KBEAUTY ON A BUDGET: ESSENCES
KAYLA ALLARD on OCTOBER 24, 2019
Hello Beautchat readers and welcome back to the third installment of Kbeauty of a Budget! This time we are focusing on Essences. Now I know there has been some confusion and questions on what exactly an essence is. Well Charlotte Cho of Sokoglam wrote that
“ESSENCE IS A CONCENTRATED FORMULA THAT SPECIFICALLY TARGETS WRINKLES, FINE LINES, AND DULL AND UNEVEN SKIN TONES. KOREAN ESSENCES TYPICALLY CONTAIN AN ACTIVE INGREDIENT THAT OPTIMIZES YOUR SKIN’S NATURAL CELL TURNOVER RATE (THINK SKIN REGENERATION) AND WITH REGULAR USE, YOU WILL NOTICE THAT YOUR SKIN IS SMOOTHER AND BRIGHTER.”
Unlike the previous budget posts, cleansers and toners, essences are a bit pricier. Finding one, and a good one, under $15 is pretty difficult and rare. So although I can’t provide a selection of essences for as low as I have been able to in the previous posts, I have collected a list of essences all of which are under $20.
Please note that these prices are based on when I looked at Jolse.com. They’re constantly having sales, which can change from time to time. So whatever price is initially listed could be different depending on when you read this.
TONYMOLY FLORIA NUTRA ENERGY ESSENCE
This essence is targeted for those with dry and sensitive skin. It has 65% Safflower extract and Argan oil, both which help with moisturizing and revitalizing the skin. And if that didn’t already sound amazing, it claims that it has an anti-wrinkle effect!
NACIFIC PHYTO NIACIN WHITENING ESSENCE
Don’t let the “Whitening” in the name scare you! Think brightening! Bambusa Vulgaris extract is the star ingredient in this essence as it helps to give the skin a radiating glow, while niacinamide targets hyperpigmentation. You’ll be glowing from sea to shining sea!
SKIN&LAB K PLUS RED-X ESSENCE
Do you have flushed skin? Itchy or irritated skin? Meet SKINLAB’S K Plus Red-X Essence! This essence helps soothe skin, while recovering damaged skin and repairing the skin barrier, with vitamin K3 – Menadione. According to SKINLAB, Menadione is best known for its ability to “strengthen capillary, normalize loosen vessel so that it dramatically improves facial flushing”. It also has power ingredients such as Spirulina (regeneration), eggplant extract (sebum control), Centella asiatica (soothing), and Panthenol (moisture).
ISNTREE CLEAR SKIN 8% AHA ESSENCE
For those of you who need helping achieving a smoother complexion, look no farther than the Isntree Clear Skin 8% AHA Essence. With an even 4% split of glycolic acid and lactic acid, this will help with clearing out pores, smoothing rough and textured skin, help reduce acne, and improve your overall skin tone. Although this does contain ingredients such as centella asiatica and ginko extract, that help soothe skin, I would still recommend introducing this to your skin slowly. Some may experience irritation with immediate, daily use, while others might not. So make sure to do a spot test before using.
THE SAEM URBAN ECO HARAKEKE ESSENCE
Another essence favorite, I love The Saem’s Urban Eco Harakeke Essence because it leaves my skin feeling packed with hydration. Instead of water, it uses Harakeke extract that it 3 times more powerful than Aloe and Olive oil in terms of hydration! It’s also great because it’s healing, soothing, and great for all skin types. If that didn’t already sound divine, then maybe knowing that this essence also contains New Zealand Manuka Honey (nourishment), New Zealand Calendula Flower extract, (Anti-inflammatory), Echinacea roots culture extract (“natural antibiotic”), and Portulaca Oleracea Extract (hydration).
TIAM SNAIL & AZULENE WATER ESSENCE
I personally love this essence! This essence is not only soothing, moisturizing, and formulated with 87% Snail Secretion Filtrate, but also a great bang for your buck, at less than a dollar per ml! The star ingredients also include Azulene, Betaine, Allantoin, and Panthenol, all of which are great for sensitive skin types.
PURITO FERMENTED COMPLEX 94 BOOSTING ESSENCE
You may have heard of Lactobacillus because of Yakult, but did you know that this essence, and Bifida ferment, makes up 94% of this essence? You can expect to have radiant and firmer skin after using this product. This also contains Niacinamide and Adenosine which are great for brightening and wrinkle-care.
I hope you enjoyed another Kbeauty on a Budget article! I’ll see you next time. And psst, it’s going to be about serums!