You would have probably seen or heard about this – the new Estee Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion (I’m going to refer it as the Micro Essence from here). This “essence-in-lotion” is designed for daily use, after the cleanser and before other serums and the moisturiser, promising to activate the skin’s multiple pro-youth functions and help “reset” the appearance of skin.
Unlike a toner that simply balances pH and cleanses any other debris after cleansing, and more multi-functional than an essence, the Micro Essence is considered one of its kind. The key ingredient in the product is the Micro-Nutrient Bio-Ferment, which is created through a highly scientific process that features a unique calibration of micronutrients and peptides with a precise blend of ferments. The inspiration behind this formula came from understanding how extremophiles, a special type of living organisms, are able to naturally survive and thrive in even the harshest environments on earth.
Their secret? The ability to repair their cellular damage thanks to a unique composition of micronutrients and peptides, which is what the Estee Lauder Micro Essence is mirrored after.
Tested for Asian skin, the Micro Essence promise to deliver the appearance of clear and translucent skin, youthful radiance, refined texture, hydration, among other benefits.
Does the Estee Lauder Micro Essence Work?
I first received the bottle in December, about a month before the product launched and has been faithfully using it for close to two months. I use it by pouring a generous amount on a cotton pad, and then patting it all over my skin.
The first thing that I recognise the moment the product touches my skin is how the smell resembled the Advanced Night Repair, the classic star product by the brand. (Which, for the record, is a smell that I like, although it’s not citrus or floral)
I also noticed how absolutely lightweight the formula is – it’s just like water, except that it penetrates the skin really quickly. After the application, I notice that my skin feels supple and hydrated.
But what I really like about it is how it appears to boost the efficacy of the products that I apply afterwards. I have been using the same regime for a while, so I know exactly how the other products penetrate into my skin. After using the Estee Lauder Micro Essence, my skin laps up whatever skincare goodies I apply to it afterwards – everything just gets absorbed super quickly. This is a sign of how the Micro Essence helps to quickly and effectively boost hydration in my skin and to prep my skin for the rest of my skincare regime.
After using it for about two months and I’m about half a bottle through, I must say that my skin feels more calm. The redness that I often notice around my nose is less obvious. I also see less instances of breakouts, which I used to often experience as one of my pre-menstrual syndromes.
The Estee Lauder Micro Essence is available at all Estee Lauder counters, and retails at SGD140.