I guess you can say I’m drawn to stuff that looks different and unusual. These ampules (or ampoules) got my attention. However, that was before we went over one dose ampules in my Interactive Patient Care (IPC) class… but we’ll get to that in a minute.
Gerovital H3 Evolution hyaluronic acid serum ampules come in a set of 10, each containing 2 mL of serum.
Product description via Amazon:
“The Pure Hyaluronic Acid has intensely moisturizing effects and a dual action, restoring the skin’s water reserves and reducing trans-epidermal water loss.
The liposomes with Hyaluronic Acid get into the skin and fill out the wrinkles from the inside, significantly reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
The anti-aging effect is also enhanced by Superoxide Dismutase which has a protection role both for collagen and elastin fibers and for the hyaluronic acid. Used regularly, this product visibly reduces wrinkles.
After 28 days of use: Reduces deep wrinkles depth by up to 24% *. Moisture level increased by up to 66.7% one hour after the first application *. * Instrumental Assessment”
I’m not sure what they mean by “instrumental assessment”.
I’ve reviewed other hyaluronic acid serums before, but they’ve pretty much had the standard delivery system – bottle with serum pump top. If you are not aware of what an ampule is, it is a small glass vial, but it doesn’t have a cover or cap, instead it’s one piece with a body, neck and head.
These ampules hold just one use each, though really the amount of product that is in these ampules could be for two uses depending on if you use it exclusively for your face or for your face, neck, and decolletage – even then I ended up using some of it on my forearms because there was so much.
How do you open one of these? The directions they give for opening: “Get the serum entirely at the bottom of the ampoule, and then place it with the breaking point forward. For hand protection, wrap the ampoule in a tissue before breaking it.”
Sound and looks easy. Anyway, that was done. Because of the type of “vessel” it is in, it’s a little difficult to get out, you have to tilt it in such a way and then tap it gently on your palm several times. It can take a couple of minutes. The important part to note is not to tap it too hard against your skin as you are working with broken glass with a sharp jagged edge…
The serum is thick and crystal clear, almost like a gel, but not quite as viscous, it glided along the skin easily. There was no irritation or discomfort at all, and though it took just a little bit to completely absorb into the skin, when it did, there was slight tightening feel. After a few days of use, I noticed a positive difference in my skin texture and feel.
Here’s where my IPC class comes in. When we were working with the glass ampules in class, we were told to use something protective to cover the top so that it wouldn’t cut your fingers when you snapped the neck (we used two unopened packets of alcohol to surround the top – think hotdog bun or taco). We were also instructed to use special filter needles to remove the liquid from the ampule because tiny fragments of glass might be within it from breaking the top off. Now think about that. If in a medical setting we are using filter needles to withdraw medications from these types of units, wouldn’t it be a little worrisome in use of this product that there might be glass fragments within the serum that we are potentially spreading along our skin? I would think so. In any case, I advise using caution if using these and to at least see if there is any visual evidence of glass in the serum before using it.
And then when it comes to breaking off the top of the ampule, make sure that what you are using as protection is thick enough that the sharp edge doesn’t penetrate through. Tissue or cotton balls are not enough of a barrier, see my thumb below for evidence of that!!!
As you can imagine, after that I was extremely wary of using the rest of the ampules (this happened on the fifth one), for the sake of my thumb and for the possibility of rubbing small particles of glass along my face, I discontinued use — despite how wonderful the serum actually was in giving my skin a more youthful and elastic feel than it had had in several years with just a few uses. I wish they had this serum in a non-ampule form as I really do like the actual serum! They do have another similar product that comes in a serum type bottle, but it has a lot more ingredients in it that this does so I’m not sure if it works just as well. And too bad I can’t snag one of those filter needles and syringes from school so I can use the rest of these without worrying about glass particles — but yeah, they don’t allow us to take needles home, kind of frown about that kind of stuff. Heh.
*Disclaimer: This product was given to me complimentary in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This evaluation and review is an accounting of my true opinions and experiences, and is written in the same manner as if I had bought it at full-price, been given as a gift, or received as a sample.
You can purchase this on Amazon:
- GEROVITAL H3 EVOLUTION, Hyaluronic Acid Ampoules, 10- 2mL ampules for $44.95 + free Prime shipping.
Price and availability current as of the time of writing this post.