The Ordinary Argireline Solution 10% - review


At the moment I'm trying to get to all the skincare reviews I'm behind on, after I had such busy months in March and April.

Mind you, May will be busy too because I'll need to make a start on my tax sooner rather than later, although I'll certainly try to get as many posts in as possible so I don't feel too far behind the eight ball.

This morning I wanted to review a product from The Ordinary that I've been using and enjoying for the past few months (to the point that I've almost finished it). Overall I've had some good success with The Ordinary, minus a few products that didn't hit the mark for me, and this is one of the better ones. Indeed, I've been looking forward to reviewing it.

The Ordinary claims/product details:

  • A lightweight serum that targets the appearance of dynamic facial lines
  • Contains Argireline, an anti-ageing peptide that's a trademark owned by Barcelona-based Lipotec
  • Argireline is a proprietary solution of Acetyl Hexapeptide-8; controlled studies have shown that it improves the appearance of facial areas prone to developing dynamic folds, including around the eyes and in the forehead area 
  • Studies have shown that the water content of formulations does impact the utility level of topical Argireline, and specifically that higher water content results in better utility; this formulation is water-based and avoids oils, esters and silicones
  • To use: apply a few drops on the forehead and around the eyes twice daily before heavier treatments
  • RRP $13.90 AUD for 30ml


I think this is a good little product and I noticed it was doing something for me from the moment I used it. While the difference isn't huge, it's definitely there and I absolutely recommend it - especially because it's not expensive so it's no big loss if it doesn't work for you.

It's a clear serum that's as thin as water and it has no scent that I can detect. You're meant to apply it around the eyes and on the forehead (twice daily), but early in the piece I decided to just apply it everywhere - as you would an essence or serum - because I found that easier and I also like how it makes my skin look and feel.

There's something about it that's refreshing and hydrating, and my skin always feels better once I've used it. Because it's so thin, it absorbs beautifully and I can always tell when I've applied it because my face looks more awake.

The question of course is whether this has done anything for my fine lines. And you know what? I think it has. While I can't see a huge amount of difference around my eye area, it's definitely done something for the lines on my forehead and down the centre of my neck, and also for my smile lines.

Although the difference isn't dramatic, it's reduced those lines enough that my foundation looks smoother when I apply it, and I can also tell the difference in my face when I get up in the morning, before I've had a chance to put my moisturiser on and re-hydrate my skin: my lines don't look as pronounced. So while I wouldn't say this has completely changed my skin, it's definitely done something, and it's done so very cheaply.

The other thing I like about this product is that it has a toning effect so it makes my skin look and feel a little firmer. This of course also helps me look younger, and that's another plus.

Overall I think this is a great little product that generally meets its claims and I recommend it. What it does for my skin isn't dramatic, but it absolutely does something and it's taken a couple of years off my face while I've been using it. 

Definitely worth trying.

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