10 Skincare Favorites That Are Worth the Splurge

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(SPOT.ph) While we all love a good dupe, some skincare picks are worth saving up for. Whether you're after a flawless makeup look or you want your skin to reap long-term benefits, it's time to make room for these products. Here are 10 no-fail, bang-for-your-buck skincare items to invest in.

Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment (P5,660) from Sunday Riley

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Even if you don’t have perfect skin, this serum-like all-in-one formula from Sunday Riley will make it seem like you do. The product's claim to fame is that you can get results in three minutes so you can look radiant in an instant. Besides exfoliating the surface of your skin for a brighter and smoother complexion, this treatment instantly makes it more plump, making any wrinkles and fine lines less emphasized. 

Ceramidin Cream (P3,250) from Dr. Jart+

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Moisturizing is important whether your skin is dry or oily, and this cream from Dr. Jart+ is a no-fail option for all skin types. It works double duty in hydrating your skin and in improving your natural skin barrier. This will have your skin retaining more moisture over time, while keeping oiliness at bay, which results in skin that’s less prone to damage and irritation.

UpLift Facial Massaging Beauty Roller (P3,800) from Nurse Jaime

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Even before jade rollers trended, skincare experts were already using face rollers to reduce puffiness and inflammation as well as to smooth out fine lines and improve blood circulation. This roller from Nurse Jaime has 24 massaging stones on it to energize and firm up your skin. Use it in the morning to look instantly more refreshed. Plus, it's a one-time purchase you can keep for a long time.

Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate (P4,200) from Niod


This serum from Niod, made just for the lips, improves not only the texture of your pucker, but the color, too. Take note: The product doesn’t make use of dye or pigment; it just naturally gives your lips a rosier hue over time. It'll save you from having to wear lipstick every day and make your no-makeup makeup days even easier.

Facial Ionic Steamer (P6,499) from Panasonic

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Clear out clogged pores (and throw a solo sparty!) with this facial steamer from Panasonic. This simple at-home treatment will not only remove dirt build-up on your face, it also promises to dislodge blackheads and promote blood circulation for a clear and rosy complexion. Plus, it’s a one-time-big-time spend that’ll save you from having to splurge on spa treatments every few weeks.

Pitera Welcome Kit (P4,290) from SK-II


If you’re taking your first step into skincare investment, try this kit from SK-II. It comes with a toner, essence, and cream—that way, you can get the full benefit of three complementary products without having to spend too much too soon. The products work together to clear away impurities, reduce blemishes, improve skin elasticity, and make skin smoother and more hydrated, leaving you with a refreshed and healthy complexion.

Midnight Recovery Eye (P2,435) from Kiehl's

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If there's one part of your face that'll keep changing as the years (or maybe even weeks) go by, it's your undereye area. So hide your stress—or your age—with this eye cream from Kiehl's that promises fresher-looking eyes by morning. It's infused with essential oils and botanicals that target dark circles, fine lines, and puffiness. It also has a gentle, fragrance-free formula won't irritate the delicate skin around your peepers.


Double Serum (P4,750) from Clarins

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A serum is a great long-term skincare investment (it can penetrate deep into the skin and leave lasting results—think of it like vitamins for your skin) so it's best to pick one that’ll give you tons of benefits. This one from Clarins claims to improve hydration, provide nutrients, and promote skin regeneration for an overall anti-aging effect to help you maintain that youthful glow-from-within as the years go by.

Glycolic Solutions Toner (P2,350) from Peter Thomas Roth

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A good toner is essential for helping all the products that come after it work even better. This one from Peter Thomas Roth contains glycolic acid that'll gently exfoliate the outermost layer of your skin, allowing your serums, treatments, and moisturizers to really sink in and work their magic. Combined with witch hazel and aloe vera, it also helps to brighten your complexion and fight fine lines, wrinkles, and pores for an overall radiance.

Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil (P2,360/15ml; P4,245/30ml) from Drunk Elephant

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Marula oil is known for effectively adding extra moisture to the skin as well as for treating acne, soothing irritation, and lightening scars and dark spots. The ultra-absorbent formula of this facial oil from Drunk Elephant will work for all skin types and leave your skin feeling smooth and pampered without a greasy residue. The formula is free from chemicals and fragrances so even those with sensitive skin can try it out—it isn’t a cult favorite for nothing!


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