Skincare Products To Start Using In Your Late Teens, Early 20s

Keep it simple, but strategic.

Skincare is meant to double as me-time and a little act of self-care in the morning and at night. It's no fun though when you begin to stress too much about breaking out or not getting the results you want... And sometimes, reading too many tips can make you feel like you're doing everything wrong.

To help you sift through the many options in the market today, here are a few basic ingredients and products you can check out if you're looking to upgrade your skincare routine from your early teen years*:

Vitamin C

According to an article on Byrdie, the best age to start topical vitamin C application is 18. Why? Because vitamin C brightens the skin and protects against free radicals from your environment, pollution, as well as damage caused by the sun-something college students are often exposed to.

Take note however that vitamin C is a bit complicated to mix into your routine. Start slowly, and be aware of what you mix it with. According to the Glow Recipe Team, "if your skin is not used to acids or you’ve never tried combining Vitamin C with BHA or AHA before, you’ll want to ease into it. Putting all three products on your skin right off the bat could cause irritation and redness. So work your way up to them. Start by applying just Vitamin C, every other day."

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If you want a simpler approach, you can also buy products that already have the ingredient mixed in.

This serum lightens pigmentation and fights premature aging.

TRY: Vitamin C + HA Face Serum, Skin Revolution, P395 for 50 mL, available on BeautyMNL

You can also this light toner that's filled with vitamins C and E.


TRY: COSRX Light Fit Real Water Toner To Cream, P1,100 for 130 mL, available on Lazada

Another thing to note about vitamic C: Make sure you store it properly (completely sealed and away from direct sunlight). Otherwise, the product will oxidize rendering it ineffective.

Hyaluronic Acid

As seen above, hyaluronic acid is often seen in products containing vitamin C, as these two work well together in fighting sun damage. The same article on Byrdie suggest that 20 is the best age to start using hyaluronic acid. "When you start seeing fine lines under your eyes. At a young age, these suggest dehydration." 


TRY: COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence, available on Lazada (pictured above)

A Gentle Exfoliator

"I always recommend my younger clients stay away from astringent toning products [in favor of] something more balancing,” says celebrity aesthetician Joanna Vargas, areported on Refinery29. “Rose is incredibly hydrating and good for circulation—it works on any skin type.”

TRY: Mamonde Rose Water Toner, P850, BeautyMNL


Spot Treatment for Acne

It's normal to breakout (especially around your period), so avoid trying to pop pimples yourself or drastically changing your skincare routine all of a sudden, as doing so could do more harm than good. If a zit appears in a really annoying spot and you want it gone sooner rather than later, try spot treatment to directly address the affected area.

TRY: COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch, P200 for 24 pieces, available on Lazada 

Bonus: SPF

It's never too early to use SPF, as sun damage is the number one culprit in damaging your skin. Luckily, there are now tons of SPF-loaded products that don't feel as sticky as the thick sunblocks we used when we were kids.

TRY: A'pieu Pure Block, P495, available on Zalora


Cleansing water

Double cleansing innovated skincare many years ago, and with good reason. Cleansing water helps remove makeup, dirt, and grime from your face, prepping it for all the skincare layering you'll be doing later on.

TRY: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, P348, available on Lazada

Body oil or lotion

Be sure not to forget about the rest of your body! Remember, your skin is your largest organ, so you need to take care of it from top to botton. Especially if you shave your legs, you'll need to make sure your skin doesn't get too dry and damaged by following bad or outdated shaving myths.


TRY: NIVEA Healthy Glow Cooling UV Lotion, P249 for 200ML

A gentle deodorant

Similar to body oil, making sure your skincare routine extends to your underarms is just as important for your hygiene. Have you been reading about underarm detoxes lately? While you don't need to go to the extreme, it helps to find a deo that isn't too harsh or overly scented--especially if you're just staying home all day.


TRY: Zero Basics Natural Deodorant, available on

You might also want to check out sunflower oil, to help smoothen and brighten your armpits. Apply it after showering at night so it can get the job done while you sleep.

TRY: Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil Bloom, P199.75 for 50mL, available on


How to layer your skincare products

Of course, it's always important to listen to your skin and to avoid introducing multiple products into your skincare routine all at once. 

You'll want to start by removing your makeup with cleansing water, followed by your facial wash. Then apply your products from lightest to thickest: continue on to your toner, then your watery serums before the creams. Make sure to apply sunblock d i l l i g e n t l y--this isn't about vanity, it's a health concern. Here's a simple step-by-step guide you can follow.


*This is not meant to be a substitute for medical advice. Always consult with a medical practitioner to know the right steps for you.


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I know, at this point, some of you may never consider me ‘fatal’ because, as you’re reading this, you may judge that I still have the ability to transform my thoughts into words that can be read, so that ‘automatically’ falls into the aspect of complete sanity. No, because I will never tell everything to you in the first place if I still have the urge to stand like I used to, relative to my belief that speaking up through writing is the best way to attract help.

When you look at the photo of mine above, you may say that I was okay. That I was successful. That I was never losing myself. Yes, I was. But, think about what happened days after that was taken and the message of this passage you started reading minutes before, do you think I am still the same girl smiling in the photo? I hope I will be or better yet, improve if the world will permit me. But, now I’m sure – I’m not the same.


This blog is dedicated to all teens out there struggling in determining what they really want in their life or if you simply want a glow up. And since were still facing a pandemic, I think this is also a season where everyone is re-thinking about their lives. So, I hope these advices might help you.

Tip #1. TAKE RISK - since most of you are still young, I advice you to take your biggest risk. Whether it may be taking the course you want, a skill you want to acquire or just simply taking the risk to throw away your emotional baggage from your childhood. While you're still young, you have very little to lose. You dont have that much commitments and responsibilities. Because the older you get, the more responsibilities and obligations came. So when they are still not piling up, take the risk! As for me, the biggest risk I took when I was still a teenager is to CUT OFF TOXIC FAMILY TIES.

I may sound rude here but, yeah. I decided to throw away my emotional baggage from my traumatic childhood and cut off some of my family ties and it is completely okay! You dont have to be bothered by whatever they will say. Because at your age, you are already investing on your growth as a person. If you really want to grow, THERE IS NO PERFECT TIME FOR YOU TO TAKE RISK BUT NOW. Because in taking risk you are actually giving yourself a reward of getting something amazing or beyond what you expect you can have. As they say, the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. Keep in mind that the bigger the risk, the bigger possibility of FAILURE. But that is completely OKAY. Because just like what I said earlier, you are still young. You dont have so much to lose so, dont be afraid to take the risk and then fail. But after failing, learn from it and the more courage you have to take risk the greater the learning, reward or happiness. Ito na nga, how to take risk nga ba? And what are the risk that would actually help me to grow? #

2: VOICE LESSON - dont get me wrong, hindi ito vocalization para sa pagkanta. What I mean is, learn to listen to that VOICE INSIDE YOU. Listen to your heart, to your intuition and to your visions because it will be your GUIDE. Because I realize that as you go along your journey of your life and if you really want to be YOURSELF and be successful in achieving your goals, the only GUIDE that you should follow is your OWN VOICE.

It is okay to take and consider other people's advices but at the end of the day,you should never forget to listen to your own voice. Because that voice is what tells you what you truly want. How would you know that if it is your 'own' voice? Your own voice always comes from your HEART. The voice where YOU and GOD'S voice are one. Because I firmly believe that God knows your heart and that is where he reside. I like journaling because whenever I journal my thought every night and every morning, I feel a dual voice inside my head. Like, it contradicts what the other voice is telling. For example: If we have dreams or goals that puts us so much weight and pressure to the point that it makes you exhausted, STOP. Because it might be a dream or goal of someone else. I believe that your own dreams and goals may be frustrating most of the time, but that frustration has fueling feeling that will always tell you that 'This is the hard way to better so keep going'. Frustration in your own dreams will not make you feel exhausted because achieving a dream itself is a fulfilling feeling.

#3. TAKE ACTION - if you really want something to happen, take action. Dont just sit there and wait things to come your way. Make action or decisions that will take you to where you want to go in your life. Just like what I said in one of my novels that I am writing in wattpad, "There is no such thing as destiny or fate. Because YOU make your OWN life choices." For example, I cannot expect to be a published author if I dont write any novels right? The bottomline here is, if you are not moving forward you are actually moving backward. And it is a sad thing. Life is full of situations where you will be put in the line whether you take courage or just stay where you are. Because GROWING needs consistency in moving forward. So if you dont have to enough courage to take action, your life will always stay the same or worse you will continuously shrink down.

#4. EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS - this means stretching your comfort zone. I watched an anime entitled "Black Clover" there is a captain there where he always tell his subordinates to surpass their limits right, here right now. Going out of our comfort zones are surely scary and uncomfortable. But you have to accept the fact that you cannot stay on the coast forever. You have to change, because the only thing that is constant in this world is change right? Go out of your comfort zones because LIMITS are just in the MIND. There are disabled people who are successful in their own careers. Because the lesson here is, if you hold back there will be no growth. Because GROWTH blooms in DISCOMFORT.

Last, #5. INVEST IN YOURSELF - especially now that you are still young, you should focus on investing on yourself more. Time is your bestfriend at this point of your life. You have so much time to discover things about yourself. I never regret buying and reading books that I never knew will help me later on in dealing life's challenges. You can use that time to read books, gain wisdom, or pick a new skill, improve your talent and learn from your experiences. Keep learning outside your home or your school. Because the real battlefield is OUTSIDE. What you learn in school will only help you in your career but your wisdom and experiences will help you in life or as a person. People who doesnt embrace growth will never succeed in their life. (This is a reflection blog from my 21st birthday last week. I hope you can feature this on your page and I hope it can help others as well. )

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