I spent fathers’ day weekend at my parents’ house. (I discovered that my dad is growing a liking for cheap tetrapak-ed red wine. To be fair, the variant I tried is unbelievably good.)

Coming home from my parents’ house inspired me to write about beauty-related stuff I learned from my dad. Ironically, he doesn’t practice them, except for the last one. Here they are:

He inadvertently taught me that I should use a moisturizer.

My dad is very fond of her little sister. She’s based in the US now and we don’t see her very often. My dad made sure we get to know our aunt by telling stories and stuff about her.

He told me that my aunt is simple. She doesn’t wear too much makeup, and for skin care, she only uses Oil of Olay. During that time, I was in high school and I didn’t know what in the world Oil of Olay is. It didn’t take me long to find out that it’s a facial moisturizer. That, I think, is why I have a moisturizer addiction today.

Stumbled upon a photo of an old Olay packaging.
Source: Makeup That Doesn’t Suck

He taught me how to dry my hair using the electric fan. It’s my dad who taught me how to dry my hair using an electric fan in 3 easy instructions:

1. Put the fan on steady.

2. Bow in front of the fan and get all your hair up and over the head.

3. Finger comb your hair ‘til it gets completely dry.

When you’re 7, finding out how to dry hair on your own is very much like knowing how to tie your own shoe laces. I’m one of those kids who were raised not having their hair done for them, so it’s a big deal for me. Until today, I dry my hair the same way, except when I need to dry it faster using a blow dryer which is seldom.

He taught me how to develop my personal style (actually, it’s more like: “I learned how to be comfortable with who I am and not feel like there’s something wrong with me because I prefer boring clothes”).

My mom used to choose my clothes for me and I usually don’t like what she picks out. Don’t get me wrong, my mom meant well and the clothes buys for me are always trendy and age-appropriate, I just didn’t like them.

When I was in high school, my mom and I got into a fight because she wanted me to wear something I didn’t want to. My dad stepped up to referee. I regret fighting with my mom just because of clothes but I’m thankful that my dad talked her into letting me wear what I’m comfortable wearing.

Sometimes I wish I can become more stylish like her, but I’m not and I’ve accepted that. My brain just doesn’t process sartorial information very well. Whenever I shop, I don’t remember to consider how a piece of clothing will go along with the rest of the clothes in my closet. So, if you see me somewhere, expect that I won’t be trotting in a trend-setting ensemble. You’ll probably see me wearing just a shirt, jeans, and any flat footwear. If I’m coming from work, I’ll probably be wearing something very classic and/ or safe.

Anyway, Happy Belated Fathers’ Day Dad! I know this post is 2 days late but I greeted you last Sunday in person, so that should make up for it. :P


Hi, I’m Rae and I am a scatterbrain. I am in my 30s and I write in this blog from the Philippines. I spend a tiny portion of my time de-stressing with makeup and skin care. Email: scatterbraintures@gmail.com | Instagram: @scatterbraintures


  1. im imagining the flow of your conversation with your dad! hihi!

  2. Thanks! I also received your email! Salamat sa extra effort. :)

    Ok I'll try Olay. Ung Neutrogena, hintay nlng ako sa review mo if ever you'll review it.

  3. WOW! my dad moisturizes with avocado!!! I didn't wanna do that…

  4. Argee (herroyalbleakness), most guys are like that noh? They appreciate inert beauty more than we girls do. Haha.

  5. Vivi, I do that too–read or surf the internet while drying my hair :D

  6. Wonderfully written, Rae. If there's anything beauty-related that my dad taught me, it's those inert beauty thing. More like your lesson #3 in this post.

    I argued with myself if papa told me about moisturizers, but he didn't. Nope, not him. If there's one, siguro it's cutting my nails religiously. He's OC with nails that way :)

  7. Glad that you were inspired to write about your Dad, too. :)

    I dry my hair in the same way! I duck in front of the fan and read a book while drying my hair. Takes much longer but at least I can do 2 things at the same time.

  8. Mish, that for me ang pinaka-weird sa lahat ng tinuro sakin ng tatay ko. Kasi men usually never have long hair, and they usually don't pay attention to the behind-the-scenes of how we groom ourselves. :P

  9. Hahaha. Kaaliw naman yun Kath. Pero effective lang yun kung namana mo yung genes ng dad mo sa 'skin department'

  10. >> Banannie, true! Nakakatuwa nga e. Even my fiance's dad, ganun din. Kapag umuuwi ako na di ko dala yung mga abubots ko, tinatanong nya ako, “Diba dati, may mga dala kang pinapahid? Gumamit ka nun ulit.”

    Haha, inisip ko tuloy yung pumangit na ako.

  11. ileOdarod, one that I really liked and is totally not expensive is Olay Age Protect. I apply this at night and I always wake up to non-greasy face. The small 19g. tube is only Php 12o+

    Sa morning, something with SPF. Right now I'm using Neutrogena Hydro Boost Sunblock. I don't have much to say about it yet coz I just started using it.

  12. That's so sweet that you were able to pick up on these things from your dad. They are great tips too. You should always dress in a way that makes you comfortable, regardless of whether it's on trend or not. :)

    Anna @ FEED ME NANA xoxo

  13. Happy father's day to your dad! You mentioned you have an addiction to moisturizer. Would you recommend a good one that's not too expensive that also has anti-aging properties? I'm currently using Myra E but I want to try another brand.

  14. ..alam mo, while I was in Riyadh a couple of months back, tinuturuan din ako ng daddy ko about skin care! I'm expecting that from my mom, pero si daddy ko talaga nangungulit sakin! haha!

    Happy Fathers' Day to all the Daddys! :)

  15. My dad din taught me and my sisters how to dry our hair properly! He'd even do it himself. Ang hahaba kasi ng buhok namin before tapos nababasa yung likod ng uniform, eh baka daw magkasakit. :)

  16. Belated Happy Father's day! Galing naman ng dad mo. Actually my dad is somehow like that din pero hindi ko sinusunod. It's about sa acne naman before. Sabi nya wag ko daw pansinin, wag daw ako lagi magwash ng face and if I want, use perla. Evident naman sa skin ng father ko, no pimples eversince.

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