On one hand, self-care could mean a holistic lifestyle overhaul that takes into account a slew of resolutions, from not skipping workouts to eating cleaner, and striving to be healthier in general.
On the other hand, self-care also involves a personal commitment not to sideline those more intimate moments of relaxation and healing for both mind and body.
It could seem like a tall order, but it can always start from the surface—literally! We mean the skin, of course.
Conscious steps to take care and pay more attention to the skin is one of the first steps to holistically care for the body.
And while a dedicated and nuanced skincare regimen could be daunting at first, starting with a selection of trusted products suitable for all skin types is the way to go.
Below, we round up a trusty booster pack for self-care for the skin, body, and mind.
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
Having to stay home most of the time might have encouraged some of us to be more hands-on with chores. For active and dry hands, Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve is a heavy-duty moisturizer that provides all-day care, leaving hands feeling soft, conditioned, and cared for. Available at Kiehl’s, Upper Ground Floor, SM Aura Premier; L2, North Main Mall, SM Mall of Asia; L2 Mega A SM Megamall; L2 The Block, SM North Edsa.
Innisfree Bija Cica Mist
Moisturizing the face is a regimen most of us enjoy. But on extra busy days, it feels like extra work. The Bija Cica Mist from Innisfree is a no-fuss spray and a good alternative for traditional moisturizers. Made with a rare ingredient from nature, the Bija seeds, it has an excellent soothing effect and dramatically improves the skin’s natural defense system. You can also enjoy its rich fragrance of lavender, lemon, and lime to relax and refresh the mind, body, and soul. Suitable for acne-prone skin, too! Available at Innisfree, Upper Ground Floor, SM Southmall; L1, North Main Mall, SM Mall of Asia; L2 Mega A SM Megamall; GL City Center, SM North Edsa.
Human Nature Natural Sanitizer
One of the most essential things to carry these days is a hand sanitizer. This one is a favorite! A natural or triclosan-free sanitizer that contains 60% sugarcane-derived ethlyl alcohol with a formula clinically proven to kill 99.99% of germs. It has zero harmful chemicals, and is made with soothing aloe extract that moisturizes the skin with Vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, and amino acids. Available at Human Nature,L1, The SM Store, South Parking Bldg, SM Mall of Asia; L5 Mega A SM Megamall; L3 The Block, SM North Edsa.
Nature Republic Bee Venom Treatment Spot
For stubborn acne, this Bee Venom Treatment Spot from Nature Republic provides instant relief. Its main ingredient, bee venom, is a natural antibacterial that effectively targets acne-causing bacteria. Leave on to dry and use at night for best results. Available at Nature Republic, L1, The SM Store, South Parking Bldg, SM Mall of Asia; L4 Mega Atrium SM Megamall; L2 City Center, SM North Edsa.
The Face Shop Aloe Fresh Soothing Gel
The Face Shop’s Jeju Aloe Fresh Soothing Gel is a multi-purpose face and body gel that could be used for moisturizing, soothing, facial pack, and after-sun care. Its formulation of 99% aloe barbadensis leaf extract from Jeju makes it easy for skin to absorb without leaving any sticky residue. Available at The Face Shop,L1, South Main Mall, SM Mall of Asia; L3 Mega Fashion Hall SM Megamall; L2 City Center, SM North Edsa.
Yves Rocher Olive Petit Grain Relaxing Soap
This gentle bar soap does more than cleansing. Yves Rocher has selected olive for its sun-soaked allure and the essential oil of petitgrain which has been traditionally used for its well-known relaxing properties. Its gentle and fresh floral perfume helps calm the mind. Available at Yves Rocher, L2, SM Aura Premier; L1, North Main Mall, SM Mall of Asia; GL City Center, SM North Edsa; L2 Mega A SM Megamall.
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores
On days where you feel like your skin could use some cleansing boost, this Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores from Origins is an expert at purifying skin and unclogging pores. Its key ingredients Bamboo Charcoal and White China Clay is like a magnet that draws out deep-dwelling impurities. Available at Origins, L1 North Main Mall, SM Mall of Asia; L2 bridgeway SM Megamall; The SM Store Beauty, SM North Edsa.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash
The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Facial Wash hits two birds with one stone: the powerful tea tree oil targets persisting blemishes, while its cool feel to the skin makes for a very refreshing cleansing each time. Available at The Body Shop, UGL, SM Southmall; UGL Mega B, SM Megamall; L1 Main Mall, SM Mall of Asia; L1 City Center, SM North Edsa.
This hardworking tool from Happy Skin is the perfect aid to a skin-friendly, deep cleanse. It is made with silicone, which is non-abrasive to the skin. This device produces ultrasonic vibrations that both unclog pores and promote healthy blood circulation by way of a relaxing facial massage. Available at Happy Skin, Level 2, SM Aura Premier; L2 Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall; Watsons, L1 Main Mall, SM Mall of Asia; L2 City Center, SM North Edsa.
The Saem Derma Plan Gel to Foam Cleanser
The Saem’s Derma Plan Gel to Foam Cleanser is ideal for everyday use. An extra gentle cleanser formulated with 3 major functions in mind–to calm, hydrate, and protect skin. Infused with hyaluronic acid and cypress water, the gel to foam cleanser produces a moisture-rich lather, cleansing skin while retaining its PH level. Available at The Saem, L2, SM Aura Premier; L2 Mega A SM Megamall; L2 City Center, SM North Edsa.