What’s The Difference Between Ampoules and Essence?

In recent weeks we’ve covered essence, serums, but what exactly are ampoules?

These very similar skincare secrets are most popular in countries like Korea and Japan, and are used to repair the skin after stress or breakouts. Shop a few of our personal recommendations below, and share some of your own in the comments.

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What are ampoules?

Ampoules are tiny containers filled with extremely concentrated amounts of botanical extracts, vitamins and even enzymes for skincare. Although they aren’t as common as serums and essence, they are used to gently penetrate the layer of skin after cleansing. Since ampoules are so concentrated, you only require a few drops all over the face and neck for best results.

Types of ampoules

Ampoules usually come in two different types: gel and liquid oil.

If you’re using a gel ampoule, pat it gently across your main areas of concern (cheeks, forehead, chin), and use in conjunction with a facial mask. It will absorb better into skin which has been freshly cleansed and moisturised.

Liquid or oil ampoules can be applied at any part of the day, and will give your skin an instant glow. They can be used as part of a nightly routine, or in lieu of a moisturiser or primer. The downside? They’re quite costly, but they will last for years.

How can I use ampoules?

Rather than using them on a daily basis, ampoules are sort of a quick-fix, especially if you’re having some kind of skin breakout or issue. Use a few drops of ampoules after a long and stressful week of work, if your skin is feeling particularly dry and flakey, or if you’re recovering from a large skin breakout.

A concentrated vitamin C serum which is ideal for those suffering from hyperpigmentation or other skin woes. Apply to freshly cleansed skin to instantly re-hydrate.

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Ella Bache Radiance C Ampoules, $189

A nourishing formula which is ideal for skin suffering from dehydration, stress, and even breakouts. The formula is packed with 50% Propolis extract and 20% multi vitamins to nurse the skin back to good health.

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LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule, $38

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May 6, 2015

How Can Cleansing Balms Help Your Skin?

Cleansing balms are one of the most misunderstood products in the skincare world, but also the most versatile.

Part moisturiser, part cleanser, part hydrating face mask, and even a soothing skincare oil, there’s a reason women don’t know what to do with this product! We decipher each part of the cleansing balm, and let you know how to use it.

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Don’t let the thick consistency throw you off – a cleansing balm is the perfect product to use as a cleanser. Simply mix a few drops of water into the palm of your hand, and apply once a day onto dry skin. The formula is perfect for all skin types (but especially nourishing for dehydrated skin), and won’t feel too heavy afterwards.


Use as a moisturiser on dry patches of skin such as feet, knees, elbows, and hands before going to bed. The invigorating formulas will help send you to sleep, and also revitalises troublesome spots on both the face and body. Apply directly onto fresh skin for best results, and let it soak completely before following-up with other skincare or cosmetics.

Face mask

Most cleansing balms come with a handy muslin cloth so you always have the option of using them as a face mask. Unclog your pores and remove makeup by applying generously over the face and neck. Lie down, and relax for 10-15 minutes, then simply wipe-off with a muslin cloth soaked in lukewarm water.


Gently exfoliate your entire body with the use of a cleansing balm. Most formulas are free from parabens, silicones, and mineral oils, so they won’t interrupt your usual skincare routine. Use a warm muslin cloth to easily remove the excess product, and leave skin feeling silky smooth before heading to bed.

Lip balm

And lastly, use the cleansing balm as a multi-purpose lip cream to nourish dry, cracked skin. Most formulas contain skin-loving rosehip oil which is super-hydrating during the winter months, and will make your face glow.

Shop from a few of our favourite cleansing balms below:

1. Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm, $73.95

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2. Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm, $118

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3. Earth Tu Face: Face Balm, $83.45

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January 14, 2015

How To Treat Dehydrated Skin

The mystery of dehydrated skin is that almost everyone has it; even if you experience a typically oily t-zone and dry patches across your face.

This could be the result of a few different factors which include your diet, not enough moisture on the skin, and sometimes even a lack of exfoliating. If you find your skin is feeling particularly lacklustre, try a few of these tricks to combat dehydration.

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Serums work for a variety of skin types since they are extremely gentle, and can be used to cure a number of skin disorders. Try using a serum at least 2 times a week after cleansing your skin but before applying moisturiser. The role of a serum is to prep the skin so it can better absorb moisturiser and eye creams, leaving skin quenched for the day. Apply just 2-3 drops into your hands, and dab onto the t-zone, cheeks and chin, or any other problem areas you have.


Rather using an exfoliating scrub which could only disturb already sensitive skin, it’s much easier to exfoliate with a cotton cloth. Use a cleansing oil to remove your daily makeup and skincare, then run a cotton cloth or flannel under warm tap water. Gently remove any makeup with downward swipes, or leave the flannel over your face to open pores for a deep-treatment. This is a less abrasive way of exfoliating the face (and neck!), without using a harmful scrub which can cause redness and breakouts.


Keep your skin feeling hydrated by applying an appropriate moisturiser for both morning and night. For the morning, use a lightweight formula with added SPF to keep your skin protected all day long. If your skin is acne-prone, there are many fragrance-free formulas which won’t clog your pores or disrupt established breakouts.

Before going to bed, use a rich moisturiser which will keep your skin hydrated while you sleep. This is extremely important since dehydrated skin needs constant attention – even when you think it doesn’t need it! Choose non-oily formulas which won’t leave your skin with a greasy residue the next morning.

Thermal water

Spritz your face with a thermal water to beat the heat, and keep skin hydrated for those hot summer days. Thermal water is perfect for dehydrated skin because it helps to keep pH levels consistent, and prevents breakouts if you’re acne-prone. Keep a small bottle in your handbag and spray every time your face needs some additional moisture throughout the day, or on a long plane trip.

How do you treat dehydrated skin? Let us know of your tips below.

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December 22, 2014