1 oz/ 30 ml
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Why Cherie Love ItThis moisturizing formula with ultra-vegan hyaluronic acid will be a wonderful supplement for you. It can achieve a sufficient hydration effect without being greasy. The best way to use it is to apply it on a face that is not completely dry, and then use a moisturizer to keep it hydrated.
Why It's SpecialThe active ingredient hyaluronic acid paired with B5 promotes enhanced hydration at an affordable price.
What It IsHyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 from The Ordinary is a lightweight water-based serum formulated with vegan hyaluronic acid. This hydration support serum is great for those looking for a solution for signs of dehydration.
What Else You Need to KnowThis product is vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without oil, alcohol, silicone, nuts, and gluten. This product is an Allure Best of Beauty award winner.
Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer
Battle of the Hydration Serums: Hyaluronic Acid
Me: Combination Skin, Eczema, Hormonal Acne, Very Sensitive. I had dehydrated, super oily skin for the longest time. I started using a hydrating serum (Drunk Elephant B-Hydra) and by giving my skin the hydration it desperately needed, I saw my sebum production reduce drastically. Over the years, I’ve used different HA-packed serums and want to share my experience. In the photo, they’re organized from thickest (Drunk Elephant) to thinnest (NIOD), but I’ll be ranking them from least to most favourite. 5. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 is a fave of many budget ($6.80/30mL) routines. It is a goopy, odorless serum that’s not quite a liquid or a gel. It utilizes sodium hyaluronate and sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer as well as a couple other hydrating ingredients. Very basic. I used it twice a day. After applying, my skin felt hydrated- and tacky! It took a bit to dry down and made my moisturizer pill. But it did hydrate my skin nicely and didn’t irritate so it’s “okay”. I won’t purchase again. 4. THE inkey LIST - Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum is a good budget ($7.99/30mL) HA serum. It is a thin liquid serum that soaks in quickly. It not only includes sodium hyaluronate and actual hyaluronic acid, but other humectants and a couple peptides as well. It hydrated my skin and didn’t cause any pilling issues- plus I noticed some plumping after a couple weeks of twice-daily use. I would purchase this again if I was looking for a budget HA serum! 3. NIOD - Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex is cool, but pricy at $60/30mL. the thinnest liquid of the group, it soaks in nearly instantly. The INCI list is stacked, including 15 forms of hyaluronic acid and HA precursors, plus peptides, for hydration, soothing, and anti-aging benefits. It soothed redness and made my skin feel so soft and hydrated, very plump, after twice daily use for a couple weeks. But the results aren’t worth the price since I use a separate peptide serum. I won’t repurchase. 2. DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum is a bouncy gel with sodium hyaluronate, sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer, and niacinamide, it costs $48 for 50mL. It soaks in slowly but completely. Twice daily use for only a couple weeks transformed my skin- hydrated and less oily! It also includes pineapple ceramide and plant extracts. I enjoy this serum and can’t recommend it enough to oily/combo folks. I repurchase often as it’s so nice to layer with other serums without any pilling. 1. PAULA'S CHOICE - Hyaluronic Acid Booster is my favourite HA serum. Sodium hyaluronate, hyaluronic acid, 3 ceramides, and many other humectants beef up this INCI list. This serum has helped me so much with my eczema and any redness, making my skin plump, soft, more even, and wonderfully hydrated. It’s a “creamy” gel that I happily apply twice daily, with zero pilling. I’ll repurchase forever, even at $36/15mL.
DRUNK ELEPHANT-B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
✨ nighttime skincare routine video! ✨
Someone asked me to share my skincare routine so here is a video of my nighttime routine! I usually like to shower in the evening to get the dirt and sweat from the day off my body and to ensure I am clean when my head hits the pillow. My skincare routine actually starts before I hop into the shower. I always always double cleanse, so before I hop into the shower, I remove the makeup, sunscreen, and dirt off my face with BOBBI BROWN - Soothing Face Cleanser Oil . I love this oil cleanser because it’s soothing, it melts my makeup and sunscreen off, and I can feel my dead skin flakes coming off my face. Then while I’m in my shower, I use the LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser . It feels milky and gel-like for a great hydrating cleanse! As soon as I step out of the shower, I wrap my hair in a towel and get to moisturizing my body. My current body lotion is the Aveeno - Daily Moisturizing Lotion . I don’t even touch my face. It does dry up a little when I’m lathering up my body, so before I continue with the rest of my skincare routine, I splash some cold water on my face and neck so it’s prepped for my routine. Sometimes I’ll let my face air dry a bit (until it’s still slightly damp), but other times I’ll lightly remove the excess water with a face towel. Then I go in with the following products to get my nighttime glow: Toner: PAULA'S CHOICE - Pore-Reducing Toner Hydration: Curél - Moisture Facial Lotion Enrich (3 pumps) HERITAGE STORE - Vegetable Glycerin(I got min from a CVS, it’s not Heritage Store but any pure vegetable glycerin works, mix 2 drops with Curél facial lotion) The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 (can’t wait to finish this up and try out THE inkey LIST - Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum) Treatment: The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Eye Cream: GLOW RECIPE - Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask Moisturizer: CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion Lips: Aquaphor - Healing Ointment Skin Protectant Let that sink in and dry for a few minutes Acne Treatment: #Perrigo - Tretinoin Cream 0.1%[products]#[FiveStars] (prescription only) #Allergan - Azelex Azelaic Acid Cream 20%[products]#[FiveStars] (prescription only) Antioxidant: dear, klairs - Fundamental Watery Oil Drop Moisturizer: CeraVe - CeraVe Moisturising Cream Oil: The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil (2 drops) #365 Everyday Value - 100% Essential Oil Tea Tree[products]#[FiveStars] (1 drop mixed in with rosehip oil) Eyebrows and Eyelashes: TROPIC ISLE LIVING - Jamaican Black Castor Oil Lmk what you think! ✨💞✨💞
Aquaphor- Healing Ointment Skin Protectant
Layering Guide to Acne Fighting
Heyyyyy y’all! So since I’ve been in Korea and wore a mask for 24 hours straight my chin/jaw is trying to do its own thing. Luckily your girl packed enough skincare to last her 6 mo here! My jet lag has been kicking my ass being 13 hours ahead with a 6mo old, but my skin is so important with all my progress made. When “layering” products in my opinion there is no right amount. Yet, there is a correct order. (Remember water to oil) Nights Cleanse: My favorite acne cleanser right now is the CeraVe - Salicylic Acid Facial Cleanser While it can be drying (why it’s has 4 stars) making sure to add a cleansing oil before and hydrating serum after is key! Hydrate Y’all know I’m a toner lover. So I am using the peach slices - Snail Rescue Blemish Busting Toner I recently reviewed how much I love this toner and how hydrating it is. Followed with The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Remember to apply this damp skin. This is 🔑. Treat The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% This is a godsend for my pores. My oily t-zone has been helped a lot by this product. DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel I replaced this item because I prefer a retinoid over BHA for my acne type. It’s mostly hormonal but since suffering from low grade maskne it’s helped . Moisturize fresh - Lotus Anti-Aging Night Moisturizer This is my HG night moisturizer. It’s amazing. My skin feels so soft and smells so good afterwards! ELEMIS - Daily Defence Shield SPF30 Y’all know I love my Tula but this is hardcore. I wanted something that would be effective under a mask and still moisturize. When I use Tula I get a glow which I would prefer to use in a setting my glow would be “seen”. I’m making a list of k-beauty items I want to get once in our quarantine and other things! I also want input for makeup tutorials 👇🏾👇🏾
DIFFERIN-DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel
How to use Ascorbic Acid POWDER + my AM routine
Vitamin C will forever be part of my morning routine, because the 'before and afters' don't lie!! I experimented with a number of AM routines and different vit C serums from The Ordinary before landing on their The Ordinary - 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder Ascorbic Acid is pure vitamin C in its most potent, and also the most unstable form. It is incredibly difficult to formulate serums with L-Ascorbic Acid, which is why TO offers it in a powder form to slow/prevent its oxidation. You are meant to mix it with a liquid only as you need it. Don't worry, it dissolves in water based serums almost instantly and does not feel gritty! My "before" photo is from a little over a month ago, and my "after" was taken today (Nov 20) after using the ascorbic acid powder daily for 1 month! Both taken in the same room, same lighting, zero makeup. In addition to improving texture and decreasing breakouts, the difference it made in my pigmentation and skin tone is incredible! This is my AM routine and directions on how to properly use a pure powdered form of Ascorbic Acid. After cleansing, I add 1/2 a scoop of The Ordinary - 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder into my palm (start with only 1/4 of the supplied scoop until your skin adjusts). Then I add 2 drops of The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5and 2 drops of The Ordinary - Amino Acids + B5. You're aiming for about a 20% concentration of vit C. Mix with a finger until the powder is fully dissolved then apply evenly over face and neck, avoiding eye area. It is advised to use additional antioxidants with vitamin C in order to minimize oxidation and increase its effectiveness. Therefore I immediately follow up with 2 or 3 drops of The Ordinary - Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% I then apply an oil to moisturize. I currently use about 3 drops ofThe Ordinary - 100% Cold Pressed Virgin Marula Oil and sometimes mix with a couple drops of The Ordinary - 100% Plant-Derived Squalaneif I need a moisture boost. (Feel free to use any moisturizer that you prefer, as long as it doesn't contain actives that conflict with Ascorbic acid.) The last step is always, always, always sunscreen! I use thinksport - Everyday Face Sunscreenspf 30 which I tint to match my own skin tone (see my previous diy post for this). Then proceed with makeup (or not). Some additional notes: Keep powder closed, away from sunlight, and DRY. Don't even open it in a humid bathroom after a shower! If it oxidizes, toss it immediately. It mixes most easily in water based serums, but can be added to other serum or moisturizer which it does not conflict with (consult TO's regimen guide). Mix only what you need per application, don't pre-mix a batch. And start out slowly since it does tingle/sting a bit. I hope this is helpful, but don't hesitate to ask me if you have additional questions. Thanks for reading!
The Ordinary-100% Cold Pressed Virgin Marula Oil
First skin care routine ever...
I was the naturalist, I made my own face wash for over 5 years (honey, coconut oil, tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar) and didn't mind it... but I'm rounding my mid 30's now and really wanted something to help slow down the formation of wrinkles. I decided to start where most people do, with products from "the ordinary". They're cheap and there's so many to try! I bought The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 as per reccomendation from the DECIEM specialists, and friends, and started using one each morning, in rotation. After a few weeks I added a moisturizer PAULA'S CHOICE - Probiotic Nutrient Moisturizerand a sunscreen PAULA'S CHOICE - Youth-extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 because my skin was feeling and looking parched. I actually had worse texture and wrinkles! I noticed right away on the days I used buffet at night I would have more pronounced closed comodones. So after 4 weeks I stopped using this product. Right away I noticed improved skin colour with hyaluronic acid, so thought this might be a keeper, but I noticed my skin was getting drier and more wrinkly because of it, rather than plump, even after adding a moisturizer and sunscreen. A big indicator was my lips that were dry and peeling every day for those weeks. Finally I didn't really see much improvement with the Niacinamide. Overall I kept with these products (minus buffet) for over 2 months, and saw minimal improvement, many more blackheads on my face, and closed comodones that weren't going away. The real difference was when I stopped using these products just a few days ago and switched to PAULA'S CHOICE - Resist C15 Super Boosterin the morning, and PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator every other night (along with the same moisturizer and spf in the day) The closed comodones? Almost gone! And no new blackheads. Also my lips are back to their usual plump self. I think the buildup of too many products on my skin was causing it to actually become more clogged, with products that are supposed to be unclogging. I'll keep you updated on my beauty routine, as I've ordered 2 different moisturizers for day and night... but for now this is where I've switched to.
My Favorite Skincare Products on Amazon 💸
After many years of trying tons of skincare products, from drugstore names to cult classics from luxury brands, I’ve learned that a lot of the time the most popular product (or the most expensive one) isn’t actually the one that works best with my skin. Here are some of my skincare favs that you can find on Amazon for really affordable prices! COSRX - Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence vs. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 I’ve tried both of these products so many times, repurchasing both and using each one over a few weeks, and I always end up coming back to the COSRX essence. Not only do you get way more bang for your buck — 3.38 fl oz for about $12 vs. 1 fl oz for about $7 for The Ordinary — but I feel like this essence absorbs more quickly than The Ordinary without leaving any tacky feeling on top. The pump bottle packaging of the COSRX essence is also a great bonus! elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 vs. Supergoop! - Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 I first tried this Supergoop sunscreen because it was marketed to be a great primer for makeup. Although makeup does apply pretty well over this sunscreen, I didn’t like how I could feel the silicone sitting on top of my face. Sometimes it felt like my makeup didn’t “grip” onto this sunscreen as much as it should have, considering it’s meant to be a primer. I came across the EltaMD sunscreen while looking at brands loved by dermatologists, and I was immediately drawn by the fact it has niacinamide! The prices are pretty comparable — $34 for Supergoop and $36 for EltaMD — but I only use this sunscreen when I’m wearing a full face of makeup, so to me it’s worth the price. The EltaMD sunscreen applies very smoothly and doesn’t feel greasy or silicone-y, and I’m able to apply primer and foundation over it without feeling like the textures don’t mesh well. LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cleanser vs. fresh - Soy Makeup Removing Face Wash I was looking for a gentle cleanser that didn’t have a super creamy formula when I first tried the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, which is the most popular face cleanser at Sephora. I’m glad I didn’t buy the full size at first because for $38, it really feels like this cleanser does the bare minimum! It’s gentle and not overly drying, but it definitely doesn’t remove makeup as easily as I had hoped. For $38 I expected a lot more. My current cleanser is the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Face Wash Cleanser, which is a foaming cleanser meant for oily skin but is still insanely gentle and never leaves my face feeling tight or stripped of moisture! It’s also only $15 for almost three times as much product as the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, which is always a win for me. What are your favorite skincare products on Amazon?
The Ordinary-Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
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