According to Charlotte Cho, the co-founder of K-beauty retailer, “Essences are the heart of Korean skin-care routines”. They shouldn’t be confused with serums. Facial essence has lightweight, watery, and quick-absorbing texture. But still, do you really need it? Is it an unnecessary step that you should or shouldn’t include in your every day skin-routine?

“Essences are the heart of Korean skin-care routines. They shouldn’t be confused with serums”

What is Facial Essence?

The lightweight hydrating liquid product that is designed to prepare your skin for serum or moisturizer is called facial essence. It goes after the toner, and before the serum. If you imagine skin on your face like a sponge, when you clean and dry it, it wouldn’t be in condition to absorb all the right things that come from serum or moisturizer. That is when essence comes to the scene – layering your skin and preparing it for more ingredients.

If you are wondering what the difference between toner and essence is, then I can’t blame you. They are both liquids but contain different ingredients, and they also have a distinct purpose. Essence has many highly concentrated ingredients that can penetrate deep into your skin. Toners, on the other hand, may contain alcohol and essential oils.


How to Use Facial Essence?

Whether your skin-care routine contains two or more steps, beauty gurus recommend using the essence for brightening your skin. You can apply it morning and evening on your cotton pad or even better on the palm of your hand and press it on your face. You should wait until the essence absorbs and then apply your serum or moisturizer.

Essences are perfect for any skin type. Even people with extremely dry and dull skin can use it on an everyday basis. The ingredients that essence contain will intensely moisturize and hydrate your skin.

Here are some of the best essences that you can find on the market, that are perfect for any skin type.

Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Intensive [Moist]

Price: $39.20

This essence from Missha is recommended for all skin types but mostly for ones who have problems with redness, dry or rough texture, and lifeless complexion of their skin.

It refines skin texture, while the hyaluronic acid and niacinamide moisturize and replenish the skin’s texture.

Lumene Glow Boost Essence

Price: $35.01

This miracle in the bottle represents two products in one – boosting serum and super concentrated essence. Arctic spring water, berry extract, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid makes your skin look plumper and smoother, and more radiant than it was before.

Caudalie Vinoperfect

Price: $31.84

Caudalie is one of the most famous French beauty brands that is known for their products worldwide. The main ingredient of all their products is organic grape water. This essence is enriched with all other ingredients that prevent black spots, make your skin radiant and moisturized – glycolic acid, white peony extracts, and grape water. It is suitable for all skin types.

Origins Essence Lotion With Dual Ferment Complex

This lotion from Origins is perfect for those with dry, normal and oily skin. It has an extract of willowherb and Persian silk tree. Oil-free texture is ideal for getting glowy, radiant skin results in no time.