The Ordinary – Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% | Review

October 17, 2017 in beauty

As with most products, I am usually late to jump on the bandwagon. About a month ago I finally got my hands on some The Ordinary skincare. A second review will be up soon but today I am just reviewing the Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%.

The Ordinary – Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% | Review

The Ordinary has taken social media by storm, if you haven’t seen their products, seriously where have you been? With very simple but effective packaging, The Ordinary have minimised packaging costs and misleading ingredients. To deliver a skincare line that comprises pure ingredients which will actually create visible results. Better yet, for an affordable price.

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Choosing The Ordinary Products

When I decided I was going to buy a couple of products, I was fairly overwhelmed. I had to look up a guide which explained each of the products and what was best for which skin type and desired result. Links to some useful guides are the bottom of this post. I personally feel this could be portrayed a little bit better on the packaging. If I went into a store, I would have no idea what to get without prior research. Once I had decided which I wanted to try first, I found that ordering online can be a bit of a nightmare with products regularly out of stock and being put on a waitlist. Surely they must be pretty good right? I purchased these from Fenwick, they have most of the range available.


Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%

I purchased two products to start off with, as I mentioned the second review is coming soon. Lactic Acid is a gentle exfoliator which evens skin tone and improves texture. The Ordinary sell Lactic Acid in two different strengths, this is the weaker one at 5%, the stronger version is 10%. I decided to try the weaker version first, just in case. The formula contains Tasmanian Pepperberry, which reduces inflammation.

How I use Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%

The Ordinary recommend applying this every night. If it is too strong you can mix with other treatments to reduce the intensity whilst your skin adjusts to it. The Ordinary also provide a warning about increased skin sensitivity to the sun, they recommend limiting exposure for a week after use as a precaution. I have found this strength is fine for my skin, I apply it at night. It is a thin consistency serum and is very quick to apply. I found once applied it goes every so slightly tacky but not uncomfortable. At first, I feel a very slight tingle on my skin but it doesn’t last long, I like this sensation as I feel the product is working.

Does It Work?

I have been using this for about a month, at first I wasn’t too sure if the product was making a difference. But, I have definitely noticed that my skin tone seems a little more even and brighter. I have found that I prefer not use this every night, I seem to notice more effect when I use it every couple of days. Sometimes I also like to use it as a quick treatment in the morning whilst I get ready, I apply this and leave it for 5-10 minutes then do my normal morning skin routine. I feel as though the exfoliation is helping tame my breakouts. This morning I used it as a quick treatment and found my skin is less red and the texture is smoother than normal. So far, I like it but will continue to monitor the results, I may even consider buying the stronger version next time.

Useful The Ordinary Guides:

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The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% | Review


  • Shelise Saddul October 17, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    I haven’t heard of this product although I like the fact it can help reduce inflammation, I usually stick to the same products for a while before trying others x

    S x

    • Hayley @ October 17, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      The whole range is really good – If you look through the guides you can find which products are suitable for your skin type. I will give this a few months before I decide if I will buy the higher strength version. Thanks for reading! xx

  • Jennifer | MrsQBeauty October 17, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    I’ve read pretty mixed reviews on The Ordinary. I would really like to try some products myself. I don’t try alot of skin care products but I have the foundation on my wishlist.

    Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

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