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3 Best Essences to Add to Your Skincare Routine

If you’ve been following the essence trend, you’re already aware of the essences and which ones would be most effective for your specific skin concerns.

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If you are new to this, don’t worry! We defined essences and rounded up some of our favorites for all skin types.


What role do essences play in my current skincare routine?

Basically, after cleansing (or, if you use a toner, before moisturizing). However, don’t completely dry your face after cleansing because your skin absorbs serums best when it’s moist. Moisture allows active ingredients to penetrate deeper into the skin. This is a common blunder that even the most seasoned of us have made. 


Do I still need to moisturize after applying serums?

Yes! Even if you apply a super hydrating serum rich in hyaluronic acid (which helps skin retain moisture), you’ll still need a lotion or cream to create a barrier on top of the skin. This will seal in all the good while protecting against the bad. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen afterward! 


SK-II Facial Treatment Essence 

You’ve probably seen ads for this essence all over social media, but it’s been a beauty fan favorite for quite some time. The formula is infused with Pitera, an ingredient derived from yeast fermentation, and contains over 50 micronutrients that nourish, condition, smooth, and hydrate your skin. What users appreciate the most is how quickly they notice a difference—even after only a few days of use.


COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

I know what you’re thinking—does she really mean snail secretion? I am, indeed. And not without reason. This essence contains 96 percent snail secretion filtrate, which means it contains many essential vitamins that intensely replenish and revitalize your complexion. Snail mucin also moisturizes dry skin, treats acne, and reduces hyperpigmentation. It’s essentially your all-in-one, especially if you have stubborn blemishes. Because this formula is so potent, you only need a small amount to treat your face thoroughly.


Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence 

Consider this Laneige facial essence to be a large glass of water for your skin. The star of its formula is the brand’s proprietary green mineral water, infused with extracts from vitamin-rich vegetables (such as kale, watercress, and beet) for all-day hydration. It’s also very light and absorbs quickly.

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