Hyaluronics from The Ordinary

Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most amazing ingredients for hydration in skincare. Just one molecule can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water. Generally, these molecules are too large to penetrate the skin and sit on the surface making it feel plumper and smoothing out fine lines. I was looking at adding HA into my routine as a way to add hydration without leaving my combination skin feeling too greasy. I had heard great things about The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 so thought I'd give it a go. When I went to purchase it they had also just released their new Marine Hyaluronics so I picked up both to do a comparison.

The Ordinary Hyaluronics

Odds are you will, for one reason or another, already have heard of The Ordinary who are under the DECIEM umbrella and specialise in active ingredients at super affordable prices. One of their most popular products is the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. The formula contains three different molecular weights of HA allowing it to penetrate further into the skin rather than just sitting on the top. I loved this product from the very first time I used it. It made my skin feel instantly more hydrated and plump and the effects lasted all day. The only negative I have found is that it can feel a bit sticky. My top tips for getting around that problem are: don't use too much, a few drops are enough for your whole face; pat rather than rub it in; let it dry down a bit before you apply anything on top.

If you really can't get past the stickiness then it could be that you'd prefer the Marine Hyaluronics. This product uses lightweight marine-derived water reservoirs (whatever they are!) which behave a bit like HA to attract and hold moisture. This results in a much lighter texture which sinks into the skin faster. I can't deny, I love this too and use it every morning after cleansing. I don't find it quite as hydrating as the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 so I tend to use it during the day and the HA 2% + B5 at night. Now for the negative, it stinks! I mean it smells really quite bad but this wears off quite quickly.

If you're in the market for a super affordable, simple hydrating serum then, as far as effectiveness goes, you can't go far wrong with either of these products. However, it's unrealistic to think that you won't be making some sacrifices in areas such as texture, smell or packaging for that price. It's really up to you and what your own priorities are.

At the time of writing you can find the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 30ml for £5.90 HERE
And the Marine Hyaluronics 30ml for £5.90 HERE
There is also indication on The Ordinary website that Plant Hyaluronics is 'coming soon' so keep an eye out for that.

*All items were purchased by me and all links are non-affiliate