By now we all know that K-Beauty leads the way with innovative skincare solutions for hydrated, glowing skin.
Essences, which are now becoming more popular in Western skincare regimes, are no exception to this. Although they may sound slightly mystical and unusual, facial essences have been popular in the Asian skincare market for years.
What is a skin essence?
A skin essence falls somewhere between a water and a serum in terms of consistency. Super lightweight and hydrating, essences are designed to help prepare your skin for moisture, allowing the products you apply afterwards to absorb more deeply into the skin.
Imagine your skin is a bit like a sponge. A slightly damp sponge can absorb water much more easily than a cleansed and dried sponge. Your skin will drink up moisture when slightly damp rather than when left to dry completely post-cleansing.
Put simply, an essence primes your skin to best absorb the serums, oils or creams you apply afterwards. Adding one more layer of hydration to your skin, essences are a wonderful addition to any skincare routine designed for dull, dry skin.
Best applied with your finger tips, essences should be pressed and patted into the skin to allow the product to penetrate and perfectly prep your skin for the rest of your regime.
5 of the best skin essences
To help you achieve the quenched, glowing skin of your dreams, we have selected a few of our favourite essences for dull, dry skin.