The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% 30ml
4.6 of 120 reviews
4 instalments of $3.23
4 instalments of $3.23
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The Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% from The Ordinary is an extremely high potency antioxidant treatment which can help to improve skin texture and tone.
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4.6 of 120 reviews
91% recommend this product
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No significant improvement
No significant improvementverified purchaserI have not noticed any significant changes to the tone or texture of my skin after a few months of use.
Great!I use this once ever couple of nights. Put it on as the last step before bed and I always wake up with brighter, fresher and glowy looking skin. Love this! Works for my oily skin and doesn't break me out.
LOVE!verified purchaserI love this serum. I use it at night once a week and wake up with smooth skin, it has also reduced the appearance of old redness and acne scars. Very happy with this product!
Wowverified purchaserFrom day one I've noticed results. What more do I need to say!!
Wow!I put it on at night as the last step in my routine and I always wake up the next morning with super glowy, soft skin. Amazing product!
Fantastic serumverified purchaserThis serum will be a new staple in my routine. You only need a tiny amount so the bottle will last ages. It makes my skin look super glowy and healthy the next morning.
Powerful antioxidantverified purchaserThis serum is very strong, and although gave me a tingling feeling at first, my skin has gotten used to it. I use it once or twice a week during my night routine, and the next morning my skin feels super soft and smooth! It's amazing how quickly this product removes your dead skin cells to reveal a beautiful glow. Will definitely keep using!
Good productverified purchaserUnsure how much this is helping my pigmentation and acne scarring, but I use it at night (it's very strong) and alternate between it and the Ordinary's Granactive Retinoid Emulsion. I feel like I have nice skin the next day after using it.
Not sureverified purchaserI use this once a week and I do wake up with nice skin, but that happens with lots of different products. I'm not really a fan of the 'oily' texture. I'll continue to use this until it runs out but I don't think I'll repurchase.
Truly amazing, HGiI cannot believe I slept on this for so long!! It is my holy grail, the next day after applying my skin looks amazing. It's so cheap yet has such an impact on my skin. I look fresher and glowier and my skin feels softer.
great productI really enjoy this product, it feels very nice on the skin, but i think that after about 3 weeks it started to break me out, so if you have acne prone skin be careful.
Helps to keep skin clesrUsing this treatment 2-3 times a week helps to keep my skin clear without irritation.
GoodI use this at night and it has improved my skin and made it look smoother and clearer
AmazingThis has improved the appearance of my skin a lot. My skin also has some brightness now
The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%For me this is a must have. I probably use it more often than I should but the benefits are just too rewarding.
LoveLoving This serum. Nice texture, skin is looking fresh.
OkI’m really not sure how I feel about this one. It’s got such a strange feel when you apply it. Warm and tingly and it seems to just sit on the top of my skin. My skin looks brighter the next day but it’s slightly irritating for about an hour after application and I feel like that can’t be good for my skin. I didn’t even bother trying to layer it with other products. So like i said... I’m not sure ...Read More
Beautiful smooth skinI’ve just begun using this twice a week and make sure not to use it on the same nights that I use the Retinoid emulsion as they’re both new products in my skincare regime and I don’t want to aggravate my skin. I find I only need two drops of this and it covers my entire face and neck as well as absorbs really well into my skin. My skin does feel a little tingly when using this and I still moisturi...Read More
Love it!This product works beautifully. I use every few days. It does tend to stay greasy on your skin but I always wake up with beautiful skin the next day. Will purchase again.
friend's recommendation to purchases!I have not used this one yet, but my very best friend highly recommended
Love this Product...Leaves my skin smooth and definitely helps on the skin tone - just wish I could use it more than 2 - 3 times a week!
Good anti oxidant for the eveningOn application, the skin feels warm and hydrated. I use it after cleansing and before moisturising in conjunction with other Ordinary products. I do not really see any isolated changes from this product but overall my skin is in better shape after using around 4 to 5 Ordinary products.
LIFECHANGINGThe only product that consistently gives me positive, VISIBLE overnight results. As other people have written, this gives your skin the appearance of having had a facial e.g. smooth, bright and clear.
It *really* stings at first and my face looks a bit red and angry after applying it, so once or twice I thought I was having a bad reaction and wanted to wash it off - but thankfully I rode th...Read More
Dewiness in a bottle!I use Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% every second night, followed by Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, T.O Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%, Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG then moisturiser.
Yet another T.O product that does exactly what it says it will do: improve skin texture and tone. My skin looks great since I have been using this. My skin looks fresh, dewy, plump and happy.
Makes my skin so soft!I have been using this once a week and I love it! Makes my face so soft and fresh looking
My skin feels smoother each time I use it!I use this every 3 nights, on rotation with a 5% retinoid in squalene, then a night with the Buffet and the B oil.
Each time I use this, the following morning my skin is noticeably smoother. I have textured, oily skin, prone to congestion. I feel that incorporating this into my routine had definitely helped.
I like itI have been using this product pretty religiously over the last couple of months, and have seen a difference in the texture of my skin. Especially clearing some dark spots and lightening some of my freckles, it has been really great moderating my skin. it is a bit oily and does have a tingly feeling, so definitely use stringently to begin with and build up tolerance.
GreatI use this at night. It is the only serum I’ve found that instantly changes the appearance of skin. Come the morning time, my skin is more plump, and any irritated skin due to breakouts are much calmer and flatter. I adore it!
Glowing Skin overnightI love the ordinary but some products are hit and miss.... The Alpha Liopic Acid is definately a hit!
Easy to apply only use a small amount and wake up with glowing and baby soft skin in the morning. I only use it twice a week as its very potent but its nice to find a well priced product that actually does what it says.
There is nothing Ordinary about it!This product has done wonders for me.Leaves the skin looking refreshed, bright and renewed. A must have in my skincare routine.
Very effectiveThis is a really effective treatment. I use it as directed approx twice a week and the morning after my face looks and feels great. The main thing I don’t like about it is that it takes a long time to sink in. But it works and I will definitely buy it again.
Good results butI did like the feel and results of this product but it was unfortunately just a little too harsh for my sensitive skin
difference after first use!The Ordinary has done it again! I use this twice a week and look forward to it. smoother, brighter and more even !
You can feel it workingI use this product a couple times a week and it definitely has a sensation to it, but it doesn't seem to last very long which is nice. And the tingly feeling often just tells me it is working! It has only been a couple weeks but I am liking it thus far.
amazing productI use this product twice a week and use it on it's own for full effect. It helps my skin to look smooth and plump in the morning, and helps me to feel confident to leave the house without makeup. it can be a little irritating on the skin sometimes but goes away quickly, but that's when I know it's doing it's job.
Good results, but it burns!First of all, this REALLY does work. Makes my skin very nice and smooth the next morning in just one over-night application. The only problem is that it doesn't just tingle when you apply it, it BURNS! (and my skin is not sensitive). My advice would be to dilute this with a moisturiser when first using it.
IN LOVEMy skin type is super oily and i tried out the product as I have large pores that often feel rough. This product does exactly what it says and evens the texture of skin! Would recommend to anyone.
AmazingThis product is amazing and for the outcome, so is the price. This ALA is quite potent, you can feel it heat up on your skin and fair warning, when you do put in on your skin it does smell like it is burning which initially when you aren't expecting it, is quite alarming. I only use it once a week and my skin looks fresh and dewy the next day.
carefulthis is a great product, nearly as effective as the hardcore C formula, and slightly less irritating. I've just started to use this again, once or twice p/w is all I can tolerate while my skin is still healing (but I have some dark areas that I want to start working on) for the price, all TO products are well worth a shot.
Another great The Ordinary serumI was advised to add this to my regime for sagging skin. I have found improvements in my skin texture and my other products absorb really well. Only needs to be used once or twice a week. It does burn slightly but only for a few seconds. My skin feels fresh and bright the next day. Very happy with this one!
This stuff is strongThis is super strong, so much so that it felt like it was burning my face off!!! The smell of it on my skin even smelt burnt :/ however this DOES work. My fine lines on my forehead almost completely diminished the next morning after using it for the first time. I recommend it, but please be wary about the stinging if you have sensitive skin! It is very strong
Skin Renewal SerumThis serum applied 2-3times a week renews the skin. It leaves it so soft & smooth. It is definitely worth trying.
Refines and plumps skinI am tempted to use this product more than twice a week.
Wake up with a refined, plump and glowy skin when I use this
AmazingThis is an amazing product to clear up breakouts and to smooth out your skin. I woke up with my skin feeling and looking amazing. The only thing I don't like about it is the smell, it's got like a burnt rubber smell. But other than that it's a great product and I would highly recommend it!
Leaves skin soft like a babiesAdore this product, I was nervous on first use because it is so strong but it left my skin glowing. I only use twice a week but it makes such a difference. It's a great low cost (and available in Au) dupe for drunk elephant's baby facial.
AmazingAmazing hydrating serum! Such a good product and price too
WOWCan I just say, I was VERY hesitant to use this as on the directions it’s said it was harsh to the skin so only use once a week. I have now used it twice, once a week in the past fortnight and I wake up with little to no redness and my scarring looks less aggressive. (I have extremely bad acne scarring) I am so impressed!
Excellent!I love this product! It gives my skin such great texture and I also feel that the rest of my products are better absorbed. Love it!
I liked it, but prefer the vitamin C treatmentsThought this was a good acid treatment, however occasionally felt a little too harsh on my skin. Might not be great for people with sensitive skin as I don't have sensitive skin but this sometimes irritated it.
Unpleasant smell but definitely work itI have normal to dry skin with mild texture and pigmentation. I notice a difference in my skin the next day after using this. It is a brighter and smoother to touch. Just be warned it does have a mild burnt rubber/ weed smell but doesn’t linger for too long. I do feel a slight warm sensation when putting this on
Nice treamentUse this very Sunday night on its own after cleansing. It’s feels warming on the skin and slightly tingly. I do wake up the next morning noticing a difference. A bit fresher and clearer I think. I do use AHA and Vit C during the week and this is a nice way to end the week as a special treatment.
Awesome product!!!I have only used ALA5% for 2 nights so far, I found my skin to be soft and plumped up the morning after use. I am using ALA5% 2 nights per week and Retinol on the remaining 5 nights, so far this is working beautifully on my 70yo skin....
A must haveI love this so much! It makes my skin noticeably brighter in just 1 use. You have to build up to using it but stick with it because it's the best product! Lasts forever too because you only should use 2-3 times per week max.
Does What It SaysIt's a good product. It has a sort of cool burning sensation that's a little stingy but not in a painful way. My skin is really smooth and dewy the next day and it doesn't irritate my dry skin! I have noticed it has improved my hyperpigmentation after a while (once a week use).
Highly effective but goes 'bad' easilyThis is such a great night-serum! I use it weekly and it is so powerful that I don't need to use it more regularly - in fact, I have found that it irritates my skin when I do. For me, the only downside is that it seems to go 'bad' very quickly if there is any contamination of the formula in the bottle. My first two bottles had this problem. They went milky and viscous and I had to dispose of them,...Read More
PowerfulThis serum is a pretty powerful little solution. The oily consistency for a serum is different and it makes my skin warm and tingly. It has a bit of a singed hair smell to it. I only use this at night and in the morning my dry skin is always bright and plump
Slight brightening effectThis product is like a dry oil when applying. It dries down after a few minutes. It is very strong and I can feel some heat and tingling in the first few minutes after applying. I can tolerate that and do not have any serious irritation so far. A lot of people claim that their skin brighten up just after one night of use. I don't see that magical effect but I do think my skin lighten up a bit.
UnpleasantI love heaps from this brand but this was a fail for me. I don’t enjoy the hot feeling when I apply it, nor am I a fan of the smell. It seems very strong but never seems to have much of a payoff in terms of skin health and appearance.
Great when used as directedI have been using this product for 3-4 months now twice a week on average. I have acne prone skin that is on the oily side. My problems are texture and large open pores which can lead to congestion, breakouts and blackheads.
I use this product after cleansing and toning. It has an oily consistency so I like to use before any other serums and give it 20-30 mins to absorb into the skin....Read More
Strong but goodI use this in the evenings, after I've cleansed before moisturising. I find that it helps cell renewal and de-oxidising blackheads. I have combination skin and it helps regulate it.
ProtectiveA good night serum that protects your skin from environmental damage
GreatThis is really great product. I use it twice a week and I always wake up with bright and baby smooth skin. It smells a bit weird and feels a little warm when you put it on your face but I have experienced no irritation or negative effects.
Just averageI was very excited to try out this product based on the reviews and my experience with other TO products but I didn't really find it did all that much. My skin was a little brighter in the days following use but due to the oily consistency I found it caused more issues than it solved.
Super brighteningI've been using this product 2 times a week, but wish I could use it more! Always wake up with plump, bright looking skin. I have not had any irritation from using this product, it does have a weird 'burning' smell but it doesn't bother me. I always layer a serum over the top because the consistency can be a little oily slicky. Nonetheless, fantastic product for the price, will definitely repurcha...Read More
Awful smellI’ve used Ordinary products religiously since they were released and love nearly all. But god, this one. The smell. The smell.
It’s like wet dog crossed with yeast and poo and sweat in the band of your sports bra. I’m not kidding. It doesn’t go away no matter what other products you later on it. It might just be my skin chemistry or I got a bad batch but, yeh, not a fan. I’ve not been...Read More
Not gonna use itI did love this product. I’ve been using it for about 3 3 months and it left my skin glowing and beautiful. Now when I use it a few days after my skin get rad dry and chapped like.. I’m not going out in the sun after, I’ve given my sling a break from it for a few weeks and it just seems to get worst. I don’t know why suddenly I’m reacting. :-(
amazingNo stranger to AHA’s and the like this is my new must have product. It is a weird slick / oily texture but absorbs in fine eventually. I use a few drops, concentrating on my forehead and follow with rosehip or jojoba oil. The next morning my skin looks glowy and plump and like I’ve just had a professional treatment. I use 2-3 times weekly and have to stop myself from using everyday! Love!
Used to stung alot!Stung alot on my first few use, but woke up with the brightest skin I have ever had. Don't use it daily as it is a very strong product!
Too strong for my skinI think my skin is too sensitive for this serum. It feels almost stinging on my skin and I didn't see any noticeable changes. I have discontinued using this and wouldn't use it again.
Good productI love the ordinary products including this one.I use this twice a week it’s quick and easy to use and I get good results with this skin more brighter, It doesn’t make my skin too sensitive.
brighteningI can really see my skin looks brighter. probably not for sensitive skin
Amazing ProductI have very dull, dry skin and this product was amazing! I put a few drops on before bed and wake up with radiant healthy looking skin. Would highly recommend.
AMAZEBALLSI love this product. After using it once a week (I use Retinol and Lactic Acid the other nights) I wake up with the most glowy, plump skin. Has a bit of a weird smell and consistency but it's worth it!
Hard workerLove what this does to my skin! It feels so soft and smooth days after, and I love anything that works that you don't need to use daily or more! I can see this being an issue for sensitive skin but it does say you can dilute with oils so well with a try. I'll definitely be sticking with this one long term. It's a great fixer upper for sure.
Definitely not for sensitive skinAfter reading the reviews, I was expecting big things from this acid but have yet to notice any results. It stings on the drier, more sensitive regions on my face and has a tacky, oily consistency to it. I will continue to use it twice a week though and go from there.
Very EffectiveI purchased this out of curiosity because I hadn't heard of this particular acid but love the other Ordinary acids in my skincare routine. I didn't expect it to be quite so effective! This acid feels kind of oily as it goes on but I found that mostly went away fairly quickly. It has an unfortunate 'rubbery' smell, but it isn't overpowering at all. I experienced a feeling of 'heat' on my skin a...Read More
UndecidedI’m undecided on the The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% I’ve tried and loved a few serums and oils from the ordinary however this one after introducing and keeping in my skincare routine for almost two months showed barely any results. I loved the light warming sensation, however found little difference even after keeping it as part of my routine for two months. I sadly gave the second bottle I pur...Read More
Miracle WorkerI don’t know exactly how or why this stuff works but my skin is crazy soft and smooth after using this. I honestly didn’t know my skin could be this nice. I’m in my mid 30’s with fair, sensitive skin that is prone to dehydration and hormonal breakouts I was worried it might cause irritation because its described as being very strong but I had no trouble with it at all. The info says to only use 2-...Read More
not for sensitive skinMy skin looks brighter and more even, has similar results to a vitamin C serum 4 times the price. it does sting a little so probably not for sensitive skin
Sunday night skin treatThis is my Sunday night skin treatment to ensure I start Monday with glowing skin. I use it in place of my retionid or any acids as this should not be mixed with any other actives. It's one of the tools I use to keep my skin bright and it's working for me. I have dry skin so find the slightly oily formula perfect for me skin. I use a moisturiser over the top as well. Some people mention a smell......Read More
Love the texture and resultI love the light, oil substance that this solution is. It is so easy to work into palms and pat evenly on the face which I find hard with more gel like substances. And as this is such a strong exfoliant I want to make sure it isn’t too concentrated on certain areas of my face and that it is even, so the spreadibility is a big positive for me. I find using this when my skin is looking dull brighten...Read More
Best for hyperpigmentationWhenever I get a blemish - even if I'm on my very best behaviour and don't squeeze - I still get a big red mark! I absolutely love this product for that purpose. I'm no scientist, so I don't why its particularly helpful for this purpose, but IT IS. Wayne Goss raved about this one on his YouTube channel, and I'm so glad he did because it is one of my HG skin products.
AmazingI'm in my mid-20s and my skin can get quite dry and dull, and I have quite dark circles in my under eye area which is my main concern when looking for skincare products.
I use The Ordinary's Alpha Lipoic acid 5% once or twice a week before bed and every time I wake up my face looks so much healthier! My skin is definitely plumper, the dark circles are minimised, any fine lines are gone and t...Read More
Absolute love!This by far has been my favorite new product from The Ordinary.
My skin type is more normal combo skin with some areas being dry and patchy, and Oily T-Zone. Occasional break outs have left my some scarring and pigmentation on my skin which is why I decided to try this product.
Use it as recommended 2-3x per week worked like a charm, added this on top of my night time routine ...Read More
Great product!Has help my skin overnight. Complexion so much brighter. Love this!
YASSSSI feel like this less talked about product is the dark horse. I'm willing to forgive that it smells like rubber gloves as it's working absolute wonders for my skin!
It tingles for a little bit, but I don't mind because it makes me feels like it's working. My skin tone and texture have both improved dramatically. The antioxidants leave my skin feeling plump, hydrated and refreshed in ...Read More
Great stuff!This is amazing. I can see results after just one night - my mature skin is brighter, tighter and has a glow. It is powerful though and I think twice a week is enough. Really good for any age but I think particularly good for mature age skin.
Wake up and see the difference!This stuff is liquid gold! I got it to brighten up my skin (and because I'm hooked on TO) and I was not disappointed. It's very tempting to use every night but using it 2-3 times weekly works a charm. I use it after cleansing and seal in with facial oil and when I wake up, I want to cry because my skin is so plump and literally glowy! The results are instant. I've struggled with adult acne and dul...Read More
So far so good?I am struggling with my acne scarring after years of cystic acne, and I was hoping this would help with that as well as start working on fine lines as I approach 30.
I use it twice a week and I think my skin is definitely brighter and smoother, and my acne scarring is improving. I also use a lot of other exfoliators and serums though, so it's hard to tell sometimes?
I di...Read More
A nice morning glowSometimes my dry skin can be a little dull and flat looking in the morning, particularly as I use Tretinoin most nights. After I read the reviews of this serum, in addition to a few peer-reviewed journal articles that claimed that Alpha Lipoic acid at a 5% concentration could help alleviate smoker's skin ageing in addition to photo-ageing.
So I purchased a bottle of this serum, not particula...Read More
Overnight Magic!Stop what you're doing right now and buy this dream in a bottle! For a product so potent, that I feel like I've woken up with freshly polished skin, I cannot believe the price. After years and years and thousands and thousands spent on expensive products that do half the work of this one - I'm hooked!
Feel refreshedMy skin has acne, acne scars, dryness, eczema, spots, peeling around the eyes, pigmentation and freckle like pigmentations or freckles.
My main concern is to get rid of the acne, acne like spots or scars etc.
I used the product with Niacinamide in the morning, Retinoic acid 2.0% and Alpha Lipoic Acid 5.0% alternating at night. You are not meant to use the Alpha Lipoic A...Read More
Made My Pores Appear SmallerThis is the only product I have tried that truly made a visible improvement to my pores. I use this once a week and the improvement to my skin's texture is phenomenal. My pores appear smaller and my scars fade faster than they used to. This product is undoubtedly worth the money and I will continually repurchase.
Takes a long time to absorb on me, but great resultsI use this once a week, acid toning with lactic acid once through the week, too (pore issues). I've found this works really well on my freckles, and gives me an extra exfoliation that's been helping with my battle against enlarged, clogged pores. It takes a while to soak in, for me, I've found, but aside from that, I'm hooked!
ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS SERUM!!I have combination, acne-prone and sensitive skin so it is very hard to find products that don't break me out and irritate my skin. I use this every third night and my skin has never looked better! I wake up with my face feeling so soft and smooth. I don't find that it stings that much and doesn't irritate my skin AT ALL! I started using it back in March and have never looked back. It's been about...Read More
Wake up with smooth and glowing skinI love using this when my skin is more blemished or congested! I only need a tiny amount of this for my entire face. Every time I use this at night I always wake up to smoother and brighter skin. My complexion has improved greatly since I started using this in my skincare routine.
I don't have sensitive skin but this has the occasional sting which goes away quickly after application. ...Read More
Love itThe Ordinary products a few months back and I couldn’t be happier my skin has never looked better.
The alpha lipoid acid makes my face look so bright and clear. I use this about 3x a week
Make sure to use spf
The glow-maker!I have dry skin with some pigmentation and a lot of dullness. I’ve been using the Lactic Acid 5% formulation and while it’s been nice and good at sloughing away some dry patches, it hasn’t really done wonders for my skin. Enter Alpha Lipoic Acid! I’ve used it twice in the last 7 days and it’s been a miracle - my skin feels velvety, plump and lit from within. The best part for me is its effect on p...Read More
Gentle yet UBER effectiveThis weekly treatment is a must have addition to any skin fanatic's regime. Apply it at night, once a week and the next morning your skin will glow! Follow the instructions, as you don't want to use more than needed as this baby is nice and strong.
Note that it is a chemical exfoliant so if you use any other forms of exfoliants in your weekly routine you may want to omit them.
WOW!!!This product is incredible!!!
It seems to promote skin circulation and the skins metabolic process. As a result your skin actually glows and is silky soft.
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