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Essences v Serums:

Which one should you be using?’s Skin Care Editor, Rosie Bracey shares her expertise with us.
By Rosemary Bracey
Date: January 11 2015
Tags: beauty tips,
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When it comes to choosing the skin care products that will help give you healthy, youthful, and beautiful skin all year round, it can be downright complicated.

Gone are the days of the simple skin care routine of ‘cleanse, tone and moisturise’. These days, there are so many formulations, steps, and ingredients to consider before setting yourself up with a routine that’ll give you your best skin yet.

Even though the year has just begun, we’ve already seen a new kid on the block that looks like being the must-have skin care product of 2015, and you probably haven’t even heard of it yet. It’s called ‘essence’.

So, where does essence sit on the priority list of getting gorgeous skin?

Well it has similar benefits to a serum, but there are a few key differences that separate the humble serum from the supercharged powers of an essence. Here’s why an essence should take prime position in your skin care routine.

What is essence?

Essences are highly concentrated formulas that treat skin deeply on a cellular level. Don’t be fooled by their watery consistency - essences are actually packed with active anti-ageing ingredients that target fine lines and wrinkles, and dull and uneven skin tone.

Essence also helps boost your natural skin cell turnover rate, meaning that with continued use you’ll have improved luminosity, smoothness and texture. They’re incredibly lightweight, sink straight into the skin, and give your complexion a good dose of hydration, too.

How and when do I apply essence?

Essences are super easy to add to your skin care routine. Morning and night, after cleansing and toning, pop a few drops of essence in the palm of your hand and gently press the essence into your skin. This ‘pressing’ motion will help the essence absorb into your skin and also increase circulation for an instantly brighter complexion.

Another method for applying essence is to pop a few drops onto a cotton pad and swipe it over your face and neck.Although essence is giving facial serums a run for their money in the skin care stakes, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t incorporate them both into your daily routine.To reap all the skin-loving benefits of an essence and a serum, its ideal to use both, morning and night. Just make sure you apply the essence first, then follow it with your serum, and then seal it all in with your daily moisturiser with SPF or night cream.

How is essence different from a serum?

The key difference between serums and essences is that serums tend to target specific skin concerns such as hydration, dull skin or lines and wrinkles, whereas essences work to combat several skin issues for healthier looking skin. Also, serums have a thicker consistency, compared to the more liquid texture of an essence.

Another factor that differs a serum from an essence is the price tag.

Truth be told, there are many essences out there that can tip the scales when it comes to laying out your hard-earned cash, with some being priced well over the $100 mark. So, is it worth it? Absolutely.

The key benefits of adding an essence into your skin care routine is that you’ll be fast-tracking your skin cell turnover every day which is vital if youthful, glowing, fresh skin is at the top of your wish list.

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