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Discover my detailed review of the essence Bee Pollen Renew Ampoule Skin by the Korean skincare brand Missha.
A replenishing and innovative essence with 30% encapsulated bee pollen extract. That’s the new Bee Pollen Renew Ampoule Skin from the Korean skincare brand Missha!
When I saw on Missha’s Instagram account this Bee Pollen Renew Ampoule Skin essence last December, I couldn’t resist!
You probably know how much I love honey, propolis, and royal jelly in my skincare… but I must admit that I hadn’t considered bee pollen yet!
So I was so intrigued that I searched all over the World Wide Web to find it ASAP. And of course, the bottle is so pretty… another reason to fall for it!
This essence seemed perfect for my current skin need: the repair of my skin barrier, a bit damaged because of my experiments with retinoid products (aaah the lockdown and its series of skincare experiments motivated solely by boredom and anxiety lol)!
I have been using it for several weeks now so I can give you my thoughts on the Missha Bee Pollen Renew Ampoule Skin Essence!
Bee pollen in skincare:
Bee pollen is made by bees from the pollen of the flowers they forage, and is used to feed the youngest bees in the colony. It’s high in protein (about 40% protein), amino acids, vitamins and folic acid. In short, bee pollen is a truly complete nutrient!
And for the skin, it’s also a very interesting ingredient! The proteins, amino acids and vitamins it contains help protect the epidermis and stimulate the regeneration of skin cells.
It’s typically an ingredient that will appeal to over-stressed, stressed, and sensitive skin… thanks to its regenerating and repairing action!
Missha Bee Pollen Renew Ampoule Skin, product presentation:
The Missha Bee Pollen Renew Ampoule Skin Essence is one of the latest additions to the Korean brand’s popular “Bee Pollen” range, which is primarily aimed at sensitive skin in need of regeneration.
Is it just me or are the names of the Korean essences becoming more and more confusing? The brand talks about a “Skin Ampoule” (in Korea a “Skin” is a kind of moisturizing toner). But for me it’s simply a treating essence (if you want to know more about this category of products, I dedicated a whole post to them: Do I need an essence? ).
This Bee Pollen Renew Ampoule Skin Essence contains mainly bee pollen extract, but in a very original way!
It is actually located inside super small capsules made of layers of lipids, called liposomes (if you were already a cosmetics addict in the 90’s and 2000’s, this will bring back some memories!).
This technology makes it possible to isolate the ingredient from the rest of the formula, in order to maintain its effectiveness, but also to boost the penetration of this active ingredient. In fact, because of its membrane composed of one or more layers of lipids, the liposome has a better affinity with the superficial layers of the skin, because the latter also contain lipids!
Moreover, as you can see on the photos, you can see these little capsules in the formula and that’s all it took to please the skincare nerd in me! 😉
The rest of the formula is also very interesting! In addition to these famous bee pollen capsules, there are also some other interesting things:
– some moisturizing ingredients: hyaluronic acid (low molecular weight), polyglutamic acid, glycerin, betaine, honey,
– some repairing ingredients: adenosine, vitamin B5 (Panthenol), betaine, propolis,
– some soothing ingredients: Bifida Ferment Lysate (a probiotic), chamomile extract,
– some anti-oxidants/ anti-aging ingredients: Edelweiss flower stem cells, Chrysanthemum Borealis extract, niacinamide,
– some nourishing ingredients: ceramides, rose oil, royal jelly…
Missha Bee Pollen Renew Ampoule Skin, my experience:
I started the Missha Bee Pollen Renew Ampoule Skin essence a little over a month ago now, right after I finished my I’m From Mugwort essence. I figured it would be a nice change between trying more mugwort essences!
I chose to stick to using it only in the evening but you can use it in the morning as well if you want to.
Its texture surprised me! Given its name and the description of its formula, I was expecting a relatively rich texture, and a very comforting feeling after application.
In fact, the texture is rather fresh when you apply it! It’s a liquid texture, gel-like, quite typical of an essence.
You can’t really feel the pollen liposomes on the skin (they’re really tiny, to be honest) but my skin still feels comfortable after I use it, which was precisely the effect I was aiming for with this product!
I dab it into my skin with my hands, as I do with all my essences!
The brand emphasizes an effect on the skin’s radiance, the famous “honey skin” that Koreans love. I can’t really tell because, quite honestly, I rely more on my acids, vitamin C and retinol for my glow 😉
But as a complementary product to all these treatments, the Missha Bee Pollen Renew Ampoule Skin essence is ideal!
Plus, it has a delicious and subtle honey scent and I find the packaging very pretty, so I really enjoy using it every night!
In short, it’s a nice discovery, which is not too expensive (between $20 and $30) for a quantity of 150 ml, I expect it’ll probably last me a while!
I find the Missha Bee Pollen Renew Ampoule Skin essence very pleasant to use and it’s also effective in moisturizing and helping to regenerate my skin.
An essence that does the job and is a pleasant step in my evening skincare routine, what’s not to love? 😉
Product Review in detail
Missha Bee Pollen Renew Ampoule Skin
"A highly moisturizing skin toner that hydrates and soothes the dry and damaged skin within 1 hour.
Oil capsules containing bee pollen arrange excited dead skin cells and fill the skin with ample moisture.
Bee pollen vitalizes the tired and dull skin, renewing the skin healthily and with lively energy."
A pleasant to use and effective essence!
$20 - $30
- the packaging, is really pretty IMO,
- I love the fact that you can see the small capsules/ liposomes in the formula (as a skincare geek, I love it!),
- the formula is full of good skincare ingredients,
- the non-greasy gel texture, but which leaves the skin feeling comfortable,
- the repairing effect,
- the moisturizing effect,
- I really like its honey scent, very delicate and pleasant.
- not the easiest of products to find, even online.
Bee Pollen Renew Ampoule Skin
A brown translucent plastic bottle, with a brushed metal embossed cap.
A subtle honey scent.
A fresh and non-greasy liquid gel texture, despite the presence of the small liposomes!
all skin types, all ages.
– irritated, sensitized skin,
– dehydrated skin,
– dry skin,
– dull skin,
– wrinkles, fine lines.
I use the Missha Bee Pollen Renew Ampoule Skin every night, after I have cleansed my skin and used my other essences, and before my other treatments and moisturizer.
I apply it to my face, including my eye contour and neck.
I pour the essence directly into the palm of my hand. I sprinkle it about two to three times, in order to have enough product in my palm. You can also use a cotton pad to apply it, but I personally find that you lose far too much product with that method.
I then apply it directly onto my skin, with a light pressure using the palms of my hands until the essence is absorbed.
I finish by dabbing my skin lightly to ensure complete penetration.
In the formula, there are many interesting ingredients such as
– moisturizing ingredients: hyaluronic acid (low molecular weight), polyglutamic acid, glycerin, betaine, honey,
– repairing ingredients: adenosine, vitamin B5 (Panthenol), betaine, propolis,
– soothing ingredients: Bifida Ferment Lysate (probiotic), chamomile extract,
-anti-oxidants/ anti-aging ingredients: Edelweiss flower stem cells, Chrysanthemum Borealis extract, niacinamide,
– nourishing ingredients: bee pollen, ceramide, rose oil, royal jelly…
A very specific feature, in this product:
the bee pollen used in the formula is encapsulated in a liposome system which allows a more targeted distribution of the ingredient into the skin!
Water, Pollen Extract, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Bifida Ferment Lysate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, Pentylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Trehalose, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Glucose, Betaine, Propanediol, Fructooligosaccharides, Fructose, Carbomer, Panthenol, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Water, Tromethamine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyquaternium-51, Adenosine, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Dextrin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Sodium Phytate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil,Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate,Polyglutamic Acid, Leontopodium Alpinum Callus Culture Extract,Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract,Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Royal Jelly Extract,Chrysanthemum Boreale Flower Extract, Propolis Extract, Caprylyl Glycol,Honey Extract, Choleth-24, Ceramide NP
* Please be aware that ingredient lists may change or vary from time to time. Please refer to the ingredient list on the product package for the most up-to-date list of ingredients.
Ingredients not included
– mineral oil,