If beauty and skincare were a school subject, most of us can probably give a masterclass on skincare ingredients—in fact, we can bet that many of you can name each of their benefits faster than any old encyclopedia. Aloe vera? Soothing. Witch hazel? Anti-inflammatory. Hyaluronic acid? Instant hydration. There’s no doubt about it, skincare-savvy sisters—you’d pass every test with flying colors.

Now that you’ve aced that 101, a harder challenge is knowing what particular ingredients work best together. It’s time to get schooled on the power combos you should be using. Our cheat sheet, below!


Alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids are strong exfoliants, which effectively slough away dead skin cells and reveal a renewed, refreshed complexion. When using powerful actives that penetrate the pores, you’d definitely want to balance them with a rich, skin-softening restorative such as snail mucin.

AHA/BHA: Some By Mi Miracle Toner, now on sale at P890 (limited time only). Shop it here.
SNAIL MUCIN: COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, P950. Shop it here.

Everybody loves a good vitamin C solution—it brightens the skin tone, reduces wrinkles and fine lines, and supports collagen production. For an added boost, pair this with a peptide-infused formula. Peptides are basically processed collagen, and help improve texture, as well as firm up loose, saggy areas.

VITAMIN C: Wildleaf Vitamin C Serum (Bestseller), P1,190. Shop it here.
PEPTIDES: Dewytree Aqua Collagen Peptide Multicream (80ml), P1,299. Shop it here.

For troubled, acne-ridden complexions, this dynamic duo should save the day! Centella Asiatica reduces inflammation, kills bacteria, and treat a variety of skin conditions. Combined with aloe vera, known for its intensive healing properties, you definitely get the best of both worlds!

CENTELLA ASIATICA: Purito Centella Green Level Recovery Cream, P920. Shop it here.
ALOE VERA: Mediheal Aloe Vera Soothing Hydrogel (300ml), P245. Shop it here.

The king of all anti-aging ingredients is none other than retinol. Not only does it tighten pores and lighten the skin tone, but it also heals UV damage from within. However, retinoids can be quite irritating especially on sensitive skin. Niacinamide (or vitamin B3) is known to mitigate that effect, and even amps up the brightening benefits!

NIACINAMIDE: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, P740. Shop it here.
RETINOL: The Ordinary Retinol 0.2% in Squalane, P560. Shop it here.

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