EN­TER THE ESSENCE LO­TION

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Just as you prep for ev­ery­thing in life, you also need to pre­pare your skin to help it func­tion at its best. One way is to get it won­der­fully hy­drated be­fore us­ing treat­ment prod­ucts like anti-age­ing serums. You can do that by re­plac­ing your toner with an essence lo­tion.

It’s Not a Toner

The role of most ton­ers is to bal­ance the skin’s pH level while re­mov­ing gunk left be­hind af­ter cleans­ing. Some re­move ex­cess oil and help un­clog pores to pre­vent break­outs. Oth­ers con­tain hy­drat­ing in­gre­di­ents so you don’t ex­pe­ri­ence skin tight­ness.

Essence lotions, un­like ton­ers, pro­vide in­stant hy­dra­tion – think of them as su­per-light­weight mois­turis­ers that come in clear, fast-ab­sorb­ing, wa­ter­like tex­tures. They may be known by any of these names: essence lo­tion, essence-in-lo­tion, soft­en­ing lo­tion or treat­ment lo­tion.

They’re said to leave your skin ra­di­ant, more sup­ple, softer to the touch, and more re­cep­tive to skin­care prod­ucts that fol­low. Some of these lotions do more than mois­turise. They help ad­dress other skin con­cerns like acne, bright­en­ing and anti-age­ing, too.

Asian Skin Needs More Hy­dra­tion

Re­searchers at Clin­ique found that Asian skin is more prone to ir­ri­ta­tion and de­hy­dra­tion be­cause it lacks fi­lag­grin, a protein that helps pro­duce nat­u­ral mois­tur­is­ing fac­tors (NMFs), which keep your skin well hy­drated.

To ad­dress this, Clin­ique de­vel­oped the Even Bet­ter Essence Lo­tion (100ml), $55, which con­tains an NMF com­plex of wa­ter­melon, ap­ple and lentil ex­tracts to in­crease fi­lag­grin pro­duc­tion and boost the skin’s nat­u­ral abil­ity to re­store mois­ture.

It also con­tains an­tiox­i­dant-rich in­gre­di­ents that help to brighten your com­plex­ion, and anti-in­flam­ma­tory in­gre­di­ents like tamarind ex­tract and caf­feine, to calm and soothe ir­ri­ta­tion. It comes in two for­mu­las: a thicker lo­tion to keep dry to dry-com­bi­na­tion skin hy­drated, and an­other in a re­fresh­ing wa­ter-like tex­ture to help nor­malise se­bum pro­duc­tion in oily to oily­combi­na­tion skin.

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