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The Skincare Step You’ve Been Missing — and the Best Product to Try

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By now, we’d like to think we have our skincare routine down pat. We have an oil cleanser, a foam cleanser, maybe even a cleansing water, a trusty toner, a serum or two, a moisturizer and a whole bunch of sheet and clay masks ready to target any issue that pops up. We’re all set, right? Right?

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Well, maybe not. It’s not that we’re doing anything wrong. It’s that we’re missing something that could make our regimen that much more right: an essence! Estée Lauder’s Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion, to be exact. Essence, an extremely popular skincare step in Asian beauty, is a mystery to many, its versatility making it difficult to comprehend at first. It’s not quite a toner, but it’s too lightweight to be a serum. So what is it? It’s a concentrated formula made to hasten cellular turnover, hydrate skin, target wrinkles and unevenness and even help our other products work better!

See it: Get the Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion starting at just $62 at Dermstore!

This Estée Lauder essence is either the best place to start if we’ve never tried an essence before, or the best one to switch to if our current one isn’t quite cutting it. A bestseller in Japan, this essence-in-lotion may seem like a miracle when it first touches our skin! The thought of putting “lotion” on your face grossing you out? This isn’t a typical body lotion; it has a watery, non-sticky texture that’s made to absorb quickly to reveal a youthful, “angelic” complexion!

This Micro Essence claims to energize, revitalize, activate and even strengthen skin. It’s not just a temporary layer of glow, it’s a true glow-getter, and it’s glowing deep. It’s infused with a concentration of Micro-Nutrient Bio-Ferment to nourish skin far past the surface so our radiance comes from the inside out. According to reviewers, it does this so well that it’s taking “15 years” off their faces, shocking both their friends and themselves!

Wondering how exactly to use an essence? We’ve got you. If we’re on the oilier side, it helps to use a cotton pad. After toning, pour the essence onto the pad and glide it gently across your face, moving in an upward and outward motion, being careful not to press down. Just glide!

See it: Get the Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion starting at just $62 at Dermstore!

If we have drier skin, we can use our hands, pouring five to six drops into one and rubbing both together. Press palms to skin, again, moving outward and upward. Once almost everything has absorbed, rub hands together to generate warmth and hold palms against face for a few seconds so everything properly sets. Now follow up with any serums and moisturizers!

This essence-in-lotion claims to be ideal for all skin types, even sensitive. It’s free of fragrances, sulfates, parabens, acnegenic and comedogenic ingredients, and has been dermatologist-tested, so we shouldn’t have to worry about any reactions! Just soft, supple skin.

This Estée Lauder essence is currently available in two sizes: 2.5 oz and 5 oz. We can actually save by purchasing the larger version, and trust Us, once we see what this skin-saving step can do in so little time, we’re going to want to stock up!

See it: Get the Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion starting at just $62 at Dermstore!

Looking for something else? Check out more from Estée Lauder here and other treatments and serums available at Dermstore here!


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