Facial toners and essences deliver many benefits to skin while simultaneously acting as a ‘primer’ for your skin care. These power players help skin effectively absorb the active ingredients in the rest of your products as you complete your skin care regimen, and provide weightless hydration to help restore skin’s natural moisture balance.
Toners and essences may seem like the same product, especially since they’re used right after cleansing your skin, however, they have completely different purposes.
Let’s break down what makes each formula different, their benefits and best application for both!
WHAT IS A FACIAL TONER?
A toner’s primary purpose is to remove any impurities left on skin after cleansing and to help balance skin’s pH level. Toners contain beneficial ingredients like glycerin or antioxidants. We love the belif Aqua Bomb Hydrating Toner, which helps remove remaining residue and makeup while giving skin a refreshing burst of hydration.
BENEFITS OF TONER
It’s good for acne-prone skin. Toners are also a great product to use if you have acne-prone skin and/or clogged pores.
HOW TO APPLY TONER
After cleansing, apply toner onto a cotton pad or ball and rub on your face and neck. Tissues can also work if you are in a pinch. You might be surprised how much residue you see!
WHAT IS A FACIAL ESSENCE?
Essences have become increasingly popular in many of our journeys to improve our skin. These formulas are concentrated to target fine lines, wrinkles, uneven and dull skin—all with weightless texture.
The main goal of an essence is to hydrate and prepare skin for the rest of the skin care products in your regimen. Mission Luxereve’s Essence provides skin deep hydration, but also smooths skin. So light and luxurious, once you start you won’t be able to stop.
BENEFITS OF ESSENCES
They have a higher concentration of ingredients.Essences are typically packed full of vitamins and antioxidants that help hydrate and balance skin. They usually contain highly concentrated levels of active ingredients, which allows deeper penetration into the skin barrier.
They add an extra layer of hydration.Essences also soothe skin and aid in turnover, which ultimately contributes to a healthier complexion. And, because the formulas feature a weightless, watery-like texture that’s rich in moisture, they help your skin absorb other skin care ingredients more effectively.
Did you know? An essence is considered one of the most, if not the most important part of a Korean skin care routine!
HOW TO APPLY ESSENCE
The best recommendation for application is to apply with your hands. Add a healthy amount of drops and gently press into your skin—no wiping or rubbing required.
Toner should be used first. It’s the product that will help your face be the cleanest. It refreshes your skin and removes any lingering residue, while balancing and prepping the surface of your skin for other products.
Essence follows, while soothing skin, accelerating skin cell turnover and encouraging a smoother, healthier complexion, while “priming” your skin to help other skin care products absorb better.