What's the difference between Toner, Essence, Serum, and Lotion?
Whether you're into skincare fads or not, there's a good chance you're already aware of the 'Korean 10-Step Face Care Regimen.' If you haven't heard people raving about it yet, don't worry - I'm about to give you the full skinny on Korean skincare and why it's all the rage.
While none of the steps are exactly rocket science, some of the products aren't so well-known and can be subject to misuse, like essences, for example. So without further ado, let's dive right in and explore some of the more elusive steps in the Korean regime.
Ok, let's talk toner. It's the first thing you do after cleansing your face, and it pretty much sets the stage for the rest of the products to shine. Aside from gently removing anything left behind by the cleanser, most toners contain antioxidants and minerals that our skin loves. Spritz a little on a cotton pad, gently apply it in a circular motion, and your skin will handle the rest. Toners are easy to distinguish because they're usually more watery and come in a larger bottle.
Now that your face is cleansed and toned, it's time to for an essence. I know, you're all like 'what in the world is an essence?' Well, if you're at all familiar with serums, then you'll get the gist of an essence very quickly because they're pretty much the same thing. Essences were initially developed to be a lighter, less concentrated way to add moisture to the skin before applying a serum, but now serums are getting lighter, and essences are getting thicker. It's all very confusing, and the lines are pretty blurry, but the real point is: Some essences carry nutrients that our toner doesn’t and your skin will love you for using them.
Ah, serums - They're like a little dose of magic for whatever skin issues you're dealing with. They can banish wrinkles, hydrate parched skin, bring a brighter complexion, and make dark spots hit the high road. Highly versatile and easy to comprehend, serums are an essential part of any skincare routine. You’ll often find this liquid gold in a slightly smaller bottle as a little bit truly goes a long way!
If this were a French skincare regime, the lotion would be called the 'pièce de résistance.' It's essentially the cherry on top to give your skin the lasting moisture it needs. Plus, it leaves your face feeling silky smooth and ready for makeup. It's much creamier than the other products and usually comes in a larger bottle - More to love!
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