Some of you may have read my previous post on The Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, by THE ORDINARY – DECIEM. If you haven’t, here’s the link go check it out, it’s a quick read – https://thesissociate.com/2019/09/14/deciem-the-ordinary-hyaluronic-acid-2-b5/
And now that you have read this post, you may have seen that one of the qualities that I do not like about this famous formula is its viscosity / thickness. Applying my moisturizers after this serum is a nightmare as it takes ages together to blend and get absorbed into my skin, – the occlusive moisturizers especially.
I have a dry skin type and hence I need my moisturizers to be more occlusive in nature than emollient. (I suggest you look up this link to learn about different types of moisturizers – https://www.facetory.com/blogs/curations/3-different-types-of-moisturizers ).
There’s 3 types primarily – Humectant Type, Emollient Type and Occlusive Type – Humectant being the most lightweight and thinnest, Emollient being slightly thicker and denser and Occlusive being the thickest and the densest of the three. Since I suffer from dryness and sometimes flakiness, I use occlusive moisturizers, the ones with thicker consistencies that help to fight the flakiness.
Back to The Hyaluronic Acid Formula – since it is quite thick, it doesn’t go well as a hydrator before my Moisturizers. I have tried 4 different moisturizers, and with 3 out of 4 I had this issue and the moisturizer literally turns into a goopy sticky mess. And for this reason I decided to explore a bit deeper and bought myself a different version Hyaluronic Acid from DECIEM itself, and that is The Ordinary – Marine Hyaluronics, because the primary reason why this was apparently devised by their team was to be a lighter / thinner alternative to the original Hyaluronic 2% formula, and since this is exactly what I was looking for I bought myself a bottle.
I do my purchases of The Ordinary from Look Fantastic UAE – https://www.lookfantastic.ae/brands/the-ordinary.list (The link just in case you’d want to check out), also here’s the link to DECIEM’s website to check their entire collection and their different brands out – https://deciem.com/
Alright, now moving on to the comparison between the two Hyaluronic Acid formulas.
|HYALURONIC ACID 2% + B5||MARINE HYALURONICS|
|BASE INGREDIENT||Contains Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate)||Contains a combination of various marine derived water reservoirs (No Actual Hyaluronic Acid but is formulated in a way to support with hydration just as the regular Hyaluronic Acid formulation would do)|
|APPLICATION||AM and PM routines – Before Moisturizers||AM and PM routines – Before Moisturizers|
|CONSISTENCY||Thick Consistency / Viscous||Ultra Lightweight / Almost Watery consistency|
|BEST WITH MOISTURIZER TYPE||Since the consistency is already thick, this is best suited with lighter consistency moisturizers – like Gel moisturizers||Since the consistency is lighter, this is best suited with heavier moisturizers such as cream and lotion moisturizers.|
So, this is my review on the two Hyaluronic Acid Formulas by THE ORDINARY. There’s also another Hyaluronic Acid formulation by DECIEM, – THE MULTI MOLECULAR HYALURONIC COMPLEX – but this one is from a different Sub Brand called – NIOD and not THE ORDINARY. It’s slightly on the expensive side. I shall speak about it in a different blog post some other time.
Till then, Adios!