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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This is a drawing and a poem I’ve made for a summer love. Our time together was short-lived but the feelings were not.

“God’s Gift”

On a platform we stand

Faces seen all in a blur

Relentless searching led by a spur

To find someone, to feel something

Aren’t we fools to waste away time?

To look for one man’s treasure

Somewhere as ephemeral, as fragile

As a bond built in crime

But aren’t we just like every weary heart?

Hoping for an oasis

In the midst of the desert

Wanting to quench our thirst

Aren’t we all like frosted windows

Of old and battered houses on winter?

Wishing for the sun to give us warmth

To melt the facade so we can show what the inside is made

Aren’t we maven pretenders?

A Casanova? A Temptress? Who made us this way?

A sly fox? A ruthless hunter?

Let down the walls, It’ll be okay

Rushed for a hug, now no hesitating

Engulfed by a sense of bliss or was it longing? Eyes wide-open,

Stepping on a quicksand I embraced the fall into the deep end

Gazed at you lying there unaware With you, found something rare I swear

Realization dawning as loud as a thunder

As the Beating of your heart put me into a deep slumber

Waking up from this reverie

Truth slapped me back to reality

Two worlds so different, now I see If only I could I’d be anything and anyone you need me to be I’m the ludicrous clown, you see

Thought if I ruin it first I’d be free

From the doubts brought by my own insecurity I was so wrong,

What a tragicomedy Brought by the month of April

We rushed the ticking of clock to May Hands interlocked

Weaved skin to skin on a rainy day But when June came to say hello, all went dark grey

What was once there ceases to exist Like the wilting of a flower

Once so beautiful, so full of life Now turned into dust by death’s kiss

Unbounded joy brought by your presence

Paralleled with the perennial ache of your absence Yearned for and offered seventh heaven

Now the heart weeps for evanescence

A mirage, to be the fair maiden The sorrow to find out I’d end up our own villain

But all’s well for you are but a distant dream Gamaliel, You are, I knew it from the very beginning .

Written by me, the one-shot story

Coffee is about a girl who used to cherish moments with someone in a cafe. Sometimes, a simple drink can leave an imprint on someone's mind. ____________________________________________


It's been a year since my boyfriend and I broke up. I love him and he loves me too but things just didn't worked  the way it should be. Now I'm heading at the cafe where we started and ended. I have no choice but to go there after all it was made up of both happy and sad memories. But that's life , right? We can't be happy all the time. Challenges come and hearts can break. But it doesn't just end there.

"One signature coffee , please." I said as I ordered from the cashier.

"What size?" she asked.

"Small." I said.

Then she took my payment and I headed towards the seat near the window. A window seat.... for two. The cafe was surprisingly full tonight unlike the past few days.

Again, I have no choice but to sit on that window seat. It is where we sit often. It is our seat. Our place. There are a lot of couples at the cafe and wow I'm alone. There's a part of me which says you should be happy because he's not the only guy in this world. Another part of me says you're still hurt so don't pretend to be happy. The truth is , I am both happy and sad.  I'm happy because we're both free and we can focus more in our careers. But I'm sad because I'm not the other half of his heart anymore. I'm sad because I let him go even though I still love him. I'm sad because I can't see him. I'm sad because I can't share this relaxing coffee shop where we can chill with the aromatic smell of the coffee.

"Small signature coffee?" the waitress said as she serves my coffee.

"Yes. Thank you." I said.

"Since you're a regular customer here, we would like to give you this item for free." the waitress said. She handed me a purple journal with the name of the cafe on it and a pen.

"Oh thanks." I said .

"Enjoy your coffee!" she said.

I took advantage of using the freebies from the cafe. A window seat is also a bonus in inspiring me to write something. While sipping my coffee my brain and my heart began to function smoothly.

And so I wrote: My coffee has been cold lately, I can't feel anything after taking a sip and there's no heat to leave a pain on my lips. And it was a relief. But then, I remember one thing about sipping a cold coffee instead of a hot one: cold coffee doesn't leave you any marks when you sipped it, just like a blunt feeling. But a hot coffee will leave you a remarkable pain from the heat which reminds you that you are alive to feel....

I closed the journal and stared at the window. He was the coffee. The hot coffee. No matter how our breakup hurt me, he left me a mark and a lesson to learn. A hot coffee can be a challenge too or an obstacle. They all made you feel that you are alive. That you can go on with your life. You can still stand up. Love taught me to move forward. He taught me to be stronger. He is love.

Belley Marie A day ago


One of the proudest things as a fan is the feeling that you are part of their growing fandom and stardom. From streaming their songs online, watching their music videos, TV guestings, collecting photocards, albums, lightsticks, attending to their concert and fan meetings surely, you're a fan! But there's a problem, MONEY.

It's really heartbreaking when you hear that members of your favorite band are coming and their concert is just around the corner but here you are thinking of how to sell one of your kidneys just to go to their concert (kidding).That no matter how much you try to save, it will never be enough for a ticket because you are only a student who has limited resources or if you're an adult, you have bills to pay. So joining a "team bahay" livestream is your last resort, but sometimes even those links don't work!

Of course if there's team bahay there's also "team airport/ team labas", fans who waits at the airport hoping to see their idols upon their arrival. How we wish we could also attend and be part of it, something like shouting their names, fanchants then cry out of happiness while waving their lightsticks or banners. What a concept isn't?

Hey, cheer up! being broke doesn't make you any less of a fan. Know that there are other ways to support and love them. For sure our idols have the same and equal love to us no matter what "team" we belong (team concert, team airport/labas and team bahay).Maybe for some people, they might think we are being overly dramatic without knowing that for us fans, their existence itself and music saved us and made us happy once in our lives. -Gwy June 16,2020

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