When our skin is less than perfect, most of us tend to blame either bacteria, hormones, or a bad product reaction. But the truth? More often than not, a damaged moisture barrier is the real culprit. As your skin’s first line of defense, your moisture barrier is exposed to tons of potentially damaging factors: harsh weather, mismatched beauty products, over-exfoliation, and even an unbalanced diet, to name a few. Once that layer is damaged, it’s basically a catalyst for a whole host of skin problems. The only way to reverse it? Rebuild the barrier by feeding your skin with ample amounts of penetrative moisture—starting with these 4 hydrating heroes.

Created by K-beauty giant Banila Co., these moisturizing faves contain fast-working ingredients that protect, replenish, and repair with consistent use. Scroll to see!

1. Soothing Barrier Cream, P950 The product name alone speaks for itself. Especially formulated with sensitive skin in mind, this rich cream features nutrient-dense ingredients such as cinnamon, green beans, and oregano. Combined, they create a soothing antibacterial blend that acts as a makeshift barrier for irritable skin. Not only does it add another layer of protection, it also replenishes your natural barrier by locking in moisture at the same time. Talk about double-duty!

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2. Hydration Sheet Mask, P130 If you’ve got a little extra time to spare, supplementing your routine with a sheet mask is always a welcome boost. This one is made with concentrated moisture essence to deliver instant yet intensive hydration. By providing the skin with an extra charge of moisture, it restores balance and vitality to fatigued complexions. (Plus, sheet masks are the one indulgence you don’t have to feel guilty for.)

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3. Balancing Moisturizer, P950 It’s rare to find a moisturizer that’s both deeply nourishing and lightweight. Luckily, this hydrating formula is an exception! Made with lotus flower water, it instantly seeps into the skin to seal in moisture, maintain proper oil-water balance, and even promote better makeup application. A bit of product goes a long way, too, so you won’t even feel like you put anything on!

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4. Hydration Boosting Cream, P1,295 For long-lasting moisture, this 3-step cream is our remedy of choice. It’s infused with mint, basil, and neam leaf extracts that both lock in moisture and protect the skin from external elements—such as pollution and harsh weather. A certified customer-fave, it’s proven to make skin dewier, plumper, and brighter. To quote one happy reviewer, this moisturizer leaves the skin “very hydrated throughout the ENTIRE day”. Need we say more?

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