You’d think the higher the price, the better a product works, right?
Not necessarily. Take The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. It’s only £5.90 but it works better than – and is a great dupe for – Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel (£65.00).
Yes, really. Here’s why:
Hyaluronic acid is a moisture magnet. It attracts water from the air into the skin and binds it there. It’s so powerful, it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water!
Problem is, hyaluronic acid is too big to penetrate the skin. That’s why, usually, it hydrates only its surface.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 uses different forms of hyaluronic acid with low-, medium- and high- molecular weight to reach every level of the skin and ensure every layer gets the hydration it needs.
Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel uses only one. It’s just not as hydrating.
Related: Why You Should Add Hyaluronic Acid To Your Skincare Routine
B5 stands for pro-vitamin B5. A.K.A. pantothenic acid. In skincare, it goes by different names.
Skinceuticals uses calcium pantothenate, the salt form of vitamin B5. The Ordinary uses panthenol, the alcohol form of the vitamin (don’t let the world alcohol scare you; in this case, alcohol’s good).
Either way, both forms do the same thing. Like hyaluronic acid, they’re moisture magnets that attract moisture from the air into the skin and keep it there.
What Else Do You Need To Know?
Not much else. Both Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel and The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 are basic hydrating serums. Apart from moisture magnets, there’s not much else here.
The main difference? The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 has way more moisture magnets so it’s more hydrating.
Which Of The Two Should You Go For?
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, hands down. You’re getting way more hydration at a fraction of the cost.
Now, that’s what I call a bargain!
Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel (£65.00): available at Blue Mercury, Dermstore and Skinstore
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 (£5.90): available at Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty and Feel Unique
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Is The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 A Dupe For Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel?
I’m not sure if I would call The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 an exact dupe for Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, just because its ingredient list is much longer.
But, it does the same thing – just better. That’s enough for me to call it a dupe and choose it over Skinceuticals.
Do you think The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 is a dupe for Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel and which one is your fave? Let me know in the comments below.
Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel Ingredients: aqua / water / eau, phenoxyethanol, calcium pantothenate, sodium hyaluronate
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Hyaluronate, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Glycerin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol