What is Essence in Skincare? My Favorites from SK-II, Neogen, & More! | Beauty with @Susan Yara
what is essence this is a question i get all the time essences are very popular in asian skincare they’re trying to become even more popular here and i understand it can be confusing so today we’re going to talk about what essence is and a couple ways to use it all right so first let’s just tackle what is essence the truth is it’s a little bit dependent on the brand and what they’re trying to go for when it comes to the product and what delivery system they’re they’re trying to give you essence is kind of a hybrid between a toner and a serum they tend to be a little thicker than a toner but a little thinner than a serum but you can also find essences that feel like a toner or that feel like a serum so it’s very you know dependent on the brand and what it is that they’re trying to to i guess accomplish with the product but essentially an essence is going to be used kind of around the same time that you would use a toner it will help to prep your skin most of them hydrate your skin a lot of them have active ingredients that will help to brighten or strengthen your skin for the most part they are really liquidy just like a toner they might feel a little bit thicker because they tend to have really thick hydrating ingredients so think about like your humectants there’s the hyaluronic acids the glycerin some of them have soothing ingredients like beta glucan what’s really popular and you’ll see in the products that i’m about to show you is you know like the fermented ingredients the galactomyces which is really popular it became popular because of sk2 which is one of the products that i’m going to show you in a second so essences can have active ingredients and then there’s a thought that because they’re so much thinner and they feel more liquidy that maybe they absorb and penetrate better into your skin but at the end of the day you know it’s not necessarily the one stop shop for your active ingredients you can start with an essence just like you can with a toner it will prep your skin it will hydrate your skin it feels nice and you can layer it a little bit easier and i think that’s why essences are so popular is because they do feel so light before i show you all the products let’s talk about the two ways that i like to use essence i’m sure there are other ways that you can use it but these are the ways that i like to use essence and the first one is very simply to just pour it into your hand and pat it onto your skin i know some people depending on the essence that they’re using if it’s very liquidy and watery they like to really layer it on so they’ll put on you know up to like six or seven layers that used to be a trend i don’t do that i do like one layer it helps to hydrate my skin and prep it and it just feels so nice and hydrating so that’s the main way that you use an essence and the way that i think most people typically use it the other way is you can use essence like a toner and that’s why it can be a little bit confusing some of them are a little thick and people don’t want to use it as a toner but you can use it in the same way on a cotton pad the way i like to do it is just pat it into my skin not really swiping away but just patting it into my skin so that’s a whole other way that you can use it and the place that you’re going to use this in your skincare routine typically is before you use any of your serums or your moisturizers or your spf all right so number one this is the essence that i feel like really got the trend going there were essences before this this is the one that i think has made it very popular and its main ingredient is patera which is also known as galactomyces and you’ve heard me talk about this people talk about all the time because it’s really a popular ingredient in asian skincare these days sk2 is a japanese brand but galactomyces is very popular in korean brands now too what it is is a byproduct of yeast fermentation so what that does is it really brightens your skin it helps to hydrate your skin it helps to replenish your skin and i think that’s why people like it it’s a way to get that brightening effect and i’ve even seen reviews where people say that it actually helps with their hyperpigmentation too so you get that brightening effect without using a really harsh chemical exfoliator for instance it’s a very straightforward product it has a pretty simple ingredient list you know what you’re getting with this one it’s very liquidy almost like a like a water consistency but it almost feels like there’s an oil inside of it or something but it’s really the humectant ingredients in it and it just layers so nicely i feel like you can just you know bathe in this and your skin would just be plump and like a pillow it’d just just be like baby skin so this is a fairly large bottle there’s 7.
7 ounces or so it says 230 milliliters on here it’s nice it’s glass it’s heavy so it’s a really beautiful product but this is about 200 which is pricey that’s pricey for skincare but does it work does it feel nice yes this is one of those treat yourself skincare products that people really rave about but it you know you have to understand how to use it and what it’s for and i think that really makes a difference but it is very expensive which is why there are other types of essences that you can use that give very similar benefits the first one which i actually just ran out of but i’m going to mention it really quick is the misha time evolution essence i have talked about it in other videos i’ve had it in my skincare routine before i feel like if anything it’s probably the closest as far as being a dupe for the sk2 it feels really nice it’s got that same liquidy texture very hydrating it has that same brightening effect and it just feels super nice on the skin and it comes in that nice glass bottle as well so this is probably my favorite essence right now this is by neogen this is their real ferment micro essence and it has again very similar benefits to it because it has those fermented ingredients in it it helps to brighten your skin it has that really just very thin liquidy feel to it but it’s also just so hydrating i found this because of james welsh because he talks about it all the time but it has that beautiful just liquidy feel to it this one’s a little bit thicker and when i say thicker it’s very slight just a little bit thicker than the sk2 and it feels so good i know that it sells out a lot people talk about that it’s constantly selling out and that’s just because it’s such a nice refreshing that’s what it is about essences they feel very refreshing when they’re this liquidy and it gives that hydration it gives that brightening i don’t think it has any fragrance to it it’s just a really nice product next up is this one by purito it is their galacto niacin 97 power essence and i wanted to show you this not because i haven’t been using this yet but it has similar ingredients it does have niacinamide in it also which is interesting i think they call it an essence but this one you know is interesting this is where essence can get really confusing is because it’s thin but it’s it’s a little bit thicker so it has more of like a serum type of feel to it it’s still thinner than your typical kind of serum but it’s just a little bit different it’s a little bit thicker it has a higher concentration of the galactomyces and then it also has niacinamide which you know is a wonderful ingredient and does a lot for your skin it has these like two powerhouse types of ingredients in it and it feels a little bit more like a serum so that’s something to keep in mind and why it can get so confusing because of the type of bottle that it comes into it feels a little bit more like it would be a serum and then of course i have to mention this one it’s by deterio my brand this is our hyaluronic essence two percent it has hyaluronic acid in it to really hydrate your skin and that’s mostly what it’s doing it’s hydrating your skin it’s prepping your skin we have a hyaluronic acid serum that has four different hyaluronic acids in it that have different molecular weights in them and people sometimes want something that’s a little bit thinner so this is really just a different way it’s a different format for getting your hydration and prepping your skin also it has that liquidy feel to it but if you look at it ours is a little bit thicker too so this one walks a line of being like right between the sk2 and the purito galactomyces essence that feels almost like a serum this one’s like right in between and it’s got a lot of slip to it but you can feel that you know that hydration and everything and this one you have to pat into your skin also but because it’s a little bit thicker with the hyaluronic acid it takes like a couple seconds more to absorb into your skin so i do feel like it’s a little bit of a better skin prep because it leaves that hydration on your skin while you’re putting on all of your actives and stuff so that’s everything you need to know about essence they’re not very complicated they’re meant to prep your skin they’re meant to be just a really easy product to add into your skincare routine do you need an essence in your skincare routine no of course you don’t i’ve said this before you only really need a cleanser a moisturizer and an spf in your skincare routine and you are solid but when you love skin care when you want to add more benefits to your skin then you can add in things like in essence and it’s just beautiful for your skin when you’re a true skincare lover you love essences essences just feel nice they add this whole different type of experience to your skincare routine and i personally love essences but you don’t need them they’re just something to add into your skincare routine if you want to so that’s something to keep in mind i hope this video was helpful ask me any questions that you want in the comments below let me know if you’ve tried any of these essences and if you have questions about them or any tips or anything that you want to share with our viewers you can find me on instagram i’m at susan yara and i’ll talk to you guys soon