Made in: South Korea
What is it?: An ampoule/serum (with a lightweight, oil-free formula) containing 7 types of Prebiotics (help good bacteria grow) + Probiotics (living bacteria/yeast), that help to improve and strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier while hydrating the skin.
What does it do?: Aims to restore the skin barrier + reduce fine lines.
Brand Description: An ampoule that reduces the look of fine lines by ”deeply” hydrating the skin. The pre and probiotic complex aims to moisturise the deep layers of the skin (ok), and help reinforce the skin’s barrier.
Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types (Including Sensitive Skins). Rovectin specifically state that this is good for people to use who do NOT like thick or heavy products.
What I think: I agree all skin types would like this (even oily + sensitive + rosacea prone).
pH: 6.50 ± 1.0
Cruelty Free?: Yes
Packaging: Glass bottle with a dropper – HOWEVER can you see the picture below?? This happens almost every time I open and close the dropper (it’s when I screw the lid tight) – this product leaks out 😦 And then it dries up and becomes crusty on the edge. They should have put in that little plastic nib that takes off excess product, so that it doesn’t run down the side like this. And this happens regardless of how much product is in the bottle because it’s due to the glass dropper sliding along the sides. I have to be careful and make sure I insert the dropper smack-bang in the middle of the bottle while putting it back inside, otherwise it’ll wipe down the sides. It’s annoying because I know I’m wasting some product every time I do this. I’m thinking of changing the dropper to my Niod Pump (HERE) – hopefully it fits the bottle.
Directions: ”After applying a toner or essence, massage a generous amount to the face and neck. This product can be used day or night in your skincare routine.”
How I use it: I use it in the PM as I see this more as a ”Treatment” to be slathered on after toning. It sits fine under moisturisers.
Key Ingredients: I’m not quite sure where the anti-ageing aspect of this formula comes from apart from Niacinamide – HOWEVER probiotics, and this many pro and prebiotics (like the Isntree Bifida Ampoule), help keep the skin’s moisture barrier intact, SO I guess this is also keeping the skin from drying out and having a lot of fine-lines.
- Adenosine (Helps with barrier repair + anti-inflammatory) / Niacinamide – Anti-acne, Skin-barrier reinforcing + brightening.
- Sucrose + Panthenol (Soothing). Also, this contains many sugars which are good humectants (draw water in).
Lactobacillus Ferment (Soothing): This ingredient was shown in 2009 to help protect the skin from external damage + helps with DNA repair (after damage). Since 2012, it’s been shown to be anti-microbial + anti-inflammatory (so may help with rosacea + blemishes (5% needed for blemish reduction)). Only 1% concentration is required to help with skin sensitivity i.e. redness (but I don’t know how much is in this bottle). It’s a promising ingredient in terms of sensitive skin + acne as supposedly it might work as well as salicylic acid in terms of its anti-inflammation and balancing the skin’s microflora and reduce acne-causing or harmful bacteria on the skin (more studies needed).
Lactococcus Ferment Lysate – Supposedly helps improve the skin’s barrier function + therefore improve skin quality.
(Pro/Prebiotics are in Bold)
Full Ingredients: Water, Lactobacillus Ferment, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Glycereth-26, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Anastatica Hierochuntica Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Xylose, Sucrose, Panthenol, Adenosine, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Tromethamine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Phytate, Tocopherol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Diphenyl Dimethicone, Triethylhexanoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fructooligosaccharides, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA
NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE
Rovectin state that this has an oil-free, lightweight texture which enables decent absorption to the skin without stickiness or greasiness – I agree! This doesn’t feel greasy, this feels relatively lightweight (see the video and you can see the viscosity of the product), and doesn’t feel sticky.
Light texture yet deep hydration – I would agree with this too as this doesn’t take long to absorb into the skin.
Good for those who don’t like to use thick or heavy products – I would also agree. This is slightly thicker than the Isntree Bifida Ampoule however, this is NOT exactly like water and does have some weight to it. I’d say it’s a similar heaviness to the Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Toner Plus (Review HERE).
- Upon initial application, this feels refreshing, cooling and soothing on the skin.
- The liquid is transluscent (due to the glycerin).
Do you see how lightweight this is? It’s hydrating + spreads far
Layerability: This seems to layer fine – but I think if too much is added/used, then balling/pilling up issues can occur, so less is more! (Pea-sized amount is enough for the face!).
Stings the Eyes?: I don’t put it near the eyes
Summer or Winter?: Fine for both seasons! It’s hydrating enough for the summer and good to use under a moisturiser in the PM.
Stings when the skin is sensitised? (I.e. from over-retinol use or exfoliation): Yes (due to the Niacinamide), so I recommend to sensitive, not sensitised skins.
Face Swatch Video:
Fragrance?: No added fragrance and/or essential oils (this smells of nothing)
Good Under Makeup?: This can be worn under makeup and shouldn’t ball/pill up.
How long have I been using this?: 1-2 Months (Every other PM).
The Effect?: Hydrated, smooth-feeling skin (no dramatic changes, but it overall gives the skin a good look – a good supplement to a skincare routine but not to replace Retinol / Vitamin C etc).
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What I like:
- Didn’t irritate or sting
- No added fragrance and/or essential oils
- Doesn’t feel greasy
- Layers fine (just don’t add too much, pea-sized amount is good!)
- Not heavy
- Key Ingredient (check section above) could help with rosacea + reduce acne-causing bacteria on the skin
- Improved the look of the skin (not life-changing but helps reinforce the skin)
- Great supplement to a skincare routine i.e. to Keep the skin looking nice and works with Retinol / Acid / Vitamin C use
What I don’t like:
- The messiness of the packaging i.e. the weird leaking out + drying up of product that spills over every time I put the dropper back into the bottle (over time this might waste quite a bit of product).
Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3/9 (almost a 4)/5 – The packaging is a let down due to the weird leakage at the top, but I like the juice inside! I think this has the potential to be too sticky if too much product is added, but if I don’t use too much, then this layers fine. It does feel lightweight, hydrating and doesn’t seem to aggravate my skin. It’s a great supplement to my skincare routine and I like the addition of Niacinamide, Panthenol and Adenosine. I also like that not just 1 probiotic was used, but quite a few pre and probiotics, to reaffirm that this is a BIOME ampoule.
Would I repurchase?: Yes I’ve actually already repurchased as I find it a useful supplement to any routine, whether that be to enhance skin moisture or to help soothe/supplement/repair the skin/s barrier. Additionally, I like that this can help with Rosacea as I can get red cheeks, so I like to concentrate this on the cheeks, and the potential to reduce any acne-causing bacteria on the skin, thus reducing the chance of breakouts is great.
Dupe?: The Isntree Bifida Ampoule (Review: HERE – also contains similar ingredients + probiotics) – however it is even thinner/lighter than this ampoule and more watery.
My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.
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