Meet essence lotion, the skincare routine booster that hydrates your pores and makes your face cream work more effectively.
Like all the best cosmetic innovations – think BB creams and hydrating
sheet masks – essence lotion has come over from Asia to give your beauty
regimen a boost. To be applied after cleansing but before your face
cream, it’s designed to ready your pores for your final skincare steps
by making the products you pop over top more effective.
stuff. But what makes these sweep-on, super-charged lotions any
different from your toner or serum? The answer lies in the water-like
texture, absorbency and ingredients.
You see, unlike a toner –
which acts to balance skin’s pH or exfoliate – an essence infuses your
pores with highly absorbent hydration and nutrients. Their mission is
similar to that of a serum, though the essence’s remarkably weightless
feel makes these liquids the golden ticket for those who feel smothered
by cloying layers. Some might be indistinguishable from your tap water,
but don’t be fooled; pressed into your pores daily, you’re harnessing a
hefty reparative clout.
To make your foray into these lotions
all the easier, we’ve rounded up our pick of pore-perfecting essences,
from a newbie that is laced in oils to SK-II’s classic treatment.
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DHC Resveratrol Essence, £43
If resveratrol isn?t already on your age-proofing radar, it should be. The compound is lauded for targeting the fibroblasts in skin that are responsible for the production of collagen and elastin ? plus it?s a hardy antioxidant. So, it?s hardly a wonder that DHC has harnessed it into an essence to bolster your skin?s barrier against aggressors and pump your pores with youth-boosting moisture.
Apply this essence as you would a toner, sweeping it on with a cotton pad to deliver a blend of rosemary, peppermint and glycogen to wrinkled and fatigued faces. It bathes skin in a comforting veil of line-softening moisture, and leaves it ready to drink in the moisturiser you choose to pop on top.
Next time you're stocking up on storage solutions, cast your eye over Muji's skincare range and prepare to be impressed by the quality formulas. One is this watery, gel-like essence, which boosts pores with a calming combination of chamomile, rose and moisture magnet hyaluronic acid. Sounds deeply hydrating, right? And, yet, with its fast absorbency, it?'s our favourite pick of the essences for those who are battling with oily skin.
Pouring the nourishing goodness of a facial oil into a fresh essence, this is the perfect post-cleanse step for those with deeply dehydrated skin. Black Cumin seed oil, Camellia seed oil and Rosehip seed oil fuse to instantly bump up skin's moisture levels in the most weightless and radiance enhancing of ways.
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence claims to create a barrier around the skin that keeps it hydrated in cold and dry weather. It's designed to enhance the skin's resilience against wrinkles, refine the texture, control against blemishes, and enhance radiance and firmness. Currently available in a limited-edition crystal-cut bottle.
This anti-ageing gel essence replaces lost moisture with bio sodium hyaluronate, a natural substance that is found in collagen. It also packs pores antioxidants to fight line-causing aggressors.
We were thrilled when Dolce & Gabbana introduced an essence to their premium skincare line. The lotion imparts Italian olive oil extract and vitamin B3 to brighten the complexion over time and replenish skin's moisture levels. Pat it on after you've cleansed and for an instant dose of dewiness.
This offers more than a moisture boost. Chanel's Sublimage L'Essence is designed to improve skin's radiance by smoothing the surface, creating a canvas that cleverly reflects the light. One for city-dwellers, it's a mean ally in ridding skin of glow-sapping toxins, too.