We all know the pain of seeing our beauty staples suddenly out of stock, but sometimes, it’s simply inevitable. Products don’t come in infinite amounts, after all. So, what do you do when you can’t catch a break? Easy: go for the next best thing! Below, we round up the 12 best alternatives to some of our most sought-after (and often sold-out) skincare items.

We can’t promise they’ll fill the void completely—but they will keep your routine on track while you’re glaring at the waitlist button. Hurry before they sell out, too!

If you’re looking for the Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, try…

1. Huxley Be Clean Be Moist Cleansing Gel, P1,300
Most of us can’t live without the COSRX gel, but when it’s hard to come by, we look no further than the Huxley Cleansing Gel. They’re basically product twins! It features a similar pH level of 5.5. Formulated with sahara prickly pear pactus extract, centella asiatica, and willow bark extract, it delivers the same calming, anti-inflammatory benefits. Great for all skin types, too!

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2. In Her Element Low pH Rose Gel Cleanser, P675
Thinking of going local? In Her Element’s Rose Gel Cleanser is a great sub for its Korean counterpart. Both contain natural active ingredients, tone down inflammation, and feature low pH levels of 5.5 to 6. While this doesn’t come with that tea tree scent you’ve come to love, it’s rosy fragrance is a whole other bliss. Promise!

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3. Happy Skin Hydrating Facial Wash, P599
The Happy Skin Hydrating Facial Wash is a creamier formula than our COSRX fave, but its benefits are basically the same. It hydrates, exfoliates, and balances your skin’s PH level in a single wash. Loaded with AHAs found in chardonnay extract, this refreshing blend leaves the skin looking instantly renewed. Not a bad deal if you ask us!

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If you’re looking for the Dear Klairs Supple Prep Facial Toner, try…

1. Human Nature Hydrating Toner, P185
One thing we love most about the Dear Klairs toner is that it’s ultra hydrating. And with Human Nature’s Hydration Toner, your skin will feel the same way! Said to keep moisture on lock for up to 24 hours, the all-natural formula leaves the same skin-plumping effect using plant collagen and moringa seed extract. Only P185 a pop!

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2. Dewytree Ultra Vitalizing Snail Essence Water, P1,299
Apart from hydration, you can always count on Dear Klairs to be free from parabens, alcohol, and artificial colors. You’ll find the exact same characteristics with the Dewytree Snail Essence Water! It’s a close match, but instead of phyto-oligo and wheat amino acids you get from Supple Prep, this one makes use of healing snail mucus filtrate. Bonus: it’s also a toner and essence in one!

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3. Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner, P1,760
Vegan-friendly and 97% organic, the Whamisa Essence Toner is a notch above the rest. Its rich, serum-like formula mimics the consistency of the Supple Prep. And in terms of benefits, think: glass skin! Infused with fermented plant extracts, this toner is well worth the try if you want fresh, bouncy skin.

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If you’re looking for the It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VC Effector, try…

1. Beaublends Vitamin C Serum, P459
When ever the VC Effector sells out, we reach for the Beaublend Vitamin C Serum. Made with added hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, it’s just as effective—if not more! So, whether your dark spots are brought on by sun damage or acne, this intensive serum boosts skin clarity in a jiffy.

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2. Tiam My Signature C Source, P899
Hailing from South Korea, keep your eyes peeled on this best-selling serum. What this small bottle of My Signature C Source holds is pure Vitamin C, with 20% being L-Ascorbic Acid. While this stronger dose does cause the skin to peel and exfoliate, you’ll be able to see visibly brighter skin much faster. A great option for those of you who just can’t wait!

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3. Leiania House of Beauty Vit C & E Collagen Serum, P275
If you’re looking to target multiple imperfections, this Leiania House of Beauty find is a great multi-benefit alternative. A blend of Vitamins C, E, and collagen, this concentrate works to refine your skin’s texture and tone. The best part? It’s much more affordable at P275. Score!

Shop it here.
If you’re looking for the Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream, try…

1. 3W Clinic Snail Mucus Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream, now on sale at P400 (limited time only)
Battling signs of crow’s feet? Try the 3W Clinic Snail Mucus Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream for size. Like Mizon’s famous treatment, it’s packed with snail secretion filtrate to speed up regeneration and strengthen aging skin. With lavender and rosemary extracts thrown in the formula, it relieves puffiness, too. (Plus, it’s double the size as Mizon’s!)

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2. Farmstay Escargot Intensive Eye Cream, now on sale at P620 (limited time only)
While snail slime eye creams are great for fine lines, they work just as well on dark circles. The Farmstay Intensive Eye Cream, in particular, works to boost and brighten up those delicate undereyes. And did we mention you get 3 FREE hydrating masks with each tub? That way, the rest of your face can get in on the action, too!

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3. Mizon Snail Repair EX Cream, now on sale at P1,125 (limited time only)
Now, this may be considered cheating, but what better alternative than a premium version of the original? Also made by Mizon, the Snail Repair EX Eye Cream is more than worthy of the splurge. Sure, it’s more than a tad pricier. But with a proven formula that targets dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines, this formula could very well be your next Holy Grail. And FYI, it contains 5% more snail filtrate!

Shop it here.

How’s that for a Plan B?

Credits: Video and photos by Kat Austria.

Music: Lowrider by Joakim Karud

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