Shoppers Are Finding Off-Label Uses for This Hydrating $28 Facial Essence
Facial essences don't discriminate: They're one of those beauty products that's beneficial for all skin types. Applied after cleansing and before serums, an essence's primary purposes are to add hydration and help upcoming products absorb better, boosting their efficacy. And thanks to Amazon shoppers, you don't have to search endlessly for the best one — this hydrating facial essence is just $28 and provides high-quality results.
Missha's Treatment Essence uses niacinamide, a water-soluble vitamin that improves the skin's texture and reduces pore size, and lactic acid, which hydrates the skin and banishes signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. There's also fermented yeast extract of Himalayan purple barley, which "revitalizes the skin and imparts radiance," according to the brand. It claims to remove dead skin cells, smooth the skin's texture, and trap in moisture for all-day hydration. To apply, take a few drops of the product into your hands or on a cotton round and pat it into your skin.
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If you think that an essence sounds a lot like a toner, you're not wrong: They are similar, but they have key differences. Unlike a toner, an essence isn't alcohol-based. Instead, there's glycerin, which locks in moisture. Dr. Melanie Palm, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Art of Skin MD, previously explained to InStyle that "glycerin is one of a precious few moisturizing ingredients that has a lasting effect, well beyond its time of application and absorption."
Over 1,000 Amazon shoppers back up the essence with a five-star rating. Across many reviews, they say that Missha's hydrating formulation transformed their skin. One wrote that it's their "new holy grail in skincare! I saw immediately that it plumped and moisturized my skin. I applied some to one of my hands to compare, and it took YEARS off and filled in the smile lines around my mouth. My skin looks and feels smooth and plump." (Note the off-label use — you can splash the essence on your hands and décolletage, too.)
Another reviewer, who had never used an essence before, says the category is "one of those secrets we never knew about" before adding, "I've really noticed a big improvement in my skin and often will leave the house with no makeup on as my skin just glows… this essence being a big part of it."
"My skin finally glows! For over a year now, I have been trying to clear my skin and get it to have that 'glow' everyone always talks about," a final reviewer says. "I came across this and decided to try it. It has been a miracle worker for my skin. My skin is now clearer and more moisturized. The niacinamide helps prevent acne and tightens pores and the lactic acid helps keep skin looking refreshed. I now have that healthy glow to my skin and no longer have to wear a bunch of foundation. This essence has been a lifesaver for my face."
Add the Missha Treatment Essence first to your cart on Amazon, then to your skincare routine for plumper, and dewier skin.