"Essence" as a skin care product category, has existed in Asian skin care lines for many years, but is just now starting to break through in American brands.
Kiehl's has created a version of Essence (also known as toner or sometimes a cosmetic water) which is a bit thicker and more gel like than traditional water weight Asian Essences I've used - but it's just as effective and pleasant.
I used my Kiehl's Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence post cleansing twice a day. The essence was very silky and concentrated (I only needed two drops). The Essence had a really pretty, light, floral scent that evaporated very quickly. I loved the way it felt going on my skin, and after a few seconds when it absorbed, my skin was supple, soft and had a beautiful glow with the perfect amount of hydration. Then I only added additional eye cream and moisturizer as needed for a final layer.
The secrets to this essence are Iris Extract, known for its nourishing and anti-aging benefits Lipo Hydroxy Acid (LHA) to activate skin’s natural exfoliation process and Sodium Hyaluronate to replenish skin and smooth fine lines.
When I used the Treatment Essence at night before bedtime, in the morning, my skin looked radiant and toned.
If you're a regular Essence user and have only tried Asian brands, I highly recommend trying this one, and if you're looking for an effective toner-like product to give your skin that little something "extra", click and pick one up today! Your skin will definitely thank you for it.- RLB