Review: The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA

24 October 2017

I'm finally back with a blog post and I'm back to talking skincare! I'm back to talking about The Ordinary as I stated in my last post when I reviewed the Niacinamide 10%, I wanted to try a couple more of their products so I ordered the Alpha Lipoic Acid and Alpha Arbutin at the end of May and I’ve used them long enough to give my final opinion on both of them (Alpha Lipioc Acid review is coming soon). I’ve blabbed on about The Ordinary and their aim and who they are, so definitely have a read if you want to find out more about the brand. Briefly, though - they aim to provide high-quality skincare ingredients at a fair price and their products range between £5 - £12.

So what do The Ordinary say about Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, on their website? ‘Alpha Arbutin reduces the looks of spots and hyper-pigmentation. It's used at a high 2% concentration versus a standard concentration of 1% and supported with a next-generation form of Hyaluronic Acid for enhanced delivery.’

Arbutin is derived from a plant and is a molecule that is used in skincare to brighten and lighten the skin, hence why The Ordinary have chosen to use it for the reduction of hyperpigmentation. The Ordinary’s Alpha Arbutin works by reducing the amount of melanin produced which should lead to less scarring.

Alpha Arbutin and The Ordinary’s product is designed to tackle:

  • Hyperpigmentation 
  • Anti-aging 
  • Age spots and;
  • Dark spots

I used this product every day so ran out of it pretty quickly but I wanted to get the best results possible. In terms of application this is a bit tacky when you apply it but you can put things on top and it goes away, so it was perfect for a morning application. I didn’t feel this did anything to help with my hyperpigmentation at all, I could have purchased another bottle to see if it made a difference but after using it consecutively for 5 weeks I just didn’t think it was worth it. I think the main issue was that my hyperpigmentation is years old and something like this just wasn’t going to cut it. It would probably work for newer scars and on a preventable basis. 

The best thing I’ll say about this is the Hyaluronic Acid made my skin so hydrated and plump and I can imagine for dry skin this is excellent. It would also be excellent in the winter if you need hyperpigmentation treatment and are suffering from dry skin too. To close, I wouldn’t recommend this, I just felt like I saw absolutely no result from this and although I didn’t hate it I’m not sure I could wholeheartedly say this is one to try out of the range if you’re looking for a starting point. As per usual with The Ordinary products, there is no fragrance and this doesn’t have a natural smell either, it's perfectly odourless! 

I'd love to know if anyone has tried this on recent hyperpigmentation and had any results do let me know in the comment below.

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