I think it’s really important for brands to tell clients what their products are all about. The Ordinary is a brand that does an AW-MAZING job with that. I am going to let them describe to you what Hyaluronic Acid is in their own words.
“Hyaluronic Acid (HA) can attract up to 1,000 times its weight in water. The molecular size of HA determines its depth of delivery in the skin. This formulation combines low-, medium- and high-molecular weight HA, as well as a next-generation HA crosspolymer at a combined concentration of 2% for multi-depth hydration. This system is supported with the addition of Vitamin B5 which also enhances surface hydration. A more advanced HA formulation with 15 forms of HA, including precursors of HA, is offered by our brand NIOD in Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex.
Note: Hyaluronic Acid is found in the skin naturally but its natural function within the skin is not hydration. Many products have used HA to claim hydration benefits, but HA is too large of a molecule to penetrate the skin and instead sits on the surface and can draw moisture out of the skin making the surface feel soft and hydrated temporarily, while making you feel like you need more HA after the product is rinsed. This formula uses three forms of HA with varying molecular weights, as well as an HA crosspolymer, to offer multi-depth hydration and visible plumping without drawing water out of the skin solely to improve temporary surface hydration.” -The Ordinary
I naturally have dehydrated, oily skin which means even though I have oily skin I also have flaky dry patches. Skin starts to flake when it is dehydrated and before I became an esthetician I always confused being dehydrated with lack of oil. Now that I know how important hydration is and how much hyaluronic acid benefits the skin, I make sure to apply multiple hydrating products morning and night. That includes and relies on hydrating serum with a Hyaluronic Acid.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 hydrating serum worked wonders for my skin.
I wanted to wait until I ran out of the serum to write a review to see the difference in my skin from using the serum twice a day to not at all. While using the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum my skin was so smooth, and I almost forgot how flaky my skin got without it. Normally, my entire face gets flaky, but while using this serum I only ever noticed dryness around a blemish, if ever.
Here is a breakdown of the ingredients:
Sodium Hyaluronate: Sodium hyaluronate is the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring polysaccharide found in connective tissues such as cartilage. It is used as a skin conditioning agent.
Pentylene Glycol: Pentylene glycol is a synthetic, low molecular weight solvent and skin-conditioning agent.
Propanediol: Solvent; Viscosity Decreasing Agent. Viscosity controlling, meaning controls the texture.
Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer: Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer is a polymer of Hyaluronic Acid (q.v.) crosslinked with vinylsulfone.
Panthenol: Panthenol is a form of vitamin B5, used as a moisturizer and lubricating compound. This can either be a plant or animal derivative.
Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract: Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract is an extract of the alga, Ahnfeltia concinna. This is skin protecting and gel forming.
Glycerin (also called glycerol): A naturally occurring alcohol compound and a component of many lipids. Glycerin may be of animal or vegetable origin.
Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate: Chelating cosmetic chemicals in skin care. Chelating agents are ingredients that bind with metal ions or metallic compounds, preventing contamination or discoloration.
Citric Acid: Citric acid is an alpha hydroxy acid used in personal care products to adjust the acidity or promote skin peeling and re-growth in the case of anti-aging products. Citric acid is naturally found in citric fruits and juices, providing the characteristic acidic taste.
Isoceteth-20: Isoceteth-20 is a polyethylene glycol ether of Isocetyl Alcohol. This is used as a surfactant and emulsifying agent.
Ethoxydiglycol:Ethoxydiglycol is a small moleclar weight synthetic solvent. Fragrance Ingredient, Solvent, Viscosity Decreasing Agent, humectant, perfuming.
Ethylhexylglycerin: Ethylhexylglycerin is a glyceryl ether used as a weak preservative and skin conditioning agent. Skin conditioning agent.
Hexylene Glycol: Hexylene glycol is a small molecular weight surfactant. Fragrance Ingredient; Solvent; Viscosity Decreasing Agent.
Phenoxyethanol: Phenoxyethanol is a preservative used in cosmetics and personal care products.
Caprylyl Glycol: Caprylyl glycol (1,2-octanediol) is used as a skin conditioning agent; has some antimicrobial activity.
It is vegan, hydrating, and oh- so fabulous. I would recommend this to anyone in need of hydration (which is everyone!). If budget is a concern, then this is still a great choice because it is only $6.80! The quality of this product holds up to high end serums and for the price, I would say that’s magic.
The one down side to this product is it tends to make face products that contain oil ball up on top of it. I would recommend to not use this with an oil. If your makeup is oil based, I recommend letting it sink in with the rest of your skincare for 30 minutes and then wiping off any access with toner and cotton pad.
Overall for the price and ingredients, this product deserves a 4-star rating and gets a glowing review from me!
Your Kirkland Beauty Professional
Beauclair Beauty Bar
Located in Downtown Kirkland at Mosaic Salon
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