Toner, Essence, Serum and Ampoule: What's the difference?

With so many new skin care products being created today, it is almost difficult to distinguish one from the other. It’s tempting to just buy every variant as to not miss a step on your ever-changing regime. Worry not because we’re letting you in on the differences between these products to help you figure out which one you need the most.



Most people choose to skip toners, thinking these products won’t do any good for their skin and it’s just some a watery liquid that you pat on the face. But really, toner is the bridge between the cleansing and moisturizing steps. Aside from aiding in cleansing and hydrating, toners restore your skin’s pH balance thereby making sure that you can reap the goodness of products you will use next. There are also various types of toners made specifically for different skin types and concerns, so to help you choose, here are our top picks:

Skin 1004 Madagascar Centella Asiatica PHA Toner - a mild exfoliating toner for all skin types!

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Toner - for intense hydration of dry skin

Isntree Green Tea Fresh Toner - for extra calming of sensitive, irritated combo skin

Isntree Clear Skin BHA Toner - for gentle exfoliation of oily, acne-prone skin


Essence is at the heart of every Korean’s skincare routine-it’s actually the secret (well, not anymore!) on achieving that Korean glow or ‘chok-chok’ skin. Due to its greatness, what started as a trend in Korea is now making its way West, you’ll see almost every Western brand with their own lines of essences. Essence feels like water, but is charged with active ingredients and extracts that moisturizes the skin from deep within. Think moisturizer, but more beyond the surface. It brings out the glow from within and makes your face visibly brighter. Use this after cleansing and toning for best results.

For beating this country’s humidity while also having something to protect your skin from all the pollution, we recommend you use Instree Green Tea Fresh Emulsion as it’s rich in antioxidants and contains supplements to strengthen your skin’s barrier. If you’re wondering if you can substitute it for a thick cream moisturizer, you most definitely can especially in the mornings when you only need a light touch.


Serum & Ampoule

Serums are super packed with nutrients that address specific concerns and provide a variety of benefits, that’s why it’s best to consistently keep them in your skin routine. The ampoule, on the other hand, is more packed and concentrated than a serum. They are like a booster that comes in handy even on days that you need that immediate skin reviving. It is recommended to squeeze this step in between the toner and the essence for that extra glow. So when you need an extra kick to further target a skin concern, these supercharged products filled with active ingredients should be your friend. Two great addition in your routine would be the Isntree C-Niacin Toning Ampoule for combatting dullness and uneven skin texture, or the Ettang Galactomyces-Centella Asiatica Ampoule for turning that no blemishes-bright complexion dreams a reality.

Tip: Always seal in all the products you’ve used with a moisturizer, especially one that is lightweight, hydrating and perfect for our year-round humid climate-just exactly like this Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream.


The key here is to put first whichever has the lightest consistency going to the thicker ones. And now that you know the difference, you’re ready to pick one and determine your HG. Find about it on our shop!

What is Ultherapy?

Aging is a natural occurrence in life, and so does wanting to feel and look healthier, more youthful, and beautiful. We want to be the best that we can ever be. And there’s nothing to be ashamed of that. It is not vanity or selfishness to keep ourselves feeling happy. Give your future self many moments to be thankful for instead of tough questions: Did I do enough, love myself enough, was I happy? Or have I invested in myself properly?

So, if that’s your goal, we have a way:


A youthful makeover your future self will thank you for.


Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved non-invasive procedure (no knife, no needles!) that uses micro-focused ultrasound energy to lift and tighten sagging skin. It bridges the gap between dermal fillers and a surgical facelift as it achieves lifting results without having to cut or disrupt the skin surface.

It does this by stimulating the formation of new collagen deep below the skin surface- the part which laser and radiofrequency treatments cannot reach. This is like a workout for your face, only instead of muscle, it develops more and better collagen which is known as “neocollagenesis”. Additionally, unlike other procedures, it incorporates ultrasound imaging giving clinicians a visualization of the targeted tissue to provide an unparalleled treatment precision while also avoiding bone, blood vessels, etc.

Who is it for?

Anyone from mid 20s to late 70s can receive an Ultherapy treatment, although it is not determined by age, but rather by skin laxity. As we age, we begin to lose collagen and elastin resulting in loose or sagging skin. This is due to factors such as genetics, diet, lifestyle, sun exposure, stress, environmental toxins, etc, but no matter what your age is, there is Ultherapy for you. It’s perfect for everyone wanting to attain a youthful look with rejuvenated eyes, lifted brows, defined chin & neck, sculpted cheeks, and contoured jaws.

Just one treatment.

Ultherapy is powerful enough to lift and contour sagging skin in just one session and in just this one session, the lifting and tightening results will last up to a year. The results may vary from person to person as it depends on your own collage production. But many experience immediate lifting following the treatment, initial results in just 70 days, and the ultimate lifting and tightening results during the 2-3 months period after the procedure. Future touch-ups may also be needed especially for ages 50-70 years as they have a slower collagen building process.

Quick and easy.

Ultherapy is considered to be a “lunchtime procedure” as it can be done in 30-90 minutes. After the procedure, you can resume your normal activities without having to follow any post-treatment restrictions. You can continue with your daily skincare regimen and apply make-up. Imagine that, it takes up only about 30 to 90 minutes in your 24 hrs of a day, but the result lasts up to a year. This is like a quick insurance policy for tomorrow’s happiness.


At Simply Skin, we offer Ultherapy per area, so you won’t have to spend on the unnecessary. If you’ve been worrying about droopy brows, crow’s feet, frown lines, turkey gobbler or neck, saggy cheeks, or neck folds, then we suggest you choose from our variety of Ultherapy area treatments: Browlift, Eyelift, Cheek Lift, Under the Chin Lift, Lower Neck Lift, and Full Face Lift.

For the full list of prices, you can inquire and email us at

Life is a journey, and with age comes the wisdom and appreciation of this journey. Let us in on your journey, and together lets celebrate growing old (plus, looking young) together. Feel good from skin to within, regardless of your age. What you do for yourself today will be what your future self will thank you for.

Break-up With Breakouts

You perpetually follow your all-time favorite skincare routine, you make sure to clean your makeup brushes after every use, and you even try to avoid touching your face to lessen your chances of breaking out, but why is it that you somehow still get acne no matter what you do? Worry not. Everyone has had their tough experiences with acne as well. Having breakouts is a natural occurrence across all ages. There are however, still many ways you can lessen these episodes.


Lessen your dairy, sugar, greasy foods intake

You are what you eat, they say. We don’t want to tell you this (we know how irresistible pizza and milktea are, too!), but dairy, sugary, and oily foods are not exactly your skin’s best friends. Sugar and refined carbs like bread makes you more prone to breakouts, and greasy favourites stimulate oil production on your skin which leads to pore clogging and acne, so make sure you regulate your intake of these types of food!


Get regular facials

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Feel good from skin to within by getting facials. There’s a huge benefit that you can get from having regular facials that you can’t get on your own from just cleansing twice a day and religiously applying your moisturizer. Why don’t you see the effect for yourself and try out our Ultimate Modern Facial now?


Change your pillowcase regularly

Changing your pillowcase more frequently is as important as having at least 8 hours of sleep in preventing acne flares. We recommend switching your pillowcase every few days, and being conscious of the type of detergent you use to wash them as some ingredients may irritate your skin.

Tip: Silk pillowcases are pretty and at the same time smooth enough to not graze against the face.


Don’t switch on products too often

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Make sure that your skincare products are consistent (constantly trying out new products and formulae may confuse the skin and cause reverse reactions) and contain ingredients that are good for your skin. As much as possible, avoid products with harsh components and strong fragrances, and opt for items that make use of more natural ingredients like our Green Tea Fresh Toner. After all, what could be better than planet-saving goodies that save your skin as well?


Watch what you put in your hair

Yes, as unexpected as it may sound, your hair can constantly come in contact with your face. Some fragrances, oils, and pomades contain ingredients that are not too good on your skin and may cause irritation and clogged pores. If these products are necessary, however, then try to keep your hair away from your face by tying it up in a neat updo.


Again, getting a pimple or two is completely normal. It’s not all about having a flawless, picture-perfect face, but all about embracing ourselves, flaws and all. All that we must do is to own it and find ways on how we can deal with it and take better care of ourselves. Healthy skin is not an event that suddenly occurs one day, similar to our lives, skincare is a never ending process of learning what suits you.

Why You Need Galactomyces and Centella Asiatica in Your Life

Getting healthy looking skin is always been a dream we’re willing to chase. Nowadays, there are many ingredients that promise healthy skin, but it’s important to know that there are ingredients that will only suit some skin types. Today, we’re putting the spotlight on our newest member of the best skincare product family: Ettang Galactomyces Centella Asiatica Ampoule and how it’s good for you regardless of your skin type (one exception though are those suffering from fungal acne, as ferments can exacerbate fungal acne) .


What is Galactomyces?

Photo credits: Skin Watchers

Photo credits: Skin Watchers

Fermented ingredients such as Galactomyces are at the core of Asian beauty products. For Asian beauty, the fermentation process makes the ingredients more absorbable and more potent. Galactomyces, for one, has always been a star ingredient in both Japanese and Korean beauty products and is specifically known for its multiple abilities: to brighten dull and blemished skin, to refine skin’s overall texture, and to maintain youthful and supple skin through its hydration and moisturising power. There’s really no denying that it is a hero ingredient as it solves three beauty woes all at once.

Centella Asiatica

Photo credits:  Researchgate

Photo credits: Researchgate

You may have already heard of Centella Asiatica due to all the rave on our well-loved Centella Asiatica Ampoule and Toner Bundle. To recap, this ingredient is well-known for its highly effective medicinal healing properties. When used for the skin, this herb speeds up your skin’s healing process, prevents skin damage, promotes skin elasticity, soothes sensitive areas on the face, and treat post-acne inflammation. Skin looking dull and seemingly lifeless? Centella Asiatica also reduces the stress on your skin, making you feel refreshed in the process. We are quite excited for you to try this miracle worker!


When Galactomyces meets Centella Asiatica


Say hello to Ettang’s Galactomyces Centella Asiatica Ampoule! As the name suggests, this ampoule is a combination of these two ingredients only. No frills, no fillers, just the pure and powerful combination of 50% Galactomyces and 50% Centella Asiatica.

This ampoule is great for all skin types (one exception though are those suffering from fungal acne, as ferments can exacerbate fungal acne) — especially for those who have dehydrated or dry skin as it provides a balance in your skin’s oil and moisture production (FYI: Dryness is not only due to your skin lacking hydration but also lack of oil; while oily skin can mean that your skin is still dehydrated and short on moisture-that’s why your skin is compromising by producing more oil). With the two ingredients combine, it greatly promotes healing and fading of scars and blemishes to reveal brighter and smoother skin.

If you still need more info on what Galactomyces is. Well, Galactomyces is actually what compose this well-known yet very expensive skincare Japanese product . But who would spend so much when you can get the same results with an added powerful ingredient at a much affordable price, right?


We’re the first ones in the Philippines to get ahold of this product, so waste no time adding this to your cart before it’s gone! Get the best of both worlds-- strong nourishment AND improved complexion-- when you include this skin treat to your regime.