What an essence actually does? Are you using one?
I think #facialessence deserves its place alongside the other essentials: cleanser, toner, serum, moisturizer, and SPF. So what is it exactly? Not a toner and not quite a serum, it's a hybrid of the two that provides the first dose of hydration and ingredients that calm stressed skin and help defend against the harmful effects of pollution. Think of your skin like a sponge, and the essence will wet the sponge allowing all your other skincare to work harder.
Today, I want to introduce you to @mellownaturals Prime and Protect essence—an anti-pollution essence for your skin. The key ingredients in this essence are Red Algae/Astaxanthin, which is a potent antioxidant to neutralize free radicals, and Earth Marine Water, which is extremely rich in minerals to detoxify and strengthen the skin barrier. You will also find Lotus flowers and Plankton extracts, which both provide hydration and nutrition for the skin.
At the beginning of my skin regimen, I use this essence between a toner (if used) and a serum. It's no secret that I'm a fan of Mellow Naturals' non-toxic and clean ingredients. Check out my previous review about their Vit C Natural Glow Face Serum, Hydration Drops, and Pomegranate Lip Care. I have used it regularly for about two months, and I can say that Prime and Protect Essence is my favorite among them all. It doesn't have any noticeable scent, and the consistency is watery, so you can use cotton pads or directly tap it onto the skin. My skin instantly soaks it up and looks instantly glowy. Most importantly, it doesn't pill when layered with other products.
My expectations were met and exceeded. When I woke up in the morning, my skin felt very hydrated and supple to the touch. It just boosts that vitality right up. My skin usually feels sensitized and compromised, but I think this essence has helped strengthen my skin and reduce my sensitivity. In general, my skin has just felt restored and rebalanced. The light consistency will also be ideal for anyone suffering from congestion and breakouts.
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