Essence is completely underrated in Western skin care. In Korea, it is considered the heart of skincare and rightly so (hello, hydrated glow).
Essence is a concentrated formula, traditionally, more lightweight than serum, that specifically targets wrinkles, fine lines, and dull and uneven skin tones. While this step is not required in your skincare routine it can provide many added benefits to the skin. The main benefit is hydration, essential to keep your skin healthy and performing properly.
It’s very important to keep the skin hydrated. Hydrated skin reduces the chance of skin problems, fights against wrinkles and keeps the skin looking young and fresh. Who the heck doesn’t want that?!
Essences often come in a watery consistency, meaning using a cotton pad can result in a lot of waste. To get the most out of your essence, pour the product into your palm and tap it lightly onto your face and neck. When applying products to your face you should always tap instead of rubbing. Korean women recommend tapping because it enhances absorption while rubbing your face is not recommended as it causes tugging and pulling of the skin which can lead to wrinkles.
The essence should be applied after your toner and before the serum in your skincare routine for best absorption. While you don’t need to use one every day doing so will leave your skin happy, plum and thanking you with a beautiful dewy glow.