In the Philippines, summer begins in late March. If you have sensitive skin, expect skin issues to flare up with the change of weather. If you’re a visitor from a four-season country, you may experience breakouts as soon as you step into our tropical waters. Records show that the temperature in Manila has gone up to 35°C (95°F) the past few days, so it’s high time we switch to summer-friendly beauty products. Here’s a peek into my stash.
Rich creams and oil-laden skincare will feel icky on your skin, so temporarily use water-based skincare for the next eight weeks. It’s lightweight and your skin absorbs it faster.
SPF for every part of the body
When I say every part of the body, I mean from the hair on my head to the edge of my toes. I started showing signs of melasma years ago, so my dermatologist advised that I slather on SPF daily. When I’m traveling, I go for tinted SPFs for a semi-makeup look or regular SPFs of at least 50.
Wide brim hat
A strong SPF isn’t enough to protect your face from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. When I’m at the beach, I always bring a wide brim hat to shield both my face and hair from sun damage. There are plenty of fashionable options that won’t make you look too touristy.
A makeup trick I learned from professional makeup artists is to apply facial mist (or as my friends would joke, “expensive water for the face”) before applying makeup and to hydrate my made-up face in the middle of the day. I bring a bottle of vitamin-enriched water mist whenever I travel or during TV commercial shoots. If you’re hitting the beach, slather on some cooling gel after sunbathing—even if you didn’t get sunburned.
At the peak of summer, your makeup is guaranteed to smudge and melt within minutes of applying or sweating. To make sure everything stays put for as long as possible, invest in primers.