I have a bottle of The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%. If i’m being perfectly honest I have no idea what this is. I bought it from ASOS a while back because I had a £5 voucher and I’ve been meaning to use it ever since. So, I will give it a go for a week and tell you all about my findings here.
Day 1. On the back of the bottle it says you can mix it with ‘other treatments’ to reduce the strength of it until your skin develops tolerance. It also tells you to avoid sun exposure for a week. What is this?! What do I mix it with? Is my face going to melt off? The mention of acid makes me a bit nervous. I think i’ll mix it with some toner on a cotton pad to be on the safe side. I feel a bit like a guinea pig, and I’m fairly certain that the website actually recommends against using these sorts of products?
Note: While Lactic Acid can result in quick visible benefits, we generally suggest indirect forms of skin exfoliation in favour of direct forms such as this formula due to potential inflammation and sensitivity associated with acids. Please refer to NIOD’s Non-Acid Acid Precursor for such a reference.
Right then. I’ll be back tomorrow. Face or no face.
Day 2. Well last night was interesting. It smelt quite… chemically (great English there). I’m not surprised seeing as it is acid, but I could practically taste it! My skin felt tight and my eyes watered a bit. I used 4 drops, mixed with toner. Toner is O.K, right? I’ve heard of acid toner before… and this has acid in. So by my logic I can mix it with toner. I think I’ll dilute it for a couple more nights and then try it on it’s own.
Anyway, when I woke up my face looked pretty good. Whether that was the acid or the fact I’d actually taken my make up off I don’t know. Time will tell.
Oh, and to make things better I have two whopping spots on my chin that I now have to avoid. Spiffing. Time to go and apply some more.
Day 3. I went for it without the toner tonight. It stinks, and it feels a bit tingly. It hasn’t felt tingly before. I think it’s probably a good thing but I can’t shake the niggling worry that I’m going to wake up tomorrow with a bright red face.
It hasn’t made a huge difference so far. I look a bit brighter in the mornings but I’m still not sure if that’s just because I’m taking my evening skin care routine a bit more seriously. It doesn’t help that I’ve got no clue what it is actually mean’t to be doing, and it doesn’t say on the website either. Not very helpful The Ordinary!
Day 4. Today I woke up and actually looked pretty nice, despite a night of very disturbed sleep (Thank you Elliot). Was it the acid? Maybe. I used it without toner again this evening, 5 drops on a cotton pad and my face feels nicely tight and clean. To my surprise, I’m actually starting to like this product. The smell isn’t something I’ll ever get used to, and I’m not convinced that using it every day is the best idea but I am starting to notice small improvements in my skin.
Day 5. Things took a bit of a turn last night. I woke up at 3am (not through choice might I add, the toddler seems to think he’s a newborn at the moment) and my face felt horrible! It was sensitive and sore, I had to wash off any remnants of the Lactic Acid formula before I felt normal again. I think I’m going to have to bow out two days early. I’m all for giving new products a go but when they try and burn your skin off at 3am I think it’s time to call it a day.
What I thought of this product.
Well, I’m not sold. It doesn’t smell like something you should be using on your skin, The Ordinary website doesn’t actually recommend it as something you use on your skin and I don’t think it’s done anything so outstanding that I should ignore their advice. Plus there’s the whole melting my face off issue, obviously that isn’t what you want in a skincare product. But I’d be lying if I said it hadn’t done anything. My skin definitely seems smoother and just.. nicer? A better version of the face I already have.
One really good thing that has come out of this week is that I’ve been looking after my skin in the evenings. It is normally pretty neglected and I know it could do with a bit more TLC. I’ll try and keep that up, but I don’t think this little bottle of acid is the way forwards.
I have heard really good things about other products from The Ordinary. I think I probably just chose the wrong one for me. Maybe I’ll try a few other things and let you know how I get on with them.
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