Scinic Aqua All in One Ampoule Review:
Scinic was a completely unknown brand to me – until I discovered the Asian Beauty reddit site and heard about Scinic’s All in One (AIO) ampoules. At that time the size of the ampoule appealed to me the most as well as the way the product sounded and the fact that many people seemed to rave about these ampoules. I must admit I am a sucker for cute products – or products that come in large containers for a cheap price, because I am heavy handed with applying products. Also the design of the jar, I really love how the AIO looks, the colors and design totally appealed to me.
The Aqua AIO greatly appealed to me because of how it contains three types of watery, and I hoped it should be a decent boost of water for my dehydrated skin. After all the one problem I really wanted to fix was my dehydration, because you can’t fix multiple problems all at once, right? So let’s so how this AIO performed, was it the miracle watery product that finally cured my thirsty and parched dehydrated skin?
+ Scinic Aqua All in One Ampoule contains deep sea water, Alaska glacial water and seaweed complex extract for strong -moisturisation.
+ Multi-purpose ampoule, can replace the toner (skin), lotion and essence steps
+ Strong aqua moisturizing capsule contained.
+ 250ml Super size – All in one
Water, Sea Water, Glycerin, Glycereth-26, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Adenosine, Glacier Water, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Microcystalline Cellulose, Mannitol, Sucrose, Ci 77007, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Codium Fragile Extract, Gelidium Cartilagineum Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Seed Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Seed Extract, Panax Ginseng Seed Extract, Punica Granatum Seed Extract, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Seed Oil, Decylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Totarol, Sclerotium Gum, Betaine, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Ppg-26-buteth-26, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Ci 42090
Volume: 250 ml
How to use:
1. After cleansing apply a moderate amount to your face and neck
2. Pat in and follow with an emulsion or cream
My Skin type: Dry, easily dehydrated skin with mild rosacea.
Scinic Aqua All in One Ampoule Review:
I bought this ampoule because it’s an aqua ampoule – which means it should provide lots of watery hydration to my chronically thirsty and dehydrated skin, or at least that is what I hoped! The aqua AIO ampoule comes in a huge jar, with a spatula to scoop it out. The spatula is necessary because the ampoule is quite runny and a bit like a jelly that hasn’t quite set.
It’s quite hard to pick it up with your finger alone, it’s quite hard to explain the texture of it actually. It seems runny, but isn’t compared to a watery toner.
It’s a clear liquid with small blue balls suspended in it, the blue balls are marine collagen capsules that dissolve as you pat the product in. They are quite light blue, and since I’m almost finished my jar – it’s quite hard to see them. Hopefully the blue collagen capsules are visible in the photos I took?
The ampoule has a mild scent – but it’s not that nice, it reminds me a little of washing detergent, or something like that. Which to be honest seems a little bit strange for an aqua ampoule, although it is hard to imagine what scent would go with a product that’s star ingredient is aqua. I have noticed that a lot of people find the scent offensive, but it didn’t really bother me that much, once I applied it I barely noticed it.
Because it’s an aqua ampoule, it’s hardly surprising that it contains three different types of water – normal water, sea water and glacial water. However, I’m not actually sure whether there is much of a difference between the three types of water. But it certainly makes the product sound watery, and as if it should be full of hydrating goodness for thirsty skin.
This ampoule also contains niacinamide which is good for reducing skin blemishes and brightening skin up. The ingredients also contain adenosine which is good at helping to prevent wrinkles. The ampoule actually has a lot of extracts and ingredients, but when there are so many I start to wonder at how effective they will be, because the ampoule must contain only a small percentage of them.
It also contains triethanolamine, which is an ingredient which troubles me, as I’ve read it can be toxic if absorbed into skin over a long period of time. Triethanolamine can also cause allergic reactions and dryness too.
As you can see in my photos – I’ve almost completely finished the jar. It’s a huge jar, and maybe for some people it would last a few years, but I tend to have a heavy hand and so this jar lasted me almost a year? There were times I didn’t use it, to see what a difference it made in my routine.
Unfortunately for me Scinic Aqua All in One Ampoule didn’t really do much for me, maybe it was partly my routine at the time or the lack of a decent occlusive? Or the problem could be my climate, but I have no real way to know. In the end, I found this ampoule, didn’t seem to make any difference in how dehydrated or hydrated my skin was.
I tried layering it 3~4 times in the morning, but it didn’t make it any more effective for me. When I did multiple layers my face felt sticky and moist and it took a long time before I could move on with my routine, and my face was no more hydrated with this ampoule than without.
Because it had niacinamide I had hoped it might help with some of my chronic redness, but it didn’t help with the redness either. I also found the collagen capsules annoying, and for some reason I found that they didn’t always want to dissolve, and some of them seemed to be hard capsules that I couldn’t break down. I think having to rub them in repeatedly, also irritated my skin a little, and caused some redness.
It’s also meant to be an AIO (all in one) which means it replaces your toner, essence and serum steps, but my skin seemed to be less hydrated and more dehydrated if I simply used this without a toner and essence. I recently tried this again with my current routine and my skin appeared even more dehydrated than the other days.
I had hoped that over the course of using this ampoule it might help my skin, after all I don’t expect a product to work instantly. However, I felt that this made no difference in my skin even after using it continually for six months. Several times I cut this ampoule out and tried using just toner and a cream, and my face was as dehydrated as when I was using this aqua ampoule. I had hoped that it might make a slight difference in the hydration of my skin, but unfortunately it didn’t.
I wouldn’t repurchase Scinic Aqua All in One Ampoule again, but at some stage I might try one of the other varieties to see they work any better but not the aqua one. I find that a lot of hydrating products don’t work for my skin – maybe it’s my skin type and the fact that my skin is both dry and dehydrated?
Anyway, it is frustrating for me because it is so hard to find products that actually make a difference in the hydration of my skin. However, I think Scinic Aqua All in One Ampoule probably works better for those with oily and dehydrated skin or normal skin and not those in a dry climate with dry and dehydrated skin. Maybe also those with extremely sensitive skin should skip it too?
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