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The Affordable Skincare Routine You Need, Based On Your Skin Type

Routine for clear skin
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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

  1. 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.

    Routine for clear skin: Fresh Skinlab Calamine Anti Blemish Calming Foam Wash

    Fresh Skinlab Calamine Anti Blemish Calming Foam Wash, P269, BeautyMNL

  2. 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.

    Routine for clear skin: Celeteque Acne Solution and Oil Control Toner

    Celeteque Acne Solution and Oil Control Toner, P85, Watsons

  3. 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.

    Routine for clear skin: Clean & Clear Essentials Moisturizer
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    Clean & Clear Essentials Moisturizer, P157, Watsons

  4. 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.

    Routine for clear skin: Oxecure Acne Clear Potion

    Oxecure Acne Clear Potion, P349, Lazada

Routine For Clear Skin: Normal

  1. 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.

    Routine for clear skin: Senka Perfect Whip Foam Cleanser

    Senka Perfect Whip Foam Cleanser, P279, Watsons

  2. 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.

    Routine for clear skin: Nivea Extra White MicellAIR Cleanser 0% Alcohol

    Nivea Extra White MicellAIR Cleanser 0% Alcohol, P99, BeautyMNL

  3. 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.

    Routine for clear skin: iWhite Korea Whitening Aqua Moisturizer Vita

    iWhite Korea Whitening Aqua Moisturizer Vita, P195, Lazada

Routine For Clear Skin: Dry

  1. 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.

    Routine for clear skin: Celeteque Hydration Facial Wash

    Celeteque Hydration Facial Wash, P89, Watsons

  2. 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.

    Routine for clear skin: Fresh Skinlab Tomato Glass Skin Hydrating Toner

    Fresh Skinlab Tomato Glass Skin Hydrating Toner, P229, Lazada

  3. 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.

    Routine for clear skin: Human Nature Marina Caviar HydroMiracle Moisturizer

    Human Nature Marine Caviar HydroMiracle Moisturizer, P495, Humanheartnature

Routine For Clear Skin: Sensitive

  1. 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.

    Routine for clear skin: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

    Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, P139, Watsons

  2. 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.

    Routine for clear skin: Simple Micellar Water

    Simple Micellar Water, P219, Watsons

  3. 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.

    Routine for clear skin: Face Republic Cica Gel Moisturizer

    Face Republic Cica Gel Moisturizer, P379, BeautyMNL

Routine For Clear Skin: Combination

  1. 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.

    Routine for clear skin: Hada Labo Deep Clean & Pore Refining Face Wash

    Hada Labo Deep Clean & Pore Refining Face Wash, P295, Watsons

  2. 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

  3. 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!

    Routine for clear skin: Ever Organics 95% Aloe Vera Soothing Gel

    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:

  1. 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. 

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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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