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wellness by Cindy Go

Found: 4 natural ingredients that fight acne

Here are some things to look out for to keep yourself from breaking out

For most of us, acne has gone from being a rite of passage to becoming the bane of our adult existence. And the bad news is it gets worse during summer. This is because heat is a good breeding ground for bacteria. And when combined with oil, sweat and dirt, that gets lodged into our pores, breakouts happen. While we usually reach for products that contain benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid to treat the problem, Sabs Dy-Liacco, founder and creator of Nekkid, makes a case for switching to natural remedies that work just as well. Below she lists down her go to ingredients.


From left: Nekkid Tea Tree Toner, P260/150ml; Nekkid ACNE-dote Treatment Gel, P280/50ml


“Contains unique disinfecting and soothing properties, tea tree is unlike other acne treatments that strips skin of its natural oils. According to researchers from Australia, where the plant is native to, a 5% solution works just as effective as benzoyl peroxide to stop pimples from causing further damage.”

“Although widely known as a sunburn remedy, aloe vera is actually one of the best botanical extracts that fight acne. Its goo contains aloin and aloesin, two anti-inflammatory compounds that experts suspect are responsible for its soothing effects and consequently helps prevent small blemishes from developing into mountainous zits.”


From left: Nekkid Activated Charcoal Cleanser, P390/150ml; Nekkid Thirsty Face Tomato and Aloe Face Serum, P410/50ml


“Possibly the most absorbent cosmetic ingredient available, activated charcoal has the ability to draw out toxins while gently exfoliating the skin. Best used on oily and acne prone skin types, it takes out impurities, heals pimples, and prevents further breakout with its antibacterial properties.”

“Filled with rich antioxidants, tomatoes help repair our cells while introducing lots of vitamin C and lycopene into our system. They are also naturally anti-inflammatory and can effectively dry up nasty pimples fast.”


Photographs by Renzo Navarro
Art Direction by Mags Ocampo


Cindy Go
Cindy Go
She is the Beauty and Wellness editor of TheNeighborhood.ph. She loves dogs.
style by Sam Potenciano

Time Travel to the ‘70s with This Vintage-Inspired Collection

Easy, effortless slips and swing dresses make up Facile’s latest ode to Parisienne chic.

Facile is a local line of uncomplicated, season-free staples that are meant to be easy like Sunday morning. Here we interview the ladies behind the brand on their latest collection.

Individually, could you describe your personal styles? Who or what are some of your major influences?

Rio Jorolan Enriquez: My style has always been a mix of feminine, masculine, and vintage elements, always accented by a pop of color, an interesting print, quirky shoes, or my go-to: bright red lips. I eschew looking too polished, too girly, too sexy, or too trendy, and instead choose basics that have a certain “quirky sophisticate” character to them.

Melissa Orozco: I like mixing things up. I don’t like confining my personal style. It’s more about keeping things comfortable. I’m drawn to prints, neutral palettes, and everything in between. I like the idea of juxtaposing, where you can pair a loud print with a muted one. Lately, I’ve been drawn to Japanese designs. I like their neutral palettes and baggy silhouettes—simple yet chic.

Did you have any specific points of reference when you were putting together this new collection?

Rio: Believe it or not, it was a vintage dress that I found in Paris two years ago that somehow shaped the direction of the new collection.

Melissa: A woman who has that nonchalant sense of style. She’ll wear a pair of sneakers with our dress and then slip on heels in the evening. Someone not so stiff in the way she dresses. The type of person who’d wear a messy bun but still look chic.   facile-2If you could imagine anyone (fictional or otherwise) that epitomizes the audience for this new collection, who would it be and why?

Rio: If I could time-travel, a French woman in the ‘70s would be the perfect girl for this collection. When I design, I definitely always have the Parisian woman in mind: Jane Birkin, Françoise Hardy, Emmanuelle Alt, Jeanne Damas, etc. If I think they wouldn’t wear it or it wouldn’t look good on the streets of Paris, then I think twice about proceeding.

Melissa: Françoise Hardy. She keeps things subtle. Her style is so easy and cool. I also noticed that she wears a lot of black and white just like our collection.

How do your new pieces fit into a Facile girl’s lifestyle? Do you imagine them worn more for everyday use or saved for special occasions?

Rio: Facile’s pieces are always designed to be fuss-free yet stylish additions to a girl’s current wardrobe. They are never loud, or gaudy, or trendy and can easily be adapted to the wearer’s personal style, whether she chooses to wear them to brunch, to a night out, on a date, or even to the park—whatever season she may find herself in.

Melissa: Like I said, it’s something you can wear with sneakers during the day and then dressed up with heels at night. It’s really about how things are paired and mixed together into a cohesive look.facile-3Facile has always been about easy silhouettes and subdued colorways. In what way has this aesthetic changed over the span of your last few collections?

Rio: This collection is a pared down yet quirkier, vintage-inspired version of the past collections.

Melissa: I think the change is really in adapting to the looks that people like while sticking to our style philosophy of easy pieces. It’s important for us to keep the brand relevant.

What is your favorite piece in the collection and how would you personally style it?

Rio: I love our Striped Slip because the shape is so easy yet the stripes give it that certain je ne sais quoi. I’ve been wearing it with sneakers, espadrilles, mid-heels, and just recently, a trench coat. It looks so good with a blazer too.

Melissa: My favorite would be the striped dress as well. White is perfect for the current season and the weather! Usually I wear a lot of black, so that’s the next best color for me. I’d definitely wear it with a pair of sneakers, simple earrings, and a necklace.

Photography by Ralph Mendoza (c/o Facile)

Sam Potenciano
Sam Potenciano
Sam is the digital editor of L’Officiel Manila. Formerly the founding editor of The Neighborhood and the editor-in-chief of Candy magazine, she is also a columnist for The Philippine Star's Young Star section. Follow her on Instagram at @sampotenciano.
style by Andrea Ang

On Individuality and Body Inclusivity with Sandy Cheeks

This local label’s summer collection proves that going to the beach and eating cheetos doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive.

The beachwear solution for bigger girls and older women has always been to cover them up in baggy bermudas and logo-ed out rashguards, but thankfully, with a new wave of swim brands, there are actually stylish options for the tropical girl—no matter her size or age.

Sandy Cheeks, for example, has always had a simple mission: to let a girl eat Cheetos and look good on the beach (usually the day after, sometimes at the same time). And with their latest collection, their suits now go up to a 2XL, in an effort to reach out to more women.

Let’s talk heroes. Who are yours?
ALEX: Without a doubt, my mom. I cannot begin to express how thankful I am to have such a strong, passionate, and God-fearing woman show me how it is to cope with every situation—always with a chin up. Hi, mom! I love you!
MAIKA: My heroes are the big dreamers and those who are not afraid to challenge the norm. I am inspired by women who are passionate, hard-working, and unafraid to make mistakes. I find women who wholeheartedly love themselves and are comfortable in their own skin strong and powerful. My mom is one of them.sandy cheeks 2What was that moment that you realized that your heroes had weakness—and how did that translate in how you design your suits? We’re talking swimwear, after all.
MAIKA: Our Sheroes, no matter how confident they are, still have their vulnerable moments. In spite of their confidence, they still want to make sure that they look their best, whatever situation they are in. These women have all sorts of secrets and there may be days when they are poised to share them, but we also found out that sometimes, they would rather just keep it to themselves. This is why we designed our suits with sleeves, wrap around ties, and even a mini dress to conceal what they want to conceal but at the same time still bring out the powerful woman in them.
ALEX: As my mom would always put it, no one is perfect and we must all strive to embrace those imperfections. In this sense, this may have somehow translated into the designs of our suits: to love the skin we’re in!

I feel that your suits are very inclusive, considering how sensitive your designs and lookbook are to different body types and ages. What does inclusiveness mean for you? Does this mean we’re going to see a full plus size line from Sandy Cheeks anytime soon?
MAIKA: Inclusiveness for me is when everyone gets a slice from the same cake. We would like to believe that the Sandy Cheeks cake caters to all types of women. Truth be told, our last collection was meant to be a plus size line but we’ve decided to zoom out and try to hit two birds with one stone.  But still, who knows? Maybe our next line would surprise you.
ALEX: Inclusiveness is celebrating the individuality of all women. It is finding beauty in diversity. sandy cheeks 4How about the two of you? Were any of the suits created specifically for either of you?
MAIKA: Alex and I were in constant search for swimwear that doesn’t require cramming a workout a week before our beach trip. Imagine having to sift through your friends camera rolls approving and filtering photos one by one or even the struggle of having to suck it in when you walk around! You’re on vacation and the last thing you would want to feel is self-conscious in any way. We didn’t want to deal with that unnecessary stress. We needed pieces that are not only photogenic, but are also carefully crafted to hide our non-existent abs. In short, we wanted to make swimsuits that would make women feel secure, confident, and excited to go to the beach with 0 worries in the back of their heads.

You’ve had Andi Eigenmann, Bela Padilla, Carla Humphries, and Tessa Prieto Valdes for your lookbooks. How do you pick your Sandy Cheeks women?
ALEX: Maika and I have been so lucky to be able to work with these women who embody femininity and strength of character. That’s what Sandy Cheeks is all about!
MAIKA: Sandy Cheeks women have to be strong, sassy and bold. Andi, Bela, Carla and Tessa are women of character. They are powerful and endearing just by simply being themselves. We’re so blessed to have these wonderful ladies on board with us. They bring our brand to life!

Andrea Ang
Andrea has an extensive list of interests—including food, urban planning, art, literature, data science–—some of which she uses as a source of income. Formerly the Digital Editor of L’Officiel Manila and Digital Director of Rogue Media, her work—whether visual, written, or in between—appears in various publications.
style by NBHD

Old Navy’s Colored Denim Gets Our Summer Approval

Add a little color to your daily routine with the brand’s latest line of ankle-cut skinnies.

The closer it gets to summer, the more tempting it might seem to forego the idea of pants entirely—but Old Navy is making a case for below-the-knee wear with their latest range of colored, ankle-cut denim.old navy 3Long favored as the go-to brand for trend-conscious but functional wear, their newest line of colorful jeans was made to be a part of your summer staples. The skinny-fit Rockstar, with its universally flattering cut and hints of fraying, add just the right hint of color to your daily look. Other highlights are the stretchy, mid-rise Pixie, which comes in soft, spring-approved washes; while the more relaxed Harper is casual-dressy enough to wear from day to night.

old navy 2Round out your look with the rest of the brands summer collection, which includes everything from pastel half moon purses and saddle bags to vintage-inspired pullovers and pointy toe lace-ups.

Art by Mags Ocampo

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