So, what the heck are essences?
They seem to have popped up out of nowhere, but apparently, the Koreans have been using them for decades. Essences are similar to serums, but they are more lightweight and hydrating.
Hydration is the key word here. The main job of an essence is to add an extra layer of hydration. The Koreans are obsessed with hydration, because they know it’s what makes their skin glow, keeps it soft and supple, and even helps the other skincare products they apply next penetrate their skin the better.
I wouldn’t say they are a must, but, if you wanted to add one to your skincare routine, which one should you choose? As it’s said that Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence is a dupe for SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, I thought we could start comparing these two:
Yeast To Strengthen The Skin’s Protective Barrier
Let’s clear up some confusion first. If you have a bottle of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, the first ingredient may be named Saccharomicopsis Ferment Filtrate. That’s what SK-II thought Pitera was. As it turns out, Pitera actually belongs to the Galactomyces family, hence the new name on the newer bottles.
So, what does Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate (Pitera) do in skincare? Good question. There is some research that claims this yeast can improve skin’s barrier function, which is essential to keep moisture in, and help skin stay hydrated. One study also claims it has antioxidant and brightening properties that can prevent wrinkles and reduce dark spots.
The problem? Research on galactomyces is really scant, so we really need more proof before hailing it as a big skincare breakthrough. It looks promising, though, so using it wouldn’t certainly do any harm.
It’s definitely more promising than saccharomyces ferment lysate, which is the extract used to brew beer, and bifida ferment lysate. This is a yeast that helps support the natural microflora in the GI tract, but there is absolutely no proof it does anything for the skin.
Niacinamide, A Skincare Do-It-All
Ok, so Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence may have picked the wrong type of yeast (it happens, I guess), but they hit the mark with niacinamide.
If I had my own skincare line, I’d put niacinamide in almost any product (no point adding it to a cleanser) because it does so much for the skin:
- It increases moisture levels in the skin, keeping it hydrated
- It reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- It diminishes dark spots and brightens skin
- It banishes sallowness
- It treats acne
- It soothes irritations and rosacea
Awesome, right? Missha lists it in fourth place on the ingredient list, while SK-II doesn’t use it at all. I could end this post here because this alone makes Missha the clear winner of the two. But, I hope you’ll keep reading. 😉
Humectants To Hydrate Skin
Humectants are an underrated group of ingredients that draws water from the environment into the skin to hydrate it. SK-II has chosen butylene glycol and pentylene glycol, which aren’t bad at all.
But, Missha has opted for the superhero of humectants: sodium hyaluronate. Sodium hyaluronate can bind to the skin up to 1000 times its weight in water, and works well in all weather conditions, including very humid weather. Any other humectant can’t even hope to compare with this.
What else do I need to know?
Re SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, not much. Apart from yeast and those two humectants, it contains only water and preservatives. I don’t know about you, but I feel a company that’s asking me to fork out $99+ for a concoction made up of a yeast that science say MAY work and little else is taking the piss.
Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence, on the other hand, contains niacinamide, better humectants, and some antioxidants too, so it will benefit skin A LOT more.
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Is Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence A Dupe For SK-II Facial Treatment Essence?
Nope. They contain different ingredients, so you couldn’t call them real dupes. But, their formulas are similar enough (meaning they contain the same class of ingredients – yeast and humectants) to make Missha the best option of the two. BY FAR.
What are your thoughts on Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence being a dupe for SK-II Facial Treatment Essence?
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Ingredients: Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate (Pitera), Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Water, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Sorbic Acid
Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Ingredients: Saccharomyces ferment Filtrate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Propanediol, Niacinamide, Polyquaternium -51, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Betaine, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Pirper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Beta vulgaris (Beet) Root extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pentylene Glycol, Water, Trehalose, Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Adenosine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol, Clycerin, Raffinose, Tromethamine, Acetic Acid, Lactic Acid, 1, 2 – Hexanediol, Caprytyl Glycol, Hexapeptide – 9 Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate.
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