The Ordinary Haul, Breakdown and 1st Impression: Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA

Welcome back to another The Ordinary product breakdown and 1st impression!

If you have not read the blog post on the introduction to The Ordinary, please click here. So you can have a rough idea and better understanding of what I am saying in this post.

Here are the links to the other products that I bought, did my 1st impressions and breakdown:

*Buffet* -> Click Me!

Matrixyl* 10% + HA -> No! Click Me!

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG -> Oh! Me ME!!

Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% -> Up to you but you can click me!

Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Sphere 2% -> Coming soon

Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% -> Coming soon

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So that is said, let’s begin!

Note: If you want to go straight to the 1st Impression, just go to the bottom of this post.


This is not a sponsored blog post or anything like that. DECIEM company or The Ordinary brand does not even know that I am doing this or know me for that matter. I am simply doing this so it can help you. Especially for those who are planning to buy their products as it can get very confusing.

I am not a skin specialist, esthetician, doctor, scientist or anything like that. I am just an Ordinary Woman (Got it? Hahaha!) who really love skin care and gain knowledge about it. What works for me might not work for you. I am just giving recommendations, trying to put it into layman terms for you to understand the science and usage on these products. Everybody’s skin is different. So work with your skin and listen to it. I am not you so I would not know your skin better than you do. If the recommendations do not work for you then do not follow it and try something else. Please do not scold or say me for recommending something that does not work for you.

Everybody read and see things differently. The way I interpret and summarize these terms and meaning makes it easier for me to understand. So if you do not understand, I have added the links to where I got most of my information from. You can go straight to the main source.

Also, the recommendations given are based on the ingredient list and my 1st impression on where to put it. It might change in the future after experimenting with it for a while. Will let you know about that in the final review!


Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA

What is it:

A Concentrated Serum with Purified Alpha Arbutin and Hyaluronic Acid

What is Alpha Arbutin?

It suppresses melanin production which prevents the formulations of any problems related to it. For example, dark spots, hyperpigmentations and acne scars. It is a new type of hydroquinone glucoside that it is said to be safer and better compared to hydroquinone which is highly banned in some countries.

If you want to know more, click here. They did an amazing job of summarising it!


Water Solutions, Liquid

 pH Level:

4.85 – 4.90


Reduce the look and prevent the formulations of dark spots and hyperpigmentations(AKA Melanin)

Pros/Benefits of Alpha Arbutin ingredient:

  • Reduce and prevent any pigmentation caused by melanin production that is induced by UV irradiation

Example: Freckles, Suntan, Acne Scars and Age Spots

  • Even out skin tone
  • Lighten the skin better than other competitive ingredients

Example: Kojic Acid, Hydroquinone and Arbutin

  • Great to put in the morning for those who are worried about getting suntan, freckles or simply do not want to further darken the scars/spots.

Cons/Detriment of Alpha Arbutin ingredient:

  • I cannot find any side effects that were concrete but some have said that it might cause irritation to the very sensitive skin. However, until this day (The day I am writing this), it did not irritate my skin and I have very sensitive skin.



Best Pair/Combinations:

  • Vitamin Cs as Lactic Acid(AHA) goes well with Vitamin Cs
  • With your BHAs as there is Lactic Acid(AHA) in this.
  • Great to put this in your everyday routine if you have concerns with those pigmentations.

Similar Products:


AM or PM:


The Ordinary Recommendations Directions:

Apply a few drops to face in the AM and PM as part of your skincare regimen. Before Oils and Creams. Use sun protection in the AM

Lydia’s Recommendations on Where to put this:


Western only Skincare Routine

1) Toner -> Vitamin Cs (L-Ascorbic Acid) -> Alpha Arbutin -> Oils/Moisturiser

2) Toner -> BHA -> Alpha Arbutin -> Buffet/Matrixyl

3) Toner -> Alpha Arbutin -> Buffet/Matrixyl -> Vitamin As -> Niacinamide



Western and Korean Skincare Routine

1)pH adjusting Toner -> Vitamin Cs (L-Ascorbic Acid) -> Alpha Arbutin -> Hydrating Essence/Toner or 3/7 skin method

2) pH adjusting Toner -> BHA -> Alpha Arbutin -> Hydrating Essence/Toner or 3/7 skin method

3) 1st Essence/toner or 3/7 skin method -> Alpha Arbutin -> Buffet/Matrixyl -> 2nd Essence/Toner -> Serum


Note: You can don’t put all of the stated product above in the same routine. I am just showing you the rough sequence on where I would put it. You can just take out or put in any product you want.

For both skincare routine, I did not add in the AHA inside. Alpha Arbutin has Lactic Acid inside it which can be an AHA or a preservative or to lower the pH level of the product. I do not know the exact percentage of it. So I can only inform you about it in my final review after testing it out. Even though the Lactic Acid is in the 2nd half but since the ingredients list is short. I would suggest to not put AHA before this as it might make your skin slightly or even more irritated. If the lactic acid is put as an AHA.

Remember this is what I am recommending by seeing the product by the ingredients list and 1st impression. After using it for while and testing it out, I will let you know again.


Main ingredients and technology

  • Alpha-Arbutin 2% concentrate
  • Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate to deliver the Alpha Arbutin better into the skin (The concentrate was not stated)


Aqua (Water), Alpha-Arbutin, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Propanediol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lactic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

1st Impressions:

I did not really have any expectations for this product on the first usage as this is a “long-term” product. Same for the previous 2 products. What I mean by “Long-term” is that you can only see “main purpose” effects after a period of time using it. Like the previous 2 product, I would be only telling you the texture, consistency and the immediate effect if there is any.

  • Transparent / Colourless
  • Feels like a hydrating toner with a slightly higher viscosity. Similar to *Buffet*.
  • A small drop goes a long way = High spreadability
  • Sinks into the skin fast compare to the high viscosity = High absorption rate
  • Gives a tightening effect after it has been absorbed into the skin
  • Leaves a tacky or sticky feeling
  • Stickiness does go away after applying moisturiser over it. Not sure about the serum or hydrating toner has both of those products of mine do give a tacky/sticky feeling by itself.
  • NO FRAGRANCE!!! Totally must say this even if I say this in my past 2 product.
  • Hydrates my face
  • Did not irritate my skin despite having Lactic Acid(AHA) inside it. 
    • Side note: From what I have remembered, I have not try Lactic Acid yet. So it is a bit hard to say whether the product did not irritate or Lactic Acid, in general, does not irritate my skin. Hmm…



After typing this out, I realise that this product is similar to the previous two product in terms of the texture, consistency and immediate effects. Hahaha!!

Thank you for reading! See you next week!!



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