We Tried Everything From The Ordinary, and Here’s What’s Worth It

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It's basically a form of vitamin C (which helps brighten and even out your skin tone), while vitamin F is a fatty acid rich in omega-6 that helps maintain your skin barrier (when it's disrupted, all kinds of things like acne and redness occur).

I've always been curious about azelaic acid, since I've heard it can treat both acne and dark spots while being safe enough to use even during pregnancy. (Although I'm not expecting, for the record. ) The texture felt super luxe and absorbed nicely, and while I didn't notice an improvement of a stubborn breakout, my postacne dark spots looked less opaque than they had.

I've used it for about three weeks and don't know that I've detected a major difference in the texture of my skin, but I have benefited from the serious glow it imparts.

Enter hyaluronic acid, which I've wanted to use for months but have never purchased because the one time I went into a store (which shall remain nameless) to shop for one, a woman there recommended a brand that retailed for $185. No!

After a week of using it, my cheeks were plump and flake-free, probably because it has hyaluronic acid, which helps skin cells retain moisture.

The first is a $122 lactic acid serum, which is considered the gold standard of lactic acid (it's the gentlest exfoliating acid and great for people with more sensitive skin like me).

Instead, it's powered by plants, so I feel even better about using it when I see dewy, bouncy skin in the mirror. —L. S.

The brand takes a clinical, science-based approach to skin care and specializes in single-ingredient-driven products that deliver targeted results. The best part?

It's also been a wonder for smoothing out the texture of my skin. —L. S.

I will say it has a slightly earthy smell, but for skin this good I'm willing to overlook it.

It's great for moisturizing and nourishing my skin, yet it still feels lightweight.

This glycolic acid visibly resurfaces my skin, and it’s pretty gentle—though you shouldn’t use it more than every other night.

The latter is a $60 hyaluronic acid (or H. A. ) moisturizer that gives you dewy baby skin.

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