The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA Concentrated Serum

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA Concentrated Serum

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WORKS FOR
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • alpha-arbutin
  • lactic acid
  • hydrolyzed sodium hyaluronate
PROMISES
FULFILLED
33 /100
IRRITANCY
LOW
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"Lactic acid helps to combat hyperpigmentation, while sodium hyaluronate helps the skin retain moisture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines."
WIMJ summary

Effective ingredients missing or their concentration is too low.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"This is a lightweight, fast-absorbing serum which works to reduce the appearance of brown patches, spots, and blemishes."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: alpha-arbutin

Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Lactic acid helps to combat hyperpigmentation, while sodium hyaluronate helps the skin retain moisture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines."
WIMJ summary

Does not contain good ingredients to help with moisturization.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
LOW

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
Might help reduce hyperpigmentation when used regularly over a long period of time. Is more effective than beta-arbutin
7.4% - 11.2%
3.8% - 5.8%
Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
2.7% - 4.1%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
1.9% - 2.9%
Helps oil and water mix together
1.5% - 2.2%
Helps oil and water mix together
1% - 1.5%
An exfoliating and moisturizing alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). Typically causes less irritation than other AHAs, for example, glycolic acid. At high concentrations (about 15%), lactic acid can help reduce lines and wrinkles. Recent studies show that lactic acid can support the "good" bacteria living on skin's surface (healthy skin microbiom)
0.55% - 1.35%
Used to improve stability of the formulation
0.15% - 0.7%
Helps to improve the product consistency
0.1% - 0.4%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.05% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.15%

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