Have you heard of the Korean 10 Steps of skin care? If not, where have you been? Because I don’t want to say you lack priorities, but you seriously lack priorities.
The exact sequence of the 10 steps is something that is hotly debated. HOTLY! I will eventually write a post that goes through all of the steps, but I want to have great suggestions for each product. I am still on the lookout for Holy Grails to share with my Kittens.
Today I will talk about one of the most Korean of the Korean 10 steps—the ampoule! Oh, how I love the ampoule. I even love saying the word. AmpouleAmpouleAmpoule! It’s poetry better than the great Romantics I studied for my literature degree. Shakespeare be damned, I choose skin care!
What is the ampoule that has me seeing sparkles and roses and all things fluffy? It is Missha’s Time Revolution Night Repair Borabit Ampoule.
This is where the debate comes in. There is cleansing, exfoliation, toning—and then what? Serum, essence or ampoule? Here are some facts you need to know:
1 – Serum is essentially a concentrated substance that has all of the yummy ingredient goodness of the coinciding products. Example: if you like a moisturizer called ‘Moist’ (ha ha, worst word EVER!) with good ol’ vitamin C, then the matching serum will be a concentrated version of the active ingredients in ‘Moist’. Sort of like those slushy, slimey frozen orange concentrate. Take a few bites of that and you have a whole load of vities!
2 – This part is tricky. Serum and essence can be the same thing. Don’t believe me? Check the labeling in Korea vs. the U.S. What is an essence there is often called a serum here because most are not familiar with the foreign term. In truth, an essence is a very watery, fast absorbing product with lots of moisture. Fermented ingredients are a frequent hero of the essence, and incidentally a part of the ampoule I am talking about today, but that is getting ahead of myself.
3 – Now onto the miracle that is the ampoule. Think of a Superhero Serum, but without the unflattering tights. It is often a little thicker and WOW does skin love it! It’s like throwing fertilizer on soil. Fertilizer makes the soil healthier, and an ampoule is a treatment for specific things that makes your skin glow with health. Wait, I think I just inadvertently compared an ampoule to cow poop …
4 – Some say serum after toner, some say ampoule after toner. I have opinions, which should shock no one. More later!
Let’s get to the Missha’s Time Revolution Night Repair Borabit Ampoule. That’s a mouthful. Henceforth, it shall be referred to as Bottled Kittens, because Kittens are perfect (you’re welcome) and so is this product.
This is where my opinion comes in. There is logic to both schools of thought—serum or ampoule first. My thoughts on the usage are this—you use first what you need most. Skin care can be intuitive. When my skin is dehydrated I use a hydration serum first. This will fix it, then I switch it up and use the anti-aging ampoule first. Use what you need most first, when you need it.
I noticed a massive improvement to my skin when I introduced this new step. Bottled Kittens is amazing, but I think a big part of it is that I never used this kind of product before. This specific one has amazing benefits with the active ingredients of purple fruits and vegetables and lactobacilius which is found in yogurt. Antioxidants galore and chemical exfoliant to supercharge your skin! The result—my lines are visibly diminished, my skin is MOIST (snuck the word in again lol!) and there is a healthy glow that is no joke. NO JOKE! It’s pretty damn amazing.
Use it at night and trust me, you won’t regret it. Not like that walk of shame you did a few years back. That’s right, I see you Kittens.
Until next time, MEOW!