First Treatment Essences were my gateway into Korean skincare and it is very unique to KBeauty .It is similar to a toner but much thicker in consistently and the purpose is to hydrate the skin and prep it for the next steps. They are also known as Hydrating toner and You’re probably all very familiar with the extremely famous SK 2 which promises to break your bank, leave a dent in your wallet but give your skin the very renowned K glow! I have had a very passionate love affair with FTEs and have tried a lot of brands right from the SK2, Missha, Secret Key, Innisfree, and Nature Republic to Naruko. A lot of people also use LJH Tea Tree essence or Manyo Factory Niacin as an FTE as well but I personally treat them more as an essence than FTE
FTE essences are primarily very effective because of the high concentrations of Fermented ingredients which promise to brighten skin and provide hydration. FTEs have completely changed my skin care game and whenever I have stopped using them, I have seen that my skin misses that step. I have been using the Naruko Face Renewal Miracle Essence for the past 2 months very regularly, skipping it completely for a week, replacing it with Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence and then bringing it back in to test the changes.
Texture- Watery. I pat, almost splash a good amount on my face and then press gently.
Fragrance- Sake! Doesn’t Linger Long.
Performance- I make a lot of homemade rice scrubs and Rosewater and Rice water mist which have tremendously helped my skin so when I saw this essence contains 95% rice ferment extract along with licorice root and other goodies, I couldn’t resist! I have been using this in both my am and pm routine. I have tested it as a 7 skin toner, under sheet masks and as a part of my normal routine and I can safely say that it works! I suffer from dehydrated skin and it always helps me restore my hydration level. I did not notice immediate effect after using this essence as I did from Missha but after a consistent usage I saw increased hydration. It is an amazing product for layering- it preps the skin very well for absorption of other products.