The Waterless Skincare Routine: How Does It Work?

Ever wanted to skip the water in your daily skincare routine? Products such as Bioderma Crealine and Garnier Micellar Water have made this temporarily possible, especially if you don’t feel like turning on the ice-cold tap first thing in the morning or late at night. So, what’s it like to cut out water altogether?

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How it works:

The waterless skincare routine is widely popular in Korea since it cuts out the ingredient of water in most creams and toners. Water isn’t exactly a bad thing, but it does make most formulas feel runny and muddy – not a good characteristic, especially if you’re spending money on high-end skincare.

Waterless skincare products are more concentrated and contain pure botanical extracts at their foundation. They also might be on the costly side, especially if you’re looking towards evening creams, peptides and toners.

If you’re curious about waterless skincare, incorporate a few of the following products into your routine – they are also on the cost-friendly side!


While essence isn’t as popular in the UK or USA as it is in Korea, this trend is quickly catching on and is effective on all skin types. The role of essence is to prep the skin before applying serums, toners and moisturisers. Apply a few drops on a cotton pad and spread it evenly across the forehead, cheeks and chin.

The Waterless Skincare Routine - How Does It Work?

Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence, $12.90


Similar to essence, toners are actually more astringent and assist the skin in absorbing serums and moisturisers. Apply them in the same way you would use an essence to make the skin shine from the inside out. If you’re prone to acne or scarring, toners aren’t recommended since they can cause irritation.

The Waterless Skincare Routine - How Does It Work?

Innoxa Super Sensitive Shone Control Oil Free Toner, $14.95


Have you even realised that your moisturiser feels runny and watery? Look for a formula that skips the added water and is purely concentrated. Most water-based moisturisers are actually better for sensitive skin types since they don’t interfere with the average pH levels of the skin. A little goes a long way, and a small, pea-sized amount of product is enough for both the face and neck.

The Waterless Skincare Routine - How Does It Work?

Whamisa Organic Flowers Water Creme, $35

July 3, 2015

What Is Essence And Why Does My Skin Need It?

Do you think you’ve got your skincare routine taken care of? Sometimes cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturising just isn’t enough to achieve bright, youthful skin – that’s where essence comes in.

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Essence is such an amazing product for your skin because it treats it on a cellular level, rather than just scraping the surface. It targets wrinkles, laugh lines, black circles and even combats the first few signs of premature ageing.

What is essence?

Korean essence is popular because it contains an active ingredient which directly corresponds to the skins cell turnover. Using it just once per-day is enough to leave your skin feeling softer, brighter and actually clearer than before.

How can I use essence?

Essence is mostly used after toning and before applying a moisturiser. Since essence is of a thin, watery consistency, it soaks into the skin almost immediately. Pat it over your face and neck, then wait for it to dry before following up with the other steps in your morning and evening routine.

To apply, you can use your hands, or add a few drops onto a cotton pad and lightly pat it over your face. Take care around the eyes and hairline which are most commonly sensitive areas.

Where can I get it?

From drugstore to luxury brands, essence is available at different price points to suit your lifestyle. Below are just a few of our favourites:

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, $185

A luxury essence by SK-II which contains more than 90 per cent Pitera for ultimate skin renewal. Use morning and night to visibly transform your skin and let it glow from the inside-out.

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Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase, $60

This dual phase serum is ideal for dehydrated skin types or simply for use in winter weather. The light, watery texture is perfect for layering with other skincare and helps to smooth out early signs of wrinkles.

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Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence, $12.90

One of Missha’s most popular products, and rightfully so! The super-thin formula melts quickly into the skin and improves elasticity and cell renewal.

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Would you use essence in your skincare?

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May 6, 2015