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I've been a beauty editor for many years now, but I do admit that I still get confused with mixing and matching products for my routine. There are certain actives when layered over each other do more harm than good. On the
Mix your actives like a pro!
It has probably been almost a year since your last visit to the dermatologist, so you may or may not have taken it upon yourself to experiment with different products to solve your skin woes. But before you get too excited, here's
FYI, natural products are not always better.
The internet has always been a great source of beauty advice and trends. A quick search can get you all the details you need in a matter of seconds. That said, it is also a hotspot for a ton of misleading information,
Check the label.
The pimples may have gone but unfortunately, they tend to leave marks and scars on your skin. Don't panic or be disappointed yet because there is still hope. You just have to be label-savvy and keen with the products you put on
Check out these affordable anti-aging picks starting from P500.
Skin experts deem vitamin A derivatives like retinol as the holy grail ingredient for anti-aging. Its skin-renewing benefits makes it the answer to a long list of common skincare concerns—acne, wrinkles, and dark spots, included. In fact, even if you have none of those issues, having retinol
Ever tried using retinol?
Your skin goes through many changes in your 30s. According to dermatologist Dr. Gaile Robredo-Vitas, "this is because your skin starts to degrade collagen and elastin more than it is making them." You might be experiencing more dryness in certain parts of your face, or you may
She revealed her skincare must-haves on her YouTube channel!
Did you know that Sandara Park is already in her mid-30s? Yup, she is, and we'll let you process that information for a second. If we're being honest, we wouldn't know that either if we didn't look it up, because in our eyes,
In case your old moisturizer is not cutting it anymore.
There's no denying that once your hit your 30s, your skin does a full 180. The products you used in your teens might not be cutting it anymore, especially in the hydration department. It never hurts to have some age-defying perks to
Like a facelift for your pores!
It may be physically impossible to shrink your pores (thanks, genetics!), but you do have more than enough options to make them look smaller and "tighter" than they really are. And don't worry, most of them won't require you to put on
But first, ditch those pore strips!
Out of all the breakouts we can get, blackheads are by far the most persistent. They'll keep coming back as long as you haven't found the best way to remove them (not pore strips, by the way)—but don't worry, because we plan to
There's a combo for every skin concern.
When you delve into the world of skincare, it can be quite overwhelming for beginners. There are a lot of products out in the market right now, with each one addressing a different concern. You may think that you can just layer
Don't be intimidated!
The only thing we hear about as often as retinoids is its intimidating side effects. Once you start using this potent ingredient, it starts a process called "retinization" on your skin, which takes the form of redness, peeling, and dryness. Definitely not
It only has five steps!
At night, you're allowed to be as extra as you want with your skincare routine. It's the time to indulge in all your favorite masks, serums, and creams without worrying about looking too shiny—you'll just be going to sleep, after all. But
Or if you have sensitive skin!
Actives, acids, or active ingredients are made to target specific problem areas, from acne marks to hyperpigmentation, that your average face wash-and-moisturizer combo can't fix. But because they're so potent, they’re highly reactive. Retinols, for one, don’t mesh well with AHAs and BHAs, and other
Some people are even saying it's better than retinol.
Retinol is great and all (it really is, here's some proof), although it's not exactly the most approachable anti-aging skincare ingredient out there. Pregnant women can't use it, for one, while many avoid it because it tends to cause minor irritation like
Fight signs of skin aging.
Retinol is one of the most popular and effective skincare ingredients in targeting skin concerns such as acne, blemishes, hyperpigmentation, rough texture, and wrinkles. It's the over-the-counter sister of retinoids, which is a derivative of Vitamin A and a potent exfoliant that
Welcome to Acids 101.
Chemical exfoliation often intimidates skincare newbies, partly because it involves using "acid" on your face. But FYI, these are good acids—not the kind that'll burn your skin off (unless you use something too strong and not recommended by your derm). In fact,
Wake up to better skin!
Because our skin is at ease the most during nighttime, it's the best time to slather on our most potent skincare. Not having to worry about sun damage, for example, gives you the freedom to soak in exfoliating acids and retinol (in
Even retinol newbies can use it!
When it comes to retinol, everyone raves about it but only the brave actually pursue. (Learn more about why it's amazing here.) We don't blame you, though—the slight peeling that comes with the exfoliation process does seem daunting. Although those few days or weeks
It's one of the best ingredients out there!
Most of you probably associate retinol with skincare for older women, and we don't blame you. Derived from vitamin A, this ingredient is common found in many age-defying products as it helps encourage faster cell turnover in the skin. It therefore famously