What does essence do for your face?


Whether you have a lengthy skincare routine in place or get by with just a few items that works for you, you still might want to consider adding a facial essence to your skincare routine.

An essence includes a lot of great benefits for your skin and acts as a primer for your skincare routine.

While you may be trying to weigh the advantages of using a facial essence on your skin versus it being another bottle to schlep to the gym or during travel, it can actually benefit your complexion — especially if you tend to suffer from dryness — and help the ingredients in your other skin-care products penetrate better.

What Is a Facial Essence?

Facial essences are a staple in the multi-step Korean beauty skin-care routine and are growing in popularity around the world.

These lightweight formulas feel similar to a toner, and are ideal for adding moisture to the skin.


If you’re wondering if your toner can double as an essence (or just confused about the difference between the two, know that they aren’t interchangeable.

A toner is primarily designed to remove impurities from the face, such as oil, dirt, or dust.

Whereas an essence is designed to prep the skin to boost the effectiveness of other skin-care ingredients and add moisture to the skin.

The Best Facial Essence Ingredients

For those wanting to reduce the signs of aging, I suggest choosing an essence that is packed with antioxidants such as vitamin C, which will brighten skin and promote collagen regeneration.

Vitamin A is another powerhouse ingredient that can help smooth the fine lines and wrinkles and even out skin texture.

How to Apply a Facial Essence

Facial essences can be used in the morning and at nighttime after toning.

They not only provide your skin with an extra dose of moisture, but they are amazing at setting the stage for serums, moisturizer, and SPF.

To apply an essence, your best bet is to forgo cotton balls and pads, since these can soak up too much product and effectively waste formulas.

Pour or spray the essence directly into clean, dry hands and apply it to the face in patting motions or small, upward circular motions to ensure the skin absorbs the product.

Kombucha Facial Essence


You probably already know that adding kombucha (fermented black tea) to your diet is healthy for your gut, but it can work wonders for your skin, as well.

This formula boasts kombucha — which smooths skin, increases radiance, and protects against pollution and free radical damage — along with hyaluronic acid and mandarin peel extract to hydrate and even skin tone.

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