“Acids, on your skin?”
“Why would you want to put harsh chemical on your face?”
These are the common questions and reactions I get when I let people know that I started incorporating acid exfoliant a.k.a AHA / BHA into my skincare routine a couple of months ago. Before deciding on that, I was definitely a little hesitant and skeptic because it must be crazy of me to damage my face with harmful chemical. At that time, I haven’t done much studies on acid exfoliant. But after watching countless of AHA / BHA videos from Renee of Gothamista & Liah Yoo, I know I need to try it and give it a go. AHA stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acid and BHA is Beta Hydroxy Acid, both of these acids shared similar benefits. But for this post, I will be sharing my thoughts specifically on AHA as I’m using Deciem’s The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%. It is the acid that I’m currently using in my skincare routine.
The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%
The product is actually a mild exfoliating serum with lactic acid and hyaluronic acid. What it does is that it exfoliates and renews the skin cells to promote even tone, softer and brighter skin. The reason why I chose product from The Ordinary is the price range. The price range is super affordable for a 30ml, it costs only 6.50 USD. After converting to Malaysian Ringgit, it costs me only RM41. I also love the packaging as it looks so minimalist, neat and very ‘science lab’ looking. That totally excites the geekiness in me. I did feel a little stinging when I started to use it and it’s not painful AT ALL. After 3-4 days, the stinging sensation disappeared completely.
The key ingredients
The active ingredients in the product is actually the selling point for me! There are 3 key ingredients and they are lactic acid, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer and the exciting Tasmanian Pepperberry. Lactic acid is a well known type of AHA, it is a good and mild to the skin type of exfoliant. The result is noticeable quite quickly. The Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer is a type of hyaluronic acid that increase the hydration level of skin cells. Besides that, it also provides barrier for your skin from the environment trying to suck the moisture out from your skin.
Lastly, the Tasmanian Pepperberry is actually the ingredient that balances out the lactic acid. It helps in reducing irritation related with the acid in the formulation. This is one ingredient that you should be checking in the ingredients list if you would like to consider adding acid in your skincare routine. This is to reduce the chance of your skin getting irritated.
How I apply
I only applied this once a day only for my night skincare routine. It is not recommended to be applied during the day because AHA/BHA made the skin to be photo-sensitive. This means it made your skin to be sensitive towards sunlight and you can actually get sunburn. Even on the The Ordinary website, it has warned users to use any type of protection during the day. Hence, I’ve been using BB cream and foundation to cover my face during the day right after incorporating this product into my skincare regimen. I use it all over my face right after my toner and my Hada Labo Gyokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion. Before my oil-based serum and my gel-based moisturizer according to the consistency of all my skincare products.
A beauty tip from me is to apply your skincare product according to the consistency – from thinnest to the thickest. Start with the water-based products, follow up with richer then finish up with products of gel/cream-based. Got this tip from Renee of Gothamista cos she’s like my go-to skincare guru!
I’ve been using it for 2 months now and I LOVEEEEEEE the wonders this product does to my skin. Before using it, my skin was at its worst condition. I often get quite a few pimples around my cheeks, nose, forehead and around my brows cos my pores are easily clogged. After a week of using this, I can already feel the difference. My pimples are all cleared out and I don’t get pimples anymore. I only get 1 or 2 cystic acne around my nose but they cleared out the next day after applying the product the night before.
Before, taken 18th November 2017.
After, taken 18th January 2018
My skin has the ‘natural glow’ now and I’m grateful that I’ve found my holy-grail exfoliant. I will definitely repurchase this next time. But at the same time I’m also thinking to get the 10% cos I feel that my skin is advanced enough to handle higher percentage. I won’t be reaching out to physical exfoliant any longer like scrubs cos I don’t see the need of having it in my skincare routine. So long and goodbye, my coffee scrub.
If you would like to purchase this product and try on your own, you can either purchase directly from The Ordinary website or you can place your order from MakeupbyPapot, a fellowblogger based in KL. Her instagram is also very insightful on skincare products that she is using. She got me hooked on Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid cos I would like to add BHA in my skincare routine in the future. Go follow her!
I hope this post will entice you to have acid exfoliant into your skincare routine. Please head on to The Ordinary’s website to read about the cautionary especially for those with sensitive skin before using this product. The only advice that I can give when it comes to acid exfoliant is not to be afraid to try. You won’t know whether it’s suitable for your skin or not if you don’t have the gut to try.
Until next post, Jess x