10th April 2020
The word “Esse” means “to be” in Latin. This skin care range has, since it’s inception, been certified organic, vegan and cruelty free. They also support fair trade and are listed as a carbon neutral company – all the things that Matilda and I look for in a product range.
In 2009, this company made the shift into the Probiotic Skincare, but what does this actually mean? In short, optimal skin care is hugely dependent on the probiotic microbes living on it and in it. This is where “Esse” is beneficial. Their claim is that they create an environment on the skin, that favours the growth of beneficial microbes.
“Esse” uses prebiotics to selectively feed good microbes. Two of their serums contain live probiotic microbes, which is said to make functional changes to the skin’s microbiome.
Thus far, I have only added this Hydro Moisturiser to my routine. It is reported to improve the skin’s condition and moisture content by using prebiotics and probiotic extracts in an ultra-mild formulation to favour beneficial microbes. I have only been using this product for about two weeks and as yet, cannot say I see a marked difference in my skin. I do think that this product would work best, if I added a cleanser to the routine. On my list of skin care products to purchase from this range, is at least one of their serums. I love serums as I find they penetrate deeper into the skin than creams.
I am most interested in using their “Intensity Serum” which promises to reduce wrinkles quickly. It’s not that I hate wrinkles. I don’t. I’m almost 53 years old, and wrinkles show I’ve lived. I get that. But I have deep wrinkles and any product that claims to assist with that, is something I’ll give a try. I just want softened lines. The key ingredient in this serum is Mafane extract which comes from Reunion Island. It’s said to relax muscles, in much the same way as Botox does. Obviously, the effects are said to only last for 24 hours, but if I’m working this into my skin care routine, I can’t expect more than that. Once I’ve added this, I will definitely give you an update.
If you, like Matilda and me, are looking for a range that is safe to use, great for the environment and has fair trade practices, then do try “Esse”. It is a local South African brand, so if you’re in this country, please have a look at their website: https://www.esseskincare.com/
The bottles are also made of glass. I purchased my moisturiser from “The Wellness Warehouse” which does stock quite an extensive part of this range. The only sad part was that they don’t do refills. It would be great if South Africa could get on that more sustainable path of the consumer being able to refill, or at least exchange their glass bottle for a discount on the new product. Other than that, I think this brand/range is doing fabulously.