First of all, what are ampoules? For those who aren't painfully addicted to the infamous Korean beauty regimen, this word might be a mystery to you.
Basically, ampoules are the supercharged version of serums. Just like their cousin products, they are designed to target specific skin concerns, with the only differences between the two being their concentration levels and size of molecules. Because ampoules are jam-packed with a higher dose of smaller active ingredients, these babies will achieve what your serum does in a shorter time frame. Usually overnight. Sounds almost magical, doesn't it?
But wait! Before you start reaching for your credit card, take note that unlike serums, ampoules aren't meant to be used on a daily basis. This is due to their higher levels of concentration; apply too often and they'll wreak havoc on your skin.
Alas, when it comes to ampoules, there is such a thing as having too much of a good thing.
So how often should one use these?
That depends. Some use them as an occasional treat, some only use them when their skin is in dire need of a boost, some are even able to use them once every 3-4 days. It all depends on what works for your skin.
Just be sure that when you do buy one for yourself, you make good use of it. Because unlike serums, they usually lack preservatives and chemicals, and therefore have a short lifespan once opened. You can find out how long they last by searching for a tub symbol on the label; the number in it represents its lifetime, in months, before expiring.
How to maximise the benefits
It is recommended to exfoliate your skin beforehand if you're planning to use an ampoule. This is because dead skin cells can get in the way of absorption, and less absorption means less benefits.
You get me? So slough away those dead skin cells to reap the rewards.
When to use it
When it comes to skincare, the order in which products should be applied is from the least viscous to the most. The reason for this is similar to why we should exfoliate before smoothing on that rich potion: it is to ensure better absorption. Products absorb more effectively when there is less in the way, after all.
So when should ampoules be used? Ideally, they should be used before your serum.
Going by that order, your beauty routine starting from your cleanser right to your serum ought to look like this: cleansing oil, foam cleanser, facial scrub, toner, essence, ampoule, serum.
Is it suitable for younger skin?
As long as you have a skin concern you'd like to address, you can go for it without worry. Of course, the general only-after-25-years-old rule for anti-aging products still applies, so keep a look out for that.
To ease your search for ampoules, here's a tip: they typically come in small bottles with nifty droppers.
Well, what do you think? Do you think ampoules are worth a shot? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below!