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The quarantine, with all the hygiene and physical distancing reminders, put the spotlight on health literacy in the Philippines. Here is a list of Filipino beauty and wellness brands that you can support just in time for the holidays. These products are also great pasalubong for loved ones overseas when travel resumes. 

Diwatang Maria 

There are three variants of Diwatang Maria organic soap made using cold-press method. Diwatang Maria Makiling helps lighten the skin with papaya enzyme, kojic acid, coconut oil and aloe vera. The sweet-smelling Diwatang Maria Cacao for sensitive skin has oatmeal kernel and collodial oatmeal. Diwatang Maria Sinukuan also has oatmeal, papaya and kojic acid, plus glutathione. It took time for Diwatang Maria founder Maria Concepcion Macalintal to come up with the right formulation and sustainable packaging for the products, which are now FDA approved. Diwatangmaria.com; available on Shopee and Lazada

Cleene

The pocket-size Cleene Hand Sanitizer Spray provides for a quick and fragrant disinfection. It is sold in two scents, Green Air and Citrus, and has vitamin E and aloe vera to nourish skin. Cleene just introduced a line of cleaning wipes. Cleene Antibacterial wipes come in fresh and eucalyptus variants. Cleene Makeup remover is available in tea tree and vitamin C, while Cleene Feminine wipes come blossom and lavender scents. Check out as well the line of moisturizing hand soaps in peach, strawberry, lavender and golden citrus scents. 

Céleteque

Maskne is awful, but Céleteque Dermoscience+ Acne Solutions can help. The tried and tested Acne Spot Corrector Gel helps clear zits around the mouth from prolonged mask use. The Céleteque Cleansing Gel with hydroxy acid and Exfoliating Cleansing Stick with tea tree can help with backne caused by wearing PPEs. For extra hydration, try the Céleteque Ultra Moisturizing Essence with Hydralock Complex and hyaluronic acid.  Celeteque.com; available on Shopee and Lazada

Myra

The affordable Pinoy beauty brand Myra carries a Face Care line of facial wash and moisturizer packed with vitamins E, C, B3, B5 and B6 for healthy and glowing skin. Good for oily skin is the oil-free Myra Fresh Glow Facial Wash and Myra Smooth Glow Whitening Facial Moisturizer with plant-derived Lumina Complex that help brighten the skin. Those with normal to dry skin can use the Myra Fresh Glow Facial Wash and Smooth Glow Whitening Facial Moisturizer. Myra.com.ph; available on Shopee and Lazada

Apollo

Apollo Skin Care’s Sebo de Macho is a classic balm made with mutton’s tallow still used today to help fade scars. Other products are petroleum jelly, lip balm and the new Apollo Castor Oil made of 100-percent cold-pressed castor oil. Castor oil helps stimulate hair growth in brows and lashes, and comes in a mascara wand applicator tube. Facebook.com/ApolloPetroleumJelly 

Bobbie Cosmetics 

Bobbie has been known for its nail products, but it also carries a cosmetics line. The Bobbie Cosmetics POOF! Concealer balances out any discoloration, Gleam Squad Contour & Strobe defines and highlights, and the Retractable Eyebrow Pencil fixes eyebrows. Look lively in Zoom calls with the Poppin’ Cheeks blush and Matte About Hue lipstick. Don’t forget to moisturize with the Bobbie Skin Booze sheet mask in snail and aloe vera. @bobbiecosmetics on Instagram

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