WHAT IS AN ESSENCE?
Essence is one of the quintessential steps in the Korean Beauty Routine, but if you’re still wondering exactly what it does and whether you should be using one, you’re not alone!
Today we’re taking a look at exactly what an essence is, as well as how you use one.
WHAT IS IT?
An essence is a concentrated skincare product that is applied to clean skin after toning. Essences have formulas that specifically target wrinkles, fine lines, dull and uneven skin tone. Koreans consider these to be essential products in a skincare routine, rather than an option or a luxury.
IS ESSENCE THE SAME AS TONER?
Although they are watery in texture, essences aren’t designed to replace your toner or to offer an additional cleansing step. Instead, they target and treat the skin on a cellular level.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
Korean essences perform several functions.
- First, they contain active ingredients that optimise the skin’s natural turnover rate to renew skin cells and regenerate the skin.
- Second, they prep your skin to absorb the next layers of skincare you apply.
- Third, they lightly hydrate your skin to assist your serum and moisturiser to sink in.
If you’ve ever felt like your moisturiser is just sitting on top of your skin and not dissolving into it, essence will be a great addition to your skincare routine.In a nutshell – essences are a quick and easy way to up your skincare game.
WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL IT MAKE TO MY SKIN?
In addition to lightly hydrating your skin and preparing your skin to absorb your next layer of skincare, using an essence every day will make your skin smoother, brighter, softer and assist you to apply makeup more evenly. Basically #skingoals!
HOW DO I USE IT?
Apply to clean skin, or after toning both morning and night.
Simply tap or pat it into your face (rather than wiping it).
OUR TOP K-BEAUTY PICKS
For Dry Skin: we adore gentle Commleaf Vitarice Essence. This celebrated essence water is made on a base of fermented rice filtrate and contains carefully selected ingredients to promote brighter, more hydrated skin.
For Dull Skin: we can’t go past Tosowoong’s Brightening Propolis Essence. This clarifying and soothing Korean Beauty product is jam-packed full of K-Beauty favourite propolis. It works to gently nourish, soothe, calm and brighten.
For Sensitive Skin: we recommend Soroci Skin Repair Softener. This calming, soothing layer contains luxe caviar, rice extract, hyaluronic acid and more to nourish and brighten sensitive skin without burdening it.
For Mature Skin: we love APLB Glutathione Hyaluronic Acid Essence. Experience the effects of famed pigmentation-eradicating ingredient glutathione for yourself. This newly released product is infused with Glutathione (100ppm), Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid (100ppm) and more to provide elasticity and nutrition for youthful looking skin.
For Oily Skin, Redness and Inflammation: try the beauty bloggers’ favourite LJH Tea Tree Essence. Formulated with 90% natural tea tree extract, this cult Korean beauty product alleviates uneven skin tone, minimises redness and irritation and improves your overall complexion.
For Acne Prone Skin: it’s got to be Benton’s Snail Bee High Content Essence. This cult-favourite product works wonders on acne-prone skin and acne scars by brightening skin, lightening scars and increasing collagen production to repair skin.
For All Skin Types: the original “Holy Grail” of Korean Beauty is Missha’s Time Revolution First Treatment Essence. This product provides 8 benefits – soothing, smoothing, balancing sebum levels, moisturising, improving skin tone, firming, wrinkle repair and boosting.