Mizon is one of the first brands that completely blew my mind when I first discovered the world of Korean Beauty. I remember coming back from a desert camping trip that was a lot of fun, but left my skin feeling and looking parched and worn out. I had a sample sachet of the Mizon all in one snail repair cream, slathered it on, and it completely revitalized my skin. Unfortunately, during that time I was too distracted by every new skincare product ever and kind of lost sight/interest of Mizon and haven’t really given many of their products a chance.
Fast forward a year and BumblingWombat on r/AB points out that Mizon’s peptide ampoule is a possible dupe for NIOD CAIS. I’ve never used NIOD CAIS but I am enamored with the idea of copper peptides and so was intrigued! Turns out, the hyaluronic acid ampoule also has copper peptides, in addition to beta glucan and ceramides. I grabbed it and have been obsessed with it ever since!
Mizon Original Skin Energy Hyaluronic Acid 100 Ampoule
50% of Hyaluronic acid contained Deep moisturizing formula
Where does it fit in your routine?
Follow the thin-to-thick rule with this one. I apply after watery essences and toners but before lotions and creams.
The cream is housed in a baby blue glass bottle and has a dropper top. The dropper doesn’t quite reach to the bottom of the bottle, which I imagine will be problematic when the bottle is near empty.
No discernible fragrance.
Color and texture
This is a cloudy, clear color and has a texture that is thicker than water, similar to the texture of light, Japanese lotions.
My bottle has a 2018 expiration date, so I’m assuming it’s 2 years from date of manufacture.
What’s in it?
- SODIUM HYALURONATE
Sodium hyaluronate is a powerhouse humectant that exists naturally in the body (in eyeballs, cartilage, and muscular connective tissues for example). It can hold 1000X its weight in water, making it a great hydrator. What is exceptionally cool about this ingredient is that it can penetrate skin (most skincare ingredients, like collagen for instance, can’t do so because they are too large) into the epidermis, the dermis and the lymphatic endothelium and is effective in boosting skin’s moisture content, improving skin elasticity and reducing roughness.
- COPPER TRIPEPTIDE-1
Peptides have become increasingly prevalent in skincare and copper is one of the most well studied. It is a potent wound healing agent and has beneficial anti-aging capabilities, such as stimulating collagen synthesis.
- CHOLESTEROL & CERAMIDE 3
Cholesterol and ceramides are major components of the skin’s outer layers. They help form the skin’s moisture barrier, that when used in skincare products can help improve skin hydration and moisturization, enhance and accelerate skin barrier recovery.
- Extracts: BETULA PLATPYHLLA JAPONICA JUICE, PORALUCA OLERACEA, SCUTELLARIA BAICALENSIS ROOT, ASTRAGALUS MEMBRANACEUS ROOT, AMICA MONTANA FLOWER, ARTEMISIA ABSINTHIUM, ACHILLEA MILLEFOLIUM, GENTIANA LUTEA ROOT, RASPBERRY FRUIT
These extracts occur low in the list, which unfortunately means there is only a tiny bit of each. That said, they probably help bring some general antioxidant properties to the ampoule.
Beta-glucan is one of the components in colloidal oatmeal that makes it effective in soothing irritated skin.
Do you guys remember learning about how the electron transport chain creates ATP, which is how your cells store and use energy? Well, the A in ATP stands for adenosine, which is a super important compound involved in a ton of biological processes. In skincare, it has general skin soothing properties and may help reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and glabellar facial lines.
Acne Triggers & Irritants
Cosdna identifies butylene glycol (1), stearic acid (2), PEG-100 stearate (1), and triethanolamine (2) as acne triggers and carbomer (1) as a potential irritant.
Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Copper Tripeptide-1, Butylene Glycol, Sclerotium Gum, 1,2-octanediol, Ethylhexyl-glycerin, Tropolone, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Stearic Acid, C12-c20alkyl Glucoside, C13-22 Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cholesteryl Hydroxystearate, Cholesterol, Ceramide 3, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Betula Platpyhlla Japonica Juice, Portaluca Oleracea Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Amica Montana Flower Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Rasberry) Fruit Extract, Beta-Glucan, Adenosine, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA
The results that you get in terms of peptides are long term, so I kind of take it on faith that they’re doing something. However, this ampoule does produce some impressive, immediate superficial results. Its hydrating powers are real – I either apply this after my watery steps or mix it directly with watery essence type products (Snowbang or Matsuyama Light Skin Moisten Lotion work particularly well), but either way my skin looks hydrated throughout the day. You know the way skin looks plump and full of moisture immediately after stepping out of a shower? This ampoule helps prolong that effect for longer. It’s great for days when I can really use a sheet mask but don’t have time to use one.
I also like this ampoule because it does not seem to leave any stickiness or residue to my face. A lot of other hyaluronic acid products I’ve used tend to be formulated with a generous amount of glycerin, and my skin doesn’t seem to absorb glycerin super well, which means if I apply too much it leaves my skin tacky to the touch. No issues with that so far with this ampoule!
So yeah, I know hyaluronic acid is kind of a boring, ubiquitous ingredient by this point and Mizon is kind of a been there, done that brand, but I think this ampoule is great and very underrated!
Rating: 4.5 / 5
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