Do you really need another step in your routine?
Essences, like toners, are a highly debated product in the skincare world. Depending on who you ask,
some tout it as a regimen must-have, while there are others who will say they can live without it. But to
find out if an essence is an essential skincare step, it all goes back to what it can do:
1. It hydrates skin at a cellular level
Essences are sometimes called “beauty waters” because they look and feel like the clear, drinkable liquid.
They have a lower molecular weight than serums and ampoules, which means they’re able to penetrate
faster and deeper into the skin to deliver powerful actives and transform it for the better. This act of
priming the skin before applying heavier products makes sure it will be able to absorb all these goodies
2. It has concentrated ingredients
This is why it’s often confused with serums and ampoules. Essences, like those two, contain potent
formulas that target specific skin concerns—just like how a serum or ampoule would be. The difference is
an essence is lighter and easier to absorb, instantly delivering ingredients to each layer of the skin to
smoothen out fine lines, brighten dullness, or hydrate dry spots.
3. It preserves skin’s youthful appearance
Essences are full of hydrating and revitalizing actives to increase cell turnover and make skin appear
smoother, plumper, and brighter. This is why continuously using an essence—think twice a day, morning
and night—can “turn back time” and prolong your skin’s youthful appearance.
4. It works for everyone, even those with oily, acne-prone skin
Anyone can benefit from using an essence, even those with oilier and acne-prone skin types. While
popular essences are more geared towards those with drier skin, SNAILWHITE has formulated an
essence that suits Filipina skin and the Philippines’ humid weather. SNAILWHITE Sakura Hazel
Soothing Essence Gel is a lightweight, fast-absorbing gel formula that contains amazing ingredients in
its SNAILWHITE Potion—Snail Mucin blended with Sakura Cherry Blossom Flower extract, Witch Hazel
extract, Niacinamide, and Hyaluronic Acid. As a result, Sakura Hazel Soothing Essence Gel doesn’t just
hydrate skin, it visibly reduces the appearance of pores, brightens and evens out your skin tone, helps
control excess sebum and oil, and calms redness and irritated skin. Another reason it’s perfect for oily,
acne-prone skin types that experience year-round humid weather? It leaves a soothing sensation upon
So, do you really need it?
While it’s not as mandatory as a cleanser or sunscreen, essences can upgrade your skincare routine for
the better! Plus, if it’s perfect for your skin type and the added step will only do your skin a ton of good,