By Zsarlene B. Chua
SKIN CARE has always been a very important part of my daily routine because I believe feeling beautiful starts with feeling good about yourself. Yes, I’m a believer in the good old adage “skin care is personal care”.
I’m also a sucker for all the trendy skincare products and routines – from the Korean 10 step skincare routine to the daily face mask routine and layering on so many toners, all hyaluronic , to name a few.
But as I continued on my skincare journey, I realized that I had to create a routine that not only worked for my skin, but also took into account the time and money that I am. ready to devote to my products.
I’ve become more focused in my skincare choices by trying newer, more affordable brands. This led me to look to local skincare brands which I think are having a moment right now offering amazing products at amazing prices.
If you’re looking for affordable, local skincare finds, here are a few of my favorites:
(NOTE: My skin is currently dry to normal.)
SUNGLOW BY FRESH CREME FAIR TRADE TINTED SUN CREAM SPF 50 PA+++ (P329/50ML)
Fresh PH is a local skincare brand that offers “Korean skin and personal care products that are affordable yet high quality.” It should not be confused with the Fresh beauty brand under LVMH.
The brand, according to its website, believes that “it is possible to look your best without having to spend on high-value treatments,” which I wholeheartedly agree with. It’s no wonder Fresh PH is one of my favorite brands right now.
One of the products that has become a staple in my routine is their Sunglow tinted sunscreen. I’ve always been a fan of multi-purpose skincare products, especially ones that can simplify my makeup routine, which is why I’ve always used tinted sunscreens instead of foundations or BB creams.
Tinted sunscreens are great if you need light to medium coverage or go for that “clean girl” or no-makeup aesthetic.
Sunglow tinted sunscreen offers SPF50 PA+++, which means it provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA rays that cause skin aging and UVB rays that cause sunburn. The product also contains Centella Asiatica (which has great anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties), Niacinamide (also anti-inflammatory) and Sunflower Oil (which has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties) , which makes it perfect for sensitive people. or acne-prone skin.
At just P329 per 50ml squeeze bottle, it’s a great price for all the benefits it offers. It also comes in three shades: Fair, Medium and Deep. The texture is smooth, but because my skin tends to be a bit dry, I need to mix in some moisturizer to make it glide on better. I think this texture is perfect for people with oily or combination skin. A little pump goes a long way for coverage, but since I’m using it as my main sunscreen, I do two pumps for my whole face and let it sit for a bit before applying makeup.
Although I always hold a special place in my heart for Belo Sunexpert Perfecting Shield Tinted Sunscreen, this Sunglow sunscreen is currently the main character in my skincare drawer.
Sunglow by Fresh Creme tinted sunscreen is available at Fresh.ph, Lazada, Shopee and Watsons stores.
FRESH SKINLAB TOMATO GLASS SKIN HYALURONIC WATER DROP CREAM (P239/80ML)
As a girl with dry to normal skin, moisturizer is something I always have to have in my life. Although there are a ton of options, I tend to have very specific requirements for my moisturizers. In the morning, I prefer lighter moisturizers that layer under makeup, while at night, I prefer heavier moisturizers that will keep my skin hydrated until I wake up.
One of my most recent discoveries is the Fresh Skinlab Tomato Glass Skin hyaluronic water drop cream which I bought on a whim because we were leaving for Boracay the next day and I had run out of my moisturizer Hada Travel Lab.
And I loved it. It has that super lightweight “water” texture that sinks into skin upon application (great for combo oily people!) but still keeps skin hydrated all day long. Since it contains tomato extract, it has anti-aging properties while promising that dewy, juicy glow. It also contains ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, a sunscreen agent (but please always use sunscreen!), hyaluronic acid (to moisturize the skin), arbutin and vitamin C (to lighten the Brown stains).
I put on a layer after my serum in the morning and add a little to my tinted sunscreen so that it applies smoothly. If you are looking for a lightweight moisturizer, this is a product you should consider.
Fresh Skinlab Tomato Glass Skin Hyaluronic Waterdrop Cream is available at Fresh.ph, Lazada, Shopee and Watsons stores.
HUMAN HEART NATURE SUNFLOWER EYE CREAM (P325/15ML)
Human Heart Nature (or Human Nature) is a Filipino vegan and cruelty-free personal care, home care and beauty brand known for using sunflower oil and all natural ingredients in its products.
In the past, I loved their moisturizers and their Sunflower Beauty Oil remains one of the best beauty oils I use for my face, hair, and all over my body. Sunflower oil has excellent anti-inflammatory properties in addition to fighting dark spots and moisturizing the skin. That’s why I’m glad I discovered Sunflower Eye Cream.
Eye creams are one of those types of skincare products that I consider add-ons: they’re not super important like moisturizers and sunscreens and you can definitely skip them, but if you want a something for your eyes, this is a product to consider adding to your routine.
I haven’t always used eye creams but now that I’m approaching my late twenties I felt it was time to step up my anti-aging game and eye creams are a way to do it. Human Heart Nature Eye Cream promises to improve suppleness and helps relax tired, puffy eyes – something you’ll need if you’re like me and tend to stay up late.
I use it morning and night after moisturizing, and a very small dot does more than enough for both eyes, so the 15ml squeeze bottle goes a long way (I’ve been using mine for over two month). I love this product because it hydrates my under eye area and softens my dark circles, plus it has this super smooth texture that makes it easy to apply.
Human Heart Nature Sunflower Eye Cream is available at HumanHeartNature.com, Lazada, Shopee, and in physical stores nationwide.
HUMAN HEART NATURE ZESTY VANILLA DELIGHT NATURAL SHAMPOO BAR (P144.75/35G)
I am currently on a journey to take better care of my hair and to fix issues like hair fall and frizz. I have fine, wavy hair that tends to be oily on top and dry on the bottom. I’ve tried the fad methods like skipping shampoo altogether and using only conditioner, to no avail. It just gives me dandruff and more hair fall. No, thank you, I will continue to shampoo every day.
So instead of the poop-free (no shampoo) method, I decided to look for other shampoo brands and that’s what led me to the Human Heart Nature Natural Shampoo Bar. This shampoo bar is not only eco-friendly as it is free from plastic bottles and harmful chemicals, but it also contains good ingredients like cocoa bean butter, vitamin E and coconut oil. avocado that keep hair healthy and smooth.
I was new to this shampoo bar game and it took a bit of getting used to, but once I got the hang of it I started to really enjoy the product. Like regular soap bars, you will need to wet the shampoo bar and lather it on your hands before applying it to your scalp. As someone with an oily scalp, I only shampoo my scalp and condition my mid-lengths and ends.
The Human Heart Nature shampoo bar is great because it keeps my hair soft, even without conditioner, and the Zesty Vanilla Delight variant smells great – it has that refreshing citrus, vanilla scent. I love feeling my hair with this product. It also keeps major fat at bay, so that’s a big plus.
One thing I had to learn to do was keep it in a dry place to make it last longer. During my first forays, my solid shampoo melted too quickly, but now I store it in its own case and keep it away from water after using it — I’m on my second month of use now.
I also feel good about making better choices for the environment because using a solid shampoo means one less plastic bottle.
Human Heart Nature Natural Shampoo Bar Zesty Vanilla Delight is available at HumanHeartNature.com, Lazada, Shopee, and in physical stores nationwide.
Zsarlene Chua is a former BusinessWorld reporter who is now a PR girl. She’s all about skincare, makeup, and video games. None of the brands reviewed are his clients.