It’s no beauty secret that I LOVE The Ordinary‘s range of well-priced skincare formulations so, when Natural Moisturising Factors + HA and Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% (Vitamin C) in Vitamin F were introduced as part of their mostly excellent line-up, I wasted no time in checking them out! I’ve been using both products pretty much every day for the past four weeks, so here’s my review…

Natural Moisturising Factors + HA   £4.90 for 30ml

WHAT’S IN IT? Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, or NMF as they refer to it, contains 11 amino acids, fatty acids, triglycerides, urea, ceramides, phospholipids, glycerin, saccharides, sodium PCA, hyaluronic acid and, many other compounds that are naturally present in the skin. All these ingredients are variously responsible for plumping and, attracting and retaining moisture in the skin. The non-greasy formulation has been created to protect and hydrate the outer layer of the skin.

WHAT DO I THINK? It works brilliantly over the top of all their other serums as a way to lock in all those beneficial ingredients that I spend ages massaging into my visage and, I love the fact that it’s genuinely hydrating but without the slightest hint of grease. My skin definitely feels more hydrated but whether that’s NMF or a combo of all the other The Ordinary formulations I’m using, I’m not sure. If you’re looking for a rich, deeply hydrating moisturiser, this may not be it, however it will be a great addition to your ever growing portfolio of formulations from The Ordinary 😉

Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% (Vitamin C) in Vitamin F   £14.90 for 30ml

WHAT’S IN IT? I explain the benefits of topical vitamin C here but, any skincare fanatics like me out there, will know that not all vitamin C serums are the same. Available in numerous different formulations and at various strengths, it can sometimes be unstable once opened; cause irritation if too strong and, not potent enough if poorly absorbed. Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F contains Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, which is a more stable form of vitamin C that, due to it’s fatty acid component, is thought to penetrate the skin more effectively. It has great antioxidant, anti-ageing and skin brightening benefits that are usually associated with topical vitamin C but, because of it’s formulation causes little or no irritation. It also contains Coconut Alkanes (probably not great if you have acneic tendencies), Ethyl Linoleate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract and, Squalane (a source of fatty acids and antioxidants). However, because it’s a derivative of vitamin C, its potency can’t be directly comparable to pure L-Ascorbic Acid (straight vitamin C).

WHAT DO I THINK? The Ordinary offer a range of vitamin C treatments and a very handy guide on what each of them does differently to the next. I chose this one for it’s high potency, low sting factor and, I liked the fact that it was an oil, which aids absorption. I apply it usually in the morning and over the top of any water based serums (Buffet and HA), but underneath my Rosehip Oil and NMF. Being an oil, it allows me to massage it really well into my skin and leaves no hint of grease before I apply my next formulation. It certainly doesn’t sting in the slightest but, I don’t see that as a sign that it lacks potency at all, because I am convinced that it has faded some pigmentation and does actually brighten my skin. If you use Niacinamide you will need to use it at a different time to the vitamin C as the two conflict. At £14.90, it’s one of The Ordinary’s more expensive formulations but, very well priced in comparison to some of it’s overpriced competitors, so worth a looksie for sure!

Once again, I find it hard to be disappointed when it comes to The Ordinary and for that price, I’d definitely encourage you beeyoutees to try them out for yourselves. They offer a full refund policy across all Deciem brands if you are not entirely satisfied with your purchase. Or, maybe you already have – what products have you tried and what do you think?



NB: This is not a sponsored post but just my honest opinion of The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturising Factors + HA and Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% (Vitamin C) in Vitamin F, which I bought with Mr Zodle’s money (again).