I picked up some skincare bits from The Ordinary last year and I’ve been meaning to review them. I mentioned a little while ago that I had been suffering with dry skin, and as such I turned my attention to the Hyaluronic Acid.
For those unfamiliar with The Ordinary, they’re a brand that strips away the gimmicky packaging and expensive marketing, to offer consumers skincare with ingredients not usually available at such low prices. The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 for instance, comes in at £5.90, whereas alternatives that contain the acid from companies such as SkinCeuticals or Glossier cost upwards of £24.
What is Hyaluronic Acid and how is it used?
I suppose to some, the idea of putting acid on your face might seem ill-advised. It conjures up images of skin fizzing and “ouch, it burns” cries. Hyaluronic Acid is different. It’s naturally produced by our skin cells and acts as a magnet to retain moisture. Factors such as the environment, UV exposure and ageing can affect those levels and can leave our skin looking a little dull and dehydrated. Incorporating a Hyaluronic Acid into your skincare routine can help skin appear plumper and more radiant. It can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Also, it doesn’t strip the skin or exfoliate, it’s just there to provide hydration to any skin type. I used it underneath a moisturiser to reap maximum moisturisation benefits.
A lightweight serum to rehydrate skin on a multi-depth level.
This ultra-pure serum combines 3 types of hyaluronic acid at varying molecular sizes with Vitamin B5 to offer lasting hydration and visible plumping of the skin at all levels of the dermis. Moisture retention, lipid barrier strength, and surface hydration are all improved, leading to smoother, softer, healthier skin.The Ordinary
My Thoughts on The Ordinary – Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
As with most The Ordinary products, the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 comes in a glass bottle with a pipette to dispense the product. The packaging is definitely no-frills and almost scientific looking. But as long as it is functional I don’t usually concern myself with packaging. It’s the product inside that counts.
I usually apply a few drops of the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 before bed underneath my moisturiser. It has a fairly thick consistency and it’s quite tacky, but it absorbs into the skin within a few minutes. It has no discernible scent. Now onto the big question, what did I actually think about it, and did it actually work? I do find that my skin is a lot more supple and smooth when I wake up. It definitely retains more moisture too. It doesn’t look any more radiant beyond what having well moisturised skin looks like though, and it didn’t really reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Having said that, I would definitely recommend it to people who suffer from dry skin, or who find that moisturiser alone barely penetrates their skin. For £5.90, it is an absolute steal and can be a saving grace for those suffering with dry or dehydrated skin.
Do you use any products with Hyaluronic Acid?
The Ordinary’s products are not tested on animals and most of them are vegan, nut-free, silicone-free and oil-free.
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The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Ingredients
Aqua (Water), Sodium Hyaluronate, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Glycerin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.