Like serums, essences help brighten skin while treating uneven skin pigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles. They’re essentially a “super-moisturizer” that does a heck of a lot more than just moisturize. Unlike many other products on the market, essences work on a cellular level, which is why they usually have to be misted on to your skin to help the active ingredients better penetrate at a cellular level. Here are a few tips on using essences: 1. Water usually means less concentrated. This isn’t a good or a bad thing. Watery essences that you can easily mist with an applicator bottle are good for covering larger areas of skin while gooier, more concentrated essences are better for spot treatments. 2. Don’t rub – try tapping instead. Many K-Beauty fans swear by tapping essences and other products onto their face, claiming it helps absorption. Regardless of whether it’s true, you really don’t want to be rubbing your face too often anyway. Next time you work on your beauty rituals, try tapping instead. 3. Use them sparingly. When it comes to essences, a little goes an incredibly long way. These products tend to be chock-full of active ingredients, which is normally a good thing, but makes it incredibly easy to overuse. While you might not necessarily damage your skin, essences can be quite expensive, and you won’t always get any benefit from using more than you need.