Thanks to our tropical climes, sunny days feel endless in the Philippines. That means sweaty mornings with iced coffee in hand, and SPF everywhere. We may be used to it, but our skin isn’t always ready—especially when we’re transitioning into the summer from cooler months.
As you know, the thicker creams, serums, and full coverage bases we might get away with during the -ber months just won’t cut it in the summer. The last thing you want when you feel like you’re melting is to have a face that’s uncomfortable. The key, then, is to go as lightweight as possible with your skincare to let your skin breathe.

Below, we go through the 7 skincare products everyone should have in their summer-ready selection. See if you’ve got these stashed already!


1. GEL MOISTURIZER Most gel moisturizers are water-based, so they offer plenty of hydration while being super lightweight. The good ones absorb quickly and feel like nothing once they’ve set, so you can wear them under makeup without feeling like you’ve layered on too much product. As an added perk, they’re also quite soothing over inflamed, sun-sensitive skin.

TRY: Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel Tube (250ml), P295, COSRX Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion, P1,040, Esfolio Pure Snail Moisture Soothing Gel 95%, P349, Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel, P800

As sticky as your face might feel as the summer days wear on, you’re actually losing a lot of moisture when you sweat. This means you have to take special measures to keep hydration up. Luckily, face mists let you moisturize on the go and are super refreshing on hot days. You can even use them as a lightweight setting spray in a pinch!

TRY: Banila Co. Dear Hydration Facial Mist, P525, Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel Mist, P275, Lauren & Co. Beauty Bare Skin Facial Sun Mist with SPF 70 (50ml), P299, COSRX Low pH Barrier Mist, P1,000

3. EXFOLIATOR As we go through our sweat-soaked summer days, dirt and grime are bound to accumulate on our faces. This makes exfoliating even more crucial. It frees our skin from any pore-clogging impurities, sloughs away dead skin cells, and minimizes sebum production so we don’t oil up too much. For most people, exfoliation is only a once or twice a week step, but do adjust according to your unique skin needs.

TRY: Pixi by Petra Pixi Glow Tonic (15ml), P390, Banila Co. Hi Bye Vita-Peel Clear Pad, P950, Skinfood Black Sugar Mask, P499 (limited time only), V&M Naturals Clear y Rosy (100g), P355

4. HEAVY-DUTY SPF Sun protection is essential no matter the season, but they become MVPs during these extra sunny months. For maximum comfort, find SPF 30+ sunscreen that doesn’t feel thick when slathered on and is convenient to apply. Think water-based gels, compacts, or sprays. That way, it won’t feel like a chore to protect yourself from harmful UV rays.

TRY: Innisfree Perfect UV Protection Cream Triple Care SPF50+ PA+++ (50ml), P618, Dear Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 PA++++, P1,200, Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+ PA++++, P488, Nature Republic California Aloe Ice Puff Sun SPF50+PA++++, P955

5. LIGHTWEIGHT BB CREAM Summer makes any form of base feel too extra, but if you’re most comfortable with a bit of coverage, there’s always BB cream. A cross between SPF, moisturizer, and foundation, this K-beauty innovation makes base makeup manageable even in the sweltering heat. There are even variants that give your skin a dewy, healthy glow like you were sunshine!

TRY: Dear Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream, P1,310, Missha M Magic Cushion SPF50+/PA+++, P1,200, Lioele Water Drop BB SPF 27, P500, Snailwhite CC Cream SPF 50, P995

Microfiber sheet masks offer lots of skin-boosting benefits, but it’s better to opt for biocellulose sheets when your skin’s especially parched. Equally serum-soaked, the difference lies in the mask’s material: biocellulose encourages better absorption, maximizing how much hydration your skin takes in. Give yourself time to mask at the end of a long, hot day to reverse any sweat-induced skin dehydration.

TRY: Leaders InSolution AC-Dressing Skin Clinic Mask, P125 (limited time only), Leaders InSolution Aquaringer Skin Clinic Mask, P125 (limited time only), Leaders InSolution Snail Therapy Skin Clinic Mask, P125 (limited time only)

Ideally, your sunscreen should keep you protected enough that you wouldn’t need to heal any burns. But if you happen to forget it on a crucial day, it helps to have backup in your arsenal. For best results, reach for gentle formulas with skin-compatible ingredients to avoid any more discomfort and to speed up healing. Pro-tip: aloe vera is your BFF!

TRY: Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel (300ml), P245, Mediheal Aloe Vera Soothing Hydrogel (300ml), P245, The Face Shop Jeju Aloe Refreshing Soothing Gel, P295

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