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What is a Facial Essence? Do you need one in your skincare routine?

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The main goal of an essence is to hydrate the skin and to help the other products in your skincare routine better absorb into your skin. An essence includes a lot of great benefits for your skin and acts as a primer for your skincare routine. It makes the active ingredients in your existing skincare steps that much more effective. It provides a ton of moisture deep within the skin, restoring the natural moisture balance.

Essences have a texture much more liquid-y than a serum, but still thicker than water, and the formulas are usually completely clear. Because of this, it's difficult to picture that they actually do anything, but they work to improve the overall efficacy of the products you layer on top of it.

What does an essence actually do? 
Essences originated in Korea and are considered the powerhouse step in the skincare routine. Essences usually carry a higher dose of active ingredients and are meant as a 'treatment' for the skin.

An essence is used to support the benefits of all the other products in your routine. The active ingredients within an essence will penetrate even deeper into your skin, working to better enhance your other skincare products and making your entire skincare routine more effective. It's a vital part of maintaining your skin's health.

When should essences be used in your skincare routine? 
Cleanse your skin first then apply the essence immediately after. If you are using an astringent or pH-balancing toner in your routine, that should go between your cleanser and essence, but typically, you want your essence to be the first layer that goes onto dry skin. After that, you can apply the rest of your routine as normal (lightest to heaviest, starting with serums and working toward moisturizer). 

Are essences meant to layer on top of each other the way serums do? 
Essences are lighter in weight and less concentrated than a serum, so you only need to use one essence in your skincare routine at a time. The skin can only absorb so much, so you don't want to layer too much on the skin as you'll waste product.

What is the difference between traditional toners (i.e., astringent formulas) and essences? 
Essences can easily be confused with toners because they have a consistency that can range from watery to a light serum, but they should be respected in their own category. Toners are meant to help balance the skin pH and prep the skin for more efficacious ingredient delivery in the products to follow. Serums generally have a higher molecular weight than essences and carry more emollient and humectant properties. Because they're specifically made for the delivery of active ingredients in a lightweight formula to be absorbed well by the skin, it makes it one of the most important steps of the Korean skincare routine.

You apply an essence with your hands whereas with a toner, you typically use a cotton pad of some sort to wipe across your face. Using a cotton pad with an essence essentially leaves a lot of product on the cotton pad, not on your skin.

Is an essence a necessity in a skincare routine?
Especially nowadays—while wearing face masks—using a hydrating, serum-infused toner [or essence] a few times a day will go a long way. They pamper and soothe thirsty skin cells by delivering moisture deep into the skin. Doing this a few times a day will remove dirt and oil buildup while simultaneously soothing the skin.

Try our newly launched Elderflower Facial Essence

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What is a Facial Essence? Do you need one in your skincare routine?

Posted by Dreambox Beauty LLC on

The main goal of an essence is to hydrate the skin and to help the other products in your skincare routine better absorb into your skin. An essence includes a lot of great benefits for your skin and acts as a primer for your skincare routine. It makes the active ingredients in your existing skincare steps that much more effective. It provides a ton of moisture deep within the skin, restoring the natural moisture balance.

Essences have a texture much more liquid-y than a serum, but still thicker than water, and the formulas are usually completely clear. Because of this, it's difficult to picture that they actually do anything, but they work to improve the overall efficacy of the products you layer on top of it.

What does an essence actually do? 
Essences originated in Korea and are considered the powerhouse step in the skincare routine. Essences usually carry a higher dose of active ingredients and are meant as a 'treatment' for the skin.

An essence is used to support the benefits of all the other products in your routine. The active ingredients within an essence will penetrate even deeper into your skin, working to better enhance your other skincare products and making your entire skincare routine more effective. It's a vital part of maintaining your skin's health.

When should essences be used in your skincare routine? 
Cleanse your skin first then apply the essence immediately after. If you are using an astringent or pH-balancing toner in your routine, that should go between your cleanser and essence, but typically, you want your essence to be the first layer that goes onto dry skin. After that, you can apply the rest of your routine as normal (lightest to heaviest, starting with serums and working toward moisturizer). 

Are essences meant to layer on top of each other the way serums do? 
Essences are lighter in weight and less concentrated than a serum, so you only need to use one essence in your skincare routine at a time. The skin can only absorb so much, so you don't want to layer too much on the skin as you'll waste product.

What is the difference between traditional toners (i.e., astringent formulas) and essences? 
Essences can easily be confused with toners because they have a consistency that can range from watery to a light serum, but they should be respected in their own category. Toners are meant to help balance the skin pH and prep the skin for more efficacious ingredient delivery in the products to follow. Serums generally have a higher molecular weight than essences and carry more emollient and humectant properties. Because they're specifically made for the delivery of active ingredients in a lightweight formula to be absorbed well by the skin, it makes it one of the most important steps of the Korean skincare routine.

You apply an essence with your hands whereas with a toner, you typically use a cotton pad of some sort to wipe across your face. Using a cotton pad with an essence essentially leaves a lot of product on the cotton pad, not on your skin.

Is an essence a necessity in a skincare routine?
Especially nowadays—while wearing face masks—using a hydrating, serum-infused toner [or essence] a few times a day will go a long way. They pamper and soothe thirsty skin cells by delivering moisture deep into the skin. Doing this a few times a day will remove dirt and oil buildup while simultaneously soothing the skin.

Try our newly launched Elderflower Facial Essence

Read more


How to Correct Minor Imperfections Displayed by Your Facial Skin the Easy Way

Posted by Julie Lindh on

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to address all the problems that impact the look and feel of your skin using only one product for a very short period of time? Unfortunately, this is not how it works. Your skin reflects your lifestyle choices and genetic heritage and requires a complex beautification ritual to be healthy and glowing.

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful to address all the problems that impact the look and feel of your skin using only one product for a very short period of time? Unfortunately, this is not how it works. Your skin reflects your lifestyle choices and genetic heritage and requires a complex beautification ritual to be healthy and glowing.

Read more


Hard to Break Up with Your Old Skin Care Products?

Posted by Julie Lindh on

We are all creatures of habit. When we get comfortable with something or someone, we tend to do everything in our power to keep this new positive element in our lives. I honestly think that we can all relate to this situation. 

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Hard to Break Up with Your Old Skin Care Products?

Posted by Julie Lindh on

We are all creatures of habit. When we get comfortable with something or someone, we tend to do everything in our power to keep this new positive element in our lives. I honestly think that we can all relate to this situation. 

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How to Avoid Puffiness in Your Face

Posted by Julie Lindh on

No one wants to look puffy, especially around their eyes. Many of my clients have asked me how they can look less puffy on those mornings after they have enjoyed a lavish dinner or a few glasses of wine.

That is why I have researched and tested the best ways to avoid puffiness in your face. Puffiness is a common problem, but it doesn’t have to be. There are simple things you can do to reduce water retention and give your skin back its youthful glow.

Here are my Top 5 Tips for Avoiding Puffiness in Your Face:

Eat Potassium Rich Foods

Many people don’t realize that potassium is an essential element of healthy skin. This mineral is necessary for keeping cells hydrated and maintaining an optimal level of electrolytes. Potassium will internally moisturize your skin and improve the flow of your internal fluids. Avocado, low-fat yogurts, dried apricots, cantaloupe, bananas, cooked beans, bran cereals, prunes, almonds, and winter squash are all excellent choices.

Eat Foods that Prevent Water Retention

The puffiness in your face is usually caused by water retention. Fortunately, there are some delicious all-natural foods like salmon, tuna, carrots, celery, cucumber, onions, peppers, melons, and oranges that will act as a diuretic and prevent fluid from accumulating under your skin. Surprisingly, water can also help reduce retention, since the bloating is a sign that your body has too much salt and not enough fluid to flush it out.

Use a Cooling Face Mask

Applying an all-natural cold face mask, gel-filled masks, chilled tea bag, or a simple cold cloth will help to reduce water retention and decrease the inflammation in your face.

Facial Massage to Reduce Puffiness

Getting a face massage is a great way to decrease puffiness since it stimulates the nerves in your face. Awakening these nerves will reduce the puffiness in your face by decreasing the swelling and bloating.

Facial Exercises to Rejuvenate Cells

Every part of your body needs exercise to look its best. Your face is filled with muscles, and exercise is necessary to keep them tight and toned. Facial exercises will rejuvenate your skin cells and reduce inflammation.

Try these five simple steps to avoid puffiness and you’ll notice a difference almost instantly. If puffiness isn’t your biggest skincare issue, please contact me for a personal consultation. I always look forward to helping my readers improve the look and feel of their skin.

Read more

How to Avoid Puffiness in Your Face

Posted by Julie Lindh on

No one wants to look puffy, especially around their eyes. Many of my clients have asked me how they can look less puffy on those mornings after they have enjoyed a lavish dinner or a few glasses of wine.

That is why I have researched and tested the best ways to avoid puffiness in your face. Puffiness is a common problem, but it doesn’t have to be. There are simple things you can do to reduce water retention and give your skin back its youthful glow.

Here are my Top 5 Tips for Avoiding Puffiness in Your Face:

Eat Potassium Rich Foods

Many people don’t realize that potassium is an essential element of healthy skin. This mineral is necessary for keeping cells hydrated and maintaining an optimal level of electrolytes. Potassium will internally moisturize your skin and improve the flow of your internal fluids. Avocado, low-fat yogurts, dried apricots, cantaloupe, bananas, cooked beans, bran cereals, prunes, almonds, and winter squash are all excellent choices.

Eat Foods that Prevent Water Retention

The puffiness in your face is usually caused by water retention. Fortunately, there are some delicious all-natural foods like salmon, tuna, carrots, celery, cucumber, onions, peppers, melons, and oranges that will act as a diuretic and prevent fluid from accumulating under your skin. Surprisingly, water can also help reduce retention, since the bloating is a sign that your body has too much salt and not enough fluid to flush it out.

Use a Cooling Face Mask

Applying an all-natural cold face mask, gel-filled masks, chilled tea bag, or a simple cold cloth will help to reduce water retention and decrease the inflammation in your face.

Facial Massage to Reduce Puffiness

Getting a face massage is a great way to decrease puffiness since it stimulates the nerves in your face. Awakening these nerves will reduce the puffiness in your face by decreasing the swelling and bloating.

Facial Exercises to Rejuvenate Cells

Every part of your body needs exercise to look its best. Your face is filled with muscles, and exercise is necessary to keep them tight and toned. Facial exercises will rejuvenate your skin cells and reduce inflammation.

Try these five simple steps to avoid puffiness and you’ll notice a difference almost instantly. If puffiness isn’t your biggest skincare issue, please contact me for a personal consultation. I always look forward to helping my readers improve the look and feel of their skin.

Read more


It’s Called Beauty Sleep for a Reason

Posted by Julie Lindh on

Getting 7-9 hours of restful sleep is a key component for ageless beauty. Life is hectic, stressful even; the last thing we should be doing at the end of today is ramping up for tomorrow. No, at the end of a busy day you should be preparing your body for overnight rejuvenation; that’s why sleep is vital to a healthy skin diet.

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It’s Called Beauty Sleep for a Reason

Posted by Julie Lindh on

Getting 7-9 hours of restful sleep is a key component for ageless beauty. Life is hectic, stressful even; the last thing we should be doing at the end of today is ramping up for tomorrow. No, at the end of a busy day you should be preparing your body for overnight rejuvenation; that’s why sleep is vital to a healthy skin diet.

Read more