Korean Beauty Products I Wish Existed in the 90s/ Early 2000s


One day after school, I saw my Mom scrutinizing 3 small green boxes on her hands. She was reading the texts carefully while I was innocently looking at the numbers 1, 2, 3 labeled on them. I told myself that the number 1 box must be the best. I asked what are those for and she told me lovingly that the mini bottles inside will make her face more beautiful. Being a 90s kid who’s naive with beauty standards of that time, I did not understand what she meant. I watched as my mom religiously apply those liquids on her face. Then one night, the face she was taking care of became red and tender. She finally let go of those horrible astringent products. 

I think women of today are very lucky to have resources when it comes to skincare options. Long before internet and social media, we rely most of the time on what is heavily advertised on TV. Korean beauty products aren’t shown on local television even at present time but their campaigns on internet reach more people enough to be known in most households. Kbeauty products are on the rise today and not only they are effective, they are pretty affordable too. 

Now if I were to go back in time, these are the KBeauty skincare goodies which I have tried and tested and will give to my younger Mom. 









Laneige Clear C Peeling Mask - This wash off mask comes in a cute and sturdy pink jar. It has a wonderful yogurt-like texture which has strawberry seeds that gently exfoliates and does not make the skin dry at the same time. It may be a little pricey for a mask but I think it's worth it thinking how it leaves my face fresh, soft, and every time I use this product. 

Price: P1070 at Althea 













Cosrx Good Morning Cleanser - I hate that this cleanser did not exist during the 90s and 2000s. This could have been a lifesaver for many women who are having breakouts. This cleanser smells like tea tree oil and is very good for oily skin. Speaking by experience, it helps clear blackheads on my nose which has been my problem for so long. A little drying on the skin though but a generous amount of your favorite moisturizer will do. 

Price: P540 at Watson's









Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Toner - I had a naive belief that toners are just water with alcohol. Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Toner proved me wrong and I easily understood why this product became a favorite of many. It’s very gentle on the skin while making my face a blank canvass for other skincare products to work on. I thought the texture was oily but surprisingly it's enough to hydrate my face during the toning process.

Price: P1150 at Go Bloom and Glow






 Jumiso All Day Brightening and Balancing Facial Serum - Apart from their line of sheet masks, Jumiso is known for their Vita C Drop and All Day Brightening and Balancing Facial Serum. I adore the latter so much because it’s been truthful to its promise of brightening the skin. The key ingredient here is the niacinamide which helps improve skin texture, reduce the congestion of pores and makes the skin glow.

Price: P1251 at Style Korean









The Face Shop Pomegranate and Collagen Emulsion - Living in a tropical country means we have to keep up with the humidity. I’m glad that over the years, science came up with a skincare product called Emulsion which moisturizes the face but not as thick as the facial creams do. Pomegranate is an anti-oxidant that fights skin blemishes and protects skin cells. Collagen has anti-aging properties that enhances skin’s elasticity to make it healthier-looking. This emulsion from The Face Shop delivers all of these in one bottle which is exactly what I need. 

Price: P995 at Beauty MNL




Have you tried these products? If you were to time travel, which of these will you bring back to the past?

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