Want a sure fire way to utterly enhance and hydrate your complexion?
Meet the ‘essences’ threatening to topple serums and toners. With a formula that’s pretty indistinguishable next to little droplets of rain water, ‘essences’ (also known as concentrates) neatly fill that little gap you have in your beauty routine between cleansing and moisturising.
The water-like consistency may be one of the best things about them. You see, the molecular structure means they are able to courier a higher concentration of vitamins, minerals and nutrients than any of your creams, deep down into your skin. What’s more, they have the ability to super-charge your existing skincare routine.
From signs of aging right through to reviving the most parched of complexions, essences are capable of tackling the lot. And once again, we have the Asian beauty market to thank for these little heroes.
Here are a few the GLOSSYBOX team are currently obsessed with….
Pore-fection for blemish-prone skin
This ultra-light formula contains concentrated lactic acid to deliver a comedolytic effect – in other words, it helps the skin shed more effectively, in turn preventing those pesky blemishes that form due to oil and skin cells being trapped in your pores.
Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Active Concentrate, £9.50 at Boots
The complexion quencher
Provide your skin with an incredible dose of moisture, fast. Su-Man’s toning essence works to stimulate the skin cells, leaving you with a smooth, firm and bright complexion.
SU-MAN Rehydrating Toning Essence, £37 at Cult Beauty
A boost in radiance
After a boost in radiance? That lit-from-within glow can be yours. With a high concentration of active ingredients, the unique formulation helps to smooth and luminate the skin, ultimately leaving it soft and velvety.
Erborian BB Flash Essence, £54 at Selfridges
Look after your eyes
Essences aren’t just for your face, oh no. There are some designed specifically for your eye area too. Formulated with powerful wrinkle-fighting ingredients, it uses messenger molecules to encourage elasticity and help fight fine lines, crows feet and sagging – all while promoting softer skin. Lightly pat this little beauty around the delicate eye area using your fingertips – your eyes will thank you for it.
DHC Eye Treatment Essence Peptides, £33 at DHC
For skin that needs a little TLC
Penetrating the skin deep down to hydrate, condition and nourish, this refreshing essence from Suqqu promotes the metabolism to leave you with a perfect complexion time after time.
Suqqu Moisture Flow Lotion, £60 at Selfridges
Renew, refine and replenish
Give your skin that much-needed hit of goodness, all while improving the barrier function to lock-in moisture for up to 24 whole hours. Enriched with Iris Florentina Root Extract to help improve the look of skin, you’ll be left with a smooth complexion and a healthy, rosy glow.
Kiehls Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence, £34 at Kiehls
A healthy glow
This silken formula is immediately absorbed deep into the dermis to provide long-lasting moisture. Simple dab directly onto your cheeks and forehead before your moisturise each morning.
Melvita Nectar Bright Brightening Essence, £39 at Melvita