AXIS-Y Advanced Aqua Boosting Ampoule is an ultra-hydrating serum formulated with 10-hyaluronic acid, which reaches 10 layers deep into the skin, plus 6 nutrient-rich natural ingredients for smooth, clear, healthy skin.
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AXIS-Y recently launched 3 new products as part of their Water Your Skin campaign: a toner, an ampoule and a cream, with the goal of delivering basic but essential moisture care.
Last time, we looked at their Aqua Boosting Essence Toner. It’s a fantastic product and I really love using it.
Today we’re looking at their Advanced Aqua Boosting Ampoule. Is it going to knock our socks off too? Let’s find out.
What does the AXIS-Y Advanced Aqua Boosting Ampoule do
According to AXIS-Y, this ampoule hydrates and locks in moisture, delivering a “refreshing burst of hydration that creates a silky and smooth finish”.
Frankly, this has me a little confused. Isn’t that what a toner and an essence do, too?
After reading through literature from AXIS-Y though, I learn that their boosting ampoule not only hydrates, but also:
- controls sebum secretion
- soothes sensitive skin
- calms irritated skin
- prevents skin damage
- and gives a fresh, primer-like finish
Aqua Boosting Ampoule ingredients
Like the Aqua Boosting Essence Toner, this serum also benefits from AXIS-Y’s winning 6+1+1 formula — 6 nutrient-rich base ingredients, 1 core goal-oriented ingredient, and 1 quality-producing effective technology.
The 6 base ingredients are:
|Centella Asiatica||Boosts skin’s natural healing and helps prevent acne scars|
|Madecassic Acid||Prevents skin damage|
|Asiaticoside||Helps improve skin damage and elasticity, and reduces the appearance of pores|
|Purslane||Soothes and maintains healthy-looking skin|
|Asiatica Acid||Helps to keep skin smooth and healthy|
|Madecassoside||Strengthens the skin barrier and helps regenerate damaged skin|
At its core is hyaluronic acid, which helps skin retain moisture and build up cell wall density for tighter and smaller looking pores
Finally, a combination of evening primrose, arrowroot, pine needles and elm root complex help suppress active oxygen in skin, help regenerate damaged skin, control sebum secretion, help with pore care, and act as an antibacterial agent (ANTI SEBUM P (HD) 0.5%).
The full ingredient list is below (source):
Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, PVP, Glycerin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Caprylyl Glycol, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Glyceryl Glucoside, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopherol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Madecassic Acid, Asiatic Acid, Madecassoside, Asiaticoside, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Potassium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyacetophenone, Ethylhexylglycerin
Other things to note about this hydrating ampoule
- Packaging. This ampoule comes in a 30-ml bottle with a dropper.
- Smell. It is fragrance-free.
- Texture and Consistency. The serum is on the thicker side but is very spreadable. It feels a little sticky upon application though and takes relatively longer to absorb than other serums I’ve tried.
- Skin type. It’s recommended for all skin types and for use throughout the year.
- Others. It’s also alcohol-free and cruelty-free.
How to use this product in your skincare routine
I wasn’t sure how to incorporate this into my regimen because I don’t usually use hydrating serums but AXIS-Y recommends applying it after cleansing and toning so I did that.
It didn’t work well though because my skin ended up really tight and dry.
Finally, I figured the best way for me to apply this is immediately after toner — I don’t even wait for the toner to fully absorb — because hyaluronic acid needs some kind of moisture to work its magic.
So after toner, I apply a drop of ampoule to each cheek then spread and pat with my hands.
Once the product sinks in, I proceed with the rest of my skin care routine.
What I like about this product
- Soft and smooth skin. I love how my skin feels after using this ampoule. I’m pretty happy with the toners and essences in my routine and I wasn’t expecting my skin to get any softer but somehow, after a few drops of this product, my skin does feel softer, more supple, smoother.
- Gentle. It’s also very gentle. I’ve been using it for more than a month now and have had no irritation. It doesn’t cause any bad reaction when used together with the other products in my routine either.
- Other Toners. I’ve tried this with other toners like Klairs and Hada Labo and it works well with those brands too. So you don’t have to use it with AXIS-Y toners exclusively, if you don’t want to. I gotta say though, I find that it’s when used in conjunction with the Aqua Boosting Essence Toner that it really shines.
What I don’t like about it
- Sticky. This product feels sticky on the skin upon application. However, that goes away once the serum has been fully absorbed.
- Necessary? I’m not convinced that I need a hydrating serum in my routine. A lot of the products I use have moisturizing effects already. Do I really need a stand-alone product like this?
Do I recommend AXIS-Y Advanced Aqua Boosting Ampoule
On a rating scale of 1 to 5 — 5 being awesome — this product is a 4 for me.
As a hydrating ampoule, this product is amazing. My skin feels soft, smooth, supple.
And the hydration it brings lasts all day, which is no mean feat considering how cold and bitter the winters here can be.
I’m taking a point away because even though this makes my skin feel great, I’m still not convinced I need another hydrating product in my routine. In fact, their Aqua Boosting Essence Toner does a great job on its own.
And even though this ampoule has other benefits like sebum control, in terms of practicality, I’m not sure those are enough for me to want to repurchase.
So the plan is to finish up my bottle, see how my skin feels without it, then decide.
But if you’re in the market for a hydrating serum, this is a great product and definitely worth a shot. You can buy the AXIS-Y aqua boosting ampoule here.
As always, remember that every person’s skin and skin type is different so what might work for me might not work for you, and vice versa.
So before trying a new product, it pays to do a little bit of research first. Pay special attention to ingredients that you might have a reaction to.
And doing a patch-test is always a good idea. Unsure? Best to consult your dermatologist.
Happy skin experimenting!
Have you tried AXIS-Y Advanced Aqua Boosting Ampoule? Did it work for you? Will you recommend it? Would love to hear from you in the comments section below!