Are you worried about your skin’s luminosity? Are you looking for a vitamin C serum but can’t decide about the right one? I’m sure my review of these Vichy Liftactiv Specialist Peptide-C Ampoules, which include peptides and vitamin C, will help you understand if they’re what your skin needs and how to use them.
*UPDATE: This product has been recalled by the brand in 2022 because it has been observed that the glass may weaken over time, so a safe opening of the ampoules can’t be guaranteed. You can read more about this on the European Commission website and at Vichy Laboratoires.
Hello! I received these ampoules from Vichy some time ago, and since you know that vitamin C is one of my favorite ingredients in cosmetics, I have gradually started to include them in my skincare routines to be able to tell you about my experience. Do you want to know my opinion about them? Keep reading!
PRODUCT: LIFTACTIV SPECIALIST PEPTIDE-C AMPOULES
SKIN TYPE: ALL
RECOMMENDED FOR: UNISEX
In this case, Vichy have developed these ampoules with a very simple composition to help us face some of our most common concerns. Among its ingredients we can find three of my favorite ones: vitamin C, peptides and hyaluronic acid.
Vitamin C or ascorbic acid, about which you can read my guide here, is one of my favorite ingredients in skincare. This ingredient, from which we can also find different derivatives in our cosmetics, is a powerful antioxidant (which prevents the damage that free radicals cause to the collagen and elastin fibers of our skin and that promote aging) and, in addition, it helps us when it comes to improving skin spots (about which you can read more here) and increasing its brightness. In this case, the ampoules incorporate 10% ascorbic acid (pure vitamin C), something quite interesting, since it is the ideal concentration of this ingredient.
On the other hand, peptides (about which you can read my guide) are one of the most effective ingredients when it comes to improving wrinkles and fine lines, either favoring the production of collagen or preventing its fibers from being damaged, thus maintaining the firmness of our skin.
Finally, hyaluronic acid is an ingredient commony present in cosmetics and that helps improve the hydration of the skin by attracting water to its interior so that our skin barrier remains balanced and to prevent aging, just as I explain in my guide on hyaluronic acid.
You see that the composition of these ampoules is very interesting even though it’s quite simple, with very effective ingredients that allow us, together, to improve the luminosity of the skin, reduce wrinkles and increase the hydration of our skin. Now that you know what, in principle, they can contribute to us, you are surely wondering what the experience is like when using them and what they actually provide.
Each of these ampoules was developed to provide two uses, so the 30 unit pack is good for two months of continuous use. After using them for a while, I have verified that the amount provided by half an ampoule is more than enough to cover the face and neck. I use these ampoules in my morning routines, since this way the antioxidant effect of vitamin C enhances the result of my sunscreen when it comes to preventing the damage of ultraviolet radiation, although they can be used interchangeably in your AM and PM routines.
As for the packaging, I don’t use ampoules often, since I usually prefer products in other formats. Perhaps, if I had to choose a drawback, it is that at an environmental level it is not my favorite format because they are (almost) single-use products, although I understand that it helps prevent the oxidation of vitamin C. In addition, you have to be a little careful when opening the ampoules as it is easy for them to break into several pieces. To conclude about the packaging, I’d like to mention that I can’t get to properly use the applicator, so I always end up directly applying the ampoule (although this issue might be more related to my own inability to use it properly).
The texture is very light, it spreads wonderfully and the product absorbs very comfortably. It is watery, similar to an especially liquid serum. The product has a slightly yellowish color and a slightly acidic smell, despite not incorporating perfumes or essential oils.
And now comes the moment of truth: what results does the product bring? Is it as effective as it promises? What I value the most about these ampoules is that I have been able to notice an improvement in my fine lines since I began to incorporate them into my skincare routines. In addition to this, I notice my skin more hydrated. My assessment is very positive, it is a product that has given me a good result from the first uses and my skin loves it.
My sensations with these ampoules have been great, I really like their composition, their texture is very comfortable and the results I have observed are very positive. Saving the little environmental matter I mentioned before, I am very happy with these ampoules and I will surely repeat over time.
HOW TO USE:
You can use these ampoules in your morning and night routines, interchangeably. After cleansing your face, apply a toner and then the ampoule. You should tap it gently to make sure the contents are at the bottom of the vial, and then carefully break it where indicated. One ampoule is good for two uses, so you should apply half of it each time. Finish your beauty routine with a moisturizer and, if it is your night routine, with sunscreen.
This graphic aims to help you understand in which part of your skincare routine you should use each product.
You don’t need to do all the steps from this routine (but you should always cleanse, moisturize and use sunscreen).
Remember it’s key to do a patch test every time you consider adding new products to your skincare routine.
Do you use ampoules often? Have you tried these from Vichy? What are your favorite peptide and vitamin C products? Let me know in the comment section!
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