Revolution 5% Lactic Acid + Hyaluronic Acid is a copycat – and is not even trying to hide it.
Everything about it, from its sciencey name to the sleek bottle with dropper applicator, is almost identical to The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA.
I have to admit, I’m a bit put off by this. I know there’s nothing really new under the skincare sun (so many formulas are the same), but couldn’t they have given Revolution Skincare its own identity? To me, it feels like the girl who’s trying too hard to get noticed at a party…
Lactic Acid To Exfoliate Skin
AHAs are a family of exfoliants that dissolves the “glue” that holds skin cells together, so they can slough off and reveal the smoother and brighter skin underneath.
Lactic Acid goes one step further: it also hydrates it. It works by attracting moisture from the environment into the skin and binding it there.
One more thing: Lactic Acid is a big molecule, which has a hard time penetrating the skin. That means it’s not as effective as other exfoliating acids (like Glycolic) to brighten skin, but it does the job way more gently.
If you have sensitive skin, lactic acid is the way to go.
Hyaluronic Acid To Hydrate Skin
It works like this: when SMC enters your skin, the enzymes there break down the bond between its molecular structure. Now the polymer can roam free all over your skin’s upper layers, making sure they have all the moisture they need for hours on end.
All this extra moisture makes your skin very happy: it plumps up your fine lines and wrinkles so they look smaller; it makes its texture softer to the touch; and it imparts a radiant glow.
Tasmanian Pepperberry To Soothe Skin
The Ordinary was the first to make Tasmanian Pepperberry popular. It’s literally in all its exfoliants, including Lactic Acid 5% + HA.
Revolution 5% Lactic Acid + Hyaluronic Acid copied this too. Was it a good choice? What is this Tasmanian thingie?
Tasmanian Pepperberry is a little berry rich in flavonoids, a family of antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties. It reduces redness and irritation and helps sensitive skin better tolerate lactic acid.
What Else Do You Need To Know?
Revolution also has a big dollop of Propanediol, a type of alcohol that helps active ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin. The catch? If you have sensitive skin, it could irritate it.
Which Of The Two Should You Go For?
If your skin’s so sensitive, it can’t tolerate a lot of Propanediol, go with The Ordinary 5% Lactic Acid + HA.
Not sensitive? It doesn’t matter what you pick. This is a case where the choice entirely comes down to personal preference.
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Is Revolution 5% Lactic Acid + Hyaluronic Acid A Dupe For The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA?
Revolution 5% Lactic Acid + Hyaluronic Acid is a smidgen more expensive than The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA, so I’m not sure I can call it a dupe (isn’t it supposed to be the other way around?). But the two formulas are so similar, they’ll give you the same results.
Have you tried both Revolution 5% Lactic Acid + Hyaluronic Acid and The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA? Share your fave pick in the comments below.
Revolution 5% Lactic Acid + Hyaluronic Acid Ingredient: Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium Edta, Pentylene Glycol, Tasmannia Lanceolata (Pepper Tree) Fruit/Leaf Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin.
The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA Ingredients: Aqua (water), Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolmer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Arginine, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Ethylene-Diamine Disuccinate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethyl 2.2-Dimethylhydrocinnamal, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Ethylhexylclycerin, 1.2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol