FACIAL ESSENCE: Do You Need It? This Will Help You Decide!

Even though facial essences have been popular in the Asian skincare market for years there is still a mystery for many people. They are considered the Korean skincare secret to flawless skin.

What Exactly Is A Facial Essence?

 Facial essence is a concentrated formula that treats the skin at a cellular level. It’s lightweight, hydrating liquid, developed to help your skin absorb the moisturizer, after cleansing. This concentrated formula targets wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven skin tones.

Using a facial essence will provide a hydrating layer so your skin can best absorb your fancy serums and creams. With regular use, your skin will start regenerating and you will see your skin smoother and brighter. You will look more youthful.

As you may already know there are three basic steps for a skincare routine:

  1. Cleanse. Cleansing set you up for healthy balanced skin. But it is important to use the right cleanser like Pyunkang Yul Cleansing Foam and don’t forget to use a makeup remover to first remove makeup before you cleanse your skin.
  2. Toner. Now that you have cleansed your face it is time to prep it with a toner lotion-like Cosrx AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner. This helps to hydrate and soften the skin.
  3. Moisturizer. You should never skip the face moisturizer. This is an important step in any skincare routine. A moisturizer like Cosrx Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion With Birch Sap will create a protective film over the skin to keep your skin protected and hydrated all day long.

Now, you might be wondering why do you need a face essence if you are already using a toner? Well, this a good question.

Although they are both lightweight and feel quite similar, they have different functions and contain different ingredients.

The toner is the perfect product to completely remove your cleanser. It is water, enhanced with essential oils and often alcohol for quick drying. On the other hand, a facial essence is more creamy and it contains higher levels of active ingredients. A facial essence will penetrate deeper into the skin.

Facial essence is the perfect complement for your skin after cleansing and toning. It is an efficient way to prepare your skin for moisturizing.

How To Use A Facial Essence?

As you can see if you follow the three basic steps of a skincare routine you will need to add a fourth step. The good news is that applying essence to your face is easy and doesn’t take up a lot of your time.



A facial essence like Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence is commonly used after toner. But Wait! Do not use a cotton pad to apply it. Asian skincare experts prefer to place a couple of drops into the palms and press the essence into your face until absorbed.

When you use your hands to apply the essence you are making sure the product is penetrating the skin, and you are boosting circulation.

If the facial essence has a watery consistency like Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence, a good idea is to transfer the essence into a spritz bottle and spray directly onto your face.

It is important to know that essences have different types of consistencies. You can choose a liquid, gel or more concentrated formula, such as Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence.

Which Facial Essence Is Right For Your Skin Type?

There are a lot of facial essences to choose from. The most popular ones are for brightening, hydrating or firming such as Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence.

For dry skin, your best choice is to use a moisturizing essence, with hyaluronic acid.



And for brighter skin choose an essence that contains brightening pearl pigments such as Nacific Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence which will give your skin a radiance look.

Bottom Line

As you can see facial essences will help your skin look fresh, younger and brighter. Remember, a good skincare routine includes at least 4 steps which are:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Tone
  3. Essence
  4. Moisturize

Try your best to commit to this routine to see great results! Keep in mind that taking care of your skin consistently is the most important thing for beautiful, clear skin.

Finally, treating your skin is a lifelong commitment and is important for everyone regardless of age or how your skin looks today. The solution is to be mindful!

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