Clever marketing may lead you to believe there are dozens, if not hundreds, of skin issues that need to be uniquely addressed with specific products. But, in truth, our most troublesome skin concerns – from dullness to dryness – are mostly due to dehydration. When done properly and consistently, hydration is our secret weapon to maintaining dewy, cushiony skin. There are myriad of options for maximizing the moisture in your skin care routine, from snail extracts to serums and beyond. But there is one product that can help all of these products do their job even better: The green Beauty Essence.
Green beauty essences are shrouded in a bit of mystery. The elusive skin care product finds its origins in Korean beauty — a culture known for innovation and preternaturally youthful skin. In the West, there seems to be confusion and conflation, which is understandable. At face value, they may seem like just another version of toners or hydrosols, but Green Beauty Essences offer a meaningful point of difference.
Unlike a toner that is developed to clear skin of superficial buildup and gently exfoliate skin’s surface, Beauty Essences are nutrient-dense liquid treatments that are formulated to deliver calming hydration and prepare skin to receive further treatment. While toners are usually formulated with more astringent ingredients like witch hazel or acids, Beauty Essences are developed with replenishing ingredients like aloe vera, hyaluronic acid and glycerin. In short, Beauty Essences offer the same refreshing experience of a toner or hydrosol, with the added benefit of active ingredients you would expect to find in your treatment products, making this product essential in any skincare routine.
So how do you choose between a toner, hydrosol or Beauty Essence? The short answer is that you don’t have to. In a traditional Korean routine, the Beauty Essence follows the toner, and a floral hydrosol is used throughout the day to refresh the skin. But if a streamlined routine is your thing, you may find that Beauty Essences deliver more of what your skin craves.
We’ve rounded up our favorite green Beauty Essences to add into your daily or nightly routine.
Fitglow Day + Night Essence
Maintain that natural glow with rejuvenating ingredients like orchid, botanical melanin and bakuchiol. Reach for this intensely-hydrating essence when you need protection throughout the day and overnight.
Lactobionic acid, willow bark and Roots Biotic Broth makes this refining essence a next-generation treatment. It allows you to resurface and regenerate your skin, support microbiome health and revitalize your radiance.
Vintner’s Daughter Active Treatment Essence
For firmer and brighter skin, this gently exfoliating green Beauty Essence uses plant stem cells and marine microalgae to get the job done. You can count on maximum absorption thanks to Vintner’s Daughter’s Phyto Radiance Infusion, made from 13 of the world’s most nutrient-rich botanicals.
Laurel Hydrating Elixir 1
With superpower ingredients like astragalus, calendula, lemon balm and chamomile, this essence helps to combat inflammation and tired-looking skin. These potent botanicals can give you a tight and toned look while nourishing and refreshing at the same time.
YÜLI Metamorphic Elixir
Fight off free radicals and signs of aging with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, and Vitamin C and antioxidant-filled plants. You’ll be able to repair lines, wrinkles and unwanted textures while protecting your skin from unwanted, harmful UV rays.
Siam Seas Yen
Give your skin some much needed refreshment with aloe and botanical extracts of tamarind, green tea and amla. The unique synergy of exotic actives gives a noticeable boost in softness, brightness and vibrancy.
Maya Chia The Optimist
No one will be left out with this carefully-crafted to promote elasticity and smoothness for all skin types. You can balance and restore tone and texture with soothing ingredients like licorice, neroli and ylang ylang.
A bioactive blend of fermented minerals, amino acids, and anti-inflammatory botanicals is what makes this green beauty essence so effective. Look for sustained hydration while this dynamic product works to restore damaged skin, soothe inflammation and improve firmness.
Lovinah Dragon’s Blood + Mastic Sacred Water
This ethereal essence is made with rare Dragon’s Blood tree sap sourced from Peruvian co-ops. Give your skin some extra attention with a highly-concentrated boost of moisture, vitamins, and nutrients to keep you looking youthful and hydrated.