The Snail Essence That Turned an Essence Skeptic Into a Believer

By December 10, 2018

If you’ve ever wondered whether or not essences actually do anything, you haven’t tried the Dewytree Ultra Vitalizing Snail Essence Water. Read on for our review.

To those who are new to K-beauty, essence is one of the most mystifying steps of the 10-step routine. It’s not that they’re confusing to use (dispense, pat on face, move on to serum), but that it can be difficult to understand what they actually do.

I often get asked, “Do I really need to use an essence?” and “What’s the point of using one?” To those questions I answer, “Yes” and “Essences hydrate and allow the skin to soak up more of the products you apply after them.” But if I’m being totally honest, I’ve had doubts about essences myself.

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A couple of years ago, I was gifted a big bottle of the SKII Facial Treatment Essence. It costs around $200 and has a cult following so I was super excited to incorporate it into my routine. When I first started using it consistently, I think my skin was softer and less dry, however, when I would skip it and then gradually stopped using it altogether, the difference, I found, was negligible. Now the bottle is collecting dust on my vanity.

Maybe I’m not patient enough and maybe I give instant gratification too much priority when it comes to my skin, but I was just about to give up on finding an essence that I’ll actually use when the Dewytree Ultra Vitalizing Snail Essence Water ($38) came across my desk.

The selling point? It’s hydrating, but also soothes redness and irritation, targets signs of aging, and can help keep breakouts at bay. Plus, it contains one of my favorite skin care ingredients: snail mucin. I’ve been using it for a week now and I can already tell that it’s the start of a glow-inducing, long-term relationship.

The texture is more viscous than other essences I’ve used, so it doesn’t feel like I’m splashing water on my face and hoping for the best. I’ve already noticed that my skin feels softer and silkier and that my complexion, which typically has areas of redness, is more even and calm. I also love that the product comes in a pump bottle so formula doesn’t get wasted. 

I’ve been using it after double cleansing with the Then I Met You Cleansing Duo and toning with The Plant Base Nature Solution Hydrating Bamboo Water, and before using the Neogen White Truffle Serum In Oil Drop. So far, it’s pulling its weight among the skin-nourishing team.

If you’re wondering whether or not the Dewytree Ultra Vitalizing Snail Essence Water could be a game-changer for you too, I feel good about the odds. The essence strikes a perfect balance that makes it work for most skin types; it’s more substantial than watery hydration-focused essences, yet isn’t too thick and sticky (like some other snail-infused essences out there).

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