The Ordinary. Skincare Review – Round 3!

Leslie here with yet another round of thoughts on items from The Ordinary! This skincare line is extremely affordable, but made with clinical technologies, and very straightforward ingredients, claims, and marketing. I, for one, have had great luck with almost everything I have tried from this brand and will continue to try ALL THE THINGS.

On the chopping block today, we have: Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%, Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%, Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, & Argireline Solution 10%. Let’s. get. in. to. this!


Incorporating a Vitamin C serum into your daily routine will help to brighten the complexion, as well as reduce generals signs of aging. I have been steady trying to find a Vitamin C that I absolutely adore – and one that doesn’t increase oil production during the day (Vitamin C’s are best applied in the AM.)

Is Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% the one?


This solution is one of their Vitamin C offerings. The table below is from The Ordinary’s website. It shows that this solution is supposed to be of high potency with very low stinging or irritation (yes please). It also sinks into the skin and absorbs a little quicker than some of their other options.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Solutions

This is a water based serum with a water soluble Vitamin C derivative. The active ingredient is Ascorbyl Glucoside, which Paula’s Choice ranks high and effective. They do acknowledge that it is less potent than direct L-Ascorbic Acid, but much more stable and stable in water. This is important for the texture of the serum, and makes it a better option for someone like me who doesn’t like to put a lot of oil containing products on my face in the morning.

Overall I like the texture of this product, and I do not notice any reactions or irritation. I do love the way my skin is looking, and this has been in steady rotation, so I can assume it has something to do with how it is looking. It is not difficult to incorporate, it plays nice with others, & I will continue to use it until it is empty!

Would I repurchase? Probably not. BUT – while on their site researching this product I saw this exciting lil note:

We are about to introduce two additional Vitamin C formulations to make things worse: Vitamin C 30% Suspension in Silicone (C30) and 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder (C100), both really affordable and both coming in July.

So I’ll probably move onto one of their other VitC solutions when I am done with this one!

1 oz for $12.90 at &

I find it difficult not to ‘pass over’ serums and topical solutions that are purely for skin health and general upkeep. I want the shit I’m putting on my face to make me see changes. What changes? I don’t even know half the time. BUT – I need to knock myself out of this way of thinking. There are some serums that don’t really have a particular change they claim to make in your skin – they just simply keep it healthy and young.

Enter Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%.


This antioxidant serum is one of those types of products. The only claim the packaging even says is ” Antioxidant Support”. So my initial reaction is to skip over it. BUT – I have had great luck with Ferulic Acid on the wrinkles around my eyes, so I wanted to give this one a shot for mah whole face.

This solution only has three ingredients: Propanediol, Resveratrol, Ferulic Acid. Resveratrol & Ferulic Acid are both at 3% – which is an “exceptionally high concentration.”

Resveratrol is an antioxdiant found in grapes and red wine (yaaaas). When applied topically, it helps protect the skin from the environment and free radical damage. It also has calming properties and can reduce redness in the skin.

Ferulic Acid is an antioxidant found in plant cell walls, mostly bran. It works like Resveratrol to protect the skin from ‘environmental assault’ (as Paula’s Choice poetically put it), and also enhances stability of topical applications of other AXOs (fancy way of saying antioxidants) like Vitamin C. For this reason, I have been MIXING this serum and the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%. *DOUBLE UP UNH UNH*

This one does feel a little oilier going on, which is weird considering there is no oil in the product. And – that means I can’t do the cocktail with the Ascorbyl Glucoside in the morning too much, and therefore – still need a stand alone AM vitamin C serum. This serum also feels kind of warm a I apply it, and this feeling is enhanced if there is any moisture on my skin. it isn’t uncomfortable, it is just unexpected from a serum that has not mention of being thermogenic. I kind of like it!

That being said, I do love the serum, and will likely repurchase this one!

1 oz for $7.90 &

Full disclosure – I did not mean to get this product. I MEANT to order the Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%. woopsie.


Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA is a skin brightener and lightener – targeting dark spots and hyper-pigmentation. Think acne scars, freckles, age spots. It is more gentle and less irritating than other skin brightening cosmetic ingredients. The HA, or hyaluronic acid, they say is added for ‘enhanced delivery’.

I guess one would use this in place of a vitamin c serum, but I don’t see anything that says not to mix the two. So it could probably be used in addition to your Vitamin C.

I can’t really speak much on this product’s performance because I absolutely hate the texture of it. It is kind of slippery, like a silicone. It doesn’t sink into the skin, and products don’t like to be applied on top of it. For these reasons, I have not been keeping it in rotation. There are folks in the reviews that say their pigmentation has greatly decreased, so if you can get past the texture, then great! For me – this one isn’t anything special.

1 oz for $8.90 at /

This is the one I was most pumped for. Just listen to these claims: visibly targets dynamic facial lines, specifically around the eyes and in the forehead area. FOREHEAD! My forehead is my biggest area of concern right now and I am trying every possible product for that area so I don’t have to go be obsessed with getting Botox.


Argireline (it is actually a trademarked ingredient they are using, like the Matrixyl they use) essentially causes muscles to contract LESS. It does not claim to reverse or repair any wrinkles, but instead helps to prevent wrinkles by causing the muscles to not…wrinkle up so much. Its like a topical, over the counter, Botox. Botox in a Bottle.

After receiving, I started reading and watching reviews and actually got a little scared to use it! Some people said it made their wrinkles WORSE! BUT – Wayne Goss loves this?! I’m so torn.

I don’t feel any tightening and muscle restrictiveness. And my wrinkles are pretty much already there. So I haven’t used this that much – pretty much for fear of worsening my wrinkles like other reviewers have warned.

APPARENTLY – this needs to be used very consistently, and in conjunction with other beauty items (LED therapy, Retin-A, possibly dermarolling – all things I have YET to incorporate into my routine.) So I will keep it in the queue, think about it a little more…. I’m still undecided on this one!

**Check out THIS VIDEO for all the science-y skeptic goodness on this product! Video courtesy of Chronically Fabulous**

1 oz for $7.90 at /

And those are my thoughts on yet another round of products from The Ordinary! This is one of the easiest brands to do a group review on because they are just so dang affordable! I have never had an adverse reaction to a product from them, so I say if you are thinking of trying ANY of them, just go for it! Totally worth the cost in my opinion!


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