Skin is in all year long, as noted by this month's beauty counter
Feel that sweat trickling down your face and that throbbing ache in your head? That's summer for you. With the abrupt, somehow unwelcome change in season comes the need to adapt accordingly.
A full year in quarantine has made us all homebodies and, with it, a 360-degree turn on how we look at beauty and the products we use daily. Introducing one of 2021's biggest trends, “skinimalism,” a renewed and uncomplicated approach to beauty. We’re embracing skin texture, visible pores, hyperpigmentation and imperfections that make us genuinely ourselves. We’re saying goodbye to outdated ideas of “perfect skin” and saying hello to a healthy glow-up for every day and heroing products that fuse skincare and makeup.
For this month's Beauty Counter, we're highlighting brand new releases that help achieve that effortless, everyday go-to look for summer and beyond.
Look And Feel Good With NIVEA
Skincare essentials for women's month and beyond
NIVEA celebrates Women's Month by helping women build their confidence with no-fuss skincare essentials you can easily add to your existing routine. To start, switch up your step 1, cleanse with a whip foam, like NIVEA Fair & Glow Hokkaido Rose Whip Foam. Packed with 36x antioxidants from Hokkaido Rose extracts, this alcohol-free cleanser works hard to fight the effects of dirt, pollution, stress and toxins on skin but without stripping away its moisture. Skin feeling parched in this weather but don't want the sticky feel of body lotions? NIVEA Healthy Glow Cooling Lotus UV Lotion is here to the rescue! Its made with a light formula—read: combination of CoolTech and Lotus extracts—that hydrates skin in an instant and protects it from the sun's harmful rays. What more could we ask for? Finally, as sweat season officially arrives, you'll need a deodorant that will keep you dry and feeling fresh, and more. The NIVEA Deo Essence 0% Alcohol delivers all that and promises smooth underarms thanks to ingredients, like Hokkaido and Sakura essence, Vitamin C, as well as 36x antioxidants. So, which skin essential from Nivea will you be trying?
Nivea is available in Watsons, and leading supermarkets and drugstores nationwide. Shop it online via Lazada, Shopee and BeautyMNL.
Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Summer Spiced Collection
Neatly wrapped in packaging co-created with beloved local swimwear brands
Two lippies are definitely better than one, more so if we're talking about Maybelline's Superstay Matte Ink Summer Spiced Collection. Available in three bundles of Superstay Matte Ink lipstick and Superstay Ink Crayon, each one promises rich, pigmented colors that not only suit the season, but your skin tone! Wear it for a splash of color when you workout or when you take a dip in the pool (or to the beach when it's safe, of course). It's guaranteed to stay on, 16-hours long. Best of all, it comes in summer-appropriate limited edition packaging co-created with everyone's favorite local swimwear brands: Cesa, Neon Island and SOAK.
Shake things up with a deep red or its bolder sister with the Sunset Chaser bundle made with Cesa, or take on a sunny disposition with coral and terracotta reds with the Sun-Kissed bundle, this time, made with Neon Island. Last but not least is the Summer Siren bundle created with SOAK, which lets you swap easily between a warm nude and a rosy red.
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So what say you? A boost of color (or two!) might just perk you up. Each bundle retails for P648. But in case you really just need one, the Superstay Matte Ink Summer Spiced shades can be purchased for P329 each while the Superstay Ink Crayon shades for P299 a piece.
#SeeADifference In Your Skin with #GoodMoleculesPH
Science-backed skincare that delivers results. That it won’t break the bank is a bonus
Show of hands if your skin took a beating from the year that never happened. Breakouts, dry skin, dullness, hyperpigmentation—we feel you.
And while we live in a time where there’s a surplus of skincare solutions, there are products that either don’t work or cost too much. And that’s exactly what the founder of Good Molecules, a science-backed skincare line, hopes to address.
Using only good-for-the-skin and safe for the planet ingredients, Good Molecules is the first brand to list down its ingredients and their specific percentages on the packaging. This allows skinthusiasts, like you and I, to not just see but understand exactly what we’re putting on our skin. Here’s a crash course on some of their bestsellers and the skin woes they address:
Hyaluronic Acid Serum (P375)
What it’s for: Parched skin
What it does: Replenishes skin’s moisture content to give you smooth, supple and hydrated skin
Discoloration Correcting Serum (P750)
What it’s for: Uneven skin tone
What it does: Improves the appearance of skin discoloration, as well as age spots, acne scars, hyperpigmentation and sun damage
Pineapple Exfoliating Powder (P1,000)
What it’s for: Dull, rough skin
What it does: Gently removes keratin protein from the skin’s surface. Formulated with fruit enzymes, Vitamin C and rice powder, it promises soft and bright skin
Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches (P1,125)
What it’s for: Puffy, tired-looking eyes
What it does: These caffeine-infused hydrogel patches work hard to brighten, hydrate and reduce puffiness in 10 minutes
Other favorites include Niacinamide Serum and Niacinamide Toner. Excited to see the difference? Check out Good Molecules on BeautyMNL to see their full range.
Issy & Co.'s Skin on the Go
A bold step towards promoting natural, imperfect beauty
Local favorite, Issy & Co., has always highlighted uncomplicated beauty with their selection of easy-to-use, straightforward products. For the brand’s first drop this year, they’re highlighting inclusive beauty as a “norm for everyone, regardless of age gender preference, skin tone or lifestyle.” The all-new Skin on the Go collection features the Active Skin Tint (P499) and the Weightless Loose Powder (P349) formulated with hard-working, active key ingredients beneficial to the skin.
The oil-free, tinted moisturizer is formulated with hero hydration product, niacinamide and contains a Broad Spectrum UVB/UVA SPF 35 sunscreen, too. Available in six (yes, six!) adaptable shades—Vanillé, Fawn, Beech, Hazel, Sienna and Brûlée—it can be used on its own or mixed together to get that customized color for your skin tone.
On the other hand, the talc-free, finely-milled loose powder gives you selfie-perfect skin eliminating skin and blurring imperfections, without that heavy and “cakey” look. It comes in three different finishes: illuminating, translucent and mattifying.
For gandang naturally fresh
Need a hardworking multitasking product to remove oil, dirt and makeup while nourishing skin? The all-new Eskinol Naturals Micellar Water (P68/100ml and P130/200ml) is an all-in-one cleanser that dissolves all traces of dirt and makeup while refreshing skin for that #GandangNaturallyFresh look and feel.
A first from the local brand is a product with 0% alcohol—remember those toners from the olden days? Extracted from the petals of freshly picked rose flowers, lemon and aloe vera, the soothing formula is rich in antioxidants to help you achieve that natural glow. Choose from Glow (Rose) for dull skin, Clear (Lemon) for oily skin and Hydrate (Aloe Vera) for dry skin.
We can't wait to see what else is in store from beauty brands for the summer season! Any product release you're excited for and think we should include in beauty counter? Leave it in the comments below!
Art Matthew Ian Fetalver