Have you ever heard about the first treatment essence/serum? Or have you ever heard about skin booster, first care activating serum? Well, all those terms are basically refers to the first step of skincare which will enhance the effectiveness of next products/treatments.
In my previous posts, ada bagitau yang essence ni macam the heart of korean skincares routine. Betul tak? Wanita Asia seperti Korea dan Jepun sangat percaya bahawa kelembapan kulit adalah segala-galanya hehe. Means, untuk baiki dan sihatkan kembali kulit, air tu penting. Sebab itulah, toner kat sana tak banyak yang guna fully astringents ingredients tau [macam Western selalu guna]. Toner adalah lebih berfokuskan kepada mengembalikan kelembapan kulit dan ada soothing properties. Jadi, banyak brand atau hampir kesemua skincare brand di Korea Selatan telah mengeluarkan first treatments essence/serum. Contohnya, Missha, Secret Key, Iope, Sulwhasoo, Skin&Lab etc.
What is the first treatment?
It is a skincare products that comes first in your skincare routine. It comes right after cleansing steps, and before your regular toner. But most women will use it after their toner. Because, toner is actually the last cleansing steps to remove all the gunk and dirty residues from your skin.
It is full of moisture/hydration and also contains active/fermented treatment ingredients. The most common ingredients are pitera/yeast, galactomyces, ginseng, witch hazel, lactic acid etc. The functions of all those active/fermented ingredients are to treat your damaged skins including brighten the whole complexion, lightening dark spots, soften and smoothen the skin textures. Its also helps to increase the rate of absorption of your other skincare products and thus, boosts their effectiveness. But, the main functions of essence is to promote the renewal of your skins. Yeast/pitera is the most popular fermented ingredients to renew your skins. By using essence, all your damaged skins will be regenerated faster. Usually, it will takes 28 days regenerate new skin cells, but the process will be much more faster and effective if you incorporate essence into your skincare routine. Always choose the right ingredients for your skin.
Yeast/Pitera: Is more focusing on treating damaged skins like acne, eczema, rashes etc. Its also great to calm sensitive skins, and redness. If you have dry skins, then yeast is also good in nourish your skin.
Galactomyces: Is more focusing on brightening. Use essence with galactomyces if you have dark spots, hyperpigmentations and dull skins.
Witch Hazel: Is more focusing on acne treatment for oily skin types. People with dry skins should avoid using witch hazel because it might dries out your skins and make it more irritated. But if your skin types is more to oily, then witch hazel will be great for you.
Ginseng: Is focusing on anti aging and nourishing properties. The most popular first treatment serum is from the brand called Sulwhasoo. This brand is more like the high end brand in South Korea. They used ginseng in most of their skincares line including their first care activating serum.
Types of the first treatments: Basically, ada dua jenis first treatments which is watery essence and thicker serum. The most common one is watery essence. Ada banyak brand yang keluarkan watery essence and ada a few brands yang keluarkan jenis serum. Contohnya, high end brand in South Korea which is Sulwhasoo keluarkan their first treatment products dalam bentuk serum. Seterusnya, Iope pula keluarkan essence dalam dua bentuk: air dan serum.
ALWAYS MAKE SURE THAT YOUR SKIN IS FULL WITH MOISTURE IN ORDER TO BOOSTS THE EFFECTIVENESS OF YOUR SKIN TREATMENTS. IT IS RECOMMENDED TO INCORPORATE ESSENCE/BOOSTER INTO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE. MOISTURIZED SKIN CELLS HAVE THE MOST POWERFUL ABSORPTION. THUS, YOUR SKIN WILL ABSORBS ALL YOUR SKIN TREATMENT PRODUCTS VERY WELL AND GIVE THE FASTER RESULTS.
Price range: Harga bagi first treatment essence kebiasaannya adalah dalam lingkungan RM80 sehingga RM400 bergantung pada jenama.