I’ve just read a brilliant piece on skin care in the Guardian that basically eradicates all unneccessary oils and potions and cuts to the chase, dermatologically speaking, of what skin really needs. Any kind of essence lotion is not ‘neccessary’ and you won’t find a dermatologist in the land that says it is, but essences are becoming more common in the UK thanks to the influence of Asian skin care. And, I love an essence.
An essence is used after cleansing and before moisturising – it’s not a toner – and gives a concentrated but light layer of hydration before any serums or creams. It’s the equivalent, in bedding terms, of a sheet under your duvet. Not at all essential, but some people like it. I like essences for the ritual aspect – and they do seem to be skin softening, on the whole, so essence taps in very nicely to the routine of a proper skin pamper. I could not ever say, though, that an essence has ever radically changed my skin.
So, it kind of makes sense to not put a whole lot of budget against a product that might or might not make a difference – but to me, it makes perfect sense to add to the pleasure of pamper. I use essence by soaking a cotton wool pad and pressing it all over my skin – you don’t need to swipe; just gently press. The Guardian feature (HERE) does indeed cut to the chase in a very sensible way, but forgot about all of the beauty pleasures and frivolities and the importance of taking time for yourself. Sometimes it’s really not about need.
Anyway, this is a very long winded way of saying that if you want to try adding an essence into your routine, the B Essence Lotion at £6.99, is an affordable way to do so. It’s HERE.
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This sounds like a good one to try, i will be having a look when im next shopping x
Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave
I have just read the Guardian article and some of the comments are so joyless. All “expensive cream? What about Syria…” which is so reductionist. I really enjoy skin care and while I try to minimise the number of totally pointless products in favour of ones that suit my skin and make it look better, I also find the time/money/energy to look after my children, work, go out, give to charity, and engage with politics. Shock horror, someone who likes cream is a 3 dimensional human being! Their attitude really infuriates me (not so much the dermatologists who are just doing their jobs and in a completely reasonable way). So, I love an essence and can recommend the Muji one!
Thanks for this…
Not buying an essence won’t solve global issues I agree and some people do treat beauty as wholly unneccessary – but we all work hard, and do our best in life so it’s ok to enjoy the frivolity of it. It doesn’t make anyone less intelligent or less caring about world hardships and it should never be assumed that if you love a lipstick, you somehow aren’t able to contribute to the bigger things in life. I think Sali Hughes very often has her feminism questioned because she likes beauty products, which is ridiculous. Supporting equality doesn’t mean you can’t wear mascara!
Cruelty free and vegan – great stuff – I love this range. I’ve been using the Phase 4 serum and day cream plus the micellar water so I’ll look out for this too. It might not be necessary but I just enjoy the pampering side of skin care. I don’t think you need to spend a lot on the products but I am trying to use cruelty fee brands now – salving my conscience as well as my skin!
I love B makeup (the B flawless concealer is one of my favourites). This looks amazing. Also, thank you for posting the ingredients.