I started out using this essence as my after-shower skincare step, using just a nickel-sized dollop on my face once I toweled-dry. The essence is unscented but is also much stickier than I'd care for, and it's already super dry where I live. How the hell does anyone put up with this stuff in a humid environment like Japan? It takes a long time for my skin to absorb this stuff, but once it does my face feels well-moisturized.
But then I had to stop using this after the shower, because it becomes disgustingly tacky again once I layer on another moisturizer, especially the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil. For a week or so afterwards I used the Clarins oil after the shower and layered this essence on top, but then I forgot to one night and my skin felt fine without it. Basically, I skipped it and didn't miss it, which means I didn't need it to begin with. Ha.