This Derm-Favourite Skincare Brand Now Has An Anti-Acne Range | Clozette

When we seek beauty solutions, hearing advice from friends is always nice. But, let’s be honest, if we want truly effective — not to mention safe — options, going to an expert is the best route to take. So we’re all ears for recommendations by dermatologists. And we know one brand that’s on every derm’s lips: Cetaphil. We’re sure you already know it, too, by now! The brand is popular for its mild yet effective products that are great for all skin types, especially sensitive ones. But things got just a little better. How? Meet the ​Cetaphil PRO Acne Prone Skincare Range​.

Cetaphil Pro Acne Prone Skincare Range

Imagine the expert care that went into designing the original Cetaphil range. Now, imagine the same expert care but with people who have trouble with acne in mind. You get the ​Cetaphil PRO Acne Prone Oil Control Foam Wash​ that’s made with Zinc Coceth Sulfate that effectively and thoroughly cleanses without being harsh on the skin.

Cetaphil PRO Acne Prone Oil Control Foam Wash

It removes up to 98 per cent* of excess oils on the skin — and we all know how oil plays a part in the formation of acne. It also removes any dirt that may clog the pores. While it does that, it remains gentle on the skin — something Cetaphil has been known for — and keeps it looking healthy and clean.

Aside from cleansing, moisturising the skin is something that dermatologists recommend, especially if you are on topical or oral acne medication. There’s a misconception that you shouldn’t moisturise when you have acne, but it actually helps hydrate, soothe and smooth the skin. Solicit the help of the ​Cetaphil PRO Acne Prone Oil-Free Moisturising Lotion SPF 25​.

Cetaphil PRO Acne Prone Oil-Free Moisturising Lotion SPF 25

It’s designed by dermatologists to hydrate and soothe the skin, which we all know is still important for acne. It also combats dryness, which, if left unchecked, can lead to more oil production. Plus, it has ceramide precursors that strengthen and restore the skin barrier, to help skin cope with harsh acne treatments. We all know how harsh the sun can be on the skin, especially for those who are undergoing acne treatment. The moisturiser’s SPF25 keeps the skin protected from UVA and UVB rays. Expert care for your acne-prone skin? Here it is.

*​Galderma data on file RD.06.SPR.18225.

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Let me start by saying that I was a face mist sceptic. I used to be one of those people who think that it's nothing more than a gimmick and that I can douse my face with water and still get the same effect. However, one day, I got to try it on a hectic day while on the go and it changed my perspective altogether. I then began using face mists when I prep for makeup. I later moved on to using it as an alternative to toner once in a while and it has eventually become a habit to spritz it on whenever I need that dose of refreshment at any time of the day, whether I'm outside or just stuck to my desk. It's definitely come close to serums and lipsticks as my favourite beauty product. And now, I'm battling out three face mists of varying price points to see how each one fares.  

Beauty Battle Face Mists

But first, for those who are still a bit iffy about face mists, let me backtrack a bit. This trend is highly attributed to K-beauty, with Korean women being heavy on hydration to achieve chok-chok (luminous) skin. Dermatologists have claimed that while it's not an essential part of one's skincare, it definitely has added skin-caring benefits that get absorbed and spread better onto the skin given its finer concentration. It also helps with aromatherapy, anti-inflammation, and quick rejuvenation, depending on the variant that you're using. With that said, let's get on with the review. 

Masumi True Beauty Hydrating Rose Mist

Beauty Battle Masumi Hydrating Face Mist

PHP375/~USD7 (

PROS: If you're looking for an affordable face mist, this one is a great option at only PHP375/~USD7. The rose smell is definitely refreshing and therapeutic, making it great for those who are really after the aromatherapy aspect of face mists. It also contains aloe vera extract and collagen, which are great for soothing and repairing purposes. Based on my tests, I found that this works great over makeup as it helps give the skin a nice, luminous glow that lasts throughout the day without making the makeup melt or look clumpy. It's also in a standard 100ml bottle that makes it easy to chuck in purses. 

CONS: The availability of this one is quite tricky as it's still not available in major supermarkets here in the Philippines. While the smell is something I personally love, people who are quite iffy when it comes to fragrances might find it offputting. 

Recommended for: Those on a budget but want to incorporate a reliable face mist in their beauty routine. 

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydrating Toner Mist

Beauty Battle Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Face Mist

~PHP1,460/USD28 (

PROS: If you expect your face mists to hydrate and make you really feel it, Peter Thomas Roth's contender is for you. It's not kidding in its use of the word 'drench' in the label; it has a powerful mister that will definitely leave your skin hydrated and cool after setting. Plus, it's infused with witch hazel, amino acids, Vitamin B5, and more, on top of being alcohol- and fragrance-free. At ~PHP1,460/USD28, I'd say its price point is quite reasonable given that it commits to its promises of helping my skin feel soft and hydrating my dry patches even after 48 to 72 hours of use. 

CONS: People who love fine mists would not like this at all. As I mentioned, the mister will definitely leave you wet and dripping, which makes it better for pre-makeup prep than an on-the-go face mist. It also takes a while to get absorbed, so I say use it as a toner instead. It's also quite bulky compared to the Masumi bottle, so it's better off as a mainstay in your vanity. 

Recommended for: Those who are looking for a toner that has lots of hydrating benefits. This is absolutely great for salvaging your skin from dry patches or tightness due to intermittent weather. 

Tatcha The Satin Skin Mist

Beauty Battle Tatcha The Satin Skin Mist

~PHP2,500/USD48 (

PROS: If you're looking for a mist that not only hydrates but also helps deal with oil control, this one is for you. Formulated with Okinawan Clay and Silk Powder, this unique pick from Tatcha also doubles up as a setting spray that keeps makeup looking fresh and satiny smooth. I find this face mist very ideal if I need a quick touchup midday. I also noticed that with continuous usage, it did help improve my skin texture similar to the Peter Thomas Roth one, probably as a result of the anti-ageing Japanese superfoods and skin-firming Wild Rose in its formula. My skin definitely feels a lot softer and healthier up close despite me trimming down my skincare routine to only a select number of products. 

CONS: For a whopping ~PHP2,500/USD48, I think people might find the price to be a bit too steep for a face mist. While its glass packaging feels very luxurious, fragility is a major issue especially when one is dealing with a hectic schedule. It also has lesser product at 40mL compared to the other two. 

Recommended for: Those who are willing to splurge for a mist, a setting spray, and an essence-like product rolled into one. 

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Our “I Am Her” series features the female movers and shakers of the industry to learn how femininity and power coincide beautifully and seamlessly together.

With their cute packaging and eco-friendly products, Filipino beauty brand Hello Gorgeous won the hearts of beauty junkies in the Philippines. The brand’s trendsetting status was years in the making, but surprisingly for founder Mawy Conferido-Sapuay, delving into the beauty industry wasn’t something she was seriously into in the beginning. Read on as she reveals how she found her passion as she grew the business once started by her mum.

Fill in the blank: I’m a beauty entrepreneur and ______.

A modern mom.

What pushed you to start a business in the beauty industry?

Hello Gorgeous started back in 1998 as a day spa in Bulacan. Growing up, I saw how my mum built the business. Aside from sending me to makeup and beauty school, she brought me to beauty conventions and suppliers, who created new skincare and body care lines that were sold in our spa. I wasn’t really that interested until my brother died in 2016. Since all of our savings went to his medication, I wanted to help my mum earn money again. That’s when I thought of selling our products online and in bazaars as Skinline Essentials, which later on became Hello Gorgeous.

Was running your own beauty business in your plans before all these?

I was 16 when I attended my first beauty convention in Hong Kong. The interest was there but I wasn’t that serious at that time. Since I was the only girl in the family, obviously, I would be the one to inherit everything. Still, my mom was really a big influence on me and as I grew up, I learned to love cosmetics, too.

How was your life prior to the creation of your beauty brand?

Before Hello Gorgeous, I was a Senior Account Manager at a marketing agency that my family owns. I handled big accounts and worked closely with my boss, who’s my uncle. He’s the one who trained me and groomed me to be an entrepreneur and be ready for Hello Gorgeous. Our family pushes everyone to be an entrepreneur. So when I was ready, I resigned and focused on building Hello Gorgeous. 

How did you prepare for the establishment of your brand? 

Aside from continuously attending annual seminars and conventions, I’m also currently enrolled in a Certificate Marketing Course. To be honest, I never expected that it’s going to grow like this. When I was starting Hello Gorgeous, we didn’t really push marketing that much yet. I am proud to say that the number of likes and followers across all our social media platforms grew organically and I wanted it to remain that way. Bloggers, celebrities, online magazines, and TV channels who wanted to feature us started messaging us and it all started there. But now, of course, there are a lot of other local cosmetics brands here and there so we have to be aggressive in marketing the brand. 

What made you move and rebrand from Skinline Essentials to Hello Gorgeous?

We’ve seen that the big chunk of our consumers are teens and young professionals. So from Skinline Essentials, we rebranded to Hello Gorgeous and offered trendsetting, easy-on-the-pocket, and eco-conscious cosmetics.

How do you keep up with the latest beauty trends?

I keep up by attending conventions in different countries. During these conventions, you learn what the next beauty trend for the following year will be. Also, your suppliers will help you develop your product based on what is trending in the market today.

Do you plan on producing other non-beauty-related products or delving into other types of businesses?

I’m actually back in the marketing agency where I worked before because it's my first love. Aside from that, my husband and I have a fleet of cars for a transport network vehicle system.

How do you manage your businesses and being a mum?

It’s all about time management and priorities. If you love what you are doing, everything will be easy. Work doesn’t feel like it’s work because you are passionate about what you do and you enjoy it! 

Share with us your five Clozette essentials. 

My Hello Gorgeous makeup kit, a big bag that could fit all my stuff (and my kids’ stuff), a pair of comfortable flat shoes, my phone, and my laptop are my life!

Can you give us a beauty advice?

Don’t skip your skin care routine. Always remove your make up before going to bed. Feed your skin with moisturiser. Lastly, lashes will always make you look pretty!

What's next for Hello Gorgeous?

We are focusing on our makeup line this last quarter of the year and we’re making Hello Gorgeous available nationwide and worldwide through our Beauty Bosses.

This interview was edited for brevity and clarity.

(Cover photo from: @mawysapuay)

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