An ampoule can really provide a much-needed boost to your skincare routine, as long as you know what to go for and how to use it.

No matter if you are new to skincare or a skincare veteran, sometimes the different terms and product names can be confusing.

We remember when we were beginners and how we struggled when looking at shelves on shelves of products, wondering exactly what an ampoule is, and what is the difference between it and a serum.

But luckily for you, we’ve got your back, and we’ve gathered all the information you need to become knowledgeable about ampoules as well as the best ampoules to go for.

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What is an ampoule

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According to Oxford Languages, the meaning of ampoule is “a small, sealed glass capsule containing a liquid, especially a measured quantity ready for injecting”.

While this doesn’t really reflect skincare ampoules, they are described as high-concentrated liquid treatments targeting specific skincare concerns.

Sometimes ampoules come in single-application packages, while other times they come in smaller bottles with droppers.

Ampoule vs serum

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Ampoules and serums are quite similar, as they are both concentrated skincare products designed for specific purposes.

The only clear difference is how potent they are, as serums are typically gentle enough for day-to-day use, while ampoules are more suitable for occasional treatments.

They are for when your skincare routine needs a boost or when you need to treat a specific skin concern quickly and efficiently, such as the night before an important date.

When to use ampoule

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Like we mentioned earlier, an ampoule should only be used every once in a while, instead of everyday, due to the high potency of ingredients.

Generally, you should apply an ampoule after cleansing and toning and before moisturising. If you’re familiar with the Korean 10-step skincare routine, you can use it in place of your serum.

But instead of rubbing it into your skin, you should pat it in gently, allowing for better absorption of the product.

Best ampoules in Malaysia

For anti-aging

Eunyul Snail Ampoule

Eunyul Snail Ampoule

This is a wrinkle-fighting ampoule that uses snail mucin which is known for moisturising and promoting collagen and skin regeneration.

It also has skin-calming ingredients such as licorice root extract, camellia sinesis leaf extract,

It retails for RM45.90.

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Innisfree Black Tea Youth Enhancing Ampoule

Innisfree Black Tea Youth Enhancing Ampoule

If you love the scent of tea, you’re going to love this anti-ageing ampoule from Innisfree.

It targets the five signs of fatigued skin: dryness, dull skin, overall skin condition, skin texture, and sensitive skin.

It retails for RM156.

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For brightening + dark spots

Mizon Real Vitamin C Ampoule

Mizon Real Vitamin C Ampoule

This is a pure waterless ampoule that is made with 19% natural pure vitamin C, allowing it to stabilise effectively and deliver the ingredients into the skin.

With ten great ingredients, it also moisturises, provides nutrition as well as add vitality to the skin.

It retails for RM99.

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SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Tone Brightening Capsule Ampoule

SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Tone Brightening Capsule Ampoule

Made with a triple-brightening complex, it contains 4% niacinamide, 2% tranexamic acid, and 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid.

It’s great for calming your skin too, as it contains 77% centella asiatica extract, which has rapid soothing effect.

It retails for RM157.

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For moisturising

Cosrx Triple Hyaluronic Moisture Ampoule

Cosrx Triple Hyaluronic Moisture Ampoule

Recommended for dry, flaky, and dehydrated skin, this ampoule has three major hydrating ingredients: hyaluronic acid, panthenol, and sodium hyaluronate.

One thing to note when applying this ampoule is that you need to avoid the eye and mouth area.

It retails for Rm108.80.

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Pyunkang Yul Cosmetic Moisture Ampoule

Pyunkang Yul Cosmetic Moisture Ampoule

If you’re looking to quench your thirsty skin, try this hydrating ampoule that is free of artificial fragrances and colouring and is hypo-allergenic.

It has a honey-like consistency that melts into your skin for a smooth and bouncy texture.

It retails for RM105.

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For peeling

beplain BHA Peeling Ampoule

beplain BHA Peeling Ampoule

Suitable for all skin types, you can use this ampoule if you have a rough complexion.

It uses BHA (salicylic acid) to reduce oil, tighten pores, and enhance cell turnover, resulting in a more even skin texture.

It retails for RM110.

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Nature Republic Good Skin Ampoule (AHA)

Nature Republic Good Skin Ampoule (AHA)

Although Nature Republic has many ampoule products, we have to recommend their AHA ampoule.

Great for normal to oily skin types, it smoothes the appearance of pores and boosts cell turnover for a clearer complexion.

(Psst, if you want to read about the difference between AHA and BHA, check out our other article!)

It retails for Rm53.90.

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For soothing and acne

beplain Cicaful Ampoule II

beplain Cicaful Ampoule II

Packed with 81.44% centella asiatica extract, it delivers antioxidants, soothes, and moisturises the skin.

This is suitable for all skin types, especially those with dry and sensitive skin.

It retails for RM105.

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Cosrx Full Fit Propolis Light Ampoule

Cosrx Full Fit Propolis Light Ampoule

This is an ampoule that you can use all year round for extra nourished skin and a healthy glow.

It contains 83% black bee propolis extract, which can help to heal stressed skin and reduce redness.

It retails for RM117.

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Ma:nyo Blemish Red Ampoule

Ma:nyo Blemish Red Ampoule

If you’re dealing with acne and skin inflammation, consider picking up this blemish-treating ampoule.

Lightweight and non-greasy, it contains anti-inflammatory ingredients such as tea tree oil and terpinen-4-ol.

It retails for RM110.

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SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Ampoule

SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Ampoule

Among one of Shopee’s bestselling ampoules with 17.8k units sold at time of writing, this has a whopping 5 out of 5 stars, which is impressive.

Reviewers note less breakouts after using it, thanks to the soothing centella asiatica extract being the key ingredient in its formula.

It retails for RM55.

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