Juggling multiple complex roles and thriving in all of them while uplifting the livelihood of the Filipino community.
This is an excerpt from Lifestyle Asia’s October 2023 Issue.
The glass ceiling for women starting their businesses has always been an obstacle to success. Building yourself from the ground up is stopped by an invisible barrier caused by a system that goes against you. Going against the grain of society and thriving after breaking the glass ceiling is genuinely a feat on its own—every woman’s success is a stone that slowly cracks the glass ceiling. And one of the women who definitely blasted the glass ceiling is Margaux Arambulo-Lucena of Dermtropics.
Lucena took inspiration from her mom’s career as a dermatologist. Seeing her mom treat patients with a family-secret soap drove her to create her company. Dermtropics, a company that Lucena and her husband founded, sells virgin coconut oil skincare products suited for everyone—whether you have sensitive or reactive skin. “I wanted to build something essential that would create an impact in the daily lives of people and at the same time also help uplift the livelihood of the Filipino community,” Lucena said.
Her journey through hardship is truly an inspiration. Her struggles laid the seeds for the fruits of her labor. “So far, having the opportunity to grow something that I really love. Working with my husband, sharing the same passion, meeting different people, collaborating, and learning from each other. The highlight of my personal milestone is the opportunity to become a mother for the first time,” she reflects. Her achievements aren’t bound by numbers—her accomplishments come from her fulfillment as a woman. “My husband and I have been married for 10 years, and I have given birth to our first child last year. Since then, everything has completely changed. Life became more meaningful,” Lucena said.
It is also her achievement to share and promulgate her mission. “To be able to provide world-class quality products that are gentle and nourishing to your skin, while at the same time giving back to our Filipino community and our environment,” she explained. A woman of power, grace, and flexibility—Margaux Arambulo-Lucena establishes herself as an industry leader. “Having full control of your life, focusing on the things that you have, and appreciating all the blessings in life will bring us true wealth,” she explains. Her ability to value herself enabled her to push through barriers and turn what-if into what is.
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