Essences have been at the core of Korean skincare routines forever. And now, the K-Beauty trend has made its way into shelves around the world. But what is an essence exactly, and how can it take your skin to the next level? We answer all your questions in our guide to skincare essences and why they're a staple in the Jurlique skin care ritual.
What is an essence?
An essence is a hybrid between a toner and a serum - hydrating and prepping the skin for the rest of your skincare ritual. They have a fluid, lightweight and almost watery texture, and have a low molecular weight which means they can penetrate the layers of the skin. You'll know a good essence by the hydrating ingredients it contains; look for high concentrations of antioxidants and botanicals.
The benefits of using an essence
Skin needs to be damp for skin care products to be absorbed. This is what an essence does; it hydrates and conditions the skin to prepare it for the serums, oils, and moisturizers to follow. Not only that but essences balance and nourish the skin after cleansing and toning. With regular use, you'll soon be able to see the visible benefits, as essences revitalize the skin, and smooth and brighten the complexion.
Are essences suitable for all skin types?
In a word - yes. There are different types of skin essence, with some formulated for all skin types, and others that address specific skin concerns like dullness or uneven skin tone, but they'll suit everyone. The lightweight texture of essences is ideal for oily skin, while their super-hydrating formulas make them especially beneficial for dry and dehydrated skin. Most people are susceptible to dry skin at some point, though, so essences should form a part of everyone's skincare ritual.
How to apply an essence
Use your essence morning and night, after your toning mist and before your serum. Pour a couple of drops into the palm of your hands (don't use a cotton pad; it will waste the product and your hands are much more effective) and gently press into your face, neck, and decolletage.
Why we created the Activating Water Essence
Discover hydrated skin for yourself by shopping our Activating Water Essence+ is an essential part of our skincare ritual. It's one of our must-have hero products thanks to it revitalizing, softening and smoothing skin while continuously hydrating it. The formula is boosted by two powerful Marshmallow Root extracts that comes straight from our organic Jurlique Farm in the South Australia Hills, and also contains high-performance botanical extracts that make it an ideal hydrating skin care product. But don't just take our word for it, Activating Water Essence+ is clinically proven to improve skin hydration by 155% immediately after application*
Revitalize, soften and hydrate your skin with our Activating Water Essence+.
*Based on 32 subjects using Activating Water Essence+ with a baseline of 100% after 10 minutes .