Essences have been at the core of Korean skincare routines forever. And now, the K-Beauty trend has made its way into shelves around the world. But what is an essence exactly, and how can it take your skin to the next level? We answer all your questions in our guide to skincare essences and why they’re a staple in the Jurlique skin care ritual.

What is an essence?

An essence is a hybrid between a toner and a serum – hydrating and prepping the skin for the rest of your skincare ritual. They have a fluid, lightweight and almost watery texture, and have a low molecular weight which means they can penetrate the layers of the skin. You’ll know a good essence by the hydrating ingredients it contains; look for high concentrations of antioxidants and botanicals.

The benefits of using an essence

Skin needs to be damp for skin care products to be absorbed. This is what an essence does; it hydrates and conditions the skin to prepare it for the serums, oils, and moisturizers to follow. Not only that but essences balance and nourish the skin after cleansing and toning. With regular use, you’ll soon be able to see the visible benefits, as essences revitalize the skin, and smooth and brighten the complexion.

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