Labelling of products can be a little confusing and overwhelming at first. Don’t be discouraged because you’re not alone! It took us some time to truly understand them as well. Serum versus ampoule is one of the most commonly asked confusion in the skincare world. Here, we will spill some tea on their difference (or not so much of a difference)
Serum and Ampoule
They are both products with a potent amount of active ingredients to target specific skin concerns. No matter if you’re dealing with hyperpigmentation, dull skin, acne, fine lines, irritated skin, there’s always products that can target these concerns!
Some common differences between a serum and an ampoule
The most common differences that can differ between these two products are their consistency. An ampoule is usually more “thicker” in consistency in comparison to serum. But this is not an absolute rule. Since this labelling is unregulated, we can’t really predict how a brand would like to create their product, how they would name it or how the consistency really is.
Should you have them both in one routine?
Not necessarily. You can choose either one of it with your favorite consistency and most suitable active ingredients for your concern.
My tips: An ingredients cheat sheet for some active ingredients you want to look for according to your skin concern;
|Hyperpigmentation||Licorice Root Extract, Kojic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Azelaic Acid|
|Dull skin||Glycolic acid, Lactic Acid, Ascorbic Acid|
|Acne||Salicylic Acid (BHA), Retinol, Tea Tree|
|Ageing||Retinol, Bakuchiol, Peptide|
|Irritation||Aloe Vera Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Panthenol|
How to incorporate them into your skincare routine
Both serum and ampoule should be applied after your toner or essences but before a moisturizer or cream. In case if you want to apply both serum and ampoule in one routine, always remember the rule of thumb “from the thinnest to the thickest” consistency. Put the lighter product consistency first, followed by a thicker consistency.
Takeaway: I hope after you read this article, you’ll get a better idea about these two terms and how to actually fit them to your skincare routine. Have you tried any serum or ampoule from our collection? We have them for different skin type or concern. Which one do you like better and found more effective? No matter which one, your skin will love it.
- By Claudia Christin (@funskincare)
Seoul based Dermatology Post Graduate Student