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Essences have been at the core of Korean skincare routines forever. And now, the K-Beauty trend has made its way into shelves around the world. But what is an essence exactly, and how can it take your skin to the next level? We answer all your questions in our guide to skin care essences – and why they’re a staple in the Jurlique skin care ritual.

What is an essence?

An essence is a hybrid between a toner and a serum, hydrating and prepping the skin for the rest of your skin care ritual. They have a fluid, lightweight and almost watery texture, and have a low molecular weight which means they can penetrate the layers of the skin. You’ll know a good essence by the hydrating ingredients it contains – look for high concentrations of antioxidants and botanicals.

The benefits of using an essence

Skin needs to be damp for skin care products to be absorbed. This is what an essence does – it hydrates and conditions the skin to prepare it for the serums, oils and moisturisers to follow. Not only that, but essences balance and nourish the skin after cleansing and toning. With regular use, you’ll soon be able to see the visible benefits, as essences revitalise the skin, and smooth and brighten the complexion.

Are essences suitable for all skin types?

In a word – yes. There are different types of skin essence, with some formulated for all skin types, and others that address specific skin concerns like dullness or uneven skin tone, but they’ll suit everyone. The lightweight texture of essences is ideal for oily skin, while their super-hydrating formulas make them especially beneficial for dry and dehydrated skin. Most people are susceptible to dry skin at some point, though, so essences should form a part of everyone’s skin care ritual.

How to apply an essence

Use your essence morning and night, after your toning mist and before your serum. Pour a couple of drops into the palm of your hands (don’t use a cotton pad – it will waste the product and your hands are much more effective) and gently press into your face, neck and décolletage.

Why we created the Activating Water Essence

Our Activating Water Essence is an essential part of our skin care ritual. It’s one of our must-have hero products thanks to it revitalising, softening and smoothing skin while continuously hydrating it. The formula is rich in Marshmallow Root extract that comes straight from our biodynamic# Jurlique Farm in the Adelaide Hills, and also contains high-performance botanical extracts that make it an ideal hydrating skin care product. But don’t just take our word for it – 92% of women who used Activating Water Essence said their skin felt softer and smoother, and 90% of women said their skin visibly looked and felt healthier.*

Revitalise, soften and hydrate your skin with our Activating Water Essence.

*Based on a clinical survey of 52 women aged 25 to 50 who used Activating Water Essence for 14 days.

#Certified biodynamic by the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia. Jurlique’s products and farm are not certified or affiliated with Demeter® USA or Demeter International.