There’s no K-beauty or J-beauty without the power of an essence. My friends, let me tell you why. This bottle of magic has the layering consistency of a toner and the heavy-hitting actives of a serum. Its mighty formula not only hydrates your skin to really prep and amp up the benefits of your other products but also treats numerous skincare worries. We’ve curated some of the best essences for skin, ranging from luxury to affordable. No matter the price, it will definitely change up your routine!

9AmorePacific Vintage Single Extract Essence

This anti-aging essence is what we call a powerhouse! Its formula only uses six ingredients – including fermented green tea – to improve your skin texture and elasticity. Plus, it keeps your skin hydrated while protecting it from any environmental aggressors. Pricy, but so worth the hype!

8SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

If you’re in the mood for some luxury J-beauty, this treatment essence is the way to go! It’s formulated with 90% Pitera – a micro-nutrient-rich ingredient that helps nourish, hydrate, and brighten the skin. So worth the try because each pat will get you closer to achieving that crystal clear skin!

7Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence RX

This classic just got an upgrade! The rejuvenating formula uses ferment-absorbing technology and other techniques to help maximize ingredient delivery. It also contains rice extract and our holy grail niacinamide for that supple, radiant look. Even the sensitive-skin folks at home will love it!

6COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

On the more affordable side, we have this snail mucin-infused essence. Sounds strange, we know. But, it has all you need and more to repair, soothe, and moisturize that skin. The lightweight goody is perfect for lightening acne marks and hyperpigmentation.

5Fresh Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence

Drink kombucha, yes! Apply kombucha to your face, even bigger, yes! This facial treatment is packed with the notable fermented black tea, along with hyaluronic acid, to give you that anti-pollution protection and a boost of hydration. It even improves fine lines and leaves you with a glowing finish.

4Isntree Clear Skin 8% AHA Essence

This leave-on AHA treatment highlights 4% lactic acid and 4% glycolic acid to give you clearer, brighter skin. To add, there’s sodium hyaluronate and its very own soothing trio as well. A must-have staple for all skin types, especially the sensitive beauties!

3Peach & Lily Wild Dew Treatment Essence

This essence deserves a huge shoutout because of its innovative, fast-acting formula! It showcases a K-beauty essential at its best by including various plumping, brightening, and nutrient-rich ingredients. Next time you’re breaking out, add this liquid to your skincare arsenal!

2Then I Met You The Giving Essence

Elevate your routine and hydrate your skin like no other! This is why this beautifully-packaged essence exists! It’s composed of 80% naturally fermented ingredients, plus niacinamide, for instant pore-care and repair. Even better, the polyglutamic acid holds 4x more moisture than the common HA!

1Neogen Dermatology Real Ferment Micro Essence

Don’t wait any longer; now’s the time to check out this K-beauty essence! It incorporates a blend of fermented ingredients, such as bifida ferment lysate and rice ferment filtrate. All to help brighten, hydrate, balance, and strengthen the skin barrier. Worry not, it’s fragrance-free as well!

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