This is why an essence should be part of your skin care routine

I’m always on the lookout for products that will give me healthy, glowing skin. From trending toners to top shelf moisturisers, I’m rarely the last to know about cult beauty items – or so I thought. Recently, I’ve come to realise that there’s a game-changing step I’ve been missing in my skincare routine: A facial essence!

Over the years I’ve seen plenty of facial essences, but I’ve always assumed they were a watery skincare step that didn’t do anything my mists or toners couldn’t do. Boy, was I wrong! I’ve since been schooled, and let me tell you: Facial essences are way more powerful than you might think.

What is a facial essence, and why should you use one?

At first glance a facial essence might look like water, but in reality it’s anything but. A good essence has the ability to totally transform your skin for the better, especially if it’s dehydrated. So, what exactly is it? Basically, an essence is a powerful concoction of premium skincare ingredients specially selected to boost hydration and penetrate your skin’s deepest layers.

Unlike a toner, which usually contains alcohol, an essence isn’t meant to cleanse your skin. Instead, its main purpose is to hydrate and revitalise: its smoother, creamier texture sinks right in to give you glowing skin without greasiness.

So far, so good. But what’s the difference between essence and moisturiser, you ask? On a molecular level, an essence is much more lightweight, meaning it can be more easily and deeply absorbed by skin. Think of it as a wonder product that glides onto your skin like water and gives your favourite moisturiser an extra boost.

Essences have been an important part of Korean and Japanese beauty routines for years, but the Western beauty world is only beginning to embrace the trend now. We’ve got a lot of catching up to do – who doesn’t want hydrated, glowing skin?

How can you incorporate an essence into your routine?

After cleansing, put a few drops of essence into the palms of your hands and then gently pat and press the product into your face, neck, and decolletage. Give it a minute to absorb, then follow with your favourite moisturiser.

Lately, I’ve been using Jurlique Activating Water Essence, which is made with marshmallow root extract that comes straight from Jurlique’s biodynamic farm in the Adelaide Hills. It’s suitable for all skin types and free from all artificial colours, fragrances, parabens, and sulphates. And, true to its name, the essence feels like water! It goes on beautifully, and is packed with high doses of botanical actives that prep my skin to absorb and get the most out of my other skincare products.

I’m not one for long, multi-step skincare routines – I don’t have the time or the patience – and the Jurlique Activating Water Essence integrates seamlessly into my existing routine. After just a few weeks of use my skin already feels softer, hydrated, and more supple.

What’s the right essence for you?

Whether you’re concerned with dryness, skin texture, or oily skin, I guarantee there’s an essence out there for you. There are a number of great products on the market – all you have to do is look!

Jurlique offers a beautiful range of plant-powered essences, mists, and moisturisers for every skin type. Check out their natural skincare and aromatherapy online, or visit your nearest Jurlique Store today!