What Exactly Is A Facial Essence?

Posted on March 9, 2015


There are so many steps in a full skincare regime, and double the number of steps if you want to follow a Korean routine. If you are new to the beautify game, there are so many products to put on your vanity and sink. Many of our users have emailed and asked this question multiple times so we are dedicating a blog post about it. What is a facial essence and what does it do?

SK-II Facial Treatment EssenceA facial essence is a product that preps your skin for the rest of your skincare regimen. They are used after cleansing and toning but before application of serums and moisturizers. An essence gives your skin a boost of moisture without weighing it down as the texture is similar to that of water. The formulas work by exfoliating dead skin cells and making it easier for the post-products to penetrate more easily into the skin.

Our top pick for best facial essense is the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. The star of the formula is Pitera — known as “Mircacle Water” or “Holy Water” in Asia for its skin-renewing properties. It is derived from the natural fermentation of yeast and is a clear liquid rich in vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and organic acids.

Consistent use of a facial essence will result in your complexion being more dewy and plump, a positive sign of skin hydration and health.