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Sunday, December 13, 2020

Review: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 #TheOrdinary #HyaluronicAcid #B5 #Panthenol #beauty #skincare

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1 fl.oz./30mL $6.80

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is so well known in skincare circles that it is often referred to as a miracle ingredient. It is in almost everything we put on our faces and is the darling of the cosmetic chemists who formulate products. While it is a great ingredient to use, it is not the end-all-be-all of skincare ingredients. Until recently I thought it was too. That is until I found out that this humectant doesn't penetrate the skin as well as glycerin. Shocker right? 

HA (as I will now refer to it) does a good job of helping to penetrate the surface layers of the skin and hydrates them well but its molecular weight is not sufficient even in a lower mass to get down to the dermis like glycerin. That being said, HA still works well to hydrate the skin and is useful for those of us with dry and dehydrated skin. 

This particular product, The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 contains a 2% solution of HA and panthenol (ProVitamin B5) that helps to rehydrate the skin and is a good humectant (ingredient that attracts moisture to the skin). HA can attract up to 1,000 its weight in water. The molecular size of HA determines its depth of delivery in the skin. This particular 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 makes it much better than most HA serums. It is supported by the addition of panthenol which has a number of benefits to the skin. They are as follows: it enhances surface hydration, it is extremely moisturizing, it acts as an anti-inflammatory, it soothes dry skin, it repairs natural moisture barrier function and it prevents TEWL (transepidermal water loss). 

HA is naturally found in the skin but its natural function within the skin is not hydration. Many products use HA but its molecular size is too great to penetrate deep into the skin. Thus it just sits on top of the surface of the skin, and can therefore draw moisture out of the skin instead of drawing it in, as it should be doing. It makes the surface of the skin feel soft and hydrated temporarily, while making you feel as if you need more HA after the product is rinsed off. Note, this formula uses three forms of HA with varying degrees of molecular weights, as well as the crosspolymer, to offer multi-depth hydration and visible plumping without drawing water out of the skin solely to improve temporary surface hydration.

To use, apply a few drops to the face in the am and pm before creams. If irritation occurs, cease and consult a physician. Use only on unbroken skin. Patch test before application. Keep out of reach of children.

Having used many HA serums in my lifetime and after trying this one, I can honestly say this this one is much better than any of the other ones I have tried. It does help to hydrate the skin better. due to the lower molecular weights as described above. It still doesn't beat glycerin for a humectant but should be used in conjunction with glycerin to help rehydrate and soften the skin as best as possible. I do believe that The Ordinary brand serum is best because it has the three lower molecular weight HAs, the crosspolymer and panthenol to work synchronously. Try this one out and let me know what you think too. I would recommend it for anyone with dry, normal and combination skin types. Dehydrated isn't really a skin type as more of state that skin is in. It happens when the natural moisture barrier becomes stripped and skin ends up flaky, tight and with a flat, shiny appearance that looks similar to Saran Wrap. This can occur when too much exfoliation occurs, or skin has been chapped, chafed, or compromised in any way. Using this serum will help bring the skin's natural moisture barrier function back to its normal state. 

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Adid 2% + B5 retails for $6.80 and can be found online at www.deciem.com, ULTA Beauty and SEPHORA. Like The Deciem on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deciem/ and Follow Deciem on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deciem/

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

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