Korean Beauty Breakdown: Toner vs. EssencePosted on 20/05/2019
[By Biscuits & Makeup] Thursday, 16 May 2019
When it comes to skincare, not only are there are so many products in the market but also so many different product types. These include moisturisers, serums, creams, gels and so on. At times, some products may provide the same benefits but in a different form. And inversely, they may appear the same but offer very opposite benefits to the skin. This is the case for “Toners and Essences”.
In Korean beauty, they are two of the most misunderstood products and we often get asked “what’s the difference?” between them. In this blog post, we will address their differences, individual benefits and what they can do for you!
Seeing how there is a plethora of skincare products on the market, we can understand why you may think toners and essence seem like the same thing! But we can assure you, they are not! They’re the identical-looking twins that have different personalities. And here’s why.
Once upon a time, toners weren’t much of a thing. But with the hype and growth of Korean Skincare, toners have proven to be an asset to our skincare regime. Toners are typically transparent water-like liquids that hydrate the skin, remove the leftover impurities from your skin (after cleansing) and also, balance the pH level in your skin. With regular use, it also strengths the skin barrier and allows your skin to take in ingredients in the following steps in your routine.
Toners honestly are one of the most versatile products on the market. You can utilise one toner for so many uses, such as a make-up remover, a daily cleanser, hydrator and more! You can use the “7 Skin Method” to restore the hydration levels in your skin or just apply one layer on your skin to start off your skincare. The possibilities are endless! Do what you think your skin needs.
In recent months, toners have taken different forms and now can be seen as a cream, a spray and so on. But they all generally do the same thing. They may vary depending on the additional focus ingredients included in the toner.
Some of our recommendations for great toners are;
Though essences have the same look as toners, they play very different roles in your skincare routine. They are commonly known as “treatment water” and the best way to describe an essence is to compare them to “primers”. Before painting a wall, laying your foundation or applying your nail polish, you would use a primer to allow the next steps to be enhanced. And this is the same for essences as well. They are applied right before you use your more concentrated or focused products to allow the ingredients to absorb more effectively into the skin.
Essences are deemed as the “heart of Korean Skincare”. They are created to assist other products in your daily skincare routine to absorb into the skin in a more effective way. On its own, essence doesn’t give much of a punch but in combination with other products, especially your moisturisers and serums, you’ll be pleasantly surprised! The main purpose of essence is to hydrate the skin, not only on the surface, but on a cellular level.
With continual use, essences also promote natural turnover in your skin which in turn makes your skin look healthier, smoother and plumper. I mean, who doesn’t want that?
Some of our recommendations for great essences are;
Difference between Toners and Essences
Now that we have given you the breakdown of what a toner and an essence is, here are their differences!
Though there are some similarities between an essence and a toner, they have very different results on the skin and have a very different role in your skincare routine.
Here are some hard-hitting questions that we do get asked at times, that we thought might tickle your interest.
Question 1: “Which of the two – toner or essence – is for me?”
Our philosophy has always been for you guys to explore, research, experiment and carve your own skincare routine that best fits you! However, if you are dying to find the answer to this, here it is!
In our humble opinion, everyone needs a toner. Whether you have dry skin, sensitive skin or oily skin, a toner can do so much for you. It is gentle enough to be used on the daily and effective enough to improve the texture and appearance of your skin. It is that best friend that is always there for you and is reliable no matter what season or what you feel like.
Now if you find your skincare is not working as well as you want it to, have no fear, essence is here! Its purpose is to enhance the effects of your skincare. Layer this on before your serums, moisturisers and so on and you’ll definitely notice a change.
Question 2: “How do I use a toner or an essence?”
A toner should be used right after you cleanse your skin. You can either layer it on or swipe it on your face with a cotton pad.
An essence should be used right after your toner and before your serums and moisturisers. Simple!
Question 3: “How often should I use a toner or an essence?”
You should be using a toner every day to clean the skin, especially if you wear makeup.
Depending on the condition of your skin, you can use essence every other day or every day. It is gentle enough to be used daily.
Now that you understand the difference between a toner and an essence and the power they hold in your skincare, go forth and change up, add or correct your skincare routine and let us know how this blog post has helped you!
If you have any further questions, please do not hold back! Ask away either on our website or directly DM on Instagram at @letsfaceitaus. We are here to help!
Do you prefer Toner, Essence or both? Let us know in the comments below what has worked for you!
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