The Ordinary

Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA

Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA

2.4

/ 10

Is it right for me?

Moisturizing

4.8Humectancy0.0Occlusivity

Rich

In Antioxidants

Overview

How moisturizing is it? Slightly moisturizing. The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA has a moisturizing rating of 2.4 out of 10.

Is it more humectant or occlusive? Purely humectant. It has a moderate Humectancy of 4.8 out of 10 and zero Occlusivity (we didn't find any occlusives on the ingredient list).
Tip: Studies suggest that humectants alone do not moisturize the skin. We recommend applying a product with some occlusive ingredients after the use of this one.

What else is good about it? The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are believed to reduce the oxidative stress caused by free radicals, thus preventing accelerated skin aging.

  • ALCOHOL-FREE
  • SULFATE-FREE
  • FRAGRANCE-FREE
  • NON-COMEDOGENIC
  • PHTHALATE-FREE
  • SILICONE-FREE
  • PARABEN-FREE
  • ESSENTIAL OIL-FREE
  • OIL-FREE

Score
IngredientOriginFunctions
90
WaterNaturally occurringFormula Helper
2
Alpha-ArbutinAntioxidant,Anti-pigmentation
1.9
Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6SyntheticFormula Helper
1.8
Hydrolyzed Sodium HyaluronateBotanical,Synthetic,AnimalMoisturizing (humectant),Antioxidant,Soothing
1.7
PropanediolBotanical,Biotech,SyntheticMoisturizing (humectant),Formula Helper
1.5
PPG-26-Buteth-26SyntheticCleansing,Fragrance,Formula Helper
1.3
PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor OilBotanical,SyntheticFragrance,Formula Helper
1
Lactic AcidBotanical,Synthetic,AnimalMoisturizing (humectant),Exfoliant,Anti-pigmentation,Fragrance,Formula Helper
0.3
Trisodium Ethylenediamine DisuccinateSyntheticFormula Helper
0.3
EthoxydiglycolSyntheticMoisturizing (humectant),Fragrance,Formula Helper
0.3
PhenoxyethanolSyntheticAntimicrobial,Preservative
0.3
ChlorphenesinSyntheticAntimicrobial,Preservative

Ingredients explained

Score

90

Function

Solvent

Origin

Naturally occurring

The most used ingredient in skincare. Its concentration defines the product texture: rich creams may have about 50% of water while a light jelly about 90%. Water doesn’t moisturize the skin by itself and is used in skincare as a solvent for other ingredients.
Score

2

Function

Antioxidant, Anti-pigmentation

Origin

Description is coming soon
Score

1.9

Function

Emulsion stabilizing, Viscosity controlling

Origin

Synthetic

A polymeric ingredient that works best in water-based formulas to create gel textures. It helps to stabilize emulsions and control viscosity.
Score

1.7999999999999998

Function

Moisturizing (humectant), Antioxidant, Soothing

Origin

Botanical,Synthetic,Animal

A very small-molecule version of regular sodium hyaluronate. It is a powerful humectant skin-identical ingredient that absorbs into the skin and offers plumping, smoothing, and anti-wrinkle effects.
Score

1.6999999999999997

Function

Moisturizing (humectant), Solvent, Viscosity controlling

Origin

Botanical,Biotech,Synthetic

An excellent solvent capable of mixing water with normally water-insoluble ingredients. It also functions as a humectant due to its water-loving alcohol groups. Propanediol can control the viscosity of a product by reducing its thickness.

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