5 Best Skin Care Products to Try in 2018


There’s no better time to pamper yourself than the start of a new year. So if you feel like your skin can use a little pick-me-up, we have you covered. We rounded up a handful of products that will help all your skincare needs. So whether you’re looking for a hydrating mask, anti-aging serum, exfoliating body scrub, or even a sunscreen setting spray, no doubt you can treat yourself from head to toe with these soothing picks. Achieve a dewy glow and shop these luxe choices.

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

photo from iherb.com
photo from iherb.com

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask,  said to be the world’s most powerful facial and body treatment, cleanses with the power of natural clay and apple cider vinegar. Ideal for using as acne treatments, body wraps, clay baths, foot soaks, and chilled knee packs, feel as beautiful with all-natural mask. It is made with 100 percent natural calcium bentonite clay, and it claims that you will feel your face “pulsate” as it draws out all the impurities from your face.  It is so popular because it has a cult following that you will find hundred of product reviews about it. This product is perfect for you if you’re prone to acne breakouts and oily skin.

Dubbed as ‘the world’s most powerful facial mask.’ To use, simply mix with equal parts of water or apple cider vinegar, spread on your face, and then rinse off with warm water. The first time we used this product, we looked like Princess Fiona from Shrek because our face turned into green while wearing the mask. But once we had our face washed, we instantly saw the results!

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask is available in all Healthy Options branches for P495.

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

image from makeup alley
image from makeup alley

The masque smells very minty and feels very cool so it was quite enjoyable to have it on your face. Reward yourself with deeply cleansed skin as this product will also help brighten your complexion. Some women also use this product to treat spot treat their pesky pimples. Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque is available at Healthy Options.

image from iherb
image from iherb

Witch Hazel often pops up in the best ingredients lists for fighting excessive sebum production and pimples. Use it as part of your regular skincare routine. It is often lauded for its pore-tightening benefits and ability to reduce inflammation, which is exactly why it works for those two purposes. True to its claim, it really does shrink the size of your pores and is effective against drying out pimples as well! A word of caution: If you haven’t had any past experience with witch hazel, we recommend getting the travel size first just so you can check your sensitivity! You might not enjoy the scent of this (smells like vodka) so try out the smaller version so it won’t be such a commitment. Witch Hazel is available at Healthy Options.

Sleepy Lotion from Lush

photo from vagabond
photo from vagabond

The tub says it all: Lush’s “Sleepy” Hand and Body Lotion – “A scrumptious lotion with a sweet lavender scent for even sweeter dreams. This quite expensive small tub of lotion is an insomniac’s dream come true. Sleepy is infused with a combination of gentle oatmeal and calming lavender flower – an ingredient associated with winding down. But, it’s not just an old wives tale because the benefits of lavender are supported by the United Kingdom’s National Sleep Foundation.

Insomniacs everywhere apparently swear by Lush’s Sleepy Hand and Body Lotion. It’s made with naturally occurring ingredients that were never tested on animals, and packaged in post-consumer recycled containers, so it’s something you can feel good about using. Its magic infusion is lavender, which studies have shown can induce relaxation by decreasing one’s heart rate and blood pressure.  We’ve tried other lavender lotions and linen sprays and they do nothing other than provide a pleasant background scent for the theater of our anxiety.

It’s a gorgeous pale purple shade with an almost iridescent quality Its main ingredients are almond oil and coconut butter, so it’s definitely smooth and super moisturizing, if nothing else. It pairs well with Lush’s other lavender-infused products such as the Twilight shower gel and bath bomb.

What’s our verdict? For people who just have run-of-the-mill trouble falling asleep, and not staying that way, Sleepy lotion is a good, natural remedy. For people like us who wake up sporadically throughout the night regardless of how or when they fell asleep, it’s not a game changer—but at least it’ll put more ZZZs behind you before that dreaded moment you wake up again. Plus, it smells divine. People says it smells like cinnamon cookies. Small tubs are sold at P525 while the bigger one is sold at P999.

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask


We know this product isn’t exactly new in the market. Finding this product wasn’t easy. Despite a lot of people outside of South Korea –like the US, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines– already got their hands on the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, there are still some countries who don’t have a Laneige store. Luckily, we have Laneige here in the country.

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is a gel-type product that provides intensive hydration, vitality, and brightening effect. It claims to restore your skin and its moisture as you sleep. Giving your skin a well-rested, moisturized, and lively look like you had an 8-hour sleep… even if you didn’t. This product is perfect for all skin types. So if you have oily or combination skin, this product is for you. It contains Beta Glucan for skin regeneration, Ceramide SLN for moisture loss protection, Hubza Apricot Extract for skin purification, and Chestnut Extract for improving skin texture.

The scent reminds one of chamomile. so it’s perfect for sleeping because the scent is soothing.  It’s not sticky at all since it is a gel which is the best type for those with oily skin. It’s light and absorbs fast into your skin so sleeping with it is comfortable. It is also a bit cold so you could feel your skin relaxing. This is also great when you have an all-nighter or had one too many drinks on a girls night out, Laneige Water Sleeping Mask will hydrate your skin so you’ll look healthy and had enough sleep.

Non-sticky, lightweight, and will really make you look well-rested like you had an 8-hour sleep even if you didn’t. It will also brighten your skin, it’s like making your skin look and feel healthy. The only downside It’s quite expensive. It costs a little less than P1,000 for 70ml. It is available at Laneige counters, and online via Althea Korea and Sephora.

Vance Madrid

Freelance writer, lifestyle blogger, social media manager, events coordinator, scriptwriter, film buff, wanderlust and certified foodie. Zealous for a keyboard and new experiences, I wish to live and learn through my writing.