How Miko Calo Takes Heat in the Kitchen
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Curating your skincare routine is a lot like cooking. Just like there are thousands of recipes for a particular dish, there are also thousands of combinations of products and formulations to produce the same results.
Miko Calo is the co-founder and head chef of the Philippine-based, French bistro, Metronome. She speaks to us about her challenges within the food and beverage industry and her go-to ingredients in skincare.
Miko's Skin Profile
Skin Type: Dry
Q: What's it like being a chef in the Philippines? What are the challenges you face?
Miko: Being a chef during these past 2 years was both difficult and inspiring at the same time. It’s been a challenge to keep the business afloat and stay relevant as well. It's inspiring because a sense of community was fostered within the industry.
Q: Was there a specific moment in your life that made you fall in love with cooking?
Miko: There's no specific moment... but I fall in love with cooking every time I see people thoroughly enjoy the food I made, or seeing and hearing our guests enjoy themselves at Metronome.
Q: What advice would you give someone starting in the industry?
Miko: Find a good mentor, work hard, and ask questions.
Q: Do you have a pre and post self-care routine?
Miko: Work out regularly, drink lots of water, moisturize and wear SPF, wash your face and moisturize before sleeping.
Q: Are there specific claims or ingredients you look for in skincare products when you make your purchases?
Miko: I like beauty oils, Vitamin C, and retinol. I also use a daily moisturizer, and my sunblock must have SPF broad-spectrum.
Miko Calo's Ready-for-the-Heat Edit
Alder New York Fortifying Face Oil
A quick-penetrating face oil formulated to smooth, firm, and tone sagging skin.
Laneige Radian-C Cream
A vitamin-packed moisturizer that brightens the skin from the core with the power of Vitamin C.
Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Gel
A water-based sunscreen suitable for everyday use because of its light texture and smoothening effects.
Faace Tired Mask
A lightweight gel mask that transforms tired skin into glossy and glowing skin (no sleep required).