“Essences add extra hydration to your skin, and help make all of your other skin care products work better, too.”
When it comes to creating an effective skin care regimen, essences are an unsung hero, delivering more benefits than most people realize. Also referred to as hydrating or moisturizing waters, essences have long been popular in Asia, an essential part of K-beauty routines. They’re finally making their presence known stateside, and there’s good reason why you should consider incorporating a Korean face essence into your daily routine.
What is an essence for face?
“Imagine trying to sop a spill with a sponge that’s hard and dried up—it’s just going to push the liquid around, not absorb it,” says Jeff Rosevear, founding scientist and Head of Product Development for Skinsei. “But if you slightly dampen the sponge first, it will be better able to absorb that spill.” In this analogy, your skin is the sponge and a facial essence is that first hit of moisture you give it, so that it can better absorb any products (serum, moisturizer) you apply afterwards.
Delivering just the lightest amount of hydration, a skin essence leaves your complexion instantly soft and supple, and ready for heavier moisture and any other skin care ingredients to come. Simply apply a few drops into your palms and gently press into skin immediately post-cleansing. Skinsei also offers a unique skin care essence mist: It, too, hydrates, but has the added benefit of shielding your complexion from skin-damaging pollution, acting like a barrier to keep those pesky particles from sticking. Mist it on in the morning, pre-moisturizer, or throughout the day (no, it won’t mess up your makeup). At the end of the day, an essence is of the essence, both improving the look and feel of your skin, and ensuring all of the other skin care products that follow work more effectively. And really, who doesn’t want that? Find the best essence for you skin type with our holistic diagnostic tool.