The first few days of the new year was dedicated mostly to putting away all the tinsel and décor from the holidays. It was a time for detox, de-cluttering, reorganizing and getting back into the groove of things. For most of us, the start of January impressed as an uncanny 2.0 version of 2020. In Manila where cases of the Omicron variant continue to surge, the first half of the month was marked by yet another set of quarantines, cancelled plans and the urgent call to pivot.
Like other cities around the world, many once again found themselves spending extended periods of time at home. To the quintessential beauty and wellness enthusiast, this can only mean more hours for enhancing health, skincare and overall nutrition. In between intense Zoom meetings during the first work week of the year, I remember dedicating most of my time purging the boudoir. It was a Marie Kondo kind of day where only products that truly sparked joy gained places of pride on vanity counter. While putting the closet, supplements shelf and vanity counter in Type-A order, decisions on whether to keep or kick out were informed by the biggest beauty trends and movements for 2022.
Beauty Begins Within. The state of our skin is essentially a reflection of what goes on inside. Balance nutrition, regular exercise, and ample rest all factor into how smooth, radiant and youthful our skin looks. The best way to address major beauty concerns like aging is by nipping the problem in the bud. Topical treatments, no matter how potent or groundbreaking the ingredients are, typically only work on the surface level. It’s our lifestyle choices that will ultimately determine how beautifully we will age. This includes, of course, the types of vitamins and nutrients we nourish ourselves with on the daily.
Verso does not promise to reverse the hands of time. It does, however, inspire pro healthy aging. This vitality in a capsule utilizes scientific innovation to bring you a daily dose of pure and potent NMN (NicotinamidE Mononucleotide) and trans-Reservatrol. In recent months NMN has been gaining popularity for its ability to “suppress age-associated weight gain, enhanced energy, improved mitochondrial metabolism.” It also activates NAD+ which aids in repairing free radical damages and enhances the appearance of younger-looking skin. Similarly, Reservatrol is a powerful anti oxidant that boosts the body’s natural repair process. It strengthens skin barriers and protects it from external aggressors like sun exposure, weather changes and environmental pollutants.
The new supplement repertoire now includes a daily dose of Verso. Focus, energy and productivity has significantly increased since incorporating this vitality supplement into the regimen. Apart from feeling good, skin texture and plumpness has also improved. I also attributed this to an entire wellness lifestyle of eating clean, regular exercise, self care and many hours dedicated to connecting with my inner child.
Embody SOS Gummy has been a wellness staple for over a year now. It’s an essential that I intend to keep in the beauty arsenal. This delicious, berry-flavored skin hero is packed with Vitamin D, zinc, pantothenic acid and evening primrose. Formulated specifically for dry and and extra sensitive skin types, SOS keeps bad skin day at bay by clearing, soothing, smoothening and protecting skin barrier. Results are visible within two weeks of regular dosing with Embody. I love how all the gummies from this brand are so delicious, they could actually pass for dessert of a turndown treat.
Tusol Wellness brings the Michelin Star dinning experience to homemade smoothies. The luxury wellness brand that works only with premium, organic ingredients. They’ve also partnered with three Michelin starred chefs Christopher Kostow and Martina Kostow to develop nutritious and delicious blends that optimize overall wellbeing. Products from Tusol have transformed clean and healthy eating into a remarkable fine dining moments. On days when I replace dinner with one of Tusol’s smoothie blends, I actually look forward to the experience of wellness flavors instead of feeling deprived.
The Starter Kit is ideal for jumpstarting or reseting the body after weeks of holiday indulgences. It includes a box of the label’s gourmet smoothies and fully loaded lattes concocted to support energy, weight management, metabolism, regeneration and gut health.
Beauty Across Oceans. Skincare and wellness products infused with algae, kelp or seaweed extracts have been around for some time now. And they continue to dominate the beauty industry because of the countless benefits they bring to skincare and overall wellbeing. Fans of hero ingredients sourced from the ocean enjoy deeply hydrating, soothing and revitalizing benefits without the heavy, greasy finish that most creams or lotions leave. I personally love how a gentle cleanse and simple hydrating routine with algae-based products can immediately transport the senses to pure shores—even while staying cooped indoors for days on end.
OSEA is a Malibu-based skincare label that combines seaweed, active botanicals and essential oils in all its products. Its best-selling Undaria Algae Body Oil is a lightweight formula that brings “unmatched marine moisture” to the body. Formulated with hand-harvested Undaria seaweed, grapefruit, lime and cypress, this invigorating body oil softens, nourishes and helps to firm skin. It deeply nourishes skin without the heavy, greasy feel; and envelops senses in invigorating aromas of citrus and cypress.
The label’s Salts of the Earth Body Scrub is a skin-softening gem that gently exfoliates using mineral-rich salts from around the world. This includes New Zealand Solar Salts, Pink Himalayan Salt and Red Hawaiian Sea Salt. The gorgeous rosy colored scrub is also formulated with shea butter, wild Gigartina seaweed and Olive fruit oil. You’ll love how it glides gently on skin while simultaneously removing dead skin and deeply moisturizing a fresh, new layer.
Just recently, OSEA also launched the Undaria Algae Body Butter, which does the job of giving skin an extra boost of hydration during the winter. The team writes: “This new, ultra rich formula keeps the skin hydrated for up to 72 hours and is made with the most efficacious, plant based ingredients.” Ceramides aid in skin renewal. Shea butter softens and hydrates. DPHP is key for firming skin. “And of course, Undaria seaweed to replenish.”
Still keeping it simple and straightforward. When it comes to cosmetics and skincare, less remains more. Perhaps as a reflection of our collective desire to de-clutter and detoxify, skin-malism and two-minute makeup routines continue to inform how we choose beauty products. Where simply beauty routines are concerns, quality trumps quantity. Instead of a 10-step routines that resemble rocket science, compact and hardworking skincare products take up prime real estate on the vanity counter. That same goes for cosmetics. Apart from multitasking tinted balms and creams, the only other things taking up space in the makeup bag are cosmetics that ring in skincare benefits.
Wonder Valley is a new born beauty brand from Joshua Tree, California. Its products pay homage to single origin extra virgin olive oil, hand harvested from the company’s groves in Lake Country and pressed by artisan millers. The skincare label offers clean, high quality skincare essentials that highlight olive oil “as the universal life-enriching ingredient; a cornerstone of a healthful diet and a key to radiant skin.”
The Oil Cleanser is a golden, anti-oxidant rich emulsion that gently removes skin impurities while leaving a beautiful luminous veil on skin. It works beautifully when combined it with the Olive and Lotus Exfoliant, especially on days when skin is dull and flaky. This botanical powder helps to decongest the topmost layers to reveal soft radiant skin. After a thorough cleanse, repair and revitalize skin with the Wonder Serum. This gorgeous elixir of sea lavender, hyaluronic acid and bioactive peptides lends the kind of glow and skin smoothness you typically get after 10 hours of sleep.
In recent months, the kit has significantly shrunk to include prime movers in minimalist beauty. Merit is a luxury beauty brand that offers a tight edit of everyday essentials. The label’s range of products—from the Minimalist Complexion Stick, Flush Balm Cheek Color to the Shade Slick Tinted Lip Oil—help create effortless looks that can go from day to night. You’ll be obsessed by how these makeup mainstays blend seamlessly with skin color while enhancing natural features of the face.
ILIA Beauty is all about merging skincare with makeup. Its best selling Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 is a complete game changer that combines cosmetic coverage of a liquid foundation and protecting benefits of SPF. Typically, constant application of makeup tends to clog, wear down and dull out skin. Daily use of Super Serum as part of both the skincare and makeup routine has improved the tone and texture of epidermis dramatically. As someone who has often skipped SPF in her skincare routine, this product has seamlessly integrated sun protection into the daily habit. The team at ILIA furthers: “We strongly believe in SPF, as it is what protects and powers these actives, making them up to 200% more effective. Without it, those skin saving ingredients deteriorate quickly when exposed to light.”
You got to feel good to look good. The idea that how we feel manifests on our physical appearance is merely something out of an inspirational quote. Truth is, when we’re in a good place, we tend to smile more. Our eyes light up, and skin radiates with that distinct inner glow. Happy thoughts make us beautiful, which is why the beauty industry has been paying extra attention to products that support mental health and enhance overall mood.
SELF MADE is the first skincare brand developed specifically with mental health as its anchor. Its clever edit of personal care products supports intimate self care rituals. The team refers to its product range as “emotionally intelligent personal care, made to nurture your emotional world and your physical self.” Self Made’s newest product, Self Disclosure Intimacy Serum, inspires women from all walks of life to “reclaim the power of their own touch when they crawl into bed.” Copaiba Balsam and Schisandra berry are adaptogens utilized in Self Disclosure to help relieve stress. Infused with with only the best botanicals like grapefruit, tangerine and rosewater—this warming oil turns sexy me-time into a priceless self care moment.
True Grit Resilience Scrub is multi use exfoliator imagined by makers at SELF MADE as a product for “scrubbing away self-doubt and dry skin in the shower.” I love how this gentle scrub works wonderfully on sensitive scalp and other sensitive spots like the bikini area. Regular use of this anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial blend helps address ingrown and promote healthy hair growth. Healing essences of Palo Santo ring in the good energy during bath time.
FEWE is a menstrual cycle care brand that offers solutions for various menstrual cycle woes—sleep, mood, comfort, skin and vulva. Body, mood and skin changes as we go through the various phases of our menstrual cycle. And instead of letting our cycle dictate how we look and feel, FEWE supports overall state of well being through CBD infused serums, oils, and mood boosting fragrances.
Eau So Happy is a literally good vibes in a bottle. Intended as a fragrance ideal for all phases of the cycle, this delicious scent envelops senses in mood enhancing fruity aromas. Orange, Neroli, Petitgrain and Mandarin help stimulate the mind. Pear, Green Stem Accord and Cardamon awaken and invigorate. Musk, Moss and Soft Woods help ring in a sense of balance, calmed focus and grounding. Addition of Vetiver, Frankinscense and Amber relieves stress, while Lily and Rose do the job of enhancing mood. The infusion of CBD in a fragrance was a clever touch, utilizing our skin’s ability to absorb the benefits of this potent plant ingredient when spritzed.
It’s usually during weeks 3 to 5 of the menstrual cycle when we witness how both skin and mood goes rogue. Zits magically out of nowhere, which subsequently aggravates unpredictable PMS mood swings. Fewe’s collection of CBD-infused serums aims to address our changing skin concerns throughout every phase of our cycle. Seeking Clarity is ideal to use on weeks when skin is extra oily and just about ready to got into full breakout mode. Formulated with Pro Vitamin B, this lightweight serum de-clogs pores and reduces oil build up caused by increased progesterone levels. Spot the Difference is an incredible skin saver ideal for clearing skin during the fifth week of the menstrual cycle. A calming blend of CBD and Salicylic Acid targets spots and blemishes without drying skin.
Clinical Grade Beauty Devices For Ultimate At Home Spa Experience. Beauty enthusiasts will continue to elevate skincare and self care routines at home in 2022. As many still hold back on visiting dermatologists clinics or spas, consumers are now more keen on finding clinical grade beauty devices that truly deliver optimum results. Since getting my first LED wand and face mask, I’ve continuously upgraded the beauty tool box with handheld devices developed and built to mimic professionally administered skin treatments.
AIVEE Clear is a current obsession that deeply purifies skin, rejuvenates through gentle exfoliation, contours and reduces fine lines. This handheld device comes with detachable probes that brings home the luxury of thorough skin facial, cleaning and rejuvenation. Developed by one of Asia’s most respected skin dermatologists, Aivee Clear, is as close as you can get these days to a derma-grade at-home facial.
LUXELLE’s hand held devices were imagined and developed by sisters Heart and Camille Ongpauco with the intention of bringing high grade beauty devices to every home. I’ve gone through boxes of RF Wands in past years, and I’ve only really seen and felt visible results with Luxelle’s RF Wand. Its settings have been intuitively designed for easy, dummy proof use. Unlike most wands currently out in the market, this anti-aging and skin tightening device offers a relatively higher radio frequency, heating, and electroporation delivery for optimum results.
The homegrown brand’s Electric Silicone Facial Cleanser has done wonders in elevating the skin purifying routine. This beauty device allows users to simulate an indulgent at home facial for skin that clear, radiant and youthful. Features like sonic power aides in the efficient breaking down of dirt and grime, which in turn preps skin for full absorption of skincare products. An import head enables efficient application of serums, oils and creams using micro vibration. The brilliant finish: A UV cover that sterilizes the silicon brush after every use.