The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% HA - review


As you may know, I wrote my updated skincare inventory post yesterday and I didn't count this particular product because there was only one application left, which I used this morning.

Indeed, I've been using this every day for months now but I had to keep it out of circulation for the past week because I'm so behind in my review posts that I knew I would need to save the last few drops for the day I was going to review it.

Thankfully I have some time today, so let's get started.

I've tried quite a lot from The Ordinary and I don't think this is its best product. At least, it hasn't done anything for me personally.

That's not to say it's a bad product, but I've had a look at the online reviews and they're split down the middle: some love it while others don't see the point of it. I'm definitely in the latter category.

Perhaps it just works better on certain types of skin.

The Ordinary claims/product details:

  • Matrixyl is a trade-marked peptide composition developed by Sederma in France
  • This highly effective composition has been shown to reduce the look of static and dynamic wrinkles
  • The formula contains two generations of Matrixyl (Matrixyl 3000 and Matrixyl Synthe'6), at a combined concentration of 10% by weight in a specialised Hyaluronic Acid delivery system
  • Plumps the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Ideal for mature or prematurely ageing skin
  • Contains a potent concentration of anti-ageing, hydrating ingredients
  • To use: apply a few drops to the face AM and PM
  • RRP $19.90 AUD for 30ml


As mentioned above, I don't think this is a bad product but it hasn't done anything for me personally so I don't recommend it.

It's a clear product with a very faint, chemical scent. It has an odd, slightly sticky texture: I would describe it as somewhere between a gel and a serum - there's something viscous about it but it's still reasonably thin - and the texture does take some getting used to because it's unusual.

I've been applying this day and night for three months and it's done bugger all for me. I've had a look at the online reviews and others mention that it helps reduce the look of pores while brightening and plumping the skin so it minimises lines and also makes the skin look more youthful.

It definitely hasn't done those things for me, and I wonder whether that's partly because it's not absorbing into my skin properly. Others mention that it absorbs quickly and well, but I find that it takes some time (and a lot of massaging) for this to sink in, and even then I don't think it does so completely. Instead it leaves behind an odd, tacky residue that I feel interferes with my moisturiser's ability to absorb.

Funnily enough, there are those who agree with me and say that this product does nothing for them - so it could just be that it gels with particular skin types and not with others (for reference, my skin is dry). Yes you can say that of any product, but with something like this where the reviews are so divided, it may be worth looking for reviews from those who have similar skin to yours and ignoring the others.

Overall I don't love this product and don't personally feel that it meets any of its claims. Disappointing because there's a lot to love from The Ordinary and some of its products are super effective, but in my experience, this isn't one of them.

Not for me.

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