Published March 30, 2023
We all want soft, glowing skin—but how do you achieve that? An essential part of your skincare routine is the use of an essence. But what is an essence, and why do you need it? In this article, we'll explore the basics of skincare essences so that you can make sure your skin looks and feels its best.
WHAT IS A SKINCARE ESSENCE?
Imagine a dry sponge and trying to put dishwashing liquid on it, it doesn't penetrate properly. For the product to be properly absorbed, the skin must be wet. It's the same with the skin! It must be moisturized so that it is more receptive to the following treatments.
Essence is a water-based product inspired by Asian beauty rituals. In China, they are nicknamed "skin appetizers" because essences prepare the skin to receive all the benefits of the following treatments by facilitating their absorption. For that reason, it's usually applied after a toner but before a serum and moisturizer.
WHY DO I NEED TO USE AN ESSENCE?
Using an essence provides extra hydration for your skin by infusing it with beneficial vitamins and minerals. A good essence can also improve the texture of your skin by reducing signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines. It helps to protect against damage from sun exposure, pollution, and other environmental factors. Finally, using an essence regularly will improve the overall appearance of your skin by providing glow and radiance.
HOW DO I SELECT AN ESSENCE FOR MY SKIN TYPE?
When selecting an essence for your skin type, it's important to look at the ingredients list carefully.
If you have oily or combination skin, look for essences that are lightweight and non-greasy so they won't clog pores or make you feel greasy afterwards.
For dry or mature skin types, opt for something more hydrating with nourishing oils like jojoba oil or rosehip oil as well as antioxidants like vitamin C or ferulic acid. Our GLOBAL-REPAIR ESSENCE, for instance, includes Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil. It is specifically formulated to revitalize the look and feel of dull skin and to prepare the skin to absorb serums and moisturizing face creams better.
It's also important to consider any potential allergies when choosing an essence since some essences may contain potential irritants such as alcohols or fragrances.
HOW DOES AN ESSENCE FIT IN MY SKINCARE ROUTINE?
An essence should be used after cleansing, but before serums or moisturizers in order to give them time to absorb properly into the skin without being diluted by water from a cleanser residue or toner left on the face. We recommend that you apply an essence to the entire face and neck, patting lightly with the palms of your hands. Use gentle tapping motions starting from the center of your face outward in order to promote absorption without irritating delicate facial tissue. After applying the essence, allow it to sit on the face for a few minutes before patting in any remaining moisture onto the face with either fingers or a clean cotton cloth so that none goes wasted!
Essences are a great way to get the most out of your other skincare products and add extra hydration and nourishment into your daily skincare routine while protecting against environmental damage caused by UV rays and pollution. They're especially beneficial if you have dry or mature skin types as they provide deep hydration while helping reduce signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines - making them perfect additions regardless of what kind of routine you already have! With proper selection based on ingredient lists tailored towards individual needs combined with diligent application techniques, essences can help bring out even more beauty out of our precious faces!