Korean skincare has long influenced the Western beauty market. For centuries, Korean women have achieved the “I just drank from the fountain of youth” look complete with dewy, pearlescent, and basically pore-less skin. What’s their secret? Well aside from the fact that their beauty routine has 10 steps, the essence is at the heart of their regimen. Okay, we know it sounds so cheesy, but this weightless water-like formula is packed with active ingredients and much more concentrated anti-aging components than many of the serums in your beauty arsenal. Not only do essences offer major hydration, brightening, and softening, they also help prep your skin for any other layered on products and makeup. Best applied after your toner and before your serums and moisturizers, it’s as easy as pouring a few drops into your hands and pressing gently into skin. For the Top 10 essences, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of the most highly rated and buzzed about essences on the market right now. Varying in price point, the products on this list also boast fun and unique ingredients like snail secretion and kombucha. Beauty might be in the eye of the beholder but it's also in a bottle of essence. So, pick your potion and watch the magic happen! Opening image: @AMOREPACIFIC.US
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Amorepacific Vintage Single Extract Essence
BEST FOR: Improving overall tone and texture
FUN FACT: The handpicked leaves used to create the original single extract are fermented for 50 days, aged in traditional Korean earthenware for another 50 days and extracted for 24 hours to create a concentrated skin superfood.
Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence
BEST FOR: Word on the street is that this essence is an SK-II dupe... and it's under $50.
USERS SAID: "My new Holy Grail in skincare! Saw immediately that it plumped and moisturized my skin. Applied some to one of my hands to compare and it took YEARS off. Filled in smile lines around my mouth. Skin looks and feels smooth and plump. Lightweight and non-fragranced, it is gentle on my skin, very mild and soothing. I use it day and night, it has become a staple in my skincare regiment."
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
USERS SAID: "Only took three days for my skin to look brand new. No breakouts. My skin is more even. My scarring is fading. I don’t know how it’s possible but my skin has never been perfect in my life until now. Will repurchase forever."
HELPFUL TIP: This award-winning essence didn't gain its holy grail status because of it's amazing scent, but that's nothing that can't be fixed. Store in the refrigerator and voila, it's scentless.
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