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Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of Isntree Ultra-Low Molecular Hyaluronic Acid Serum versus Isntree C-Niacin Toning Ampoule .

Last updated on May 14, 2024. Published on February 09, 2023

Overview

What they are

These products are both cruelty-free and reef safe . They have a total of 10 ingredients in common

Cool Features

They both contain hyaluronic acid

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for dry skin, brightening skin, sensitive skin and scar healing

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, parabens or silicones

We independently verify ingredients, and our claims are backed by peer-reviewed research. Spot a product that need an update? Let us know.

Serum South Korean Brand South Korea
Ampoule South Korean Brand South Korea

Serum

Serums are highly concentrated with ingredients to provide skin with benefits. They should be used after cleansing and before moisturizing.

Ampoule

Ampoules are created to target one area of concern. They are usually highly concentrated with active or beneficial ingredients.

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Ingredient Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free

At a glance

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Benefits

Hydrating (2)
Redness Reducing (2)
Reduces Irritation (3)
Skin Texture
Anti-Aging
Scar Healing (2)
Brightening (2)

Concerns

Irritating

Notable Ingredients

Vitamin C
Niacinamide
Hyaluronic Acid

Benefits

Hydrating (2)
Good For Oily Skin
Redness Reducing (5)
Reduces Irritation (4)
Reduces Large Pores
Dark Spots (2)
Scar Healing
Acne Fighting
Brightening (2)
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Ingredients Compared

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Ingredients Explained

These ingredients are found in both products.

Ingredients higher up in an ingredient list are typically present in a larger amount.

1
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

So why is it so popular? Water most often acts as a solvent - this means that it helps dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

You'll also recognize water as that liquid we all need to stay alive. Talk about multi-purpose! If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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Isntree Ultra-Low Molecular Hyaluronic Acid Serum contains this as ingredient number 2.

Isntree C-Niacin Toning Ampoule contains this as ingredient number 6.

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What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

A study from 2016 found glycerin to be more effective as a humectant than AHAs and hyaluronic acid.

As a humectant, it helps the skin stay hydrated by pulling moisture to your skin. The low molecular weight of glycerin allows it to pull moisture into the deeper layers of your skin.

Hydrated skin improves your skin barrier; Your skin barrier helps protect against irritants and bacteria.

Glycerin has also been found to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Due to these properties, glycerin is often used in wound and burn treatments.

In cosmetics, glycerin is usually derived from plants such as soybean or palm. However, it can also be sourced from animals, such as tallow or animal fat.

This ingredient is organic, colorless, odorless, and non-toxic.

Glycerin is the name for this ingredient in American English. British English uses Glycerol/Glycerine.

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Isntree Ultra-Low Molecular Hyaluronic Acid Serum contains this as ingredient number 4.

Isntree C-Niacin Toning Ampoule contains this as ingredient number 4.

3
What it does: Humectant, Masking, Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Mixed

Butylene Glycol (or BG) is used within cosmetic products for a few different reasons:

  • It is a solvent, meaning that it helps to dissolve other ingredients. This also enhances the absorption of the product into one's skin.
  • It is a humectant, which means that it helps attract moisture into the skin.
  • It helps improve product application.

Overall, Butylene Glycol is a safe and well-rounded ingredient. It is unlikely to irritate skin, and works well with pretty much all other ingredients.

Isntree Ultra-Low Molecular Hyaluronic Acid Serum contains this as ingredient number 5.

Isntree C-Niacin Toning Ampoule contains this as ingredient number 2.

4
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Mixed

1,2-Hexanediol is a multi-tasker ingredient. It acts as a preservative to increase shelf-life and can aid other preservatives in preventing microbe growth. 1,2-Hexanediol also helps the skin retain moisture as a humectant.

In products that are water-based, this ingredient can help stabilize perfumes and fragrances. It can also help make the texture of products softer and more smooth.

Isntree Ultra-Low Molecular Hyaluronic Acid Serum contains this as ingredient number 6.

Isntree C-Niacin Toning Ampoule contains this as ingredient number 32.

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What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Loved

Betaine is a common humectant (a substance that promotes retention of moisture). It's known to be gentle on the skin and can help balance hydration.

Betaine is best for improving hydration and soothing irritated skin. Studies show betaine may help with uneven skin tones.

Betaine is naturally created in the skin and body. The form found within cosmetic products can be either plant-dervied or synthetic.

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Isntree Ultra-Low Molecular Hyaluronic Acid Serum contains this as ingredient number 7.

Isntree C-Niacin Toning Ampoule contains this as ingredient number 5.

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What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Mixed

Pentylene glycol is typically used within a product to thicken it. It also adds a smooth, soft, and moisturizing feel to the product. It is naturally found in plants such as sugar beets.

The hydrophilic trait of Pentylene Glycol makes it a humectant. As a humectant, Pentylene Glycol helps draw moisture from the air to your skin. This can help keep your skin hydrated.

This property also makes Pentylene Glycol a great texture enhancer. It can help thicken or emulsify a product. Emulsifiers help stabilize a product. It does this by preventing certain ingredients from separating.

Pentylene Glycol also acts as a mild preservative and helps to keep a product microbe-free.

Some people may experience mild eye and skin irritation from Pentylene Glycol. We always recommend speaking with a professional about using this ingredient in your routine.

Pentylene Glycol has a low molecular weight and is part of the 1,2-glycol family.

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Isntree Ultra-Low Molecular Hyaluronic Acid Serum contains this as ingredient number 8.

Isntree C-Niacin Toning Ampoule contains this as ingredient number 3.

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What it does: Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Soothing
Community Rating: Loved

Allantoin plays a role in soothing and moisturizing the skin. Because of this, it is often added to products with strong active ingredients.

Some studies have shown this ingredient can promote wound healing with higher concentrations.

Allantoin is derived from the comfrey plant but produced synthetically for cosmetic products to ensure purity.

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Isntree Ultra-Low Molecular Hyaluronic Acid Serum contains this as ingredient number 11.

Isntree C-Niacin Toning Ampoule contains this as ingredient number 26.

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What it does: Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Loved

Panthenol (also referred to as pro-vitamin B5) is a common ingredient that helps hydrate and soothe the skin.

lt is a humectant, meaning that it helps the skin attract and retain moisture.

Another benefit is the anti-inflammatory abilities. This means that it's great for sensitive, irritation-prone skin.

Once oxidized, panthenol converts to pantothenic acid. Panthothenic acid is found in all living cells.

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Isntree Ultra-Low Molecular Hyaluronic Acid Serum contains this as ingredient number 15.

Isntree C-Niacin Toning Ampoule contains this as ingredient number 25.

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What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Loved

Sodium Hyaluronate is hyaluronic acid's salt form. It is commonly derived from the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid.

Like hyaluronic acid, it is great at holding water and acts as a humectant. This makes it a great skin hydrating ingredient.

Sodium Hyaluronate is naturally occurring in our bodies and is mostly found in eye fluid and joints.

These are some other common types of Hyaluronic Acid:

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Isntree Ultra-Low Molecular Hyaluronic Acid Serum contains this as ingredient number 21.

Isntree C-Niacin Toning Ampoule contains this as ingredient number 14.

10
What it does: Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Loved

Beta-Glucan is a polysaccharide. It can be derived from the cell walls of seaweed, oats, yeast, and fungi.

Beta-Glucan is a humectant, meaning it can hold large amounts of water. This helps hydrate the skin. It also helps boost your skin's natural barrier.

Beta-Glucan has antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help fight free-radicals. Free-radicals are molecules that may damage your skin cells, such as pollution.

Studies show Beta-Glucan may be an effective wrinkle reducer as it can deeply penetrate into skin. It has also been show to help with wound healing.

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Isntree Ultra-Low Molecular Hyaluronic Acid Serum contains this as ingredient number 32.

Isntree C-Niacin Toning Ampoule contains this as ingredient number 17.

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

59% are loved or liked
26% have mixed ratings
9% are disliked or very disliked
6% have no rating yet
66% are loved or liked
19% have mixed ratings
6% are disliked or very disliked
9% have no rating yet

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Reviews

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Isntree Ultra-Low Molecular Hyaluronic Acid Serum 34 ingredients

5.0 /5
from 2 ratings

Isntree C-Niacin Toning Ampoule 32 ingredients

5.0 /5
from 1 rating
Absorbs Well (1) Hydrating (1) Irritating (1) Light (1) Works Well (1)
MilaSajovec's avatar

MilaSajovec

5 months ago Β· Combination Skin
Review

Irritates my skin a bit, but does a great job of brightening and smoothing my skin! Plus the redness easily goes away once I use a calming ampoule.

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