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What is it?
It is an ampoule. What exactly is ampoule, you can read here. I might say it is one little ambitious ampoule that promises to balance skin, to reduce sebum production and to treat and prevent acne. Plus, of course, to moisturize, hydrate and soothe any skin, to reduce inflammation and to improve skin tone. All of that with the help of polyphenols in propolis that I mentioned here.
Polyphenols are compounds with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial activity. Main source of polyphenols are fruits (pineapple, passion fruit, acerola, pomegranate, mangosteen) and berries (grape and other dark berries), vegetables, spices, oil seeds (sesame and grape seed) and tea (green tea, white tea, oolong). Main groups of polyphenols are flavonoids. Flavonoids are further divided in subgroups of compounds such as flavanoles (catechins), flavones (quercetin), anthocyanidins and isoflavones. The Polyphenols are secondary plant metabolites, produced only in small amounts and not in the primary energy metabolism of plants; their functions in the plant are, for example, the protection of the plant against UV radiation or vermin. (…) Nevertheless, the beneficial effects in vitro as well as presented in vivo evidence demonstrate an enormous potential of polyphenolic extracts as active ingredients in topical applied products for the prevention and therapy of UV damages, skin ageing as well as cancer diseases. /quotation source: Review Article Polyphenols as active ingredients for cosmetic products, O. V. Zillich*,†, U. Schweiggert-Weisz*, P. Eisner* and M. Kerscher† *Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging, Giggenhauser Str. 35, D-85354, Freising, and †Department of Chemistry, Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Hamburg, Papendamm 21, 20146 Hamburg, Germany, published in International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 2015, 37, 455–464)/
Here is what Wishtrend says about this product:
The Propolis Extract obtained from the Auvergene volcanic region in France contains two Polyphenols, Catechin, and Quercetin. They are good antioxidants, as well as effective ingredients for the nourishment of the skin. In addition, Houtuynia Cordata Extract and Zinc PCA help soothe the skin and has antibacterial properties. Moisturizing agents such as Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, and Betaine effectively provides moisture to the skin. /Wishtrend/
This sounds excellent. Doesn’t it?
This yellowish viscous liquid ampoule comes in 30 ml / 1.01 fl.oz. glass bottle with the pipette. It has the faintest of the faint herbal scent (more like neem) to it.
How to use it?
After cleansing, prep your skin with toner and apply an appropriate amount evenly to the face. /Wishtrend/
Literally, simple as that. I tend to use toner with the cotton pad prior this ampoule to achieve the least impact to its action.
Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Propolis Extract, Glycerin, Propanediol, Isopentyldiol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Panthenol, Perilla Frutescens Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Betaine, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Zinc PCA, Pantolactone
Propolis Extract (15%)
Houttuynia Cordata extract (59%) – used in place of purified water for its antibacterial, soothing qualities for acne-prone/ oily skin.
Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Betaine – hydrate and soothe the skin
Zinc – controls sebum production in oily skin
Also there is powerful combo of healing and polyphenols source plants like: Ocimum Sanctum (Holy Basil, Tulsi), Corallina Officinalis (Algae), Portulaca Oleracea (Red Root, Pursley), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Melia Azadirachta (Neem), Perilla Frutescens (Korean Perilla, Shiso) and Turmeric.
Although this formulation seems very moisturizing, it is interesting to say that all ingredients are Malassezia safe. This is important for anyone who has any fungal skin problem, such as fungal acne or seborrheic dermatitis.
Yes, but patch test first. This combo of witch hazel and neem can be sensitizing to some rosaceans. Rare, though, but just sayin’.
Who is it for?
All skin types, acne, sensitive, combination, oily
Does it work?
Boy o’ boy! Does it work!
I grabbed this product the minute when it has launched, and got lucky with the Black Friday posting and shipping mess, and received it pretty quickly.
At first it got me scared as I first applied it and then experienced redness and small pimples all over the face. Nooo! I was so looking forward to this ampoule and then this!
Then I (as always) gradually incorporated it into my pm routines, but I couldn’t see anything good or bad of it. Then morning routines. Same thing. Nooo again.
And then I started to use it alone, during the day when I remove morning makeup. And then it showed its glory. It took me almost a month to get there.
I remove makeup, apply toner with the cotton pad and then this ampoule. That’s it. Nothing else. It is very moisturizing and really doesn’t require any moisturizer after. And I tested this in the driest of dry winter weathers. I simply let it do its magic on its own. Of course, if you prefer or need moisturizer, go for it, this is just my way of applying and enjoying this ampoule.
It would be an understatement to say it made my skin stronger, thicker, if you know what I mean. Now, I’m looking forward to remove everything off of my face, and apply this goodness.
My skin tends to look its best in the morning. Then it gets tired and looks its worst early afternoon. Then it starts to look like s**t later afternoon and breaks out if I don’t do anything about it. That means to remove makeup, tone, and all that jazz. Nevertheless, my skin still fights back.
This ampoule solved that problem. Remarkable result per se. But it really balanced my skin overall and made my afternoon and evening face close to, or even better than the morning face. No more evening breakouts. No more tired day skin. Crazy, I know!
Wishtrend promised me a rose garden with this ampoule. My skin said YES.
Reference: Review Article Polyphenols as active ingredients for cosmetic products, O. V. Zillich*,†, U. Schweiggert-Weisz*, P. Eisner* and M. Kerscher† *Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging, Giggenhauser Str. 35, D-85354, Freising, and †Department of Chemistry, Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Hamburg, Papendamm 21, 20146 Hamburg, Germany, published in International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 2015, 37, 455–464)