The Ordinary – Alpha Arbutin 2% + Hyaluronic Acid (great place to start)

The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin & HA
I bought this alpha arbutin serum when I first started to get interested in skincare to help with my ongoing battle with hyperpigmentation. I am that terrible person who squeezes their spots, and I am then left with dark marks which never seem to go away!
The Ordinary looked like an excellent place to start as they had a massive range of products to try, and they even recommend regimes. In one sense it makes it easier for the novice, in another it makes it a total nightmare as there are a plethora of things to try and it can be challenging to know where to start, which is where the regimes come in handy.
I was researching products and came across alpha arbutin, which claims to have all the benefits of Hydroquinone without the drawbacks. Don’t get me wrong; there is nothing wrong with Hydroquinone, but this has to be used under medical supervision; otherwise, there can be some damaging and severe side-effects. Realistically, such products will need to be prescribed.
So this alpha arbutin serum should help to reduce those pesky hyperpigmentation marks while being gentle. Naturally, I was very excited to use this product.

The Ordinary alpha arbutin product Claims

True to The Ordinary style, this serum offers targeted claims. 
  • Lightening of pigmentation marks 
  • Hydrating, from the added hyaluronic acid.

This product seems to perform both addressing hyperpigmentation and hydration well. I have used this product on two separate periods of time. 

My Final Thoughts

This alpha arbutin serum is an ok product which is easily absorbed into the skin and seems to be an elegant formula. I used this on two separate occasions, and I have to say that the results the first time around were more noticeable.
To see results took about four to six weeks, as with most skincare, you will rarely seem an immediate effect, and it’s a real waiting game. I think to get the best out of this product you need to have a good exfoliation regime.
The weekly or bi-weekly removal of the top layer of skin helps to kick start any actives. It also benefits by allowing any skincare the opportunity to work on fresh skin and not have to battle through the first dead layer—the other benefit of regular exfoliating; improved texture and an overall brighter complexion.
The second time, the alpha arbutin serum worked, but I didn’t find the results as impressive. It is difficult to pinpoint why, but given that there was a significant period of time between trying this product, it could be down to trying other things which delivered better results? It’s not to say it performed badly; I think perhaps my expectations changed within this time.
But you do need to be realistic in your expectations on what you will hope to achieve with these types of products. Generally having a good exfoliation regime with this type of product will deliver quicker and more impressive results. Results will not happen overnight, so expect to be using this product for a few months before you see notable results.

At the time of writing, you could purchase a 30ml bottle for £7.00 from The Ordinary’s range of skincare is so reasonably priced it possible to try a variety of items and really will not hurt your wallet.


3.5 star rating

The alpha arbutin serum works and I will probably repurchase in the future. However, I think that there are better products on the market that can deliver better results, but I do feel that this is an excellent place to start.

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