If you read our last post about Korean skincare routines you may have noticed a few slightly unfamiliar steps... refreshing, prepping, applying an essence? All of those steps and associated products are slowly but surely appearing in our western skincare offerings (yey!) And one of the most exciting recent releases is the Kiehl's Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence.
So what exactly is an essence?
It's actually a little tricky to pinpoint an exact definition. Essences traditionally were more lightweight and less concentrated than serums, and were used after a toner to add another layer of hydration before you applied serums. The cosmetic industry is evolving fast though so the differences between essences, serums and concentrates are becoming more and more fluid (no pun intended).
The Kiehl's Iris Extract Essence
Like most traditional essences the Kiehl's one feels like a slightly thick water. You pour a small bit into your hands and massage gently into your face and neck after cleansing and toning, before applying your serum - morning and evening. It is really refreshing and hydrating, a very pleasant feeling, especially in the summer months. It absorbs nearly instantly and leaves absolutely no residue on the skin.
The product claims to give radiance to the skin as well as reduce fine lines and I am very happy to say that it delivers! The texture of my skin has greatly improved over the past few weeks that I have been using the essence: it's definitely more radiant and clear thanks to the Iris Extract and LHA (Lipo Hydroxy Acid - a great exfoliator). Also, you see results really quickly which is always a bonus.
I love everything about the product and have fully integrated it into my skincare routine. I will most certainly be repurchasing!
The Kiehl's Iris Extract Essence* is €40 but even if using twice a day it will last for ages. You only need a little bit at a time and the bottle is a whopping 200ml.
I highly recommend that you check out this product at your local Kiehl's store!
Have you ever used essences? What do you think of them?