When it comes to essences, I've always been somewhat of a skeptic. What are they? Are they necessary? Do they even work? I'm still not entirely sure, but our Allure in-house skin-care expert Sarah Kinonen says they're important. So does Boston-based dermatologist Ranella Hirsch. She says the K-beauty product works as a base to help your skin-care products soak into skin better. "They're like a wheatgrass shot that you can add to your skin-care routine to make it work better," Hirsch previously told Allure.
For me, an essence comes in handy right after cleansing and toning, but before moisturizing. Now, I know how many essences are on the market, but when stumbling on the Amorepacific Vintage Single Extract Essence, I knew this one was different.
For starters, the lightweight formula is made up of green tea leaves plucked from the foothills of a mountain on Jeju Island in South Korea. (So, in other words, you know it's fancy.) The petals are handpicked and naturally fermented in optimal conditions for 50 days, according to the brand. The petals are then transferred to traditional Korean earthware band buried in the earth, to age naturally for another 50 days. Still with me? After 100 days, the essence formula is "perfected." It's then that the petals become somewhat of a liquid shield, so to speak, which protects your skin against free-radical damage caused by UV rays and pollution.
OK, so enough about the science behind the Amorepacific Vintage Single Extract Essence. Here's why my skin loves it. Every morning, before applying moisturizer, I lightly shake the bottle and dispense two to three drops onto my hand and then gently pat it into my skin. This helps the products I apply after the essence (serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen) better absorb into my skin and makes my skin look incredibly dewy.
Like me, after your first-time use, you'll also notice your skin will instantly look brighter and plumper. Usually, Amorepacific's Vintage Single Extract Essence comes with a hefty price tag of $145, but you can snag it in the May Beauty Box for only $10.
You'll find this essence in our May 2019 Allure Beauty Box for just $10.