In the Far East, essence has long been a common part of everyday skincare regimes – as essential as cleansing and moisturising. Little known in the West, 2017 is the year that essence makes the leap to Western skincare, with beauty industry experts and influencers beginning to rave about the product.
So what exactly is essence? Should you incorporate it into your skincare routine? And which type of essence is right for your skin?
What is Essence, exactly?
Essence is a light, hydrating liquid used between cleansing and moisturising. It’s purpose? To help your skin absorb all that goodness from your moisturising products.
The theory is this: when your skin is dry, it’s no good at absorbing liquid. Moistening your face with essence before moisturising makes your skin more absorbent, helping your products do more.
It’s a very different product to toner, which you may also use at this point. While toner gets rid of the last of your old make up and is designed to dry quickly, essence creates a soft, hydrating canvas for your next skincare steps.
How to apply essence
Essence should be applied after cleansing and before moisturising. If you use a toner after cleansing, make sure you apply essence after this step. To apply effectively, don’t use a brush or sponge. Instead, pop a couple of drops into your palms and press the product into your face to maximise absorption and increase circulation.
Which essence should you try?
There are lots of essences out there, which are now starting to appear in Western beauty ranges – all designed for different skin types and different purposes. For tired and dehydrated skin, essences with hyaluronic acid are a great pick. If your skin is feeling a little dull and could do with brightening, essences containing pearl pigments and brightening botanicals could do the trick.
Have you tried essences in your skincare routine? What were the effects? Share your stories and skincare secrets with other readers below.