Toner and essence may seem like the same: they are used after cleansing your skin and have a similar consistency, but do they serve different purposes?
Though there might be some similarities between toners and essences, they are used for different reasons. Let’s see what experts have to say about it.
Toners have become very popular the last few years, but, let’s face it, no one really knows what their purpose is. Well, a toner is basically a wash to clean the skin in these ways:
- It cleanses the remaining residue. It contains acids, glycerin, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, this makes toner especially useful to remove residue, makeup and dead skin cells.
- It balances the skin’s pH levels and is good for acne-prone skin as it helps clean clogged pores.
Essence, on the other hand, serves a completely different purpose, it is mainly formulated to target fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin.
- It has a higher concentration of ingredients that hydrate and balance skin as it contains lots of active ingredients.
- Essences are great for dry skin as they allow other skincare ingredients to penetrate deeper. It is applied as a serum: spray some essence into your fingertips and press and gently dab the essence to your skin, do not drag or rub it on your face.
The bottom line is that you can use the products together, while the toner will make sure your face is clean and fresh, and the essence will smooth your skin and enhance the penetration of the next product.
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