The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Review on Sensitive/ Eczema-Prone Skin

I’m probably rather late in the game to be reviewing on DECEIM’s The Ordinary products. I’ve given the product a few good months (used it for about 3-4 months) and therefore feel that after emptying out 2 bottles of their Hyaluronic Acid + B5, I will be able to provide you with an accurate review.

I purchased the product Victoria Health, they are retailing for £5.90 per bottle and if you spend over £25 shipping to the UK will be free. I purchased two bottles of these and two of their Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% at check out. I will leave that review to a later time.

First Impressions

The Ordinary’s packaging is all about no-frills minimalism but definitely not “cheap” looking. Clear, clean white packaging, dropper bottles/ tubes are very reminiscent to Nordic designs. The bottles are frosted and the labels are of great quality which exudes quality products. The product does not have a scent to it, which is great because fragrance/ essential oil tend to agitate sensitive skin. The Hyaluronic Acid + B5 Serum has a gooey, sticky consistency, and upon application it took some time to work into the skin. Patting into the skin would be best rather than rubbing it into the skin.

I normally apply it after toning my skin. Then continue with either a facial oil or a thicker emulsion, an eye cream, face cream and then an SPF (min of 30) during the day. What I noticed is that every time I apply my sunscreen or foundation on top of the hyaluronic serum, the product tends to form little balls/ clumps that leaves a residue (it sort of resembles rubbing an eraser on a piece of paper) on my face throughout the day. This is definitely not a good look, plus if tends to “ball up” then it may also be stripping off your moisturiser and SPF which equals to a deterioration in skin barrier protection.

After weeks of going back and forth with different application methods as well as skin care product combinations, I finally resorted to not applying the product during the day. I started using their Hyaluronic Acid + B5 serum exclusively at night in order to avoid looking like I am peeling (or have that dead skin shedding look) during the day.

How Do You Use it?

You would use it in place of a “serum”. Meaning after cleansing and toning your skin, you’d apply this on your skin. You could choose whether you would like to use a facial oil after. Then moisturise and sunscreen.

A good rule of thumb for a skincare routine is from the lightest (most diluted) consistency to the heaviest (thick) consistency.

Read: Foolproof: Skin care Routine 101

Hyaluronic Acid Facts

Hyaluronic Acid, HA, can attract up to 1,000 times its weight in water. The molecular size of HA determines its depth of delivery in the skin. This 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 in an oil-free formula.

This HA system is supported with the addition of Vitamin B5 which also enhances surface hydration.

Note: Hyaluronic Acid is found in the skin naturally but its natural function within the skin is not hydration. Many products have used HA to claim hydration benefits, but HA is too large a molecule to penetrate the skin and instead sits on the surface and can draw moisture out of the skin making the surface feel soft and hydrated temporarily, while making you feel like you need more HA after the product is rinsed.

This formula uses three forms of HA with varying molecular weights, as well as an HA crosspolymer, to offer multi-depth hydration and visible plumping without drawing water out of the skin solely to improve temporary surface hydration.

How is The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Different?

Fact 1: It is probably the cheapest but also trust worthy brand name Hyaluronic Acid Serum you can find in the market

Fact 2: It has 3 forms of HA molecule sizes/ weight. This means the smaller molecule sizes would penetrate deeper into the skin, the medium size would layer on top and lock the hydration into the skin and the larger molecules would create a barrier and layer on top of the two other layers to prevent from hydration loss.

Fact 3: It has the additional Vitamin B5 which helps to enhance hydration/ absorption which is normally not included in normal HA serums.

Fact 4: Due to the temperamental nature of my eczema-prone skin, I have yet to experience any form of discomfort or skin sensitivity which is a big bonus for me!

Will I repurchase? 

Short answer is, No. The fact that the product balls up is quite unsettling. I want to have the flexibility of using a product that allows me to use it both day and night (unless if it is Retinol, of course which I would only advise you on using it at night to avoid any unnecessary photo-sensitivity).

I have opted to using The Ordinary’s “Buffet” that also contains HA and other beneficial ingredients that does not “ball up”, but of course that product is about twice the price of their HA 2% +B5. Will definitely write a review on that once I’ve emptied out that bottle.



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