The Best Back-to-School Skincare Essentials Under P1,000, According to College Students

by Maria Sophia Andrea E. Rosello   |  Jul 26, 2022
Image: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Juaquin Pineda, Kate Danielle
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Now that school will be back in session in just a few weeks, students are rushing to refresh their skincare essentials before requirements pile up again. Afraid that you’d look too tired after pulling an all-nighter for an exam? What about the breakouts that plagued you following a stressful group presentation? If you’re already worrying about how your skin can handle all that stress, we’ve listed seven budget-friendly products recommended to you by college students themselves!

Here are the top back-to-school skincare essentials under P1000, according to college students:

1. NIVEA MicellAIR Micellar Water 200mL 

“As a student who deals with a lot of schoolwork, I often forget to cleanse my skin at the end of the day. With this product and a cotton pad, just swipe here, swipe there, and all the dirt is gone! All of its variants are alcohol-free which is a bonus for all skin types, and it can remove makeup too! After a day of working hard, this will surely keep your skin clean before you sleep.”

–Kate Danielle Armamento, 2nd Year BS Medical Laboratory Science, De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute



NIVEA Face Cleanser MicellAIR Extra White Micellar Water, P198, Available on Shopee

2. Garnier Bright Complete Vitamin C Serum 15ML 

“This is the best vitamin C serum I have tried that is student-friendly! It does not feel warm or sticky. My skin feels hydrated after application and it brightens dark spots. I use it twice a day and as a skin prep when I put on makeup. When I don't have time, I just apply the serum along with lip balm and I'm good for a no-makeup day.” 

–Bianca Daphne, 3rd Year BS Management, Ateneo de Manila University


Garnier Bright Complete Vitamin C Serum 15ML, P350, Available on Shopee

3. MANYO Blackhead & Pore Toner 210ml

“It’s my go-to toner after cleansing my face! It’s the perfect product for a dewy look. It also minimizes my blackheads and pores. I use this in the mornings, right before my zoom calls. I always get compliments on my skin! #ZoomReady”

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–Juaquin Pineda, 2nd Year BS Architecture, De La Salle College of Saint Benilde


MANYO Blackhead & Pore Toner 210ml, P1,000, Available on Shopee

4. Happy Skin Hyaluronic + B3 Boost Brightening Eye Cream

“I have been using this product for a while now and it never fails to save my under eyes from looking tired when pulling all nighters during hell week. It also moisturizes the under eyes really well and de-puffs with its cooling metal applicator. Plus it’s really lightweight too!”

–Chelsea Garcia, 3rd Year AB Journalism, University of Santo Tomas



Happy Skin Hyaluronic + B3 Boost Brightening Eye Cream, P799, Available on Shopee

5. Sunnies Face Sunnies Lip Treat in Sakura 

“This product is my current holy grail! It's a tinted lip balm that leaves my lips feeling smooth while getting a nice natural sheen. The sakura shade as well gives my lips a natural pigmentation that's perfect for the clean girl look.”

–Rome Saenz, 3rd Year AB Communication, Ateneo de Manila University 


Sunnies Lip Treat in Sakura by Sunnies Face, P395, Available on BeautyMNL

6. COSRX Daily Gentle Cleanser 

“I love how this product feels after I use it, my skin feels so clean! It really improves skin texture and gets rid of acne and generally brightens up my face.”

–Ashley Lumauig, 3rd Year AB Political Science, Ateneo de Manila University


COSRX Daily Gentle Cleanser, P650, Available on Shopee

7. Bioré Deep Cleansing Oil 150mL

“I'm not a fan of makeup wipes as they tend to be aggressive to the skin so this product has been a LIFESAVER FOR ME! Bioré Deep Cleansing Oil is very gentle on the skin and it removes my makeup easily including waterproof mascaras; plus, a little goes a long way! This product is also ideal for those who want to try double cleansing. I love that you get a lot of the product at such an affordable price! Perfect for those who are on a budget!”

–Ivana Castillo, 3rd Year AB Economics, University of Santo Tomas


Bioré Deep Cleansing Oil 150mL, P349, Available on Shopee


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