One trip to the supermarket, drugstores, and beauty stores will reveal to you the Filipinos’ obsession with looking great. In fact, so many of us are quite addicted to Korean dramas primarily because of how good-looking the actors are, their glass skin complexion always a point of reference. But will you be surprised to know that there are still a large number of Filipinos unwilling to commit to a skincare routine?
Forget the ever-popular 10-step Korean routine that is all the rage now, Filipinos can’t even be bothered to commit to a three-step skincare regime. For many, a simple face wash from COSRX is enough to get by. Some will include a toner, while fewer commits to applying moisturizer. So how come there’s a disconnect between the Filipinos’ dream of looking like their favorite Korean actors and actually following a strict skincare process?
A Lack of Fast Results
Filipinos want to look good, and they are willing to try out a skincare routine, but only if it can promise them fast results. That’s why they spend so much on products that promise to lighten their skin tone in a week. This is the same reason diet fads are so popular in the country. Anything that promises fast and easy results will get support.
But once they realize that there is no fast way to healthy and young-looking skin, they abandon the skincare routine. Along the way, they might try another one again. But for the time being, their hectic schedules can’t accommodate a five-step or a 10-step routine.
Imagine following a 10-step skincare routine to achieve young-looking skin? Wouldn’t that be burdensome for many? After working for eight hours and commuting for two hours, you are supposed to follow a 10-step process? That doesn’t cut it for many Filipinos who try to squeeze in as much as they can in a 24-hour window. They simply don’t have the time for a step-by-step routine. By the time they arrive home from work, all they want is to grab a quick dinner, splash their face with water, and go to sleep or watch TV.
High Price Points
Another reason Filipinos can’t truly commit to a skincare regimen is the high price points. Most top skincare products are priced twice the minimum wage in Manila, the country’s capital. So how can you expect Filipinos to spend that much on skincare products when 16.6% live below the poverty line and others are barely getting by?
They can make a one-time investment into a complete line of skincare products. But after they finish it up, they’ll think twice about spending that much again for their skincare. That’s not a sustainable way of committing to a skincare routine.
But dermatologists believe that it’s never too late to start a skin care regimen. Even if you’re already in your 40s, every day is the best day to start taking care of your skin more. And you don’t necessarily have to use expensive products. You can surely find affordable products that will fit your skin type, lifestyle, and budget.