power 10 Formula PO Effector, although I’ve been using the Nuxe Nuxuriance Ultra Replenishing Serum for about two months now and it achieves a similar result.
Use Sunscreen—Even on Cloudy Days
Aside from being an often-disregarded product, it’s a very common misbelief that there’s no need to wear sunscreen when the sun isn’t out. That’s quite wrong, to put it simply. Even when the sun can’t be seen for a whole day when you’re out, its UV rays are still able to affect you and your skin negatively.
Try Nivea sunscreen, a product that’s made a name for itself when it comes to products containing SPF.
Moisturize Your Skin
You’re probably thinking—we’ve already put on our sheet masks and applied toner, essence, serum, and whatnot, and we’re still going to moisturize our skin? Yes, we definitely are.
It’s best to have to moisturizing creams; one for the day, and one for the night. The difference? The day cream is typically lightweight and contains SPF, and the night cream is usually thicker in consistency and can be left on overnight. Try the Nuxe Nuxuriance Ultra Day Cream SPF20, which in my case, doubles as my night cream because of its thick consistency.
Make Sure You Apply Eye Cream
Your eyes tend to be the quickest to show signs of aging. Depending on the eye cream you choose, its effects could range between lightening dark circles or get rid of fine lines and wrinkles. Most people omit this step, thinking that a regular moisturizer will do, but our eye area needs extra care beyond that.
Give MAC Cosmetics’ Fast Response Eye Cream a try, a favourite among makeup artists and enthusiasts. Side note: you can also use this product on your smile lines or the fine lines on your forehead.
Prime Your Face Before You Do Your Makeup
While primer, for most people, is more of a makeup product than a skincare product, I’d like to think that it’s both. Aside from ensuring that you have a smooth base to apply the makeup, primer also preps the skin and makes it so that the layer(s) of makeup on top doesn’t penetrate too deeply into the pores.
I can’t apply my makeup without priming my face first, and the Banila Co. Classic Matte Primer is my all-time favourite primer in the world. Nothing compares to it—at least in my opinion.
These steps may seem daunting to most people, especially for a first-timer. Admittedly, this routine does take a good amount of my time, but let me tell you: it’s worth it. You can always omit steps that you find irrelevant to your case, and there’s no problem with that, really; not everything works for everyone. So go out and don’t be afraid to explore!
Lastly, I am by no means an expert in skincare, but this is what works for my skin type and my lifestyle. I’m still constantly on the lookout for products or methods that can help improve my current skincare routine.
Jinah Oh Tells Us What It’s Like to Be a K-Beauty Expert in Cebu
As the woman behind Time For Myself Beauty Salon, Jinah Oh shares how K-Beauty has made it into the lives of Cebuanos.
Beauty has always been an important part of Korean culture. Beginning from the early dynasties of the country, Koreans have always been very particular on how they take care and present themselves. Today, Korea’s beauty industry is as big as ever, and the rest of the world are now venturing into experience pampering in the hands of Korean beauty experts.
Just last year, Time For Myself Beauty Salon opened in Banilad. The woman behind it is Jinah Oh, a Korean beauty expert. Time For Myself is a beauty salon where you can get a total beauty service. They offer a variety of services from your head down to your toes—including hair, makeup, eyebrow microblading, piercing, and nails.
While living in Korea, Jinah worked as a makeup artist for K-dramas. Although her salon here in Cebu is fairly new, she has been in the industry for 8 years now, and she’s happy to share her expertise in Cebu.
“I want my customers to experience more about the Korean beauty skills and techniques and be satisfied,” says Jinah. She spent most of her education—high school and university, in particular—in Cebu, so it’s not hard to see why she wants to share a part of her culture to the Cebuanos.
Unlike many beauty shops in the city, Jinah is hands-on when it comes to working at Time For Myself. Particular with providing good service for her customers’ satisfaction, she goes to work regularly to tend to her customers as much as she can.
“I come to the salon at around 9 in the morning. I usually prepare myself first, arrange the schedules for the customers and then wear my apron and work,” says Jinah when asked what a typical work day is like for her. “Since I handle the salon’s social media, I reply to all the messages and comments one by one in between my breaks. Sometimes, I would do my nails,” she adds.
During her days off, she’s still running errands for the salon. “I have to go to many places to buy what we need in the salon and I do the groceries as well,” Jinah says. “I also reply to the salon’s social media messages but sometimes, I hangout with my friends and grab some beer.”
A perfect day for her is when she can do what she wants to do, and eat what she wants to eat. “Just spending a simple life without any worries would make a perfect day,” she adds. Although salon work really keeps her occupied, she is quite happy with what she is doing now. “This is what I have always wanted for in my life. I’ve worked in different beauty events in Korea under other people’s names but now, I can do what I love most in a place that is my own,” she explains.
Jinah recounts her experience as a makeup artist in Korea, and shares that she barely got sleep or rest days, which put a lot of stress on her body. “Having worked as a staff in a Korean drama, I wouldn’t say that my job right now is challenging,” she says, and goes to describe what she finds challenging in her current job. “When you work so much, you don’t really get stressed,” she adds.
With everything that she has achieved for her dream, Jinah also wishes that she can share her knowledge on beauty to Filipinos.
“I’ve been wishing for beauty to become one of the university courses so that they can have the basic knowledge about the beauty industry since the beauty market in the Philippines is growing fast. In Korea, it’s standard for us to learn about it,” she divulges.
This begs the question: is beauty not that big of a thing in the Philippines yet? Considering the many brands and products popping up in the market, it does make you think if this holds any truth. Nevertheless, whatever the beauty industry’s status is here, it seems to be leagues away from Korea’s beauty industry, and it’s evidenced in how many Filipinos follow their skincare routines and makeup styles.
This beauty expert’s life is quite interesting, but just like any other person, she dreams of doing the little things that every one of us might have thought about at some point of our lives. Like most people, Jinah also loves pets. She even has a cat that she brings with her when working in the salon.
“If there was one thing I could do for the rest of my life, I would build a huge house where all the homeless dogs and cats live together,” she shares. Her cat was a stray that she plucked off the streets, and is now living a life where she’s well taken cared of.
Of course, getting a makeup or skincare tip from Jinah would be a must and that’s exactly what we asked from her. “I always moisturize my skin right after I take a bath so that I do not give time for my skin to dry. I do not use too much products for skin care because it might block my pore and irritate my skin,” she replies. “As for makeup, I wear anything but remember, proper cleansing is more important than wearing makeup.”
Check out Time For Myself Beauty Salon at Banilad, Cebu City. While you’re there, get a chance to meet Jinah. Who knows, you might get a chance to ask her more tips on skincare and makeup. With the quality services she provides, your time there would really be worth it.
We’re Getting All Our Lifestyle Essentials at the Sunnies Cebu Mega Store
Sunnies, which debuted in 2013 as a go-to source for trendy and durable eyewear, has transformed into a full-on lifestyle brand.
Sunnies, which debuted in 2013 as a go-to source for trendy and durable eyewear, has transformed into a full-on lifestyle brand.
Today, their signature minimal and sleek style has been incorporated not just in sunglasses and prescription eyewear, but also in makeup and a cafe.
The Sunnies Cebu Mega Store, the lifestyle company’s first ever multi-brand store in the country located at the ground floor, The Northwing of SM City Cebu was unveiled last March 1. It houses four brands–Sunnies Studios, Sunnies Specs Optical, Sunnies Face and Cup Point in almost 300 square meters of space, their largest one to date.
Leading the opening were the brand’s operations director Bea Soriano-Dee, marketing director Georgina Wilson, creative director Martine Cajucom, finance director Eric Dee, Jr., and Sunnies Face brand manager Jessica Wilson.
“We’ve always felt the love online from everyone in Cebu. We wanted to give our Cebu-based fans and followers a special treat, as the first ones to experience the full Sunnies Studios lifestyle in one space,” said Georgina Wilson. “We want to continue making great design and our love for color accessible at prices that feel
nice. From sunglasses and optical, to cafes and makeup, Sunnies Studios will continue to develop products we’re proud of and complement our lifestyle,” added Cajucom.
Experience the fun and use the hashtag #SunniesCebu when sharing photos and posts online. For more information, visit www.sunniesface.com, www.sunniesspecs.com and www.sunniesstudios.com. For updates, like Sunnies Studios, Sunnies Face and Sunnies Specs on Facebook and follow @sunniesstudios, @sunniesspecs, @sunniesface and @cup.point on Instagram.
Merrell Brings Back Nature’s Gym
Last November, leading outdoor brand Merrell held its first ever Nature’s Gym fitness activity in Cebu. Friends from the media and fitness influencers participated in the Nature’s Gym event at Oakridge Park, Cebu to try out the newest collection in a series of fitness relays led by Anytime Fitness.
In Cebu, event participants had a fun and active afternoon, a refreshing take on fitness where they got to trade their traditional indoor gym workout of four walls, stale air, and static views with the outdoor setup of Nature’s Gym. The afternoon started with a warm up session followed by demonstrations and exercise mechanics from the coaches from Anytime Fitness Oakridge, Escario, and Cebu Business Park.
Take it from Merrell fitness enthusiasts who make it a point to sweat it out through different and exciting activities. Notable guests present at the Nature’s Gym event were socialites Jasmine and Jennifer Sarmiento, Kate Ngo, Kyle Wong and Garbiel Wong from the Wonggoys, influencers Sinjin Pineda, Eva Aguspina, Jean Yu, Edgar Alan Zeta-Yap, Xterra Professional Athlete and Merrell ambassador Joe Miller, and more!
Gear up with Merrell’s latest offerings—they’re perfect pairs to wear on your next outdoor workout: the Bare Access Flex for road running features the FLEXconnect™ dual-directional flex-groove EVA midsole for agility and stability; the Trail Glove 4 for outside fitness, which has a sock-like feel for a locked-down fit, plus a Vibram® TC5+ outsole for lightly cushioned performance; and the Agility Peak Flex collection is equipped with FLEXconnect™ and the Merrell Air Cushion Viz with high rebound EVA foam pod in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability for trail runners.
Planning to get an Anytime Fitness membership? Merrell’s got a special deal for you! Get 50% off on your joining fee at our partner Anytime Fitness gyms when you purchase any regular priced footwear at SM North EDSA Annex, Glorietta 3, TriNoma, SM Cebu, and Ayala Center Cebu until May 29, 2019.
Missed the first few sessions of Nature’s Gym? You can still register for the next session at Anytime Fitness Escario on November 24, 2018. Sign up now at the Merrell stores at SM Cebu or Ayala Center Cebu or online at merrell.com.ph.
See you in Nature’s Gym!
For more details, visit www.merrell.com.ph and follow Merrell on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram(@merrell_ph)
In partnership with Anytime Fitness Oakridge, Anytime Fitness Escario, Anytime Fitness Cebu Business Park, and Oakridge Park.
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