Only time can tell if a product is all hype or pure brilliance. So if it manages to stay on the market for as long as 30 years, then you just know that it's on to something. Here, we give props to five skincare products that have gracefully survived the test of time, rightfully earning the cult-classic title:
1. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
This best-selling essence has been the star product of SK-II since 1980. It contains Pitera, a clear liquid from fermented yeast that enhances skin cell renewal and keeps the skin soft and radiant. According to the brand, its benefits were first discovered at a sake brewery in Japan, where the brewers were found with wrinkled faces but youthful hands. Today, even with its unchanged formula, it remains SK-II's most-awarded product and well-loved by personalities like Vanessa Hudgens, model Jourdan Dunn, and blogger Chiara Ferragni.
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, P3317, Sephora.ph
2. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair
Age-defying skincare was huge in the '80s, so this powerful serum from Estée Lauder couldn't have arrived at a better time. Released in 1982, this product promises to renew the skin while you sleep and fight visible signs of aging. It hydrates dry skin, smoothes out lines and wrinkles, and evens out the complexion all at once, which is probably why women of all ages swear by it.
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ESTEE LAUDER Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, P4100, SM Aura
3. Clarins Double Serum
Clarins launched their take on age-controlling skincare in 1985 in the form of the Double Serum. This powerful formula uses potent plant-derived extracts to add radiance, firmness, and hydration to an aging complexion. Reformulated in 2017, the serum now claims to stimulate five of the skin's vital functions: regeneration, oxygenation, nutrition, hydration, and protection.
CLARINS Double Serum, P5150, Rustan's
4. La Prairie Skin Caviar
La Prairie's Skin Caviar collection is known for its lifting and firming benefits that restore the skin's youthful appearance. Its main ingredient, caviar, contains a cocktail of vitamins, emollients, and humectants that plump the skin from within. Since its launch in the latter part of the decade, the Caviar line has expanded to face masks, eye cream, body cream, two foundations, and more!
LA PRAIRIE Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, P23,850, Rustan's
5. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater
Everyone knows Mario Badescu for its Drying Lotion, but that acne miracle-worker was formulated in the late '60s. In the '80s, it was this glow-inducing spray that refreshed New Yorkers' complexions. Now, this face mist has become a favorite of makeup artists and beauty enthusiasts from all over the world.
MARIO BADESCU Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater, P550, Rustan's