With Kbeauty becoming more and more mainstream worldwide.
The Korean 10-step skincare routine has become renowned for it’s plethora of products and treatments like toners, essences, serums and ampoules which play essential roles in the regimen.
So how do these powerful liquids differ?
Following double cleansing, toner is the third step in the Kbeauty routine.
Toners help balance the pH of skin. Skin’s optimal pH ranges from 4.5-6.2 and it can be thrown off by cleansing.
A toner can help neutralize these effects and keep your skin from becoming too dry or oily after you wash your face.
It also serves to remove those last traces of makeup you may have missed with your cleanser.
Essences are the heart of the Korean skincare routine, these liquids give a major boost in moisture.
Proper hydration is what gives skin that glowing.
Additionally, having a healthy hydrated skin barrier prevents issues like irritation and allows your complexion to be radiant.
Beyond hydration, many essences also contain antioxidants and minerals to help nourish skin.
Serums are likely the most well known product category.
Serums be liable to be more concentrated in its active ingredients, these cream gel-like substances often feature heavy-hitting ingredients meant to really target and treat skin issues like dark spots, wrinkles and dullness.
Usually, serums are thought to have a more viscous texture then essences.
Ampoules are considered to be more concentrated version of a serum, think of it as a booster shot. They often contain a higher number of active ingredients and are used for a finite amount of time.
A quick word on ampoules, because they’re in the same family as essences and serums.
An ampoule is a supercharged serum with higher concentrations of active ingredients that you’re meant to use for a finite amount of time as a booster or when you’re having a skin crisis of some sort.
The difference is the amount of active ingredient and the [molecule] size of the active ingredient. An ampoule contains more condensed active ingredient, and its size is smaller than that of a serum.
“Ampoules are filled with highly active ingredients like triple Hyaluronic acid and adenosine in various combinations, and most of the time do not contain preservatives or chemicals due to [its] air-tight packaging.
“Due to the absence of preservatives or chemicals, its lifespan is usually quite short once it’s opened.”
Doclab ampoules last for a 24 hours after opening.
For example, you may want to use a weekly ampoule pack so you can get big results before a big event or after a major skin crisis. You may often see them in smaller vials.
What should you do before using an ampoule?
Before apply the face ampoule you should exfoliating your face before using an ampoule to maximise its benefits.
Dead skin cells sitting on the surface of your skin can hinder absorption.
Which step of your skincare routine should an ampoule be used?
“Ampoules are formulated to deliver an optimum dose of ingredients to the skin.
Use it in this order:
ampoule, serum and finally, moisturiser.
You can skip the serum, too, if you feel that it’s too much for your skin.
And while many of us are inclined to using the ampoule on its own in Hot weather, it is advisable to layer a light moisturiser over.
“It will create a moisture protection barrier, preventing the active ingredients of the ampoule.
On days when your skin needs extra help, you can first apply an ampoule, then follow up with a mask to help aid its absorption into the skin.
Do you really need to use an ampoule?
If you have a specific skincare problem to solve, Yes.
the risk of heightened skin sensitivity when you first start out using an ampoule, due to its highly concentrated nature. Go slow;
We advises applying it on top of your moisturiser if it’s your first time using an ampoule.
How long do you have to use it for?
It is easy way to think of an ampoule is like a special nourishment or treatment course for the skin – something you use for a finite period of time.
As for the frequency, that it largely depends on your skin condition.
“The frequency and the use of an ampoule depends more on how badly you want to solve a certain skin problem,”
Do women of a certain age group need to use an ampoule?
Not necessarily. But if you want to use an ampoule, DocLab hydro Renewal Ampoule that is more suited for all age groups.