10 Favorite Local Skincare Products
Our picks among local beauty products that do wonders for the skin.
(SPOT.ph) With so many international beauty brands popping up in the metro, it can be hard to keep up with what's good and what works. This month, we scoured far and wide... just kidding, we looked no further than the best local beauty brands, some of which boast maximum effectiveness at prices that are easier on the bank account. Inexpensive and effective, these 10 beauty products prove that sometimes, you don’t need to look too far to get something great.
VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Face Cover 45 (P980)
Dr. Vermen Verallo-Rowell (read more about her in The Women Behind the Brand: 10 Pinay Entrepreneurs) has been taking care of skin since the 1970s, and that experience has resulted in products that have cultivated an army of faithful fans. The Armada is a favorite for its combination of high-powered SPF and non-comedogenic, non-greasy feel.
Available in all SM Department Stores nationwide and in VMV Specialist Boutiques in Rockwell, Robinson’s Galleria, Bonifacio High Street, Trinoma, and Alabang Town Center.
One Naturales’ Vanilla Almond Custard Hand & Body Lotion (P599)
This all-organic brand was borne of founder Charade Galang's belief of creating products that are natural, affordable, and easily accessible. One of the bestsellers is this hand and body lotion. Touted as dessert for the skin, this moisturizing lotion softens almost instantly. The sweet scent of Vanilla and Almond is a great plus, too.
Available in select SM Department stores and Watson branches.
Snoe Under Armed Forces Micro-Refining Peel Solution (P699)
We’re not ones to obsess over the state of one’s underarms, but if the constant barrage of smoothening ads are starting to get to you, try Snoe's micro-refining peel solution. Infused with mistletoe extract, it promises whiter and smoother underarms in two weeks.
Available online and in Glorietta, Landmark Makati, SM Megamall, Robinson's Galleria, Trinoma, and SM North EDSA.
Ilog Maria's Bamboo Charcoal Soap (45g for P38.50)
Created in a honeybee farm in Silang, Cavite, Ilog Maria has been creating buzz among organic beauty product enthusiasts. They finally set up shop online and are being redistributed in ECHOstore in BGC for easier accessibility. Among its many honey-infused products is the Bamboo Charcoal soap: made with charcoal bits, it promises a more even-toned complexion.
Available online and at ECHOstore in Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
Human Nature's 100% Natural Sunflower Beauty Oil (P149.75)
Pro-Philippinnes, pro-poor, and pro-environment is at the heart of this well-loved local organic brand. The versatile Sunflower Beauty Oil (which can be used anywhere) is packed with vitamins and can be used to clean as well as moisturize skin.
Available online and in selected Beauty Bar branches and supermarkets nationwide.
Leyende's Face Canvas VelvetSense Moisturizer (P550)
From the Spanish word leyenda, meaning "legend" or "story," this eco-friendly brand, created by writer Neva Talladen, uses tried-and-tested organic products from Ilocos and Bicol (although some are sourced internationally). This go-to brand for bath and body products is perfect for those with delicate and sensitive skin. The Face Canvas Moisturizer smoothens out lines and makes a good base for makeup.
Available online and at Crossings in Makati and Shangri-La Plaza.
Skin Hour's Eden Mint Deep Cleansing Oil (P545)
An effective cleansing oil can be very expensive, but if you're looking for one that won't break the bank, check out Skin Hour's Deep Cleansing Oil. Its mild formula is perfect for sensitive skin, and the mint is great for those who prefer to stay away from the heavy scent of oil.
Messy Bessy The Little Warrior (P70)
Originally created as an organic line of cleaning products for the house, Messy Bessy has ventured into skincare in the form of their hand sanitizer, "The Little Warrior." Although it can be used as disinfectant or room spray, it’s also great for hands.
Available in selected Beauty Bar branches and supermarkets nationwide.
Made by David Organics Peppermint and Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Set (P514)
The cute packaging and eco-friendly ingredients caught our attention, but it was their promise to soothe itchy scalps and rid hair of build-up that got us hooked.
Available at 3/F, Annex, SM City North Edsa and ECHOstore, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
Céleteque® DermoScienceÂ™ Hydration Facial Moisturizer (P127.00 for 50 ml)
Céleteque’s moisturizer is water-based, oil-free, fragrance-free, and hypoallergenic: simple, straightforward, and effective.
Available in groceries, department stores, and leading supermarkets nationwide.
What’s your favorite local beauty product? Tell us in your comments below.