13 February 2018


This is the 3rd review of the four serums that I bought from the
much hyped, simple, no frills skincare brand
The Ordinary, 
which falls under the Deciem umbrella.

The Ordinary 
 "Clinical formulations with integrity". 

To read more about the brand and the serums that I purchased 

and to read my reviews 

Matrixyl 10% + HA is perhaps the product that is the most difficult to give
you feedback on, as it's a Peptide serum with Hyaluronic Acid, that silently
 works away and doesn't give you
any obvious quick results, it's a long term ongoing treatment.
I had this product on my shopping list, as I currently do not have any Peptide
serums in my current beauty regime.

(I must explain that Matrixyl is a trademarked peptide composition 
developed by Sederma in France.
 Neither DECIEM nor The Ordinary is affiliated with Sederma)

This highly-effective Matrixyl composition is combined with a specialized 
Hyaluronic Acid delivery system, which has been shown to reduce the look of 
static and dynamic wrinkles...
Exactly what I and many other women in their 50's are looking for.

What are Peptides and why are they important ?
Peptides are chains of amino acids that are the building blocks of 
proteins in the skin.
When peptides form a long chain of amino acids, they become proteins. 
When they are in a short chain of amino acids, luckily for us,
 they are able to penetrate the top layer of our skin and send signals
 to our cells to let them know how to function.

Collagen is one such important protein and Collagen gives our skin 
its thickness and suppleness. When collagen breaks down in the skin 
(from age and environmental factors like the sun and stress), 
wrinkles form. 
Peptides applied topically to the skin can send messages to collagen to 
prompt the formation of new collagen, which leads to the appearance
 of a more supple and youthful skin.

I've been using several drops of the High Strength Peptide Formulation

The Ordinary Matrixyl 10%+HA 

for the past 4-5 months. I used in the evening and it integrated well with all 
of my nightly products and I'm sure this would
be an ideal anti-ageing serum for a sensitive skin, that finds Retinol
or Vitamin C serums too stimulating or active.
The inclusion of Hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance found in skin, 
 has the magical capacity to attract and hold vast amounts of 
moisture and is loved by all skin types and 
was very appealing to me.

Best applied on a clean dry skin prior to any other products,
 it can used both am and pm, but to be honest I didn't enjoy the texture of
this thick,viscous,clear jelly like serum for morning application.
I found that use in the evening was preferable, but just a 'heads up" 
this serum doesn't spread easily, as it's Silicone free and drys fairly 
quickly leaving a slight tacky, sticky film on the surface of my skin.

I tried adjusting the amount that I used, but that feeling was still evident
 on my face and it just didn't do it for me.
I don't feel that I can fully or fairly review this serum, as I was only using
it once a day, but considering the length of time I have been using
I can't say I've noticed any diminishing of my lines and wrinkles, but
as I said earlier, it's a silent worker.
I have said this before in previous posts, if you skin is neglected
and ageing rapidly, then you will no doubt see more visible results, 
but remember that my skin has been well looked after for 
40 years or more.

However in comparison to previous serums that I've used over the years ,
 I found this one to be somewhat crude and basic and YES I know
it's selling for a fraction of other serum prices and based on 
its texture alone I won't be repurchasing.

I'll finish the product until the end, but
I will be on the lookout for another Peptide treatment
 to include into my daily skincare
regime, so if you have any that you can recommend please
drop me a note in the comments section below.

After saying all of the above I maybe eating my words, as it could just 
be one of those treatments where you only notice the difference once 
you stop using, but I will be sure to let you know if that happens...

This product is :

Silicone Free
Alcohol Free
& has a 
pH of 5.00-6.00

The Ordinary products, are also free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, benzalkonium chloride, 
coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury, oxybenzone.

DECIEM does not test on animals and does not pay others to do so. 
For this reason, none of their brands are sold in mainland China since such sales 
require animal testing for registration purposes.

The Ordinary Matrixyl 10%+HA

Available on certain websites in SA 




  1. So badly want to try their products! These have been so hyped about.

    Candice | beautycandyloves.co.za

  2. I would say it's hit n miss. I loved the AHA +BHA Peeling Solution n would buy again n the Caffeine Solution I enjoy. The 4th serum I bought was the biggest disappointment n yet I've seen people rave about. Not written my review yet🙈