Beauty

The Cult of the New Liquid Skin Elixir

Photograph by Elliot & Erick/The Licensing Project.com

The New Cult of the Liquid
Skin Elixir

Waters for skin have come a long way. Rose waters and other botanical waters are a beautiful tradition, as are Japanese essences—originally by-products of sake production—and deep-sea waters. The more conventional toners in Western skin care tended to resemble either the less active botanical waters or almost the exact opposite: harsh, high-alcohol concoctions aimed at acne and oil that often exacerbated the very conditions they were trying to treat.

  1. Vintner’s Daughter Active Treatment Essence Vintner’s Daughter Active Treatment Essence
    Vintner’s Daughter
    Active Treatment
    Essence

    goop, $225
  2. G.Tox Malachite + AHA Pore Refining Tonic G.Tox Malachite + AHA Pore Refining Tonic
    goop Beauty
    G.Tox Malachite + AHA
    Pore Refining Tonic

    goop, $75

But now, new water-based tonics and essences in the clean space are made with a high percentage of active ingredients, so they can work as powerfully as some serums. The results can be pretty transformative, so the new formulas are getting a lot of attention. They combine the pore-purifying, skin-softening, glow-inducing, toning, hydrating, exfoliating, and brightening benefits often found in entire daily regimens. Plus, the fact that their ingredients are water-soluble—as opposed to oil-soluble, as many of the ingredients found in moisturizers, serums, and oils are—means they reach the skin through different pathways from the ones those treatments use, for a potentially more full-spectrum skin-care approach when you use both oil- and water-based products.

While the short-term effects—and the refreshing feeling of botanical-infused water sinking into your skin—are powering lots of the buzz, the long-term effects of a skin-care tonic or essence can be significant: The mild exfoliation, over time, can help stimulate collagen as well as brighten and smooth skin; it also makes any treatment you use after it better able to penetrate skin, so all your skin care works harder.

Treatment Essence
to Nourish and Brighten

The second-ever product from the cult skin phenomenon that is Vintner’s Daughter is an essence made with thirty-plus active botanicals, each meticulously distilled from the whole plant over a five-week process to maintain potency, then blended with water-soluble vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, microalgae, lactic acid, and apple cider vinegar, as well as pre- and probiotics, into a hydrating, toning, mildly exfoliating treatment for skin. It’s transformative on its own, but we’ve seen amazing changes in our skin when we combine it in a routine with the Active Botanical Serum.

  1. Vintner’s Daughter Active Treatment Essence Vintner’s Daughter Active Treatment Essence
    Vintner’s Daughter
    Active Treatment
    Essence

    goop, $225

Tonic for Luminous, Practically Poreless Skin

This daily-use, highly active pore-refining treatment made with detoxifying malachite plus glycolic, phytic, and fruit acids helps clear pores and refine texture. Hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, vitamin B3, and mineral-rich deep-sea water from France help replenish and soften skin, and over time, pores appear tighter and skin appears clearer and more radiant.

  1. G.Tox Malachite + AHA Pore Refining Tonic G.Tox Malachite + AHA Pore Refining Tonic
    goop Beauty
    G.Tox Malachite + AHA
    Pore Refining Tonic

    goop, $75
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