I have a confession to do, beauties …
I am a little obsessed with ampoules.
How could I not be ??
These sometimes small but powerful doses of potent ingredients make skin care super fun!
And they are everywhere. There is really a ampoule for everything.
Just like rubber masks and BB cream, the big interest in these small products was the first in K-beauty world.
No surprise! And now they have taken the skin care world by storm.
If you are not already obsessed as I am, I answer all your ampoule questions.
Like – what are they!?
What is this crazy about?
Do you really need to add a product to your routine?
And how are you going to use these little sweethearts?
I'll also dig the science behind them to see if and why they're effective, so let's go!
Ampoules are explained
Ampules are basically a potent concentration of a chosen ingredient designed to achieve a specific function.
Due to their powerful delivery capability, they often come in small glass bottles for foolproof partial control.
It does not necessarily mean they are is classified as a medicine, or that they may be considered dangerous to your skin.
It just means that your skin can only use as much of a single nutrient at the same time and prevents you from wasting a powerful product by using too much.
When you look at the ingredient list on one of these products (and you should) you often see a high concentration – in some cases 90% or 100% – of a botanical extract or other power component.
As you can see, it may be a little weird … can you really use DNA or Acid directly to your face? More about this later.
The best ampoules release all side-line ingredients (as fillers, emulsifiers or plasticizers) and adhere to the star of the show.
They are often made to achieve a certain effect (at least they started that way), so some of the fun blends and matches them to meet your exact skin care.
Of course, in our multi-tasking world, we now have plenty of ampoule options that address multiple issues at the same time.
But in my opinion, a genuine ampoule emphasizes a single ingredient.
If you're thinking, "Hmm … it's not possible here much like serum? '
Yes they do!
It's true. Ampoules give the same "treatment" aspect, and basically play the same role in your skin care routine, with some subtle differences.
You can think of ampoules as an "amped" up version of a serum. Pun intended.
They are designed to treat a specific issue and to give skin a boost in an area while packing a powerful punch.
One reason I say they are fun is that they can really make you think about what particular difference you want to do with your skin and deal with the mini-boot campus with the right ampoule.
You can also try a single ingredient in its most powerful form to run a small experiment and test its true effect on your skin.
And I'm an aesthetist … that's my idea of fun!
How should you use ampoules?
Many of you probably wonder right now there to fit ampoules in your skin care routine.
And how to use them optimally.
You have come to the right place.
I have attached great importance to these issues, studying the ingredients and the effects they have appeared on the market, and here I have decided:
You have a couple of good options.
- Incorporate them into your makeup or skin care routine as a booster every few days, or …
- Choose an issue you want to deal with and use them to put your skin through a one or two week starting camp.
Important: If you choose the first option, you do not need to use a vial daily.
A couple of times a week would suffice.
Often, this type of product comes in a dose bottle or with a syringe (do not worry, no needle involved) to measure the exact dose so that you do not overdo it in an application.
With Option Number One, you can apply a lightampular under your make-up to enhance your appearance.
Experiment with ingredients to find someone who achieves your aftertaste.
Or you can add a vial to your routine as a "treatment step" – after cleansing but before moisturizing – where it will address a certain problem but also help increase the effects of your other products.
How does this work?
Most ampoules with a concentrated form of an ingredient will have a softening effect on the skin.
It acts as a fine prepag for your skin to better absorb the ingredients you apply next.
The step after a vial may be a serum or a creature, or your moisturizer.
They are usually very light and designed for lacquering.
Do you think this sounds like overkill? And that they just replace your serum?
In most cases they can. They fulfill the same role.
But in some cases, depending on your own style and preference, you can use the ampoule first to increase the serum – as a double raise!
Also, keep in mind that you can catch treatment, just applying the product to the area you want to influence – as would be the case with hyperpigmentation.
As you can see, the market gives us a very individualized skin care strategy right now.
Which is one of the things that makes ampoules so fun!
If you are in simplicity, they are understandable not your case.
It makes perfect sense.
On the other hand, if you want to try new things and strong ingredients, you will love them.
What are the benefits of ampoules?
The benefits you receive from an ampoule depend on the ingredients you choose.
The variety is huge.
But as a category of skin care products, there are some general features I can do here …
You will usually find that the ingredients in specific vials are designed to handle one of these big three:
- The effects of aging
- The effects of pollution and other toxins
- Dry skin
In a word, what you really do when you add a vial customized your routine
It's like pulling out one ingredient you really want from a product and isolate it to do its intended job.
one hyaluronic acid ampoule, for example, will do some serious hydration.
A collagen ampoule will go down to the serious operation to repair and replenish your skin.
one Vitamin C The ampoule will cause serious damage to the free radicals that flow around and go to work that defends your skin against them.
Overall, expect them to put out a concentrated effort during a certain time window.
To see the effects, you must also give the process time.
A couple of weeks if you use them with boot mode or four weeks or more if you incorporate them once or twice a week in your normal routine.
Are there any disadvantages?
The main disadvantage of using ampoules is the lack of uniformity in the market.
Remember, there are really no qualifications that must be met call any product one ampoule or a serum.
And some companies will apply the terms very loosely.
Your approach should be to trade specific ingredients and to carefully check these ingredients in the descriptions or on the label.
My pet is a ampoule with a long list of ingredients.
It's not a proper ampoule in my opinion, because it does not isolate an ingredient and concentrates its effects.
Look for over 40-50% of a single ingredient, and look for natural ingredients with known and proven effects.
Peptides, fruct acids, collagen and antioxidants are some good examples.
How about looking at claims like DNA, it's actually DNA sodium salts and the science behind it is in work.
Can an ampoule deliver oxygen to the skin in itself?
I have my doubt about that.
With that in mind, here is the strategy I recommend:
- Study the ingredients
- Look at the percentages.
- Decide whether the claim is reasonable or not.
- Do not expect any type of magic pills type.
- Experiment with designing your own customized routine or "treatment".
- Have fun!
The second biggest downside is confusion.
Serum, ampoules and essences appear to be very similar.
Some of my clients feel frustrated by deciphering the various uses for so many products on the market for so many skin problems.
I understand the desire for clarity, I do, and there is definitely overlap among all three of these product types.
Much depends on the company.
Here are my basic definitions of the three:
One serum is a highly concentrated formula that is designed to have a specific effect on your skin with scientifically proven ingredients.
A fuss is a lighter version of a serum with the corresponding lighter touch.
An ampoule is a serum multiplied by 10 (or 2 or 5 or 20 etc., depending on the percentage of the main component).
All three play "super-concentrated" role in your skin care routine.
All three can also act as a booster, enlarging the effects of other products – for example, moisturizers help to regenerate better.
Warning: You can see any of these terms on a label that makes "healing" claims, only to find out further inspection that the product actually contains dry alcohol or harmful plastic.
That's the reality.
So much is because you use trusted companies and get reliable information.
Your Ampoule Alternatives
If you decide to give ampoules a try, you have some unbelievable options to choose from.
Honestly it can be overwhelming.
Remember to start with your effect after, and then zero in on the right ingredient for that job.
I'll explore a few ampoules here that may need to clarify:
Fermented botanical ampoules – Fermented botanicals are well loved in Korea.
These substances contain microorganisms that release enzymes.
Enzymes are characterized by the breakdown of materials and compounds into much smaller particles.
The idea is that the enzyme process will help the product to sink deep into the skin and act more effectively by taking over the work that usually has to be done on the mobile level.
Ceramid Ampuller – Ceramides act as a kind of glue in the top layer of your skin, holding the cells together to help shore up the skin's protective layer.
In this way, they help keep moisture in order to keep the skin from getting too dry, protecting against wind and elements and storing toxins from the environment.
Caviar ampoules "The basic idea behind caviar for the skin lies in the fact that caviar, like small fish eggs, are biologically developing materials.
The components contained in eggs are of course the basic building blocks of life.
As such, the hope is that these compounds will have rejuvenating effects on the skin, increase collagen production and help reverse the effects of aging.
This sounds very logical, and many swear about it.
Unfortunately, we do not have solid scientific research to back up these theories yet.
Since the skin care sector continues to grow in record time, I think that the days when we will get more research come. Get started!
Caviar is also very high in fatty acids, like most skin craves.
Alex Cosmetic Vitamin Ampoule
BSB Hyaluronic Acid Clinical Grade Ampuller
Alex Cosmetic Hyaluron Ampoule
Ampules are a matter of personal style and preference, for sure.
Hair core skin care enthusiasts will love them.
The woman who does not need more information to figure out and seems to pair things down may not.
You do yourself, beauties and choose and choose what is the best.
When it comes to the ability to mix and match and become a home-skin care product of different types that formulate your own routine, the ampules fit the bill perfectly.
They are easy and lend themselves to storage routines.
They provide additional amplifiers for the rest of your products and can be great for targeting specific problems!
Love them or hate them? Let me know in the comments and if you're happy to try them and tell me the only question you're planning to target! Have fun!