FACE VALUE

Re­boot your skin with th­ese groom­ing es­sen­tials.

Esquire (Philippines) - - GROOMING - BY NI­COLE LI­MOS

1 SPOT COR­REC­TOR

You can cure acne, but the dark marks they leave be­hind are re­minders of your for­mer pizza face. Turn to spot light­en­ers that can work in as quick as a week. Our pick, Ne­o­retin Dis­crom Con­trol Serum, is a de-pig­ment­ing so­lu­tion that works on the phases of me­lanin pro­duc­tion, spots, acne scars, and dis­col­orations. Just ap­ply di­rectly on your dark spots at night and watch them fade away.

Avail­able at lead­ing der­ma­tol­o­gists na­tion­wide.

2 MOIS­TUR­IZER

News flash: All skin types need mois­tur­iz­ing—even oily skin. But what oily skin doesn’t need is a prod­uct that con­tains, well, more oil. Look for mois­tur­iz­ers that are oil-free and non-co­modogenic (that means it won’t clog up your pores) like the Neostrata Tex­ture Per­fect­ing Cream. Apart from pro­vid­ing non-greasy hy­dra­tion, the mois­tur­izer shields against en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age as well as pre­vents break­outs, thanks to its AHA con­cen­tra­tion.

Avail­able at lead­ing der­ma­tol­o­gists na­tion­wide.

3 EYE CREAM

The skin around your eyes is thin­ner and more sen­si­tive than the rest of your face, so yes, there is a point to us­ing gen­tler eye creams (ver­sus your reg­u­lar mois­tur­izer). A fa­vorite, the light and fra­grance­free Kiehl’s Pow­er­ful Wrin­kle Re­duc­ing Eye Cream, de­flates puffi­ness and in­fuses mois­ture. This is eight hours of sleep in a bot­tle. Green­belt 5.

4 LIP SCRUB

Flaky lips can be as un­pleas­ant as bad breath, and many times a lip balm isn’t enough of a so­lu­tion. The Sara Happ Brown Sugar Lip Scrub is an ef­fec­tive way of ex­fo­li­at­ing your lips. Just dab a gen­er­ous amount over your puck­ers and scrub dead skin away. No rins­ing re­quired—just wipe off with tis­sue. The ex­fo­li­at­ing sugar crys­tals are mixed with es­sen­tial oils that soften and smoothen skin, too. Do this ev­ery other night.

P1,450, Beauty Bar.

5 SUN­SCREEN

We know you hate putting stuff on your face, but give the TiZo3 Age De­fy­ing Fu­sion Fa­cial Min­eral Sun­screen a try. It sets on the skin like skin (this ap­plies as smooth as silk and has a non-greasy, matte fin­ish) or even bet­ter as it smoothens com­plex­ion and im­proves skin tone, all while pre­vent­ing those wrin­kles and dark spots you’d oth­er­wise get from sun ex­po­sure. Also, this is wa­ter­proof.

P1,600, Skin Inc., Makati.

6 MASK

Slather­ing on a treat­ment mask seems like some­thing only your girl­friend would do but, with the ben­e­fits of this pow­er­ful anti-ag­ing prod­uct, you will not care about the stereo­type. The Per­ri­cone Chloro Plasma Mask has bursts of chloro­phyll—yes, the same stuff that makes plants green—which, when ap­plied over the skin, deeply detox­i­fies, smoothens lines, and shrink pores. Just mas­sage over the face and watch the gel tex­ture turn into clay. Rinse thor­oughly af­ter it dries.

Rus­tan’s Makati.

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