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The Best Korean Essence

WHY IS ESSENCE SO IMPORTANT FOR YOUR BEAUTY REGIME?

Essence is such an important part of your skin care routine because it will give you results on a cellular level.  It contains ingredients that will improve your skin by regenerating its natural cells. Since korean essence is full of formulas that are aimed to diminish fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and uneven skin tone you will surely see a huge difference in the texture and brightness of your skin. After a hard day of work or partying a korean essence will defintely revitalize and rejuvinate your skin! So how do you choose which Korean Sleeping Pack is the best for you? We've found 6 different key elements that will help narrow down your search to find the best Korean Essences thats tailored to your beauty needs.


Hydration

During the autumn and winter time your skin tends to get dry and dehydrated.  The dry weather can do a number to your face. Humidifiers may help but sometimes you need an essence to hydrate your skin and get it back to normal.  How much hydration you have in your essence is key to making your skin look balanced and healthy.

Texture

Korean essence normally has a water like texture.  Yet the consistancy can range from a serum like texture  (that is a but thicker) to more of a thin water base. Depending on your skin type it's important to find the right essence that will got fit your skin. 

Ingredients

Most korean essences have been known to be watery but with time there have been new ingredients to penetrate into your skin and help with anti aging and acne scars,  They now full of vitamins, antioxidants, hydrators and nutrients.

Packaging

Packaging is such an important part of a product.  Sure I love when the packaging is super cute but it's not all about the visual aspect.  The way a  product is packaged can be extremely important to hygiene and how convenient it is to use.  

Size

Korean essences come in all different types of bottles.  Whether its in a glass bottle or a dropper  the choice is up to you! With this product a little can go a long way.  There is no need to use a cotton ball for you can apply it with your fingers oh so gently. 

Scent

When putting products on my face I have to make sure it smells great.  The fragrance of a toner or essence is so important for it will be on my face all day/night.  Refreshing and light fragrances are number one on my list! 

THE BEST KOREAN ESSENCE

Korean Essence

Name

Texture

Ingredients

Packaging

Size

Scent

Hydration

MISSHA Time Revolution Essence

Light

Yeast

Glass

150 mL

Yes

Hydrated

Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Emulsion

Light

Medical Herbs

Glass

4.2 oz

Herbal

Fully Hydates


Serum - Like

Collagen

Plastic

1.7 oz

Yes

Highly Moisturizes/Hydrates

IOPE Super Vital Emulsion 

Gel

Malt/Shea Butter

Pump Bottle

50 mL

Yes

Hydrates


Gel

H20/Silicone

Pump Bottle

8.45 oz

Citrus

Hydrates


Watery

Peach/Sake

Glass Bottle

4.6 oz

Yes

Cell content


Gel

Scardefen/

Eucalyptus

Glass Pump Bottle

40 mL

Yes

Concentrated/Hydrates

Ohui - Age Recovery Essential

Gel

Baby Collagen/Fatty Acid

bottle

130mL

Yes

Hydrates

HOW TO USE A KOREAN ESSENCE

Although an essence may look like a toner it is actually quite different.  Most are tempted to use a cotton ball like a toner but when you do this you are wasting the product.  Rather than using a cotton ball you squeeze a little bit of essence on your fingers and carefully press and pat it on your face.  When you press the essence on your face it will quickly absorb into your skin and then use a moisturizer right after.  The essence will promote circulation and targets pigmentation; therefore give you that youthful and bright glow!

Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Emulsion

Fully Hydrates

Medical Herbs 

4.2 Fluid Ounce

Light

Glass Bottle

Herbal

The Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Emulsion is made with Korean medical herbs.  It contains Mountain Peony which is suppose to soften your skin and prevent dehydration.  Yai jiu hua extracts will promote circulation and radiance.  It has a light weight texture that will absorb into your skin very quickly. In addition this is great for balancing all types of skin.

The thing that sets this product apart from others is that it contains korean herbal medicine. It is the first science based medical skin care system. 

Overall this essence has a very light scent and spreads easily over your skin to give you a soft and supple look. While it refines your skin texture it will greatly improve your skin texture.  It works well with most skin types! 



MISSHA Time Revolution Essence

Concentrated/Hydrates

Yeast

150 ml

Light

Glass Bottle

Yes

This highly concentrated essence is essential for your daily skin regime to have glowing, bright and soft skin!  This product was designed with a low viscosity to help absorb quickly.  Of course it hydrates, repairs your skin, gets rid of fine lines and brightens all at the same time. 


Missha's Time Revolution has 80% fermented yeast extract which is very similar to Natural Moisturizing Factor.  With this formula, it will help improve  your skin through hydration, balancing and firming. It is gentle on your skin, it balances sebum levels for those who have combination skin, will lighten acne scars and generally brighten your face. 

It does comes in a glass bottle so make sure not to drop it! The packaging it simple and sleek but doesn't come with a pump.  This essence does have a light scent but may smell a bit like yeast.

IOPE - Super Vital Emulsion

Hydrates

Malt/Shea Butter

150 ml

Gel Like

Pump Bottle

Floral

This essense was created to moisturize and soothe your skin.  If you have sensitive skin this product is perfect for you! It will protect your skin without irritation and has a moisturizing yet light touch.  


It contains malt extract and oil that will firm your skin and aid in its barrier.  Shea butter is another important ingredient in this product for  it will moisturize and give you long lasting and nourishment.  All these  ingredients will in fact restore your dry and blotchy skin without giving you a greasy face! 

"Iope is the creator of Bioscience Cosmetics, delivering unmatched solutions using plant extracts. Iope combines advanced technology with biology that applies the mechanisms of the skin's bio activities."My favorite part about this product is that it comes with a pump, yay!  You just need about two pumps and gently massage it on your face.  Like I always say a little goes a long way! 

Ohui - Age Recovery Emulsion

Hydrates

Baby Collagen/Fatty Acid

130 ml

Gel like

Bottle

Yes

Just by the name of this essence, this product is known for anti-aging.  It's highly enriched with milky type essential softener that incorporate important nutrition for your skin. Age Recovery Emulsion is made from harmless ingredients such as baby collagen and fatty acid. It has a very smoothe and moisturizing texture as well as an anti-wrinkle emulsion that will spread according to your skin's temperature.  Of course it will make your skin bright, smoothe and rejuvinated because of it's ingredients.


Its smooth texture covers the skin to add density to the skin. Caviar extracts and royal jelly give your skin nutrients for that young and healthy look.

I will say I love the packaging on this product, it almost looks futuristic and sleek.  Well let's just say this luxury brand is known for combining nature and science.

Etude House Moistfull Collagen

Highly Moisturizes/Hydrates

Collagen

Serum Like

Plastic Bottle

1.7 Ounces

Yes

If you're looking for smooth and tightened skin look no further because Etude has made an essence just for you.  Ingredients such as Concentrated Baobab Tree, Collagen Emulsion and hydrolyzed Collegan are the star ingredients and  will actually surprise you with moisture and a healthy complexion! This product also includes Baobab Tree for advanced moisturizing and keeping your skin tight.  

​The product comes in a translucent bottle and is thicker than most yet it will moisturize for those who have combination/normal skin.  Because the texture is thicker it is better to put on a little during the day and more during the night.  If you have oily skin you might want to try something that is a bit lighter.

Skin Food Peach Sake Emulsion

Medium

Peach/Sake

4.60 oz.

Watery

Bottle

Yes

The Skinfood Peach Sake Emulsion is a refreshing and light weight essece that actually has sake vitamins and of course peach extract.  It is know for minimizing shine and decreasing the size of pores on your face. This essence tends to dry faster and will leave you a matte finish.


​In case you didn't know peaches contain many vitamins, minerals which promote healthy skin and help with anti-aging.  In addition it will prevent acne and help  repair any scars.  A type of fiber call pectin also found in peaches are known to  tone and firm your skin. Who would have ever guessed that sake could be great for your skin??? Well ladies, it also helps in clearing your skin through blood circulation. On a side note the alcohol also tightens pores and controls sebum production (who would have guessed lol).


Within the sake the fermentation process produces kojic acid, which has brightening effects on skin and collagen production. For those with oily skin and large this product is perfect for you . 

IOPE - Trouble Clinic Treatment Essence

Concentrated/Hydrates

Scardefen/Eucalyptus 

40mL

Gel Like

Glass Bottle/Pump

Light

​The IOPE Trouble Treatment Essence contains highly rich essence to take care of the trouble areas on your skin. In addition it contains panduratin, bentrax gel and eucalyptus oil. It's great for those who have combination skin and break out easily (although it may sting a bit during your first use). 

It comes in a glass bottle and pump which is very sleek and smooth. I especially love products that do not have much of a scent and will absorb into your skin quickly (and it did its job quite nicely). 


In general. this product does what it's suppose to do. The Scardefen reduces any reddness and the eucalyptus oil will improve the blemishes on your skin.  It does all this while giving your skin moisture. In addition it is dermotogist and allergy tested!

ETUDE HOUSE - Wonder Pore Essence

Hydrates

H20/Silicones

8.45 Ounce

Clear Gel

Bottle/Pump

Citrus

This essence is described to "tighten pores for smooth and firm pores." It does this by getting rid of all the impurities on your skin. This is great if you are focusing on your pores.

 

​The main ingredients in this product are water, silicones humectants (Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin),  and polymers, this is what firms the skin; and in addition it  contain plant extracts.  If you have oily skin this product will suit you well for it contains a higher concentration of alcohol. 


This essence will NOT dry out your skin, leaves you with a matte look and smooths your skin rather than leaving a sticky residue.  For those impatient people you will be happy to hear that this product works quickly, you will notice a difference within five days. 

INNISFREE - GREEN TEA FRESH ESSENCE

Hydrates/Moisturizes

Green Tea

50 mL

Gel Like

Bottle/Pump

Green Tea

This is "a fresh essence for deep hydration and nourishment made from green tea and green tea seeds." I love products that are eco-friendly and inclues Jeju green tea and green tea seeds for more moisture and revitilzation. 

The amino acids, minerals and green tea will keep your face moisturized throughout the day. It applies smoothly and will not leave a sticky residue. The other great ingredient in this product is clove flower extracts which will help with shine (especially for those with oily skin).

The green tea is the star ingredient in this essence, it is all natural, clean, has a light scent and has a very calming sensation.

Hera - Aquabolic Balancing Emulsion

Medium Coverage/Dewy

Pump

120 mL

Milky/Watery

2 shades

Yes

This essence contains HERA’s exclusive ABCell 2.0™ technology "which uses pseudo skin cells as raw material that mimic the functionality of real skin cells."  This new technology was the first of its kind and is used everywhere. It also contains Bio Mineral™ and β-glucan which gives this product moisture while the  lecithin aids in keeping the moisture.

The texture of this essence is just outstanding, it's very silky, smooth yet erxtremely light on your skin. In addition it absorbs into your skin very quickly without leaving a mess.  Once on, it makes your skin feeling clean, nourished and moisturized. When applied it leaves a glossy layer (moisture barrier) which will  help your skin from drying out. We absolutely love this product. 


How to Apply Essence!


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