The Ordinary || AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution


For quite some time now I’ve heard so many great things about The Ordinary and in particular this product, the AHA 30% + BHA 2% peeling solution, so just before Christmas, I decided to pick myself one up, it’s only £6.30-£6.50 depending on where you buy it so I really couldn’t say no.

Over the last maybe four months or so I’ve seriously gotten into face masks, I’ve always had and used them, however, not on a regular basis, maybe one once a month or something, probably not even that but now that’s all changed, I’ve been really enjoying using them more frequently, as well as different ones that create different results and this, is just one of them I’ve been loving. I like to try and use this every Sunday evening (this is not to be used daily, only once a week at the most), I’m not going to lie though, I have definitely forgotten a couple times, however, that is the goal.

I personally think when it comes to applying acids to your face it’s important to follow the instructions they give you, so please make sure you always read them carefully. For this, they advise you to apply it evenly onto a clean, dry face and neck avoiding the eye area. They suggest to leave it on for no longer than ten minutes, depending on what my skin is like that day I decide whether to leave it on for the full ten minutes or less, I’ve found more often than not that around seven to eight minutes is perfect for me. Everyone’s skin is very different though so if yours is sensitive then this might not be best, in fact, they don’t recommend you use this if you have sensitive skin, you can always read a more in-depth description of it online to see if you think it will work for you, I’ll leave the link for that here. Another thing you can do if you’re not sure is leave it on for less the first time, and if you feel like you could have left it on longer then add a little more time on when you use it next, I just think it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to applying acids to your face.

Due to the very strong berry colour, it does look quite scary when you apply it, the first time I wore this my mum asked me what had happened to my face, she looked very concerned haha! It does also tingle a little but not enough to bother me, though I’d say if it does get really uncomfortable then wash it off but that’s never been an issue for me. Another thing I’d suggest to do is apply this in the evening instead of in the morning since it does leave your face a little red, not anything crazy though but I just think it makes more sense this way.

My favourite thing about this is the instant results you get, it only takes the first time you use this to see a change in your skin, my skin is smooth, looks more even and bright plus it helps to reduce my pores and spots too, win! One thing I have noticed more over time and that isn’t necessarily instant is the change in the texture of my skin, those little bumps I used to sometimes get aren’t there anymore, however, I don’t know if I can put that down solely to this since I have been using other products in my routine too, but I do think my skin wouldn’t look like it does today without this. Once I’ve taken this off with lukewarm water I leave my skin to settle for around half an hour and then I like to apply one of my moisturising masks, but that’s just a personal preference since my skin has been quite dry over Winter, my current favourite is the Fresh Rose Face Mask (expect a post on this sometime soon), once that’s been taken off my skin looks brand new, but seriously it does look amazing if I do say so myself haha!

Two other things to mention, the first is that they recommend you use sunscreen after this since it could possibly leave your skin sensitive to the sun for up to a week after use, and the other thing I thought I’d mention since in the past people have asked me this questions and that is that The Ordinary is a cruelty-free brand.

I know there are a lot of things I’ve said to be careful about but that’s just because this is a strong peeling solution and I don’t know what your skin is like, so I just want to make sure you’re checking that this will work for you and your skin type.

Have you ever tried this? What do you think?




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