Korean sun-protection products provide other benefits

HAVE you noticed how it’s been so hot the past few days even if the sun doesn’t show itself much? The absence of the sun doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear sunscreen, a skin-care essential that needs to be part of your daily routine.

I recently wrote about how Japanese and Korean sunscreens were superior because of so many factors, one of which is they don’t sting the eyes. I also love the textures of Korean and Japanese sunscreens as they’re usually the milky or gel type. I recently had the chance to explore the Korean brand Face Republic, which is available on Shopee Mall. I can’t tell you how many Korean, Japanese and even Chinese products I’ve purchased off Shopee Mall. I really love the convenience of online shopping.

Now, back to Face Republic, a brand well-known for its sun-protection products that provide broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Face Republic Glow Screen Sun Gel is a lightweight chemical sunscreen with SPF50+ PA++++. It’s non-sticky but has a glowy finish. Face Republic Full Bloom Sun Tint SPF50+ PA++++ has a tone-up finish, meaning it’s tinted. My favorite is the Face Republic Purity Sun Essence SPF50+ PA++++, a physical sunscreen. I love it because the texture is so lightweight it feels like you have nothing on your face. There’s a slight white cast in the beginning (because it’s a physical sunscreen) but that disappears after about 30 seconds. Another thing I like about Face Republic sunscreens is that they’re all reef-safe.

Face Republic is also known for being vegan and eco-friendly. If there’s one more thing about Korean beauty that I really appreciate, it’s that they have a lot of calming products. I damaged my skin barrier a few years ago by using too many actives and I really need calming products.

Face Republic Hydro Barrier Ceramide Cream is a rich cream with soothing and hydrating properties. This is perfect as a soothing cream for those who were exposed to the sun the whole day. Face Republic Calming Care AHA/BHA Moisturizer has cica, aloe and plant-derived squalane to help calm irritated skin. This is good for those with oily skin as it is a gel. Meanwhile, Face Republic Calming Blemish Madecassoside Serum has Madecassoside (1,000ppm) and Tea Tree leaf extract (5,000ppm). Madecassoside is an antioxidant that inhibits inflammation, and improves skin hydration. Madecassoside has been found to be beneficial for inflamed, acne-prone skin, and photodamaged skin but it’s gentle enough to be used twice daily.

I’m not really into brightening products but Face Republic’s Gold Mineral Cleanser, Vita Capsule Luminous Serum and Vita Glow Toning Cream are good for after-sun care. Enjoy discounts of up to 59 percent on Face Republic products in Shopee’s 6.6 Mid-Year Sale. More information is available at www.shopee.ph/face_republic?tab=3.

In other news, I cannot count the pairs of Skechers shoes that we have in the house. My mom owns at least 10 while my daughter has two. I just got my first pair recently at Power Plant Mall, where the biggest store of Skechers in the Philippines is located. The 2,900-square-foot store in Makati houses a wide range of the brand’s footwear, apparel and accessories. Skechers is known as “The Comfort Technology Company” for a good reason. Its patented Arch Fit Technology, Max Cushioning Technology, Hyper Burst Technology, Air-Cooled Memory Foam, Relaxed Fit Technology and Stretch Fit Technology are proof of that. If you’ve ever traveled wearing a pair of Skechers, you know that these shoes are built for comfort.

Skechers GOwalk, one of the brand’s best-selling categories globally, is designed not only for walking but for casual wear as well. The shoes from this category are the ones our moms and aunties love to wear, and I don’t mean that disparagingly. My daughter has a pair and she swears by the comfort they provide. She once wore her Skechers GOwalk on a trip to Hong Kong where she walked around 15,000 steps a day and she said her feet did not suffer.

“Skechers is a global brand that Filipino consumers have grown up with and love. We are delighted to open biggest branch in Metro Manila so far in Rockwell Center. We are excited to let our customers experience the comfort and style which Skechers has always been known for,” said Skechers Philippines country manager Sue Pasustento.

In 2021, the company changed its operations in the Philippines to become a directly-owned operations, expanding its capital investment in the country. Skechers now has two stores in Metro Manila and five total retail destinations across the Philippines.

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