Glycolic acid, like AHAs, is a water-soluble acid that can dissolve pore-clogging skin cells and reduce blemishes. It comes in many different forms, including cleansers, creams, and face masks. In addition to treating and preventing acne, it may also reduce the appearance of acne scars.
The Ordinary: Does it Actually Work?
The Ordinary products all over the internet and people seem to really love their products ( and how affordable they are! ) This brand has helped tons of people so I wanted to try it out for myself. 😊 UPDATE: I’ve been using these for 2 weeks and my skin looks SO MUCH healthier and glowy!🙌 I have combination, sensitive, acne prone skin with hyperpigmentation and these are the products that I chose: The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution This is a glycolic acid toner meaning that it is a chemical exfoliant and in my opinion it’s better than a physical exfoliant because you’re not physically scrubbing away at your skin and with that being said, a slight stinging sensation is normal. This exfoliates, brightens, and promotes even tone and texture. You can use it Am + Pm just as long as you wear spf in the daytime. Best part is it’s only $8.70 CAD!🌸 The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% This is a holy grail product for acne. It is a water based serum that greatly improves blemishes, enlarged pores, and oily skin. You can apply this Am + Pm without spf and I can’t wait to see how my skin gets better thanks to this serum! It’s only $5.90 CAD which is amazing for a product this effective!✨ (note: when applying, it does look a bit soapy because it is niacinamide but it blends out nicely) (Do not mix with vitamin C!!) The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% Aka vitamin C.. This has tons of benefits for your skin. It helps with hyperpigmentation, dark spots, uneven tone, signs of age, and it is an antioxidant. It’s an oil based serum meaning it should be applied after water based products and before your moisturizer. You can apply Am + Pm ( with spf ) and remember that vitamin C shouldn’t be mixed with Niacinamide! 🦋 The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA Alpha Arbutin is a brightening serum, it fades hyperpigmentation and dark spots. It’s water based and can be used Am + Pm ( with spf ) and it’s only $8.90 CAD💐 The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA This is a super hydrating moisturizer! It has a bit of a thicker, creamy texture to it and my initial thoughts were that it was going to feel too heavy and greasy on my face but once it was all blended in, it felt pretty good! It’s not too shiny on the more oily areas of my face and it keeps the dry areas nice and hydrated. It’l definitely seal in all the goodness underneath:)💖 UPDATE:The moisturizer as I mentioned is thicker than the ones I typically go for and I noticed that when I apply it and go to bed shortly after, my face sticks to my silk pillow case so it definitely takes a bit to sink into your skin hehe ** Please do your research before purchasing from The Ordinary because their products are at higher concentrations of specific ingredients. Some need to be worn with spf or layered differently and some can’t be mixed with others.**😘
The Ordinary-Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
Love from yours + the ordinary glycolic acid💖
I start using this product a week ago and I feel and see the difference. I’m always searching for a good product my face is combination skin and so easy to break out, even sometimes water change or climate change can make my face breakout and it so upsetting me because I love travelling. So I use several innisfree products before and I only can use Bija series, but I cannot use the toner, i use bija toner in the night and next morning the red spots come and I feel the acne come out. I always looking for good toner, serum, and cream. I bought The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution and The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% but unlucky me, I can’t using the Niacinamide. The product make my face break out on the 3rd day of using this product So I see an ads in Instagram about this product, you have to take an assessment about you and your skin first. They have a whatsapp chat so you can consult about your problem with theirs first before you buy the product love from yours. - Day & Night Skincare Set So I bought this set with doubt ‘can this product suit me?’ 1st day: there is no significant difference but I feel my skin texture is better 2nd day: there is no irritation or acne problem And I using it for a week and I pleased with the result💖 I hope this review can help anyone with the same concern with me💖💖
love from yours.-Day & Night Skincare Set
Hyped beauty products...
We can see these products everywhere (YouTube, instagram, TikTok...) but do they really worth the hype? The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Key ingredients: 30% AHA (glycolic acid, lactic acid, tartaric acid, citric acid) 2% BHA (salicylic acid). Price: $7.20 Worth the hype?: YES! It’s one of the products that attract the most attention since its color looks like blood 🩸. There are thousands of reviews, many speak well of the product and others not so much, probably because it is not for everyone. Definitely someone with sensitive skin shouldn't use it. And those with skins that tolerate chemical exfoliation should take precautions before using it, such as: 1. Patch test (inside the arm or back of the ear) and wait at least 24 hours. 2. Do not overexfoliate, most people see this product as a mask, but it’s a chemical exfoliant, if you wash your face with an exfoliating cleanser or scrub you would definitely be overexfoliating. 3. Do not leave it more than 10 minutes. 4. Remove it completely with water, you can use cleanser to make sure you remove it completely. 5. Apply a moisturizing cream after removing it (without acids like salicylic acid, retinoids...). 6. Use sunscreen (mineral or physical). It’s normal to feel warm or slightly tingling sensation, but it must be tolerable. I like the results of this product, it leaves the skin luminous and clean. The face may be a little red but for no more than 30 minutes. It’s the type of exfoliant that I use every 2 weeks or when I require a more aggressive exfoliation. 🚨IMPORTANT: Social media has popularized the image of touching a glass vial of skin care directly to your skin. Doing this makes the dirt on your skin go directly to the product bottle contaminating it, the ideal is to apply a few drops of the product on your hand without touching it. AZTEC SECRET - Indian Healing Clay Key ingredients: Calcium bentonite clay. Price: $12.90 Worth the hype?: YES! This product became popular several years ago, it has excellent reviews from many users talking about the wonders it does. It is a 100% natural clay that helps clean the pores. It acts as a kind of impurity magnet, it can be used with water or apple cider vinegar, the second option is better because it helps to neutralize the pH of the clay. I mix it with apple cider vinegar, let it dry for 20 minutes. As it dries, you’ll feel a tightening and pulling sensation. The slight redness of the skin is normal and disappears in about 30 minutes. The pulsating feeling is intense and when the mask dries your face feels a little tight. It leaves the skin clean and makes you less prone to breakouts, in fact for this reason I bought this mask and it works very well. The ideal is to use a moisturizer after (without acids such as salicylic, retinoids ...). 🚨IMPORTANT: use non-metallic containers, spoons/spatulas. My skin type: combination. Skin concerns: blackheads, pores.
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
My go to glycolic acid serum
I love this product. Ever since I started using this serum my face has been blemish free. It increases cellular turnover and is great for reducing fine lines. It’s a great hydroxy acid for my skin type since I do have a more dyer skin. I highly recommend this product for dry skin types. Combination skin types but I’m the dry areas of the face only.
PROVENCE BEAUTY-FACIAL SERUM - RENEW | Glycolic Acid
Different Toners For Different Skin Issues
I’ve had my fair share of skin issues in the past. I have combination skin that tends to fluctuate between oily and dry. I also get pimples occasionally, as well as blackheads and whiteheads. Here are three toners I’ve used that tackle different skin issues. The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution This is actually my go-to toner these days. It contains 7% glycolic acid which is already effective in brightening up the skin and lightening dark spots but is still gentle enough to avoid skin irritations. I typically use this during my PM routine since Glycolic Acid is an AHA that can cause extra sun sensitivity. Take note, it’s not recommended to use your palms to apply this, so it’s better to use a cotton pad or cotton ball instead. Nonetheless, I’m really loving the effect of Glycolic Acid on my skin. COSRX - Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner Centella Water Toner is what I use whenever I get breakouts. I’ve already featured it in a few other reviews before because that’s just how much I love it. I still use this in the morning even if I don’t have pimples, but when I do, I skip the glycolic acid and use this instead. I even soak a cotton ball in it and press it against particularly big pimples just to make sure that it seeps in. COSRX - AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner This is what I used before I switched to the Glycolic Acid toner. I also used it for my PM routine. At $13, it’s certainly affordable enough. Its consistency is very watery, the same as the other toners in this list. Since it’s an AHA/BHA toner, it’s supposed to have the same effects as the glycolic acid toner. But while it did complement my other AHA products well, the effects weren’t as noticeable, even after I finished the whole bottle. Final verdict? Obviously, I really enjoy using the glycolic acid toner and the Centella water toner. In fact, the GA one is on my HG list right now. I’m still on the lookout for good toners for pimples, but I think I’ll finish the Centella water toner bottle first before buying another one. As for the AHA/BHA toner, it’s not a bad product at all, but I just don’t see a reason to repurchase it.
COSRX-AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
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