In our last blog post, we went over the differences between a serum, essence and ampoule. If you missed that, you can read it here!
To refresh, an ampoule is essentially a booster-serum. These little dropper bottles feature a very high concentration of active ingredients formulated for specific skin concerns such as repairing, hydrating, brightening, and anti-aging. They provide your skin that extra boost of treatment and love when it needs it the most. However, they are not intended to replace any of your current products in your skincare routine. Rather, due to its super-charged concentration, they're meant to be cycled into your regimen when your skin is looking less than best. Consider it your little secret weapon!
This time, I wanted to dive in deeper with one of my favorite lines of ampoules by Mizon to find out which one might be right for you and your specific skin concerns. Right off the bat, this line might be best bang for your buck when it comes to ingredients to price ratio!
Hyaluronic Acid was also featured in our "6 Weirdly Popular Ingredients in Korean Skincare" post. And there's a reason why hyaluronic acid is so popular these days. It has an excellent ability to retain moisture. I'm talking 1000x times its weight in water or in other words, one gram of hyaluronic acid holds six liters of water! Woah, talk about scientifically amazing! It's considered to have a greater capacity to hold moisture than any other natural or synthetic polymer for you science nerds out there! Therefore, the Mizon Hyaluronic Acid 100 can act as an AMAZING source of deep hydration.
As we begin to age, our skin starts naturally losing its ability to retain moisture. Because moisture helps keep our skin firm and pliable, the key to young and healthy-looking skin is to retain as much moisture as we can within our skin. Thankfully, with hyaluronic acid's incredible moisturizing ability, it can aid in wrinkle improvement and help create stronger, firmer skin.
The great thing about this ampoule is its ability to improve and boost your skin's moisture so that it's well hydrated, soft, smooth, and plump. Use this ampoule for a deep boost in hydration that's sure to leave your skin feeling refreshed and healthier!
Collagen is a protein that is pretty much present in all of the body's tissues and organs. Its main function is to provide firmness and elasticity in the skin, tendons and cartilage. If you remember back to high school biology class, amino acids are the building blocks for proteins and when a long chain of amino acid is formed, it then becomes a protein. When a long chain of amino acid is strung together, collagen is formed. Maintaining a healthy amount of collagen levels in the skin will keep it firm and elastic since 75% of your skin is made up of collagen!
Unfortunately, as we get older, our skin loses its ability to produce adequate amounts of collagen. This naturally occurs in all of us, but due to other variables such as genetics, excess sun exposure, and stress, some might struggle with the loss of collagen worse than others, leading to an increase in fine lines and wrinkles.
This is where the Mizon Collagen 100 comes to the rescue, boasting 90% collagen in its ingredients. With sufficient collagen supplementation, your skin can experience increased elasticity and firmness, restoring it back to its naturally supple and smooth state. Use this ampoule for a much needed collagen boost that tightens and strengthens your skin so you can look and feel younger!
Alright, this might be more controversial and more disturbing than the others. But hear me out! Countless celebrities have endorsed the use of placenta for health and beauty benefits. From Kim Kardashian to Simon Cowell, the consumption and use of placenta has been commonly accepted more so now than ever.
Placenta is the endocrine organ that lines the uterus and sends nutrients and oxygen to the fetus from the mother. It's known to be rich in beneficial nutrients such as proteins, vitamins, and enzymes, so once the placenta is expelled after birth, it's not uncommon for it to be ingested or applied elsewhere in order to utilize its skin health properties.
Mizon's Placenta 45 contains 50% placenta filtrate enriched with tons of minerals, amino acids, and proteins to promote skin regeneration and revitalization. Try this ampoule if you're looking to boost your skin's nutrition and to revitalize tired and aged skin. This ampoule is great for cleaning, clearing, and rejuvenating your skin to its natural and youthful state.
Peptide, like collagen, is also a protein that is composed of amino acids, but are typically shorter segments of amino acids that are chained together. In the body, peptides function as a moisture-binding agent that has cell-communicating properties to help tell other cells what to do. For example, peptides might tell the skin that it needs to repair itself.
As time goes on, collagen is broken down, but not destroyed. These broken down collagen then become specific peptides. The great thing about peptides is because they are shorter chains, they are better able to penetrate the outer skin layer.
This peptide ampoule is great for anti-aging and anti-wrinkle care. It helps the skin look smooth, firm and keep it at its youthful best! Check out this ampoule if you're looking for anti-aging and anti-wrinkle care that keeps your skin looking it's natural best!
Snail mucin has quickly become one of my must-have skincare essential in my routine. The story goes, that the use of snail mucin for its healing properties dates back to ancient Greece. Hippocrates, the famous physician, reportedly prescribed snails as a way to rid the skin of inflammation. In more recent years, farmers that commonly handled snails realized that skin exposed to snail mucin was smoother and healed faster. Taking notice of this natural healing agent, South Korean skincare companies have quickly made this a trending ingredient worldwide.
Snails naturally excrete their mucin, much like how our skin naturally produces oils, to protect themselves. This slime is rich with nutrients like hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes, antimicrobial and copper peptides, and proteoglycans. These are common ingredients that are already included in many of our skincare creams. Within the skin, snail slime stimulates the production of elastin and collagen, increases fibronectin protein, and stimulates increased production of fibroblasts, all of which we could benefit from. Snail mucin has also been proven to help with hyper-pigmentation, reducing redness, skin regeneration and improving moisture.
Use this ampoule to help reduce redness, acne scaring, inflammation, cleaning up complexion, and increasing hydration for a cleaner and clearer complexion!