From the Korean 10-step skincare routine to achieving the coveted Japanese mochi-skin, it seems that there’s a new beauty trend to hop on to every few months or so. Underlying all these fads, however, is the common goal of a bright and clear complexion. And if you’re particularly strapped for time, say you have an important event like a wedding or photoshoot coming up where you need to look your best, ampoules can help to deliver these results.
Ampoules are closely related to serums, which are lightweight formulas packed with nourishing ingredients, that are best used go between cleansing and moisturising. But there are some key differences between the two products. For starters, ampoules contain a greater dose of these actives and are meant to impart results in a shorter period of time. Ampoules are also designed for single use, while serums usually last about two to three months. And while also highly concentrated in active ingredients, ampoules usually contain less percentage of preservatives, which explains why they should be quickly used up to ensure the freshness of the ingredients.
As such, ampoules can be used instead of your regular serum whenever your skin needs a quick shot of nourishment.
Ahead, a round-up of different ampoules in the market and the skin concerns they target.
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Text: Joyce Cheo, additional text Ho Guo Xiong