We’re just going to say it: skincare-wise, Asia is where it’s at. Gone are the days when Western brands ruled the shelves. For this generation of pelt protectors, it’s all about the Orient. You might have noticed the speed at which Korean and Japanese products have garnered a major cult following—and it all boils down to ingredients.
Asian skincare leaves no room for fluff because their formulas are backed by scientific research and perfected to a T. In other words, the hype is real. To snag that coveted porcelain glow, amp up your routine with these 7 tried-and-true faves.
1. COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Toner, P657 This exfoliating toner is a Holy Grail find we refuse to live without. Its natural AHA and BHA components clear away dead skin cells and prevent blackheads—a must-have for luminous, even-toned skin. Shop it here.
2. Banila Co. Ms. Flower & Mr. Honey, P2,300 Made with 42% honey extract, this luxurious night cream is a godsend for parched pelts. It plumps up skin with an intense surge of moisture and leaves your complexion firmer, brighter, and more bouncy. Since the consistency is so rich, it can even double as a sleeping pack! Shop it here.
3. It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VC Effector, P599 If you have yet to incorporate Vitamin C into your routine, we advise you to start ASAP. This bestselling serum boosts a glow like no other by lightening pigmentation, refining texture, and prepping the face to fully absorb your other skincare. Shop it here.
4. Innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mask, P800 A classic customer fave, this award-winning mask sucks the grime straight out of your pores. Its Jeju volcanic clay content effectively absorbs sebum, dirt, and other impurities—leaving your skin scrubbed from the inside out. Shop it here.
5. Bioré UV Watery Essence SPF50+ PA++++, P420 When it comes to sun protection, this cooling water-based gem is the formula to beat. Its lightweight consistency leaves no greasy residue even under heat and, most importantly, zero white cast. Have we mentioned the whopping SPF50 built into it? Shop it here.
6. Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream, P550 Asian skincare is all about experimenting, and through our experiments, we’ve found one wacky ingredient nobody should be skipping: snail mucin. This magic-working formula is proven to combat signs of aging and damage. Then, presto, change-o: your skin goes back to its healthiest, most elastic state. Shop it here.
7. Missha Time Revolution Essence, P2,700 Ever heard the saying “great skin needs no makeup?” Well, this miracle concentrate will transform your complexion into bare-faced perfection. Made with 80% fermented yeast, the OG essence does everything from smoothing out fine lines and minimizing pores to correcting skin discoloration. (Fun fact: it’s also a well-known dupe for SK-II’s world-famous Facial Treatment Essence!) Shop it here.
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