The murky lines dividing beauty products continue to cause confusion, especially for anyone who only dabbles in skincare regimens, rather than the full-blown routine addicts that some (cough *me* cough) become after seeing positive results. If you’re confused about serums, toners, and essences, don’t fret!
Toners are used right after cleansing; if you’re using harsh cleansers toner will help you balance skin P.H.
Essence comes next, and before serum, but here’s the basic rule; the thicker the product, the later you apply it in your routine. Watery products go before heavy ones, so if you’ve got a runny serum and a goopy essence, swap them around, and they’ll be better absorbed. You’ll waste less product, and see better results, because hydrated skin processes all your lotions and potions much more effectively.
What You Should Know
- Allure Best of Beauty- 2018
- Available as 2.3oz mini or in certain Sephora Sample Packs
- Starring fermented Green Tea
This heavy-duty antioxidant gets pores tight and clean, with tons of hydration to plump out fine lines and wrinkles, while nourishing dry skin, so the rest of your routine can get to work. Reviews are mixed as to how long this essence will last, and heavy users are especially likely to find the price discouraging, but it’s such a lightweight liquid you can apply it with a small spritzer, so you won’t waste any drops on hands, cotton swabs, or other applicators.
“My makeup goes on flawlessly but quite frankly, my skin looks so healthy foundation is not even necessary. I just bought my second bottle. I’m thoroughly impressed (and I seldom say this about any product). “
What You Should Know
- Free of synthetic dyes, fragrances, and alcohols
- Great for combination skin
- With Rosemary and Lavender
Whether you call it a serum or an essence, this is a moisturizing bomb that will ramp up your regime. Korean brand Belif features products that are free of synthetic dyes and fragrances, so even allergy-prone users can find a product that meets their skincare needs, without causing redness or inflammation from allergen exposures. Based on apothecary treatments, this antioxidant-rich essence features Rosemary and Lavender, to calm combination skin and hydrate, for maximum effectiveness when combined with the rest of your routine.
“This product is awesome. I use it every night after using my Clarisonic and it’s super hydrating. I should have ordered multiple bottles!”