The Ordinary ” Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10 % ” Review

Hi ! 😊

As you know, with this post I’m ending my first round from the Deciem series. So without further adieu, let’s start with my review of  The Ordinary – Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% .

As usual, I’ve divided this post into several sections :

Packaging

Unlike my previous products by The Ordinary, this product comes in a small grayish colored tube with a flip top, all nicely snuggled in a white cardboard box. Again, very simple sturdy packaging, with the instructions both in english and french. You get 30 ml of product, with a shelf life of 12 months after opening.

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About the product & the ingredients

When you start to use vitamin C in your skin care routine, I believe that the introduction of such antioxidants should be in a form of a gradual incline. By this, I mean when it comes to the form of vitamin C and its strength.

Most people start with pretty high strength vitamin C serums (e.g. 21%, 23%), I’m personally not for that, since you don’t actually know how your skin will react to it – it’s your first time using it in your routine, and it’s something new to the skin in such high concentrations ( although we all have some of it in our skin ) and also depends on the form of the vitamin you use. My approach was to start light (formulation wise) and low, and then work my way up, building my skin’s tolerance to it. This is the reason why I decided to start off with in my opinion – a entry-level vitamin C.

This is a cream moisturizer where the focus is on a single, key ingredient, in this case – Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate a.k.a MAP.

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MAP is a derivative, more stable form of vitamin C. It’s great for people with very sensitive skin, since it gives all the benefits of regular L-Ascorbic Acid, but without the side effects that sometimes come with other forms of vitamin C (redness, burning sensation, skin exfoliation etc.). In general, it’s less invasive and more gentle to the skin.

Now, it’s not considered as strong as L-Ascorbic Acid, so results with this form of vitamin C may vary ( in short – some people see major results, others don’t). It’s also supposed to be effective at level as low as 5% (here you have 10% strength MAP ).

Like other forms of vitamin C, MAP helps with signs of age, stimulates collagen production, helps with an uneven skin tone (brightening the complexion, suppressing melanin formation – Now, this is a pigment we all have in our skin, hair and eyes. When we get a tan, we should thank melanin for that bronze goddess glow 🤗. Also, when you get that stupid dark brown spot after a pimple, again – thank melanin for that 😒 ), helps with inflammations, and of course hydrates the skin. You could say, he can fix anything. From wrinkles to  dryness and dark spots, this product should help with it all. This is also a vegan and cruelty-free product.

Now for the COSDNA 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 time we have a cream moisturizer, unlike our previous products that were both serums. This cream is of a lighter, slightly gritty texture, good for normal and my combination skin ( it would probably even suit oily), just in my opinion not rich enough for really dry skin. Little goes a long way, moisturizes nicely (altough it’s not its main purpose). Easy to work with and the skin absorbs it fast. Had no side effects like redness or burning, it’s very mild, as if you’re putting on a plain moisturizer.

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It’s meant to be used morning and/or evening after your water based serum (MAP is btw water-soluble) . I’ve used it only at night, but if you want to use it in the morning, don’t forget  your sunscreen ( “when you use Vitamin C products, skin is even more sensitive to sunlight “ – this is a very common misconception. I myself was told this numerous times and after looking into it in the last couple of months, realized it was completely false.

Vitamin C oxidizes easily, so a lot of vitamin C products come in airtight, dark glass bottles to slow down the process of deterioration as much as possible ( that’s why it changes color, when it goes “bad” ). When it comes to its benefits to the skin, it’s actually a great provider of photoprotection. Look at it as an extra shield underneath a sunscreen, since it doesn’t absorb UV light and neutralizes free radicals ( sunscreen blocks about 55% of free radicals, so using an antioxidant such as Vitamin C underneath, will boost our protection from sun damage). Also a great combo with vitamin C would be vitamin E. Together, they protect our skin cells ( their hydrophilic and lipophilic compartments). Some researches even say that this combo is not only useful as a great protection against UV damage, but also in the prevention of skin cancer in the future.

 

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Do I recommend?

 

Well, I’m in that category of people who didn’t see any difference after a whole tube, so that’s about, a month and a half. When it comes to the main issue where I wanted to see a change, my uneven skin tone ( area around my lips and chin), unfortunately, I didn’t see any difference with my skin after its use. Worked well when it comes to hydrating, but nothing more – I mean, for that, you can get a plain moisturizer. Maybe It’s just too mild for my skin, to show any real results. Now, will it work for you? – I don’t know. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. Since it’s pretty inexpensive (retail price 9,60 € /1189 rsd) and if you had really bad experiences with other forms of vitamin C, so your skin is super sensitive, maybe you can give it a go. We all have different skin. That’s in general the thing about skin care – there’s never something so universally perfect, that suits everyone ( of course there’s also stuff that’s just plain crap 😒 ) . In my case, I won’t be repurchasing it, and I’ll try another form of vitamin C.

Hope my review was informative enough!

Enjoy your weekend guys! 😊

X

BelgradePixie

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Disclaimer : I bought this product 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!

x

BelgradePixie

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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.

Deciem – The Masterbrand

Hello everybody!  😃

After a month of testing, I’ve decided to start  my “Deciem series” , so in the upcoming weeks,  you’ll be reading several reviews of their products, starting with the first –  The Ordinary  “ Hyaluronic acid 2% + B5 “.

But, before I post my first review,  I wanted to write a small intro regarding Deciem itself. So, this is a Canadian, Toronto based corporate umbrella,  founded by Brandon Truaxe in 2013. The name originates from the Latin word “ decima”,  meaning “ 10 in a sequence”, which perfectly suits this masterbrand, since it has more than 10 brands under its wing. This includes : Grow Gorgeous ( now sold), The Ordinary,  Niod,  Hylamide,  The chemistry brand, Stemm, Fountain, HIF,  White Rx and Ab crew (with more brands in the making as we speak).

Now,  you must be wondering : How does this  system work? Well,  putting it simple, the brands share the same resources, meaning, the same labs, production facilities, employees,  stores etc., all of course,  provided by Deciem.

Unlike a lot of brands, they actually produce their own products, including skin care, hair care (from hand creams to shampoos & beard grooming products), supplements and even makeup ( for now, only primers and foundations ).

Depending on the brand, the price range is also very wide, ranging from 4,90 € to 160 € (5,20 $ – 171$ /drugstore to high-end) so you could say – there’s something for everyone.

Deciem has a new,  “honest” approach , when it comes to the beauty industry. They say that people are constantly being fooled by skin care companies. Situations, where a person pays hundreds of dollars for a mediocre fancy packaged product, that actually costs less than 15 bucks to produce, are ludicrous. You could say, a lot of brands are like con artists, tricking you into thinking you’re getting a miracle in a bottle – at a hella high price.

Everything they do or say, is perfectly in accordance  with their slogan : “ Clinical formulations with integrity “.  Some products cost barely a buck to make,  so when you pay 5 bucks for a serum, that’s all the expenses + profit for them, all wrapped up in that small price tag. Cool, right? No bullsh*t,  no price tags as if you’re paying for a cream with dragon’s milk,  that erases wrinkles at a blink of an eye (God, I’d suck at advertising…) .

Their products are 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 🙄 ). They also don’t test on animals, so they’re a cruelty-free company, with all the products made in Canada.

Interesting fact : Their company policy is not to hire people who used to work in the beauty industry – They’re allergic to them. Haha, See? 😬 I made a joke there  (and the crowd goes 🙄… 😁 ) .

 

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So, is this just a good marketing trick, telling people what they want to hear?. Building hype around their products?. Do these products,  really give amazing results? What’s worth trying out and what’s a pass?…

You’ll find out in my upcoming reviews ! 😉

x

BelgradePixie

∗∗ This post is based on information that is available on the company’s official website & some interviews of their founder Brandon Truaxe.

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 the 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.