Guilty pleasure: I love taking selfies. And snaps. And being on IG stories.
It may be an interesting or a “meh” day but if you follow me, you”ll be seeing a lot of my face (huhu sorry!) in my social media accounts and I have been asked a lot of times what I put on my face or make-up I use.
Confession #1: I know little about makeup. I love buying them but I only get the products that I actually know how to use. I cannot, for the life of me, learn how to put eyeshadow. Or contour. Or do those perfect winged eyeliners. I can only do basic everyday makeup which is okay because I may not be confident in a lot of things but when it comes to my skin, I think I got this. Heehee.
A little flashback. My mama and Tita actually encouraged me to start using face moisturizers when I was in high school. I loved using them because I have pretty dry skin back then. I used Myra-E, Garnier, Ponds… brands that a teenager with a 250-peso allowance could afford lol. I was pretty contented with just washing my face with water and just using moisturizers.
Luckily, I am not prone to breakouts. In a year, I can count in my one hand the times that an annoying pimple shows up. It’s so uncommon for me, that when I did have the worst pimple of my life, it left a big post-acne red mark on my face (months before my wedding *gasp*). I was so scared because it had been months but it just.did.not.go.away! I actually went to a dermatologist out of panic and she just laughed, telling me that all I needed was a good peel. I eventually learned that if I just left it alone, it would probably have went away on it’s own. I may not be prone to breakouts but I do have combination skin (oily T-zone, the rest is dry) and also an uneven skin tone (especially on the area of my left cheek). This actually annoys me the most because… who wants uneven skin tone???
I read somewhere that beautiful skin is a lifelong process, the choices we make today will affect the skin we’ll have years from now when we do not have that youthful glow anymore. As I got older (and wiser), I started to research more and experiment more and do more for my skin. Self-care is self-love!
So without further yapping, here is the skincare routine (and brand) that I swear by!
The Body Shop Drops Of Light Range (L-R: brightening serum, toner, moisturizer, sunscreen and foam wash)
I have been using the Vitamin E range and LOVED it before I discovered this line. I swore I won’t try any other product anymore but it was months before our wedding and as the Vitamin E line made my skin so soft and supple and healthy and everything lovely, I thought I needed something to make me glow, radiate and basically be the star on my wedding day. 😛 I think this is perfect for those who need brightening, luminosity, and dark spot correction. According to The Body Shop, this range is infused with Red Algae extract which helps in brightening the skin and Vitamin C which is a potent antioxidant.
Anyway, I do not want to bore you with the science behind this as I know so little about that so here’s my easy peasy 5-step skincare routine!
Drops of Light Pure Clarifying Foam Wash (P895, 125 ml)
I love how this smells! It is not too strong but it’s fresh and crisp so it’s a good pick-me-upper! It also has a pretty thick consistency so I think it’s best to mix it with water once you squeeze a pea-size amount on your hands. Another thing that I love about this is that it does not make my skin feel dry after washing it unlike the usual facial wash that I have tried. I don’t wash my face with this in the morning though. I use this at night because that’s when I feel like I need a thorough cleansing after being out all day. So in the morning, I just wash my face with plain water and move on to the next step.
Drops of Light Pure Translucency Essence Lotion (P1,295, 160 ml)
I know… all those fancy words but it basically is just a toner. This has a very cooling gel-to-water texture. When you squeeze it in your hand, it seems kinda thick but once you put it all over your face it turns watery. After washing your face, you can squeeze a tiny amount of this on a cotton pad or just your hand, apply on clean skin and just allow it to sink in. I honestly had no idea about toners and why we need them but I read somewhere that it also boosts hydration and activates skin for the next step. So think of it as a primer.
Drops of Light Pure Healthy Brightening Serum (P1,895, 30 ml)
Aside from toners, serums were a puzzle to me. I was perfectly happy with my cleanse-tone-moisturize regimen but after reading so much about how serums are a big deal, I decided to give it a try. From what I understand, serums are kinda like moisturizers but they penetrate deeper to our skin so they can deliver the potent or active ingredients that they have. As I’ve said, I have combination skin and this serum makes my skin feel more hydrated and healthy. This is very lightweight, fast‑absorbing and non‑sticky. Perfect for Manila weather! After using this for 6 months, I noticed that my yellowness have been reduced and my skin looks brighter and more translucent. At night, I end my regimen with this.
Drops of Light Pure Healthy Brightening Day Cream (P1,095, 50 ml)
Ahhhh moisturizers. My first love. I swear I could not go on my day without them! For those days that I actually feel the need to use some foundation, this pretty thing right here actually makes applying my foundation a lot easier. Plus, it literally makes your skin glow! It has a tiiiny bit of shimmer so if you don’t want that, I recommend my other favorite: The Vitamin E Moisture Day Cream.
Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence SPF50 PA++++ (P1,095, 40 ml)
If there’s one thing I wish I’ve done sooner, it’s this: learning the value of putting on sunscreen. I have just incorporated this to my routine and I have never felt more confident braving the sun. This bad ass seems to have it all; it’s a moisturizer, anti-oxidant and sunscreen all rolled into one amazing tube. If I feel extra lazy or my t-zone seems to be extra oily, I skip the moisturizer and just go ahead with this one.
So there, I think that’s pretty much it!
OH AND DRINK LOTS OF WATER!! Lots and lots and lots of it! I cannot stress this enough. All of the things we put on our faces is for nothing if we do not hydrate ourselves from the inside.
This range might be pricey but I hands-down swear they’re worth it. I purchased them early January of this year and I still haven’t bought a new set (Thank God!). With good skin, I am able to go out with just my eyebrows and cheek tint on so whoever said that kilay is life, really does not know how skincare is lifer lol. And hey, good skin means you can finally say you just “woke up like this”, right? 😉
All my love! ♥