WTF is a Skin Essence And How Is It Different From Serum?!

It’s summer here in NYC, and it’s hot AF. You know what that means? It’s that time of year, where your sweat your makeup off and your skin breaks out like crazy. Pores are super clogged with sweat and makeup. To ensure all makeup is taken off and I’m focusing on skincare I’ve decided to do a shortened version of the famous Korean 10+-step face care regimen. (I’m trying to do this every night for a month, so I will be creating a blog post soon!). But all these skincare regimens and products in store and online say I need to use an essence AND a serum. You can think of toners and essences as prep before the main treatment: serum, an ultra concentrated essence designed to target your skin concern, whether that’s dark spots, large pores, wrinkles or acne.

Ummm what’s the difference between an essence and serum?

I’ve bought a few essences and they don’t seem any different from serums. So after researching, I finally found my answer. Essences traditionally were more lightweight and less concentrated than serums, and were used after a toner to add another layer of hydration before you applied serums.

So why use essences?

They aid in cell turnover, leading to smoother texture over time, provide the skin with nourishing vitamins.

How do you use essences?

For best absorption, essences should be patted on the skin with your hands.

And there you have it. That’s the difference between an essence and serum. They’re essentially (ha, pun intended) similar but very different. Which essence do I use? Of course the holy grail, SK II’s Facial Treatment Essence (duh!)

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Combination
✔ Dry
✔ Sensitive

What it is:
A refreshing essence that moisturizes the skin and supports skin cell renewal.

Solutions for:
– Dryness
– Dullness and uneven texture
– Fine lines and wrinkles

If you want to know more…
Facial Treatment Essence is enriched with more than 90 percent Pitera, the main ingredient used to enhance the skin’s renewal process—plus, it contains nourishing vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and acids to promote the skin’s renewal. With daily application, this essence moisturizes, improves texture and clarity, and contributes to a more beautiful, balanced, and glowing complexion.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Sulfates

What else you need to know:
This product is free of synthetic fragrances and GMOs. Pitera, the main ingredient in the SK-II line, is known as “Miracle Water” or “Holy Water” in the East for its skin-renewing properties.


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