Review: Lisse Real Hydrogen Exigent Ampoule and Rejuvenate Sheet Masks

Lately in the skincare world, there has been a big backlash against the term “anti-aging”; Allure magazine just declared that they will no longer be using it in their magazine. Given how much of the beauty industry is targeted toward keeping women “looking young” and “reversing” the signs of aging, this is an interesting development.

As a woman in her mid-30s with a skincare blog and IG, I want to be upfront and let you know that I’m not super concerned about the signs of aging. You may have noticed that I don’t really talk about fine lines or wrinkles or anything like that in my reviews. Honestly, with the exception of some lines around my eyes, I don’t think I have many fine lines. (Or, I do and I just don’t notice them?)

I do use a mild retinoid, in part because it seems to keep my skin clear, but I don’t obsess about aging and wrinkles. I’m going to get older no matter what I do, so why stress about it? Perhaps this viewpoint is the privilege of my youthful visage showing; people often think I’m 5-10 years younger than I am. Maybe I’ll care more in 10 years.

Anyway, it’s important that you know this context for my review of the Lisse Real Hydrogen Exigent Ampoule, which is an ampoule focused on reducing wrinkles and brightening. When Lisse reached out to ask if I wanted to try some products from their Real Hydrogen line, I was intrigued by the idea of hydrogen in skincare and was eager to try it for the brightening potential more than the wrinkle improvement claims. This post will review both the Real Hydrogen Exigent Ampoule and the Rejuvenate Sheet Masks.

Disclosure: The Lisse Real Hydrogen Exigent Ampule and the Real Hydrogen Rejuvenate Sheet Masks were sent to me by the company to try and review. All opinions are my own.

 

Lisse Real Hydrogen Exigent Ampoule

Cosdna Analysis

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Super sleek and elegant packaging.


The ampoule set comes with four different ampoules so that the hydrogen powder can be mixed freshly each week. You press on the cap of the ampoule, which releases the hydrogen powder into the liquid in the ampoule. You then shake it and switch out the top for the dropper that comes with the set.

Each ampoule is made of glass, as is the dropper. They are definitely well-made and feel quite nice and sturdy.

 

The Claims

“Each of Lisse Real Hydrogen cosmetics utilizes the cutting-edge technology to store an ample amount of hydrogen intact until it touches your skin. With Lisse Exigent Repair Ampoule, create your own fountain of youth by mixing our special hydrogen powder and ampoule serum. Let your skin absorb hydrogen ready and fresh. Lisse Exigent Repair Ampoule contains real hydrogen for fast recovery of deeply damaged skin Wrinkle improvement and brightening: An emergency recovery for damaged skin.” (Lisse ad copy)

Ingredients:

Water (Hydrogen), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, 12-Hexanediol, SH-Oligopeptide-1 (0.001ppm), Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, SH-Pentapeptide-19, SH-Octapeptide-4, SH-Decapeptide-7, Perfume, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Panthenol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Callus Culture Extract, Oligopeptide-28, Neofinetia Falcata Callus Culture Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Callus Culture Extract, Myrothamnus Flabellifolia Callus Culture Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Caffeoyl Tripeptide-1, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Acetyl Hexapeptide-22, Allantoin

  • Hydrogen: Hydrogen water claims to help neutralize free radicals and turn them into pure water, thereby providing cells with microscopic moisture. It is also touted as a great anti-aging ingredient.
  • Niacinamide: Click here for my full ode to niacinamide. It helps brighten, lessen wrinkles, and repair skin.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate: the version of hyaluronic acid that has smaller molecules that allows it to absorb into the skin more easily; hyaluronic acid is a humectant that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water.
  • Rice Culture Extract: Full of antioxidants and vitamins, this can help brighten skin, lessen wrinkles, and stimulate cell growth.
  • The 7 different peptides listed: These contain anti-oxidants and are anti-wrinkle and anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Honestly, this is a great looking list of ingredients. It’s what you’d expect to see from a product claiming to lessen wrinkles and brighten skin. The “standout” ingredient is the hydrogen, which is something I haven’t really seen before the Lisse line.

As I discussed in the Lisse Real Hydrogen Yuza Snow Ice Cream review, I found an interesting article in a peer reviewed journal that found that bathing in hydrogen-infused water lessened the wrinkles of the participants in the study over the course of several weeks.

Hydrogen is supposed to convert the free radicals in your skin into water, which slows down the aging process while also hydrating the skin.

This is a diagram from the Lisse ad:

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The (Personal) Evidence

The instructions say to use the ampoule 3-4 times a week and to use each ampoule within a week so that you’re only using fresh hydrogen. I kept each ampoule in the fridge once I’d “opened” the hydrogen, as per instructions. I started out applying it once a day not quite every day, but at the end of the week, there was a lot left in in the first ampoule, so with the subsequent ampoules, I used it every day.

The serum, which is a milky white liquid with lots of slip, absorbs quickly, and the dropper is precise, allowing me to control how much I dispense.

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I used a drop on my forehead, one on each cheek, and one on my chin. The serum has a lovely, very light floral, fresh scent. I’m particular about scents in skincare, and I quite enjoy this one. The serum layers nicely with my other products. It is slightly tacky after I tap it in, but after I add the next product, that goes away.

For the first week, I used no actives or other whitening products so that I could test the effectiveness of the ampoule on its own. My skin stayed fairly bright; I didn’t have the “wow” brightening that I do after an AHA, but I wasn’t expecting to. I was pleased that the overall “brightness” of my skin didn’t backslide and my sun spots didn’t get darker. So, while this ampoule can’t take the place of AHA (I wasn’t expecting it to), it performs fine in keeping your skin’s current brightness.

As I kept using the ampoules, though, I was disappointed that there wasn’t a more cumulative brightening effect. As I’ll discuss with the sheet masks, there was quite a noticeable brightening with them, but that never happened with the ampoule. After 4 weeks of use, my sun spots didn’t fade, and most telling is when I removed it from my routine for almost a week between ampoules 3 and 4, I didn’t see much of a difference in my skin.
My early observations were that immediately after I using it, my skin had a nice bouncy, tight feeling, and the next morning my skin had a lovely bounce to it. This is, I am sure, part of it’s anti-wrinkle effects. However, I didn’t really see many more results other than those in terms of skin condition.

While I don’t normally find too much fault with packaging, I will admit that I grew a little frustrated with the individual ampoules. I thought the act of releasing the hydrogen powder was fun for the first two ampoules, but the novelty wore off by 3 and 4. I use this ampoule in my nightly routine, which is usually when I’m pretty tired. So I found that if I had to “make” a new ampoule, I might put off doing it for a couple of days. Does that make me lazy? YUUUP! But it’s true. But part of the issue is that the dropper top has to be transferred to each new ampoule. I tried to clean it to get off the old ampoule, which was usually coated with with the not-fresh hydrogen serum, but it was awkward and I’m not sure how well I did.

Overall, I found the performance of this ampoule in the long term to be rather disappointing. It didn’t have much of a cumulative brightening effect and while it helped make my skin plump, it didn’t give me any ground-breaking effects. Considering the price–and the results I got from other products in the line–I was hoping for more. It’s too bad, because I really wanted to like this ampoule,*spoiler* mostly because of the phenomenal results of the sheet masks (below).

It is possible that this ampoule is better at reducing wrinkles than it is brightening. It’s hard for me to comment on that, though, since I don’t really have any noticeable wrinkles. Well, that I notice, anyway.

 

So, will I buy this product again?

Rating Scale: 

  • Did you not read the review? Yes, of course. I will spend all of my money on this product!
  • Yes. I enjoy this product enough to purchase again in the future, especially if it’s on sale.
  • Meh. Maybe. I mean, I bet there are other, better things out there. I’d use it if someone gave it to me.
  • No. I won’t use this again and will probably bad-mouth it to others.
  • Hahahahaha. Nope. Noooooooope. Not even if you paid me.

The Verdict: Meh. Maybe. I mean, I bet there are other, better things out there. I’d use it if someone gave it to me.

Where you can buy it:

 

Lisse Real Hydrogen Rejuvenate Masks

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Ok, so I don’t normally review individual sheet masks on the blog; I save those for Instagram. However,  the Lisse Real Hydrogen sheet masks have incredible results that I haven’t really gotten from any other sheet mask.

The mask has a light, fresh scent that’s quite similar to the ampoule. It’s not strong or overpowering at all, but it is there. There wasn’t really any extra essence in the package, but the sheet mask was absolutely drenched, so that is fine.

The essence is thin, but has a slippery feel to it. In order to facilitate a better fit, there is a slit in each cheek.

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The flaps then to up on the cheeks, held up by loops around the ears.

The cotton is thicker, but quite soft and adheres well to the skin. The only issue with the fit was the eye holes, which are placed too close together for me; I have to make a small cut in the nose.

The mask has a chin strap as well, held up by ear loops. I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable this was; the mask material has some give to it, so it stretched well to fit my face. My ears didn’t hurt at all, which they usually end up doing with masks like this.

Be prepared, though, that this mask will really make you look like a serial killer. haha.

The mask stayed moist for about 40 minutes, even with me sitting in front of a fan. When I took it off, there was a definite brightening and softening of my skin. These photos are taken in the exact same lighting, with me sitting on the exact same spot on my couch, before and then immediately after using the mask.

 


The results are impressive, to say the least.

I was even more impressed the next morning when I woke up with bright skin like I’d used my AHA! I have never had a mask deliver this well on a sustained brightening promise before.

A month or so later, I then used 3 of these sheet masks in a row, and I was *glowing* by day three. My skin tone was even in the morning and my redness was even reduced.

These masks are pricy, but in my opinion, worth it. I can see myself buying a 5-pack of these for before a special occasion or a big event. I won’t keep them around for casual, daily use, but I definitely will be using them again for when I need an extra oomph to my routine.

So, will I buy this product again?

Rating Scale: 

  • Did you not read the review? Yes, of course. I will spend all of my money on this product!
  • Yes. I enjoy this product enough to purchase again in the future, especially if it’s on sale.
  • Meh. Maybe. I mean, I bet there are other, better things out there. I’d use it if someone gave it to me.
  • No. I won’t use this again and will probably bad-mouth it to others.
  • Hahahahaha. Nope. Noooooooope. Not even if you paid me.

The Verdict: Did you not read the review? Yes, of course. I will spend all of my money on this product!

Where you can buy these masks:

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