The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Review
By Ree

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Review

9 Apr 2017 (Updated: 20 Jan 2019)

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If you are a fan of acid toners then this is very, very exciting news!! Check out The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution which can be used daily to exfoliate, brighten and clear the skin. Should you be looking for a super effective, much cheaper alternative to Pixi Glow Tonic, this is most certainly it! Yay!!

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The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

So you know that if it’s from The Ordinary it is going to be super affordable, and there’s certainly no disappointment here!! You can a huge bottle – 240ml – for just £6.80. It is incredible value!

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Features

  • pH of this formula is approximately 3.6
  • Provides mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance and visible clarity
  • Improves the appearance of skin texture with continued use
  • Tasmanian Pepperberry helps reduce the irritation associated with acid use
  • Ginseng root and aloe vera bring visible radiance and soothing
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

One of the key elements to this product is the pH level which is approximately 3.6. What is even more important to consider when formulating acids is the pKa which is a measure of the acidity of weak acids. Glycolic Acid has a pKa of 3.6 and when pKa is close to pH, “there is an ideal balance between salt and acidity, maximizing effectiveness of the acid and reducing irritation.”

If the pH is higher than 3.6, salt levels would increase which causes more irritation than higher acidity.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Glycolic Acid, Rosa damascena flower water, Centaurea cyanus flower water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Aminomethyl Propanol, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Aspartic Acid, Alanine, Glycine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Glutamic Acid, Arginine, PCA, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Fructose, Glucose, Sucrose, Urea, Hexyl Nicotinate, Dextrin, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Gellan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Chloride, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.

How Does It Perform?

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is really easy and pleasant to use. You simply soak a cotton pad with the solution and sweep it across the face and neck and let it dry. You leave it on the skin and then follow with your serums and creams. I have used it for the past few nights and it gives the skin an invigorating tingling sensation which I love and I wake up to bright and balanced skin. You really cannot go wrong for £6.80!

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

I prefer this to Pixi Glow Tonic by a mile because I never really saw a fast increase in radiance with Glow Tonic so never felt inspired to keep using it in the long term. Also, the bottles I have owned over the years have all been different colours. The colour of the solution has changed over time too which suggests to me that it isn’t stable. Also, the pH of Pixi Glow Tonic is between 4 and 5 which, according to Deciem is too high to be properly effective and non-irritating at the same time.  It is £18 for 250ml which is more than double the price of The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution.

If you have tried Glow Tonic and not been that impressed, then you really need to get on to this!

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is £6.80 for 240ml and available HERE now. 

Ree

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2 thoughts on “The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Review

  1. I’ve been using it and I really like it. I like that it contains 7% glycolic acid as opposed to the 5% every other toner seems to have. And you really cannot beat that price.
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