Acid Essentials

One of the most popular searches on here is which acid should I use? I’ve done loads of posts about what different ones are and how they work (which you can find under acids on the blog). Today I thought I’d share my most used ones from @theordinary.

I like using The Ordinary because they always have a large percentage of actives in their products. They also provide you with lots of information with each product like; the pH of the formulation, whether it’s vegan, nut-free, oil-free, silicone free and even water free! They are very transparent and so easy to get on board with.

My must haves for ALL skin types:


Lactic Acid – Its gentle enough for sensitive skin, but will still exfoliate the outermost layer of the skin really well. This is mainly due to it’s particle size, it’s quite big. So, it won’t dig down into the deeper layers of the skin but it will use it’s binding properties to exfoliate the top layer of skin. Perfect if you don’t want an acid that’s too harsh!


Hyaluronic Acid – It doesn’t matter if your skin is oily or dry, you need hydration. This is the easiest and cheapest way (other than drinking water) to get it!

AHA/BHA Mask – For use when you need an extra oomph. It’s really helpful to be able to use something that very exfoliating in small doses to help your other products work better.

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