Skin minimalism—or "skinimalism"—is all the rage this 2021. It's the well-deserved break we've been craving since 10-step routines took over the beauty scene, and we're all for it. What makes this switch even better is that we have the luxury of options, with more and more brands switching to a dialed-down lineup that still has everything our skin needs. And if like us, you've been thinking of downsizing your regimen, we rounded up some of the best brands for you to check out. Read all about them below!
1. Good Molecules
Balancing elegant skincare formulas and an accessible price tag isn't the easiest, but the buzz around Good Molecules proves that it's beyond possible. Created by beauty industry veterans, the brand's science-backed skincare formulas feel and work like high-end products but cost a fraction of the price.
Just to give you an idea, their Hyaluronic Acid Serum and Niacinamide Serum both retail for only 375 pesos, while their most expensive product, the Pineapple Exfoliating Powder, is priced at 1000 pesos. It's definitely a brand you won't feel bad spending on, and what's more, all their products are available online!
Niacinamide Brightening Toner, P875, GOOD MOLECULES, Beautymnl
Hyaluronic Acid Serum, P375, GOOD MOLECULES, Beautymnl
2. Two Lips
Microbiome skincare is definitely the next big thing in beauty, so there's no better time to try it than now. One of the best places to start? Two L(i)ps' new prebiotic skincare range, which aims to rebalance the skin's immune system and hit reset on your skin barrier. The line includes five products: a cleanser, a scrub, a moisturizer, a sleeping mask, and a suncreen—all of which are safe to use on your face, body, and vulva.
But if you'll get only a few things, our first pick would be the Rinse, a gentle, pH-balanced prebiotic cleanser that also smoothes the skin with lactic acid. And because summer is almost here, another must-have is the Screen, a water-based sunscreen that helps refine the look of pores with niacinamide.
Rinse Cleanser, P2500, TWO L(I)PS, cultfavorites.com.ph
Screen Sunscreen SPF 50 PA+++, P3150, TWO L(I)PS, cultfavorites.com.ph
3. The Unbranded Skincare Co.
The Unbranded Skincare Co. is one local brand that's taking the skinimalism philosophy to heart. Instead of promoting a long, complicated routine with a ton of products, they offer a simple, three-step regimen with only a cleanser, a day cream, and a night cream. As minimal as that sounds, however, each product is packed with ingredients that help brighten, repair, protect, and correct for a healthier-looking complexion.
The Unbranded Set of 3 (Cleansing Wash + Day Shield + Overnight Cream), P1800, THE UNBRANDED SKINCARE CO., Beauty Bar
If you're on the hunt for ultra-light skincare swaps for the summer, Bio-Science's Bio-Water line has you covered. Instead of heavy moisturizers, you can switch to the Vitamin B5 Gel—a soothing serum with hyaluronic acid that'll keep your skin hydrated all day. And for that mid-day refresh, spritz on the Energizing Water, a cooling, alcohol-free mist that even Janine Gutierrez can't leave the house without!
Bio-Water Vitamin B5 Gel, P1250, BIO-SCIENCE, Lazada
Bio-Water Energizing Water, P400, BIO-SCIENCE, Lazada