Simplistic Skin Care is a fairly new (3 years old) Korean skincare brand. Their goal is to improve skin naturally and gradually from within instead of promising quick miraculous results to the users. The brand strives to make quality, simple products with natural, organic and safe ingredients suitable for all people, including those with sensitive skin and during pregnancy (but please consult your doctor). You may have seen my review of their BEGIN cleanser here.
The usual step after cleansing is applying a toner or watery essence. WONDER Essence works as both. It has only necessary and beneficial ingredients and no thickeners (like xanthan gum, for example), which makes it runny and easily absorbed. Staying true to their “only good ingredients” philosophy, the manufacturer doesn’t use water in this product. Instead, the first ingredient is a natural extract. When you buy this essence on eBay or Amazon, you are paying for a concentrated and effective treatment and not simply water with a few niceties added in.
Amaranthus Hypochondriacus Seed extract - the first ingredient in this essence, it is full of botanical proteins, essential amino acids and antioxidants for healthy skin.
Niacinamide - vitamin B3 that visibly tightens pores, improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, evens out the skin tone, and is safe in the summer (doesn’t cause sensitivity to sunlight).
Glutathione - a tripeptide consisting of glutamate, cysteine, and glycine that can help remove toxins from the skin.
Centella Asiatica extract - a soothing, anti-inflammatory herb that is common in products for sensitive and acne prone skin.
The essence is advertised for all skin types. My skin is combination with an oily t-zone and dry-to-normal cheeks.
How to use:
Apply to clean skin after cleansing
Pat in and follow with the rest of your routine
Watery essences are the bomb. I’ve been into layering toners and essences lately and I can safely do that without worrying about stickiness or poor absorption. The Simplistic Skincare WONDER essence works well with the BEGIN cleanser. Together, they have made my skin smoother, pores less noticeable, and the skin tone more even (probably thanks to niacinamide). I love the safe, 0-2 EWG rated ingredients. My skin does well with centella asiatica, especially if I’m having one of my infrequent breakouts. The essence is perfect for summer - effective but not heavy. The color is a beautiful golden brown from the natural plant extracts (I see no artificial dyes in the ingredients list). Since there is no scent (perhaps very little and it’s neutral, hard for me to detect), the product can be shared with family members of all ages. I highly recommend you give it a try.
I bought this product on 0.8L
Simplistic Skincare WONDER Essence Ingredients: Amaranthus Hypochondriacus Seed Extract, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Bifida Ferment Filtrate, Glutathione, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Rheum Palmatum Root Extract, Polyglutamic Acid, Beta-Glucan, Trehalose, Allantoin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Adenosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Disodium EDTA