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
Kiehl's
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.

Beauty Inclusivity: Inspiring Stories of Women who Embraced their Individuality through Livestreaming

Coming to terms with yourself, flaws and all—and in the age of social media, no less—can be difficult. When unrealistic beauty standards are reinforced everywhere you look, self-acceptance doesn’t always come easy. 

As a top beauty and personal care company in the country, Unilever acknowledges its role in championing a new era of beauty. Through projects such as Dove My Hair, My Say and Real Beauty, Unilever resolves to make beauty a positive and inclusive experience for all. As its next step towards celebrating the beauty in diversity, Unilever launches Yes to Positive Beauty on Shopee this May 17-19. The campaign aims to encourage Filipinos to embrace their unique beauty, support inclusivity, and say “Yes” to Positive Beauty. 

Need a little inspiration saying “Yes” to Positive Beauty yourself? Follow two Shopee livestreamers’ journeys to self-love below:

Bianca Umali

Shopee Beauty Inclusivity

Bianca Umali calls her foray into livestreaming ‘a leap of faith.’ A year later after taking the plunge, however, Bianca shares that pushing the boundaries of her capabilities was one of the best things she’s ever done for herself. “Embracing yourself, I’ve realized, is not about staying in one place. It’s also about branching out to the different facets of your being.”

Bianca admits that she used to hate her chinita eyes and longed for double eyelid surgery. Now that she recognizes that she does not have to follow unrealistic beauty standards, Bianca is determined to create authentic content as a public figure. She frequently goes live sans makeup. “My viewers can see me raw and unedited, and in turn, they get to see me as a real human being. They’ve seen me with dark circles, blemishes, and puffiness.”

One simple step towards embracing yourself, according to Bianca, is to filter your media consumption. “Our self-image only gets shattered when we are made to believe we do not measure up. Fight this belief by being in command of what you take in, and you will always see yourself as beautiful.”

Mary Grace Khu

Shopee Beauty Inclusivity

Mary Grace Khu used to believe that only people with model-esque features could land jobs as on-cam talents. She eventually realized that her shape, size, and skin tone shouldn’t hinder her from going after her dreams, and thereafter snagged a job in the industry.

As a public figure, MG still feels self-conscious from time to time about strangers’ opinions, but for the most part she has found a supportive community in her viewers. She credits this to her authenticity and drive to advocate self-love online. “I am taking this as an opportunity to share my experiences and stories. I will always be real about it, as it would be hard to sustain if you’re trying to pretend or be like someone else.”

MG also believes that beauty isn’t one dimensional. “I see beauty in a holistic manner: being healthy, having a positive mindset, and being confident in my own skin.” She adds that it is through one’s personality that true beauty radiates, and so she endeavors to bring sunshine to others by spreading positivity through her content.

Yes to Positive Beauty Sale on Shopee

For beauty and personal care products catering to all kinds of beauty, visit the Yes to Positive Beauty Sale on Shopee this May 17-19. Enjoy discounts up to 70% off on Dove, TRESemmé, Cream Silk, Pond’s, St. Ives, Love Beauty & Planet, and more. Get additional 15% off with the code POSITIVEBEAUTY. Buy five or more items from the sale to receive the products in sustainable paper eco-wrap packaging. As part of Unilever’s goal to provide equal opportunities to all, a portion of the proceeds will go towards supporting small businesses in partnership with Mano Amiga. 

Say yes to a new era of beauty and join Unilever in saying Yes to Positive Beauty. Add to cart and check out at https://shopee.ph/m/unilever-super-brand-day/

Don’t forget to top up your ShopeePay for more deals on skincare! Use ShopeePay at checkout to enjoy free shipping with a minimum spend of ₱199 and 8% cashback sitewide with a minimum spend of ₱1,000.

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Photo Credit: Lesly Juarez on Unsplash

BENCH Skin Expert launches Ultherapy

Did you know that sound can be used for beauty enhancement?

Curious yet?

Well, you can check it out at your nearest BENCH Skin Expert branch where Ultherapy, the newest addition to the modern Filipina’s arsenal in the fight against skin aging, is now available.

BENCH Skin Expert Ultherapy

BENCH Skin Expert Ultherapy

Together with fellow beauty and lifestyle bloggers, I was invited to attend the launch of Ultherapy held at Glorietta branch of BENCH Skin Expert. The event was graced by the clinic’s celebrity endorsers which include Ashley Sandrine-Yap (daughter of actor Richard Yap) and 80’s star Yayo Aguila.

BENCH Skin Expert Ultherapy

BENCH Skin Expert Ultherapy

BENCH Skin Expert Ultherapy

BENCH Skin Expert Ultherapy

Ultherapy is a non-surgical treatment that uses focused ultrasound. It is the only non-invasive procedure cleared by the US FDA to lift skin on the neck, under the chin and above the eyebrow, as well as improve lines and wrinkles on the decollete. The system basically helps users achieve a fresher and more youthful look with which to face the world with confidence.

Ultherapy targets the same foundational layer as cosmetic surgeons, but instead of cutting or disrupting the skin’s surface, it sends focused ultrasound energy that creates micro-wounds. This action initiates the body’s natural response to spur the growth of fresh, new collagen while strengthening weak collagen.

While other trending non-invasive procedures such as lasers and radio frequency penetrate only up to the skin’s most superficial layer, Ultherapy actually bypasses the skin’s surface and delivers ultrasound energy at the optimal depth, temperature and precision. In fact, the dermatologist administering the procedure can actually use ultrasound imaging to visualize the skin tissue during treatment.

BENCH Skin Expert Ultherapy

If you’re worried that after Ultherapy, you will be out of commission for a long time, fret not. It is actually considered a lunch-break procedure. Depending on the area being treated and your individual treatment plan, Ultherapy usually takes 60 to 90 minutes for a face and neck procedure and around 30 minutes for a chest treatment.

After the procedure, you can go about your usual activities without having to follow stringent post-operation measures.

And while you will be able to detect some initial effects immediately after the procedure, the full effects will be apparent after two to three months. That is when tired collagen is replaced by the growth of new collagen. You will then be able to enjoy the resulting youthful, lifted and tightened appearance for a year.

So if you’re interested in getting this treatment, head on to your nearest BENCH Skin Expert branch.

Through its partnership with Merz Aesthetics, BENCH Skin Expert makes Ultherapy available to its patrons, adding to its suite of skin care and beautifying services.

This BENCH Skin Expert branch is located at 2nd Floor, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati (beside Ascott, The Residences). For inquiries or to book your treatments, call +63 2 6250012.

Other branches are located at:

  • 3rd Floor, Ayala Trinoma Mall, EDSA corner North Avenue, Quezon City (Tel: +63 2 7304009)
  • 5th Floor, SM Mega Mall Building B, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Mandaluyong City (Tel: +63 2 6545015)