The holidays are the perfect time to sneak in some me-time (because only moms will know how to successfully navigate a crowded mall during sale season!). While you’re finishing your Christmas shopping and crossing out gifts for your family and loved ones, why not splurge on some pampering products for yourself? You deserve it!
Here are our current multi-tasking skincare and makeup favorites. Think of them as investments—they’ll keep you looking fresh throughout this stressful season and photo ready at all times. Say goodbye to horrible holiday family photos!
Often called miracle water, Avène’s Thermal Spring Water has many benefits recognized by the French Academy of Medicine: it’s anti-irritating and anti-inflammatory, so even the pocket-sized bottle goes a long way! Spray it on first thing in the morning to awaken your complexion and give it a special glow, or use it throughout the day to calm reddened skin especially after sun exposure. It’s proven to help with skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis, plus it’s gentle enough that you can even use it to soothe your baby’s diaper rash! Available for P1,103 (300 ml), P866 (150 ml) and P557 (50 ml) at Watson’s.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Beauty Dry Oil
This powerful formula contains Tsubaki oil, an anti-oxidant that protects against pollution and reduces the appearance of stretch marks; Argan oil that repairs and softens the hair; plus, a variety of other oils like Camellia, Hazelnut, and Macadamia that smoothen and soothe the skin. Use it on your hair before styling to protect it from heat and maintain its softness and shine, or apply it on your face and all over the body as a moisturizer. Mix 1-2 drops with your foundation for a natural glow, or use it as an overnight treatment for softer hands and feet (cover them with gloves or socks after application). So many uses! Available for P2,150, at Rustan’s.
Kiehl’s x Autism Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream
Not a fan of oil? Kiehl’s classic moisturizer provides intense hydration without the greasy feeling. It’s fast-absorbing and leaves your skin smooth and healthy-looking. A little goes a long way—apply a dime-sized amount to your fingertips and use the cream for day or night! Get the limited-edition jar designed by actor Matthew McConaughey and you’ll be donating to the Autism Speaks Foundation in the country. It can be your good deed for this month! Available for P3,350 at Kiehl’s.
Celeteque Dermoscience Acne Spot Corrector Gel
Got an unexpected zit a few days before the big family reunion? Dab this product on the affected area and you’ll get visible results within a week! The Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) and Poly Hydroxy Acid (PHA) work together to rid the skin of pimples and spots, and help control excess oil to prevent future breakouts. Available for P449 at Watson’s.
We can’t escape blur lines and wrinkles forever, but we can achieve smoother skin with the right products. This primer from Revlon has a balm-like consistency but is super lightweight, and it easily blends with the lines and wrinkles on your face and neck. You can wear it as a base for every day if you want to look a little more polished, and it has a universal shade that makes it work for any skin tone. Or use under your foundation for flawless, radiant skin! Available for P795 at department stores nationwide.
Max Factor Facefinity Compact Foundation
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If you suffer from dry skin, but don’t like liquid formulas, you’ll need coverage that also offer moisturizing properties. This two-way powder foundation does just that. It hydrates the skin, while the SPF 15 helps protect you from the sun. The compact is quick to use and gives a smooth, satin finish like most liquid foundations, but without the heavy feeling. Available for P895 at department stores nationwide.