Treat, balance and reinvigorate
Skin feeling a little thirsty? Crack open a bottle of essence. Asian beauty’s greatest contribution may just be these light, watery lotions that brighten, plump and hydrate. If you’re not yet on the bandwagon, essences are designed to go after cleansing and exfoliating, kickstarting your daily treatment process while prepping skin to efficiently absorb serums applied after.
Whatever you do, don’t call them toners. Those simply soothe and maybe remove residual dirt. Essences, on the other hand, are meant to contain actives: natural ferments, glycolic acids, and hyaluronic acid are common. Simply pour a little into your palm or a cotton pad and pat into skin. See below for potions catering to every skin concern.
Creatures of Comfort
A bright red lotion smelling of roses that brightens dull complexions. Astalift White Bright Lotion RM167.48
A ‘sauce’ concocted with 93 per cent maple tree sap, fructan powder and herbal and fruit extracts to imbue all skin types with hydration and extra dew. May Coop Raw Sauce RM209
Laneige White Dew Original Ampoule Essence RM220 Natural additions like saurus chinensis bail, truffle and mushroom yeast extract alongside a vitamin B5 precursor work to prevent and inhibit dark spots while protecting skin from the elements.
A gel hydrator that melts upon touch to quickly quench and offer relief to dry skins. Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate RM150
Diorsnow Essence-of-Light Lotion RM235 Microcaps biotechnology ensures that this lotion works deep within skin, toning and brightening from within.
kanebo relaxing brume RM130 This lotion-in-mist-form is formulated with rosewater and glycerin; spritz on clean skin to lay in a hydrated base, or spray it over makeup throughout the day to top up your moisture levels.