{"id":604436496690,"title":"The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid Review: Best Anti-Aging Serum?","created_at":"2022-11-27T21:34:42-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid Review: Best Anti-Aging Serum?\",\n \"keywords\": \"the ordinary hyaluronic acid, hyaluronic acid the ordinary, the ordinary hyaluronic acid 2 b5, the ordinary hyaluronic acid 2 + b5, hyaluronic acid serum the ordinary, the ordinary hyaluronic acid before and after, the ordinary hyaluronic acid serum, the ordinary hyaluronic acid review, what does the ordinary hyaluronic acid do\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team reviews every ingredient in The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid serum to give our take on whether it's likely to reduce visible signs of skin aging or if it's a waste of money. 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The brand claims that this serum “targets the appearance of wrinkles and textural irregularities and can “enhance hydration.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut can this skincare product really improve skin quality and reduce visible signs of aging? Does it contain research-backed ingredients? What about any potentially harmful ingredients? And how do real users rate and describe its effects?\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we review every ingredient in The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid based on clinical research to give our take on whether or not it’s likely to be effective. We’ll also share real, unsponsored user reviews of the product.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIngredient Analysis: Will it Work?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/The_Ordinary_Hyaluronic_Acid_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1669602842\" alt=\"The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eUnsurprisingly based on the name of the product, two of the first ingredients on the label are variations of hyaluronic acid: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003esodium hyaluronate crosspolymer\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003esodium hyaluronate\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSodium hyaluronate is the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid, which is one of the most well-studied anti-aging skincare ingredients. Because it has a lower molecular weight, it can penetrate deeper into skin than hyaluronic acid. Sodium hyaluronate is shown \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30287361\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ein clinical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to have “remarkable anti-wrinkle effects.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003ePanthenol\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a type of vitamin B5 that was shown in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/21982351\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eJournal of Cosmetic Science\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to significantly improve skin moisture content.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eGlycerin\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is also an effective and non-toxic skin moisturizing ingredient according to a 2001 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/18498456\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid clearly has a number of research-backed ingredients, but it also contains one ingredient we recommend avoiding.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003ePhenoxyethanol\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a synthetic preservative that was found to be toxic to human cells in a clinical trial, as we documented in our review of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/the-ordinary-multi-peptide-lash-and-brow-serum-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe Ordinary lash serum\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe Ordinary’s hyaluronic acid serum contains another synthetic preservative called \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eethylhexylglycerin\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e but we consider this preservative to have more favorable safety data.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall we do believe that The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid is likely to be effective for anti-aging effect and improving skin hydration because it has multiple ingredients proven in clinical research to have those effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t recommend the product due to the inclusion of a synthetic preservative, but we do consider this product’s formulation (and price) to be superior to most of the skincare formulations we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal, Unsponsored The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid User Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne of the most popular YouTube reviews of The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid is published by a channel called “Pharmacy\u0026amp;Makeup” that’s run by a pharmacist specialized in cosmetology named Danny. She shares her thoughts on the effect of the serum and demonstrates how to use it:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/TgqwtaEMmPQ\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eWhy to Avoid This Product on Amazon\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/The_Ordinary_Hyaluronic_Acid_Amazon_Listing_Optimized.png?v=1669602867\" alt=\"The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid Amazon listing\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAlthough we don’t recommend this product overall, for consumers intent on purchasing it, we recommend doing so through the brand’s official website (\u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/theordinary.com\/en-us\/hyaluronic-acid-2-b5-serum-100425.html\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003elink here\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e) rather than Amazon.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe product’s listing on Amazon has many red flags. The brand is listed as “Mtoye” and the “Sold by” company is listed as “DALEDELAHA.” This suggests that this listing is not run by The Ordinary. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe consider the risk of counterfeit products to be significantly higher when purchasing from third-party sellers, and recommend only purchasing directly from brands for safety reasons.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe Amazon listing also lists “rose oil” under “Special ingredients,” while rose oil is not listed as an ingredient on The Ordinary’s official website and ingredient list.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSeveral of the reviewers of the Amazon product claim this listing is a scam. One reviewer named “Trinity and Christy” has a review titled “Fake Product” and claims this listing is a counterfeit:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e“I used to have a picture that compared the real product that is cheaper, to this fake product that is more expensive. The real product has a really long description on the label whereas this one is in way bigger font and is like 1-2 sentences. It definitely does not feel the same on the face”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBefore and After Images\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube creator named Cici Do published a review of The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid including before-and-after images, which is something many consumers are curious about before purchasing an anti-aging serum:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/xf7vo3Dh8fs\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eWill This Serum Cause Side Effects?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBased on the ingredients, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ewe do not believe that The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid is likely to cause side effects\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. All of the ingredients are relatively safe and well-studied, and while we recommend avoiding synthetic preservatives, there are no especially harsh chemical compounds like artificial dye or fragrance that may be likely to cause irritation or a sensitizing effect.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt’s impossible to determine for sure whether a skincare product causes side effects without a clinical trial testing it (which this product does not appear to have), so our best option is to make an educated guess based on the ingredients list.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOur Recommended Hyaluronic Acid Serum\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Skincare_Products_Image_Optimized.png?v=1664754145\" alt=\"\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"http:\/\/track.revoffers.com\/aff_c?offer_id=155\u0026amp;aff_id=7240\u0026amp;url_id=2077\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eAnnie Mak Vitamin C Serum\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e is our top hyaluronic acid serum pick because of its effective and clean formulation. It contains \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ehyaluronic acid\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan\u003e which was described as a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e\"skin-rejuvenating biomedicine\"\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan\u003e in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30287361\/\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e due to its ability to reduce wrinkles and signs of facial aging. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eWe consider this to be the most powerful topical skincare ingredient. Most importantly, this serum is entirely free of questionable additives like preservatives or fragrance.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eInterested consumers can check out Annie Mak Vitamin C Serum \u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"http:\/\/track.revoffers.com\/aff_c?offer_id=155\u0026amp;aff_id=7240\u0026amp;url_id=2077\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/a\u003e to the product page on the brand's website.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid is a well-formulated serum that’s likely to reduce visible signs of skin aging and improve skin hydration. It’s quite affordably priced compared to most skincare brands, especially considering that it contains multiple research-backed ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t recommend this product overall due to the inclusion of phenoxyethanol, which is a synthetic preservative we recommend avoiding. In our opinion, it seems logical to avoid hyaluronic acid serums with synthetic preservatives when there are hyaluronic acid serums on the market free of synthetic preservatives.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThat being said, this product is still superior to most of the skincare products we've reviewed on Illuminate Health. For consumers intent on purchasing this product, we recommend doing so on the official brand website rather than Amazon, because the top-selling Amazon listing for this product may be illegitimate.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2022-11-27T21:44:44-05:00","updated_at":"2022-11-27T21:44:44-05:00","summary_html":"We review every ingredient in The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid serum to give our take on whether it's likely to reduce visible signs of skin aging or if it's a waste of money. We document one questionable additive ingredient and share real, unsponsored user reviews of the product.","template_suffix":"","handle":"the-ordinary-hyaluronic-acid-review","tags":"_related:anti-aging, _related:skincare"}

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid Review: Best Anti-Aging Serum?

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid Review: Best Anti-Aging Serum?


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The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid is a skincare serum used to improve smoothness of the skin and for anti-aging effect. The brand claims that this serum “targets the appearance of wrinkles and textural irregularities and can “enhance hydration.”

But can this skincare product really improve skin quality and reduce visible signs of aging? Does it contain research-backed ingredients? What about any potentially harmful ingredients? And how do real users rate and describe its effects?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we review every ingredient in The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid based on clinical research to give our take on whether or not it’s likely to be effective. We’ll also share real, unsponsored user reviews of the product.

Ingredient Analysis: Will it Work?

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid ingredients

Unsurprisingly based on the name of the product, two of the first ingredients on the label are variations of hyaluronic acid: sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer and sodium hyaluronate

Sodium hyaluronate is the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid, which is one of the most well-studied anti-aging skincare ingredients. Because it has a lower molecular weight, it can penetrate deeper into skin than hyaluronic acid. Sodium hyaluronate is shown in clinical research to have “remarkable anti-wrinkle effects.”

Panthenol is a type of vitamin B5 that was shown in a medical review published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science to significantly improve skin moisture content.

Glycerin is also an effective and non-toxic skin moisturizing ingredient according to a 2001 clinical trial.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid clearly has a number of research-backed ingredients, but it also contains one ingredient we recommend avoiding.

Phenoxyethanol is a synthetic preservative that was found to be toxic to human cells in a clinical trial, as we documented in our review of The Ordinary lash serum.

The Ordinary’s hyaluronic acid serum contains another synthetic preservative called ethylhexylglycerin but we consider this preservative to have more favorable safety data.

Overall we do believe that The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid is likely to be effective for anti-aging effect and improving skin hydration because it has multiple ingredients proven in clinical research to have those effects.

We don’t recommend the product due to the inclusion of a synthetic preservative, but we do consider this product’s formulation (and price) to be superior to most of the skincare formulations we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health.

Real, Unsponsored The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid User Review

One of the most popular YouTube reviews of The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid is published by a channel called “Pharmacy&Makeup” that’s run by a pharmacist specialized in cosmetology named Danny. She shares her thoughts on the effect of the serum and demonstrates how to use it:

Why to Avoid This Product on Amazon

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid Amazon listing

Although we don’t recommend this product overall, for consumers intent on purchasing it, we recommend doing so through the brand’s official website (link here) rather than Amazon.

The product’s listing on Amazon has many red flags. The brand is listed as “Mtoye” and the “Sold by” company is listed as “DALEDELAHA.” This suggests that this listing is not run by The Ordinary. 

We consider the risk of counterfeit products to be significantly higher when purchasing from third-party sellers, and recommend only purchasing directly from brands for safety reasons.

The Amazon listing also lists “rose oil” under “Special ingredients,” while rose oil is not listed as an ingredient on The Ordinary’s official website and ingredient list.

Several of the reviewers of the Amazon product claim this listing is a scam. One reviewer named “Trinity and Christy” has a review titled “Fake Product” and claims this listing is a counterfeit:

“I used to have a picture that compared the real product that is cheaper, to this fake product that is more expensive. The real product has a really long description on the label whereas this one is in way bigger font and is like 1-2 sentences. It definitely does not feel the same on the face”

Before and After Images

A YouTube creator named Cici Do published a review of The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid including before-and-after images, which is something many consumers are curious about before purchasing an anti-aging serum:

Will This Serum Cause Side Effects?

Based on the ingredients, we do not believe that The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid is likely to cause side effects. All of the ingredients are relatively safe and well-studied, and while we recommend avoiding synthetic preservatives, there are no especially harsh chemical compounds like artificial dye or fragrance that may be likely to cause irritation or a sensitizing effect.

It’s impossible to determine for sure whether a skincare product causes side effects without a clinical trial testing it (which this product does not appear to have), so our best option is to make an educated guess based on the ingredients list.

Our Recommended Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Annie Mak Vitamin C Serum is our top hyaluronic acid serum pick because of its effective and clean formulation. It contains hyaluronic acid which was described as a "skin-rejuvenating biomedicine" in a medical review due to its ability to reduce wrinkles and signs of facial aging.

We consider this to be the most powerful topical skincare ingredient. Most importantly, this serum is entirely free of questionable additives like preservatives or fragrance.

Interested consumers can check out Annie Mak Vitamin C Serum at this link to the product page on the brand's website.

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Conclusion

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid is a well-formulated serum that’s likely to reduce visible signs of skin aging and improve skin hydration. It’s quite affordably priced compared to most skincare brands, especially considering that it contains multiple research-backed ingredients.

We don’t recommend this product overall due to the inclusion of phenoxyethanol, which is a synthetic preservative we recommend avoiding. In our opinion, it seems logical to avoid hyaluronic acid serums with synthetic preservatives when there are hyaluronic acid serums on the market free of synthetic preservatives.

That being said, this product is still superior to most of the skincare products we've reviewed on Illuminate Health. For consumers intent on purchasing this product, we recommend doing so on the official brand website rather than Amazon, because the top-selling Amazon listing for this product may be illegitimate.




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