Essences, which are very, very different from serums and ampoules, have been praised by many as the hero product in their complexion-clearing skincare routines. If you're looking to incorporate it into your regimen, we have the perfect one for your skin type!


Normal Skin: COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

Price: P850

Where to buy: Lazada

As the most balanced skin type, you can use any essence your heart desires. And you'll never go wrong with COSRX's internet-famous essence! It's beloved by everyone for its ability to leave skin looking radiant (not greasy). The star ingredient (if it already isn't obvious) is snail mucin. It moisturizes your complexion to give it a "chok chok" (Translation: cottony soft and translucent) effect. Plus, this essence evens out your skin tone out by brightening and treating old acne marks and spots.


Oily Skin: Banila Co. Hi Bye Clean Up Sebum Control Essence

Price: 950

Where to buy: SM North Edsa

Lightweight skin hydrators with soothing and revitalizing properties will work best on oily skin. This essence does more than just moisturize; this gel formula actually contains green tea and witch hazel to absorb excess grease on your skin and leave it balanced and fresh.


Combination Skin: Missha The First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist

Price: P2,240

Where to buy: Althea

For combination skin, it's best to balance it out with something hydrating, yet lightweight, so you don't get acne breakout—Missha's essence is perfect for that! It purifies and nourishes dry + oily skin to give you that enviable glass-skin look. (Side note: It's said to be an affordable alternative to the v expensive SK-II Treatment Essence.)


Dry Skin: Innisfree Jeju Orchid Enriched Essence

Price: P1,560

Where to buy: Althea

If you're on the drier side of the skin spectrum, then an essence is a must-have to combat flaking and dehydration. This rich gel essence, which contains powerful antioxidants, strengthens dry skin's moisture barrier. It also creates a healthier and cottony soft complexion.


Acne-Prone Skin: Leegeehaam Tea Tree 90 Essence

Price: P1,400

Where to buy: The Skincare Curator

Is your skin irritated from a current pimple flare up? Soothe and treat it with a tea tree-infused essence like this one!

Aside from toning down your skin's redness, it also helps moisturize it. Make sure to only use a pea-sized amount for the area with acne. This contains 90 percent tea tree extract, so overdoing it could lead to further skin irritation.


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