An essence is basically a powerful blend of antioxidants which treat skin on a cellular level. They help improve skin texture, tone and fight wrinkles and fine lines. They are a very important step in Korean skincare yet remain a bit of a mystery to the western world.
Essences are applied morning and night after cleansing and toning. Most essences are liquids and can be applied with a cotton pad/ball or by hand. Personally I find that you waste a lot by using cotton so I prefer to use my hands. How does one apply a liquid with their hands? Easy. Pour a bit onto the palm of your hand and carefully splash it on while tapping it in. Remember your Dad applying after shave? Just like that!
Arden's Prevage Anti-Aging Antioxidant Infusion Essence claims to infuse skin with instant hydration and antioxidants. It is said to boost skins moisture levels both instantly and over time leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and conditioned. Luckily I received a generous sample of it so I was able to get quite a few uses out of it.
I found that my skin soaked it right up. By the time I replaced the cap it had absorbed into my skin. My face definitely felt hydrated, smooth and ready for serum and cream. I didn't experience any irritation or breakouts and my skin has been looking a lot more even and feeling smoother since using it.
Having said that, without testing this for at least a month I can't say whether or not it truly works. I do feel like it's a promising product and I will be purchasing the full size.
Have you tried this essence? How about the Prevage line in general? I would love to hear your thoughts!