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Essence vs Serums

Updated: May 6, 2020

One fine Friday night, my friend Jessica who knew I am a big skincare junkie asked me a question that I couldn’t answer which got me going straight to my laptop to do more research on the difference between Essence and Serum.

From my research, there were so much more to these products than the hype that we hear. The way each products work is actually amazing. To assist my beloved friends here I have broken down the info as simplified as possible to give you a better understanding to difference between these products and the importance of it.


The essence is a common term that we hear in the skincare world lately. The word essence which is defined as “inherent nature of a thing or being” which makes it one of the essential Substance to capture the defining goodness of the ingredients they are derived from, and in turn, are used to help restore the skin to the full state of beauty it was meant to have.

The origin of Essence has been the key ritual to Japanese and Korean women in their 10 step skincare routine for centuries.Which helps to prepare and nourish their skin for the other products to come.

Essence in short functions to hydrate and regenerates our skin on its own.

The essence is usually used as the third step after cleansing the face and toning. And It’s advisable to used twice a day.

Types of essences: Hydration, Anti-ageing, Brightening, Nourishing

What is Serums?

The serum can be described as the main course to your 3-course meal right before the dessert.

“Serums are skincare products that are designed to deliver high concentrations of specific active ingredients to the skin. There are many different types of serums on the market that perform different jobs, ranging from hydration to skin brightening,” said Dr. Joshua Zeichner, board-certified dermatologist and director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital’s department of dermatology.

Serums are thicker in texture and more concentrated in ingredients. With regular use of it, it can help to combat deep lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and acne. It is not advisable for teenagers or young adults.

Usually used after cleanser, toning and essence. Used daily or alternatively.

Serums are little more different than essence as it usually consists of glycerin, glycol, seed oils ingredients while essence usually consists of aloe, water or fruits.

Here i have listed down some most recommended products.

Till next time time

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