Secret key starting treatment essence rose edition

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This post will be reviewing the Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence Rose Edition.

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There’s nothing my dry dehydrated skin loves more than a good hydrating essence. While some people believe essences offer additional brightening và anti-aging benefits, in my experience, don’t believe that they offer more than hydration. Maybe some occasional brightening but none that has wowed me so far.

If you’re new to lớn Korean Skincare & essences in general, they are simply products targeted towards deep hydration. Lượt thích someone said, toners-essences-hydrating serums all offer the same benefits. The only difference being their consistencies and percentage of active ingredients. You can find watery toners và viscous essences. So also will you find viscous toners & watery essences. It simply depends on what step in your routine you want to lớn use it.

Personally, I believe any skincare routine should begin on a damp skin. Which is why I’m more inclined khổng lồ use more toners and essences as opposed khổng lồ hydrating serums. I prefer my serums to lớn target a specific skin concern and not necessarily offer hydration.

With that out of the way, let’s get into the review.


First Impressions: Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence (Rose Edition)

If you are not familiar with Secret Key, they are a Korean Skincare brand established in 2006 which combines nature, beauty và skin science for their comprehensive product lines. They offer a complete skin care routine for specific concerns such as pore care, brightening, skin repair & lifting, sensitive skin care and hydration.

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According lớn YesStyle;

Containing 94% galactomyces ferment filtrate và rosewater, this essence improves wrinkles & clarifies skin, leaving it soft, supple, smooth và radiant.

Ingredient List

Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate,Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (20,000 Ppm),1, 2-Hexanediol,Water,Propanediol,Panthenol,Xylitylglucoside,Xylitol,Anhydroxylitol,Glucose,Adenosine,Caprylyl Glycol,Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/​VP Copolymer,Ethylhexylglycerin,Disodium EDTA

The first ingredient is the Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate which makes a lot of sense because it claims to lớn have 94%. Followed closely by 20,000ppm of Rosewater which is about 2% with Panthenol & Adenosine for soothing properties.

If you’re new to the world of Korean Skincare ingredients, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate is derived from yeast through fermentation. It is referred to lớn as a magic liquid with skin-nourishing & anti-ageing properties. Studies have shown that Galactomyces helps with a healthy skin barrier. It also protects the skin against sun damage và increases Hyaluronic Acid in our skin cells.

Plus there’s no fragrance or essential oil that could irritate your skin. The Rose fragrance is barely even noticeable as it has been overshadowed by the Galactomyces.

If you ask me, it is defintely worth including in your skincare routine.


Texture & Consistency

This is one of my favourite watery essences. I love when I can replace the cap of the packaging with a spray nozzle. It’s super lightweight and leaves a cooling sensation on the application. I love it so much.

Availability, Price & Size

Secret Key is a popular Korean brand so you’ll find the hàng hóa at most authorized retailers at great prices. Just make sure you compare prices to save some coins.

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Review: Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence (Rose Edition)

This is a first treatment essence that is typically watery so it doubles as both my toner and essence in one hydration step. During the winter, I go in with this & layer more viscous products over it. In the Spring, I just use it alone và finish up with a gel, moisturizer và SPF.



So, the first time I used this essence I broke out on my forehead which based on my research is normal. A lot of people with acne-prone skin breakout in fungal acne when using fermented skincare. Fungal Acne is caused by an overgrowth of yeast on the skin and Galactomyces which is derived from yeast is one of the major triggers.

Then again, I realized that I was using three products with fermented ingredients at the same time; the Benton Fermentation Essence, Kikumasamune High Moist Lotion and the Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence. This was definitely an over-kill.

To treat my fungal acne, I stopped using all three products và used my Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant back khổng lồ back for about four days until it disappeared. When it did, I introduced the Secret Key back into my routine và I didn’t break out again until I was done with it. I was pleased because I had used a couple of first treatment essences in the past and didn’t break out.

Asides from that, I love how hydrating the essence felt on my skin. It definitely gave me that glow which a lot of people believe is the brightening properties. It’s lightweight, watery and easy to layer under other products without it balling up.

What’s not to lớn love? When I’m done rotating different essences, I’ll definitely be back khổng lồ this.


Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence: Orginal vs Rose Edition

When I bought this product, I didn’t realize that it was the Rose Edition until I was ready khổng lồ use it. Turns out there is an original version without Rose.

There’s a stark difference between both products. While the Rose version is simply formulated with 94% Galactomyces, Rosewater, Panthenol and Adenosine, the Original version goes further with Arbutin, Peptide & a host of plant extracts. These include Chamomile Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Green Tea, Ginseng Root Extract, Mushroom Extract, Aloe Leaf Juice to lớn mention a few.