Surely, we can’t be the only ones who want to emerge from the pandemic looking like we haven’t aged a single day in lockdown. Whether it’s keeping acne breakouts at bay or ward off early signs of aging (like the stress lines brought on by a pandemic, *cough*), we’re clearing some space in our cabinets for the best beauty products for glowing skin.
Take your pick from gentle facial cleansers approved by dermatologists to powerful serums infused with vitamin C. All of these beauty products will help you achieve that healthy, effortless glow that makes you feel like your best self: happy, focused, moisturised, and flourishing.
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1. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Product: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Where to buy: Lazada, Watson’s Price: ~₱470.80
Washing your face thoroughly is essential to any skincare routine. For this important step, you can’t go wrong with an efficient facial cleanser like the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Recommended by dermatologists, this budget-friendly cleanser successfully clears away dirt and blemishes. It leaves a clean, fresh, and soothing feeling on your skin without drying it out, making it suitable for those who struggle with acne or eczema.
2. Hada Labo Hydrating Facial Wash
Product: Hada Labo Hydrating Facial Wash Where to buy: Lazada, Watson’s Price: ~₱385
Looking for Japanese beauty products that deliver the best results? Say hello to the Hada Labo Hydrating Facial Wash, a must-have cleanser for brighter, radiant, and younger-looking skin.
From bestselling skincare brand Hada Labo (or “Skin Lab” in Japanese), this lightweight face wash removes dirt, excess sebum, and other impurities that were accumulated during the day. Hada Labo’s gentle facial cleanser is also ideal for our tropical climate, as it contains hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and keep the skin hydrated after every wash.
3. Pixi Glow Tonic
Product: Pixi Glow TonicWhere to buy: Lazada, Sephora Philippines Price: ~₱1,050
True to its name, Pixi’s Glow Tonic is beloved for its ability to leave your complexion clear, dewy, and effortlessly luminous. This glow-enhancing toner is formulated with ginseng, aloe vera, and witch hazel leaf extract to soothe your skin. What’s more, it also gently exfoliates the skin and removes dead skin cells — a solid investment for anyone with dry skin.
4. COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
Product: COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence Where to buy: Lazada, Watson’s Price: ~₱730
Here’s a crowd-favourite beauty product that deserves a spot in your skincare cabinet. Made from 96% snail secretion filtrate, the COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is a deeply hydrating essence that strengthens your skin’s moisture barrier and repairs scars.
With a fast-absorbing formula that absorbs easily into the skin, it delivers long-lasting moisture and layers well under serums and moisturisers. Furthermore, it improves the skin’s elasticity and gives your complexion a natural glow. We also recommend using the COSRX Advanced Snail Mucin All-in-One Cream to see the best results for your skin.
5. Melano CC Intensive Anti-Spot Essence
Product: Melano CC Intensive Anti-Spot Essence Where to buy: Lazada Price: ~₱599
Tired of dark spots or sudden flare-ups? If you struggle with acne breakouts, one of the best beauty products you can buy for brighter, glowing skin is the Melano CC Intensive Anti-Spot Essence. Suitable for oily skin, this mild essence is specifically formulated to treat pimple scars and blemishes from past acne breakouts. After washing your face with a cleanser, gently pat this essence onto your skin.
Made by the same Japanese company that produces Hada Labo, Melano CC’s anti-spot essence is formulated with vitamins C and E to eliminate scars and dark spots, as well as reduce skin irritation and redness.
7. The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-oil
Product: The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-oilWhere to buy: Lazada Price: ~₱1,000
Is it a serum or a face oil? Well, it’s a little bit of both. The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-oil provides a 24-hour hydration boost by combining the effectiveness of a serum and the moisturising effects of a face oil. This serum-in-oil contains a non-greasy formula, enriched with vitamin E and sesame seed oil. If you love waking up to a beautiful complexion that makes you look well-rested, this skincare essential will give your skin the nourishment it needs.
8. Banila Co Dear Hydration Boosting Cream
Product: Banila Co Dear Hydration Boosting CreamWhere to buy: Lazada, Watson’s Price: ~₱1,255.50
Do you find yourself in stressful situations at work often? If you want to prevent your skin from looking tired or dehydrated, the Banila Co Dear Hydration Boosting Cream keeps your complexion and dewy by brightening, nourishing, and locking in moisture in the deeper layers of your skin. This moisturiser is made for longer-lasting hydration, as it imparts a radiant shine and provides an extra layer of protection against pollution.
9. Mediheal Tea Tree Anti-Acne Solution Essential Mask EX
Product: Mediheal Tea Tree Anti-Acne Solution Essential Mask EXWhere to buy: Lazada, Watson’s Price: ~₱99
For anyone with acne-prone skin, the Mediheal Tea Tree Anti-Acne Solution Essential Mask EX not only targets breakouts, but also prevents new dark spots and blemishes from appearing on your skin.
Infused with moisturising ingredients such as rosemary, chamomile, and tea tree oil, each mask delivers a refreshing and cooling sensation while deeply cleaning your pores. It’s free of parabens, alcohol, and artificial fragrances as well — perfect for calming down sensitive and easily irritated skin.
10. Garnier Lavender Soothing Face Mask
Product: Garnier Lavender Soothing Face MaskWhere to buy: Lazada, Watson’s Price: ~₱79
If your skin is acting up or you’re having a rough day, one of the best beauty products you can use for glowing skin is the Garnier Lavender Soothing Face Mask. Clear around 15 minutes of your day to treat yourself to this water-based face mask, which is infused with hyaluronic acid and lavender extracts to revitalise the skin and reduce signs of fatigue. 書刊設計
One of our editors swears by the intense hydrating effects of Garnier’s face mask, which provides such an effortless glow that it looks like you just took a week’s worth of serums. Free of parabens and ideal for sensitive skin, this mask is as relaxing as it feels.
For maximum effectiveness, you can also use this beauty product with Garnier’s famous Vitamin C Booster Serum to treat dark spots and acne discolouration.
10. Innisfree Perfect 9 Repair Cream
Product: Innisfree Perfect 9 Repair Cream EXWhere to buy: Lazada Price: ~₱1,567
Want to slow the march of time and defy the signs of aging in a pandemic? When it comes to beauty products for glowing and younger-looking skin, the Innisfree Perfect 9 Repair Cream EX will work wonders for your skin.
Aside from brightening your complexion, this anti-aging balm also relieves the dryness of your skin and reduces visible signs of stress, including dryness, wrinkles, flakiness, dark blemishes, and reduced skin elasticity.
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Ready to put on your freshest face? Save these beauty products for glowing skin for your next shopping haul, whenever that may be.
All images credited to Lazada.