Soothing skin essences to calm your stressed complexion
You know how you apply a primer before your foundation, and it just preps your skin for flawless application by signalling to your face 'hello, it's time to look smooth and fabulous, because the base is on it's way'? Of course you do, you're a beauty junkie. Well, an essence is the skin care equivalent of that, able to let your complexion know the good stuff is coming in hot.
The ironic kicker though, is that by applying an essence (post-shower, after cleansing but before treatment topicals), your skincare will actually be coming in cool, as the calming formula will work to soothe skin, reduce redness and help your complexion to chill out after the warm water has got it all hot and bothered.
Not sure what you're actually dealing with here? Let us break it down.
What is an essence?
Essences are water-based solutions designed to slot in between your exfoliation and hydration steps (AKA when you've washed your face, but are yet to moisturise) that are designed to aid in the ingredient absorbtion arena, while also helping to hydrate, balance and plump the skin.
It's their impressively low molecular weight (they're light as air) that makes them a dream to layer - you won't be piling on yet another product that could potentially just cause congestion, but rather starting the skin care show with a refreshing warm up act for the rest of your line-up.
So what are you waiting for? We've rounded up the inflammation-easing essences we can't get enough of. Grab yours, pat it into skin, then enjoy both the soothing sensation and the fact that it just took the results of your entire routine up a notch.
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