In a nutshell, ampoules are basically more intense, potent versions of serums or essences. Typically, they are formed with high concentrations of active ingredients, which can help revive and boost the skin in relatively less time. Oh, you're hungover? You just had the worst sleep ever? Your skin may tell a different story.
Because of its high concentration, suggested use is usually once or twice a week. Just wash your face, apply toner and use a few drops from the ampoule. However, as these elixirs get more popular, manufacturers are creating formulas for everyday use. And while it can be used alone, there are some formulas you can even use before or with a daily serum. Just be sure to finish off your beauty regimen with your moisturizer. Hey, no one said getting perfectly supple skin was easy.
Like serums, ampoules are also getting more specific to individual needs. Want to help minimize those acne scars and fine lines? A hydrating formula featuring hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and snail mucin, like Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule, may be a good option. (Snail secretion contains enzymes that can help repair small damages on skin, according to a study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology.) In search of dewy, supple skin à la Natalie Portman, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and what seems like every K-pop star? Find a compound with vitamin E, propolis extract and witch hazel to help minimize pores, like LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule.
With such touted benefits, it won't be long until mainstream cosmetics companies develop ampoules of their own. Until then, we'll be here…waiting to try ‘em.