I’ve been having quite the love-hate relationship with Manila summers these past few years—beach getaways and sexy, balmy nights notwithstanding, the extreme weather has been a challenge for fair-skinned beauty girls like me. Near-40-degree temps are welcome when you’re laying out on the sand with an umbrella cocktail, in a sun-drenched haze (with SPF 130!), but when you’re stuck in the grimy, sweltering city, it’s a whole other ballgame… one that needs an armory of freshening products, UV protection, and light-wearing everything to withstand the heat. Which is why, short of avoiding the sun altogether, I’ve come to rely on some trusty, anti-Manila-summer beauty essentials. If you’re lucky, you won’t need half of them to get you through the unforgiving months of April and May. If you’re a tropical fraidy-cat like me though—or if you love the products anyway!—then read on.
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