The Ordinary “Buffet” Multi – Technology Peptide serum / Review

Hello everybody ! 🤗

It’s time for my second review from the Deciem series !

Now, the name of this product can be a little confusing at first. But, in fact, it suits it just right. The term perfectly represents all the variety of ways in which a serum can help in fighting those first signs of age. Yep ! – This time I’m here with a review of the The Ordinary “ Buffet “ Multi – Technology Peptide serum. So- let’s get started! 😊

As always,  I’ve divided this review into several sections :

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Packaging

The packaging is pretty much the same as with their hyaluronic serum. You get 30 ml of product in a very sturdy muted glass bottle with a dropper. The cardboard box is also their standard matt white packaging, with the instructions in english & french. Again,  everything is simple, nothing fancy, which I like. Shelf life of the product is 12 months after opening.

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About the product & the ingredients

In this case,  we have an anti-aging serum, rich in several peptide complexes. Now – What are actually peptides?

So,  peptides are chains of amino acids. Every peptide has a different combo of these acids. When you combine several polypeptides together,  you get a certain protein, and as you know, proteins are one of our skin’s essential components (everything comes back to amino acids pretty much).

Again,  I’ll try to describe this as simple as possible.

Think of your skin, as and old brick wall… With age and environmental changes,  the wall sooner or later, starts to decay. First you see some cracks and crannies, but as the years go by, the plaster starts to fall off, later on,  even a brick or two start missing…The wall becomes weak and easy to tear down. So,  what do we do?  – We start to work on rebuilding the wall, fixing the plaster, replacing the missing and broken bricks. We try to restore its old appearance and strength, as much as possible. Now, you see here? These new bricks and plaster? – They’re made from our dear peptides. 😃

This serum contains 5 major peptide complexes : Syn-Ake, Matrixyl 3000, Matrixyl Synthe 6’, Argilerox, Relistase and a probiotic peptide complex, combined with some hyaluronic acid and other amino acids. Like with my previous review, first you’ll learn some interesting stuff about these peptide complexes. – So, let’s begin! 😊

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Syn-Ake : This is a synthetic peptide that mimics the effect of Waglerin 1, a peptide found in the Temple Viper’s venom (a nasty little green snake from South-East Asia). Its main purpose is in the anti-aging field, targeting expression lines.

So,  what does it do? – Well, it actually works just like Botox. It reduces the contractions of our facial muscles (you could say they are partly paralyzed) so there is less cell movement. This way, present wrinkles are smoothed out and less noticeable, while it’s preventing new ones from appearing. This synthetic form of snake venom was developed by a Swiss pharmaceutical company called Pentapharm.

Argilerox – You could say she’s like a cousin of Syn-ake.- Why? It works pretty much by the same principles as Syn-ake, meaning it’s very similar to Botox. It also reduces muscle contractions in our face and is great in diminishing glabellar lines ( those frown wrinkles between our eyebrows) and crow’s feet (the lines around our eyes that appear when we smile). This compound is actually used in between Botox injections to prolong their effect, and It’s developed by a spanish company called Lipotec.

Relistase – This stuff helps with skin tightness and elasticity. It reduces the work of elastase enzymes (that break down protein) in the connective tissue, to protect elastin, collagen and other proteins in our skin. This is also developed by Lipotec, Spain.

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Matrixyl 3000 – this is a peptide combo upgrade of regular Matrixyl. What this thing does, is that it stimulates the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid in the skin (this is what plain Matrixyl does), plus it also reduces the production of interleukin 6 molecules (these little guys scream – Mayday! Mayday! We’re under attack! Shift to fight (inflammation ) mode against the intruder ! ). So in this way,  it reduces inflammation & the skin matrix deterioration (in short, wrinkles and saggy skin – Goodbye !). This is developed by Sederma company, France.

Matrixyl Synthe 6’ – this is a peptide combo that stimulates 6 major components of the skin matrix : Collagen ICollagen III, Collagen IV, FibronectinHyaluronic acid and Laminin 5. In general,  it works in the department of skin repair. It helps in rebuilding the skin from the inside,  reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines especially on the forehead and around our eyes (crow’s  feet). Again, trademark of Sederma,  France.

And to finish this chapter, we have the Probiotic complex – probiotic bacteria lysates are getting very popular in the skin care industry. It’s believed that they help with a lot of skin issues,  starting from acne, dermatitis, rosacea, to wrinkles . They can help the skin’s protective shield (a.k.a the Acid mantle) in fighting off bad bacteria, and also in adjusting its optimal pH level. Some claim they can help the skin regenerate her outer layer ( epidermis) more quickly and may help with the production of collagen. The mentioned ingredient,  comes from the Gram-positive bacteria called Lactoccocus Lactis ( commonly used in the dairy industry for cheese and buttermilk, but in this case, you can get nice lactic acid for your skin).

So, what can we conclude from these ingredients?

They work together to reduce skin aging, helping you preserve firmer, plumped and less wrinkled skin.

❕Do keep in mind that Deciem & The Ordinary aren’t affiliated whatsoever with the mentioned companies ❕

As for the ingredients list :

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Application and impressions

This serum is meant to be used morning and/or evening, just after cleansing ( so it will replace the toner or essence, in your skin care routine) . It’s less runny than the hyaluronic acid serum, but also very lightweight. At first , it’s a little bit tacky as you apply it, but again, as with the previously mentioned serum,  that goes away as you massage it into the skin. There’s also no fragrance (although it has a slightly milky scent in the bottle,  probably from the probiotic) so it’s good for people who are sensitive to perfume. You don’t need a lot,  and the skin absorbs it really fast. One thing I love about it,  is that it gives a beautiful natural glow to the skin,  once it sinks in. I love it as a combo in the morning with the hyaluronic acid serum. Whenever I had this on my face, without any makeup on,  I would get compliments how my skin looks so glowy and fresh. – I just love it for that ! Now, I don’t have any deep wrinkles yet, but I do have some fine lines appearing on my forehead, especially in winter when my skin tends to be more dry. I’ve noticed that they’re less noticable since I started using this product. 😊

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Do I recommend ?

Yep! Definitely go and check it out! Very mild and effective, again, suitable for all skin types. Now,  this is the most expensive product from The Ordinary line ( retails for 14, 80 € /1833 rsd) , but it in my opinion, it won’t break the bank (in compare to some other serums with similar ingredients on the market). If you’re just starting out with anti-aging products and you’re on a budget, definitely try it out! 😊

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BelgradePixie

You can find some of this information via Websites : Ulprospector ( regarding the mentioned pharmaceutical companies ) & Truth in Ageing (regarding some of the ingredients) .

En mi blog, pueden preguntarme sobre los productos tambien en español, en la sección de comentarios – Voy a responder con mucho gusto ! 😊
Disclaimer : I bought these products with my own money, all opinions are solely my own. I’m not affiliated with the mentioned brands or companies. Keep in mind I’m not a dermatologist, chemist or pharmacist. Also, what worked for my skin, won’t necessary work for yours.

For further disclaimer information, please visit my Terms & Conditions   page.

The Ordinary ” Hyaluronic acid 2% + B 5 ” Review

When it comes to The Ordinary brand, this is what I would call,  the basic, foundation brand from Deciem. This means,  you get products with a more simple, yet effective, combination of ingredients ( in compare to products from other Deciem skin care brands, and the evident, price difference among them). This is also the brand you should start with, if you’re a beginner when it comes to skin care education.  By this, I mean learning about ingredients, what something does for the skin, when to use it,  etc., pretty much knowing what you’re actually putting onto your skin. In that sense, this will be a slightly different review comparing to my regular ones, since you’ll be able to learn some basics about certain skin care ingredients. So,  without further adieu,  let’s get started! 😉

My first review in the Deciem series is The Ordinary -“ Hyaluronic acid 2 % + B 5 “ serum.  As usual, the review is divided into several sections :

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       Packaging

The  30 ml of serum, comes in a muted glass bottle with a dropper. It’s packaged in a mat white cardboard box with the instructions in english & french. I’m always scared when I order products in glass bottles, since they could break during transport, but in this case, don’t fear, you get a product packed in very good quality glass packaging, especially compared to its pretty low price. The design is very clean and minimalistic, very “medicine” style,  which I actually really like. This product,  as the rest from Deciem,  is made in Canada, with a shelf life of 12 months after opening.

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About the product &  the ingredients

This is an alcohol- free serum where the two main ingredients are hyaluronic acid ( in concentration of 2%) and vitamin B5. Now, I’ll explain what these two are and what they actually do, as simple as possible. 😉

Ok, so, hyaluronic acid is very popular in the skin care industry as we all know. Reasons? A great anti-aging ingredient, hydrates the skin, beats those free radicals, you name it. Hyaluronic acid binds water (1000 times its own weight), so it locks in the moisture, giving the skin back its plumpness, while reducing the appearance of wrinkles at the same time.

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When you look at it, it’s actually a large sugar, that in its plain form, can’t do a thing. You ask, why? The molecule is just too big, so it can’t penetrate the skin, just sits on top. Because of this, skin care companies use a hyaluronic salt called sodium hyaluronate and a more complex form,  sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer (it’s like a little bundle of those sodium hyaluronates). Because they are smaller, these molecules can actually penetrate the skin, and start their hydrating magic on our skin cells ( they’re actually even more powerful in water retaining & moisturizing than plain hyaluronic acid) .

Now, hyaluronic acid itself is not unknown to us. It’s in our joints, eyes, connective tissue, but mostly our skin. We all have it. The thing is that, as we age,  we produce it less and less, and the levels of this acid in our skin start to drop (that’s the bummer of getting old 😑).

So, what happens with your skin, when you use a serum with hyaluronic acid ? Think of your skin as a deflated beach mat, all shriveled up . When you start using a serum rich in humectants , it’s like you’re starting to inflate it, bringing back its nice, firm shape.

Next up is Vitamin B 5, a.k.a – Panthothenic acid. You probably used it a lot of times, you just know its other, more common form – Panthenol (an alcohol form that turns into this acid/vitamin after it penetrates the skin) . Vitamin B is also present in our skin, hair, nails, and even plants . Again, Vitamin B5 is also a powerful humectant (fancy for – retains moisture) like hyaluronic acid, widely used mainly to moisturize, soothe and heal, irritated,  problematic or damaged skin . Works by the same principles as hyaluronic acid, which makes them the perfect combo in a skin care product.

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Now for the ingredients list :

Note : This way you can see if the product has any ingredients to which you’re allergic .

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Application & impressions

This serum is meant to be used morning and/or evening, before your cream of choice (I use it before my cream and SPF in the mornings,  and before my vitamin C cream at night) . I think this is a great product for your morning routine,  since it’s very lightweight and pretty fluid. At fist, it’s a little bit sticky as you apply it, but that goes away as you massage it into the skin. There’s also no fragrance,  so it’s perfect for people who are sensitive to perfume. Little goes a long way, and the skin absorbs it like sponge – literally in a matter of seconds !. It really helped with my dehydrated skin this winter, especially my scaly areas.

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They used hyaluronic acid that’s not of animal origin and since Deciem also doesn’t test on animals, the serum is cruelty-free & vegan friendly.

All of their products are actually free from paraben, mineral oil, sulphates, animal oils, mercury, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, benzalkonium chloride, coal-tar dyes, formaldehyde and oxybenzone ( Jesus, writing some of these down was a pain 🙄 ).

All in all,  I see it as a good +1 product, that ” something”,  that gives an extra kick to your skin care routine when it comes to hydration, especially during winter.

Do I recommend?

Absolutely! It helped my dehydrated combo skin during these winter days, it’s great for people who have very sensitive skin,  and suits pretty much All skin types, whether it’s dry, normal, combo or oily. We all need good hydration. When it comes to the price, it’s very affordable ( 6,80 € /843 rsd) ,  so you won’t feel it on your budget. So, from me you get a 👍 to try it!

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BelgradePixie

En mi blog, pueden preguntarme sobre los productos tambien en español, en la sección de comentarios – Voy a responder con mucho gusto ! 😊

Disclaimer : I bought these products with my own money, all opinions are solely my own. I’m not affiliated with the mentioned brands or companies. Keep in mind I’m not a dermatologist, chemist or pharmacist. Also, what worked for my skin, won’t necessary work for yours.

For further disclaimer information, please visit my Terms & Conditions   page.