The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics Review is an ultra-lightweight serum formulated with marine-derived vegan water reservoirs. So what does it do for your skin? You might guess that this serum is all about hydration, and you’d be right. This post will discuss what’s in this serum, how to use it, and how it performs in this The Ordinary Marine Hylaluronics review.
The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics Review
The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics Ultra-Lightweight Hydration Support Serum is a water-based serum formulated to hydrate and plump the skin with its marine-based ingredients. It can be used as a lightweight alternative to hyaluronic acid. So it is better than hyaluronic acid? Let’s take a look:
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The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics Ingredients
The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics is a water-based serum that contains marine-derived vegan water reservoirs. These reservoirs attract and hold onto water as hyaluronic acid does, but the compounds are lighter than hyaluronic acid. Therefore this serum is ultra-light, with the texture and feel of water.
This hydrating serum is more complex than other The Ordinary serums. It contains exopolysaccharides from skin-friendly marine bacteria, Hawaiian red algae, glycoproteins from Antarctic marine sources, micro-filtered blue-green algae, and several moisturizing amino acids.*
Active ingredients in the serum amount to 23%.
*All marine-derived ingredients are sustainably sourced.
Key Ingredients (In Order of Highest Concentration to Lowest Concentration)
- Glycerin: A rich humectant and moisturizer that helps protect the skin barrier.
- Algae Extract: Moisturizing and helps the skin attract water. It may even offer antioxidant and anti-aging benefits.
- Pseudoalteromonas Exopolysaccharides: Created by fermenting a marine bacteria strain, this marine alternative to hyaluronic acid moisturizes the skin.
- Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract: Another marine compound that comes from fermented marine bacteria that supports the skin barrier. It contains collagen and elastin proteins to help smooth the skin.
- Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract: Also known as Red Algae, this plant extract and mineral found in the Hawaiian islands helps thicken cosmetic formulas and improves water retention in the skin.
- Arginine: An amino acid that helps build collagen and hydrates the skin.
- Glycine: An amino acid that helps to build collagen and elastin. It is moisturizing and has reparative properties.
- Alanine: An amino acid that improves skin hydration.
- Serine: An amino acid that helps the skin retain water.
- Valine: An amino acid that helps hydrate the skin.
- Isoleucine: An amino acid that moisturizes the skin and supports a healthy skin barrier.
- Proline: An amino acid that helps build collagen and may offer anti-aging benefits when combined with other amino acids (glycine and leucine).
- Threonine: An amino acid that hydrates the skin.
- Histidine: An amino acid that moisturizes the skin.
- Phenylalanine: An amino acid that helps treat the skin pigmentation disorder vitiligo.
- Aspartic Acid: An amino acid that helps hydrate the skin.
- PCA: PCA stands for pyrrolidone carboxylic acid, a Natural Moisturizing Factor found in our skin that aids in skin hydration.
- Sodium PCA: The sodium salt of PCA described above helps draw moisture to the skin.
- Sodium Lactate: The sodium salt of lactic acid that helps moisturize the skin.
- Salicylic Acid: A beta-hydroxy acid, BHA, that exfoliates the surface of the skin and deep in the pores to clear away dead skin cells and excess sebum. Ideal for oily skin and acne.
I don’t think I’ve ever defined active 20 ingredients in a skincare product from The Ordinary since their products usually contain minimal ingredients, but each ingredient contributes to the overall formula and is included to improve product effectiveness. As you can see in the list above, it is loaded with hydrating amino acids and moisturizing actives.
I LOVE the lightweight texture of this serum. It is the perfect alternative to Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 from The Ordinary, which takes longer to absorb and leaves my combination skin feeling a little sticky. My skin dries quickly after application, and it doesn’t interfere with other skincare products or makeup.
It’s a great hydration boost when using irritating actives like retinol or retinoids. This serum is a no-brainer for the hydrating ingredients, water-like texture, and very low price.
How to Use The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics
The Ordinary recommends applying a few drops of the serum before creams in both the morning and evening. It is so lightweight that it can be one of the first products that you apply after cleansing and toning. It looks just like water (in the middle of my hand) in the image above.
NOTE: The Ordinary recommends patch testing before using this serum or any other skincare product for the first time.
The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics Conflicts
The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics serum does not conflict with any other products, except The Ordinary 100% Niacinamide Powder. This makes Marine Hyaluronics an ideal serum to layer into your skincare routine for added hydration.
The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics and Niacinamide Together
The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics and The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% are the ideal combination. You can apply The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics first due to the extremely lightweight texture to hydrate the skin.
Follow with The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% for its anti-aging benefits for aging and mature skin, barrier repair benefits for dry skin, and sebum/oil balancing properties for oily skin.
If you were wondering whether you can mix The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics with The Ordinary 100% Niacinamide Powder, you could mix the powder with a water-based treatment with a pH between 5.0 and 7.0. The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics has a pH of 4.0 – 5.0, so it’s best NOT to mix the two.
The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics and The Ordinary “Buffet”
When used together, The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics adds super lightweight hydration to The Ordinary “Buffet,” a peptide serum that targets the signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, and firmness and boosts hydration and moisture.
Due to its light watery texture, apply The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics first and then follow with The Ordinary “Buffet” for supercharged hydration and anti-aging benefits.
The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics and Vitamin C
If you are wondering whether or not you can use The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics and Vitamin C together, the answer is YES! Vitamin C offers many benefits for the skin ranging from anti-aging to brightening benefits, while Marine Hyaluronic hydrates and plumps the skin.
You can apply Marine Hyaluronics before The Ordinary vitamin C serums/suspensions. Or you can dissolve The Ordinary 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder in Marine Hyaluronics for a hydrating antioxidant boost.
When using the 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder, you can control the amount of vitamin C you use, which is helpful for those with sensitive skin.
Related Post: A Guide to The Ordinary Vitamin C Skincare Products
The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics vs The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
While The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 is a lightweight formula, The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics is ultra-lightweight and water-like in texture. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 is a bit tacky. It takes a few minutes to sink in and dry while The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics dries quickly and is ideal for layering under other serums.
Marine Hyaluronics uses sustainably sourced marine-derived ingredients at a pH of 4.00-5.00 to hydrate the skin. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 uses low-, medium- and high-molecular weight hyaluronic acid (HA), a next-generation HA crosspolymer, plus vitamin B5 to hydrate and plump the skin at multiple levels at a pH of 6.00-7.50.
Marine Hyaluronics is a lightweight alternative to hyaluronic serums and is especially good for those with oily and acne-prone skin due to the lightweight nongreasy texture and featherlight consistency.
If you have a complex or multi-step skincare routine, Marine Hyaluronics is the perfect serum to add hydration without adding additional weight and texture to your skin.
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Final Thoughts on The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics
If you are looking for a lighter, less sticky version of The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, then The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics is the serum for you. While it can benefit all skin types, those with dry skin will love it for the hydration it provides, and those with combination skin/oily skin will love it for the lightweight texture and feel.
I think it’s the perfect hyaluronic acid serum alternative for the warm summer months. It is ideal for mixing with The Ordinary powder vitamin C for application during the day and a great overall hydration boost. All for under $7!
Thanks for reading, and until next time…