If you're an Asian skincare enthusiast or just love having more options, then you're up for a treat. Five exciting beauty brands from across Asia have arrived (and are coming to) the Philippines, and they're ready to give you the complexion of your dreams. Find out more about them below!
BRTC is all about creating science-backed formulations that combine botanical ingredients with innovative skincare technology. It's a brand that aims to provide skin solutions for everyone, regardless of gender. In fact, the face of BRTC is Kim Jong Kook, a TV personality who's best known for his stint on the variety show Running Man.
What to try: BRTC's serums and ampoules in general are worth a try, but their Vitalizer C-10 Ampoule might be the best first choice. This brightening and anti-wrinkle product contains 10 kinds of vitamins plus Blue Phyto Complex, a patented BTRC element that uses herb water to prevent dehydration.
BRTC Vitalizer C-10 Ampoule, P2096, Beautymnl
AHC's products used to only be available in aesthetic clinics, but their customers loved their skincare so much that the demand eventually required an expansion. Now, they carry what is apparently the number one eye cream in Korea plus a wide variety of K-beauty essentials like essences and sheet masks.
What to try: The interesting thing about AHC's bestselling eye cream is that it was designed not only for your eyes but your entire face, like a moisturizer. It's a cool, multi-tasking product that contains an impressive 12 kinds of peptides and ceramide—essential ingredients for healthy and hydrated skin.
AHC The Pure Real Eye Cream for Face, P920, Lazada
3. Thank You Farmer
Thank You Farmer aims to simplify your beauty routine by creating products that have multiple benefits without having an overly complicated formulation. As they say on the website, they aim "to be a steady-seller, not a best-seller." And with the growing number of skincare brands in the market, you might find solace in this Korean brand's minimalist lineup.
What to try: Trying a brand's serums is an easy way to get a good gauge of its products. And if you're planning to do that with Thank You Farmer, the True Water Deep Serum is the way to go. This hydrating and anti-wrinkle formula contains moisture-repleneshing ingredients like ceramide, adenosine, and lecithin, plus vegetable mucin that plumps up your complexion to give it that translucent finish.
THANK YOU FARMER True Water Deep Serum, price unavailable, available September 30 on Beautymnl
Thailand is an underrated beauty destination, and the wide variety of their skincare alone is proof. However, while many Thai brands are known for their brightening products, MizuMi stands out by focusing on formulas for sensitive and acne-prone skin. Their products have a five-free claim, which means that everything they carry has no fragrance, oil, parabens, alcohol, or synthetic ingredients to prevent irritation.
What to try: Sunscreens for sensitive skin are not that easy to come by, but thanks to MizuMi's five-free claim, their UV Water Serum is a must-try.
MIZUMI UV Water Serum Sunscreen SPF 50+ PA++++, P1399, available October 14 at Beautymnl
5. Papa Recipe
Papa Recipe started when its founder Kim Han Kyun wanted to develop products for her daughter, who struggled with her skin since she was little. If you're a fan of skincare with mostly naturally-derived organic ingredients, it's one you have to check out.
What to try: Papa Recipe's Bombee Honey line has everything you need to achieve plump and glassy skin. The Bombee Honey Mask especially, thanks to the nourishing combo of manuka honey, royal jelly, propolis, and ceramide.
PAPA RECIPE Bombee Honey Mask, price unavailable, available October 28 on Beautymnl