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Best Korean Serum, Essence & Ampoule | BONIIK Skin Care in Australia

Serum / Essence / Ampoule

The Best Korean SERUM / ESSENCE / AMPOULE

Serum, essence and ampoule are some of the most important steps of your skin care routine. As Korean culture expands globally through the rise of K-Dramas and K-pop, the popularity of Korean skin care is also rising in the global skincare market. When you think of Korean skin, you would often think of their vibrant, youthful, dewy and smooth skin complexion. Most people are familiar with Korean face sheet masks or Korean moisturisers but are unfamiliar with Korean serums, essences and ampoules.
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COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence Snail Mucin | BONIIK Best Korean SkincareCOSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence Snail Mucin | BONIIK Best Korean Skincare
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There is a 10-step skin care routine that Koreans use to maintain their amazing skin, which can be tailored to different skin types. The steps are; oil cleanser, foam cleanser, exfoliator, toner, essence, serum/ampoule, sheet mask, eye cream, moisturiser and sunscreen.

If you’re new to Korean skin care or even skincare in general, then you’re probably wondering what the differences are and if you even need all of them? As a general rule of thumb, Korean essences, serums and ampoules are used after cleansing and toning your face, before using a moisturizer. Which are most appropriate will come down to individual skin types.

Why Use Serum, Essence & Ampoule?

Korean serums, essences, and ampoules are packed with high-quality active ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin c, green tea seed serum, glycolic acid, amino acids, AHA BHA PHA, anti aging peptides and so much more. Korean serums, essences, and ampoules are so well known because they cater to different skin types and provide that glowing, glass-like skin.

The best Korean serums will be the products that are best suited to your concerns. For example, if you have sensitive skin, or dry skin in need of hydration, the best Korean serums for you will be packed with hyaluronic acid and other gentle ingredients. If you struggle with acne prone skin or combination skin, you'll be able to find a Korean serum that targets oily skin with anti inflammatory properties.

What is Korean Essence?

Korean essence has high water content and works by smoothing out the skin’s complexion to give it a plump, dewy and supple appearance. The main purpose of a Korean essence is to deeply hydrate your skin, making it an essential step in your skin care routine. When you have dry skin, you have to constantly reapply your skincare products and moisturisers, as it doesn’t absorb properly. This is where Korean essence comes in to replenish and retain optimal hydration levels of your skin while delivering active ingredients.


Korean essences are usually more lightweight in texture compared to serums and ampoules, allowing them to absorb into the skin better without leaving a sticky residue. Their low viscosity also enables active ingredients like vitamins to deeply penetrate into the skin’s layers and effectively target your skin concerns. As such, the best way to use them is to apply a generous amount onto your skin after cleansing and toning, but before continuing with the rest of your Korean skincare. Essences are very beneficial for all skin types (even sensitive skin), especially dry and dehydrated skin, as they are packed with hyaluronic acid and will maximise the effect of the rest of your skin care products.


What are Korean Serums?


Korean serums are one of the most popular products as they are made with higher concentrations of active ingredients compared to an essence, and have denser, slightly more viscous texture. A Korean serum will generally has a higher concentration of active ingredients such as Vitamin C. Usually, with a thicker texture, the best Korean serums work by targeting specific skin concerns such as acne, dark spots, acne scarring, pigmentation, wrinkles and blemishes.


Korean serum products for skin care are highly effective as they do not generally contain any filler ingredients. Therefore, Korean serums can replenish your skin’s hydration and moisture almost instantly thanks to their small molecular size that is able to penetrate deep into the skin’s layers and target different skin concerns. The most popular Korean serums will include ingredients like green tea seed serum, Vitamin C, peach extract, snail mucin, AHA BHA, tea tree, centella asiatica, and other freshly juiced vitamin drop ingredients for the most natural, powerful impact.

Powerful ingredients found in serums and ampoules can help to:

  • Remove dead skin cells
  • Target moisture loss and prevent moisture loss
  • Assist with a brighter complexion
  • Improve blood circulation
  • Increase collagen production
  • Acne prone skin to recover
  • Target fine lines
  • Provide protective barrier
  • Protect against environmental stressors

    If you haven’t incorporated Korean serums into your routine, start by finding what your skin type is and find the best Korean serums for your skincare routine. Korean serums can be tailored to suit every skin tone and type - whether you have sensitive skin, dark spots, irritated skin, dull skin, mature skin, acne scars, or just want glowing skin, the beauty of K Beauty serums is that there is something for every skin concern.


    What is Korean Ampoule?


    Korean Ampoules are the most concentrated out of the three and generally come with a dropper. Ampoules are used best when your skin needs immediate, short term attention. When your skin is stressed, troubled, or needs a boost of active ingredients, use an ampoule. It is usually recommended to use ampoules after your essence or serum, or mixed into your essence, serum, moisturiser or mask.


    Korean ampoules have high concentrations of active ingredients, making them more potent than essences or serums for most skin types. For best results, it is recommended to use ampoules sparingly. This will help maximise the effect of the ampoule and synergise with the rest of your skincare routine.


    Which product would work best?


    To answer the question of whether Korean essence, serum, ampoule or all of the above be used, the answer is that it will depend on your skin tone, skin type, and your skin’s individual needs.


    You can use either essences or serums as part of your day time and night time skincare routines, and add ampoules as needed. In terms of the order in which they should be used, a general rule of thumb is to go from lightest and heaviest in viscosity.


    Once you know the difference between Korean serums, essence and ampoules and when to use them, it’s important to figure out what is your skin’s concern and find the most suitable skin care products to incorporate into your Korean beauty routine.