Indoors and Impeccable: Stock Up On These Beauty Essentials

Staying at home doesn’t exactly mean surrendering to the unwanted effects of skin aging, so refresh and rejuvenate by stocking on these home essentials that work like a charm

While the country still hasn’t flattened the curve, we were all advised to sit still in the comfort of our homes. The extended quarantine had us missing many occasions where we can dress up and enjoy the evening with the best of our friends. Being cooped up has put many of our tried and tested tools for that picture-perfect look hidden and unused.  Nobody wants to look aged and haggard⁠—just the thought of being teased one’s weight and face can send many running to their favored dermatologists and gyms. Haven’t we already had enough of the brunt of the pandemic?

Do not let these trying times make you forget to take care of yourself⁠—you need to look good and feel good.  With a wide selection of innovations from the beauty industry form-fitted for this new normal, staying at home doesn’t exactly mean looking like a hermit.  With dermatology clinics closed for the meantime, beauty doctors and enterprises found ways to connect to their client base. The launch of effective skincare products helped maintain a tight and lifted, gorgeous and glowing, fresh-looking skin. Here is my curated list of incredibly useful beauty products that might just make you feel closer to perfect.

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Kiehl’s Vital Skin-Strengthening Super Serum

Everybody is stressing over what will happen to our economy and its effects on their businesses. While we Filipinos are undeniably resilient, the stress that this crisis has brought us has taken a toll on our bodies and even more on our skin.  This super serum is ultra-lightweight, biocompatible, and fast-absorbing. It is powered by 11kDa Hyaluronic Acid and an Adaptogenic Herbal Complex, making the skin more resilient by protecting it from environmental stressors. I’ve been continually using this and have noticed that my skin looks significantly healthier.

KIEHL’S is located at Greenbelt 5, Rockwell, Podium, Shangri-La Plaza, SM Aura Premier, and SM Makati.

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

This magic bottle is one of many products I wish was readily available here in Manila. Thanks to the current situation, we have been staying at home longer than before. Our skin more than ever needs concentrated vitamins. This serum is well-loved by celebrated beauty editors and acclaimed dermatologists. It is a powerful serum for fighting wrinkles and fine lines, and it also dramatically lightens dark spots caused by sun damage. Albeit pricey, it is worth it. Surely you will wake up to a smoother, brighter skin every day.

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Origins Drink Up™ Intensive Overnight Hydrating Face Mask with Avocado & Glacier Water

I love using face masks. I believe in its benefits as I see the difference after using one. With the sweltering heat of summer, our consequent extensive use of airconditioning dries our skin during the day and even during sleep. There are not a lot of known overnight masks out in the market, but among the few ones available, this one is my favorite. Origins’ mask is an ultra-moisturizing sleeping mask.  It instantly floods the skin with moisture and keeps skin soft, smooth, and hydrated for up to 72 hours. The avocado is rich in healthy fats and nutrients that provide nourishment for the skin. Thankfully, Rustan’s Department Stores are already open. I can now replenish my stash.

ORIGINS is available in SM Makati, SM MOA, SM Megamall, and SM Cebu.

Belo On-The-Glow Body Scrub Kit

The extended time at home gave us space to relax, slow down, and focus on ourselves. It became the perfect time to pamper ourselves and momentarily forget all the stress that we were all going through. To slough off your anxieties, so to speak. This brightening exfoliating body scrub contains base oil to hydrate the skin and sea salt body scrub to remove unwanted particles from the skin, much like those luxurious scrubs you see in spas. It leaves your skin silky and smooth after. As a much-appreciated gesture, this On-The-Glow kit comes with Belo Essentials Whitening Bar to brighten the skin and Belo Illuminating Cream for glowing skin.

BELO products are available at or any of their clinics.

Aivee Lift

Many of my friends were worried about their post-quarantine skin.  Derm clinics were all closed. Hence, the fear of sagging, wrinkly, old-looking skin. But Dr. Z and Dr. Aivee were quick to launch the Aivee Lift to address the needs of not only their loyal clientele but also of everyone who shared the same fears.  It provided a solution to maintain the skin’s firmness. The state-of-the-art device lifts and tightens the skin, reduces fine lines, and smoothens wrinkles. It also boosts the absorption of your daily skincare products. Using this has become part of my regimen, and I use it 2-3x a day while watching my favorite shows on Netflix or even while working.

THE AIVEE CLINIC products are available by calling their customer service hotline at (+632)917.728.3838 for local and international delivery and in any of their clinics (for patients).

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CellReturn LED Platinum Mask

During the quarantine, many of us got mesmerized by Korean personalities and their enviable glass-like skin. And while watching the latest television hit series of Lee Min Ho, The King: Eternal Monarch, one can not help but notice the use of LED masks in several of the scenes. I was able to find out through research that this extraordinary device is not only used by Lee Min-Ho but also by Park Seo-Joon. The LED mask looks like a helmet from the future. Technologically advanced to address the entire face’s concerns, it does wonders via wrinkle prevention and oil control. This is an all-in-one device that contains 1,026 LED lights to firm, brighten, and make you look youthful. I do hope this product (or something similar) can be available for purchase here in Manila. I do see a brewing trend here.

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Kérastase Oléo-Relax

Never forget to take care of your hair.  A lot of people got stressed as salons were closed for the longest time. And even now, as I write this, they still do not accept clients for treatments.  The Kérastase Oléo-Relax ritual set comes in handy during these times. You can do your much-needed hair treatment while at home and maintain its effects after. The Kérastase Oléo-Relax line has been one of my favorite hair products, even when I was in college. Most Filipinos’ have unruly hair. That is why a lot of my friends opt to go to the salon even just for a blow-dry. This Kérastase Oléo-Relax line consisting of Shampoo, Mask, and Oil is the perfect remedy to control frizzy hair, relaxing it and making it all the more beautiful.

Kérastase is located at SM MOA and is available at

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