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We have so many goals we want to achieve in life, relationships, friendships, makeup, Instagram feed, and even food. But if we’re being honest, though, it’s clear and flawless skin that we’re dying to have. (Girl, alam namin ikaw din.) It’s the reason why we spend hours and hours watching Youtube videos of so-called beauty vloggers and influencers (we’re trying not to roll our eyes). We then scour stores for their recos with our fingers crossed, hoping that they’ll work like magic on our skin.

If you’ve been looking to level up your skincare game (because cleansing, toning, and moisturizing are too basic now), maybe it’s time that you add something new to your routine.

Ever heard of serums? They might look unreasonably priced because they come in small quantities and they, well, look like plain water. Serums are a god-send, though, because it’s concentrated with skin actives (AKA the good stuff). And it treats a litany of problems: dryness, spots, and wrinkles. (Hindi nga lang love life, bes.)

Here are some skin actives that you need to check out on the back of bottles to help you achieve your #skingoals.

1. Tea Tree Extract

Pimples are the bane of our beauty game. (Adult acne is just… unfair.) That’s why watching Dr. Pimple Popper is just so addicting. You know what skin active mimics a doctor, though? Tea tree extract. A drop or two of this keeps those unsightly cystic acne away as well as its scars.

Reco/s: Leegeeham Tea Tree 90 Essence (50 ml), P1,200; Sooper Beaute Beautiful Skin Vit B3 Serum + Tea Tree Extract & Vitamin E (15 ml), P126

2. Vitamin C

In this sunny side of the world (Ang init po sa labas, zis), uneven skin tone and dark spots can be a major concern. We feel you, bes. Opt for serums with Vitamin C and you’ll see reduced skin discoloration from acne and sun exposure.

Reco/s: Tia’m My Signature C Source (30 ml), P850; Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop (35 ml), P1,000; Neogen Leomn Green Caviar Essence & Tox Tightening Pack (250 ml), P1,600; Purito Pure Vitamin C Serum (60 ml), P850

3. Centella Asiatica

Kaway, kaway to all the oily and acne-prone peeps out there. Centella Asiatica is the skin active for you (not the guy you keep stalking on Instagram). This K-beauty holy grail controls sebum production (o sige, isama na natin pati unrequited feelings mo) and reduces irritation from breakouts.

Reco/s: Cosrx Centella Blemish Ampoule (20 ml), P1, 250; Neogen H2 Dermadeca Serum Spray (120 ml), P800

4. Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)

Nope, this is not the height-building vitamin (kung may na-build ba talaga, only you know) you took when you were younger. EGF is for aging skin. Not only does it stimulate cells to produce collagen for skin elasticity, it also improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Reco/s: Klairs Midnight Blue Youth Activating Drop (20 ml), P1, 250

5. Glycerin

You don’t need Jaclyn Hill nor Bretman Rock to glow when you can use a serum with glycerin. Regardless of skin type, this skin active retains moisture and softens the skin. Intense hydration brings out the youthful glow you know you’re hiding.

Reco/s: Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate (50 ml), P2,730; Abby’s House of Glycerin Switch Restorative Facial Serum (15 ml), P350

6. Quinoa Husk Extract

Quinoa is a food that’s just as good for the skin as it is for the body. (Take that healthy-healthy-han lifestyle further.) The husk extract removes dead skin cells (and your unfortunate relationships in the past) as well as accelerate the skin’s turnover process. Overnight, it reveals a Beyonce-like “I-woke-up-like-this” skin.

Reco/s: Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate (30 ml), P3,185

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