What is a skin essence and do I need one?

What is a skin essence and do I need one?

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.

Omorovicza Omoressence

Formulated with a complex of Amino Acids, Omorovicza Omoressence hydrates and balances your skin for a beautifully even complexion. The quenching formula harnesses the powers of Omorovicza’s thermal healing waters from Budapest to soothe the skin and protect your complexion from environmental aggressors. Skin will be left soft, supple and clear with a more youthful appearance.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence

Revitalise and hydrate your complexion with Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence. The potent solution smooths over the skin, deeply hydrating and enhancing the skin’s natural radiance. Enriched with Caudalie’s signature Grape Water, the luxurious formula comforts envelops the skin in a veil of soothing moisture. The addition of Glycolic Acid also allows the powerful essence to eliminate dead skin cells from the skin for a refined, radiant complexion.

COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence

Boost the moisture levels of your skin with COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence. Eliminating rough and dry patches on your complexion, the essence helps to create the perfect base for the hydrating serums and creams in your skincare routine. Enriched with super-hydrating Hyaluronic Acid, your skin will feel relieved of any dryness after application and will look so smooth and soft.

Huxley Brightly Ever After Essence

Perfect for dull, tired complexions, Huxley Brightly Ever After Essence is enriched with Naicinamide to leave your skin glowing and radiant. As with each of the luxurious Huxley essences, Brightly Ever After contains Sahara Prickly Pear Cactus Seed Oil to nourish the skin and help protect your skin to minimise the effects of ageing. The non-stickly formula glides over the skin, deeply hydrating for a beautifully clear and even complexion.

SVR Laboratoires HYDRALIANE Essence Moisturiser

Based on 80% Physio-Adapted Water and Hyaluronic Acid, SVR Laboratoires HYDRALIANE Essence Moisturiser is perfect for all skin types. The aqua-gel texture allows the product to absorb quickly and deeply into the skin, hydrating your complexion for an ultra-smooth, luminous finish. Your skin will be left feeling supple and super soft.



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