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Cleanse and Protect: The Best Facial Cleansers and Sunscreens Out Now

We've tried them all so you wouldn't have to.
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CLEANSERS
DRY SKIN
Céleteque Facial Wash with Natural Moisturizing Factor of free amino acids deeply cleanses and hydrates without leaving the usual filmy residue of most moisturizing gel cleansers. At leading drugstores nationwide.

NORMAL SKIN
Algenist Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser is an anti-aging cleanser with a powerhouse of active ingredients: alguronic acid for skin regeneration, oat extracts for deep cleansing, witch hazel for pore reduction, and fruit acids for refining skin texture. Rustan’s Makati, 813.3739.

ACNE-PRONE SKIN
Use the Dermalogica Slear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash for every acne-prone skin surface of your skin (neck, back, face). salicylic acid clears out sticky pores while botanical extracts soothe and calm the acid's side eff ect. P995, Rustan’s Makati, 813.3739.

OILY SKIN
Bioderma Sebium Purifying Cleansing Gel
removes tough makeup, degunks pores, removes oil, and exfoliates, all while being gentle and featuring a formula that doesn’t trigger excess oil production. At leading dermatologists' clinics.

SENSITIVE SKIN
VMV Hypoallergenics Hydra Balance Gentle Cream Cleanser soothes overtreated combination skin while removing excess oil, restoring the skin’s barrier functions. Paraben-, fragrance-, and allergen-free. SM Megamall.

Combination Skin
We’ve stocked up on Zo Medical Normacleanse because it conditions our otherwise confused skin type sometimes oily, sometimes dry, sometimes both—like many adults. With a slew of medical grade ingredients formulated by Dr. Zein Obagi, this cleanser effectively preps the skin for the rest our skincare regimen steps. P3,360, Belo Medical, Greenbelt 5.

EXFOLIATING
We used the Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream for a week straight as recommended, and we didn’t have to exfoliate for the next three weeks. Our skin was polished, refined, and made for the perfect makeup base afterward. P1,600, Rustan’s Makati, 813.3739.

OIL-BASED
Shu Uemura Ultim8 breaks down dirt and removes every trace of makeup without leaving the skin dry and tight and while infusing the skin with antioxidants and wrinkle-fighting benefits. P2,300, Rustan's Beauty Bar, Greenbelt5, 757.5028.

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NATURAL
Free from preservatives, coloring, alcohol, and fragrance, Cure Natural Aqua Gel is a great pick for those with sensitive skin. Its high water formulation contains skin-calming ingredients like rosemary, ginko, and aloe vera extracts that gently cleans and exfoliates. P1,500, Beauty Bar, Greenbelt 5, 757.5028.

MICELLAR WATER
Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water uses micellar water to wipe off skin impurities and makeup without causing irritation and dryness. This version features skincare add-ons like white birch sap for antiaging and aginine for collagen stimulation. P650, Beauty Bar.

FOAM
Yadah Cosmetic Anti Trouble Bubble Cleanser is a popular liquid-to-foam cleanser in Korea known for its hypoallergenic formula of aloe vera, rosemary, sage, and green tea extracts. We use it on days we don’t have to remove tough makeup and want to give our skin a break from the usual chemicals found in deep cleansers. P625, Beauty Bar.

PRE-CLEANSE
Since we double-cleanse anyway we might as well use an actual pre-cleanse like Dermalogica PreCleanse, which melts away every layer of sunscreen, moisturizer, primer, foundation, waterproof eye makeup, and setting powder we applied over the day, and lets our cleanser do a better job and our skin absorb key ingredients better. P1,850, Rustan’s Makati.

WIPES – NORMAL SKIN
Céleteque Makeup Remover Cleansing Facial Wipes with Active Skin Hydrators is our skin cleansing hero for long-haul flights, effectively removing oil, dirt, makeup without soap and water. We also keep a pack of this by our bedside for lazy after-party nights. At leading drugstores nationwide.

WIPES – SENSITIVE SKIN
Clinique Take the Day Off Micellar Cleansing Towelettes are gentle enough to be used around the sensitive eye area, wiping off even waterproof mascara. We also use them for quick makeup changes; one sheet is all we need to remove layers of foundation. P900, Rustan’s Makati.

SUNSCREEN

HYDRATING
We love the calming and skin cooling effect of Malin+Goetz SPF30 Face Moisturizer, which dries matte and clear while hydrating the skin throughout the day. Adora, Greenbelt 5.

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ANTIOXIDANTS
Sunscreen rookies will love Algenist Sublime Defense Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid, which feels bare enough to sit under makeup or over other skincare products, blending easily and layering seamlessly, while protecting the skin from external aggressors with antioxidants. Rustan’s Makati.

Chanel UV Multi-Protection Daily Defender features a new formulation that lets its ingredients adapt to the intensity of exposure to the sun, pollution, and free radicals. We like the SPF50 version, which applies light and makes the skin look supple and plump. Rustan’s Makati.

Heliocare Cream SPF 50 High Protection with Fernblock looks thick right out of the bottle, but blends easily and lightly without making our skin feel cloaked. It features a patented natural antioxidant complex that works hard all day in preventing photo damage and environmental damage. At leading dermatologists worldwide.

TRANSLUCENT
Don’t be fooled by the serum-like texture of Murad White Brilliance Luminous Shield, which provides powerful sun protection with SPF 50 and glides fluidly for a porcelain-smooth finish.

TINTED
Sisley Paris Tinted Sun Care Youth Protector SPF 30 is a great water-resistant pick for daily use as well as for the beach and running outdoors. It provides natural coverage and is non-greasy. Rustan’s Makati.

FACE AND BODY
Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen with Cellular Response Technology is a quick-absorbing, Lightweight sunscreen that works hard on the body and face without being too harsh. Non-comedogenic and with a citrus smell, it also moisturizes and leaves a soft glow. P1,525, Beauty Bar.

PRIMING
For intense UVA and UVB protection without looking like a greasy mess, we go for Zo Medical Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer. It works extra hard to provide oxidation protection, has a silky matte finish, anti-aging benefits, and high-energy visible light protection. P4,000, Belo Medical Group, Greenbelt 5.

BREAKTHROUGH
VMV Armada Face Cover is the sunscreen for people who hate sunscreen. This hypoallergenic formula leaves the skin feeling natural—not sticky, not matte, not powdery—and lets you go about a normal makeup routine like no other. SM Mega Mall.

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