(SPOT.ph) We all have our skincare rituals and habits. While some prefer their own DIY facials, others prefer a quick visit to the dermatologist. Some routines might stop at moisturizers, but others need their holy grail makeup products to start the day. So whether you’ve already got tons of skincare stuff or if you’re just starting to build up your arsenal, we’ve rounded up 10 tried-and-tested items that every beauty junkie should have.
Clean It Zero (P890) from Banila Co.
This best-selling makeup remover is perfect for the lazy girl on the go. You might already be too tired to remove your makeup at the end of the day, but this no-fuss product dissolves all your makeup in just a few seconds—yes, even your waterproof eyeliner! It's in balm-like form when you scoop it out with the handy spatula that comes with the package. But once you apply it on your face, it turns into an oil that leaves your face clean and super-soft. You don’t need a lot of product, either, so one jar is sure to last you a long time.
Indian Healing Clay (P495) from Aztec Secret
Say goodbye to your acne because this clay mask has got you covered. You might be surprised to find a completely powdered form of the natural calcium bentonite clay when you open the huge, one-pound tub. That’s because you still have to mix it in with either water or apple cider vinegar, which is known to help remove dead skin. But creating the mixture is more than worth it when you get a face clear of any impurities like blackheads and zits. You’ll even feel your face pulsate as the mask dries and tightens your skin.
Available at Healthy Options
Volcanic Clay Mask (P771.72) from Innisfree
There’s a lot that this gray clay mask can do. It exfoliates, makes your pores appear smaller, brightens up your skin, and controls sebum a.k.a the stuff that makes your skin oily and causes acne. As the cooling effect sets in, you’ll also notice your face feeling softer and smoother because of the Jeju volcanic clay capsules mixed into the formula that refreshes the skin.
Midnight Recovery Concentrate (P2,895) from Kiehl’s
Fun fact: Your skin repairs itself at night while you sleep. This serum aids in that process and replenishes your skin by giving it proper hydration and making it look healthier. After washing your face, all you have to do is use two to three drops and apply it evenly on your skin. The ingredients, which include evening primrose oil and lavender oil, keep your skin moisturized and help you achieve an even skin tone. Reach for this the next time you only have two hours of sleep and you want to look like you’ve had eight.
Glow Tonic (P390/15 ml, P990/100 ml, p1690/250 ml) from Pixi
Look no further if you want something deep-cleaning. After you’ve removed your makeup and washed your face, this toner gently exfoliates, removing all the dead skin cells while giving your skin a healthy glow. In addition to removing the gunk you might have missed, this formula also improves circulation with ginseng and hydrates with aloe vera. It’s alcohol-free and it has natural ingredients like witch hazel, that makes it safe for sensitive skin.
Available at beauty counters at SM Makati, SM MOA, Watsons at the Block, Watsons at SM Aura, and Landmark Festival
Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ (P1,900) from Clinique
This dermatologist-developed facial moisturizer is said to have the same deep silky texture and quick penetration formula as the original, with the addition of a new strengthening complex and all-day hydration. You don’t have to keep reapplying every few hours because this holy grail drastically improves the skin’s natural moisture barrier, making sure that the moisture stays and lasts all day. Your dry skin has finally met its match!
UV Watery Essence (P445) from Bioré
The number one rule of skincare
Available at Watsons
Sunflower Beauty Oil (P174.75) from Human Nature
There’s no need to look far and wide for a life-changer when this miracle-in-a-bottle is made right in our backyard. This amazing oil has not just one, not just two—but 23 uses. You can use it to get rid of those dark undereye circles (and the layers of concealer), add some shine to your hair, moisturize dry areas around your body, and even remove your makeup.
Water Sleeping Mask (P1,400) from Laneige
This is perfect for those who can’t be bothered to wait out their skincare routine and check the time every few minutes because all you have to do is put it on and—get this: Go to sleep. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed with your skin as hydrated as it can be. Those with oily skin are afraid of moisturizing too much (because you really don’t want to look like a greaseball before the day has even started), but this mask uses a formula that will make you leave your worries behind. It’s a gel so it won’t clog your pores. Instead, it’s absorbed by your skin and its MoistureWrap™ technology will lock in the ingredients.
AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner (P657) from CosRX
CosRX is known for their super-effective pimple patches so it comes as no surprise that the rest of their line is also a blessing for the acne-prone. This toner gets rid of the flakes and dullness that happens when you have parched skin. But at the same time, it also works against excess oil and sebum, making sure that no zits pop up on your newly nourished skin.
Available at BeautyMNL