The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid (Review)

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I feel like the Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid has gotten a lot of backlashes because people don’t know how to use it correctly.

Before I bought my first bottle, I was sceptical as well. I wasn’t sure it was worth buying because of the number of the bad reviews I had seen. But I gave in. I mean what is the worst that could happen? If it doesn’t work, I’ll use it for my body. If it does, all well and good.

I’m currently halfway through my second bottle and I knew that I owed someone a helpful review on how to make the most of the Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid or anything other brands for that matter.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid (Review)

First Impression of The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid

Size & Packaging: In case you have been living under a rock, The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid is one of the few products that not only comes in 30ml pipet bottles but also in 60ml. I haven’t tried the 60ml bottle to see how long it will last. But from the way I use my Hyaluronic Acid, I might very soon.

The Product Itself: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid has a runny texture. If you’re familiar with essences used in Korean Skincare, the texture falls just in between serums and essences. Not too thick and not too thin. Just right.

Price: I feel like I don’t need to talk about the prices of The Ordinary products because they are as affordable as they can possibly be. Last year, I stopped buying my products on eBay because of the danger of counterfeit products. Instead, every two months, I order £25 worth of products directly from Deciem UK which entitles me to free shipping.

Ingredient List: The ingredient list surprisingly starts with water and continues to a bunch of science words and then stops at Glycerin and then continues with a bunch of words I could not be bothered to Google. I don’t know why I expected this ingredient list to be strictly Hyaluronic acid but then again it is a serum so there’s that.

Fragrance: None as always!

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The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid (Review)


Directions: We are directed to apply a few drops to the face AM and PM before creams. Naturally, you would want to follow these directions because it doesn’t make sense to layer your product anywhere else after creams.

What I did: Now this is where a lot of people got confused. Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant. This means that just like Glycerin, it draws in moisture from the atmosphere into your skin. But the thing is, it cannot work alone. For it to work effectively, it needs to be applied after a water-based product. Ideally, this should be your toner or a facial mist like rose water. I struggled a bit before I understood how to use The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid. Some people think it is a cheap product which explains all the issues that arose while using it. But based on my research, I realised that people were experiencing dryness and piling because they didn’t use water as a base before application and they used too much product. One drop is literally enough.

Anyway, after a bit of experimentation, I found out how to apply just enough Hyaluronic Acid that keeps my skin soft, supple and hydrated all day:

After cleansing, I apply my Klairs Supplement Preparation Toner or Innisfree Green Tea Toner (I try to avoid toners that already have Hyaluronic Acid). I ensure that my skin is damp and well hydrated. These days, I make sure my face is still damp before leaving the bathroom after a shower. That way, when paired with my toner, there’s enough water for the Hyaluronic acid to work. You don’t want the product to pile on your face. So the best way around that is to stick to one or two drops. I apply the product on my palm and tap it into my face. After which I continue with the rest of my routine. Typically, that means a couple of more essences before finishing up with The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors and The Ordinary Squalane Oil. It’s currently winter and I still use my Hyaluronic acid. Nothing’s changed.

So does it work? Duh! I particularly love how after a long day and I touch my face, it is still soft. It might not be as hydrated as it was in the morning, it is just not dry or dehydrated and that for me is a win-win.

Other thoughts: I don’t have any plans to take The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid out of my routine because it is cheap, effective and accessible. What more could you want in the product? I’m just looking forward to trying the 60ml bottle and finding out how long it will last. Of course, I’ll keep you updated!

Where to buy: Beauty Bay

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