Hey there, BFFs!


If you’re ready to take your skincare game to the next level and achieve a poreless, glass skin look, we’re simplifying the advanced essentials any beauty expert must know — toners, essences, serums, and boosters. Let’s be real, the skincare world can be VERY confusing, and it can be difficult to distinguish what makes one product different from another. That’s why we’re delving into what makes each type of product special and how to best incorporate them into your skincare routine.




The general rule of thumb is to layer your products from thinnest to thickest. That’s why we start with the lightest of them all, toners. In the past, toners were used to balance out our skin’s pH level after using harsh cleansers. However, because the market now has many gentle face cleansers, this isn’t much of a problem anymore.


Toners have since evolved to include antioxidants or other beneficial ingredients and now serve mainly as a way to prepare your skin for all the other products you are going to use. The layer of hydration it gives allows everything else to better sink in, making it a good product to prepare your skin for your moisturizer.


The Dr. Barabara Sturm Balancing Toner is an amazing toner that is perfect for everyone. This post-cleanse treatment tightens pores, balances sebum production, and acts as a brilliant base for your moisturizer. It is enriched with innovative Sugar Biovector that helps to regulate the natural pH value of the skin and support the Acid Mantle, Beta-glucan and Panthenol to soothe irritated and sensitive skin so it feels clean and balanced, while Hyaluronic Acid provides an intense moisture boost. Overall, it is the holy grail pre-moisturizing treatment for a beautifully balanced complexion.





Next, we move onto essences. Essences are slightly thicker than toners but are traditionally a more lightweight and less concentrated version of a serum. They are used to add another layer of hydration, as well as active ingredients, before applying serums.


One such essence is the 111 Skin Antioxidant Energising Essence. It does exactly what it says — delivering fast-acting antioxidant properties, while prepping and priming your skin to better absorb the rest of your skincare routine. It erinches the skin with NAC Y2 and Vitamins A and B, folic acid, enzymes, proteins, amino acids, and good fatty acids and triglycerides. It also has a blend of soothing botanical extracts, featuring star ingredient Aloe Vera Extract, which is used to  calm, soothe and condition the skin, leaving the complexion reinvigorated.


After essences comes serums. Serums contain active ingredients in order to address specific issues such as anti-aging, dark spots, brightening,  etc. They are thicker in consistency compared to essences and usually have more concentrated ingredients compared to creams.

With so many of us wanting dewy, radiant skin, an amazing serum that will help you achieve this is the Evidens Brightening Serum. Suitable for women and men of all ages and skin types, this complete anti-aging and skin brightening serum intensely illuminates and moisturizes the face, restoring its original youthful glow and providing reinforced protection against the formation of future spots. Highly concentrated in “Bright Domino Process” agents (Fullerene, Arbutin, Vitamin C, etc.), a cocktail of 7 ultra-powerful ingredients with brightening and antioxidant properties, it controls melanin production and directly corrects the causes of pigmentation defects, allowing skin to recover and preserve its original radiance.



Now that we know what serums are, what are boosters? Well, it is useful to think of boosters as supercharged serums. But while serums are well-rounded, boosters have more concentrated ingredients designed for very specific issues. They are often meant to be combined with creams or other products in your skincare routine in order to give them, well, an extra boost!

A booster you won't be able to stop raving about is the 111 Skin Vitamin C Brightening Booster. This concentrated treatment targets signs of hyperpigmentation, age spots, and uneven skin tone, while reducing and preventing discoloration. It combines pure Vitamin C with Glutathione and Liquorice Root to strengthen the brightening and antioxidant effects and is formulated with Citric Acid which helps to drive the ingredients deeper in the skin.


That’s all for today, BFFs! We hope that we were able to help you learn more about the different types of products so that you can spice up your routine.



BFF Manila


Article by Andi Panaguiton

Products Mentioned:

Sturm Balancing Toner

111SKIN Energising Essence

EviDenS Brightening Serum

111SKIN Brightening Booster


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