Style & Beauty

I Tried This $7 Serum That’s So Good, Sephora Can’t Keep It In Stock

We tested out this product to see if it's as good as people say it is.

For months now, beauty bloggers and product junkies have been raving about a new serum from The Ordinary. Made with 10 percent lactic acid and 2 percent hyaluronic acid, the high-strength peeling formula promises to deliver smoother, healthier looking skin. Oh, and here’s the best part: It’s only $7!

Yes, $7. A powerful anti-aging serum for your face that costs less than a burrito bowl at Chipotle? No wonder so many people rushed to snap this product up.

I was on the waiting list at Sephora for weeks before I finally snagged a few bottles at Beautylish. I managed to get three bottles (they had a limit of five per consumer), and it’s a good thing I did, because it’s now sold out. Sephora restocked them, and last time we checked, the serum was available for purchase on the website.

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What’s With The Hype?

So what’s the big deal?

The Ordinary’s mission is simple. The brand takes clinically proven ingredients (such as retinol, lactic acid, resveratrol and ferulic acid) and then uses them to create simple yet effective formulations at fair price points, meaning that almost everyone can afford to use these products, whether you’re looking for help with wrinkles, pimples, dryness or dullness.

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Putting It To The Test

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% is one of their most popular offerings, but is it really worth all the hype?

I made it my mission to find out. Here’s how it works: You apply a few drops to your bare skin before putting on your moisturizer in the evening. And in the morning, you wake up to brighter, smoother skin. So how did my experiment with The Ordinary go?

First, I have to admit that I had a problem with the packaging. The medicine dropper bottles are super cute, but if you’re a klutz like me, beware that you CAN nick the delicate glass dropper if you accidentally tap it against the side of your countertop.

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As for application, I found that there was a slight burning feeling when I first applied it to my skin, but it was minor. I then applied my moisturizer. For several nights, I underwent this process.

One thing I noticed was that I experienced a breakout, which is unusual for me. If you have sensitive skin, you might experience the same result. This is a high-intensity serum with potent acid, and some users have found that it can cause breakouts. I kept it up with it, however, and found that, over time, my skin did adjust. (For those who are concerned about this, you could consider diluting the product or only using it every other night until your skin becomes acclimated.)

The Results

Within one to two weeks, I found that my skin was brighter in the a.m. I had more of a “healthy” glow. I also believe it helped to even out my skin tone and take away some redness. However, I didn’t notice any anti-aging effects, at least not in the short time I had been using the product.

But for $7, waking up to brighter, smoother skin is a definite win in my book! Just be aware that using this product can make your skin more sensitive in the sun, so you need to be extra careful about protecting your skin when using it.

So, hurry: Go to Sephora’s website and cross your fingers this miracle serum hasn’t sold out again!

And if you’re looking for a really fun way to keep your and your kids’ skin protected this summer, look no further than Sunshine & Glitter sunscreen. That’s right: Sunshine with glitter. How has this not existed sooner?

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