Even if you count yourself beauty smart, you might be sitting there asking yourself what an essence is. And don’t be embarrassed if you are, because they aren’t one of the most widely known products, but they have 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 and help improve radiance, protect the skins barrier function and generally provide anti-ageing benefits.
Why are we talking about essences? Cult skincare brand Kiehl’s have just created their first ever essence and we are really quite excited about it. Named the Iris Extract Activating Essence Treatment, £34, it’s the new first step in your anti-ageing skincare routine.
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. In short, this happens because our skin’s hydration levels and cell turnover rate fall.
The key ingredient, Iris Extract, originates from the Iris Florentina flower, which is known to improve the skin’s ability to retain moisture, which in turn results in a more youthful complexion.
What’s so great about this product is that it not only dramatically hydrates the skin – improving moisture, radiance and texture, amazingly it also increases the efficacy of your other anti-aging 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!
Slot into your skincare regime after cleansing and toning and before applying your moisturiser and you can expect your skin to feel freshly hydrated for up to 24 hours post-application. If that’s not something to smile about, then I don’t know what is.