Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%

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CLAIM TO FAME: A highly-stable, water-free alpha lipoic acid solution

FAST FACTS: Contains an exceptionally high 5% concentration of high-purity alpha lipoic acid; restores, renews, and revitalizes skin’s appearance with highly potent antioxidant properties; visibly improves skin texture and tone; vegan formula is cruelty-free and doesn’t contain water, alcohol, silicone, oil, nut, and gluten

PERFECT FOR: Waking up to glowing, smoother, younger skin; aging, mature skin

October 13, 2017
”I am a skincare junkie and have tried all types of skincare from expensive conventional crèmes to organic-based skincare, always looking for the best. I have had some good success and some misses, but I had no idea how effective skincare could be till I discovered Deciem. I am a Botox and filler user, but since using the NIOD and Ordinary lines, I have cut down my time between those visits dramatically.”

”With all that said, I am a devout NIOD user, but have a few products from the Ordinary line because they are just plain effective. Of all of the Ordinary products I have in my skincare arsenal, this by far is my FAVORITE! It is amazing!! My skin glows, pores are smaller, my face is tighter, small lines are diminishing. I use it 3 times a week, just 3 drops on my face.”

”A word of warning: follow the instructions. The first time I used it, I used a generous amount on my face, neck and chest. Bad mistake. I broke out in a red, bumpy rash that lasted 4 days. I am an experienced chemical peel user and I was taken back by the fact that I had this kind of reaction. I was going to throw it in the trash, but decided I would use again, but conservatively. I am so glad I did. I took it slow and it has done wonders for my skin. Listen to Deciem, it doesn’t take much product to be effective.”

”Lastly, I have to show Deciem some love today! My husband comments all the time on how beautiful my skin looks; he, even, stated one time, “You’re skin looks so good, I want to lick it.” I love you Deciem; thank you for my giving me amazing looking skin and a husband that wants to lick my face. You guys are truly rock stars in the skincare industry.”
–AN (from theordinary.com)

WHAT YOU GET: (1) Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%
INGREDIENTS: Propanediol, Thioctic Acid

Formulations are updated from time to time as part of our commitment to innovation. As such, the ingredient list shown here may vary from the box of the product depending on time and region of purchase.

Apply 2-3 drops over the entire face a maximum of 2-3 times per week. This treatment is highly concentrated and daily use is not recommended. Do not use on irritated or sensitive skin. Can be diluted with most oils per application to reduce strength.

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.

The Ordinary

“Clinical formulations with integrity”—that’s what The Ordinary is about. Created to celebrate truth, veracity, and reliability, the beauty company is focused on advanced functional beauty while honestly communicating its products to its consumers. The end goal? Bringing to market effective, well-known technologies at reasonable prices. As part of DECIEM’s brands, The Ordinary is also free of Parabens, Sulphates, Mineral Oil, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Animal Oils, Benzalkonium Chloride, Coal Tar Dyes, Formaldehyde, Mercury, and Oxybenzone and does not test on animals. All you need is to try out one of their bestselling products, extremely affordable and effective skincare products and you’ll realize what makes The Ordinary, extraordinary.

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Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 32

Instant overnight glow

This stings your face with a little bit of burning sensation for a couple of minutes but it goes away. Every sting is worth it because trust me you will look glowing and fresh in the morning. I use like 2 drops for my entire face whenever my skin feels clogged and dull. Its feels like an oil when first applied but it dries after 2-3 minutes. The sad thing is I think this is now discontinued.

19 days ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Age 24

effective ituuu

For me, this product is highly performing for its price. Walang biro, this is one of the most effective products Ive ever tried. Mas gusto ko pa to kesa sa isang Vit C na product na super mahal, pero underperforming. So the pros( syempre sa face to ina-apply): it helps calm those bumps, helps improve texture overall, gives that glow in the morning (infairness), a little goes a long way (mga 4 months na to sakin) Con: may stinging effect kaya dapat konti lang talaga ang i-apply sa face Note: irefrigerate sya and takpan ng mabuti 😊

about 1 month ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Age 39

Love this.

I so love how this makes my skin even and rejuvenated. I've been using this for several months, 2-3 times a week, and it made my ski bettee and better. It's not greasy and since I only use 2 drops, I haven't felt any stinging sensation at all. This is my first TO anti-oxidant and I was so happy with its effects that I've added EUK, Pycnogenol and when available, Resveratrol-please, please re-stock on this already!

2 months ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 27

Worth the gamble

This was not my first time buying a product from this brand. I was very skeptical at first because I've read some pretty scary reviews about it and I don't want to spend my money and find out that it isn't compatible with my skin. Nevertheless, I still took the risk and it was worth it! No breakouts, just a little sting which I can manage, and it gives you that glow the following morning. As for the anti-aging benefit, I still can't attest to it since I don't use it regularly, even with the 2-3 times a week only instruction.

3 months ago
Top Reviewer
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 26

Maybe not for me

Okay, I have sensitive skin. I was so excited to try this. I followed all the instructions and even watched youtube reviews and steps on how to properly apply this on my face. But I guess after a month of trying, it's really not for me. It really stings my face and my face turns really red after using this.

3 months ago
Top Reviewer
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Normal
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 21


I stopped using “whitening” products, and focused instead on the ones that can help reveal a youthful skin. I have already tried several TO products such as Niacinamide, Lactic Acid, Buffet, Caffeine Solution, and Hyaluronic Acid, and they all performed as I expected, so I gave this one a try. I understood well how this works as per research so I wasn’t shocked with the warm and tingling effect upon application. True to its claims, you’d glow the next day. I use this together with my Neutrogena overnight brightening cream and the results are superb!

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