If you’re a big lover of K-beauty, I’m sure you’ve bumped into Pyunkang Yul. Famous for their effective yet simple formulations, this Korean brand has taken the Internet by storm. Their Finnish retailer Kokoskin.fi kindly offered a couple of products for me to try, let’s see if the Moisture Ampoule* is worth the hype!
Pyunkang Yul Moisture Ampoule
This Moisture Ampoule by Pyunkang Yul is a moisture/hydration booster with only 6 ingredients. Designed to soothe and calm the skin while giving it a plump, bouncy texture. Pyunkang Yul products focus on safe and effective ingredients without fragrance. Developed in Korea by Pyunkang Oriental Medicine Clinic. Retails €32.90 / $28 for 100ml / 3.3 fl oz. Cruelty free.
Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Polysorbate 80, PEG-150 Distearate, Polysorbate 20, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glyceryl Caprylate
The star ingredient of this ampoule is Copris Japonica (aka Japanese goldthread) Root Extract that makes up 90% of the product according to retailers. I could find little information or studies on this ingredient that is not directly related or a review of Pyunkang Yul products. Even if the inspiration is from Eastern Medicine (like as hanbang, which I generally love in skincare), I’d like to read some studies. According to the brand it soothes and hydrates the skin while being the best suitable for oilier skin types.
The rest of the ingredients are actually surfactants, emulsifiers and one solvent to thicken up the consistency of the product. What I’ve read on PEG it should not be used on broken skin - thus, I don’t think this product is optimal for soothing major irritation. Overall the synthetic compounds in this product don’t appear to be hazardous, so I think most people can use this ampoule.
Using the Pyunkang Yul Moisture Ampoule
The texture of this ampoule is a bit odd to me. On websites it’s described as ‘honey-like’, but for me it reminds of some sort of goo or a lubricant. You know, the stuff they used in Alien movies? Jokes aside, the texture is viscous without being too gloopy or stringy to my taste. On my dry skin it doesn’t glide on effortlessly - I prefer taking some product on my palms and pressing it on my cheeks, neck and forehead. Fortunately the texture isn’t sticky and the ampoule sinks in quickly. If your skin is more normal to oily you might just spread and gently rub it in with no problem.
I do feel this adds a layer of moisture to the skin, but I’m not sure if this has any other skin benefits.. On its own this ampoule isn’t hydrating enough for me and I need to top it up with an oil or/and a cream. While I like the short and sweet ingredients list I’m missing some basics that have good research backing up - such as hyaluronic acid. Pyunkang Yul is nicely inexpensive if you take the large bottle size in consideration, but I still feel the formula is inferior to other hydrating serums I’ve reviewed, such as Leegeeham, which has a bit similar consistency.
What I like about Pyunkang Yul Moisture Ampoule is the price, lack of fragrance and other additives, but that’s about it. On a hot Summer day or for oily skin people it might be a good addition to the routine, but for my skin type it isn’t hydrating enough and I don’t think there is enough studies available backing up the root extract’s benefits. So for me it’s a pass, sadly, but I’m still very much looking forward trying other Pyunkang Yul products.
*This product was kindly gifted for review.
My thoughts are my honest and my own.