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Toner Vs. Essence – What’s the Difference!?

In our last blog, I referenced how toners are often associated with oily skin. After we published that post, I got to thinking about toners and how they are often confused with a very similar ‘looking’ product called essences. If you’re interested in learning more about their differences, then this blog is for you!

I personally think that most toners are over marketed, over drying and a little bit overrated without being and sounding too harsh. HOWEVER, please remember that if you’re using one currently and you love it, keep on keeping on! I personally think a retinol could get you where you want to be instead… but again, that’s just me.

When it comes to toners and essences, most folks tend to confuse them because their packaging and texture look pretty much the same (though essences are a tad bit thicker in texture). They’re both marketed in bottles & are clear liquids. But they’re actually VERY different and target VERY different skin concerns.

What is a toner?:

A toner is used as the final step in cleansing. The main function of a toner is to balance the pH level of the skin after cleansing and to remove the last traces of dirt and residue that your cleanser didn’t spot (basically strips your skin, in my opinion, though more and more we’re seeing toners with hydrating and soothing properties).

What is an essence?:

Essentially an essence’s job is to prepare the skin for the next step in your routine and help aid in the cell renewal process. They basically allow your skin to be more receptive to other topical skin treatments applied over your face afterwards. These liquid formulas are highly concentrated, with antioxidants, vitamins, hyaluronic acid and natural ingredients working together to create the perfect skin-rejuvenating cocktail.

#CheekyConfidential Essences are most popular in Korean skincare’s 10-step regime!

Who could benefit from essences?:

  • Variety of skin types – normal, oily, combination, dry and sensitive
  • Folks with dull & uneven texture, uneven skin tone, maturing skin, large pores

How to use essences:

Unlike toners, you’re going to want to apply this to your face by using your hands (rather than a cotton round). 

Place a couple of drops into your palms and press the essence into your freshly washed face until absorbed. The heat of your hands and gentle facial pressure can help the product to penetrate the skin!

As you can see there is a really big difference between the two, despite that they look almost exactly alike! If you have questions about your current toner or essence, don’t hesitate to ask us in the comment’s section below.

Our Favorite Essences

MISSHA Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist

Neogen Code 9 Lemon Green Caviar Essence & Tox Tightening Pack Kit

Hanskin Hyaluron Skin Essence

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence

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