Today, I will be reviewing another Skin Food item. This time, I will be talking about the Yuju Water C Whitening Ampoule. The retail price of this ampoule is $39 on Skin Food’s website, but I ordered this ampoule off of Amazon for $21.82. On the Skin Food website, this item is described as a “highly concentrated serum” that helps to “lighten melasma and hyperpigmentation.” Let’s get started!
Before I jump straight into the review of this product, you might be asking “what is an ampoule?” I’m going to be honest, I had no idea what an ampoule was when I first saw this product. I stumbled across this while searching for a serum to include in my regimen, and this popped up as an “ampoule in serum.” After some searching, I came to the conclusion that an ampoule is a serum on steroids. Where serums are used to deliver powerful ingredients to the skin, ampoules do that to the nth degree. Ampoules typically contain a higher concentration of active ingredients than that of a serum, which acts as a booster for your skin.
The superstar ingredient to Skin Food’s Yuja line is yuja extract. Surprise, surprise. Yuja is also known as yuzu, which is a citrus fruit very similar grapefruit. We all know that citrus fruits are a great source of Vitamin C, which is known as an antioxidant that boosts the body’s immunity and helps to aid in repair. Being the second ingredient on the list, this ampoule features 30% yuja extract.
Ingredients: Water, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Propanediol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Propylene Glycol, Beta-Glucan, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Gelatin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Maackia Fauriei Stem Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Cellulose Gum, Arginine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Carbomer, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Disodium Edta, Citrus Junos Fruit Oil, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Maltodextrin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate Filtrate, Diacetyl Boldine, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Bisabolol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol
In addition to yuja extract, this ampoule features a number of Vitamin C and Vitamin C derivatives, and ingredients that help to protect and even skin tone. It has ingredients that hydrate and help retain moisture, as well, making this a very well rounded product. Overall, I was very impressed by the ingredients list. You all know that I love my ingredient breakdowns, so here it is:
- Citrus Junos Fruit Extract: Yuza fruit extract (vitamin C). Antioxidant, evens skin tone, anti-aging
- Glycerin: Humectant. Attracts water and seals in moisture
- Niacinamide: Vitamin B3. Anti-inflammitory, boost collagen production, repairs and strengthens the moisture barrier, and can control sebum production. It’s a common misconception that niacinamide inhibits melanin production, but what it does is lessens melanosome transfer to keratinocytes. Melanin synthesis still occurs, but a fraction of it actually appears on the surface layer of the skin. So, over time, it lessens the appearance of dark spots
- Arginine: Also known as L-arginine. Anti-aging, boosts collagen production, anti-oxidant that helps repair skin damage
- Brassica Oleracea Italica Extract: Broccoli extract. Protects from free-radical damage (from UV rays), moisturizing
- Sodium Hyaluronate: Similar to hyaluronic acid (note: similar, not the same) in the way it helps retain moisture, smaller molecule to better penetrate the skin
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract: Also known as aloe vera leaf extract. Antioxidant, antibacterial, healing properties, moisturizing
- Diacetyl Boldine: An extract of the Chilean Boldo tree (DAB). Evens skin tone
- Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate: Vitamin C derivative. Antioxidant, evens skin tone, anti-aging
- Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate: Vitamin C derivative. Antioxidant, evens skin tone, anti-aging
This ampoule comes in a 44ml glass bottle that, though aesthetically pleasing, I did not find to be practical. Yes, the ampoule is displayed in very beautiful packaging, but the glass bottle brings up one big problem; it does not seem to be UV resistant. Vitamin C oxidizes when exposed to direct sunlight and glass generally does not do a good job of filtering all UV rays. Nowhere on Skin Food’s website does it state that this packaging keeps the contents safe from the sun’s rays, so one can only assume that it doesn’t. However, you can protect the integrity of the ingredients by storing it in a dark area.
I was also disappointed to see that the neck of the bottle did not feature a wiping chamber. I know it’s something small to pick at, but it is one component that I feel is very important. What a wiping chamber does is removes any excess product from around the dropper (similar to what you find in tubes of mascara). Without this part, there’s more potential for product to spill over if the dropper makes contact with the neck when placing it back into the bottle. Eventually, product gets around and under the cap, then dries. This is something that is trivial to some, but it is product loss nonetheless.
Out of the bottle, this ampoule is thin and almost watery, but it does hold its weight just enough to easily distribute on the skin. It also holds a faint citrus scent, but nothing too overpowering despite how many essential oils are found in the ingredients. On Skin Food’s website, the product description states something about “capsules” breaking as you rub this into your skin, but I didn’t experience anything like that. Inside the bottle, there is no sight of any type of capsules or microbeads, so perhaps this statement is an example of what happens on a molecular level.
As far as effectiveness of this ampoule, I can’t say much. After a week of using it, I had to stop. I noticed parts of my skin become very red and hot due to irritation, which I believe is very much due to the Vitamin C. It wasn’t drying or unpleasant to use as far as application and I was actually happen with the immediate results that this ampoule provided; it had a nice feeling on the skin that was smooth and not sticky, and felt like it offered a good amount of moisture to my dehydrated skin. But, over time of consistent usage (day and night), my skin did get angry with me.
If you can look past the packaging, I would probably suggest this product to those with less sensitive skin than mine. Many of the reviews I’ve read are rave, with various 5 star ratings across multiple sites, so I don’t doubt that this product is effective. My skin, sadly, just did not agree and I blame that entirely on myself for making such a rush decision to pick this up. While I wouldn’t repurchase this myself, I would suggest this to someone who is looking to incorporate Vitamin C in their routine.