September 30, 2016

If you question a beauty-savvy Korean woman about the importance of an using essence, she would tell you that it is the heart of a skincare routine. The Korean skincare routine can consist of 10 to 30 products (IKR), each product delivering various different benefits to your skin with a good practice of layering. Essences would usually come after your toner, just before applying a serum. But if you don’t use a toner or a serum, don’t worry – you can use an essence to replace those two steps. They’re lighter than a moisturiser and more viscous than a toner, adding moisture to the skin to help it stay healthier and more plump. Whether it’s morning or night, you can incorporate this step into your regimen. Simply dispense the product onto your hand or a cotton pad and apply it evenly all over your face and neck.

Beyond a luxurious feel of hydration, essences have an anti-aging element to them as well, increasing your skin cell turnover rate to reveal a brighter and more even skin tone. In essence (just had to), essences are like liquid gold, but not all of them are created equal. Have a look at the beauty essences that have attained holy grail statuses.



Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence

One of Missha’s most popular product is often compared with SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence in terms of its physical appearance as well as its efficacy. SK-II uses Pitera (Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate), while Missha’s contain Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate as well as Bifida Ferment Lysate and lactic acid. The formula also contains niacinamide, which is a Vitamin B3 component that improves the skin barrier function. The ingredients list boasts a lot more botanical extracts, expediting the process of skin cell renewal by diminishing fine lines, bringing down any redness, hydrating the skin and even brightening it with constant usage.



SU:M37 Secret Programming Essence

If you thought the SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick was the star of the show, then you need to know about the Secret Programming Essence. Not only is the packaging luxuriously gorgeous, it’s got an impressive formula too. Their botanical ingredients are fermented for a year before they’re added into the concoction. Its consistency is a little thicker compared to most watery essences on the market, but it’s light enough to sink into your skin almost instantly. Thanks to its numerous variations of fermented lactic acid, you can get that same Korean all-over glow.


IOPE Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning 

IOPE has recreated Thioredoxin, which in an essential compound to the skin’s bio activities. Similar to Missha’s formula, IOPE’s is packed with powerful ingredients such as Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, niacinamide and adenosine to ensure smoother, clearer and brighter skin with continued usage. The essence also contains over 60 billion bio-enzymes to optimise your skin condition. Like most essence, this one is perfect for oilier skin types and warmer weather as it gives your skin the hydration it needs within weighing it down.