Skin care

The ordinary alpha lipoic acid 5%

This is probably a late review after the internet went crazy over the ordinary. This is probably one of the less popular products but this is what was recommended to me because I have dry to combination textured skin.

Product description:

Alpha Lipoic Acid is a highly potent antioxidant and can restore a renewed skin appearance, improving visible skin texture and tone when applied topically. This formulation uses an exceptionally high 5% concentration of high-purity Alpha Lipoic Acid. 


1. Alpha Lipoic Acid is highly sensitive to sunlight. Please do not expose to direct sunlight. Application to face is recommended at nighttime only. 
2. Alpha Lipoic Acid is less stable in formulations that contain water and use of formulations of ALA containing water is highly discouraged. This formulation is water-free and may feel slightly “oily” for a few seconds after application. 
3. This formulation contains an extremely high concentration of ALA. Daily use is not recommended since such a high frequency of use can cause skin sensitivity. Please follow suggested use frequency.

Grabbed from the ordinary’s website


I bought this online since the ordinary doesn’t have physical stores in the Philippines yet. This costs around 600 pesos (plus shipping since I bought it online) but on their website this retails at 10.90 USD


This comes in a box and in a tinted glass bottle with a dropper for you to dispense the product.

Application and feel:

The directions said add 2-3 drops (which should be enough for your whole face) every other day since this is a very potent solution. It feels oily and it would have a hot and stinging effect few seconds upon application. This sensation would last from 3-7 minutes. This actually made me worry at first but apparently this is just how the product works.


This has a slightly burnt oil scent to it which doesn’t linger on your skin (or it probably does but you’re too focused on the stinging this won’t bother you anymore).


I used this for quite some time and with other the ordinary products, people have been saying that results were seen instantly or with 2-3 uses. With this specific variant, I did not see any difference after using this for a month, very religiously. 

Overall thoughts:

I do not recommend this product. This is probably one of the misses of the ordinary. The stinging and hot sensation is not a good feeling. For me, doing skincare at night is how I unwind and I am not welcoming that burning sensation! Plus I did not see any effect even after religiously using it for a month.

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