Applying a facial essence is the skincare step you need for healthier skin.
Long gone are the days where women have a basic three-step regime of cleanse, tone and moisturise. I mean just look at the popularity of the 10-step Korean skincare regime. And with more steps come with it a greater variety of products to use, which can be confusing for even beauty junkies. One product which women are often confused about is facial essences.
While most people know about the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, many probably don’t really know what it is or what it does, or how it differs from a toner.
Essentially (no pun intended), a facial essence is a lightweight liquid that is used after a toner to add another layer of hydration before applying your serum. Think of your skin as a dry sponge after cleansing. Toners help to remove remaining dirt and grime left and some even balance pH levels. Essences, on the other hand, hydrates skin and primes it so it can better absorb the active ingredients from the rest of your skincare.
Compared to a toner, facial essences contain more active ingredients to help penetrate into skin better to hydrate skin as well as target other skin concerns. However, they are usually not as concentrated as a serum. While they might not be a necessity, they definitely help to nourish skin and help the rest of your skincare work harder for you. Below, we pick out the facial essences you need to add to your beauty regime.
1. Clarins Multi-Active Treatment Essence, $70
This is infused with teasel extract, which increases skin cell energy to boost skin vitality, as well as acerola seed extract to encourage cellular respiration to boost skin radiance, leaving your complexion soft, supple and more radiant. The emollient action maintains skin’s suppleness and helps to prep skin for the rest of your skincare regime.
2. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, $99
This contains the brand’s signature ingredient Pitera, which is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and organic acids to restore skin’s natural functions. It is said to treat spots, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, refine skin texture, improve firmness and boost radiance.
3. Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence, $108
This protects skin against environmental aggressors and prevents signs of ageing. Its star ingredient Kombucha provides a double-defence to counteract the effects of pollutants with a multi-action approach. Firstly, it is said to deactivate pollutants, which are commonly found in air and water, preventing them from causing oxidative stress and damaging skin. It also has powerful antioxidant activity, which helps to effectively neutralise free radicals and counteract the effects of pollutants.
4. Cremorlab T.E.N. Mineral Treatment Essence, $58
This is rich in natural ingredients and contains a potent blend of botanical actives such as green tea extract and centella asiatica to nourish skin. It restores skin’s natural moisture and boosts radiance. It also minimises enlarged pores, diminishes wrinkles, even out skin tone, smoothes out skin’s texture and improves elasticity.
5. Biotherm Life Plankton Essence, $78
This is infused with the brand’s Life Plankton and is said to be at its highest concentration in a miracle skin renewing treatment. It maintains skin’s hydration levels and increases its resilience. Upon application, skin becomes more radiant and smooth.
A version of this article originally appeared in www.femalemag.com.sg.