Brightening Essence with Vitamin C & Hyaluronic Acid
A multi-correctional, light serum that plumps, hydrates, brightens and evens out skin tone and texture, while prepping it for the treatments that follow.
Think of this as the “awaken” step in your skin care regimen and the “yin” to all the possible “yangs” that follow within our selection of serums, moisturizers, and facial oils.
What is an Essence? A must in a Korean woman’s skincare routine morning and night. It is designed to treat your skin more deeply, on a cellular level, with tons of actives that revive tired, dull, and uneven skin tones, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Who’s It For? Dermatologist approved and suitable for all skin types.
Scent Profile: Faintly floral and earthy.
How To Use: Apply 1-2 pumps to “souped up” skin and follow with one of our serums and or moisturizers and facial oils.
Pairs Well With: Facial Mist, Glycolic Toner and all serums, moisturizers, and facial oils.
Key Ingredients: This formula contains 28+ high performing ingredients, each with its own superpower. Its base is formulated with handcrafted floral distillates that carry fruit enzymes and lactic acid to remove dead skin cells, multiple forms of hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate, vitamin C to brighten, shield pollution and even out skin tone + vitamin B3 (aka Niacinamide) to help enlarged pores and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, plus a host of other marine and land extracts.
After cleansing, apply Essence to your face, neck and décolleté using a tap, tap, press motion. Tapping enhances the absorption process.
Vitamin C - A potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals. It helps your skin's natural regeneration process, which helps your body repair damaged skin cells. This in turn helps to accelerate the creation of elastin and collagen and aid in warding off premature aging of the skin. It can also help prevent the formation of dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
Bacillus Ferment - A natural enzyme that eliminates dead skin cells to smooth the appearance of the skin's surface.
Astaxanthin - Is a carotenoid pigment that occurs in micro-algae (from which ours is derived), marine animals, salmon and flamingos - ever wonder where they get that pink hue? According to research, Astaxanthin contains significantly more anti-oxidants than other superfood heroes like blueberries, is supposedly up to 100 times more powerful than other carotenoids like beta-carotene and lycopene, and is dramatically more potent than skin-enhancing Vitamins C and E. It also naturally protects our skin from UV damage and when taken orally + topically - it may help youth preservation for the long haul.
Wakame - A rich source of marine nutrition sourced from Japan that helps to fight every day stressors that negatively impact our skins’ health. This is our Japanese heroine protecting us from environmental toxins and warding off UVA damage.
Niacinamide (aka Vitamin B3) - Used to brighten the complexion and lighten dark spots while also calming inflammation and as an added benefit has been shown to stimulate collagen production.
Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate) - Has the ability to hold 1000x its molecular weight in water. It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by retaining moisture to the skin and creating a plumping effect. When skin is protected and hydrated, it can readily increase skin cell production as the skin isn't distracted by fighting for hydration. This leads to plumper, smoother skin overall.
Saccharomyces Ferment - Fermentation, being one of the oldest technologies around has become an art form when it comes to skincare. Research has shown that yeast fractions help to increase cellular respiration and metabolism to improve efficiency, while also increasing the production of structural proteins such as collagen and elastin. These proteins are integral for maintaining the skin’s youthful tone and elasticity while simultaneously combating wrinkle formation.
Papain - A small dose of this enzyme found in the skin of the papaya is a natural resource for reducing acne by gently removing dead skin cells and unclogging pores. It also works to remove dead keratin which can build up on the skins surface creating small bumps. It helps to smooth and fortify skins barrier.
Lactic Acid - When you use lactic acid regularly, it can also improve signs of aging, stimulate collagen renewal and firm your skin. Lactic acid is often used to treat hyperpigmentation, age spots, and other factors that contribute to a dull and uneven complexion. Other perceived benefits of AHAs (alpha hydroxyacids) like lactic acid include improved skin tone and reduced pore appearance. It’s a bit milder than other AHA’s like glycolic acid.
Saccharide Isomerate - Provides deep hydration & creates a moisture reservoir that lasts up to 72h. Ours is a 100% natural, sugar-based humectant that provides excellent moisturizing effects to the skin for extended periods of time.
Lavender Hydrosol - Handcrafted + made from the water gathered from the steam distillation process of organic lavender. Steam and water are moved through the plant matter which captures the steam and oil. The liquid is amazing for toning and cleansing with it’s natural antiseptic properties. It can also provide extra hydration as a precursor to serums and essences to lock in moisture.
Silver Hydrosol - Silver has been used for centuries for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Colloidal silver was used to clean and bandage wounds during World War II to prevent bacteria and aid in quicker recovery. Even ancient Egyptians used the ingredient to fight numerous infections. To this day, some hospitals still use colloidal silver for wound dressings and it has long been considered an anti-aging elixir.
Aloe Leaf Powder - Full of enzymes, anti-oxidants, Vitamins A and C, and is highly anti-inflammatory. It can help treat burns, surface acne and dry skin.
Marshmallow Root - Its not the sugary treat you might think of. Marshmallow extract comes from the Althaea plant native to Northern Africa, Europe, and Western Asia. It’s known for its ability to soothe redness, relieve inflammation, and retain moisture.
Green Tea Extract - Research has established that topical application of green tea extracts have tons of benefits for skin including antiaging properties. Green tea is chock full of polyphenols with potent antioxidant and skin-soothing properties, and show incredible promise for improving the appearance of sun-damaged skin. So drink up and add it to your skincare routine.
Oat Amino Acid - Soothes irritated skin and provides enhanced moisturizing impact.
Acai Stem Cells - A plant-derived, stem cell ingredient capable of imparting anti-aging, antioxidant, anti-wrinkle, and protectant benefits while enhancing cellular repair and collagen production.
Pisum Sativum Peptide - Anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, pea derived peptide that helps to reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while firming skin. How? By causing facial muscles to relax, thereby minimizing the visibility of wrinkles.
Acerola Fruit Extract - Full of anti-oxidants and vitamin C. Helps to eliminate free radicals, boost collagen production, firmness and elasticity in the skin. Acerola extract can hydrate, moisturize, and brighten skin by eliminating hyper pigmentation for an even skin tone.
Chinese Licorice Extract - A natural skin lightening alternative, known for its brightening and soothing abilities.
Coconut Extract - Can diminish visible signs of acne scars and detoxify the skin.
Alfalfa Extract - Known as the mother of all foods for its nutritional superiority. Rich as an anti-oxidant and loaded with various vitamins and minerals, including amino acids, chlorophyll, B vitamins, D, E, K, A, iron, biotin, niacin, folic acid, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and calcium. Clinically proven to improve the appearance of wrinkles and deliver softer, smoother skin.
Huang Qi Extract - A powerful Chinese herb that supports tissue regeneration and boosts the body’s natural healing ability.
Dandelion Extract - Can increase the generation of new skin cells, which could slow the aging process, reduce skin inflammation and irritation while also increasing hydration and collagen production.
Ginko Biloba Extract - Suggested to have significant anti-oxidant protection and skin smoothing benefits.
Bromelain Extract - A mixture of protein digesting enzymes found in pineapple juice and stems. Anti-inflammatory which may slough off dead skins cells preparing skin for renewal.
Oat Extract - Full of anti-oxidant benefits that make them a superhero for moisture.
Glycerin - A natural humectant that draws moisture to the skins surface making it soft and supple.
Lecithen - An emollient that leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated.
Fermented Lactobacillus - A natural broad spectrum preservative which is formed by fermenting good bacteria in order to fight the bad.
Fermented Lactobacillus + Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) - Provides a boost of anti fungal protection while offering skin smoothing benefits.
Phenethyl Alcohol - Found naturally in the environment and produced by microorganisms, plants, and animals. Phenethyl Alcohol has been found in a number of natural essential oils, in food, spices and tobacco, and in un-distilled alcoholic beverages, beers and wine. An effective non-traditional preservative designed to protect the potential growth of microbes and to prolong the shelf life of products.
Essential Oils including Neroli to relieve stress, reduce inflammation and reduce the signs of aging.
Handcrafted Lavandula Angustifolia (lavender)* Distillate, Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Distillate, Colloidal Silver Hydrosol, Glycerin (vegetable), Lactobacillus Ferment, Lactobacillus Ferment with Cocos Nucifera, Acacia Gum, Propanediol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, (vitamin c), Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Lactic Acid, Tremella fuciformis (tremella mushroom),Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract (astaxanthin), Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, (wakame), Saccharide Isomerate, Oat Amino Acid, Malpighia Punicifolia Fruit Extract (acerola), Niacinamide (vitamin b3), Aroma**, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (licorice) Rhizome Extract*, Astragalus (huang qi) Extract*, Taraxacum Officinale (dandelion) Extract*, Bacillus Ferment, Saccaromyces Ferment, Pisum Sativum Peptide, Oat Amino Acids, Camellia Sinensis (green tea) Extract*, Althea Officinalis (marshmallow root) Extract*, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Medicago Sativa (alfalfa) extract*, Cocos Nucifera Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Extract*, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Stem Cells (acai), Oat extract*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Powder(x200), Papain, Bromelain, Ferulic Acid./ Citral, +Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool,nerolidol,E-, Farnesol +components of essential oil. * Derived from Organic Farming. ** Clinical grade essential oils blend.