Facial Essence

Here we are with Step 4 of the Korean Skincare Routine: the Facial Essence! A cosmetic that strengthens the skin barrier, preventing - rather than treating - any skin issues, in perfect harmony with the Korean approach to Beauty. The lightweight texture and undeniable effectiveness make Korean essences a real must-have for Beauty Lovers!

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Step 5: Facial Essence

Once you have completed the first 4 Steps of the Korean Skincare Routine, it's time to introduce the undisputed star of K Beauty: the Facial Essence! This is one of the most beloved and widely used cosmetics in South Korea, which has been gradually conquering the rest of the world in recent years. Its secret? It has a super lightweight texture, very pleasant to apply on the skin, and its effectiveness on the skin is undeniable. If chosen correctly and applied consistently, the benefits for our face will be seen very quickly. Let's delve deeper: let's discover together how this cosmetic works on our skin and what the correct technique is to apply it according to Korean Skincare!


What Does a Korean Essence Do for My Skin?

As mentioned earlier, the facial essence (also known as Face Essence) is a very lightweight product; it is not as dense as a Face Serum, but neither is it as liquid as a Facial Toner... in short, it's a middle ground! In particular, Korean essences are distinguished by their cutting-edge formulas, as Koreans have years and years of experience in the field of Skincare. Face Essences encapsulate the entire Korean philosophy of Beauty, based on self-care as a form of personal and mutual respect. It is a cosmetic that aims to prevent rather than cure potential skin problems and ensure skin that is, above all, healthy. How? By hydrating and stimulating the skin's cellular renewal, thus strengthening the skin barrier and making it stronger and more resistant to everyday challenges (climate changes, smog, fine dust, and more). Korean essences are rich in natural ingredients and active principles, ideal for strengthening the skin, especially snail mucin and centella asiatica, which are the absolute protagonists of K Beauty, as well as lactic ferments! Choose the perfect Korean facial essence for your needs and apply it consistently: your skin will be healthier, brighter, and softer... seeing is believing!


How to Do Step 5 of the Korean Skincare Routine

Discover with us the application techniques of essences that are most popular in South Korea, ensuring the undeniable effectiveness of this cosmetic! Here is a little "tutorial" for you on how to correctly perform step 5 of the K Beauty Routine in perfect Korean style:


  • If your essence has a slightly dense and milky consistency, apply a small amount onto the palm of your hand (make sure it's clean). If it is a more fluid, almost watery essence, pour a few drops onto your face, being careful not to touch the skin directly with the applicator.
  • Then, gently dab the product onto your face, neck, and the outer part of your ears. Avoid rubbing; instead, tap with your fingertips, which helps stimulate blood circulation.
  • Finally, wait for a few seconds until the essence is fully absorbed. At this point, your skin is ready to proceed: on to Step 6: Face Serum!


Find The Best Korean Essence For You

There are many fantastic essences on the K Beauty market, each with specific formulas suited for various skin needs or issues. Here are some that stand out for their quality and results:


  • COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. The formula contains 96% snail mucin filtrate: a hydration and nourishment powerhouse that gives a natural glow to your skin. Super anti-age and gentle at the same time! 
  • Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Enrich Essence. A beauty treat for a true Queen Bee! This ampoule essence, dense almost like a serum but with ultra-easy and quick absorption, leverages the properties of propolis extract, royal jelly, and honey to provide hydration and protection to the skin. These natural ingredients have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, purifying, and regenerating properties. Perfect for truly regal skin! Best essence for face EVER!
  • Mixsoon Bean Essence. The essential amino acids from beans are the stars of this exfoliating face essence. The formula, enriched with pear, barley, and pomegranate extracts, penetrates deep into the skin, dissolving dead cells and improving skin texture.
  • Mixsoon Bifida Ferment Essence. This is a regenerating essence suitable for all skin types. Mixsoon's Bifida Ferment Essence is designed to strengthen and protect the skin barrier with a single active ingredient: Bifida ferment. Its essential formula makes this cosmetic suitable even for sensitive skin!
  • Mixsoon Soondy Centella Asiatica Essence. Keyword: Delicacy! Mixsoon's Soondy Centella Asiatica Essence is a soothing and calming essence that gently works on irritated skin, helping to reduce inflammation. Its cutting-edge formula is also vegan and cruelty-free!


Customer Reviews About Made in Korea Face Essences

Korean facial essences are loved by many for their effectiveness and convenience. To give you an idea of what people think, we've gathered some comments from our customers:


  • COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. Marco, 48 years old: "I'll be honest: before trying this essence, I didn't believe a cosmetic could really help with my acne scars. But I had to change my mind: Cosrx's Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is amazing; after a few weeks, I can already see the results!"
  • Mixsoon Soondy Centella Asiatica Essence. Sofia, 27 years old: "Having sensitive skin, I think carefully before introducing a new cosmetic into my skincare routine! Following the advice of the 50 ml staff, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try Mixsoon's Centella Asiatica Essence. I was very pleased, no unwanted reactions on my skin... Guys, this is absolutedly the best essence for face!"
  • Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Enrich Essence. Nadia, 55 years old: "I've only been using Skinfood's Royal Honey Essence for a few months and I'm already seeing big improvements: my skin is much more radiant and hydrated! Also, I've noticed that my skin gets less irritated by very cold temperatures, like when I go skiing. I feel my skin is stronger and healthier. For me, this Korean essence is absolutely approved."
  • Mixsoon Bean Essence. Laura, 22 years old: "I had been looking for a product that combined hydration and gentle exfoliation for a long time. In the world of Korean Skincare, I finally found what I was looking for! After being enchanted by Mixsoon's Bean Essence, I decided to delve deeper into the world of K Beauty and... what can I say? Everything they say about Korean cosmetics is true!"
  • Mixsoon Bifida Ferment Essence. Luca, 33 years old: "I'm a sailing enthusiast, so my skin is often subjected to strong winds. After various experiments with traditional moisturizers that didn't help much, I was intrigued by Korean Skincare and decided to try the Bifida Ferment Essence. Now I see a real difference: my skin is much firmer and more resilient! Absolutely approved."


We've understood that Face Essence is a key element of the Korean Skincare Routine, bringing incredible benefits to the skin: it strengthensprotects, and hydrates, also preparing it to better absorb the products applied in the subsequent steps. If you haven't tried a facial essence yet, it's time to take the plunge and discover the magic it can bring to your skin!


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