The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

  • Description & Features

Glycolic Acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid that helps to exfoliate the skin. This 7% toning solution offers mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance. The formula can also help to improve the appearance of skin texture with continued use.

This formula contains a Tasmanian Pepperberry derivative that can help to reduce irritation associated with acid use. This derivative is of plant origin and varies in colour seasonally and this colour variation may be apparent in the formula from time to time. The formula is further supported with inclusion of ginseng root and aloe vera for improved skin radiance and soothing benefits. 

This pH of this formula is approximately 3.6. Glycolic Acid has a pKa of 3.6 and pKa is the most important aspect to consider in formulating with acids. pKa implies acid availability. When pKa is close to pH, there is an ideal balance between salt and acidity, maximizing effectiveness of the acid and reducing irritation. Higher pH numbers in such a case would increase salt which counter-intuitively would make the formula even more irritating than if the formula was more acidic.

Directions of Use: Use ideally in the PM, no more frequently than once per day. After cleaning, saturate a cotton pad with the formula and sweep across face and neck. Avoid the eye contour and contact with eyes. Do not rinse off. Continue with additional skin treatments as needed. If persistent irritation occurs, discontinue use and consult a physician. 

(Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards. Use only as directed. Contact of the product with the skin must be of limited frequency or duration.)

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycolic Acid, Rosa damascena flower water, Centaurea cyanus flower water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Aminomethyl Propanol, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Aspartic Acid, Alanine, Glycine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Glutamic Acid, Arginine, PCA, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Fructose, Glucose, Sucrose, Urea, Hexyl Nicotinate, Dextrin, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Gellan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Chloride, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.

alcohol-free, oil-free, silicone-free, nut-free, vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, ph 3.5-3.7

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Effective! I have already purchased a second bottle of this stuff! I know it says on the bottle to not use more than once a day and ideally in the PM, but I use this stuff every morning and night and pretty much anytime I clean my face before I put my serums on, I use this toner. I have a spray bottle that I pour the toner into, so I just spray a mist of it over my face and leave it to soak in...I will say it feels quite tacky/sticky on the skin, and it takes a fair amount of time to be fully absorbed, but it seriously works wonders. Also if just starting using it, be aware that if you use too much or too often you will notice a tingling/irritated sensation on the skin. But this toner has become an absolute staple in my skin care routine.
Date published: 2020-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good Product I have mature / dry skin. I am also allergic to scented products. I was intrigued by the company's product ingredients and how they are prepared. I was delightfully surprised with this toning solution. The toner is gentle for everyday use and does not cause any excessive dryness or abrasion to the skin. I've changed all my cleaning skin care products to DCEIM Ordinary.
Date published: 2020-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I wanted a cheaper alternative to the pixi glow tonic and this is perfect! It’s a little stronger (I can feel my skin tingle a bit after using it) but not too strong for my sensitive skin.
Date published: 2020-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! So far I love this product. I use it every few days before bed as a deep clean/exfoliate on my skin. It has helped with breakouts but can be a bit irritating to current blemishes so I avoid those areas when using it. It is a bit tacky right after using but allow product to dry and your skin feels super smooth after!
Date published: 2020-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glycolic Glory!! This product has changed my skin's life. I rarely get breakouts, and my skin just looks so plump and glowy! I only use this in the evenings and it's just magic.
Date published: 2020-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I use this toning solution 3 times a week to exfoliate my skin and it works really well! The morning after using, my skin is so soft and supple, and I have a nice glow :) The packaging is great and I like the nozzle because I'm better able to control how much product comes out. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2020-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Alcohol free! Good size! I bought this as an alternative to the neostrata glycolic toner I have used since 1998. I have used the alcohol free Pixi one, but the size of it is not worth the price. So far, I am very impressed with the size, price point and formula of this one by the ordinary. It comes with an extra twist cap nozzle. Unfortunately my order came frozen solid by purolator, and part of the toner exploded into the box. I will definitely re-order this toner but only in the late spring when there is less risk of freezing.
Date published: 2021-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Improving my skin When I first received this, I couldn't open it for the life of me! Finally I ran it under hot water and that helped. I've been using this product daily now for about a week and I love how it has improved my complexion and acne. My face is smooth and clear and soft.
Date published: 2021-01-19
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