The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Review


The Ordinary is having more than a moment in the beauty industry! Since their launch, they have grown form strength to strength and been busy releasing a ton of new products! (They now have foundations guys! Yes you read that right). One of the brand new products they released was The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution and I immediately purchased 2! I have a thing for AHA’s ok (read all about them here)

If you are well versed in your acids, you know why this is super exciting and I’m sure you were eager to try it too (if you don’t know, make sure you check the above post!) my skin is very used to 5% AHA so I wanted to take things up a notch and try 7% AHA (although I used PC’s AHA gel and that was 8%- but it was just a trial size).

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is described as exfoliating toner which brightens, tones & helps improve skin texture. Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is an alpha hydroxyl acid serum that exfoliates the skin. Glycolic Acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. This 7% tonic solution offers mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance, glow and visible clarity. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture with continued use.



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What don’t I love about this product? Ever since I researched and started using AHA’s my skin has dramatically improved so I already knew I would love this product from the Ordinary. I have been using it for more than 6 weeks now, almost every day and it’s doing exactly as promised, skin looks brighter, pores minimised and radiant skin. I am really enjoying my skin without makeup nowadays (not that I didn’t before)- I don’t even remember when I wore makeup to WORK last and I know it’s due to me upping my skincare game.

Let’s talk price- The Ordinary is obviously known for having effective products at bargain prices and this product is no different! You get 240ml of product for only £6.80 and 7% AHA. It has by far the highest AHA content at the lowest price on the market right now (go on, try and prove me wrong haha). The nozzle applicator makes it a breeze to use- I simply soak a cotton pad and sweep across my face and neck.

The Toning Solution did sting a tiny bit the few times I used it which I expected anyway but I don’t have that sensation anymore as my skin has become accustomed to it. If you are really worried about how your skin would react to higher AHA’s, I always suggest starting with a lower percentage and letting your skin build tolerance from there. I will suggest some products at the end. I noticed among its ingredients, Ginseng root and aloe vera which is the same as Pixi Glow Tonic (5% AHA, full review here) but obviously, you are getting almost the same amount but for WAY less. Pixi Glow Tonic 5% is £18 for 250ml or £10 for 100ml. AND you are getting a higher AHA percentage


If AHA’s are your thing, you need this. If the Ordinary is your fav brand you NEED this. If you are dealing with hyperpigmentation, you NEED this. Basically just get it! LOL.  For the price, you are paying it’s well worth it and it does what it says! I’m pretty much done with buying expensive AHA’s and sticking to this one PERIOD (right after I use the 6 tubs of NIP FAB I have as backup LOL)

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is £6.80 and available from Victoria Health get it from ASOS too

Lower AHA content products

NIP FAB Daily Glycolic Fix Pads- only 2% AHA review

First Aid Beauty Pads- doesn’t say AHA content but I imagine very low as I thought it didn’t do much for my skin review

NIP FAB Extreme Glycolic Pads 5%

TIP- if you use acids you have to use SPF 30 or higher, no questions asked!



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