The 5 Best Moisturizers in the Philippines
How We Picked the Best Moisturizers in the Philippines
While we don’t recommend you short changing yourself when buying your moisturizer, affordable prices promote consistent use. It may be rare to have a truly cheap one, but the selected products are more likely to be worth your investment.
Your moisturizer must contain ingredients that can help you achieve your best skin. We went through the products’ ingredients so you can check if it is safe and comfortable for your skin.
Skin Type Fit
Not all moisturizers are made equal because some work only for specific skin types. We checked the target skin type of the products to see how they suit different skin types.
Moisturizers are better when they can act double roles. We chose products that may offer SPF 15 protection and whitening benefits to provide more benefits other than moisturizing.
1. Snailwhite Snail Secretion Filtrate Moisture Facial Cream
Price: Php 950 – Php 999
Net Volume: 30 mL
Suited for: Most skin types, for acne scars healing
|Skin Type Fit||4.5/5|
- Contains snail slime for optimum moisture
- No sticky feel when applied
- Promotes skin regeneration for glowing and firmer skin
- Lightens dark spots
- Works for most skin types
- Healthy skin “glow” disappears after a few hours
- Dries out faster when exposed to cool temperature (e.g., aircon exposure)
The Snailwhite Snail Secretion Filtrate Moisture Facial Cream might be one of the most daring and innovative facial moisturizers in the market. Like their name implies, the moisturizer’s mixture contains snail secretion filtrate that earns them a spot on our list.
We suggest you try this because of its unique texture, consistency, and effect. You will find most moisturizers may feel too heavy and thick, but the snail potion balances the consistency – instantly making you feel confident about its effect.
Many prefer its distinctive texture, especially those who hate the lingering feeling of stickiness. If you also find yourself uncomfortable with those moisturizers, we suggest you grab off of these for your skincare routine.
Once applied, the facial cream makes you feel a noticeable change on your skin quality. We think many love this product for its ability to make your skin “glow” and feel healthy over time.
Additionally, you will notice the dark spots on your face lighten when constantly applied. It may not be able to remove acne scars, but it improves and refines your facial quality.
The snail moisturizer also comes with its pitfalls. The absence of more consistency causes the applied moisturizer to dry up faster hours after your application.
For example, staying in harsh conditions or cool temperatures for extended periods of time may lead you to reapply it regularly. We think that expecting this to last for 24 hours may be a stretch even if you only stay in one room (e.g., your home or workplace) all day.
2. Belo Essentials Day Cover Whitening Cream
Price: Php 190 – Php 230
Net Volume: 50g
Suited for: Whitening, sun protection, most skin types (including sensitive types)
|Skin Type Fit||4.5/5|
- UV protection (SPF 15)
- Whitening effect
- Comes with a spatula
- Best used with other Belo Essentials Products
If you think you cannot afford top quality moisturizers under budget, we’d like you to think again. The Belo Essentials Day Cover Whitening Cream acts as your all-in-one moisturizer, providing you the additional benefits of UV protection and whitening effect.
Belo Essentials is one of the most trusted local skincare brands in the Philippines. If you already own one of their products, then you know that their formula rarely fails to fulfill its promises for a healthier skin.
You may also find this pleasing because of the benefits you get for its cheap price. Not all moisturizers provide this much quality to be sold even double its price.
The spatula included inside the packaging may even enhance your application. The small spatula can help you scoop the product and massage it over your face to ensure even layering.
We recommend this moisturizer as it can help you brave the harsh weather in the country, especially in the cities. The moisturizer formula quickly gets absorbed and stays on your skin throughout the day, making it perfect for commuters and onsite employees.
Although a matter of preference, the scent of the product may be off-putting for some. It is not the strongest asset of the product, but it is not overpowering either.
The product can be used as a stand alone moisturizer or with a skincare set. As many have shared, we think its effect happens best when used with the other Belo Essentials products.
3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer
Price: Php 915
Net Volume: 50g
Suited for: Dry or oily skin types
|Skin Type Fit||3/5|
- Perfect for dry skin or oily skin types
- Light on the skin
- Repairs skin damage
- Works with makeup
- Contains synthetic dye
- Lingering scent
- Does not contain active ingredients
The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer is not your average moisturizer. In a market where gel moisturizers are infamous, we think this one is an outlier.
The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer gives you many benefits aside from skin hydration. It gives additional benefits of skin repair and anti-aging from their careful selection of ingredients.
The gel is light on your skin and can even be applied under your makeup. This is why many people who have dry or oily skin type prefer to use this to balance their facial texture and oils.
You may feel weary about its blue synthetic dye, but it leaves a great moisturized feeling once applied.
Unfortunately, the absence of active ingredients in the moisturizer might be a dealbreaker for you. Active ingredients protect your skin from UV rays and the heat, but this product cannot give you that benefit.
Some may also be put off by the strong lingering scent of the moisturizer. If you are, we suggest opting for the scentless version (more suited for extra-dry skin type).
You also need to invest a huge portion of your skincare funds for this moisturizer. We suggest considering other options if you do not feel that this product may not be worth your investment overtime.
4. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
Price: Php 1,450; Php 2,100; Php 3,600
Net Volume: 28mL, 50mL, 125mL
Suited for: Most skin types, 24-hour hydration, withstanding extreme environments
|Skin Type Fit||5/5|
- Perfect for harsh environments
- Works for almost all skin types
- 24-hour hydration
- Ultra-lightweight texture
- Can be worn day or night
- No UV Protection
If you are looking for a world-class facial moisturizer, we recommend you go for Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. They endorse their product as best for all skin types due to their extensive selection of ingredients.
The best thing about this product is its longevity. Where others only promise to deliver an all-day moisturizing effect, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream delivers.
The product lasts on your skin for 24 hours. Also, it simultaneously softens the skin while making it ready for any harsh conditions you may experience throughout the day.
It has been 15 years since the product has been launched, but it has stood against other moisturizer brands time and time again. We recommend this product for anyone looking for an all-in-one moisturizer, regardless of their skin type.
For many, the price of this product becomes the dealbreaker. Even their smallest bottle can still dent your finances if you do not plan your purchase under budget.
Others may also be looking for an SPF on its label to make it “ultra” for their skincare routine. However, Kiehl’s separated this moisturizer cream with their moisturizer that contains SPF 30 protection.
The variant with SPF is still well-received even if not as well-known as this counterpart. We recommend you try this product once you are prepared to invest a chunk of your budget in its effectiveness.
5. Nivea Moisturizing Creme
Price: Php 104; Php 167; Php 345
Net Volume: 30mL, 60mL, 150mL
Suited for: Most skin types, used by children and adults
|Skin Type Fit||3/5|
- Suitable for most skin types
- Soft consistency
- Can be used for face and body
- No UV protection
- No added benefits
- Not the best moisturizer for your face
If you are looking for a mild and well-known moisturizer for everyday use, then you must try the Nivea Moisturizing Creme. It is another time-tested moisturizer making our recommendation list.
The Nivea Moisturizing Creme is safe for all skin types and body parts. It is safe to apply on your face, lips, and body.
We recommend this moisturizer to be used whenever you need to immediately hydrate your skin. Its soft consistency can provide you with instant relief, even if its effects may be short-lived.
Not to mention, this product is budget-friendly so you may choose to put one on your purse and on your night stand for convenience.
Despite the pros of the moisturizer, many think it delivers just the right moisture for its cost. We suggest you use this product only when you have to reapply a slight moisture to your skin for a small period of time.
You may have to be careful when applying the cream on your face. Many have experienced acne breakouts through continued use of this product.
Also, the product does not include SPF, anti-aging, or whitening benefits. If you are looking for all-in-one moisturizers, then you are better off looking for the rest of the products on your shopping list.