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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 Medium
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 32

glow when u wake up!

If you put this on at night, you can expect a really good-textured and glowing skin! Been using this for only about 2 weeks now so it's still premature to say if it really works as promised, pero gusto ko ung condition ng skin ko every morning na gigising ako after applying this the night before. :)

9 days ago
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Certified Buyer
  • Age 22


at first, i didn’t see any effect on my skin and it’s breaking me out. it feels hot and itchy on the face but i still use it nevertheless. Im glad i did! On my 2nd week of using it, my face feels so smooth and my pores is less noticeable. I use it 3x a week and waited for 5 mins before i put facial oil to fully absorb the serum 💘

11 days ago
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Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 41

a must-have antioxidant serum

Wow, all the TO products I have purchased have worked well so far. I am now adding this antioxidant serum to my stash of TO products. True to its claim, it is a highly-effective serum which improves skin texture and tone. It is likewise very cost-effective since you use it only once or twice a week at night time. I did not experience any redness, irritation or stinging - just the good stuff. I use this during Sunday night so when I wake up on Monday morning I don't look like someone who doesn't want to work on Mondays hehe. Will definitely buy again.

17 days ago
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 34

A must have

This is the second product that i bought at
The Ordinary and i could say that in the morning after waking up, my skin is glowing, bright and supple. My skin is acne prone and very sensitive but what i like qith this product is that, it doesn't cause me breakout or redness. You should follow the instruction carefully since this is a highly concentrated product. Very affordable yet powerful small bottle.

6 months ago
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Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 26

Impressive! :)

This serum works so well with me. It’s true to its claim. :) I’m quite impressed because you really don’t need a lot, else you’ll burn yourself. It’s really potent, only 3 drops is enough. And that you only need to use it twice a week! That means, it will last you for quite some time! Talk about value for money! I use this on top of other serums and it works just fine. No irritation or negative effects whatsoever. My skin has been more supple and glowing after regular use. :) With this serum, you can keep your youthful glow without breaking the bank. <3

8 months ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 24

No pain no gain

FIRST: 3 DROPS IS ENOUGH unless you wanna burn your face. Seriously, 2-3 drops is enough, just as instructed on the bottle. Also, this formula is so potent it's really going to burn no kidding so dont apply to damage skin as much as possible and dilute it with moisturizers or apply a gentle toner first like I do. Also don't apply on consecutive days, I tried and sobrang hapdi hahaha. I suggest every other day, maximum of 3-4 use ONLY in a week, and apply at night. If you can bear the sting, you will get the most amazing fresh glow complete with naturally red glowing cheeks! One of my HG skincare items!!

10 months ago
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