A skincare brand I had been wanting to try for some time is The Ordinary. A while ago, the Internet was abuzz with how well this affordable skincare brand should work. The idea is simple: simple ingredients that are stripped down to its core at an affordable price point that just does what it says in the tin. I finally got my hands on some of their products when I last was in London. How did I fare with The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5?
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
When I say affordable, then I mean affordable. Many of their products retail for less than €10. This Hyaluronic Acid retails for around €6 which really is affordable for an acid. Acids are usually some of the most expensive product in a skincare line, which is why I had never tried them. They also scare me a bit, but hyaluronic acid is an ingredient that is used in many hydrating skincare products and it was recommended to me by the store clerk as one of the bestselling items for people with dry and dehydrated skin.
In recent months, much controversy has sparked surrounding the original creator of The Ordinary and its sister brands. Since then, he has been replaced though and the company is now under different management. The main company, Deciem, houses quite a few skincare brands at different price points. So if The Ordinary is not your cup of tea, you can always head over to their official website and check out their other ranges.
The Ordinary is known for it’s very simple packaging. It is probably one of the reasons why they are able to keep the prices down. It certainly fits with the simple branding that surrounds this brand. The product is housed in a simple glass bottle with a dropper. That is then again housed in a simple white cardboard box. The bottle contains 30 mls of product, which is quite reasonable for a skincare product.
So when you look at this brand, the branding is super simple so you would also expect the ingredient list to be super simple, but it is not. Most of the ingredients do not mean much to me as I am not a chemist. However, the actual Hyaluronic Acid is high up the list, so that is a good thing.
At this point in time, I have used up about half of the bottle and while I am really liking the product so far, I feel it is running out very quickly. And that all has to do with texture. This product is rather thick and gloopy which means that you use quite a bit of product every time you use this.
One thing I really appreciate about this product is how there is absolutely no fragrance to this. It smells very neutral and non-existent, which is why I think it also works so well. It is a clear product that is quite runny and as you can see it looks very wet on the skin. What I do find with hyaluronic acid is that is feels like it sort of sits on the skin a bit at first. I used a hyaluronic acid based product by The Body Shop before and that I didn’t like as I felt it created a barrier more than anything else. This does not do that. I first apply a skin essence, then I use this as a serum step and after that I apply a moisturizer.
Have I seen a lot of difference in my skin? Not quite, but I think I haven’t used it enough to really tell the difference. Perhaps my skin needs a little bit more than what this has to offer me. Overall, my skin feels really nice though. My skin feels soft in the morning when I wake up (I usually use this only at night) and that is usually a good sign. But any truly visible effects I haven’t been able to detect yet.
I can only conclude that I quite like The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid but I think I need to give it a little more time to really see the long term effects. The short term effects I like and I like this enough to go out and repurchase it. Because I have never tried a serum that works like this does and at this kind of price point. With something this affordable, you really can’t go wrong.
Have you tried anything by The Ordinary?