Fashion and Beauty

A mecca for clean beauty opens in SM Makati

CULTURE VULTURE - Therese Jamora-Garceau - The Philippine Star
A mecca for clean beauty opens in SM Makati
Natural woman: Miranda Kerr’s Kora Organics is one of the clean beauty brands at SkinSmart in SM Makati
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To address the booming trend for clean, sustainable, organic, natural and cruelty-free beauty, Luxasia PH has created SkinSmart, a beauty space in SM Makati offering top clean beauty brands like Dermalogica, Peter Thomas Roth and Kora Organics.

Yes, Kora Organics, the brand founded by Australian model Miranda Kerr, is now in the Philippines!  As someone new to the brand, I’m eager to get Kora’s famed “noni glow”!  SkinSmart introduced me to products like the Noni Radiant Eye Oil, which has a rose-quartz roller to infuse extra love into your eye treatment.  Kora’s latest line Berry Bright is here as well, housed in jeweled jars that will look great on your vanity.

Dermalogica is the brand founded by Jane Wurwand in 1986 known for its minimally packaged, clinically proven beauty products that really deliver results.  They also innovated Face Mapping, skin analysis that is now touch-free to conform to today’s safety protocols.  My fave Dermalogica products include Daily Microfoliant, a gentle scrub that results in smooth, velvety skin; Total Eye Care with SPF 15, which even color-corrects dark circles; and Skin Smoothing Cream, which has Active Hydramesh Technology to infuse skin with 48 hours of continuous hydration.

Peter Thomas Roth, who was born into a heritage of skincare (his family operated thermal-spring resorts in Hungary), developed his own clinical-grade skincare to address his teenage acne and is now sought out for his iconic masks (my fave is his 24K Gold Mask), Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Moisturizer and Vitamin C serum with Ferulic acid.

SkinSmart has a nook where pro advisers can give you a no-touch skin analysis, recommend which products are best for you and a play area where you can test them.  Soon they will have a cabin where you can get facials and treatments, and plan to add more clean beauty brands.

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SkinSmart is located in SM Makati.

Forecasting love for skincare: Song Kang and Deoproce’s Green Caviar + Skin Rescue range

Song kang can’t leave the house without this moisturizer

K-beauty brand Deoproce’s newest moisturizer is Song Kang’s personal skin-rescue fave.

“I can’t leave the house without the Deoproce Skin Rescue Day & Night Moisturizer,” said the Forecasting Love and Weather star. “It keeps my dry skin hydrated throughout the day.”

The moisturizer is part of Deoproce’s new Green Caviar + Skin Rescue line formulated with signature green caviar plus potent sugar kelp and sparkling water to address enlarged pores, excessive oil and roughness.

Song Kang has been Deoproce Philippines’ ambassador since 2021, when the brand was lauded for innovating green sea caviar (known here as lato) in skincare, and choosing a male as its skincare endorser.

“I’m very excited and I hope that people will like it,” Song Kang says about the Green Caviar + Skin Rescue range, which consists of a Cleansing Foam (P690/170ml), Peeling Gel (P790/170ml), Toner (P890/150ml), Ampoule (P1490/30ml), and Day and Night Moisturizer (P1790/100ml).

While green caviar is chock full of vitamins A and C, amino and omega-3 fatty acids, sugar kelp has excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent skin aging. Sparkling water, meanwhile, gently removes dead skin cells and controls excess sebum.

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Deoproce is distributed by ZFace Inc. and available at Watsons, SM Beauty and online on Amorfia. Follow on Facebook: Deoproce Philippines, Instagram: @deoproce.ph and Twitter: @deoproce.

Japan’s no. 1 sunscreen gets even better

Coming from a family of dermatologists, my friends joke that we must bathe in sunscreen, and we do!

One of my absolute faves is Anessa made by Shiseido in Japan.  They have a new and improved formula that provides the ultimate UV protection — a veil that’s actually strengthened by heat, water, sweat and humidity!

Anessa’s new Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare SPF 50+ PA++++ is 50% skincare ingredients: anti-photoaging yellow flower extract, antioxidant green tealeaf extract, and moisturizing super hyaluronic acid and collagen, available in different textures to address every skin need: milk for superior UV protection, gel for a fresh and moist feel, spray for on-the-go protection, and brightening gel for instantly brighter and rosy skin.

My family of dermas would approve.

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Anessa is available at Watsons, Shopee, Lazada and Beauty MNL.

Pretty in pink: Dolce & Gabbana’s Dolce Lily transports you to Italy with its notes of passion fruit and pink lily.

Pretty scent, pretty bottle

The newest bloom joining Dolce & Gabbana’s bouquet is Dolce Lily, a luminous fruity-floral that uplifts you with its joyful vibes.  Imagine biting into fresh passion fruit while walking through a garden of pink lilies and roses, and you have this scent. I also adore the bottle, capped with a blooming pink lily and tied with a black bow.

Brightening with papaya

Silka, makers of the No. 1 beauty soap in the Philippines, recently released Silka Papaya Lotion with Papaya Enzyme and Nutriblend complex with five vitamins (vitamins B3/Niacinamide, B6, B5, C and E) to lighten, moisturize and protect your skin from the sun with SPF 6.

Thanks to its Vita-absorb technology, it’s not sticky, and regular use will give you fairer, smoother, and healthier-looking skin.

Best of all, it’s so affordable and there’s a size to fit your needs. Always on the go? There are 10ml and 50ml options for P7 and P35, respectively. The 100ml goes for P60, 200mL for P107, while bigger family sizes include 300ml at P148 and 500ml for P215.

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Follow Silka on Facebook, Instagram and Tik Tok @SilkaSkincare.


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