How to soothe your skin? VelyVely Calming Ampoule Review

Thursday 26 August 2021

VelyVely Calming Ampoule

When you start using retinoids, your skin can have different reactions. Usually, it's all about dry and sensitive skin. VelyVely Calming Ampoule did not only appear to me because of clean and cute packaging but the calming formula which my skin needed most. 

About VelyVely 

VelyVely is a skincare brand, but not many people outside Korea are aware that VelyVely is related to online shop IMVELY and... fashion. The brand was created in 2015. The motto of the brand is "find your glow", the brand wants to help its customers to improve your skin, but also help you find the glow to help you shine every day. What's interesting, the brand strategy is to hear its customers and their needs. One of the most popular VelyVely products is Artemisia Balance Essence.

VelyVely Calming Ampoule

Product claims

This product is supposed to have a calming effect on your skin while adding some moisture.

VelyVely Calming Ampoule

VelyVely Calming Ampoule - Packaging

VelyVely Calming Ampoule comes in a paper box, it has a white colour with turquoise details, but the entire magic is in the turquoise bottle with rose gold details and a tiny ribbon. I have to admit that it was one of the reasons I wanted to try VelyVely at the beginning.

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VelyVely Calming Ampoule - Scent & Texture

VelyVely Calming Ampoule has a delicate scent, probably related to the scent of oils used in this product, I can't name the main note of this composition, but it's not a heavy, annoying scent. The texture is thick like a typical serum.

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VelyVely Calming Ampoule - Ingredients

Water, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Methylpropanediol, Panthenol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Lactobacillus/​Soybean Ferment Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hibiscus Esculentus Fruit Extract, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Tilia Vulgaris Flower Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, C12-14 Pareth-12, Tromethamine, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, Beta-Glucan, Xylitylglucoside, Disodium EDTA, Anhydroxylitol, Glycerin, Xylitol, Camphor, Ceramide NP, Oxygen, Ethylhexylglycerin

Water is an ingredient that you can find in almost every product. Its purpose in products is easy - it's a solvent. Portulaca Oleracea is a succulent, and plant used in Korean traditional medicine. It's a source of vitamin A, C and E, omega-3 acids and calcium. Portulaca Oleracea Extract is an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. It can help speed up the wound healing that's why people with acne-prone skin, sensitive skin and PIE should look up to this ingredient in products. Methylpropanediol is a solvent with antimicrobial properties. It's a synthetic ingredient that works even with the most stubborn substances. Panthenol is nothing else than Pro-vitamin B5, a soothing moisturizer with positive meaning to the skin barrier. It speeds up the healing process. It feels like 1,2-Hexanediol is everywhere, and it's not a surprise. Even if it's a solvent, it's also a moisturizer. Centella Asiatica Extract is an ingredient that stays in the skincare trend. Lots of ingredients used in skincare have a long history of use in medicine. This ingredient isn't different because Centella is a part of Ayurveda, a traditional (or if you prefer - alternative) medicine used by people for ages. Nowadays we associate it with India. Centella is a herb primarily applied in skincare for its healing properties. It speeds up the healing process, and that's why acne-prone skin loves it. If you're pregnant or you plan pregnancy, then try to find body care products with Centella Asiatica because it can have a valuable meaning on skin elasticity as well as stretch marks. Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract is quite common in skincare, but what does it do? It is supposed to be an antioxidant, but I know it as a sun-sensitive ingredient that you should use before light therapy. It can help with inflammation and moisture. American Wintergreen is an edible plant for North America. It has wide use in herbal medicine, but in skincare, Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Extract is a source of salicylic acid and it has positive meaning for acne-prone skin. Rosa Damascena Flower Extract is an extract derived from a hybrid rose - it's a combination of rosa gallica, rosa moschata and probably rosa fedtschenkoan. Rosa Damascena Flower Extract is an astringent with antioxidant properties. Even sensitive skincare should enjoy it. Lactobacillus/​Soybean Ferment Extract is a fermented ingredient with beneficial effects on our microbiome. Arctium Lappa Root Extract or Burdock Root Extract has anti-inflammatory properties. Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, also known as Japanese Mountain Yam, this extract is told to be a moisturizing and brightening antioxidant with a positive effect on wrinkles. Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract is a classic moisturizer with soothing properties. Some people might be allergic to aloe. My problem with aloe is that if you prepare aloe in a "wrong" way, it can sensitize the skin. Hibiscus Esculentus Fruit Extract or Okra Fruit Extract is an antioxidant. It protects the skin from the damage made by UVB radiation. Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract is a mushroom also known as snow mushroom or silver ear mushroom. It's an edible mushroom and polysaccharide, it has beneficial meaning for your skin - since it's a sugar, it can help with the moisture of the skin. Tilia Vulgaris Flower Extract or common thyme flower extract is an ingredient with soothing properties. It can calm your skin and help with blood vessels to make them stronger. 

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Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract has moisturizing properties. Saccharum Officinarum is used to produce sugar and this species is typical for New Guinea. It has other properties which you might like, I know Sugar Cane mostly as a brightening ingredient. Houttuynia Cordata Extract is an ingredient that some people with acne-prone skin loves while for me, my experience was not bad but still all hail Centella! Houttuynia Cordata is a plant, which we still use in Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine, it's also known as Heart Leaf or Chinese lizard tail. Funny fact about Houttuynia - it's also called Fish Wort, Fish Leaf, etc. because it's an edible plant and it usually leaves the fishy aftertaste. I eat fish a lot, but I'm not a fan of the fishy taste of low-quality matcha (yep, I'm a tea & fish snob) so I don't think I would enjoy it, I'll stay with enjoying Houttuynia magic in skincare. Houttuynia is an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Leontopodium Alpinum Extract or Edelweiss Extract is a source of flavonoids and leontopodic acid. It's an antioxidant with strong soothing properties. It strengths the skin barrier. Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract is a moisturizing extract that carries a typical scent. Hydrogenated Lecithin is lecithin after surgery - it works as an emollient, but it is also used to encapsulate the active substance in liposomes (since they are supposed to help the active substance penetrate the skin deeper). Geranium Maculatum Oil or spotted cranesbill oil is an oil with soothing properties. Still, some people might be allergic to this oil. Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice or Birch Sap Juice has anti-inflammatory properties. Cananga Odorata Flower Oil or Ylang Ylang Oil is a popular relaxing oil. Not everyone will enjoy oils in skincare products, but this one is not only good in aromatherapy but it can help with inflammation and acne. C12-14 Pareth-12 is an emulsifier and surfactant, it makes a weak foam. Tromethamine helps with the pH, to make sure your product has an ideal pH. Xanthan Gum is a thickener and stabilizer which you can find in food and skincare.

VelyVely Calming Ampoule

Carbomer is a thickener and stabilizer. You can often see it in gel formulas. Butylene Glycol is a moisturizer and solvent, but it's also alcohol. You see, not every alcohol in skincare is terrible. Some of them have positive effects on your skin - just like Butylene Glycol, which is a popular substance even in eco/green cosmetic products. Beta-Glucan derives from yeast, mushroom (like Chaga or shiitake), seaweed or cereals (oat, wheat, barley). I don't know why, but Beta-Glucan to me smells like wine. Beta-glucan is a stunning humectant with soothing properties. It's great for sensitive skin. Disodium EDTA is a synthetic stabilizer and preservative. It helps with the viscosity of the product. Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol and Xylitol - this trio is called Aquaxyl. It's a moisturizing formula that makes your skin stronger and boosts hydration of the skin. What each of these three substances used in Aquaxyl shares is the fact that all three are sugars. Glycerin is one of the most popular humectants in skincare. There's a large number of myths around glycerin like it can clog your skin. It doesn't clog your pores, but too much glycerin can make a sticky layer on the epidermis and even make your skin dryer than before due to TEWL (Transepidermal Water Loss). Still, it's an ingredient that we want to see in formulas. Camphor is a waxy substance with a typical scent, many people hate this scent, but camphor has a nice cooling effect on the skin and it's an astringent. Ceramide NP or Ceramide 3 is an ingredient that we want to see in our products. Ceramides naturally occur in human skin, and they have a dominant role. You can find them in the lipid barrier of the skin along with cholesterol and fatty acids. Ceramide is like a cement of the skin. It makes sure that your skin won't get dehydrated. Oxygen, in this case, it's about oxygen water to add more oxygen to the skin. Ethylhexylglycerin is a preservative. It keeps products fresh.

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How does VelyVely Calming Ampoule work?

I wasn't sure if I want to open VelyVely Calming Ampoule because of the packaging. It's a tiny art piece, on other hand, I wanted to try Yuja one - as a huge fan of Yuja, but because of Retinol in my skincare, I've decided to listen to my skin needs. My main skin need was hydration and calming. It was a hard choice which serum from VelyVely will be the best choice for my skin. The formula has some oils that I wasn't sure about since my skin started to react badly to essential oils - check my Dr Jart+ Cicapair Gel Cream review, at first, my skin felt great, but after retinol, it became very sensitive to natural ingredients, scent ingredients and alcohol. Creating this review was hard, because even if the packaging is gorgeous and I can spend hours talking about how VelyVely did a great job with branding, aesthetic design and how I like the concept of the brand. However, the serum itself is not a magic product. I like the texture - it's a well-moisturizing product in a bit gel-like serum form with a delicate scent. There aren't any negative aspects of this product - it's a formula with Aquaxyl which brand mentioned itself (so I did my digging because sometimes when I see some ingredients I automatically suspect what complex was used by the company, but I'm never 100% sure unless the company states it itself). The only minus might be its regular price. If you expect fireworks then you might be a bit disappointed. This serum isn't revolutionary, it's just a formula that works, and in my case, it works well, but I didn't expect my skin problems will completely disappear - yes, my skin still feels a bit dry after an entire day or when I wake up. Less than before, I do not have any dry patches on my skin, but if you expect this formula to do an incredible, unbelievable job then I would recommend you to visit an esthetician and get a professional treatment. It's not a must-have product, but I feel like younger people might enjoy this ampoule even if its price might not be the most affordable if it isn't on sale.

VelyVely Calming Ampoule

How much does VelyVely Calming Ampoule cost, and where to buy it?

I got my VelyVely Calming Ampoule from Jolse, currently, it costs $42 for 40 ml which is not the most affordable ampoule, but Jolse has many great offers and I recommend you checking Jolse's website regularly for new offers and sales.

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*** This post was made in a collaboration with Jolse even though it still shows my personal opinion on the topic and product.***

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