Flawless skin – The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution review
The sexy blood-coloured liquid face peel is actually great. Don’t be scared to look temporarily like a bloodthirsty mass-murderer, though. Commence my The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution review!
What it is
The Ordinary says: “Alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA) exfoliate the skin’s topmost surface for a brighter and more even appearance. Beta hydroxyl acids (BHA) also exfoliate the skin with an extended function to help clear pore congestion. This combined 29% AHA/BHA solution offers deeper exfoliation to help fight visible blemishes and for improved skin radiance. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture and reduces the look of fine lines with continued use.” (12.30$)
In short, this is a blood-red liquid face mask that’ll exfoliate your skin. It comes in a dropper bottle. In addition to the acids used here (glycolic and salicylic acid), TO added “hyaluronic acid for comfort, Vitamin B5 to assist healing“.
As every other beauty company under the sun, TO wants you to waste product by using a cotton pad to apply the solution. Don’t do it. I apply it simply with my fingers, and don’t waste any product by doing so. I use about two to three pumps with the dropper, and I guess the whole bottle will last me for about 12 times of usage. It’s not as liquid as it may seem, and the red liquid thankfully doesn’t stain my sink or counter.
Be careful if you have small wounds or lesions on your face, because, well, this is acid and it burns. (As I can testify – I used it for the first time when I had a cold and my nose was Rudolf-like. Ouch.)
Also, be very careful when you wash it off (after ten minutes, max) – don’t get it in your eyes. Because, well, it’s acid… TO advices that you don’t use it more than twice a week (I personally use it once), and of course, whatever you do, USE SUNSCREEN when using this peel. (Acids make your skin increasingly sensitive for sunburn.)
When I wash it off, I finish my skincare routine with a lot of hydration and moisture: I bring out my hydrating essences, and my go-to moisturizer, and layer some PAI Rosehip Oil over that.
What it does
This is a chemical exfoliant. While AHA’s brighten the skin and diminish fine lines by continuous use, BHA’s clear pores and fight blemishes. (Although in this case, the pH is too high for the BHA to work properly. There’ll still be a tiny amount that works, but not the promised 2%.) The pH of the product works great for the AHA (glycolic acid) (although there may be 30% AHA IN the product, but the working acid is about 15-18%). Water, with a pH of 7,0 is perfect to neutralize the acid on your skin. (If you’re interested in the correlation of acids and pH, read Labmuffin’s excellent post here.)
And after that preamble, let’s get to the good stuff.
What did I experience while using the product?
It’s good. It does what TO says it does – my skin is nearly obscenely soft after using this, and in the following morning, makeup application is a joy, because my skin is an even canvas for once. Radiance? Hell yes baby. I haven’t used it enough to see long-time changes, and also, I’m a seasoned acid-user any way. Some form of AHA and BHA is always present in my regime. (Listen to the TO, people, when they say that this product isn’t for people whose skin isn’t used to acids! This is strong stuff.) Nevertheless, I can feel my skin tingling even after I washed it off, which is not as unpleasant as it sounds. I haven’t had any negative reaction to this, although I scared my husband quite badly when I used it for the first time.
Yes. Best product from The Ordinary I’ve ever tried. Get it, if your skin is used to acids. Get it. Now!