Product Review: Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule

Missha time revolution night repair packaging

 Ingredients List: Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glycereth-26, Juniperus Chinensis Xylem Extract, Sorbus Commixta Extract, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Betaine, Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Ethyl Hexanediol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, PEG-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Polysorbate 20, Cyclomethicone, Grifola Frondosa (Maitake)/Ophioglossum Vulgatum Extract Ferment Filtrate, Carbomer, Glyceryl Caprylate,Triethanolamine,Hydrolyzed Rice Extract,Sea Water,Sodium Hyaluronate,Lactobacillus/Rice Ferment Filtrate,Portulaca Oleracea Extract,Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract,Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract,Yeast Ferment Extract,Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer,Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes,Acacia Arabica Stem Bark Extract,Adenosine,Dimethiconol,Xanthan Gum,Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract,Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil,Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables,Octyldodecanol,Dipropylene Glycol,Hydrogenated Lecithin,Tocopheryl Acetate,Disodium EDTA,Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide,Cassia Alata Leaf Extract,Dextrin,Lactococcus Ferment Lysate,Laminaria Digitata Extract,Manilkara Multinervis Leaf Extract,Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract,Lactobacillus Ferment,Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer,Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate,Pogostemon Cablin Oil,Hydrolyzed Soy Protein,Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein,Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract,Tripeptide-1,Tripeptide-10 Citrulline,Hydroxypropyltrimonium Maltodextrin Crosspolymer,Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil,Propylene Glycol,Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil,Retinol,Cholesterol,Beta-Sitosterol,Lecithin,Panthenol,Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract,Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate,Ceteth-24,Choleth-24,Glyceryl Arachidonate,Glyceryl Linoleate,Glyceryl Linolenate,Ubiquinone,Cetyl Phosphate,Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterol,PEG-5 Rapeseed Sterol,Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate,Acetyl Hexapeptide-8,Ceteth-3,Ceteth-5,Copper Tripeptide-1,Silica,Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract,Biotin,Phenoxyethanol,Sodium Benzoate,Potassium Sorbate

Just look at this ingredient list! It’s insanely HUGE. I’ve been using this product for a while hoping my skin would benefit from the lactobacillus and the fermented extracts, but I had no idea how much potent ingredients were involved in the formulation of this famous night-time serum and supposed youth-elixir. Honestly, I have a hard time imagining how Missha can fit such a long ingredients list in a 50 ml serum bottle – which is more than the usual 30ml serum bottles. Still, at what concentrations can we find the actives listed? Considering that ingredients in a list are always placed starting from the highest concentration to the lowest, it’s a known fact that the first five ingredients usually compose most of a product (around 80% of a product to be exact).

This doesn’t leave much space for the incredibly high number of ingredients that are said to enter in the product’s formulation. Ironically, water is the first ingredient on the list. I would be very curious to see how much of this product is simply water or Bifida Ferment Lysate, the second ingredient on the list. What follows down the list is an explosion of different natural extracts, antioxidants (vitamin A, vit. C derivatives, vit. B3, vit. E) fermented extracts, fatty acids, humectants and even peptides. This product basically contains every ingredient the skin could wish for. But this is too good to be true. I strongly doubt that, past the tenth ingredient, the actives listed are present in sufficient concentrations to have any positive impact on the health of the skin. Furthermore, such a wild combination of actives raises questions regarding the stability and quality of the product’s formulation.

Product claims

The product claims to offer your skin:

  • Nighttime replenishment:  Highly concentrated formula works while you sleep to promote the beautifying benefits of your skin’s natural overnight rejuvenation.
  •  Powerful vitality:  Designed to target multiple key signs of aging for a complexion that looks and feels brighter, revitalized, and more resilient.
  • To wake up radiant:  Fortified with a conditioning elixir of fermented extracts and vitamins that condition your skin with the nutritious moisture it needs to appear youthfully energized.

The product claims above and the diagram below can be found on Missha’s website (22/06/2018)

Key Ingredients

key ingredients missha night repair

Product Characteristics

  • Irritation potential:  Low. Surprisingly, the CosDNA Analysis reveals no major skin irritants amongst the ingredients, apart from Retinol (vitamin A), but do not worry; the amount of Retinol included is clearly too low to have any (adverse) effect on the skin. 
  • Look & feel:  It’s a rich and soft golden serum that nicely glides into the skin. The serum seems to instantly nourish the skin while being absorbed, leaving it feeling velvety.
  • Finish:  The product is easily absorbed, which makes it wearable daytime. Tends to give skin a perfectly healthy and energized tone.
  • Smell:  Barely noticeable light floral/ferment smell.
  • Packaging:  50ml opaque purple glass bottle with a dispenser. Easy to use. Good at preserving actives from oxidation and sunlight.
  • Potency:  Moderate. Highly nourishing for the skin’s barrier, but the concentration of active ingredients like antioxidants does not appear significant enough for serious anti-aging skin care.
  • Pricing:  Moderately expensive at 49 USD for 50ml.

My Experience with the Product

Missha’s Time Revolution product line is what I chose in order to experience fermented extracts and probiotics in my skincare for the first time. I’ve been really interested in these natural ingredients because they provide support to the skin barrier and its functions.  By the way, having a balanced and functional skin barrier is a priority for the overall health and look of your skin. We need to work with our skin, not against it. Nourish your skin, don’t punish it. This is exactly what the product delivers: optimal support for a truly healthy skin.

When I apply the serum at night, I’m glad to wake up with a more healthy-looking skin tone. For a more impressive result, apply Missha’s Science Activator Ampoule after applying vitamin C. Your skin should GLOW the morning after. Personally, I find that having healthy skin that naturally glows, not from suntanning, but from topical nourishment, is incredibly attractive. The best version of yourself. Aw!

Do you have sensitive, redness-prone or irritated skin? In that case, Misshas science activator ampoule might help you out. I especially like using the skin nourishing serum if my moisture barrier is irritated from prescription Retinol or over-exfoliation. Another element worth mentioning, this serum absorbs really well into the skin, which makes it totally do-able to add a few drops to your face in the morning. You can wear this in public. Super versatile!

Final thoughts

I have to say I sincerely enjoyed using this product in the lasts months. It was particularly enjoyable to apply: It felt nourishing, yet it wasn’t overly heavy. So soft. The fermented extracts really seem to provide a handy support for the skins overall health. They make the skin barrier function better –hence making your other anti-aging products work better with your skin. Now, when it comes to anti-aging, this should not be the main product you rely on. Make sure you also have serums with potent concentrations of one (or more) antioxidants, as well as much shorter ingredients list.

  • Will I repurchase the product? I want to try cheaper alternatives from COSRX or Benton, which only focus on fermented extracts/probiotics. I’ll be sure to let you know once the trial is done if I miss Missha or not.
  • Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes and no, depending on my friends budget. This nourishing and tone-enhancing product is interesting, but you might want to consider cheaper alternatives. Other products offer high concentrations of fermented extracts, without the addition of probably insignificant (and unknown!) amounts of “potent actives”. On a side note, Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule is a known dupe for Estee Lauders’ much more expensive Night Repair serum. So, Missha, overpriced or cheap? Depends on your references!

⇒ Score: 7/10

… A serum with a visibly positive impact on the skins overall health. Also, a product mentioning a record high number of skincare buzzwords in its mysterious ingredients list. Seems like a good tactic to push the price up, just saying. 

Have you tried this common “Holy Grail” product? Do you think it deserves its recognition? Let me know 🙂

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