Calm. As the week draws to a close, try these self‑care suggestions to soothe your wretched soul.




Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD has been getting a lot of attention lately. In the heartwarming comedy Netflix series Atypical, Keir Gilchrist plays Sam Gardner, an 18‑year‑old boy on the autism spectrum who decides that it is time to start dating. The show brings to life the range of conditions that afflict those with ASD like their challenges with social skills (he takes everything literally) and obsessions (he has a consuming interest in the Antartica), among many others. Granted, there are some flaws that critics and people with ASD have pointed out, but it’s a step in the right direction to make more neurotypicals (people not displaying autistic or neurologically atypical patterns of thought) aware of the disorder.

While you watch Atypical, which is still available on Netflix, you may also want to slather on some do‑good face cream. American cosmetics brand retailer Kiehl’s recently launched their own PSA for autism awareness: the Kiehl’s Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream which will benefit the Autism Speaks Foundation, a global organization dedicated to promoting solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

The packaging was designed by Matthew McConaughey, and it features puzzle pieces, bicycles, and planes in vibrant colors. Meanwhile, the cream is ligh‑textured and leaves the skin well‑balanced. Interestingly, one of its main ingredients is Antarcticine, a glycoprotein sourced from Antartica. Sam Gardner would probably use this.

Kiehl’s X Autism Speaks Limited Edition Facial Cream costs ₱3,350 for 125ml. The regular product costs ₱1,575 for 50ml. You get 18% in savings per ml of the limited edition product. Visit Kiehl’s stores at Greenbelt 5, SM Mall of Asia, Alabang Town Center, TriNoma, Powerplant Mall, Shangri-La, SM Aura, Ayala Center Cebu, SM City North EDSA, SM Megamall and SM Makati.



Coco Chanel is credited for the quote, “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” The same applies with men. Quaint barber shops have mushroomed in the past two years, giving men new and refreshing options for their hair‑dos. Among the most popular barber shops in the metro at present is Talas Manileño owned by actor Jericho Rosales. Launched in April 2015 at Cubao Expo in Quezon City, this barber shop lives up to its name by giving its customers a sharper look. A classic tapper haircut called “Tasa” that comes with shampoo and pomade styling can be availed for ₱ 280. “Manileño” cut, the barber shop’s most popular offering, can be availed for ₱450 and also comes with shampoo, scalp massage, and craft beer or brewed coffee.



Nothing accompanies melancholy better like electric notes pouring like a gentle force and washing away the day’s gloom. BuwanBuwan Collective’s thisbeing_’s cosmic EP entitled “soft hands” is a mix of romance (in the dreaming sense) and relaxation. Its descriptive says: “Rarely do we notice the spaces, pauses, and details that augment them: the tilt of the head, a breathless simper, a strain on an eyebrow, a sudden downpour, a steady stream of water in the background, or a bird cawing in the sky. BuwanBuwan’s thisbeing_ sharpens these cinematic dimensions with soft hands.”

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