The Best Skincare Products We Tried And Tested In 2018

Presenting, Year 2 of Cosmopolitan Skincare All-Stars!
PHOTO: Mixi Ignacio

With all the upcoming holidays to prepare for, allow us to help you get the best skin of your life! Presenting, year two of Cosmopolitan Philippines' Skincare All-Stars! For one whole month, the Cosmo Editors tried and tested cleansers, moisturizers, body oils, and more and rounded up the best of the best. Sit back, relax, and scroll below for all the skincare products you're guaranteed to love whatever your skin type and concern is.

FACIAL CLEANSERS

L-R: Neutrogena Deep Clean Acne Foaming Cleanser; Avene Cleansing Gel; Evoluderm Anti-Imperfections Exfoliating Cleansing Gel

Best Facial Wash for Oily Skin: Evoluderm Anti-Imperfections Exfoliating Cleansing Gel

The rice micro-particles slough off dead skin cells, creating a smooth and clean canvas to absorb your other skincare products.

Price: P540

Where to get: Beauty Bar

Best Face Cleanser for Acne-Prone Skin: Neutrogena Deep Clean Acne Foaming Cleanser

This foam cleanser lifts deep-seated dirt and clears the skin of pimple-causing bacteria.

Price: P232

Where to get: Robinsons Department Store, Watsons, SM Beauty, Landmark Department Store

Best Facial Wash for All Skin Types: Avene Cleansing Gel

This mild cleansing gel can effectively remove light makeup and gunk from the pores. Its gentle formula is safe to use for sensitive skin, too!

Price: P1,325

Where to get: Watsons, SM Beauty 

TONERS

L-R (clockwise): Snoe More Awesome Poresome Pore Minimizing And Clarifying Tonic; Maxi-Peel Zero Micro-Exfoliant Fluid; Muji Light Toning Water High Moisture; Koh Gen Do Herbal Spa Mist; Pixi Glow Tonic

Best Toner for Acne-Prone Skin: Maxi-Peel Zero Micro-Exfoliant Fluid

This mighty toner has AHA, BHA, and vitamins that gently exfoliate and expunge gunk from your pores. Rely on this to fight acne because it really works!

Price: P75

Where to get: Robinsons Department Store, Watsons, SM Beauty, Landmark Department Store, Mercury Drug

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Best Toner for Dry Skin: Muji Light Toning Water High Moisture

This fragrance-free, gentle toner protects and hydrates skin, making it feel extra fresh!

Price: P545

Where to get: Muji Greenbelt, Muji Shangri-La, Muji Powerplant Mall, Muji High Street Central

Best Toner for Oily Skin: Snoe More Awesome Poresome Pore Minimizing And Clarifying Tonic

Created with cucumber, papaya, and calamansi extracts, this clarifying toner works to reduce the appearance of pores and blemishes. It also regulates the skin's oil-production levels.

Price: P399

Where to get: SM North EDSA, SM Supercenter Pasig, Robinsons Forum, Landmark Makati

Best Exfoliating Toner: Pixi Glow Tonic

A cult-favorite because of its glow-inducing powers. Glycolic acid and aloe vera extract help reveal smooth, radiant, and cottony-soft skin! 

Price: P390/15ml; P990/100ml; P1,790/250ml

Where to get: Watsons, Glamourbox, SM Beauty

Best Face Mist: Koh Gen Do Herbal Spa Mist

A multi-purpose face mist that can tone, hydrate, and set skin! Infused with botanical extracts and thermal spring water from Japan, spray this on your face after cleansing or whenever you want to give your skin a pick-me-up.

Price: P1,545

Where to get: Beauty Bar

ACNE TREATMENTS

L-R: Defensil Pimple Defense Cream; Foreo Espada; Bye Bye Blemish For Acne Drying Lotion

Best Spot Treatment: Defensil Pimple Defense Cream

A soothing cream that gets rid of acne-causing bacteria and prevents zits from coming back.

Price: P155

Where to get: Watsons

Best Spot Treatment for Cystic Acne: Bye Bye Blemish For Acne Drying Lotion

Got stubborn zits that just won't go away? They're no match for this drying lotion! With salicylic acid and sulfur as two of the main ingredients, it will quickly dry up and flatten red, cystic pimples on your face, chest, neck, and back!

Price: P720

Where to get: Beauty Bar

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Best Skincare Device for Acne: Foreo Espada

This handy device emits LED light that kills the bacteria inhabiting the acne/pimple. Use it twice a day to expect a mark-free spot after your zit heals.

Price: P8,052

Where to get: Sephora

SERUMS/ESSENCES

L-R (clockwise): Dear Klairs Midnight Blue Youth Activating Drop; Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution; Goodal Keratina Anti-Aging Double Serum Light; Olay Total Effects 7 In One Daily Serum

Best Brightening Serum: Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

This lightweight serum has activated vitamin C, white birch extract, and peony extract that all work together to brighten dark spots and bring out the overall radiance of your skin. Best for CGs who are always puyat and stressed!

Price: P2,995

Where to get: Greenbelt 5, SM Megamall, Shangri-La Plaza

Best Anti-Aging Serum: Olay Total Effects 7 In One Daily Serum

This lightweight serum deeply penetrates skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, nourish and even out your complexion, refine skin texture, and minimize pore size.

Price: P799

Where to get: Robinsons Department Store, SM Beauty, Watsons

Best Hydrating Serum: Goodal Keratina Anti-Aging Double Serum Light

A serum-oil that improves your skin's texture and elasticity, thanks to its natural fruit extracts and oils. Don't forget to shake the bottle first! Because it's such a potent serum, a small amount (one pump) is all you need for your whole face and neck.

Price: P1,500

Where to get: Robinsons Galleria, SM Megamall, SM Makati, Trinoma

Best Pore-Minimizing Serum: Dear Klairs Midnight Blue Youth Activating Drop

This lightweight blue (It looks so cool!) serum hydrates skin, calms irritation, minimizes the size of pores, and dries out small pimples. Did we mention that it's also suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin?

Price: P1,570

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Where to get: Watsons, BeautyMNL, Beauty Bar

MOISTURIZERS

L-R (top to bottom): Kojie San Anti-Aging Overnight Cream; In Her Element Rose Gel Serum Moisturizer; Pond's White Beauty Spot-less+ Rosy White Day Cream; Dermatory Azulene Cica Gel Cream; Althea Fixer Cream; Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+; Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex

Best Brightening Moisturizer: Pond's White Beauty Spot-less+ Rosy White Day Cream

A pea-sized amount is all you need for this cream to nourish, brighten, and even out your complexion.

Price: P130

Where to get: All leading supermarkets nationwide, SM Beauty, Watsons, Robinsons Department Store, Landmark Department Store

Best Anti-Aging Moisturizer: kojie.san DreamWhite Anti-Aging Overnight Cream

Aside from plumping up skin to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, the Overnight Cream contains youth-regenerating properties, so come morning your complexion looks and feels revitalized and radiant.

Price: P165

Where to get: Watsons, All leading supermarkets nationwide

Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin: Althea Fixer Cream

This gel-cream mattifies and refreshes skin without making it feel sticky after. So simple, yet so good!

Price: P640

Where to get:  Althea

Best Moisturizer for Dry Skin: Dermatory Azulene Cica Gel Cream

Aside from having a pretty purple hue, the Azulene Cica Gel Cream moisturizer is free of ingredients that can irritate skin. It's the perfect cream for those who want a simple, no muss, no fuss moisturizer to nourish parched complexions.

Price: P1,200

Where to get: Robinsons Galleria, SM Megamall, SM Makati, Trinoma

Best Priming Moisturizer: In Her Element Rose Gel Serum Moisturizer

Enriched with aloe and rose extract, this gel moisturizer helps any makeup base go on smoothly. Plus, it helps your foundation look fresh for hours!

Price: P895

Where to get:  In Her Element, BeautyMNL

Best Eye Cream: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex

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This eye balm boasts of a potent formula that brightens dark circles and diffuses fine lines. It also shields the eye are from blue light (aka the light from computers and phone screens!) to prevent wrinkles from forming. We assure you that after weeks of using this, you won't need tons of concealer to mask your under-eye anymore.

Price: P4,280

Where to get: Rustan's The Beauty Source, SM Aura, SM Megamall

Best Face Sunscreen: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+

A hydrating yet non-sticky sunscreen that doesn't leave a white cast, won't break out your skin, and will leave you looking fresh for hours. It's no surprise it's flight attendant-approved!

Price: P445

Where to get: Watsons, SM Beauty, Robinsons Department Store, All leading supermarkets nationwide

FACIAL OIL

L-R: Hello Gorgeous Unicorn Elixir; Burt's Bees Complete Nourishment Facial Oil

Best Face Oil: Hello Gorgeous Unicorn Elixir

This rosehip oil, argan oil, evening primrose oil, and avocado oil concoction will leave skin supple and nourished, but not heavy and greasy. You can also use it as a hair and body oil!

Price: P380/15ml; P700/30ml

Where to get: Hello Gorgeous, Retail Lab Glorietta, Retail Lab Power Plant Mall, BeautyMNL

Best Nourishing Face Oil: Burt's Bees Complete Nourishment Facial Oil

Use this oil when your skin is feeling dehydrated or when you want to amp up your complexion's radiance. Because it's highly concentrated, a little will go a long way! ;)

Price: P1,695

Where to get: Beauty Bar, Estancia at Capitol Commons

FACE MASKS

L-R: Leaders Mediu Amino Clearing Mask; Human Nature Pollution Defense Face Mask; COSRX Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask

Best Sheet Mask: Leaders Mediu Amino Clearing Mask

Formulated with amino acids and vitamin C, this sheet mask hydrates, soothes redness and pimples, purifies pores, and leaves skin feeling ~*fresh*~! It's perfect for traveling because everything you need will be in one product.

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Price: P94

Where to get: Watsons

Best Clay Face Mask: Human Nature Pollution Defense Face Mask

This clay face mask will purify your pores of dirt, bacteria, and pollution accumulated from the day and leave skin smooth, clear, and revitalized. It's formulated with bamboo charcoal, bentonite clay, oils, and antioxidants to protect your complexion from skin-damaging pollution.

Price: P450

Where to get: Beauty Bar, Rustan's Supermarket, Watsons, SM Beauty

Best Sleeping Mask: COSRX Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask

Got a pimple you want to get rid of? Or how about evening out your skin tone? Or maybe you just want to simply hydrate it overnight? This lightweight gel sleeping mask from COSRX will do that all for you!

Price: P780

Where to get: Watsons, Beauty Bar

EXFOLIANTS AND SCRUBS

L-R: Pixi Peel & Polish Resurfacing Concentrate; Avon Naturals Lime Brightening Peeling Exfoliator

Best Face Scrub/Physical Exfoliator: Pixi Peel & Polish Resurfacing Concentrate

This enzyme peel has both physical and chemical exfoliators that bring out your glow after each use. Its formula is so mild, you can use it up to thrice a week!

Price: P1,390

Where to get: SM Beauty, Watsons, Glamourbox

Best Chemical Exfoliator: Avon Naturals Lime Brightening Peeling Exfoliator

A refreshing alcohol-free peeling gel that removes layers of dead skin cells right before your eyes!

Price: P199

Where to get: Lazada

MAKEUP REMOVERS

L-R (clockwise): Celeteque Hydration Make-Up Remover Cleansing Facial Wipes; Nivea MicellAIR Skin Breathe Extra White 0% Alcohol Micellar Water; Banila Co Clean It Zero Original

Best Cleansing Balm: Banila Co Clean It Zero Original

This tub is never going to be absent from our vanities because of its impressive ability to melt makeup and dislodge deep-seated gunk from the pores.

Price: P945

Where to get: SM Beauty, Glorietta 4, SM North EDSA, Robinsons Place Manila, SM Mall of Asia, Landmark Department Stores

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Best Makeup Remover Wipes: Celeteque Hydration Make-Up Remover Cleansing Facial Wipes

This effectively removes heavy makeup in one swipe while giving light hydration to your skin.

Price: P160

Where to get: All leading supermarkets nationwide, Watsons, SM Beauty

Best Micellar Water: Nivea MicellAIR Skin Breathe Extra White 0% Alcohol Micellar Water

A cleansing water that doubles as a gentle toner, it refines pores as it lifts dirt and makeup from the skin.

Price: P99/125ml; P169/200ml

Where to get: All leading supermarkets nationwide, Robinsons Department Store, SM Beauty, Watsons

LIPS

L-R: Human Nature Natural Lip Scrub; Lucas' Papaw Ointment

Best Lip Scrub: Human Nature Natural Lip Scrub

You'll have to stop yourself from eating this all-natural, organic, peppermint oil-infused lip scrub.

Price: P195

Where to get: Beauty Bar, Rustan's Supermarket, Robinsons Supermarket, Watsons, SM Beauty

Best Lip Balm: Lucas' Papaw Ointment

Flaky lips will be a thing of the past once you have this celeb-approved red tube in your bag. Aside from being a lip balm, it can serve as a topical treatment for bites, minor wounds, and scratches. You can also dab it on the areas you normally get blisters whenever you break in a new pair of shoes.

Price: P499

Where to get: Watsons

BODY CARE

L-R (top to bottom): Dove DermaSeries Itch Relief Soothing Body Lotion; Nivea Extra White Serum Smooth & Firm SPF33 PA+++ Body Serum; Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil; Human Nature Hand & Foot Salve; Earth Therapeutics Intensive Heel Repair Balm; Silka Premium Moisturizing Milk Lotion Deep Hydration Avocado Oil; Dove Original Light & Smooth Moisturizing Cream 48Hr Anti-Perspirant

Best Underarm Deodorant: Dove Original Light & Smooth Moisturizing Cream 48Hr Anti-Perspirant

This deodorant will keep your underarms dry and smelling fresh even after an intense sweat sesh. The best part? Its moisturizing formula prevents chicken skin from forming!

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Price: P98

Where to get:  Robinsons Department Store, Watsons, SM Beauty, Landmark Department Store, Lazada

Best Body Oil: Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil

This nourishing and anti-aging body oil won't leave your skin sticky even on humid days. We even recommend it as a lightweight sub for an emollient lotion. 

Price: P2,350

Where to get: Beauty Bar, Rustan's The Beauty Source

Best Body Lotion For Dry Skin: Silka Premium Moisturizing Milk Lotion Deep Hydration Avocado Oil

Rough and dark elbows and knees won't be your problem anymore, thanks to this brightening body lotion loaded with avocado oil and almond milk.

Price: P45/50ml; P77.25/100ml; P137/200ml

Where to get: SM Hypermart, Save More, Watsons, Shopwise Supermarket, Robinsons Supermarket, Waltermart Supermarket, Mercury Drug, Puregold Supermarket, Landmark Supermarket, NCCC Malls Supermarket, Gaisano Malls Supermarket, KCC Malls Supermarket

Best Body Lotion For Sensitive Skin: Dove DermaSeries Itch Relief Soothing Body Lotion

This soothing lotion calms rashes and eczema! Its ingredients give your dry and sensitive skin clinical care.

Price: P950

Where to get:  Robinsons Department Store, Watsons, SM Beauty, Landmark Department Store, Lazada

Best Body Serum with Sunscreen: Nivea Extra White Serum Smooth & Firm SPF33 PA+++ Body Serum

This lightweight hydrating body serum + sunscreen can brighten and even out your skin tone within a few weeks of use.

Price: P289

Where to get: Robinsons Department Store, Watsons, SM Beauty, Landmark Department Store, Lazada

Best Hand Cream: Human Nature Hand & Food Salve

Reach for this cooling hand and foot cream on days (and nights) you're tired AF.

Price: P149.75

Where to get: Robinsons Department Store, Watsons, SM Beauty, Landmark Department Store

Best Treatment for Dry Cuticles And Heels: Earth Therapeutics Intensive Heel Repair Balm

Wear this foot balm underneath socks and you'll wake up with baby-soft tootsies in the morning.

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Price: P625

Where to get: Beauty Bar

L-R (top to bottom): GynePro Feminine Wash Antiseptic; pH Care Naturals Intimate Wash with Papaya Extract; Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash; Belo Kojic Acid Intensive Whitening Bar

Best Body Wash: Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash

A hydrating body wash that will soothe itchy and flaky skin after one shower. And if you have sensitive skin, you'll love its gentle, fragrance-free formula.

Price: P506

Where to get:  Robinsons Department Store, Watsons, SM Beauty, Landmark Department Store, Lazada

Best Soap for Dark Elbows And Knees: Belo Kojic Acid Intensive Whitening Bar

Use this bar on the face to get rid of dark marks and uneven skin tone OR lather this on dark, scaly elbows and knees to smoothen and brighten them.

Price: P65

Where to get: Robinsons Department Store, Watsons, SM Beauty, Landmark Department Store

Best Intimate Wash for Brightening: pH Care Naturals Intimate Wash with Papaya Extract

Brighten your bikini area with this gentle feminine wash enrcihed with Papaya extract.

Price: P158

Where to get: Robinsons Department Store, Watsons, SM Beauty, Landmark Department Store

Best Intimate Wash for Sensitive Skin: GynePro Feminine Wash Antiseptic

An OB-GYN-approved feminine wash you can use on red days.

Price: P67

Where to get: Robinsons Department Store, Watsons, SM Beauty, Landmark Department Store, Lazada

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PRODUCED BY: Ira Nopuente and Tisha Caedo

STYLIST:  Dagny Madamba

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Mixi Ignacio

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