Protect + Purify Duo
Protect + Purify Duo
Protect + Purify Duo
Protect + Purify Duo

Protect + Purify Duo


UVA/UBA rays, makeup, city grime, pollution — our skin is exposed to so many atmospheric aggressors and impurities throughout the day that can lead to premature aging, breakouts and rough skin. By incorporating the new Essence Light Sunscreen SPF 50 and cult favorite Living Cleansing Balm oil-based cleanser, you are covered morning to night.

Start the day by applying this lightweight sunscreen with SPF 50 broad spectrum protection. The ferment enriched formula also features a blend of ceramides, hyaluronic acid and provitamin B5 to leave skin with a dewy, radiant finish. Pairs perfectly at the end of the day with the award-winning Living Cleansing Balm to melt away sunscreen without stripping away skin of its moisture. 

Now is the time to go deeper with these crucial steps in your transformative skincare routine with the Protect + Purify Duo (valued at $74).

SPF 50 mL / 1.69 fl oz (TSA friendly)
Cleansing Balm 90 g / 3.17 oz (TSA friendly)

For all skin types

Cruelty free and vegan

Free of mineral oil, silicone, parabens, artificial coloring and synthetic fragrances

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Essence Light Sunscreen

Step One

Essence Light Sunscreen

Our essence inspired formula applies invisibly on all skin tones without white cast or stickiness to protect and hydrate skin for a vibrant and luminous complexion.

step one feature icon Shedding Light on Korean Sunscreen Formulation Benefits

- Designed for everyday wear — not just outdoor use

- Typically higher SPF values

- Uses both SPF (Sun Protection Factor) and PA (Protection Grade of UVA Rays)

Key & Active Ingredients :

Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate

Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate (GFF) is a derivative of fermented sake that has proven skin care benefits, including reducing the appearance of pores, blackheads and sebum; decreasing levels of acne; and improving skin brightness.


Ceramides are lipids that make up your skin’s natural barrier, helping it to retain moisture and protecting it from any potential irritants. Applying ceramides topically fortifies the skin’s barrier so that your skin remains supple and healthy.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is known to deeply quench skin with vital hydration by attracting and binding water within the skin surface. It draws moisture into the skin for a plumper, more youthful appearance.

Provitamin B5

Pantothenic acid (B5) is a humectant (moisturizing agent) that retains moisture in the skin, which improves skin elasticity and contributes to a fuller, more hydrated looking face.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an essential component of healthy skin, that prevents premature aging due to its powerful antioxidant properties.

Active Ingredients

Avobenzone 3.0%, Homosalate 9.0%, Octisalate 4.5%, Octocrylene 5.0%

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Water (Aqua), Dipropylene Glycol, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Propylene Glycol, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Ceteareth-20, Ethylhexyl Methoxycrylene, Acrylates Copolymer, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Ceramide NP, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Potassium Hyaluronate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Sorbitan Oleate, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetearyl Olivate, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Sorbitan Olivate, Acrylates/C10- 30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Sodium Acrylate/ Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, BHT, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 80, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Xanthan Gum, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, Potassium Sorbate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Benzoate, Octyldodecanol

How To Use

SPF should be applied daily (no matter the weather!) as the last step in your routine before applying makeup and at least 15 minutes before sun exposure. Apply an even layer to skin including face, neck and décolletage (about a nickel sized amount). If wearing makeup, allow 2-3 minutes for the sunscreen to sink in before applying primer or other cosmetics. Reapply every 2 hours. See Drug Facts for complete usage.

- Essence Light Sunscreen was designed as a moisturizing makeup base. It can be worn alone or as the perfect canvas for makeup application
- For the best experience, keep this product out of the sun and extreme heat

Q: Can I use Essence Light Sunscreen on my body?
A: Essence Light Sunscreen has been expertly formulated to provide skincare and beauty benefits optimized for your face, but can be used on your body as well. Don’t forget to apply and reapply sunscreen to the backs of your hands — especially with frequent hand washing, as they are prone to sun exposure and can show early signs of aging.

Q: Does Essence Light Sunscreen work on all skin types?
A: Yes! Essence Light Sunscreen works on all skin types and is formulated with ingredients that help soothe skin and maintain moisture while leaving a natural, radiant finish. If you have super sensitive skin, we always recommend patch-testing before regular use.

Q: Do I need to use additional moisturizer together with this sunscreen?
A: For dry-combination skin, it is recommended to apply sunscreen after your serum or moisturizer. For skin with excessive sebum or oily skin, you do not need to use additional moisturizer.

Q: Is there a fragrance?
A: There is no fragrance added.

Q: How is the SPF level determined?
A: Our SPF was tested by an independent 3rd party clinical laboratory in the United States. Using the Static SPF testing method set forth by the FDA our 11 subject panel yielded a mean static SPF value of 57.78 with an X-A value of 54.33 resulting in a label value of SPF 54. The results of our Broad Spectrum test yielded a mean critical wavelength of 380.11nm in accordance with the FDA’s required critical wavelength of 370nm or greater to claim Broad Spectrum protection.

Living Cleansing Balm

Step Two

Living Cleansing Balm

With a luxurious, rich and sorbet-like texture, this cleansing balm melts away excess sebum, sunscreen and makeup, while nourishing and protecting the skin with antioxidants, essential fatty acids and vitamin E.

step one feature icon Removes Oil-based Impurities




Seaberry/Sea Buckthorn Oil

Rich in fatty acids such as stearic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, and omega-6. The bright orange coloring is due to high lycopene and carotenoid content. With time the coloring will fade but does not diminish the effectiveness of the cleanser.

Olive Oil

This nourishing antioxidant has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits and protects your skin barrier as it is high in oleic acids and hydrophilic phenols. Studies show that the combination of olive oil and sea buckthorn restores compromised barriers.

Persimmon Extract

Also known as diospyros kaki, this extract is a free radical scavenger that prevents premature aging and photo damage. It is known for its skin brightening effect by reducing hyperpigmentation, and can also regulate sebum production.

Grape Seed Oil

An antioxidant-rich emollient, this plant oil derived from grape seeds nourishes the skin while removing oil-based impurities gently. It has a high content of linoeleic acid, vitamin E and phenolic compounds, and an anti-inflammatory effect.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an essential component of healthy skin, that prevents premature aging due to its powerful antioxidant properties.

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Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Trii-sostearate, PEG-8 Isostearate, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax/Cire Microcristalline), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, Ceresin, Synthetic Wax, Orbiignya Oleifera Seed (Babasu) Oil, Diospyros Kaki (Persimmon) Fruit Extract, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer

How To Use

For the first step of your double cleanse, use spatula to scoop a dime sized amount onto dry skin and gently massage in circular motions. Add a splash of warm water to emulsify and remove oil-based impurities. Rinse thoroughly before moving to step two, a water-based cleanse with the Soothing Tea Cleansing Gel.

Protect & Purify

Protect & Purify

"I actually look forward to the time that I spend taking off my makeup and city grime every evening."

Charlotte Cho, Founder of Then I Met You

Charlotte Cho,  Founder of Then I Met You
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