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What's All the Fuss about Face Essences?

If you're into skincare (or maybe even if you're not!) you may have heard the latest buzz word "essence". So what exactly is a face essence? You may be excused for thinking it's the same as a serum but you'd be mistaken. Made popular in Korea where they use 10+ step skincare regimes, essences are at the heart of the Korean skin routine.

Face essences are designed to be more lightweight and less concentrated than serums, traditionally they are more watery than serums, they do not cleanse or tone the skin so follow these two steps. With higher doses of active ingredients, essences are designed to deliver those ingredients deep into the skin after you've gone through the process of cleansing (two or three times, if you're thorough). They can also balance skins pH levels once you've stripped the skin of oils by cleansing and toning.

In Korean skincare, essences are followed by the use of a serum, which comes in a smaller vial at higher concentrations, By using both together you can see intense hydration along with an anti-aging element. Adding moisture to the skin at an early age can help skin stay healthy and plump longer.

However, face essences are not suitable for use by everyone. Essences are more suited to dry skin types, if you have oily, combination or acne prone skin, an essence isn't really for you.


As the seasons change, so should your skincare regime. With spring now upon us, the newest products to hit the Cosmetic Practice include moisture-boosting face essences and lightweight breathable balms alongside the latest ingredient in skincare - Argan Oil.  Designed to give your skin a dewy, healthy glow after a long winter.