Review: Laneige Phyto-Alexin Ampoule (And What are Phytoalexins?)

Where to purchase: Available at Stylevana: HERE and Olive Young: HERE

Price: ~£46

Volume: 50ml

Made in: South Korea

What is it?: A Hydrating Ampoule meant to calm the Skin.

Brand Description: An Ampoule that’s meant to soothe skin and also help speed up Skin-barrier repair as well as protect the skin from environmental aggressors. The Hyaluronic Acid included is supposed to hydrate the skin and prevent Water loss.

What does it do?: Tackle Dehydrated Skins.

Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types

Lasts: 12 Months after opening

What I think: I’m not sure Dry skins would find this worth the money (may have to use a lot of product in order to fully hydrate Dry skins). Dehydrated skins would enjoy as well as Oily and Combo Skins. Sensitive Skins (i.e. skins sensitive to fragrance/essential oils) may enjoy this too!

NOTE: I definitely think the Phyto-Alexin Cream is very good for Dry Skins!


Video: See the Product’s Packaging + Dropper

Vegan?: No

Cruelty Free?: Not Yet 😦

Packaging: As you can see from the Video above, This is a Plastic (70% PCR) Bottle with a Dropper. The tip is curved (meant to waste less product).

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Directions: Dispense a small amount and apply evenly, patting to absorb. You can apply onto cotton pads and then use this as a DIY sheet mask to hydrate/cool down particular areas.

How I use it: I use this mainly in the PM – it’s very lightweight so I use it right after a toner/essence. It’s not sticky or tacky so I don’t need to worry about layering issues.

What are Phytoalexins and what do they do?: Phytoalexins are found in Plants – they are used by plants to prevent Microbial Pathogen Infection. They are therefore 1. Antimicrobial and 2. Antioxidative (To reduce pathogenic infection of the plant). So Laneige wanted to use Phytoalexins and apply them in skincare in terms of using them to bothe soothe skin inflammation + protect the skin from irritation. Unfortunately I can’t seem to find papers applying + using Phytoalexins on skin, so I think this is quite a unique thing to Laneige who have probably patented the ingredient for use, so I can’t really discuss if this ingredient does work on skin the same way it works in plants. Regardless, this ampoule contains Soybean and Black Bean Extract which are soothing (to boost the effects) as well as 5 types of HA to hydrate the skin – so at least Phytoalexin’s aren’t the only thing being relied on in this product.

Other Key Ingredients: Soybean Extract (Antioxidant, Soothing, Skin Brightening + Emollient), Betaine (Hydrating + Emollient), 5 Types of Hyaluronic Acid! (Hydrating + Should penetrate the lower, middle and upper layers of the skin).

Full Ingredients: Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Betaine, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sprout Extract, Black Bean Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate

Texture: Lightweight, watery texture that (as you can see from the pictures) runs down the hand! Almost identical in texture to the Skin1004 Centella Ampoule (Review HERE) and the Niod MMHC (Review HERE). This is not sticky or tacky, it layers fine and well under Makeup + Skincare. It’s not too moisturising and it’s not thick.


Video Swatch:

Summer or Winter?: Summer (as this is very lightweight). However Oily skins in the winter could use this under a moisturiser.

Layerable?: Yes as this is not a sticky product.

Stings if the Skin is Sensitised/Irritated?: Due to the Hyaluronic Acid, Yes. I would recommend (as it also has a similar texture) the Skin1004 Centella Ampoule if/when the skin is sensitised.

Fragrance?: No Added Fragrance / Essential Oils (This also smells of nothing)

Good Under Makeup?: Yes (as this doesn’t feel sticky or tacky).

How long have I been using this?: 3 Months.

The Effect?:Definitely Hydrates the skin (in terms of soothing the skin, this is definitely fine when the skin isn’t irritated/sensitised).

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What I like:

  • Fragrance + EO Free
  • 70% PCR
  • Lightweight
  • Layerable
  • I like that it contains >1 Type of HA (For skin penetration)
  • Not Sticky or Tacky
  • Fine under Makeup
  • Sturdy Packaging
  • Hydrating
  • Didn’t sting or irritate my skin (Unless sensitised i.e. by heavy Retinol Use)

What I don’t like:

  • Stings if the Skin is Irritated/Sensitised (Due to the HA)
  • Not sure whether Phytoalexins applied to the skin do much
  • Not Moisturising enough (I apply an emollient Serum or Gel on top)

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4/5 – I wish I 100% knew if Phytoalexins work in skincare, but hopefully more papers will be published in the future. Regardless, I’ve been having a pleasant time with this ampoule! It definitely hasn’t worsened or irritated my skin (only if the skin is sensitised will it sting due to the HAs), and this definitely is lightweight, layerable, not tacky and hydrating! It works for my type of Oily-Combo skin. I think this will definitely work for Dehydrated + Severely Dehydrated Skins (Not Dry Skins). This is a non-offensive product and I really like how >1 HA was applied (could have been lazy and only applied 1). I hope Laneige release more Unscented Products so I can try them! I think this Ampoule is the best from the Phyto-Alexin Line as it does the most for my skin out of all of them i.e. is actually thirst-quenching, and the texture is non-offensive!

Would I repurchase?: Yes I would!

Dupe?: The Numbuzin No.6 Deep Sleep Mask Serum is very similar in texture and also hydrating (HERE). In terms of Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Acid Products, the Niod MMHC is a good dupe as it’s also similar in texture (very lightweight!) and contains >1 Hyaluronic Acid Molecule.

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.

Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.

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