4 Facial Essences You Need in Your Life
So you might not consider it as much as a staple or daily necessary as you do your moisturizer or SPF, but in my humble opinion, a facial essence is an unsung hero that deserves more attention.
OK, OK. I get it. You don’t want to tack on any more time to your routine. But honestly, what’s 15 seconds?
You can get an essence that treats any condition or concern under the sun, but the product generally comes in the same form—a super thin liquid that has pretty much the same consistency as water. Some prep your skin for moisturizer, allowing better absorption. Others work to tone, firm, promote cellular renewal, and brighten, but they’re all meant to be used pre-moisturizer and serum and post-cleanser.
And if nothing else, they add a refreshing element to your morning or evening skin regimen. Check out a few worth testing below.
Expensive? Yes. Luxurious? Yes. Worth it? Yes. This essence is infused with the brand's signature caviar extract, which is rich in amino acids and proteins to help promote firmness and elasticity. It also preps your skin to absorb your moisturizer and serum better than before.
Paula's Choice RESIST Brightening Essence
If hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tone is the concern, this bottle, enriched in vitamin C, might be the one for you. A little goes a very, very long way. All you need is about two drops for your entire face and neck. And if dryness is an issue in addition to dullness, you should know this baby is made with two different forms of hyaluronic acid for maximum hydration.
Jurlique Activating Water Essence
I love, love, love, love, love this essence. I shake about three to four drops into my hands before lightly patting it into my skin. It's made with ingredients like marshmallow root extract to help your skin hold onto moisture better, which is a problem I've been dealing with in recent months. A few dabs of this stuff and my nightly moisturizer, and my skin is singing a different (much happier) tune.
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
While this essence is key pre-moisturizer for extra hydration, it's main claim to fame is helping your skin renew itself. And what does that mean? Glowier, healthier, and more radiant looking skin. Basically, a lot of selfies in your future.