Ever since I’ve known about The Ordinary from The Abnormal Beauty Company, I kept watching real people’s experience with their products and this particular Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution had my heart on, although I was skeptical about how it’d perform on my skin. I heard real good things about it, and always had it on my wish list. And I should really thank Priyanka from @princessboxindia for really fulfilling my wish! She sent me over this miracle bottle some time back, and I’ve been using it for the past 4-5 months and I really feel a difference in my skin. In this post I’ll be talking about this acid toner and my experience using it.
Glycolic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid(AHA) that exfoliates the skin. This 7% toning solution offers mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance and visible clarity. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture with continued use. The pH of this formula is approximately 3.6. Glycolic Acid has a pKa of 3.6 and pKa is the most important aspect to consider in formulating with acids. pKa implies acid availability. When pKa is close to pH, there is an ideal balance between salt and acidity, maximizing effectiveness of the acid and reducing irritation. Higher pH numbers in such a case would increase salt which counter-intuitively would make the formula even more irritating than if the formula was more acidic.
Contraindications : This formula should not be used on sensitive, peeling or compromised skin.
Note : While exfoliating acids can result in quick visible benefits, we generally suggest indirect forms of skin exfoliation in favour of direct forms such as this formula due to potential inflammation and sensitivity associated with acids.
Directions : Use ideally in the PM, no more frequently than once per day. After cleaning, saturate a cotton pad with the formula and sweep across face and neck. Avoid the eye contour and contact with eyes. Do not rinse off. Continue with additional skin treatments as needed. Contact of the product with the skin must be of limited frequency or duration. If irritation occurs, cease use and consult a physician. Use only as directed on unbroken skin. Patch testing prior to use is advised.
INGREDIENTS : Aqua (Water), Glycolic Acid, Rosa damascena flower water, Centaurea cyanus flower water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Aminomethyl Propanol, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Aspartic Acid, Alanine, Glycine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Glutamic Acid, Arginine, PCA, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Fructose, Glucose, Sucrose, Urea, Hexyl Nicotinate, Dextrin, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Gellan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Chloride, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.
Buy this Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution from PrincessBoxIndia (if you stay in India) or The Ordinary or Cult Beauty websites.
PRICE : £6.80 or $8.70 for 240 ml/8 fl.oz product.
Packaging, this Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution comes in a huge clear bottle, with a screw lid initially which has to be replaced with a twist-open nozzle that comes along with for a convenient application. It comes with a white outer carton box which has all the details about the product and the list of ingredients on it. This is the standard 240ml/8 fl.oz of bottle. I don’t think this is a travel-friendly bottle, but you can definitely transfer the solution to any other travel sized bottle for travelling with it.
The toner has extremely thin, runny water like texture. I saturate my cotton pad with the toning solution and then swipe it very gently across my face. It starts to mildly tingle the face, but gradually subsides in sometime. The toner removes the remnant dirt and excess oil from the skin very gently without stripping off the natural oils and provides mild hydration as well. The results are not very obvious to show up immediately, it takes time- at least in my case, it took about a month or so to see noticeable difference in my skin. It really worked on my skin texture, making it smooth and brighter. I noticed an even tone on my face, and my little bumps have completely gone and in fact never appeared back even when I’m sometimes off of this toner. And this did work on reducing my whiteheads too.
Glycolic acid peels are commonly used to treat skin conditions like acne scars, though they can dry out sensitive areas of the face, like the nose and lips. Although this is recommended for treating acne, I’d highly suggest people with sensitive skin, or people who have active acne to test the product before using it or just give a skip and choose the less sensitive Mandelic acid toners. I would also not recommend to not use on any cuts or fresh wounds, as this toner does irritate the skin.
Did you try this Glycolic Acid 7% Peeling Solution by The Ordinary?