At this point, none of us are strangers to the 10-step skincare routine. What started out as a Korean-trend-turned-global-phenomenon has now become a crucial part of our everyday habits! And we’ll be the first to admit it: the lifestyle doesn’t always come cheap. But with a little savvy research, we were able to devise a regimen that’s equally affordable as it is effective. See our recos below for a full 10-step routine for just under P3,000—total!

STEP 1: OIL CLEANSER

TRY: Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil, P175

First thing’s first: double-cleanse! To truly remove all traces of dirt, start with a silky oil cleanser. While many formulas are made specifically for makeup removal, a simple all-natural oil like this one will do, too! It works just the same and lifts away makeup, grime, and other stubborn impurities—including the ones plain ‘ol water can’t wash away. Rich in essential fatty acids, it also keeps your skin thoroughly hydrated at the same time.

HOW TO USE: Simply apply a few pumps in your hands and massage it over your face in upward, circular motions. Once all your makeup has been dislodged, rinse with lukewarm water or gently wipe with a damp, warm towel.

NOTE: Don’t worry about cleaning everything off during this step! Any remaining oiliness will be washed away during the 2nd step of your double-cleansing process.

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STEP 2: WATER-BASED CLEANSER

TRY: DewyTree Phyto Therapy Blueberry Foam, now on sale at P209 (limited time only)

Next, wash with a water-based cleanser to remove any remaining impurities or residue. Made with antioxidant-rich blueberry extract, this gentle foam flushes away dirt and fights free radical damage. Plus, it lathers into a unique whipped texture that’s extra satisfying. Best for dull skin types!

HOW TO USE: Apply a bit of the foam on your face and spread the formula until it creates a rich lather. Rinse off with water and bid the germs goodbye!

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STEP 3: EXFOLIANT

TRY: Swan Rectangular Konjac Sponge, P120

Exfoliation is the key to smoother, glowing, supremely clean skin. Fortunately, you don’t necessarily have to buy a whole other formula for that. Instead, try an exfoliating tool you can use during cleansing! We recommend a konjac sponge for gentle everyday use. Made from vegetable root, this textured sponge buffs away dead skin cells without feeling too abrasive.

HOW TO USE: Soak the dry sponge in warm or hot water for about 5 minutes or until it softens and expands. Once ready, squeeze out the excess water and gently rub it over your face in circular motions. Make sure to replace the sponge every 4-6 weeks for hygiene purposes!

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STEP 4: TONER

TRY: Skin Genie Apple Cider Vinegar Toner, P250

Once you’ve fully cleansed, restore balance and refine the skin with a toner. This local fave is infused with apple cider vinegar, Russian vodka, witch hazel, and tea tree extract. Combined, they make for a potent anti-acne formula that fights breakouts, boosts clarity, and controls excess oil. What more could you want?

HOW TO USE: Put a small amount of the toner on a cotton pad. Sweep the pad all over your face and neck in upward, circular motions. Then, gently pat until fully absorbed.

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STEP 5: ESSENCE

TRY: Esfolio Coconut Vital Essence, now on sale at P322 (limited time only)

If there’s anything we’ve learned, it’s that layering moisture is key! Usually, that begins with an essence, which provides your skin with the first layer of hydration and nourishment. This coconut-rich blend improves the skin on a cellular level using hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. It keeps your skin hydrated, bright, and ageless.

HOW TO USE: After toning, gently pat a small amount of product onto your skin. Use light tapping motions to help with absorption.

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STEP 6: SERUM OR TREATMENT

TRY: Skinpotions Tomato Serum, P295

More often than not, serums are the most potent products in your routine. They’re specially formulated to deliver a high dose of active ingredients that usually focus on one specific problem. But for all-around enhancement, try this tomato-infused elixir! It contains natural ingredients and antioxidants that minimize the appearance of pores, reduce inflammation, heal acne, and even relieve sunburn.

HOW TO USE: Apply a thin layer of serum on your face and gently pat until fully absorbed.

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STEP 7: MOISTURIZER

TRY: Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel, P295

Moisturizer is a skincare must that even our lolas can attest to. Nature Republic’s Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel is enriched with vitamins C, vitamin E, and other minerals that protect even the most sensitive skin. Daily use can reduce the chances of skin problems, help your skin stay young, and soothe dry and irritated skin.

HOW TO USE: Dab a bit of the soothing gel to your face and spread evenly. You may also opt to use this as a mask or sleeping pack.

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STEP 8: EYE CREAM

TRY: 3W Snail Eye Cream, now on sale at P262 (limited time only)

Want to keep crow’s feet at bay? Never skip eye cream. The Snail Eye Cream from 3W is especially formulated to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It is formulated with snail secretion filtrate which boosts elasticity and lavender flower extract that provides a soothing effect.

HOW TO USE: After moisturizing, take a small amount of the product on your fingertips and gently pat onto the delicate eye area.

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STEP 9: SLEEPING PACK

TRY: Hello Gorgeous Sleeping Gel Mask, P300

To complete your regimen, seal in all the layers of goodness you just applied with an occlusive sleeping mask. This local tub is formulated with niacinamide, snail enzyme, and hyaluronic acid that repairs, tightens, brightens, and hydrates skin. It also has a super lightweight formula that practically melts into the skin.

HOW TO USE: Apply a thin layer over your face just before sleeping and let this product work its magic overnight!

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STEP 10: SUNBLOCK

TRY: Face Republic Sun Gel SPF50+, P195

If it’s day time, skip the previous step and end your routine with a layer of SPF instead. This Korean sun cream has a lightweight gel formula that is easily absorbed by the skin. It protects from harmful UVA and UVB rays, hydrates, and provides a cooling effect with its eucalyptus leaf extract.

HOW TO USE: Simply apply a generous amount on your face, concentrating on the high points. This product is so gently, you can use it under makeup!

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