5 Ways To Glowing Skin with an Ampoule

So we’ve done a deep dive on essences vs. serums and essences toners vs. toners. And we thought it was high time to give a little love to another recent skincare hotword – ampoules.

Ampoules are very concentrated treatments that are used to target skin concerns such as fine lines, dullness and rough texture, and infuse skin with a natural glow. They often come in smaller sizes due to their concentration and some brands even sell them in sets of one-time use vials or capsules as a special treatment program.

We get a lot of questions about how to integrate ampoules into your skincare routine, so without further ado, here are 5 easy ways to glowing skin with an ampoule:

1. In place of your regular serum

There’s no rule that ampoules can’t be used as a serum – essentially the treatment step of your routine. Both ampoules and serums are designed to penetrate efficiently into the skin and deliver a concentrated dose of beneficial ingredients. Use after prepping skin with cleansing and toning, and follow with a moisturizer to seal in the ampoule.


A cheat sheet from our Evening Skincare Routine post

2. As 2~3 week ‘skincare bootcamp’

Ampoules are formulated to supercharge your routine, so if you want to go a step further, it’s a great way to get more actives into your skin before your serum.  Use a few drops of your favorite ampoule, then your usual serum and follow with your moisturizer. The order in which to use products can be confusing, but an easy way to remember is to start from the most viscose (ie. runny, thin, more fluid) and then move to thicker textures.

LJHpropolisampouletextureLJH’s Vita Propolis Ampoule gives your skin quite a ‘workout’. 

3. A few drops in your cream

Ampoules not only have anti-aging ingredients, but many also have hydrating ingredients. A few drops mixed into your cream can help boost its effects on skin and even make your moisturizer more spreadable. On nights we feel especially dry (something that has happened pretty often during this never-ending NYC winter), this is one of our favorite tricks to ensure we wake up with radiant skin the next day.

ampouleincreamMix in a few drops of serum into your cream

4. Mix in your foundation

When we were at JHJ Parapam, one of Korea’s top beauty salons, the head makeup artist blended a few drops of serum into a liquid foundation to give a dewy, naturally luminescent finish (“gwang”). This is a great way to ensure that your foundation application doesn’t become cakey or dry throughout the course of the day.  She also liked to dispense a drop of serum or ampoule onto her finger tips and gently dab on the apples and brow bones of the face – a great way to brighten up the face, with a more subtle shimmer than a highlighter.

foundationStart with a drop to test the texture before mixing further!

5. To give that finishing touch of ‘glow’

We recently had the chance to meet with makeup artist extraordinaire Kira Nasrat (@kiranasrat) and we were amazed by her depth of skincare expertise. One of her tips is to finish makeup application with skincare. She likes to warm a serum or moisturizer in between her hands and then use her fingertips and palms to very gently press the treatment into the skin to help ‘set’ makeup and leave skin glowing. As ampoules are often very lightweight, it would be a perfect candidate for this type of application.


Blurring the lines between skincare & makeup

Let us know if you have any comments or feedback – we’d love to hear how you use ampoules in your own regimen!


Get your glow on,
The Glow Recipe Team


P.S. See all Glow Recipe-approved essences, serums & ampoules here.

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  2. Thank you so much for this post! I like the idea of mixing an ampoule with a foundation, but I’m wondering if that would that prevent the beneficial ingredients from penetrating into the skin? I’m using the LJH vita propolis ampoule now which I love, but I don’t want the good stuff the get stuck in my makeup and not make it through to my skin. Or does everything more or less get absorbed at the end of the day?


  3. As I’ve mentioned before, I like to glow. However, I do not like to be shiny. I also find that my somewhat-dry skin, gets a ‘lil greasier during the summer, which is to be expected. Right now, the ONLY THING I will use in the summer is the Lady Soma Renewal Serum – It’s keeping my skin conditioned, fresh, and not too shiny, no matter the heat!!!


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