We reveal the evening beauty secrets and top-rated products from your favourite belles and beaus in our series Before Bed!

The perfect skincare regimen for your complexion exists, it just takes a good deal of research and practice. However, if you find yourself in a constant loop of hits and misses, make things a tad bit easier for yourself by learning from skincare enthusiasts and specialists. Gone are the days of only dreaming of a flawless face as now we feature various personalities who seem to know the key to achieving their best skin.

This time, the belle of Tatler's Before Bed series is Marga Nograles of Kaayo Modern Mindanao. Join Marga and discover her skincare secrets, hacks, nightmares and tips:

What is your skin type?  

[My skin type is] dry and [I'm] super allergic to everything.

Who or what influenced your skincare routine? 

Growing up, I would see my mom in the bathroom putting all these creams and whatnot on her face every night. I guess I picked up from that. I wouldn’t say that I am a big skincare junkie but because of mom, I know that there is a need to take care of your skin.

How did you find a skincare routine that works for you?

Since I am allergic to so many things, there was a time when I didn’t put anything on my face. As I got older though, I felt the need to moisturise and make a little effort to take care of my skin. I remember asking my cousins—who are extra sensitive too—and most of them said that the Shiseido skincare line works for them. Luckily it worked for me too. But after years, [my skin] started reacting to it.  So I stopped again.

Just recently, BFF Manila introduced me to Dr Barbara Sturm Face Cream and 111Skin Hyaluronic Acid and it has been amazing for me. No breakouts and my skin feel refreshed, healthy and firm. I am able to use their masks too.

What is your evening skincare routine?

I actually have the simplest routine since I don’t like putting too much on my face. I just follow these three steps: cleanse, tone, hydrate or boost. I use a mild facial wash (Cetaphil, my forever favourite). Then, I apply a toner (I use different brands but Dr Shaye from Kamiseta Skin recommends that I try Paula’s Choice) then I wait a while. Lastly, I apply my skin serum (I alternate 111Skin with Paula’s Choice hyaluronic acid) that hydrates and also boosts my skin’s collagen. So the following day, I wake up feeling clean and hopefully looking fresh too!

What are your holy grail products?

I am so boring. I will say Cetaphil, VMV Armada Sunblock and Hyaluronic Acid (111Skin or Paula’s Choice).

What is a skincare hack you think we should know?  

Drink a lot of water!

Do you use facemasks?

I love the BFF Manila and Aivee face masks. I try to find time to use them maybe once a month? And they always make me happy.  

Do you have a beauty/skincare horror story?

Yes. There was a time when we would go to Japan a lot and I would hoard skincare products. I remember buying a whitening line. I used it for a month and oh my, I broke out so bad! And it didn’t happen right away. Pimples and rashes came out after maybe a week or two of using it? It was so strange. I was still living in Davao at that time and Dr Niel Oropesa had to take care of me. After that, I swore never to touch any whitening cream ever.

How often do you practise skin fasting (a break from skincare)?

I do that a lot. With my hectic lifestyle, I sometimes forget or I choose to just sleep right away. But I always make sure to wash my face and moisturize and hydrate.  

Are there any skincare rules you’ve broken that have done wonders to your skin?

None, maybe. But I also always have a small tube of Physiogel AI Cream in my bag for when I feel I am too dry or when my face gets itchy.