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Essences: The Skincare Product You're Not Using But Should - Facial Essence

Want a dewier, plumper and more hydrated complexion? Try using Facial Essence!

What exactly are essences? Are they like toners? Not really. Do you really need one? Most Probably.

Essences are watery forums that are light and allows easy penetration and effectively creates a stronger, more resistant skin foundation over a long run. Not only do they give you an extra layer of hydration, it preps your skin to better absorb your heavier and richer products.

Not to be mistaken as a toner, essences are predominantly used to hydrate your skin while toners are meant to balance pH levels. These both serve separate purposes, so ideally it’s best to incorporate both in your skincare regime. After cleansing, use a toner and follow up with an essence. The most effective way is to pat the essence on your face with your hands instead of wasting it on cotton pads.

Now for an even tricker part, Essences aren’t one size fits all. That is why we listed our favourites on which Essence is best suited for certain skin types.

Cell renewal

Many essences contain organic acids that gently exfoliate your skin, promoting cell renewal for brightening and evening skin tone.

SK II Facial Treatment Essence contains over 90% Pitera and helps your skin create hyaluronic acid on its own so your skin is basically moisturizing itself.

Anti-aging element

Look younger with Laniege Time Freeze Essence, a total anti-aging essence for overall care that improves on all five factors of aging: loss of skin firmness, fine lines and wrinkles, skin dryness, rough skin texture and dull skin.


Have dark and dull skin? Fear not.

We would recommend Cellnique Derma Whitening Essence, which effectively targets the appearance of dark spots to give skin an extraordinary radiance and natural colour.

Also, Diorsnow Global Transparency Essence targets the spread of melanin upwards and outwards to let the transparency shine through.


Think of essence as a direct source of hydration, adding moisture to the skin at an early age can help skin stay healthy and plump longer.

Laneige Water Bank Essence is a long lasting moisture essence with Water Pump System to promote moisture circulation, leaving skin moisturized and smooth.

Radiant skin

See your skin bloom. Rosy, radiant, revitalized. 97% of women said their skin looked more radiant instantly.

Estee Lauder Nutritious Rosy Prism Radiant Essence infuses skin with energy and nutrients, helps neutralize irritants and dissolve the look of dull, yellow skin tone. This is created exclusively for and tested on Asian skin!

Prevents hyperpigmentation and discolouration

Want to even your skin tone?

Try Estee Lauder Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening Spot Correcting Essence. It protects against daytime damage and harness the power of the night. Naturally derived botanicals work with your skin’s own daily cycle to help repair and prevent the look of dark spots. Day by day, your skin awakens looking fairer, brighter and more translucent!

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