What is the difference between a toner, serum, ampoule and essence?

What is the difference between a toner, serum, ampoule and essence?

BB-cream.cz 20. 08. 2023 Blog

Do you feel that your skin deserves better care? Start using serums, essences, toners and ampoules in addition to creams and face masks. We'll tell you the difference between these products and how to use them properly.


Tonic (or lotion) is used to cleanse and refresh the skin. It can rid the skin of impurities left after make-up removal that make-up remover or micellar water could not cope with. At the same time, the tonic moisturizes and adjusts the pH of the skin.

After you have used the toner, you can apply other cosmetic products, most often a face cream. The use of a cream is necessary. Toners do moisturize, but only the top layer of the skin and only for a short time. They do not go deep.


Serums are great for all skin types, including problematic skin. They provide vitamins and antioxidants. They also moisturize and fight wrinkles, blemishes or scars. There are lifting, anti-wrinkle, exfoliating and rejuvenating serums. You should always choose a serum with regard to what specifically is bothering you. How to use the serum? Usually, you just need to apply a few drops of serum and then reapply the cream on your skin.


Ampoules are even more concentrated than serums and have a high proportion of valuable substances. Thus, they are among the fastest and most effective products in the field of cosmetics. They can be used on an ad hoc basis, for example during periods of stress, at the end of summer or at the end of winter. The result is immediately and at the same time visible in the long term.


The main advantage of the essence is that the active ingredients contained in it penetrate into the deepest layers of the skin. The essence therefore acts very effectively and immediately. It provides intense hydration.

Unlike a toner, the essence is a little more "creamy", hydrating the skin and preparing it to be able to absorb additional nutrients and moisturizers. So use the essence first and then, for example, your chosen serum. The essence is applied to clean skin, ideally in the morning and evening.

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