Secret #3 - The Differences Between Serums, Emulsions & Essences

Ever wondered what’s the difference between serums, emulsions and essence?

Anint they all the same?

Actually not.

Serums

They are the step after cleansing, but before moisturizing. Think of a serum as a sheer film that helps to cover your face while the concentrated formula works to target your skin. 

Emulsions

Lighter than a cream or lotion and thicker—and less concentrated—than a serum, an emulsion is like a watered-down, lightweight facial lotion.

Emulsions are often the perfect product for those with oily or combination skin, as their formulas can hydrate and moisturize the complexion and allow the skin to breathe at the same time. However, emulsions aren’t reserved for only certain skin types. If your skin needs more moisture, an emulsion can work for you too. In fact, emulsions are perfect for adding an extra layer of hydration to your routine—just remember to use a face cream on top. 

Essence

Essence is considered to be the heart of the Korean skincare rountine and is meant to be used after skin has been prepped through cleansing and using a hydrating facial toner. 

It used to be that essence was the lighter, less concentrated version of serum but, the roles have since reversed. Just like serums are changing and becoming lighter and more watery in texture, essences are changing and being made into creamy or gel-like formulas. 

Wasn’t that hard isn’t it?

Time to incorporate some serums, emulsions and essence into your routine?