Self-care looks different for everyone, but we can all agree that looking after our skin is one of the little things we do for ourselves, especially during these stressful times. For some, being stuck at home for the past few months probably gave you the chance to play up your routine, or finally deal with your most pressing beauty concerns.

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That’s why we've come up with the Best for 30 list. We asked real Pinays to try and test various beauty productsfrom skincare to body careto help you discover effective, hard-working, multitasking, and sulit items to add to your routine. Because while there are many things we can't control during these trying times, you can be in control of at least one aspect in your life, and that's how you care for your body. 

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Mary Kay Sheer UV Defense Milk SPF50/PA+++

P2,299/60 ml

Available in: Mary Kay’s website

Perfect for: all skin types, women who are always out and about 

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If you hate the sticky or greasy feeling of wearing sunscreen (especially if you have oily skin), this lightweight pick from Mary Kay will easily be your favorite. It has a milky lotion formula that dries down to a sheer, matte finish. One tester particularly loves this because it’s “great for everyday use.” While it may feel like you’ve got nothing on your face, it fully protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.

Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion 

P685/170 mL

Available in: Watsons, Lazada, Shopee

Perfect for: women with dry, flaky skin 

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This Japanese skincare brand’s popular hydrating "lotion" looks like a toner and is applied like an essence or a serumjust pat it on your face! It’s meant to be used right after washing your face and before moisturizing. Our testers love it because it makes the skin feel “soft” and “plump” after use “without feeling greasy.” Another tester says, “it helps manage the dry areas around my mouth.” The lotion is packed with four types of hyaluronic acid, a power ingredient that attracts moisture to the skin. It’s also very gentleit’s fragrance- and alcohol-freeand is quite matipid, too. You’ll only need two to three for your entire face! 

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex 

P4,350/15 mL

Available in: Rustan’s, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM Makati, The Podium, Powerplant Mall, Lucky Chinatown Manila, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Place Manila, Lazada 

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Perfect for: women who are always working OT 

This potent little tub of eye cream was highly praised by reviewers. It tackles almost all under-eye concernsfrom puffiness, dryness, to sunken appearance. “I work long hours and am always puyat, but this definitely reduces puffiness and makes the skin under my eyes look healthier,” says one tester. This cult-classic is loaded with hydrating hyaluronic acid and other antioxidants to treat skin damage around the eye area. Its thick, gel-cream formula feels rich and indulgent on the skin. A little goes a long way, so while it’s an indulgence based on the price point, the tub will last you a long time. 

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P.S. It can protect your eyes from blue light, too, so it’s best applied by day and night, especially if you tend to work long hours.

Benefit the POREfessional Hydrate Primer 

P860/7.5 mL; P2,120/22.0 mL

Available in: Benefit stores 

Perfect for: women with dry skin

A primer and a moisturizer combined, this product smoothens and blurs out pores and uneven texture. “It gives a nice, smooth finish” shares another tester. “Ang ganda ng lapat ng foundation ko.” The creamy, balmy formula feels cool and silky upon application, and it doesn’t feel heavy when worneven on oily skin. It contains hydrating hyaluronic acid and moisturizing shea butter. It’s quite pricey, but if you want to achieve a photo-ready finish, it’s worth adding to your kikay kit. 

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Dior Lip Glow (Pink Diormania Limited Edition) 

P2,100 

Available in: SM Makati, The Podium Mall, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Rustan’s Department Store (Shangri-La Plaza Mall and Ayala Center Cebu), SM Mall of Asia, and SM Aura Premiere 

Perfect for: someone with perpetually chapped lips, ladies who love a no-makeup makeup look

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This popular lip balm really does make your lips “glow.” Described as a “color reviver balm,” it leaves a natural-looking pinkish tint, instantly making dull, dry lips look fresh and full. “I like how it makes my entire face look more awake,” says one tester. But more than the flush of color, what makes it worth the splurge is how it deeply nourishes and softens chapped lips. Each creamy bullet is concentrated in vitamin-rich mango butter. It works amazing as a lip primer, too! “My matte lipstick glides on so smoothly on top of this,” notes one tester. 

Celeteque Advanced Anti-Aging Age Spot Erasing Serum  

P899/30 mL

Available in: Watsons, Mercury Drug, Southstar Drug, SM Supermarket, Robinsons Supermarket, Lazada, Beauty MNL, Shopee 

Perfect for: those who are looking to even out their complexion 

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If you struggle with acne marks, retinol will be your best friend! This anti-aging ingredient speeds up your skin’s cellular turnover, and fading dark spots is one of its many perks. If you’ve never tried using retinol before, you can start with this affordable serum! One tester says, “I noticed that my pimple marks were a bit lighter after using it in just two weeks. I love how it’s gentle for my sensitive skinI didn’t experience any redness or flaking, which some retinol products might cause.” 

FN Tip: To avoid skin irritations, it’s best to slowly incorporate retinol into your routine. Start by using it every other day for the first few weeks. Don’t forget to wear SPF by day, too! 

Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Serum 

P4,950/30 mL; P6,950/mL

Available in: SM Makati, The Podium Mall, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Rustan’s Department Store (Shangri-La Plaza Mall and Ayala Center Cebu), SM Mall of Asia, and SM Aura Premiere 

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Perfect for: women with dry, mature skin

“This smells amazing,” notes one reviewer. The lotion-like serum contains a blend of floral extracts such as longoza, peony, white lily, and jasmine, which help rejuvenate the skin. To fight dryness, this concentrate also has an ample dosage of hyaluronic acid for a plumper look, and it evens out the complexion with the help of niacinamide. According to the tester, “It was able to smoothen the wrinkles around my neck a bit. My jowls also don't look so droopy.” 

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Cream Silk Rich Organic Powefusion Rich Lustre Ultra Conditioner 

P150.50/150 mL

Available in: supermarkets, drugstores, department stores nationwide, Lazada, Shopee 

Perfect for: women with dry, brittle hair 

This conditioner smells like a delicious body butter for a reason: It’s packed with organic balms and botanica oils. It uses shea butter and almond nut balm to moisturize the hair, as well as cinnamon cassia leaf oil and sunflower seed oil to smoothen and add shine to your locks. Despite containing a chock-full of balms and oils, the gel formula is easy to rinse off. Most importantly, testers claim that it softened their hair!

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Selsun Blue Pro 2-in-1 Anti Dandruff Shampoo With Conditioner

P345/120 ml

Available in: Watsons, Lazada, Shopee, Zalora, Mercury Drug, South Star Drug, Robinsons Supermarket

Perfect for: those struggling with a dry, itchy scalp 

Most anti-dandruff shampoos tend to be stripping, but this medicated formula from Selsun Blue is surprisingly very nourishing. As one tester says, “My hair feels soft after using this shampoo. I don’t need to follow it up with a conditioner.” It contains moisturizing ingredients like natural french honey and hyaluronic acid. Combined with selenium sulfide, it effectively controls dandruff, flaking, and even itchingyou can also use it as a clarifying shampoo for your scalp. As another tester notes, “it helped lessen the itchiness I would feel at the end of the day.” 

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Dove Deodorant Dry Serum Intensive Renew 

P145

Available in: all leading supermarkets, department stores, drugstores, and e-retailer sites nationwide

Perfect for: ladies who want to achieve brighter, smoother underarms

If you’re dealing with chicken skin, blemishes, or dark marks on your underarms, consider it a sign that it needs a little TLC. These serum-infused deodorants are like skincare for your kilikilithey’re packed with collagen and vitamins E, B3, and Omega 6. The deo has a lotion-like consistency that we recommend applying with your hands for better absorption. It’s quite malagkit (FN Tip: You can apply it at night) but it’s an effective treatment. As one tester shares, “nakaka-lighten and smoothen siya ng skin sa underarms.” 

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Kojie San Skin Lightening Body Wash with HydroMoist 

P155/300 mL

Available in: Watsons, leading supermarkets nationwide, Lazada, BeautyMNL

Perfect for: those who want to fade dark marks on the body

In case you didn’t know, Kojie San’s beloved orange soap now comes in a body wash! One tester loves this because it’s extra “moisturizing”. Made with hydrating glycerin and skin-lightening kojic acid, vitamin C, and niacinamide, it helps even out the skin without making it feel “stripped” after use.

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GynePro Ultra Protection Feminine Wash 

P73/60mL; P163/150mL

Available in: supermarkets, drugstores, Lazada, Shopee 

Perfect for: minimizing itch and odor on your private area on days when you have your period

This feminine wash is very mild and gentle (it doesn’t lather very much), which is mainly why it’s prescribed by OB-GYNEs. What reviewers particularly like about it is it minimizes itch and odor down there, thanks to antiseptic ingredient chlorhexidine digluconate. P.S. It’s best used on days when you have your period, but you can also use it three times a week on regular days! 

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Love Beauty and Planet Clean Oceans Edition With Sea Salt and Bergamot Aroma Energizing Wave Body Lotion 

P390/400 mL

Available in: Watsons, Lazada, Shopee, and Beauty MNL 

Perfect for: women who likes smelling clean, freshly-showered

This body lotion is a tester favorite for its fresh-smelling scent! The citrusy smell of bergamot leaves the skin feeling refreshed, and it’s also quite “relaxing”, as one tester notes. Infused with sea salt, shea butter, and coconut water, it does an amazing job in moisturizing the skin without feeling “greasy” or “sticky”. An added perk: It’s eco-friendly. Each bottle is made from 100% recyclable plastic. 

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Myra Ultimate 

P2,000/100 capsules; P600/30 capsules; P160/8 capsules 

Available in: Watsons, Mini Stop

Perfect for: women in their mid- to late-30s who want a glowing complexion 

Myra has long been known for their dietary supplementsand mainly because they really work. If you want to give your skin a boost, testers say Myra Ultimate effectively helps improve their skin’s texture. “I noticed that my skin looks supple and healthy after taking this for two weeks,” notes one reviewer. Another tester, who took it once a day for a month, shares that certain parts of her “don’t get dry as much anymore.” Each capsule contains astaxanthin, an antioxidant found in microalgae, which helps reduce fine lines and lighten dark spots. Other ingredients include vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps prevent signs of premature skin aging, and lycopene, which helps in the overall appearance of the skin. (Click here for a full review of Myra Ultimate.)

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