Review: Time Revolution First Treatment Essence

By: Sarah Bond

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   Today's review is on Missha's Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence. This product has been raved about for years and is still a staple go to k-beauty essence. Our reviewer for The First Treatment Essence is the owner of Poppy & Daisy, Qun. She's been using this product for over a year but for the last couple of weeks shes been using it constantly for both day and night.


     Before we go over a review, let's go over the ingredients in Missha's Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence. We will look over all the key ingredients and then just lightly cover the other ingredients. 


  • Fermented Yeast Extract (Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate and Bifida Ferment Lysate)
  • Niacinamide
  • Adenosine 


Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate

Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate acts as a humectant, which is a natural moisturizing factor (NMF). Humectants are excellent at sealing moisture in the skin. The ferment filterate also acts as an anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, conditioning, lightening, and antioxidant agent. This ingredient is actually comprised of probiotic microorganisms that are rich in amino acids, vitamins, enzymes & other organic acids and produces metabolites during fermentation. 

Bifida Ferment Lystate

This ingredient is also a probiotic ingredient. More specifically it is a lysate from bifidobacteria consisting of bacteria metabolism products, cytoplasm fractions, and bacteria cell wall components. As an anti-oxidant it prevents UV-induced damage by stimulation of the cellular, endogenous, enzymatic repair system and helps with DNA repair by increasing the repair rate of UV-irradiated keratinocytes (skin cells). It also acts as a regenerating, revitalizing, repairing, and anti-aging agent.    


This common ingredient in skin care is more familiarly known as Vitamin B3, referring to both niacinamide and nicotinic acid (Niacin). There are multiple benefits of using skin care products with niacinamide. Acne due to inflammatory responses can be reduced with topical niacinamide. In a double-blind, randomized, active-controlled trial in 1995, a study group of individuals with oily-type skin had shown the best improvement in skin clarity from topical niacinamide. Administration of topical niacinamide has also been proven to reduce wrinkles by restoring NAD+/NADH levels in fibroblasts (connective tissue cells). There have also been studies that show that niacin can also influence melanogenesis, reducing transfer of melanosomes; this gives a skin-lightening effect.


Adenosine is a very common molecule found in the body. With a phosphate group attached, it acts as energy currency for the body (ATP, ADP). A derivative of adenosine is adenine, which is a base pair in DNA. However, specifically in skin care, adenosine has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects on the skin. The suspected action of these effects are related to increased cell-communication in skin cells for energy-transferring processes.



Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Propanediol, Niacinamide, Polyquaternium-51, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Betaine, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Pirper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Beta vulgaris (Beet) Root extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pentylene Glycol, Water, Trehalose, Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Adenosine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Raffinose, Tromethamine, Acetic Acid, Lactic Acid, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprytyl Glycol, Hexapeptide-9 Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate

Propanediol - soothes the skin, decreases the viscosity of the essence

Polyquaternium-51 - humectant/moisturizing, creates a barrier

Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract - soothes inflammation, almost the same moisturizing effect at hyaluronic acid, prevents UV radiation

Betaine - humectant/moisturizing, controls viscosity of essence

Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract - anti-aging, moisturizing, nourishing, soothing, healing, anti-oxidant

Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract - skin conditioning agent

Beta vulgaris (Beet) Root extract - anti-oxidant, anti-aging, moisturizing, soothing, firming

Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract - anti-oxidant

Cassia Alata Leaf Extract - astringent, protects against UV radiation

Hydrogenated Lecithin - helps disperse the product evenly/surfactant, emulsifying agent

Sodium Hyaluronate - humectant/moisturizing, thickens water, hyaluronic acid

Pentylene Glycol - synthetic humectant, solvent, antimicrobial properties

Water - combines ingredients

Trehalose - humectant/moisturizing

Disodium EDTA - viscosity controlling, Disodium EDTA binda to metal ions which inactivates them helping to prevent the deterioration of cosmetics

Hydrolyzed Corn Starch - humectant/moisturizing

Ethylhexylglycerin - deodorant agent

Butylene Glycol - viscosity controlling, humectant/moisturizing, solvent

Glycerin - humectant/moisturizing, viscosity controlling, solvent

Raffinose - moisturizing, smoothing, anti-aging

Tromethamine - buffering agent/ph adjuster

Acetic Acid - buffering agent/ph adjuster

Lactic Acid - Humectant/moisturizing, ph adjuster/buffering agent

1, 2-Hexanediol - solvent, moisturizing

Caprylyl Glycol - humectant/moisturizing

Hexapeptide-9 Phenoxyethanol - anti-aging

Potassium Sorbate - prevents deterioration of product



     The Fermented Yeast Extract moisturizes, improves skin elasticity, brightens, soothes, repairs skin damaged from UV rays, counteracts premature skin aging. Niacinamide soothes acne for individuals with an oily-type, reduce wrinkles, and lightens the skin. Adenosine has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects on the skin. Most added ingredients complement the key ingredients and are humectants, moisturizers, anti-aging agents, or anti-oxidants. Other ingredients buffer the solution and decrease the viscosity.


     Qun is over forty with an oily skin type and a darker complexion. She started using the product a few years ago sparingly but now uses it daily during both her morning and night routines. First thing she noted was the price, it is higher than most Etude House essences and Tony Moly essences but it is less than brands like Estee Lauder and SK-II. Second is the texture. Its texture is similar to water both in consistency and in translucence. The fragrance is light and is barely noticeable until application. Its scent is similar to SK-II's Treatment Essence. Most fermented products have a odor to them. After application of toner and essence her skin felt soft and full. For an essence, The First Treatment Essence is more hydrating and moisturizing than average essences, but after usage she recommends finishing with a serum and cream for adding an extra moisture barrier. A notable change was the improvement in her complexion. Normally her skin easily tans during the summer and overall her complexion is dark. Typically after sun exposure she has uneven skin tone around the cheek and forehead. But after continuous usage of the essence, her skin tone was noticeably lighter and more even. She had a healthier glow and firmer skin.


     After researching the ingredient list we found that there were no ingredients that would be troubling for sensitive skin (dangerous preservatives or fragrances). Most ingredients, in fact, help soothe irritation. So it would be perfect for irritated/troubled sensitive skin. Personally we could see the results from the ingredients in the product. Qun's skin was lightened, more plump, and hydrated after continuous usage. The fragrance is something I personally could do without, but Qun doesn't mind the scent as it isn't heavily scented. She also has tried SK-II's Treatment Essence. And the comparison in quality, in her opinion, is almost equal. Missha's The First Treatment Essence is much more affordable, so it is a reasonable essence for starters that are just getting into K-Beauty skin care routines. In our opinion Missha's slogan, "Quality should be affordable", is represented in this product.. 


Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate

Bifida Ferment Lystate


Other Ingredients