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What is it?
It is a toner, or skin in Korea, or lotion in Japan. These three terms are actually synonyms meaning skin softeners, if you like. The first steps in skin care routine right after (double) cleansing to prevent skin from getting dried out after cleansing and to soften skin to make it more absorbing and receptive for succeeding skin care products. The texture of these products varies from totally watery to almost jelly texture. Those more watery you can pour into spray bottle and use as a face mist.
Toner/skin/lotion can be applied in only one or even multiple layers depending on how thirsty is your skin. For multiple layering, just dab the toner/skin/lotion, let it absorb and repeat. You can do this up to seven times and then we are talking of “seven skin method”. I personally never got further than three skin method.
Skin care brands usually recommend toners/skins/lotions to be applied with cotton pad. However, if you would like to avoid exfoliating effect of that cotton pad swiping your skin just use a patting motion technique. Just pat, pat, pat, pat and off you go.
My point is, whatever way of applying toners/skins/lotions you find it more suitable for you, is ok. But if you haven’t yet got introduced to this liquid delight, now is the time.
Innisfree Ginger Honey Ampoule Skin is product that even got a step further. It’s a toner, or whatever way you prefer to call it, but it is also an ampoule.
Ampoule originates from Korean ten steps skin care routine and is actually a serum turned into The Hulk. Same thing, but much more engaged and with more power to it.
You’ve guessed it; Innisfree Ginger Honey Ampoule Skin is Bruce Banner of the toners/skins/lotions.
This is what Innisfree (Korean skin care brand mentioned here) claims it to be:
A moisturizing skin, formulated with innisfree’s Gi-ney™ complex, that protects skin and provides moisturization.
High-enriched texture that feels like a toner in a single application, and an ampoule in multiple layers.
When applied once, the toner quickly penetrates and quenches the inner thirst of the skin. Once added with another layer, the skin feels deeply nourished as if using an ampoule. /Innisfree/
This product comes in bountiful 200 ml / 6.76 fl.oz. plastic bottle. Classic Innisfree design, screw cap bottle. Texture is somewhat viscous liquid, colourless, with strong perfume scent to it. Nothing like honey or ginger. That perfume is actually my grandma’s soap. Or her old wardrobe actually, because she used to keep her soaps in wardrobe to keep all her clothes perfumy. I don’t think anyone (except Innisfree) manufactures that kind of perfume anymore. And that’s a good thing.
How to use it?
Apply over face and neck after cleansing, then gently pat for better absorption.
Tips for using Ginger Honey Ampoule Skin!
① Dampen the cotton pads with the product and place them on dry areas such as the forehead or cheeks to use as handy cotton pad pack. This will deliver a copious amount of moisture and nutrition to the areas that are prone to drying out in the harsh wind including the nose and both cheeks.
② Coat your skin with a drop of ampoule skin at the final step of your morning skincare routine. The texture feels lighter than oil but doesn’t leave a slippery feeling on the skin. It will also be a wonderful drop for your skin! /Innisfree/
This product is one of those that I use in every possible step of my skin care routine. The first, the sixth, the tenth, it works. And it works beautifully.
Water / Aqua / Eau, Glycerin, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, Honey Extract / Mel Extract / Extrait De Miel, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ppg-13-Decyltetradeceth-24, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance / Parfum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Polyacrylate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Brassica Napus Seed Oil, Tocopherol
See, that fragrance is rather high on the list, but except for my nose, it didn’t offend my skin. At all.
Yaay! Honey, canola honey, to be exact and Ginger combo! Honey extract rather highly concentrated, but ginger not so much. There are betaine and meadowfoam seed oil to support these two.
Meadowfoam seed oil is very nice ingredient actually. A great moisturizer, filled with antioxidants and other skin benefits. Very happy to see this on the ingredients list.
This is what Innisfree says about this formula:
Nutritious ginger grown in fertile earth and canola honey collected from endless bed of yellow canola flowers in Jeju in spring are filled with components that are beneficial to skin.
Innisfree has been studying ways to provide skin with continuous moisturizing nourishing solutions and finally completed the precious combination of canola honey and ginger based on the wisdom of drinking honey ginger tea in the change of the seasons to refresh energy.
The newly created Gi-ney Complex™ boasts a profuse amount of moisture to fill the skin and protect it with a moisturizing barrier. This allows the skin to enjoy richer, deeper non-drying moisturizing care. /Innisfree/
Yes, but you already know it – do a patch test first.
Who is it for?
All skin types
Does it work?
Very much so. When you get past that perfume, you might actually enjoy this product very much. This happened to me. Ok, I’m not going to talk about its fragrance, you already got the idea. Let’s talk about how it moisturized my skin in every possible way or step I used it. It works great just as a toner, but also as a mist (slightly diluted with water or another watery toner).
You know that times when you apply your skin care products, and then after an hour or so you realize it’s not enough and your skin feels like one size smaller than before? This is an excellent time to apply this product. In more than one layer if you like. This worked for me every single time, I promise.
Or you get home after a hot sunny day and you would calm down that face redness you gained trying to reach your home, escaping that heat and traffic stress. Now is the time to saturate thin cotton pads, or lotion mask (see the photo) with this toner/ampoule and shake off the day.
It even worked for me in cold, dry weather. Especially then. My skin just slurps it every time.
Summa summarum: moisturizing effect – check! Soothing effect – check! Softening effect – check!
Nothing to complain about here. Except for that one thing. You know.