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A Rookie's Guide to the Best Men's Skincare Products in the Philippines

You can build a pretty decent starter skincare routine with these bad boys.
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Hey, it's okay if you're pretty late to the skincare game. Grooming isn't something they teach us at school, after all. Our dads, in all likelihood, never told us about how important is was to take care of the skin because, well, it isn't the "manliest" thing to do. Screw that. Skincare is self-care, gentlemen.

If we go through all those men's skincare threads on Reddit or posts on Facebook community groups, we are going to see a lot of differing opinions on the best men's skincare products in the Philippines. But we have to know where to start.

We can begin with some basic principles. First, apart from having the best men's skincare products, it's important to note that it's going to take more than just soap or plain-jane facial scrub to keep your skin fresh as hell. A toner, a moisturizer, and some sunscreen are essential. Buy your products and be as consistent with them as you can.

Second, you're probably going through a few routines and products before you get your skincare routine just right. Each person's skin has a different temparament, of course. It's a process is what we want to tell you.

Here are some recommendations on the best men's skincare products available in the Philippines, as well. We're here to take you through them, nice and easy.

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Toners

A good toner gets your skin balanced. Those pH levels and less-than-desirable oil production dries up the skin a lot. Sometimes, it gets it too oily and we don't want oily. An excellent toner hydrates the skin and takes care of all that bad, bad oil.

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Moisturizers

A little moisture keeps the skin lush and vibrant. After you're done with your toner, you go ahead with your moisturizer. A good moisturizer replenishes the skin. It makes it less wrinkly and sort of helps us defy the rigors of the years that come from father time. It's best to moisturize twice a day, as well.

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Sunscreens

Sun exposure, suffice to say, damages the skin more than we think. It can get bad, like, real bad. Most men, based on some studies, don't use sunscreen because, god forbid, it's too "girly." Before we go into the social issues of that sentiment, let's tackle a good Sun Protection Factor (SPF) level for your skin. An SPF level of 30 or more is pretty okay. SPF 30 can take about 30 times longer to burn than our skin just rawdogging it.

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Bonus Tip: Regular Exfoliation

Okay, a little bit of science goes into this. So our skin cells turn themselves over on a week-to-week basis. Those layers, however, don't necessarily come off, and go on building and forming some rough patches. They can cause acne, too. Exfoliate twice a week so that all those dead skin cells disappear. A guy like Pharrell Williams had even once said that exfoliates every day. Now that's the kind of men's skincare routine dedication we need (even if it isn't advisable).

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