While makeup can do wonders in enhancing our features and camouflaging our imperfections, investing in your skincare regimen is really the key if you want to score a clear complexion. Picking what you'll add to your routine, however, is hard—and it's even more difficult to choose the ones *meant* for your skin type. Buying the wrong product can result in irritation, or worse, breakouts.
We're here to walk you through affordable skincare routines for every skin type, plus some habits that girls with clear complexions *always* practice. Keep on reading to know more:
Routine For Clear Skin: Oily
Cleanser: Fresh Skinlab Calamine Anti Blemish Calming Foam Wash
Calamine, the star ingredient in this facial wash, soothes skin irritation and reduces the appearance of blemishes with every use. It also gives your complexion a deep-cleaning and removes excess oil for a squeaky-clean feeling.
Fresh Skinlab Calamine Anti Blemish Calming Foam Wash, P269, BeautyMNLADVERTISMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW ↓
Toner: Celeteque Acne Solution and Oil Control Toner
Oily and sensitive skin has finally met its match with this Celeteque toner! It contains chamomile to soothe the complexion, while aloe vera helps moisturize it.
Celeteque Acne Solution and Oil Control Toner, P85, Watsons
Moisturizer: Clean & Clear Essentials Moisturizer
If you're in need of a simple and fuss-free moisturizer, check out this one from Clean & Clear. It has an oil-free formula that contains salicylic acid to prevent blackheads from popping up.CONTINUE READING BELOW ↓watch now
Clean & Clear Essentials Moisturizer, P157, Watsons
Spot treatment: Oxecure Acne Clear Potion
Excess sebum usually goes hand-in-hand with breakouts, so use a spot treatment to stop pimples in their tracks before they get worse. This one from Oxecure is infused with salicylic acid and niacinamide to fight acne and fade dark spots.
Oxecure Acne Clear Potion, P349, Lazada
Routine For Clear Skin: Normal
Cleanser: Senka Perfect Whip Foam Cleanser
This internet-famous facial wash has tons of rave reviews, and for good reason, too. It contains silk cocoon essence and hyaluronic acid to nourish and moisturize your skin.ADVERTISMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW ↓
Senka Perfect Whip Foam Cleanser, P279, Watsons
Toner: Nivea Extra White MicellAIR Cleanser 0% Alcohol
This gentle toner can remove deep-seated dirt and excess sebum without drying your skin of its natural oils, thanks to its alcohol-free formula.
Nivea Extra White MicellAIR Cleanser 0% Alcohol, P99, BeautyMNL
Moisturizer: iWhite Korea Whitening Aqua Moisturizer Vita
No matter what your skin type is, you always need to load up on the ~*hydration*~. This water-based gel moisturizer is easily absorbed by the skin, making it perfect for the Philippines' hot and humid weather.
iWhite Korea Whitening Aqua Moisturizer Vita, P195, Lazada
Routine For Clear Skin: Dry
Cleanser: Celeteque Hydration Facial Wash
This no-nonsense facial wash from Celeteque has a gentle formula that effectively cleanses your face without letting your skin feel taut and stripped of moisture.
Celeteque Hydration Facial Wash, P89, Watsons
Toner: Fresh Skinlab Tomato Glass Skin Hydrating Toner
We have nothing but good things to say about this product from Fresh Skinlab—it's just that good! Compared to other toners in the market, this one has a thick, hydrating formula, making it the perfect choice for those with dry complexions.ADVERTISMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW ↓
Fresh Skinlab Tomato Glass Skin Hydrating Toner, P229, Lazada
Moisturizer: Human Nature Marine Caviar HydroMiracle Moisturizer
This moisturizer from Human Nature is infused with lato (aka sea grapes) to intensely hydrate your complexion. It also contains various products and minerals to help retain your skin's elasticity.
Human Nature Marine Caviar HydroMiracle Moisturizer, P495, Humanheartnature
Routine For Clear Skin: Sensitive
Cleanser: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
This dermatologist-approved cleanser has a mild, non-irritating formula that makes it the perfect choice for people with sensitive skin.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, P139, Watsons
Toner: Simple Micellar Water
Simple's micellar water doesn't contain any harsh chemicals, artificial perfumes, and colorants that will upset the skin. Instead, it's infused with a blend of skin-loving ingredients that will thoroughly cleanse your complexion of dirt and impurities.
Simple Micellar Water, P219, Watsons
Moisturizer: Face Republic Cica Gel Moisturizer
This gel moisturizer soothes troubled skin, thanks to cica, its star ingredient. It will also help to repair the damaged skin barrier with continued use.ADVERTISMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW ↓
Face Republic Cica Gel Moisturizer, P379, BeautyMNL
Routine For Clear Skin: Combination
Cleanser: Hada Labo Deep Clean & Pore Refining Face Wash
Remove the excess sebum on your skin while keeping it soft and moisturized with this facial wash from Hada Labo. It's infused with Japanese green tea extract, hyaluronic acid, and bentonite clay to cleanse your complexion without drying it out.
Hada Labo Deep Clean & Pore Refining Face Wash, P295, Watsons
Toner: Human Nature Balancing Face Toner
This toner from Human Nature contains sugar beet and elemi, an ingredient that's known for balancing the skin's sebum levels and reducing its redness. Its gentle, pH-balanced formula won't sting or dry up your complexion either.
Human Nature Balancing Face Toner, P99.75, Humanheartnature
Moisturizer: Ever Organics 95% Aloe Vera Soothing Gel
Aloe vera is a godsend for people with combination skin, thanks to its hydrating and soothing abilities. Aside from using it as a moisturizer, you can also apply it to your entire body for its ~*cooling*~ effect—what a sulit buy!
Ever Organics 95% Aloe Vera Soothing Gel, P188, Lazada
And of course, what good are skincare products if you don't have hygiene habits to back them up? Here are some practices all girls with ~*clear*~ complexions follow religiously:
Clear skin habits to learn and practice:
Never skip your skincare routine.
This seems like a no-brainer, but all of us are guilty of this—especially if the siren call of our soft and comfy bed is too much to bear. But, try to train yourself to get up and wash your face even if you're tired because trust us, your skin will thank you in the future.
Change your bedsheets and pillow covers weekly.
Since you spend about eight hours rolling around your sheets as you sleep, trust that some of the germs on your bed will transfer to your face—hello, breakouts! To avoid this, make sure to change your covers weekly.
Disinfect your phone regularly.
Another unlikely culprit to your acne is your phone. Since we place it on different surfaces throughout the day, it's most likely dirty AF once you put it against your ear to take a call. Remind yourself to clean your phone using a disinfecting wipe or tissue soaked in alcohol.
Remember to always wear sunscreen.
One more thing that exacerbates your breakouts is the sun. While getting vitamin D is good for you, it's also dangerous for your skin if you're exposed without UV protection. It also worsens your dark spots, so make sure to load up on the SPF before heading out.
Keep your hands away from your face.
This one's tricky because when are we ever not touching our face? It's important to remember that your hands touch all sorts of *dirty* things throughout the day, and you wouldn't want that transferred to your face, right? Right.
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