Let’s be honest: most of us tried Korean skincare partially due to the hype. And rightly so! Popular K-beauty faves rarely fail to deliver. But sometimes, the best products are the ones that fall just below the radar. Case in point? These 5 underrated finds! While these Korean creations are far from cult faves, they’ll always be Holy Grails in our book. Check ‘em out!

1. Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash, now on sale at P436 (limited time only) If you’ve never heard of a powder wash, then this unique cleanser-exfoliant hybrid is about to change the game. It comes in the form of a dry powder. But when mixed with water, it lathers into a rich foam that clears away grime and buffs out dead skin cells. All without being too harsh on the skin! (Plus, you’ll never worry about accidental spills again.)

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2. Huxley The Anti-Gravity Cream, now on sale at P1,139 (limited time only) If you’ve got parched skin regardless of the weather, this ultra-hydrating cream should be the first on your list. Its luxurious formula is made with 51% Sahara cactus extract. When applied on the skin, it creates a protective barrier that both blocks out pollution and locks in moisture. The result? Healthier, more supple skin.

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3. I’m From Volcanic Mask, P1,175 Pores feeling extra congested? Purge ‘em out with this premium clay mask. Made with 8.6% pure volcanic Jeju rocks, it absorbs excess oil and other deep-seated impurities. Plus, its cooling properties also tighten pores to keep skin clear for longer. With a tub this huge, this pampering treat should serve you well into the year!

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4. By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep, now on sale at P1,000 (limited time only) For maximum glow, this hydrating exfoliant is one we reach for on the daily. It’s made with mandelic acid—a chemical acid that’s gentle enough even for sensitive skin. With religious use, it lightens pigmentation, smoothens out texture, and reduces redness. No more patchy skin tones!

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5. Troiareuke ACSEN TOC Toner, P2,000 Last but not least, this scar-erasing toner should be a mainstay on every bathroom shelf. Its a powerhouse of powerful anti-acne ingredients: centella asiatica, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and allantoin to name a few! Combined, they do everything from restore your moisture barrier to purify pores and correct dark spots. Need we say more?

Shop it here.

Now, say it with us: skincare is life.

Credits:
Photos and video by Kat Echon.

Music:
Lowrider by Joakim Karud


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