After trying out Benton's Aloe Propolis Line without any negative reactions I added their Snail Bee High Content Essence into my skincare routine (both day and night). My dry skin has inched closer and closer to being "normal" during these past few years and I wanted to try an "essence" product to to see if this would give me that additional boost of moisture I was lacking as well as control my acne-prone skin.
Asian skincare collections regularly include products that are unfamiliar to Westerners. When I first started exploring different types of skincare routines I had serious trouble differentiating what an essence, serum, ampoule, etc accomplished and was clueless about the order in which to use these products. Thankfully the blogging community came to my rescue and I found ample information on where to start. Even though I'm a latecomer to skincare as a hobby/lifestyle, I don't mind benefiting from others' expertise and experience in helping me figure things out. =D
The gist is the thinnest layers (toner, serum ,etc) should be applied first, followed by successively heavier products (essence--> gel/lotion ---> cream moisturizer). It's not necessary to use everything as I modify based on day vs night or according to the weather. Certain products are never skipped (toner, BHA, light moisturizer) but others can be optional for me (acne treatments,serums or heavier moisturizer) depending on my needs.