Essences, Serums, Ampoules….what’s the difference?

Let’s be honest, with all the new technology and skincare options in the industry, it’s hard to keep up with what is available in the market now-a-days. Our clients are coming in and asking us almost the same question— essences, serums, and amploues what’s the difference?


Essences aka miracle water are the lightest product out of the three. After you have cleansed and toned your skin, essences are recommended to put on next. It provides an extra layer of hydration and moisturize the skin and can be applied generously. (No need to worry if you overuse the product!) It usually comes in a bigger bottle and is usually the less expensive of the three products. Regular usage is needed to be able to see a change in your skin since it’s light, it does not penetrate deeper into your different layers of skin.

Serums are almost like essences but is packed with higher certain concentration of ingredients. Whether it’s to reduce dark spots and wrinkles and/or brighten the skin, serums are a great use as it delivers more nutrients into the layers of skin. Most serums does not have water as an ingredient so it’s a great product to target one or a couple skin issues. These are usually in a medium size bottle as you don’t want to use too much product but you can still pack it on!

Then you have ampoules, which has a much higher concentration of ingredients. The big picture—ingredients you find in an essence are multiplied in one drop of an ampoule. They penetrate the deepest layers of your skin and are very effective as you can see the results right away. Consult with a skincare expert as ampoules are used to target specific areas needing some TLC. These ampoules comes in small glass capsules or small bottles with droppers to ensure that you don’t overuse it. Basically, these are a mixture of beauty and medical treatment combined to help your skin.

An expert can help you with your skincare routine and what products will be most beneficial for you. Try and use these products to see the results!


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