Are Essences The New Secret To Perfect Skin?

You may not have heard of an essence, but don’t worry, because LOOK is here to teach you all about this amazing skin saviour that has the potential to totally transform your skincare routine.

So, what is an essence? Essentially, essences are highly concentrated facial treatments that aid the skins moisture retention. They help improve radiance, protect the skins barrier function and generally provide anti-ageing benefits. Simply slot them into your skincare regime after cleansing and toning, and before applying your moisturiser.

At the earliest stages of ageing we start to notice a decline in our skin’s texture: increased fine lines, roughness and an overall reduction in radiance. This happens because our skin’s hydration levels and cell turnover rate fall. But don’t fret, because we’ve pulled together some of the best essences out there to tackle those signs of ageing, and put them all into this post, just for you!



Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Essence Treatment, £35.

What’s so great about this product is that it not only dramatically hydrates the skin – improving moisture, radiance and texture – but it also increases the effectiveness of your other anti-ageing skincare products. Yep, you heard right. It carries out this magic and basically better prepares the skin to receive all the benefits of the rest of your routine – genius!



Algenist Hydrating Essence Toner, £14.

This product combines the moisturising benefits of an essence with the blemish-busting perks of a toner. If you’re spot-prone then this is the perfect essence for you – it will combat anti-ageing, dry skin and blemishes all in one go!

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The Body Shop Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalising Essence Lotion, £15.

This essence will super-charge your everyday moisturiser, giving you your best glow yet. The bi-phase formula contains both oil and water, meaning it nourishes and refreshes your skin. Don’t forget to apply the essence down your neck and across your décolletage to treat and moisturise the delicate skin.



CHANEL Hydra Beauty Essence Mist, £44.

This handy spray will take you only seconds to prep your skin for moisturiser. It’s suitable for anyone looking for a speedy skincare routine. The vitamin C and E in this essence are perfect for brightening up your complexion if it’s looking a little tired or dull this season.



SK-11 Mid-Day Essence, £54.

It’s pricey, but this essence is loved by celebs such as Cate Blanchett, who hailed it her “favourite handbag product”. You can expect your skin to feel freshly hydrated post-application. Plus, it will remain soft and dewy for hours after use!

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Arianna Chatzidakis.