REVIEW: The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

by - April 13, 2017

So obviously my obsession with using acids as a part of my skin care routine is pretty clear if you've ever read one of my skin care posts. Since I've been using hydroxy acids as a part of my daily skin care routine I've really seen overall improvement in the both the appearance and behavior of my skin. So you know that as soon as I saw a social media post that alerted me of The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, I was all over the website and putting in my order. I mean, obviously...

Let's talk about it, shall we?


Glycolic Acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. This 7% toning solution offers mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance and visible clarity. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture with continued use. 

This formula contains a studied Tasmanian Pepperberry derivative to help reduce irritation associated with acid use. This derivative is of plant origin and varies in colour seasonally and this colour variation may be apparent in the formula from time to time. The formula is further supported with inclusion of ginseng root and aloe vera for both visible radiance and soothing benefits. 

This product comes housed in a plastic bottle with a twist top that makes it really easy to apply to a cotton pad without any mess. Obviously I would have preferred that this was housed in a glass bottle, but at under $10 I think this packaging is just fine. And I mean, can we talk about the fact that this is a 7% Glycolic toner in a 240ml for under $10? I mean, really, for anyone who has been thinking about trying out an acid as a part of their skin care routine, this price point is definitely a good place to start.

I've been using this as a part of my night time skin care routine - post double cleanse, applied on a cotton round. I do find that my skin gets a little bit pink and I get a slight tingle straight after using it, which I like in an acid, but I haven't had any irritation or discomfort since I've been using it. Because my skin is used to acids, I can really only speak for my experience, so if you have sensitive skin or just aren't sure how your skin is going to tolerate it, you should maybe introduce it slowly to see how your skin reacts. I mean, better safe than sorry, right? Still, I haven't had any ill effects at all since I've been using it. ALSO, as always, if you're going to be using hydroxy acids in your skin care routine, always remember your SPF!

When I use this as a part of my night time skin care routine, I definitely find that I wake up in the morning with skin that looks bright and balanced. For me, a big reason that I've fallen in love with acids is because of the texture in my skin and I've definitely found that this has been helping to maintaining a smooth surface to my skin as well. 

Overall, I think this is a great option, particularly for someone on a tight budget. I think one of the things that The Ordinary does brilliantly is brings evidence backed skin care ingredients in really basic, inexpensive but generally effective formulas so that people with restrictive budgets can still get the benefits of those ingredients in their skin care routines - and I think that's incredible!

The Ordinary products are available online from their website and are also being sold by Beautylish now as well! 

Thanks for reading!

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