Indispensable skincare

Essences and serums boost the effects of regular skincare

Brought to you by Qoo10

These skincare products are indispensable in a beauty routine as they boost the effects of a regular skincare regimen.

An essence or essence lotion is usually light and watery. It contains skin-nourishing ingredients and can double as a gentle exfoliant. Its main function, however, is to soften and moisten the skin, so the face is prepared to better absorb skincare products applied afterwards.

Generally, serums come as a gel or viscous liquid and contain a higher concentration of active ingredients. They are made to reach the deeper layers of the skin.


Face oils - depending on their texture - can double as a serum and a moisturiser.

Here are some of the popular essences, serums and oils that are available from the Qoo10 website (www.Qoo10.sg). Prices vary daily, depending on promotions.

1. Son & Park Beauty Water, item no. 429063496

The label is launched by two of South Korea's top celebrity make-up artists, Son Dae Sik and Park Tae Yun. The product is made to cleanse, gently exfoliate and moisturise skin. Use it to prepare skin before applying make-up so make-up stays on longer.

2. Suntory Vitoas The Perfect Serum, item no. 434808527

An all-in-one product that is said to work like a lotion essence, a serum and a moisturiser. The made-in-Japan gel leaves the skin feeling hydrated and supple.

3. Jeunesse Luminesce Cellular Rejuvenation Serum, item no. 434446455

This anti-ageing serum is said to even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The lightweight gel texture is easily absorbed and does not leave a sticky feeling.

4. Aromatica Organic Argan Oil, item no. 438282331

One hundred per cent unrefined cold-pressed organic argan oil by one of South Korea's top organic beauty brands. The oil is unscented, rich and moisturising.

5. Tosowoong Propolis Sparkle Ampoule, item no. 409922975

This essence contains propolis, a resin-like material that bees produce to protect their hives. It has antiseptic, antioxidant and anti-fungal properties. The gel serum turns watery when massaged into the skin and leaves a matte finish.

6. Maione Youth Original Essence, item no. 420881476

A watery essence lotion spray that is said to hydrate, brighten and firm skin. Spray twice a day for best results.

7. Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil, item no. 423339139

This bottle of organic sea buckthorn seed oil is said to relieve skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea. It also claims to have anti-ageing benefits. It absorbs easily into the skin and does not leave an oily film.

8. The Odbo Aqua Soothing Silky Essence, item no. 410151920

An anti-ageing and moisturising gel serum that turns watery when massaged into the skin.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 19, 2015, with the headline 'Indispensable skincare Brought to you by Qoo10 OnTrend'. Print Edition | Subscribe