Real Skin. Real Problems. Real Solutions from Women.

The first post that I wrote about men’s struggle for skincare was well received, so here I am again with the second installment!

Tin Soliongco (@tinsoliongco) is a 26-year-old female with dry to normal skin. Her current skincare problems include uneven skin tone, whiteheads, and warts. All of these problems affected her confidence in such a way that she is reluctant to have her pictures up close, she feels like her shots should be taken from a distance. 

She proudly shares the skincare products that helped her skincare journey. Check out each individual product by clicking on the blue link.

St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub

Justin exfoliates with this scrub once a week because it’s a physical exfoliator. “Unlike chemical (exfoliators) mas harsh kasi ito to the skin”. 

Innisfree Intensive Triple Care Sunscreen

This is her favorite sunscreen whenever she goes out because “it’s handy and smells good, though I know di raw maganda if may smell (fragrant) kasi increased toxic content siya.”

Nivea Refreshingly Soft Moisturizing Cream

Justin considers this as her holy grail because it’s the only product that salvaged her skin during the cold season. “I applied it daytime 3 consecutive days and nawala na dry patches ko. I also apply at night kapag talagang dry face ko.”

The Face Shop’s Jeju Aloe

Basically, this is her go-to alternative when the –ber season is over. It is “still hydrating without the sticky feeling.”

THAYERS Witch Hazel Toner Rose

Her favorite alcohol-free toner, because it really works wonders for her skin. The lovely smell is a huge plus to having this product as well.  

Shulammite Carrot Soap

I use this soap to cleanse my face in the evening. To be honest, after I used this, “nawala naman yung small pimples ko sa forehead.” Even though I’m not sure if this is the reason my pimples disappeared because I tried to limit dairy and carbohydrates from my diet as well. 


Apattene Reyes is a 25-year-old female with sensitive skin and hormonal imbalance. Her current skin concerns include having pimples (due to hormonal imbalance and other external factors), plus acne marks from her pricking habit. 

These problems that she mentioned opened her eyes to the principle that ‘your skin is a total measure of your health and lifestyle- activity and stress levels and even your diet.’

 This is her personal view about skincare and how it changed when she decided that it’s time to take care of her health. 

“Most of the time I really don’t care about how I look and how others perceive me. However, there was a time when I realized that I’ve been having nonstop pimples on my face and dark spots (caused by me pricking them) and for me, it was alarming as I didn’t have them before. I know I’ve been having a hormonal imbalance, add to that that I have sensitive skin, and most of the time I am exposed to pollution as I commute going to work every day. I had to take care of my skin and my body. I had to take care of myself not just for aesthetic purposes but for my health and well-being. And so I started buying products of brands that I know have been helpful and compatible with my skin and changed my diet as well.”

 Look at the pictures to take a peek of the products she’s considered as her skincare savior.  

From Left to Right
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for Oily Skin, Biore UV Aqua sunscreen, Jeju Facial Cleanser
Olay Light Perfecting Essence, Olay Total Effects Toner, Vaseline Lip Balm, Olay Regenerist Whip, Olay White Radiance Cleanser

“Most of them olay products talaga since bata ako Olay soap lang talaga gamit ko and it moisturizes my skin from head to toe. I tried other expensive products but it didn’t work. So I decided to try Olay beauty products and it worked on me. Yun lang Hindi ko ginagamit recently ngayon pandemic kaya balik ulit mga pimples ko *insert laugh here HAHA” 


Last, but definitely not the least, Marla (@marlayssa) is a 25-year-old female with Combination/oily; sensitive skin. Her skincare concerns include having VERY sensitive skin which would either be dry or oily depending on the weather. 

Marla shares her personal skincare struggles and journey with her anecdotes below.

“I am diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) since 3rd-year high school and having acne has always been my insecurity. It affected my self-esteem and the way I interact with others. Every time I go out, I would always cover my acne with heavy makeup (cause I’m maarte haha). By the time I get home and remove my makeup, there will always be new zits around my face. I tried out different so-called “HG” products by different Youtubers and believed that it would also work for me. Since then, my acne got worse – to the point where I would feel small burning stings in different areas of my face. Because I was putting too many chemicals that were too harsh for my skin, my pores got clogged and there were lots of inflamed spots. My skin felt suffocated and I was deeply insecure. So, I finally asked help from professionals and then realized what works for me.”

“Today, I do not wear any foundations or heavy base. I stopped experimenting with various products and veered away with those that have strong fragrance and oils (cleansers or makeup removers). I still get pimples, whiteheads, etc but it’s not as bad as it was. I try to balance my diet, especially that I have PCOS.” 

See the infographic that she carefully crafted and curated for your viewing pleasure. 

Products: Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel. Klairs Supple Preparation Toner. Kiehls Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer. The Ordinary Caffeine Solution. Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense. Sunscreen lotion whenever I am going out. Kiehl’s Breakout Control Facial Lotion.


If there is one thing that we have to learn from these drop-dead gorgeous and empowered women, it’s the fact that no amount of skincare products will ever equate to taking good care of your health. So much for inner beauty, right?

Until you read from me again.

Author: juliandee