So, quite a while back (end of August actually) I posted a picture on my Instagram of The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum. I had so many people asking me all about it. Where can I get it from, is it worth it, and how do I use it??? I didn’t want to do a full post on just the one product, as there is so much hype around the brand at the moment. I wanted to try out a few other products from their offering first.
Now, I still have a few of their other products on my wishlist. They have an impressive lineup of affordable anti-ageing products that I have my eye on, and so many others that look amazing. But for today, I have three great products to talk to you about!
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I suffer with dehydrated skin. It leaves my skin pink, irritated, flakey and tight. I know from reading up on this that hyaluronic acid is the best ingredient to look for in skincare, to combat the dehydration. It can hold up to 1000 times it’s weight in water, so it assists in maintaining hydration levels in skin, and plumping up the surface of the skin. Often, you can suffer with fine lines that are actually due to dehydration. So it makes sense that products high in hyaluronic acid will therefore help to diminish these fine lines and work as an anti-ageing ingredient as well as one to combat dehydration in any age group.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic 2% and B5 offers three forms of hyaluronic acid – these help the product penetrate the skin and hydrate from within, as well as provide surface hydration. Vitamin B5 also assists with the hydration of the surface layers of the skin.
Frosted glass bottle with a dropper.
Clear, runny gel.
Ranges from R175 – R280 here in South Africa, depending on where you get it from.
You can buy this from Muse Beauty in South Africa HERE. You can also buy from Bay One HERE, but even though it is slightly cheaper, you’ll wait much longer for it to arrive as they purchase directly from the supplier and it can take up to 12 weeks. It all depends on how badly you want it 😉 I prefer to use Muse if they have in stock, as I know it’ll arrive within 2 days.
I know that Samika and Fashion Police also sometimes stock this. Other than this I don’t know many other local shops that do have the legit product, and with the amount of fakes on the market, I’d be wary. Fakes will not use the correct ingredients and can be extremely dangerous.
WOULD I REPURCHASE?
Yes! This is already my second bottle of this marvellous serum, and I plan on purchasing another when I reach halfway on this one. A holy grail product already, I don’t think I’ll ever be without this serum again. It provides intense hydration, and you only need two drops for your whole face. I actually spritz on some Avene Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water and then apply the serum, as it’ll help soothe and hydrate, allowing the serum to pull the water into the skin.
I noticed after only a couple of days of using this (both AM and PM), that my skin was less pink and irritated, and wasn’t feeling as tight.
You’ll be seeing this pop up in my Best of 2017 Skincare post soon – of this I’m 100% sure! In the meantime, you can read about my Best of 2016 Skincare HERE.
Squalane is a plant-based hydrator that is oil-free and non-greasy. Great for surface hydration and prevention of loss of hydration. Fabulous as an extra supplement in my routine to keep the hydration levels of my skin on point! This can apparently also be used on the hair (I didn’t know until I ready the site description!) to increase heat protection, add shine and reduce breakage potential. Basically a goodie to have on you if you’re travelling, as it’s a 2-in-1 product.
Amber glass bottle, with dropper.
Much runnier than the Hyaluronic Acid serum, this looks and feels slightly oily, yet it’s oil free. So strange! You need to apply this AFTER any of your water-based products (looking at you HA 2% and B5!) as it won’t absorb otherwise. I find if I apply a couple of drops of the Hyaluronic Acid serum, leave it to sink in and then put a couple of drops of this Squalane in my palm, rub my hands together and PRESS (not rub) this into my skin on top, it works best. If you use too much of a water based serum underneath, or try and rub this in, the product underneath will pill or ball up.
Between R164 – R280 here in South Africa, depending on where you get it from.
WOULD I REPURCHASE?
I don’t seem to use this as often as the Hyaluronic serum, and a little really does go a long way. I mostly use it at night, and only in the day if my skin is feeling particularly parched. It is a great addition to the Hyaluronic serum, but I feel like it’s more of a summer product for me. In winter I’d need an actual oil, and I have a couple of options that are specifically for dehydrated skin in my cupboard too. I guess I’ll have to see if I finish this up this summer, and if I need it again next year. I also want to try using it in my hair and see how that works out – you never know, it could become a must-have!
I’m not usually that big into silicone-based primers. I find them far too slippy and my makeup doesn’t sit well. I know that you need to use a foundation that contains silicone if you’re using one of these primers, and I did think for a while that perhaps this was my problem. But all the foundations I currently own have some kind of percentage of silicone. I also know that some people just don’t like the feeling of silicone-based primers, and that it’s quite a love or hate product.
I’ve found a very small number of primers that I can use that are silicone-based. One of them is the Smashbox Pore Minimising (and even this sometimes gives me hassles). The other is this offering from The Ordinary. This product doesn’t feel as slippery, it feels more moisturising actually! My makeup definitely stays matte for longer with this, my skin does look a little blurred, and my makeup stays put fabulously. I apply the primer and then go about some other business (make a cup of tea or start my eye makeup) so it has some time to set before I apply foundation.
Wide, plastic tube.
Feels more like a moisturiser than a silicone-based primer, but there is that bit of slip there that gives it away. White in colour but once massaged in, it goes clear.
Between R128 – R180 here in South Africa, depending on where you get it from.
WOULD I REPURCHASE?
Yes I definitely think I would. This is a fantastic everyday primer, and I trust it enough to wear to special events as well, as I know it will pull through and do it’s job properly. It’s really well priced, so totally worth it!
OVERALL IMPRESSION OF THE BRAND
Fabulous! Honestly, they provide affordable products and each product is so good. I think it’s because they try to keep it as simple as possible, and I like that. I have so many other products from the brand I’d like to try. Here’s a short list: –
Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% – anti-ageing, brightening and helps to fade pigmentation
Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane – high strength of retinoid with no/low irritation
Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% – renews skin’s appearance and improves tone and texture
Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA – fantastic non-greasy hydration moisturiser
Have you tried anything from The Ordinary? If so, what? I’m dying to try out some of their other products!