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SecretKey Starting Treatment Essence
All skin types
Water, Glycerin, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Butylene Glycol, Arbutin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, rh-Oligopeptide-1, Dimethicone, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Physalis Alkekengi Fruit Extract, Ogidan Extract (Mixture Extract of Paecilomyces japonica, Acanthopanax senticosus, Ganoderma Lucidum, Deer antlers, and Panax Ginseng Root), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Adenosine, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA
How to use it
Use directly after cleansing. Apply a proper amount on a cotton pad (or in the palms of your hands). Pat the product into your skin and then apply the rest of your routine. Use both morning and evening.
Contains Galactomyces ferment which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, dullness, and uneven skin tone. Also containing Aloe, Camellia, and Centella Asiatica Extract.
Secret key starting treatment essence soothes and calms the skin while providing a touch of moisture to prep your skin for the next skincare product.
My thoughts on SecretKey Starting Treatment Essence
Essences are one of the most easiest type of product to use. I do love a good essence and they add a step to my routine that can make a huge difference.
The fist essence I ever tried was Missha time revolution first treatment essence, and I was hooked. But of course it is impossible to stop when I find an amazing product. I simply need to search for more.
Secret key starting treatment essence comes in a glass bottle. A lot of essence seems to and I do feel that it gives a product that little extra. But I am not a person who prefers fancy packaging since I do prefer a lower price instead. And I always get nervous when holding a glass bottle (yes, I am clumsy).
The essence is very watery but the packaging has a good opening so you wont get too much product out. It is clear in color as well so it really looks just like water.
When I apply it to my face it feels fresh and somewhat moisturizing. I cant say that it is super moisturizing. But I do have really dry skin so if you are more on the normal side this might be really moisturizing for you. It absorbs really fast into my skin without leaving any weird residue.
As for its brightening properties, I did noticed a tiny difference (but I do use brightening product on a regular basis so that might be the reason) but I really can’t say that this product was the reason for it.
If you haven’t used essences before this is a great product to start with. Even if you are new to Korean skincare routines or if you are following a Western routine it is still an easy step to add.
There are a lot of claims when it comes to this product, and what works for you is really depending on how your skin looks to start with. If you are using brightening products on a regular basis, you might not notice anything different. But there are good ingredients and even if a product doesn’t do magic it can still be amazing for your skin.
If you are new to essences this is a really good one to start with. I can’t say it is my favorite but it is a great product to use in your routine even if you don’t follow the Korean routine.
I give this product 5/7