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What Is A Priming Moisturizer And Why Should You Use It?

It's the multi-tasker you never thought you needed.

When priming moisturizers were introduced to the beauty industry, it was genius. As its name suggests, it's a primer and moisturizer in one—a fusion of skincare and makeup. How could one resist a product that hydrates, blurs imperfections, and improves the skin's texture?

But if you're only hearing about it now and you have no idea about the right one to use for your skin type, read on.

How it works

A priming moisturizer, as InStyle explained, nourishes and smoothens out your skin to give your face an ~even canvas~, making your complexion instantly prepped and ready for foundation!

You can choose between a dewy, matte, or brightening finish, depending on the product's ingredients. But overall, it guarantees a strong *grip* to your foundation with a healthy and natural-looking result.

How to find the right formula for you

Just like how you would choose your regular moisturizers and primers, you need to find one that suits your skin type. Otherwise, you could end up with clogged pores, rashes, or dehydrated skin. Here, we picked out the best formula for everyone:


Normal Skin: 3CE Back To Baby Daily Moisture, P886,

This gentle, water-based cream will soothe your skin and leave a velvety finish. We love that this has sun protection, allowing you to skip three steps in your beauty routine.

Dry Skin: Glossier Priming Moisturizer, P1,850, Calyxta

This OG priming moisturizer contains aloe extract, making it suitable for those with dry, sensitive, and acne-prone skin. Love it!

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Combination Skin: Banila Co. Dear Hydration Balancing Moisturizer, P950, Trinoma

Don't be fooled by this cream—a tiny bit will balance out your complexion and leave you with a soft, filter-like effect over your face.


Oily Skin: Nivea Men Sensitive Post-Shave Balm, P550, Lazada

This highly raved product contains glycerin to moisturize your skin, but also has tapioca starch and witch hazel to mattify your face and treat existing pimples. For the price and size, it's such a steal!

Sensitive Skin: First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer, P1,772,


This tube is perfect for those who easily react to other skincare products: It is made without fragrances, parabens, alcohol, mineral oil, and sulfates.

All Skin Types: Pixi Rose Flash Balm, P1,295, Glamourbox

This priming moisturizer + face mask in one contains rose extract, olive leaf extract, and witch hazel that moisturize and revitalize your complexion. Read: It switches on the ~glow~!


So, should you use it?

Try it only if you want your foundation's finish to never get cakey, to appear super fresh, and to look like skin, aka what EVERYBODY WANTS. It's a cool addition to your daily routine that you won't regret buying. ;) 

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