The Ordinary has been "The" Skincare brand of 2017 and has Internationally
received mixed reviews on performance, but on price no one has complained.
To find out more about the origins of this purse friendly brand
then read my haul post below to bring
yourself up to speed with this "newbie" on the block.
(However I do still have two products to review)
Being a huge fan of exfoliators, peels etc.
the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution from The Ordinary
was top of my beauty shopping list on my recent trip to the UK.
My "Rule of thumb" has been to exfoliate once a week and after 40 years,
this rule has served me well. Having always used a mechanical type peel I was
keen to try a chemical one, but have always been a little unsure as to which
brand and product to opt for.
Having heard such good reports on this particular product from this no frills,
affordable skincare range
The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
seemed a logical, cost effective choice.
This viscous Ox blood coloured product comes with a pipette dropper
and yes it stays that colour once applied to the skin, so be prepared
and pre warned
as this isn't a mask you answer the front door in.
Despite its strange appearance, let me explain what it contains and what
you can expect from this concoction of alarming named ingredients
30% Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (Glycolic/Lactic/Tartaric/Citric)
Alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA) exfoliate the skin's topmost surface for a
brighter and more even appearance.
2% Beta Hydroxyl Acid (Salicylic Acid)
Beta hydroxyl acids (BHA) also exfoliate the skin with an extended function
to help clear pore congestion.
These two combined give you a total of a 32% AHA/BHA solution,
which offers a deeper exfoliation to help fight visible blemishes
and for improved skin radiance.
The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture and reduces the
look of fine lines with continued use.
Hyaluronic Acid Crosspolymer
gives comfort to the skin
is an Antixidant
The Tasmanian Pepperberry derivative helps to reduce irritation
associated with acid use and (due to its plant origin) is what gives the product
it blood red colour, which by the way does change slightly according to
the season of harvest.
Helps with the healing
It's comforting to know that whilst all of the above work their magic on the skin
that a pH of 3.6 is maintained allowing the acids to perform at their optimum
whilst reducing irritation, which can be a problem for many users of AHA's
Before I explain how to use and give you my thoughts and opinions on this product
The Ordinary do issue this note/warning
This formula should not be used on sensitive, peeling or compromised skin.
This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity
to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn.
Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while
using this product.
I must make mention here that I do not have a sensitive skin.
This was my first use of an acid peel and despite having a beauty therapy
Use ideally in the evening no more than twice a week
(I kept to my rule of thumb of once a week)
This product is applied to a clean face and do not use on wet skin.
This low-viscosity solution is intended to be used as a masque.
Apply evenly across face and neck using your fingertips.
Leave on for no more than 10 minutes.
(I initially left on my skin for 5 minutes and then slowly increased
to 10 minutes, once I was assured that my skin felt comfortable.
As the 10 minutes approaches I can feel my skin comfortably tingle, but do
not be tempted to leave on for longer than 10 minutes)
Rinse with lukewarm water.
Avoid the eye contour and contact with eyes both during application and rinse off.
For me this product didn't WOW me straight away, due to the fact that I was
"treading" carefully for several applications.
I was experimenting with both the timings and thickness of application
and once I had my own personal "settings" for this mask I really
enjoyed using and, best of all, the results it gave.
My skin feels even smoother and looks more radiant
and this type of chemical peel has elevated my weekly exfoliation routine to
the next level
and I now find myself alternating between my usual exfoliators/scrubs
and this peeling solution and my skin is loving me for it.
It really is a 10 minute facial.
It really is a 10 minute facial.
AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
There are several websites that sell The Ordinary in South Africa
just Google, but stock availability seems to be an issue.