It's part of the job for beauty queens to always look presentable, and that includes wearing makeup for most hours of the day. But unlike the everyday makeup many of us do, they need their maquillage to be stage- and camera-ready all the time—especially when competing. Luckily, these beauty queens know the best products that can help their skin remain healthy at all times!
Curious about what they use? Here are skincare products that 10 Filipina pageant queens swear by:
1. Samantha Bernardo (Miss Grand International 2020 First Runner-Up)
Favorite skincare product: Biore UV Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++
"As I grew older, I realized the importance of sunscreen especially living in a humid country like the Philippines. My biggest struggle is that I have dry skin and I also have Hori's nevus (like freckles), and if I don't put sunscreen it will darken more. More than having a smooth skin, we also need protection so that our skin will remain healthy!"
UV Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++, P489, BIORE, Watsons
2. Maxine Medina (Miss Universe Philippines 2016)
Favorite skincare products: Helix-D Ageless Eye Serum, CV Skin Eye firming Gel
"Living in the showbiz and modeling industry, especially in the world of pageantry, you will not only learn how to put on makeup, but the best part is how you take care of your skin. Skincare is the best and one of my priorities in taking care of myself. I honestly love trying different brands of skincare, and some of my holy grails are eye creams from Helix-D and Cathy Valencia."
Ageless Eye Serum, P3950, HELIX-D, Beautyscout.ph; Eye firming Gel, P1500, CV SKIN, cathyvalencia.com
3. Samantha Panlilio (Miss Grand International Philippines 2021)
Favorite skincare product: Wishful Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub
"My holy grail skincare product is the Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub by Wishful. It’s my favorite because it contains pineapple and papaya enzymes that really helps buff away dead skin cells and it leaves my skin feeling even, soft and glowing, ready for seamless makeup application. Not to mention the milky texture and amazing smell are definitely a plus!"
Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub, P3780, WISHFUL, Sephora.ph
4. Aya Abesamis (Miss Grand International Philippines 2019)
Favorite skincare product: Pond's Rejuveness Cream
"You might be surprised, but I go for something simple. My favorite skin care product is the Pond’s Rejuveness Cream. This is my go-to moisturizer, it is formulated with AHAs & Collagen that leave skin firmer and younger-looking. This product hack was passed down to me by my mom and it really does make wonders. This is our little secret."
Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream, P499, POND'S, Lazada
5. Meiji Cruz (Bb. Pilipinas 2021 Second Runner-Up)
"My holy grail beauty product would be a Korean facial mask. I use it three to four times a week depending on my skin needs. It gives extra hydration and glow to my skin. I keep it in the fridge and I use it either at night or in the morning before my glam make up so that my skin is well moisturized, and the coldness of my mask helps to lessen the [appearance of] pores."
Real Nature Lotus Face Mask, P78, THE FACE SHOP, Shopee
6. Patch Magtanong (Miss International Philippines 2019)
Favorite skincare product: Shiseido Clear Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+
"My best skincare discovery is the Shiseido Clear Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+! Sun protection is really the most important skincare step in my opinion, but I’m so bad at remembering to put on sunscreen before leaving the house. That’s why I always have this sunscreen stick in my bag! It’s small, convenient and really easy to just quickly swipe on when you’re on the go. It’s not greasy at all and it’s clear so it doesn’t leave a white cast! Definitely recommending this product!"
Clear Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+, P2100, SHISEIDO, Lazada
7. Janela Cuaton (Miss Universe Philippines 2021 - Albay)
Favorite skincare product: La Mer The Serum Essence
"I use the whole regular La Mer collection and also the Genaissance collection. My favorite is the La Mer The Serum Essence. After I had chickenpox in January of 2020, I was desperate to get rid of the scars. That's why I invested in La Mer."
Genaissance de La Mer The Serum Essence, P39900, LA MER, Rustan's
8. Jedidah Korinihona (Miss Universe Philippines 2021 - Davao Del Sur)
Favorite skincare product: Lana Skincare
"There’s a local skincare brand called Lana and I’ve been their loyal consumer since I’ve heard from them. Their sunscreen, DNA repair serum and Argan oil are my must haves! Even in my red days, my skin still kept its glow because of their products!"
DNA Repair Elixir and 100% Pure Argan Oil Duo Gift Set, P949, LANA, lana.ph
9. Khesha Ramachandran (Miss Universe Philippines 2021 - Iloilo City)
"Garnier is the best for me because I have very sensitive skin and I wear makeup almost everyday. I'm very prone to acne and pimples, but with Garnier, all the dark spots fade fast. Garnier is really the product for me."
Pure Active Acne & Oil Clearing Scrub, P159, GARNIER, Shopee
10. Ingrid Santamaria (Miss Universe Philippines 2021 - Parañaque)
Favorite skincare product: Zitsticka Press Refresh Mask
"My holy grail skincare product at the moment is Zitsticka Press Refresh Mask! With all the long hours of makeup on, my face tends to break out and have allergic reactions. But, after a double cleanse and using this mask at night, my skin is fresh, supple, and glowing for the next three to four days. Absolutely love it!"
Press Refresh Mask, $49 for five masks, (approx. P2455), ZITSTICKA, zitsticka.com