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Add To Cart: The Best Tone-Up Creams To Try If You Have Oily Skin

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With all the different types of skincare products available, it can be overwhelming to decide which ones to incorporate into your routine. A fairly new but already well-loved K-beauty product is the tone-up cream, which is known for, well, “toning up” the skin. 

Curious about what it is and how it works? Here’s a quick rundown on and a few recommended tone-up creams:

What is a tone-up cream?

A tone-up cream is a special kind of moisturizer that brightens and evens out the complexion. It’s usually formulated with brightening ingredients like niacinamide and fruit extracts, providing both instant and long-term benefits. It’s meant to be the last step of your skincare routine (if it already has SPF).

Why is it perfect for oily skin?

It has a thin and lightweight formula that applies well on oily skin. A lot of tone-up creams are also multi-purpose (they may already have powder and/or sunscreen), which means you apply fewer layers of product on your skin. Also, since it evens out the skin tone, you may end up using fewer makeup base products as well.

The Best Tone-Up Creams for Oily Skin

  1. Numbuz:n No. 3 Porcelain Base-Skip Tone Up Beige

    This tone-up product from Numbuz:n blurs and brightens the skin. The “base-skip” in its name is meant to be taken literally, as it claims to be able to replace your foundation, powder, and sunscreen. 

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    Numbuz:n No. 3 Porcelain Base-Skip Tone Up Beige, P1,000, Shopee

  2. Innisfree Jeju Cherry Blossom Tone-up Cream

    If your makeup slides off because of excess sebum, then this tone-up cream from Innisfree was made for you. It features a lightweight formula that brightens and hydrates minus the thick white cast, giving the skin a natural glow.

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    Innisfree Jeju Cherry Blossom Tone-up Cream, P1,170, Lazada

  3. SPIFF Codes Natural Tone-Up Cream

    The SPIFF Codes cream includes micro-fine skin-brightening particles for that tone-up effect. It’s recommended as a daily moisturizer that will benefit oily skin types—it absorbs sebum, has a non-sticky formula, and protects against fine dust.

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    SPIFF Codes Natural Tone-Up Cream, P1,295, The Face Shop

  4. COSRX Sunny Snail Tone Up Cream

    While tone-up creams are known to give that instant brightness and even skin tone, this one from COSRX also provides long-term benefits to the skin. It’s formulated with niacinamide, which brightens the complexion, and snail mucin secretion filtrate, which softly moisturizes the skin. Ideal for oily or combination skin and hot, humid weather (hello, Philippines!), it has a non-sticky, fresh, and powdery finish.

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    COSRX Sunny Snail Tone Up Cream, P965, Lazada

  5. Mizon Allday Shield Fit White Tone Up Cream

    This Mizon product addresses a wide range of skin concerns: weak natural barrier, exposure to free radicals, sluggish skin cells and collagen production, and sensitivity caused by pollutants and sun exposure. But let’s not forget that it’s a tone-up cream, so it does all that while giving the skin a radiance boost!

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    Mizon Allday Shield Fit White Tone Up Cream, P725, Shopee

  6. Heimish Bulgarian Rose Tinted Tone-up Sunscreen 

    Although it has “sunscreen” in its name, this product does more than provide UV protection. It also gives the skin a natural glow, thanks to the healthy pink tone it has. Its formula is great for oily skin, too, as it applies thinly without stickiness.

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    Heimish Bulgarian Rose Tinted Tone-up Sunscreen, P899, Lazada

  7. SOMEBYMl V10 Vitamin Tone-Up Cream

    The SOMEBYMI tone-up cream has both an instant and “actual” brightening effect, the latter happening when the cream is used continuously. It features ten types of vitamins (including niacinamide or vitamin B3) as well as glutathione, all of which brighten the skin over time. You can also apply the cream to other dark areas in your body that you want to brighten, such as the elbows and knees.

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    SOMEBYMI V10 Vitamin Tone-Up Cream, P923, Shopee

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