THE ORDINARY HYALURONIC ACID 2% + B5 & GRANACTIVE RETINOID 2% EMULSION


Quality. We're all familiar with the word, but the term is differently defined depending on context in which it's being used. For example in ancient Greece, to Aristotle it indicated the essence of something that was created as it is. Also, we can observe it from philosophical, industrial, ecological, consumer and other points of view. I would say that I'm primarily oriented to the latter one, ie the qualitative performance of products I use, along with no less important environmental aspect of course. In the current massive supply, when brands constantly catapulting new preparations with „advanced and superior“ formulas, I often wonder if it's really so or they're focused solely on sales. I'm under impression that cars, clothing, house appliances and various other items were of better quality and durability in the past, while today's clearly reflects the zeitgeist in which we live, that is, instantaneous and short-lived, almost one-time use. Progress of science and technology has also led to huge increase in cosmetic market. It suffice to mention shampoos, shower gels and powders – each manufacturer offers us more than one that suits our skin or hair type. A logical question is at what rate can quality follow the speed of new products placement, and I'm of opinion that newcomers aren't so upgraded or more effective than their predecessors, at least not to the extent they are advertised, and that in that sense it simply came to the inflation of quantity. Thus I was intrigued by The Ordinary brand which publicize their products under the slogan „clinical formulations with integrity“ and I decided to try out their hyaluronic acid and retinoid emulsion.
The Ordinary is a brand under the wing of Deciem company that take pride in their non-traditional approach and motto „the abnormal beauty company“. They're founded on the doctrine of doing everything that others don't, and they gather more than 10 brands and 50 globally renowned products under their umbrella, some of which have already become best-sellers. They assert the exceptional quality of their work, manifested in authenticity, avant-garde, functionality and reasonable prices, instead of high tariffs and deluxe distribution channels. Such principles are addressed to and put into service to all educated, curious and intelligent people who'll know to respect their commitment and profiling of the true identity of quality. Brandon Trauxe, the originator, operated for years as a beuty editor and gained insight into product presentation to customers and, unsatisfied by overall business struckture, resolved to promote integrity in its modest and veritable form. The Ordinary is not pioneering only in research tecnologies, but also in character and honesty: they categorically reject the concealment of value by shrewdness and advocating for ending of bewildering of the consumers. The emphasis of the evolving set of treatments has been put on efficacy, clinical safety, affordable prices and sincere and open communication with buyers. The struggle against stagnation of innovations and formulas of their products, packed in ordinary glass bottles with pipettes and demure white labels, are based on one „hero“ ingredient. By virtue of their medical physique they remind me of laboratory bottles and therefore have reassuring impact, and I chose two frequently-propagated preparations with secret substances for youthful appearance of the skin -  hyaluronic acid and retinoid emulsion and percveived a multitude of details which are seldom referenced.
Hylaluronic acid is a gelatinous molecule that retains water. Although it's discovered by Karl Meyer in 1934., it captured wider public interest much later, after one journalist visited Japanese village to find out why men and women in their eighties and nineties have such smooth and unwrinkled skin, flexible ankles and knuckles and lush hair. It turned out that the answer to the puzzle lies in estrogen-like molecules present in the main ingredients of their diet, soy and tofu, which transmit signals to the cells for production of more hyaluronic acid. Our organism contains about 15 grams in virtually every part of the body, and so far the studies has shown that it improves skin and hair hydration, stimulates producing of collagen, acts as an atioxidant, maintains elasticity, carries out antibacterial and anti-inflammatory activity, lubricates the eyes and protects the vision from a series of threats, while the nerves and joints are coated with its molecules. With aging the percentage of hyaluronic acid in the body decreases, up to 50% in our 40s compared to the 20s, which significantly affects the skin and joints. Water retention capacity at 1 gram/6 litres ratio and moisture expansion are the stellar properties of this acid appropriate for everyone, ie it's not too meager for oily skin, yet mild and gentle enough for sensitive and skin prone to allergies.
Cosmetic industry commonly abuses insufficient client informedness by beguiling us and push us toward purchasing products that promises incredible results. It's a similar situation with hyaluronic acid: if we use it in its standard form, it can't penetrate into deeper layers, rather the molecules just „sits“ on the surface and extract moisture, leaving the skin dry and tauted. To reach further layers it's necessary to reduce its molecular weight by bioengineering, by removing lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. That's how sodium hyaluronate emerges, the salt derived from hyaluronic acid. Its molecule is much smaller, which means that, when applied topically, it transit through the skin considerably easier, and that makes sodium hyaluronate the super-ingredient of skin care products. It never comes in its pure form, but as an aqueous solution with 1-2% of salt. The industrial norm which is to be revered is 2%, all above has a drying effect on the skin. Interestingly, in any list of ingredients of creams that I used until now I haven't seen which molecules of hyaluronic acid are included in the formula. It's obligatory to note that prior of employing hyaluronic or any other acid on the face it's mandatory to apply some preparation with SPF factor, because acids renders the skin susceptible to sunlight and can induce burns.
The official site cites the threefold formula of hyaluronic acid, with a fluctuating mass and low, medium and high molecular weight, as well as 2% crosspolymer for deep hydration. It's supplemented with vitamin B5 in order to ensure multiple moisture without water extraction. The product is pellucid and of gelatinous texture, and the instructions advise to apply a few drops on the face in the morning and evening before hydrative cream, otherwise it may initiate drying and shelling of the skin. I used it with Clinique Moisture Surge and Dior Hydra Life which provides deep hydration during winter months, when the sun exposure is lesser. One day I accidentally skipped the area between my neck and face and after a couple of hours I noticed that my skin was dried and dehydrated, while at the end of the day it started to peel, which I disliked greatly. I'm a person who like to use single cream or serum without the fear of unwanted outcomes in case I forget something in a hurry, so this was unacceptable and I stopped using it. Hyaluronic acid wasn't exactly successful on my face, I even thought that it was more hydrated by cream itself than by combination of two products. I emphasize that this is my personal experience and I constantly repeat that everyone shoud try a particular preparation for themselves. We all have different skin and body, and thus diverse reactions.
The second item is Granactive Retinoid 2% emulsion, also a very common and popular constituent of cosmetic products. Retinol is an alternative name for vitamin A, an antioxidant that allows the renewal of damaged skin. It's available without doctors prescription, while retinoic acid, a more aggressive form of vitamin A, is obtainable only in that way. Because of its concentration it's highly efficient and although it enhances the activity, it also provokes harder aftereffects, such as irritations and husking. Retinoids is a mutual term for all vitamin A derivates that are proven to stimulate collagen production and alleviate wrinkles, treats the acne and accelerate the cellular replacement, therby equilizing skin discoloration and brightening the complexion. Retinol is recommendable for usage exclusively in the evening because of its photosensitivity, or else the skin is moreover subjected to UV rays, redness and burns. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should never employ it – it can cause deformities in babies. Initial application should occur every other day so that the skin have a chance to adjust. However, if something detrimental or undesirable happens, immediate termination of consumption is urged.
Granactive Retinoid 2% emulsion is actually advanced, non-recipe model of direct retinoic acid which generates superior performance against signs of aging, without skin irritation. It comes in a dark-brown bottle, it's gently yellow colored and lightly textured, featuring effortless coating and instant absorption. It was a part of my night care routine: after face cleansing I would apply Lumene Arctic Dew serum – a combination of retinoic acid and water based serum is imperative – and than place one drop on my forehead, cheeks and neck. Unfortunately, after two-month treatment I haven't perceived any significant changes in wrinkles and tiny lines on the face, I can't even say that they were mitigated.
I absolutely understand why The Ordinary triggered enthusiasm with its emergence on the market. High quality ingredients, low prices, straightforward and candid communication, open writing about each product’s component and to what end is intended, along with what results are expected, are quite ample for approval. I’m convinced that The Ordinary preparations are a salvation for people with problematic skin – they’re acquirable outside of pharmacies at very affordable prices, but we must handle them carefully because of the danger of completely opposing ramifications. That’s one disadvantage, and as another I would point that we can’t use them independently, but always in combination with SPF and moisturizing creams or serums. I must admit that I was occasionally afraid whether I covered all sections of my face and if some unpleasantness might pop out, and that’s not what I want from a product. I enjoy facial care ritual, but prefer one product that I can apply and not having to be worried of nuisances, the product I trust and which bestow me necessary nursing and hydration. These two haven’t, by no means, fulfilled that task. I can conclude that today, more than ever before, everyone should individually and thoroughly inspect certain product and its ingredients and lengthy inform themselves, instead of blindly rely on brand’s commercials or suggestions and words of influencers. All of them swears in quality, but to me it seems more like a nicely packed trick with the objective of selling, but without delivering concrete results.
Have you tried The Ordinary hyaluronic acid, Granactive Retinoid emulsion or some other product of this brand? What are your impressions? Write me in the comments.
All the best till the next post! 
 
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44 comments:

  1. I've been hearing a lot about The Ordinary products lately. I should check them out! I love that they're high quality items that aims to help your skin in the long run. I should check out these items! Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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  2. I have to try the products of this brand!
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  3. I've heard amazing things about this brand. Need to try it!
    xx- Nina

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  4. I really love the Ordinary, if you know what you are looking for, their products do wonders and are a really great price point too xx

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  5. I've always gone back and forth about wanting to try the Ordinary's products, so this was really helpful! You're right that you should research what is in the product and know what's best for your skin before using a product, instead of relying on what others say.

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  6. I need to check out this line! Love that the price point is reasonable.

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  7. I am impressed by how well you have precisely prepared the post :-) I must get both products :-)

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  8. I've heard so many good Things about The Ordinary! Somehow I didn't try it yet, got to do it ASAP.

    xx Simone
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  9. I have not tried any of the products yet.
    But I enjoyed meeting you!
    Excellent test.

    Dany
    Blog Breshopping da Dany

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  10. I haven't used any of these products before, and I didn't know much about hyaluronic acid or how it can be used. This was a very useful and informative read! I can say that I learned something new today.

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  11. My esthetician friend always calls hyaluronic acid the king of hydration.
    XOOX
    Jodie

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  12. Great photos! I have always wanted to try something from this brand but wasnt sure what to get so I will definitely try these! xx

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  13. Amazing review, i am so curious with this products

    Kisses
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  14. I've seen lots of people talking about this brand, and I really want to try, but it's not available where I live! :/
    too bad that they didn't work for you!

    xoxo
    Guria do Século Passado

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  15. I haven't tried any product of this brand but have heard many good opinions. Thanks for sharing your review!

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  16. I really love the price point of The Ordinary! I've been wanting to try it!

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  17. I've tried it before and it's INCREDIBLE. I've heard it makes some people's skin a bit too dry but it was perfect for me!

    xx, mel
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  18. Really interesting! Thanks for sharing this.

    Have a lovely week.

    Gemma x
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  19. I love using hyaluronic acid! Thanks for sharing this awesome post :)

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  20. I loved this product and in all certainty quality is essential :)

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  21. These products sounds nice, I love The Ordinary products but I haven't tried either of these.

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

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  22. Love this brand. looks like amazing products to try on!!

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  23. Yet, another really great review. I love the ordinary but haven't tried these yet. Thanks for sharing.

    xo, Maria
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  24. Thank you for your honest review! Personally I use some products of this brand and I'm satisfied. But I must say that my skin is accepts easily new products and therefore my good experience maybe is no indicator.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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  25. I've been looking so much into The Ordinary lately and want to try some of their products out! Their products are so affordable and I've been hearing such great things about it.

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  26. Always sharing some cool products. I haven't tried these before.

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  27. I've never heard of this brand, but it sounds amazing! I would love to try these products! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. Que produto maravilhoso. Não conhecia!
    Ótima resenha, bem explicado!
    Beijos.
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  29. It's always interesting to read your reviews!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  30. I bought the first, but didn't use it yet.

    Beijos/Kisses.

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  31. Lovely pics and review.
    I still have to try this product.

    Ann
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  32. Love their products and I a currently using their Caffeine Solution.


    xoxo
    Lovely
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  33. These products sound so great... I'd like to try them!
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  34. Iniziano a vedersi le prime rughe e questi elisir con acido ialuronico son perfetti per me

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  35. I love The Ordinary! They make some really good products!
    Raindrops of Sapphire

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  36. Great post.

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  37. Hi
    I read many reviews from that brand and they all are good reviews, the qualitive perfomance of the produtcs must be very good!! I guees they are not ordinary though!
    xoxo

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  38. I know these products! 😎
    Thanks for sharing 🌹🌹🌹

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  39. I've tried the ordinary products and i really like them!
    good quality/price relation :)
    kisses!

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  40. This product is really interesting and looks so great!
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