Kiehl’s: nature-inspired, scientifically proven skincare since 1851

I always thought that getting into my 40s would present no big adjustments compared to how I lived my life in my 30s.

After all, age is just a number, right? If the adage that “you’re only as old as you feel” is true, then I should be right smack in the middle of my 20s.

However, time does have a way of catching up with all of us, particularly with regards to our skin.

As we get on in our years, hormonal changes are bound to happen. Our bodies produce less estrogen and progesterone slow down significantly, making our skin cells produce less sebum or oil that keep it soft and supple. These hormonal changes also hamper the renewal process of our skin cells, resulting in a less than glowing complexion as well as the appearance of discoloration, enlarged pores and wrinkles.

Kiehl's
Kiehl's
Kiehl's
Kiehl's

What these changes ultimately mean for us is that if we want to come close to looking as young as we actually feel, we should take better care of our skin.

Skincare 101

Fortunately, skin care essentially involves four basic steps that we can easily incorporate into our everyday routine:

  • Cleansing. The pre-requisite to most skin care routines, this step – which should be done twice a day, in the morning and at night – involves gently removing the dirt and pollutants that our skin comes into contact with.
  • Toning. As opposed to the stinging astringents we grew up with, toners are now formulated to balance our skin as well as provide it with additional nutrients and help it absorb those from other products in our skin care regimen.
  • Treating. Some skin problems seem to get worse as we age so we need more efficascent tools in our skincare arsenal to address them such as serums. These are medicinal solutions that contain concentrated doses of active ingredients to address specific issues.
  • Moisturizing. This step basically hydrates and softens skin by helping to prevent water loss and complement the protective oils found in our skin.
Kiehl's
Kiehl's
Kiehl's
Kiehl's

Now, the challenge is where to source the products to use for our skincare regimen.

Would you believe that a brand established in mid-19th century can have skincare solutions that will suit our modern lifestyle?

A heritage of skincare

Kiehl’s started out as an apothecary – the old-timey version of today’s drugstores – situated in New York City in 1851. In the 1920s, the store expanded into a full-service pharmacy stocking tinctures, teas and herbs, started introducing Kiehl’s branded products, along with its signature personalized customer service and implemented generous sampling strategies to induce trial for its products.

While a lot of Kiehl’s best-selling classics such as the Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner, Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 and Ultra Facial Moisturizers were introduced in the 1960s, its collection of advanced skincare called Dermatologist Solutions came about in the mid-2000s.

Today, it is one of the most trusted skincare brands, with nature-inspired and scientifically proven formulas to improve overall skin quality for visibly healthy looking skin.

Its product line includes:

Retinol Daily Micro-Dose Serum (Php4,940/50ml | Php3,950/30ml | Php1,500/10ml).

A potent anti-wrinkle serum with a powerful micro dose of pure Retinol, Peptide and Ceramides that help to visibly reduce wrinkles, firm up skin and improves it texture by promoting surface skin turnover.

Kiehl's
Kiehl's

Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution (Php4,500/50ml | Php3,500/30ml | Php1,975/10ml)

A targeted dark spot corrector that helps boost radiance and improve skin clarity by diminishing the intensity of dark spots and skin discolorations caused by age and UV exposure, as well as brightening skin over time to achieve an even and radiant skin tone.

Kiehl's
Kiehl's

Creme de Corps (Php3,300/500ml | Php2,175/250ml)

A rich, non-greasy hydrating body cream enriched with Cocoa Butter, Beta-Carotene and Squalene to moisturize dry skin, leaving it soft and smooth.

Kiehl’s
Kiehl’s

Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream (Php2,100/50ml | Php1,450/28ml)

A shine-reducing, cooling gel moisturizer that has a cooling effect to reinvigorate skin while helping maintain its moisture balance and oil production for skin that’s shine-free, fresh-feeling and healthier-looking all day.

Kiehl's
Kiehl's

Kiehl’s “try before you buy” samples

Kiehl’s pioneered in best practices for health and beauty products such as listing active ingredients and allowing shoppers to try samples of the products prior to purchase. It’s a great way for shoppers to discover new items to incorporate into their skincare routine.

Kiehl's
Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash. A foaming cleanser infused with Calendula and Glycerin that gently removes impurities and dirt without stripping skin of essential moisture
Kiehl's
Calendula Petal-Infused Calming Mask. A hydrating and soothing fragrance-free face mask infused with Calendula and Aloe Vera to refresh and revitalize skin
Kiehl's
Calendula Herbal Extract Toner Alcohol Free. A soothing facial toner formulated with Calendula, Burdock Root Extract and Allantoin that gently cleanses and refreshes facial skin.
Kiehl's
Super Multi Corrective Cream. A hydrating 7-in-1 anti-aging hydrating cream formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, Jasmonic Acid and Beech Tree Extract that targets key signs of aging.
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Midnight Recovery Concentrate. A nighttime facial oil formulated with Lavender Essential Oil and Evening Primrose Oil to help restore skin while you sleep.

So now, we know that products for an effective skincare routine are not so hard to find.

We can just drop by any of Kiehl’s Metro Manila stores located at:

  • Makati: Powerplant Mall, Ayala Greenbelt 5
  • Mandaluyong: SM Megamall
  • Manila: Robinsons Place Manila
  • Muntinlupa: Alabang Town Center
  • Pasay: SM Mall of Asia
  • Quezon City: Robinsons Place Magnolia, Trinoma Mall
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Kiehl's
Kiehl's
Kiehl's

Or we can stock up on our skincare products without leaving the comforts of home by shopping at its online store.

Know more about Kiehl’s products by visiting its website or by following it on Facebook and Instagram.

Olivia’s Touch: Skincare for a Touch of Confidence

I used to pride myself on being extremely low maintenance; in fact, I considered myself a koboy long before it became trendy.

I was not one to spend hours on a skincare routine, nor one who is constantly on the lookout for new skincare products to try.

Being koboy about skincare was a lot easier back in my teens and twenties when I still had the gift of youth to back me up by forgiving the sins I commit against my skin (oh, those times when I refused to wear sunblock!), as well as the sheer luck of escaping my adolescent years mostly unscathed by teenage acne.

However, as I near the more challenging period of my forties, I do realize that I owe it to myself to give nature a helping hand by taking better care of myself.

Olivia's Touch
Olivia’s Touch
Olivia’s Touch
Olivia's Touch

Self-care is becoming even more important as I age, so I’m glad that Olivia’s Touch makes this easy.

Olivia’s Touch is a line of beauty products which are locally made and produced using the finest ingredients. These are dermatologically tested to be perfect for all skin types and were manufactured in cruelty-free conditions to bring about the fuss-free yet luxurious kind of skincare that’s right for me.

Olivia’s Touch
Olivia’s Touch
Olivia’s Touch
Olivia’s Touch

These include:

Signature Minute-White Lotion 250 ml

Now I can welcome the brightest days with much brighter skin, thanks to Olivia’s Touch Signature Minute-White Lotion.

It is enriched with anti-aging and antioxidant ingredients – SPF60 Sun Protect to shield your skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays; Arbutin that evens out your skin tone by lightening dark spots, acne marks and scars; Licorice Extract to reduce wrinkles and fine lines; and Niacinamide to reduce pores and treat hyperpigmentation.

Olivia’s Touch
Olivia’s Touch
Olivia's Touch
Olivia's Touch

After my morning shower and evening bath, I massage this lotion all over my body to enjoy its moisturizing and brightening effects for up 12 hours, giving my skin round-the-clock care.

Niacinamide Serum 20ml

The neglect I subjected my skin to back in my youth does haunt me from time to time in the form of breakouts, hyperpigmentation and (ack!) the beginnings of fine lines.

Olivia’s Touch Niacinamide Serum is formulated to counter these ill effects, thanks to its active ingredient Niacinamide which shields my skin from sun damage, encourages keratin growth to keep my skin firm and healthy and reduces oil production and pore size.

Olivia’s Touch
Olivia’s Touch
Olivia's Touch
Olivia's Touch

As part of my morning skincare routine, I massage this serum on my face and neck using my fingertips.

Sun Gel SPF 50 100ml

I have known for some time now that the sun, though vital to our survival and day-to-day life, does bring with it some harm in the form UV rays.

Olivia’s Touch Sun Gel SPF 50 helps shield my skin from the sun’s ill effects while minimizing pore blockage and other acne-causing substances. It is also infused with Aloe Vera Extract to keep my skin cool and moisturized, even when exposed to direct sunlight.

Olivia’s Touch
Olivia’s Touch
Olivia's Touch
Olivia's Touch

Before going out, I spread a small amount on my face and neck using my fingertips to afford me my much-needed sun protection. Reapplying every two hours is not a problem as it feels lightweight and is non-greasy.

Whipped Scrub 200ml

An integral part of any skincare routine is cleansing but how do I gently scrub away the day’s dirt and grime, as well as dead skin cells to reveal the radiant skin that I know (or hope!) is just waiting to come out?

Well, Olivia’s Touch Whipped Scrub is formulated exactly for this: it contains Dimethicone that softens and moisturizes; Carica Papaya Extract which has anti-aging and antioxidant properties; Aloe Vera Extract which soothes dry, damaged and sensitive skin; Arbutin to help with uneven skin tone; Niacinamide which protects skin from the harmful effects of sunlight, toxins and pollution; and Shea Butter to moisturize skin and also prevent aging.

Olivia’s Touch
Olivia’s Touch
Olivia's Touch
Olivia's Touch

During my evening bath, I gently massage this whipped scrub on my face and neck using circular motions, then leave it on for two minutes (fifteen to twenty minutes for the rest of my body) then rinse off and pat dry before proceeding to my moisturizing routine.

With these initial products, Olivia’s Touch has certainly equipped me with a simple and fuss-free skin care routine – in keeping with my koboy tendencies – but one that that’s all set to protect and maintain my skin so I face growing older with a healthy touch of confidence.

Olivia’s Touch
Olivia's Touch
Olivia's Touch
Olivia's Touch

Want to include Olivia’s Touch beauty products into your skin care routine to help out your skin’s radiance? Simply shop at oliviastouch.com and enjoy 10% off your purchase when you use my code “IGINFRAJ10.”

Olivia's Touch

Be sure to take good care of your Olivia’s Touch products so they can also take good care of you by storing them in a cool, clean and dry area, away from direct sunlight and heat.

Disclosure: Product samples were provided to facilitate this feature.

VREAL Cosmetics brings real beauty solutions for real people

I pretty much consider myself a low-maintenance kind of girl.

I seldom have the time or the patience for tedious beauty rituals and multi-step self-care routines. With this personal bias, you can bet that when presented with a beauty routine that involves several applications or complex instructions, you can bet I’d be avoiding that like the plague.

However, I’m definitely not getting any younger. As a woman nearing – or already in – middle age, I have resolved to let myself age gracefully but not to just let myself go.

Fortunately, VREAL Cosmetics makes it easy for me to inch my way into a beauty routine.

VREAL Cosmetics

True to its tagline “Real Beauty Solutions for Real People,” homegrown beauty brand VREAL Cosmetics seeks to make skin care more accessible to Filipinos.

An offshoot of one of Ilocos’ biggest beauty service businesses, Villareal Salon and Spa, VREAL Cosmetics prides itself on its unique formulations and simple applications, such as:

VREAL Cosmetics

VREAL RealNew Set A.

This illuminating set that began as an aftercare routine for salon customers who availed of facial services received so many positive reviews that it was spun off as a retail product and started the VREAL Cosmetics line. It consists of a triple whitening soap, toner, nutrifirm gel, day cream and night cream.

VREAL Cosmetics
Realnew Triple Whitening Soap. Combines the whitening powers of papaya, glutathione and kojic acid.
VREAL Cosmetics
Realnew Toner. Deep cleanses into the skin to help reduce pore size and promote fresh and youthful skin.
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Nutrifirm Gel. Contains collagen that helps tighten and tone skin, octyl methoxycinnate which helps protect skin from the sun and aloe barbadensis extract which helps treat acne and dry skin and provides protection from photoaging.
VREAL Cosmetics
Day Cream and Night Cream. Both clinically proven to help prevent premature aging and pigmentation.

Morning Routine:

  • Wash face with Realnew Triple Whitening Soap. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a clean cloth.
  • Using a piece of cotton, apply Realnew Toner all over face and neck.
  • After cleansing and toning, apply a sufficient amount of Nutrifirm Gel on fingertips and spread evenly on face and neck.
  • Apply Day Cream liberally onto face before sun exposure. Reapply as needed.

Night Routine:

  • Wash face with Realnew Triple Whitening Soap. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a clean cloth.
  • Using a piece of cotton, apply Realnew Toner all over face and neck.
  • Using your fingertips, apply a thin layer of Night Cream onto face and neck.
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VREAL Sensireal Foaming Wash.

A facial wash that helps reduce acne as it gently cleanses and brightens skin.

VREAL Cosmetics

VREAL Ultra Real Deo.

An effective anti-perspirant that protects from excessive sweating and body odor, as it gently whitens underarms.

I’m in my first week of use, and while I experienced a slight amount of peeling but there was no discomfort. The peeling is caused by the tightening of the skin’s pores and removal dead skin cells.

VREAL Cosmetics
VREAL Cosmetics

This new skin care routine is very easy to follow up and does not significantly add to the time I take to get ready for my day or to wind down for the night.

VREAL Cosmetics products are available in Villareal Salon and Spa branches in:

  • Ilocos Sur: Second Floor, Bantay Arcade, Bantay, Ilocos Sur (Contact: +63 077 6040628 or +63 917 5682043)
  • Ilocos Norte: Viven Hotel Phase 2 Ground Floor, Valdez Center, Barangay 1 San Francisco, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte

VREAL Cosmetics products are also available online through Shopee and Lazada.

Product samples were provided to facilitate this feature story.

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