Chapter 46: How to Get Glowing Skin with Korean Essences

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Essences are a big deal especially in Korean skin care. Thanks to their thin and watery consistency, essences can penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, which results in a more hydrated complexion.

If you want glowing skin, focus on keeping your skin hydrated. One of the best ways to do so is by incorporating an essence into your daily skin care routine. 

When to apply an essence?

Your essence should come after your cleansing and toning steps. Since essences also help your skin absorb products better, it’s important to apply them to your skin before applying actives such as ampoules and serums.

How do you apply an essence?

When you’re aiming for glowing skin, the best way to apply an essence is by pouring it into the palms of your hands instead of onto a cotton pad as that may soak up most of the product. Gently pat the essence onto your skin and wait until it’s fully absorbed before proceeding to the next step of your skin care routine.

What are the best Korean essences to try?

If you’re not sure which essence to try, here’s a list of some of the best Korean essences to add to your wish list or shopping cart:

By Wishtrend’s Quad Active Boosting Essence

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By Wishtrend’s Quad Active Boosting Essence just might be the one thing that’s missing from your skin care routine,  especially if you have oily, acne-prone or combination skin.

Containing quad active ingredients, including organic propolis, molus alba bark, nelumbo nucifera leaf,and schisandra chinensis fruit extracts, along with centaurea cyanus flower water and willow bark extract, this essence helps boost your skin’s moisture levels and improve your skin’s texture. Incorporate it into both your morning and evening skin care routines and watch your skin glow!

NEOGEN’s Dermalogy Real Ferment Micro Essence

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You really can’t go wrong with NEOGEN’s bestselling essence – it’s perfect for all skin types! Packed with nourishing ingredients including bifida ferment lysate, saccharomyces ferment filtrate, betula alba juice, rice ferment filtrate and aspergillus ferment, this essence promises to deliver intense hydration to your skin.

Besides its hydrating benefits, the Dermalogy Real Ferment Micro Essence also contains niacinamide, which helps brighten your overall complexion. 

Secret Key’s Starting Treatment Essence – Rose Edition

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If you’re a fan of rose-infused skin care products, then you will love Secret Key’s Starting Treatment Essence (Rose Edition). This essence is formulated with rose flower water, which not only soothes your skin but also softens it and improves its elasticity. The Starting Treatment Essence is also ideal for sensitive skin as it’s free of ingredients that can irritate the skin, such as parabens, mineral oil, alcohol, and artificial fragrances and colorings.

PURITO’s Fermented Complex 94 Boosting Essence

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Rich in fermented complex and niacinamide, this hydrating essence leaves your skin looking more plump and glowy. Once you add this essence into your skin care routine, you’ll begin to see an improvement in your skin tone and texture.

The Fermented Complex 94 Boosting Essence also contains adenosine, which is an ingredient that’s known to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. So if you have mature skin and are on the hunt for an essence that will give you younger-looking and glowing skin, then this one is worth trying. 

COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence

As mentioned before, the secret to glowing skin is hydration. The Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence from Korean skin care brand COSRX is an excellent addition to your skin care routine, especially if you have dry or dehydrated skin. 

With a combination of sea buckthorn water and sodium hyaluronate, this essence leaves your skin feeling soft and deeply nourished. It’s also the perfect essence to help you get closer to glass skin, so what’s not to love?

MAY COOP’s Raw Sauce

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MAY COOP’s Raw Sauce is an all-in-one skin essence that acts as a toner, emulsion and essence. When it comes to plumping up skin, this essence does not disappoint. Packed with maple tree sap, Raw Sauce deeply hydrates parched skin and helps get rid of itchy and flaky skin. Instead, you’re left with skin that’s dewy and healthier-looking! 

I’m from’s Fig Boosting Essence

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For skin that glows, feels soft to the touch, and looks young and healthy, you can count on this essence to do the job. I’m from’s Fig Boosting Essence is great for those with a dull complexion, as it effectively gets rid of dead skin cells that get in the way of your glowing skin dreams. Formulated with fresh fig extract, this vegan-friendly essence provides skin with instant moisture while also delivering soothing, strengthening and anti-aging benefits.


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