Every day, we get questions from our customers about all things beauty. It could be anything, from which products we personally swear by to exactly how to use them for best results. So this week, the BeautyMNL Editors are answering a few inquiries that came in through the mail. By that, of course, we mean our email: sos@beautymnl.com. There’s no Q too big or too small, too strange or too simplistic, so keep ‘em coming, beautiful!


Lady: “Is a skincare routine for day and night the same or different? What products should be used in the daytime and in the nighttime?”
ANSWER: You can get away with using the exact same products for day and night—but that’s the lazy way. The best skincare routines focus on two different goals: mornings should maximize protection, while evenings should be dedicated to nourishment and repair.

During the day, your skin is bombarded with all kinds of external stress: UV rays, pollution, sweat, and even the makeup you wear. That’s why your morning routine should shield your skin. On the other hand, evenings should be spent repairing the day’s damage and “feeding” your skin. Night routines are crucial because your skin heals itself as you sleep. This combo will help you maintain superior skin-health and age-defying looks for years.
In the morning, opt for lightweight formulas that focus on hydration, relief, and protection. Your morning routine doesn’t have to be as extensive as your nighttime regimen. It all depends on how much time you have to spare. That said, moisturizer and sunscreen should be the baseline for every day.

Evenings are a different story. That’s when the heavy-duty stuff, such as serums, face oils, and anti-aging treatments, come in. The more layers, the merrier! Also, be sure to seal everything in with a sleeping pack. It boosts the effectivity of your other products and sort of “laminates” all that goodness into your skin. Plus, an extra layer of moisture never hurt anybody.

FOR DAY TIME: COSRX Aloe Vera Oil-Free Moisture Cream, P850, Aesthetique Revitalize Sunblock Gel, P400 | FOR NIGHT TIME: DewyTree Tea Tree Moist Silky Serum, P1,199, Marula Pure Marula Facial Oil, P2,980, Ocean Skin Dewy Firming Sleeping Mask, P1,895


Charmagne: “What’s the best foundation for freckles? I read that freckles shouldn’t be covered up, or they will look gray.” ANSWER: More often not, finding the right makeup is a challenge for freckled ladies. How do you enhance your complexion and even things out without hiding your uniquely beautiful dots? The best way to rock your freckles is to skip the full-coverage foundation and use a tinted moisturizer. If you have normal to dry skin, try the L’Oréal True Match Lumi Cushion, a glowy tinted base. The formula has a fresh, skin-like finish that won’t mask your freckle constellation but will blur dark circles and scars. Got oily skin? Try the Pixi H2O Skintint! It offers a sheer to medium coverage that lets your freckles shine through. Plus, it has added skincare benefits, too.

Now, if you simply can’t live without foundation, we’ve got a workaround for that, too. Pick a shade that matches your skin, not your freckles. This will leave you with a natural-looking base sans that gray tone every freckled femme fears.

SHOP THE RECOS: L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion, P900, Pixi H2O Skintint, P1,190