It was in 2017 when skincare truly began to take precedence over makeup, where the foundation of choice is no foundation at all. So we sought out the Holy Grail product to beat our existing Holy Grail products — each one offering more or less than the last one.

Sometimes, tried and tested truly works best. Following the massive success of its Midnight Recovery Concentrate, heritage skincare brand Kiehl’s has come up with a worthy companion: the Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil.

This lightweight but deep-cleansing oil can get rid of skin impurities with a swipe, and has none of the greasiness in many cleansing oils. It’s best used to remove makeup, but Kiehl’s also recommends it at the start of the day, as a nice refresher after a night’s sleep.

Kiehl’s also came up with the Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream. Made of New Zealand manuka honey and Korean red ginseng root, this moisturizer aims to increase the skin’s glow and radiance as it helps it recover from skin damage. The New Zealand manuka honey has been known for its healing properties, and can resist bacteria and treat wounds. Korean red ginseng root, meanwhile, is coveted for its ability to restore the skin’s health. And with the harsh summer rays beating down on us, keeping the skin at its prime has never been more essential. —Marga Buenaventura

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil, P1,800. Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream, P3,350. Kiehl’s is located at Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City. For more information, visit and @KiehlsPhilippines via Instagram.

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