THE IN-TRAY

What Is An Essence, Anyway?

Just when you thought you had your skin-care layering down to an art (toner, serum, moisturiser, SPF...) BAM! Essence lands on the scene. Looks like a toner (but it doesn’t cleanse), has targeted benefits but isn’t a serum and audible “huhs!?” resound.

Like many amazing beauty inventions (hello, multitasking BB Creams and glorious sheet masks!), this skin-loving elixir originated in Asia, and in essence (yep, we had to), they’re highly concentrated formulas that hydrate and brighten your complexion, strengthen your skin’s barrier function and up the ante on anti-ageing. The water-like consistency of essence allows a superdose of actives to be absorbed into the deep layers of your dermis; used after cleansing, it restores your skin’s Ph and moisture levels, leaving your skin perfectly prepped for subsequent serums and treatments — it even boosts their effectiveness (what a team player!).

Slipping ever-so sweetly between toner and serum, it’s that one extra step that could take your skin from great to “gimme the number of your facialist immediately!”...and we-likey that. Here are five of our favourite essences to add to your routine stat.

1

SUPERFOODS FOR YOUR SKIN

Drenching skin in an ultra-concentrated blend of Japanese superfoods, Tatcha's The Essence floods skin with plumping, wrinkle-smoothing hydration. It boosts cell turnover and resurfaces the skin for ultimate, light-catching luminosity. Woah, she glows.

Tatcha's The Essence

3

OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD COMPLEXION

With a team of hardworking ingredients (including NAC Y2 — an ingredient tested by astronauts to prevent accelerated ageing in harsh space conditions) this weightless composition sinks into the deepest layers of the skin to plump, hydrate, soothe and revitalise. The unique pollution-repelling formula is infused with antioxidants and helps fight free radicals that cause ageing. Mind blown.

111Skin Daily Orbit Energising Essence NAC Y2

4

BRING BACK BOING

Hungarian brand, Omorovicza, has also dived into the world of essences. This weightless hydrator contains a complex of amino acids to support your skin’s ability to retain moisture, it also promotes the production of collagen and elastin for firmer, more youthful looking skin.

Omorovicza Omoressence

5

THE BRIGHT CHOICE

This is your express train to radiance-ville — powered by Vitamin C and Niacinamide this formulation tightens and brightens your complexion, minimises dark spots, reduces the appearance of pores and corrects skin tone...and that’s before you’ve even applied your other skin care.

Philosophy Brighten My Day All-Over Skin-Perfecting Brightening Essence

Words by Romy Erdos.
October 2017

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