15 K-Beauty Essences for Elevating Your Skincare Routine

Nikki Brown

A K-beauty routine simply isn’t a K-beauty routine without the best K-beauty essence. Like toner, it’s one of those products whose necessity is often debated. The benefits are undeniable, but does it make or break the overall effectiveness of a skincare regimen? If you want the best possible results, well, yes–having one is a non-negotiable.

In case you didn’t know, essence is unique to the K-beauty skincare universe. The overall philosophy of this skincare approach is nourishing and maintaining the overall health of your skin with layers of hydration. Simply put, essence is one of those essential layers. It’s not quite a toner and not quite a serum. Think of it as a hybrid of the two that should be applied to the face right after cleansing....

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