Facial Essence: Your Skin’s Best Friend



A post-facial glow is something we wish would last forever and now we’ve found a way to get moisturized, glowy skin by adding one step to our skin care routine. It’s called an essence and it reminds us of a serum, except less concentrated, and it will become your skin’s best friend.

A facial essence’s texture feels much more like water than a serum and should be applied before any products in your regimen, after face washing and toning. It gives skin a boost of moisture without weighing it down and makes the rest of your skin care routine much more effective. These formulas work by gently exfoliating dead skin cells, helping with skin cell turnover and making it easy for products applied afterward to penetrate. Each essence targets a specific concern, from anti-aging to dark spots, and a little bit of this miracle product goes a long way. Daily use of the concentrate will most likely lead to enviable, dewy, lit-from-within skin. Check out our favorites below.


Black Tea Kombucha Antioxidant Essence, $68 at Sephora

Packed with antioxidants, kombucha and mandarin peel extract, this lightweight essence promotes luminosity and a uniform complexion. It even tackles those pesky fine lines and wrinkles.


Facial Treatment Pitera Essence, $185 at Nordstrom

Hollywood’s favorite facial essence tackles multiple skin concerns, from dark spots to dryness and uneven skin tone. It has over 50 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and organic acids to treat your skin.


Water Bank Hydro Essence, $39 at Sephora

Laneige means business when it comes to hydration as this super nourishing essence relies on green mineral water to get the job done. Infused with kale, watercress and beet, the lightweight formula also evens out texture and combats oiliness.

Saturday Skin

Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist, $34 at Nordstrom

This no-nonsense hydrator boasts both kiwi and grape extracts to drench your skin in moisture. Use it under or over your makeup or as a quick pick-me-up throughout the day.


Real Ferment Micro Essence, $38 at Soko Glam

Featuring 93 percent naturally fermented ingredients, this facial essence will get you glowing.

Tata Harper

Concentrated Brightening Essence, $215 at Tata Harper

Tata Harper’s brightening booster not only illuminates, it corrects dark spots and uneven texture. And it’s vegan to boot.


Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence, $45 at Kiehl’s

An essential part of any anti-aging regimen, this essence hydrates and preps your complexion for the other age-battling products in your lineup. It even activates the exfoliation process to help reveal smoother, more radiant skin.


Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, $21 at Ulta Beauty

Don’t let this essence’s 96 percent snail mucin formula scare you. It actually helps repair your skin as it hydrates, brightens and tones.


Vinoperfect Brightening Glycolic Essence, $49 at DermStore

This essence uses glycolic acid and organic grape water to neutralize dark spots, moisturize and soothe your skin. Apply on clean skin, then follow up with serum and moisturizer.


Hyaluron Skin Essence, $25 at Soko Glam

We all know how great hyaluronic acid is for dry skin and this essence offers an advanced form of the hydration powerhouse called sodium hyaluronate that holds 1,000 times more moisture than water. And the formula sinks in quickly so your skin gets the moisture it’s been craving right away.