hyggee fresh balance one step facial essence review

Hyggee is, without the shadow of a doubt, one of the most innovative upcoming K-beauty brands about to hit the Western market. As you probably know by now, Korean skincare takes a unique approach that focuses on the buildup of hydrating layers to deliver moisture and nutrients into the skin. Hygge turns this approach on its head with a small line of essences that act as toner, serum and moisturizer, providing the skin with everything it needs in just one go.

Hygge believes there is no fixed skin type, but that the water and oil contents in the skin change overtime, skewing the balance towards dryness or oiliness. Thanks to their minimum skincare technology (MST), Hyggee is able to provide the ideal oil/moisture ratio for each skin type, cutting down the number of steps in your skincare routine without compromising its effectiveness. As a busy businesswoman and mother of four, I am always eager to try anything that simplifies my morning skincare routine. Below are my thoughts on Hyggee Fresh and Balance One Step Facial Essences:


Ideal for oily skin, Hyggee Fresh One Step Facial Essence is packed with ingredients that can regulate the production of sebum, tighten skin and reduce the appearance of pores. First among them is apple extract, a natural astringent that cleanses and shrinks the look of large pores. Apple extract is also a source of Alpha Hydroxy Acids, a group of exfoliants that slough off dead skin cells, giving skin a brighter and smoother appearance. Finally, apples are rich in antioxidants, the free radical scavengers that treat sun damage and fight premature aging.

The essence is also rich in probiotics, good strains of bacteria that nourish skin in a number of different ways: Lactobacillus Ferment and Bifida Ferment Lysate have moisturizing and anti-bacterial properties that keep skin soft and heal blemishes faster; Lactococcus Ferment Lysate improves the natural barrier function of the skin, which provides protection against external agents such as harsh weather and germs; finally, Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment increases the levels of ceramides in the skin, further strengthening the skin’s natural protective barrier.

The base of the essence is made of birch sap, a substance rich in amino acids, minerals and vitamins that’s more beneficial to the skin that plain old water. Birch sap acts as a humectant, attracting water from the environment into the skin and binding it there, deeply hydrating it without the need of using oils, which could be problematic for oily and acne-prone skin types. Its high antioxidant content protects skin from the onslaught of free radicals, keeping it looking younger for longer.

I use Hygge Fresh One Step Facial Essence during the summer months, when the excessive heat triggers an overproduction of sebum in my skin. Its lightweight, whipped gel texture sinks immediately into my skin without leaving a greasy residue behind. Instead, the essence delivers an intense burst of moisture deep into my skin, which keeps it well-hydrated, soft and positively glowing all day long. Even though I was a bit sceptical at the beginning, I find its unique hydrating formula is really enough to replace my toner, serum and moisturizer – packing for my summer holidays is now a lot easier!


Designed for dry, sensitive and compromised skin types that need more tender loving care, Balance One Step Facial Essence shares many of the active ingredients as the Fresh lotion, including hydrating birch sap, anti-aging apple extract and fermented probiotics that keep skin in a naturally healthy condition.

However, the Balance Essence is also especially formulated with an emphasis on hydration and moisturization. The base is a concoction of several different types of oils, including macadamia, sunflower and jojoba, all of which are able to create a protective barrier on the skin that prevents moisture loss. On top of it, these oils are a natural source of antioxidants, those precious allies that fight the free radicals that are responsible for premature aging.

Furthermore, the Essence also contains squalane, cholesterol and ceramides, natural components of the skin’s protective barrier. Although it is commonly believed that dry skin is caused by a lack of water, the truth of the matter is that this skin type has all the water it needs – it just evaporates out into thin air due to its compromised protective barrier!

A compromised protective barrier is also to blame for skin sensitivities because it easily allows germs, bacteria and toxins to get through the epidermis, causing all sorts of havoc on the skin. By replenishing the natural components that make up this natural protective barrier, dry and sensitive skin heals faster and, most importantly, remains in a good, healthy condition.

I use this essence in the colder autumn and winter months when my skin starts showing signs of dehydration. Although, at first glance, the essence feels thin to the point of being runny, upon contact with the skin, I quickly realised it packs quite the hydrating punch! It takes several minutes to fully dry down but the short wait is more than worth it: the essence plumps up my skin, smoothes out the look of my fine lines and gives my complexion a dewy glow. As the essence keeps my skin perfectly moisturized from morning till evening, these positive effects last all day!


Summary: Hyggee Fresh and Balance One Step Facial Essences are deeply hydrating concoctions that replace your toner, serum and moisturizer. They smoothen out wrinkles, brighten the complexion, balance the ratio of water and oil in the skin and leave it soft and smooth from morning till evening.

Claims: Hyggee’s One Step Facial Essence could change your routine forever. Chiffon-gel textured essence has high water density that immediately helps skin to be hydrated and improve skin texture without any stickiness.

Hyggee Fresh One Step Facial Essence Ingredients: Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, Methyl Trimethicone, Water, Propanediol, Dipropylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Lactobacillus Ferment, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Polyglyceryl-6 Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Panthenol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Choleth-24, Tromethamine, Polyacrylamide, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polyglyceryl-6 Behenate, Laureth-7, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butyl Avocadate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phospholipids, Ceramide 3, Cholesterol, Arginine, Propyl Gallate, Phytosterols, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol

Hyggee Balance One Step Facial Essence Ingredients: Betula platyphylla japonica juice, macadamia integrifolia seed oil, octyldodecanol, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, squalane, 1,2-hexanediol, pentylene glycol, pyrus malus (apple) seed oil, water, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, lactobacillus ferment, lactococcus ferment lysate, bifida ferment lysate, streptococcus thermophilus ferment, glycerin, sodium chloride, glyceryl caprylate, butylene glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, phospholipids, ceramide 3, cholesterol, arginine, phytosterols, xanthan gum, phenoxyethanol

Where to buy: https://www.beautibi.com

Rating: 9/10

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