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Essence: What Is It and Do I Need It?


Our nighttime triple threat typically consists of a face wash, a toner, and a moisturizer to top it off. However, recently we have discovered we’ve been missing its fourth member– ESSENCE. Now, you’re probably wondering “what in the world is essence”, and is it really that imperative to include in my skincare routine? We know it’s hard to fathom the thought of adding another step to an already perfect nighttime routine, however, hear us out.

What is Essence?

Essence originated from Korea and is a serum-like product that infuses the skin with vitamins while also hydrating and tightening the skin. It works to penetrate the skin to the deepest level and prepare the pores to absorb the following products in your skincare regime at a more effective rate. This is due to their lightweight molecular makeup, contrary to moisturizer, which has a heavy molecular makeup and therefore cannot penetrate the skin the same way essences can.

How Do You Apply Skin Essence?

Essentially, essence is like a primer for your moisturizer. This is so your skin can reach its full optimal levels and ensure you are taking full advantage of the products that you are putting on your skin. We believe that you shouldn’t waste a dollar on a product that just sits on the surface of your skin rather than penetrating it. So, while essence may not seem like a necessity, it’s definitely an added bonus. Start with applying an essence after your toner and then work your way up to a thicker consistency, aka moisturizer. We recommend applying it to your face with the palm of your hands instead of a cotton pad; that way you don’t risk potentially having all of  “essence goodness” absorbed in the pad.

If you want to get your hands on this skincare secret weapon, shop our favorite essences down below.


Royal Fern Phytoactive Skin Perfecting Essence $85

This is the ultimate essence to minimize the appearance of pores, inflammation, and hyperpigmentation all in one. This essence also stimulates collagen to restore youthfulness in your skin with just one swipe!


Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Power Primer $46

A next-level primer that creates a flawless canvas for makeup application. With the use of peptides, your skin will look fresh, prepped, and smooth.

Tatcha The Essence Plumping Skin Softener $95

The essence from Tatcha is the perfect product for those with textured skin. It uses green tea concentrate, rice, and algae to produce lactic acid in the skin which increases cell turnover and reduces texture in the skin.

Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution $45

This product is incredible for hypersensitive skin that suffers from redness and unevenness in tone and texture. It works to strengthen the skin barrier while hydrating and calming the skin.


SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Mini $99

This essence is amazing for reducing the appearance of dark spots and fine lines to create visible radiance. It is also a lightweight formula that gives an effortless glow.

Amorepacific Vintage Single Extract Essence $25

Combining alguronic acid with witch hazel and chamomile, this essence will tone and soothe skin gently.

Amorepacific Vintage Single Extract Essence $95

This essence from Amorepacific increases firmness and activates elasticity in the skin. It also combats fine lines creating a youthful complexion!


Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Essence $215

As the name suggests, this essence from Tata Harper is one of the best essences out there for creating a bright and radiant complexion. This essence is also ideal for those with dry skin because it plumps and hydrates the skin.

Fresh Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence $27

This essence from Fresh uses Kombucha to create a smooth, clear complexion. This is ideal for people combatting acne and hormonal imbalances because of its anti-pollutant qualities.


photo courtesy of @basicstouch

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