5 treatment lotions to apply before your serum
A product boosts radiance and reduces wrinkles? We're in
By Aimée Leabon
marie claire Contributor / April 11 2016
It’s the skin care step that’s worth the extra time in the morning. Smoothing on a treatment lotion is an Asian beauty ritual that’s gaining traction in Australia, and it has a host of complexion boosting benefits – from restoring clarity to treating the signs of ageing.
“This is typically a ‘watery’ lotion used after cleansing,” explains Dr Nadine Pernodet, executive director of skin biology, research and development at Estée Lauder. “They’re lightweight, concentrated formulas that penetrate quickly into skin to address various concerns.”
But don’t shelve your serum just yet – these lotions or essences are designed to “prepare your complexion for your repair serum”, says Dr Pernodet. “When combined, these formulas will penetrate skin faster and deeper for even more moisture benefits.” Here are our picks of the best treatment lotions.
Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion
Using fingertips to press this lotion into your skin releases a nutrient and peptide complex that helps strengthen barrier function, even tone and soften skin.
Chantecaille Vital Essence
Pump the pretty packaging for a gel texture that soothes skin upon application. Hyaluronic acid quenches a parched complexion, aloe vera calms inflammation and antioxidants fend against free radicals.
La Mer The Treatment Lotion
This luxe liquid forms a silky veil over skin to infuse moisture and improve texture. Skin feels immediately plumper after applying, but don’t stop there – follow with your serum for more effective ingredient absorption.
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
One of the first essences, this has achieved cult status thanks to its pitera-rich formula that works to boost radiance, rebalance and replenish. Skin appears brighter and more luminous with each use.
Aimée is an established writer and editor with over ten years of experience working for some of the world’s leading print and digital titles. These include Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine and WWD.