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This review contains affiliate links* I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Wonjin Effect Vita Moist Ampoule, but was oh so pleasantly surprised! Thus, I felt it was truly a necessity to write a review of this K-beauty hydration helper, for all you fellow dehydrated skin sufferers out there!
Dehydrated skin is the bane of my existence. Ok, this is maybe a bit overdramatic, but it sure does make it difficult to achieve that perfectly plump, deliciously juicy skin I lust after. Whenever I read articles on skincare for people in their 40s, I feel weirdly nonexistent with my personal skin issues: the emphasis is mostly on the supposed dryness that will increase with ageing and thus the inevitable thinning of the skin. For me, however, dryness is absolutely not a thing and probably won’t be for another decade or so, maybe even longer. In fact, my skin hasn’t been this oily since my 20s, so the idea of slathering on buttery, rich moisturisers and thick face oils makes me shudder.
And yet – I certainly do notice a change in hydration levels with increasing age. Dehydration has always been one of my key concerns, even when I was covered in huge pimples and had absolutely horrible, inflamed and super oily acne skin, I also battled constant tightness. Now, at age 40, that tightness is more and more noticeable, and skipping my hydrating layers is never a great idea, especially now that autumn is here and the cold is approaching.
Having oily, yet super dehydrated combo skin is just really not fun, and finding the right products becomes a bit of a mission. On my podcast, I often talk about the difficulty of balancing out the need for moisture and deep hydration with being careful about not overpowering the skin with heavy textures. Enter the Wonjin Effect Vita Moist Ampoule! This little hydration miracle has become a true darling in my lighter summer routine, offering a perfect balance between intense hydration and lightweight texture. So, let’s have a look at what this K-beauty hydration helper can do!
Wonjin Effect Vita Moist Ampoule – the Basics
The Wonjin Effect Vita Moist Ampoule is a bi-phase ampoule said to work both as a hydrating essence as well as a “vitamin-rich serum.” You know I’m not one to go for fancy marketing promises, and with this product, it’s really best to mostly ignore the grand descriptions of what it potentially can do. But, basically, what this ampoule slash essence is supposed to do is offer a sort of “2in1 effect”, mixing hydration with plumping and potentially brightening effects.
Funnily enough, my ampoule had a slightly different colouring than what is advertised and what I’ve seen from other people’s reviews: the “vitamin” part of the two phases is supposed to be bright yellow, but as you can see from the above image, my product has a transparent vitamin phase. Honestly, it’s just colouring, so I doubt this has any effect whatsoever – in fact, I prefer my transparent version.
The Wonjin Effect Vita Moist Ampoule comes in a sturdy plastic bottle with a drop applicator. As with all duo-phase products, you have to shake the ampoule before use.
Here is the list of ingredients for the Wonjin Effect Vita Moist Ampoule:
“Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Propanediol, Dipropylene Glycol, Squalane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Chloride, Dimethiconol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Alcohol Denat, Alcohol, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Benzophenone-5, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Bixa Orellana Seed Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, CI 42090, Butylene Glycol, Ascorbic Acid, Pearl Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Sea Water, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Propylene Glycol, Enteromorpha Compressa Extract, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Cyclomethicone, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Trehalose, Taurine, Betaine, Inositol, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Cholesterol, Beta-Sitosterol, Ceteth-24, Glyceryl Linolenate, Choleth-24, Glyceryl Linoleate, Panthenol, Glyceryl Arachidonate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ubiquinone, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Niacinamide, Algae Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Potassium Sorbate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Bambusa Vulgaris Water, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Biotin, Oxygen, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid.”
Ok, so this list is long, and I won’t be able to go through all the ingredients here for that reason. Some interesting and effective ingredients worth highlighting are my beloved niacinamide, low molecular hyaluronic acid, super hydration bamboo water, aloe vera leaf extract and a number of moisturising oils and lipids such as macadamia oil, squalane, urea, soybean and sunflower seed oil. The ampoule also contains coenzyme Q10, great for lifting and wrinkle care, seaweed extract and roucou oil, which is a fascinating antioxidant-rich oil won from the seeds of a bright red, tropical plant.
Just to warn those of you with potential sensitivities: this product also contains alcohol and a number of essential oils, especially citrus oils that can be triggering for people with allergies or very sensitive skin.
Wonjin Effect Vita Moist Ampoule – How I Got On With The Product
The Wonjin Effect Vita Moist Ampoule has a watery consistency and is thus best applied directly from the drop applicator. It spreads like a dream, so I usually only need three drops for my entire face. I was a tad nervous that this would feel uncomfortably oily on the face once the two phases are combined, but on the contrary – this feels like a very refreshing, super light essence.
The essence does have a faint, slightly citrusy scent, but it’s very subtle. This hints at the essential oil concentration being potentially quite low, which is good!
I usually apply the Vita Moist Ampoule right after my hydrating toner and before my serum, when my skin is still a bit damp. That way, the oils in the ampoule combine even more seamlessly with the skin and I can really feel the product sink in deeply. The essence never feels oily or leaves any oily residue on the skin. If you don’t do well with oily or heavy textures but need an upgrade to your hydration routine, this is just the perfect addition in my opinion.
What the Wonjin Effect Vita Moist Ampoule does so well for me is really lock in moisture and keep hydration levels in the skin high. No, it’s not an occlusive product – you will still need a heavier moisturiser with occlusives in it if you are very dehydrated, especially at night (a sleeping cream will do the trick). However, I truly notice a difference with my dehydration issues since using the ampoule, and my skin feels velvety soft too, so bonus points for that.
Since the texture is so light and unobtrusive, I can easily use this for my morning routine – probably the first time I can say this about an ampoule, since the ones I’ve tried so far have always been on the heavier, oilier side, such as e.g. the Dr. Ceuracle Royal Vita Propolis 33 Ampoule.*
Wonjin Effect Vita Moist Ampoule – the Bottom Line
I felt pretty neutral towards the Wonjin Effect Vita Moist Ampoule when I received it (not from the brand, mind you, it was gifted to me by a podcast listener). Wonjin is a brand that I’ve always wanted to try, but I didn’t know too much about this ampoule in particular, and I am always on the fence about whether or not ampoules are super needed in anyone’s routine.
But, this darling made me fall for it head over heels! The Vita Moist Ampoule comes without any bells and whistles, a deceptively simple little gem that turns out to be a powerhouse in terms of exciting ingredients and heaps of effective humectants. The ingredients might not be super “clean” in terms of avoiding all potential allergy triggers, but for me, this ampoule still works a charm when it comes to improving my hydration levels.
You can buy the Wonjin Effect Vita Moist Ampoule at Beautytap* for 43,00$. Germans can also get this more conveniently at Amazon* (Germany) for a neat price of currently only 31,86€. A little goes a long way, so this product will last you for a long while, even if you use it daily.
Let me know in the comments: Do you use an ampoule in your routine? If yes, what are your favourite K-beauty ampoules?
Take care guys!
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