Ampoules: Everything You Need To Know About The Cult Skin Hydrator

The Korean beauty staple making their way into Western skincare culture.

Where 10-step Korean skincare routines once ruled, now lay pared-back minimalistic approaches – meaning that deciding what you put on your skin has grown more important than ever.

When it comes to hydration – what most of us need more of – serum has long been considered the best port of call, but ampoules, serum's hard-working sister may be just the ticket for your perfect skin dreams.  

Ampoules are highly concentrated active serums that are specifically designed for one-time use.

The higher concentrations of active ingredients inside mean that you're due to use it for a finite amount of time as a booster or when you're having a skin crisis of some sort. 

Ampoule packaging ensures that the product isn't compromised by the effects of being exposed to the environment. And, their small, air-tight vials or capsules ensure that you’re applying the right amount of product to your face.

But, what do ampoules do?

Ampoules offer the purest form of active ingredients at a prescribed amount so the skin absorbs exactly what it needs. Usually, they are marketed to address one specific skin issue at a time; say, dry skin or dull skin.

While they’re all pure and stable, the actual effects of any given ampoule comes down to the ingredients within it. Common ingredients found in ampoules include hyaluronic acid, ceramides, retinol, and vitamin C.

What makes them different from a serum?

Ampoules tend to have a short lifespan as they are often formulated without preservatives. Make sure to use them up before their expiration date.

Designed to be used nightly over a course of one-to-four weeks, most ampoules come in a set of single-use vials, meaning you don’t have to worry about using more product than necessary.

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