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Rated 4.46 out of 5 stars
After many years of seriously researching skin care, I hit on a mixture of products that address and actually DO what I expect them to do...which is improve and relax my aging facial skin. After cleansing, I use 2% H.A. serum with as few additives as I can find. (All the oils and botanicals some lines add to the H.A. serum simply impede absorption, IMO). I make certain my face is damp when I apply the H.A. This is important as the various molecular weights of the serum will be more efficiently absorbed into the deeper layers of the dermal skin. Then comes the Argirlaline (sp.)Serum, and finally the Matrixyl 10%. I make sure each serum has time to work it's magic, best to apply these layers about 5 minutes apart. Fortunately, The Ordinary makes these separate serums for a very reasonable price, and the consistency and quality are beyond question.. I was following this twice-a-day routine with a 2% Retinol most days, but I have to cut that product out, or else begin applying it several hours apart from the regular routine. I've learned that mixing Matrixyl with certain acids can cause skin eruptions, and I think this may be why some people are experiencing breakouts. They may be using a product that contains one of these acids after the Matrixyl . I need to do more research on that. I won't use a product unless I can understand WHY it works, I want to read and understand the science behind it. It takes time to do the research, to wade through the medical-speak and understand what the bottom line is about these serums. And it's not easy, but what is more important than getting results? This routine I described works for me, I am approaching 70 years of age and I have nearly attained the Korean ideal of "glass skin". Deep wrinkles are a thing of the past and I can actually see and feel the difference after each routine. It is easy to purchase these ingredients, in The Ordinary line, from Ulta and I will continue to do so.
No stranger to the benefits of strong doses of Matrixyl (3000 & synthe6), a 1 oz bottle for less than $12 seemed like a steal. Other than a sticky finish, the serum felt great at application. I noticed that within a few hours that my skin needed a LOT more moisture than provided. No biggie, it was nothing a bit of essence and facial oil couldn't fix. After 3 weeks, I began to notice unwelcome changes to my skin - fine lines reappearing, wrinkles more noticeable, and dreaded dullness. Returned to my old 10% Matrixyl and within days my skin improved. Great price, but expect more from my skincare. Finishing this serum on my feet and will not be repurchasing.
MishyMash from Bellevue, WA
My skin LOVES Matrixyl and typically pay 10x the price. Despite the high concentration, my skin did not respond as usual - no glow, no firming, no benefits. So floored with the lackluster and assuming that the 1st bottle may have expired, I actually purchased a 2nd bottle with no better results. Other than lackluster results and low moisture capability, I have no complaints with the consistency or application of the product. Won't return, but will not be repurchasing. I expect more from my skincare.
Habbo from MO
This serum hasn't necessarily wowed me, but it has givin me good skin days. It goes on sticky but rubs away into soft skin. It has the simplicities that you need if your skin is sensitive. There's also no smell. It's no holy grail, but if you don't need much I'd say go for it
Maddie from Atlanta, GA
I ordered this based on a YouTube video reviewing products to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and had my best friend try it with me. She said it made her break out but I only noticed good results. I used as a spot treatment around my eyes. I liked the dispenser. It lasted about 6-8 months which is great for the price. I took before photos prior to starting the treatment and compared over the next few months as I used this nightly and I definitely noticed a reduction in fine lines and crows feet.
Marivic from San Diego
I use everyday in the morning
Was hopeful from Lackawanna, NY
I used Matrixyl twice a day. The description says this reduces the look of static and dynamic wrinkles, but in my case it didn't even reduce fine lines. Not effective at all. I've used it for 2 months. I already spent my money on it, so I'll continue to use it until I finish it.
Stc4 from Louisiana
Love the way this product goes on my face. It seems to tighten the skin, so it is great for temporary reduction of fine lines.
Angelina from San Diego, CA
I've tried a few different peptides, this is the only one that seems to actually smooth fine lines. I use it 1-2x daily and I'm a repeat buyer and I swear by it. No breakouts or milia, no irritation, just better and better skin. YAY!
30's combo aging skin from CA
I was lured in by all the good reviews but this product did absolutely nothing positive for my skin.
The product did not sink into the skin but merely sat on the skin and peeled/flaked off.
There was no glow to the skin or any firming or moisture or anything positive.
I have recently tried a brand with much better low cost products free of fragrance that actually sinks into the skin and makes a notable difference. This is my experience and perhaps some people love it but for me it is a no go and I feel this brand is just hype.
Britt from OHIO
I've been using this for 4 months now. I use it as part of my nightly routine. As soon as I add this to my skin and tap it in, I see a difference. There is a tackiness at first but within a couple minutes my skin soaks it all in. My skin seems more plump and my tone is balanced and hydrated looking. I use this in conjunction with my retinol products. I use it about 4 times a week. I wake up hydrated and smooth. Seriously, GIVE IT A TRY!
ViviBr from Washington DC
Great addition to skincare. After using 2-3 weeks my skin became plump and super soft, texture improved, felt nicely nicely moisturized
CM from Scottsdale, AZ
This is very easy to apply and I can see it makes a difference.
Marilyn from Texas
I use a small amount under my make up in the morning and after I wash my face in the evening. It is lightweight and absorbs quickly.
dhall from St. George, UT
I started using The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA about 4 months ago. I have seen a noticeable improvement in my wrinkles. I started noticing the difference within a few weeks, the lines are smoother and softer. Then there is the price, unbelievable! I don't know how they offer the low prices, I am just grateful to them. The Ordinary has transformed my skin.
Oakley from Pennsylvania
Ever since I started using the Matrixl with the squaline my face looks healthier, brighter, beautiful natural glow. I have been getting lots of compliments lately which says alot because I usually use High end products in my face. This does the same and/or better for the fraction of the cost. AMAZING!
Christina from Texas
I'm 26 years old. Never had a skin care regimen or even a routine.. I noticed at my age my skin starting to dry out under my eyes near cheeks and nose and my skin just looking dull. No glow / no volume. Using this product with basic collagen cream for 2.5 weeks has really really improved my skin. I haven't had any acne and my skin has is so soft, and appears to be fuller. I now feel I look better without foundation. I've come along way!!
JPspirit from Boise, ID
This one wasn't anything special for me. I have mature, dehydrated and acne-prone skin. I love the ingredient list of this serum. I used one bottle and really noticed no effect. It didn't seem to help with hydration despite the HA. It also remains sticky for a long time after application. Maybe I needed to use longer to see effects, but I'm not purchasing this again. Two stars out of trust that the good ingredients helped in some way that I couldn't see.
Terrie from Texas
I was looking for something that would help with fine lines and wrinkles and just make my skin look good. I also wanted something that applies similarly to a high end brand of serum I ran out of. While the ingredients may be different, this is what I wanted. I believe the ingredients are actually better than the high end serum. Will buy again and again.
ValleyGirl from California
WOWWW I'm blown away, I had a standing boh-tox appt and I cancelled it!. This in one week of consistent use erased "the elevens" wrinkles between my eyebrows that I usually pay $200 to get boh-toxed. It even smoothed out the tiny wrinkles around "the elevens". Where was this in my 20s and 30s?!! I'm seriously blown away and can't recommend it enough! People think i'm exaggerating that in one week I saw results but I was absolutely pessimistic when I bought it and now I'm an The Ordinary worshipper!
ejane from Denver
I have not used long enough to notice any particular benefits. I like that it is not oil based, it applies easily. It is slightly tacky, but it does not have any noticeable unpleasant odor. It does not seem to cause any irritation in conjunction with other serums or moisturizers. Good price point.
Maggy from Kissimmee FL
That's a great product.
TamiZ from Melbourne Fl
This serum feels so great on my skin. Has a nice texture & finish. Not greasy. I'm 60 & concerned w wrinkles & losing collagen in my skin. Matrixyl is an important ingredient to help keep wrinkles from getting deeper. This stuff does the job w added hyaluronic acid to plump skin. I use it at night after cleansing. Does not clog pores & is a superior product for the cost. Peptide cream can be expensive. I'm sticking to this bc of the results!
Cat Cao from Illinois
If you use a dermaroller, then this serum is a good one to use on your face afterwards. It'll tone down redness, puffiness and add moisture back into your skin. Highly recommended for use after this procedure (and overnight).
Sam from Oregon
Noticed itchiness increases after wearing. Dermatologists recommend moisturizing pre serum for sensitive skin so I tried that but still feels itchy. May try again after detoxing my skin from essential oils, fragrance that have sensitized skin.
em from house
After using the AHA BHA solution, this helps calm my skin down since I have very sensitive dry skin plus it's supposed to help with fine lines. Highly recommend because I did see results on my skin.