Missha The First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist is certainly a mouthful to say, but believe it or not, the list of benefits is even longer than its name! A vital first step in your hydration skincare routine, this new iteration of the popular original formula contains 90% fermented yeast extract, an improved fermentation method, and the addition of purple barley for even more hydrating and skin-protective benefits! Ion-activated delivery of fermented purple barley, renown for its ability to thrive even in the most barren soil of the Himalayas, replenishes skin’s natural moisture reserves, plumping up skin for a smoother, bouncier texture. Himalayan purple barley also protects skin with its potent antioxidant properties, while lactic acid helps speed skin cell turnover. Clinically tested to boost collagen for increased skin density and to reduce dead skin cells, this essence also increases hydration by 142%, texture by 119%, and tone by 182% over the original formula!

 

If your skin is dry or even just in need of a serious boost in hydration, Missha The First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist is here to provide you with exactly what you’ve been missing. This step can make all the difference in your current routine. A bouncier and more brilliant resilience you won’t believe awaits you!

If you’re a fan of the original Missha First Treatment Essence, but weren’t a fan of its reformulation, we really think you’ll fall in love all over again with this version! You’ve heard the comparisons of this product with the very expensive SKII—read who came out on top here.

Moisten a cotton pad with 3-4 drops of the essence and smooth all over the face, gently patting and pressing palms into your face to aid absorption. Alternatively, apply essence with the palms of your hands.

 

Skincare tip: For more intensive moisture care, saturate 3-4 cotton pads with the essence and apply to the face as a DIY sheet mask.

Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Water, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, Niacinamide, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-51, 1,2-Hexanediol, Adenosine, Lecithin, Potassium Sorbate, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Lactic Acid, Acetic Acid

Perhaps one of the best-known K-beauty brands, Missha offers a huge selection of department store quality skincare and color cosmetics at reasonable roadshop prices. From their Time Revolution First Treatment Essence to their Perfect Cover BB Cream, Missha has garnered a loyal following around the world for their iconic, must-have products.

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I'm 1/3 of the way through the bottle, with the only other essense I've tried to compare it to being the May Coop Raw Sauce. This is a thin consistency (expected as its mostly ferment filtrate) and my first foray into fermented essences. So far despite the tendancy it has to drip everywhere during application I've become attached to the plumping effect it has when worked into the skin. My personal favorite way to use it is to DIY a sheet mask either with soaked cotton pads or MUJI dry sheet mask tabs. When used for a sheet mask the... Read more

A former longstanding HG, this is still a great product -- I just want to explore other options. I've been using this for 3-4 years now, through several reformulations. I LOVED the original for that lightly hydrating, skin-softening first-essence glow. Even after multiple reformulations, this product still packs a punch -- it's a watery-textured first essence that softens and refreshes skin instantly on contact (though it's not hydrating enough to be used alone IMO) and that, over time, provides a kind of subtle clarity to skin that you don't notice until you stop using it and then wonder, weeks later,... Read more

I really wanted to love this, and it is quite hydrating, but I just didn't notice any real difference in my skin.

Probably my favorite item that I'm currently using. I haven't regularly used any other essences yet, but I can really tell a difference in my skin after I started using this one. I also put some in a spray bottle that I keep in my purse and use every time my face is feeling dry. I have combination skin, and it makes my whole face feel good.

This treatment help with redness, irritation and breakouts, it took a while for me to notice any difference but did worked I'm on my third bottle already has become my HG

The first facial treatment essence that I used was SKII and I love that one. It brings a glow to my dehydrated combo skin every time I use it. I decided to buy this Missha one because of many great reviews and it being a possible dupe for the SKII. Well, this is very..mediocre to me. I gave it 2 stars because it isn’t bad. But it also doesn’t give me the crystal clear glow that the SKII gives me. It hydrates a bit but nowhere near the amount that SKII does. I think it works better on some some... Read more

Honestly, I felt the same way. I'm currently using mine up now and it does feel nice. It fits that FTE type of texture I'm looking for and has the ingredients that check all the boxes but it doesn't give me that clarity that I want from a product like this. I was at Costco this past weekend and I was hunting for the SKII lol, I'll have to keep an eye out.

Yes! I totally agree with you! I’m just going to use up this one and go back to SKII. Check online on the costco website! You can buy from there too when they have it. And keep an eye out on their catalogue for when they have it in store!

I'll definitely have to keep my eyes peeled

I remember how upset the community was when they first reformulated the FTE, and then did it again. They really did slim down the ingredients and took out some things.... but it didn't stop working for me. This is the Korean skin care product that I'm using the longest time and I always come back to it. The funny thing is, you kind of think - what can one watery product really do... untill you stop using it. Seriously, as soon as I stop using it (out of convienience, or lack of time, or when it's empty) I really notice... Read more

I recently bought this FTE after thinking about buying it for at least a year now. I am so glad I finally made up my mind! I have only used this for about a week now, but my skin looks like it is glowing from within.

Getting fermented goodness somewhere into my skincare is always a big objective of mine and I never regret it. I feel like ti really does something special for the skin!

I started using this right after finishing the SK II Facial Treatment Essence, which I’ve grown to love. I must say that after using the Missha Essence for about a month, I’m enjoying it a lot as well! It is very slightly more viscous than the SK-II but still sinks it very quickly. I love to use a few layers of it for a more intense hydration!

What would you say the differences between the two are?

I can’t say much about the effects of the products because I started on the Missha immediately after the SK-II and I didn’t observe any significant difference. So perhaps the Missha is really a good dupe of the SK-II! Scent-wise the SK-II has that fermented rice wine(?) scent/smell that’s off-putting to some, but I’ve grown so used to it. The Missha has a very mild scent that should be less unpleasant. I also find Missha to be very slightly thicker than the SK-II. But otherwise they are really quite similar!

I've been using this for about a month and a half now, and I can say that I really do like it! It sinks in quickly and seems to help calm down my skin from being red or irritated from my other acids that I use in my routine. Definitely worth checking out!