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Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA versus Biossance Squalane + 10% Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum .

Last updated on July 18, 2023. Published on December 02, 2020

Overview

What they are

These products are both vegan, cruelty-free, and reef safe serums. They have a total of 8 ingredients in common

Cool Features

They both contain AHA

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for anti aging, dry skin, brightening skin, reducing pores, scar healing, dark spots and better texture

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, parabens, silicones or sulfates

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Serum

Serums are highly concentrated with ingredients to provide skin with benefits. They should be used after cleansing and before moisturizing.

Serum

Serums are highly concentrated with ingredients to provide skin with benefits. They should be used after cleansing and before moisturizing.

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Ingredient Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free

At a glance

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Notable Ingredients

AHA
Hyaluronic Acid

Benefits

Hydrating
Skin Texture
Reduces Large Pores
Anti-Aging
Dark Spots
Scar Healing
Brightening (2)

Concerns

Irritating (2)
Rosacea
Eczema

Notable Ingredients

AHA

Benefits

Hydrating (2)
Skin Texture
Reduces Large Pores
Anti-Aging
Dark Spots
Scar Healing
Brightening (2)

Concerns

May Worsen Oily Skin
Acne Trigger
Irritating
Rosacea
Eczema
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Ingredients Side-by-side

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Ingredients Explained

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Ingredients higher up in an ingredient list are typically present in a larger amount.

1
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

So why is it so popular? Water most often acts as a solvent - this means that it helps dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

You'll also recognize water as that liquid we all need to stay alive. Talk about multi-purpose! If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA contains this as ingredient number 1.

Biossance Squalane + 10% Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum contains this as ingredient number 1.

2
What it does: Buffering, Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Loved

Lactic Acid is an AHA that is derived from fermenting lactose, a carbohydrate from milk. It removes the top layer of old and dead skin cells and helps increase cell turnover.

Benefits of Lactic Acid are that it can help to reduce large pores and reduce the effects of aging. Some potential downsides are that it can be bad for dry skin, cause irritation, worsen eczema, and worsen rosacea.

Not only does it help exfoliate the skin, it helps strengthen the skin's barrier. When applied, lactic acid helps the skin create ceramides.

Lactic acid is an over-the-counter chemical exfoliant that comes from the fermentation of lactose β€” a carbohydrate found in milk.

Legend has it that Cleopatra used to bathe in sour milk to help reduce wrinkles.

Read more about some other popular AHA's here:

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The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA contains this as ingredient number 2.

Biossance Squalane + 10% Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum contains this as ingredient number 3.

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What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

A study from 2016 found glycerin to be more effective as a humectant than AHAs and hyaluronic acid.

As a humectant, it helps the skin stay hydrated by pulling moisture to your skin. The low molecular weight of glycerin allows it to pull moisture into the deeper layers of your skin.

Hydrated skin improves your skin barrier; Your skin barrier helps protect against irritants and bacteria.

Glycerin has also been found to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Due to these properties, glycerin is often used in wound and burn treatments.

In cosmetics, glycerin is usually derived from plants such as soybean or palm. However, it can also be sourced from animals, such as tallow or animal fat.

This ingredient is organic, colorless, odorless, and non-toxic.

Glycerin is the name for this ingredient in American English. British English uses Glycerol/Glycerine.

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The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA contains this as ingredient number 3.

Biossance Squalane + 10% Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum contains this as ingredient number 5.

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What it does: Solvent
Community Rating: Liked

Propanediol helps absorb ingredients into your skin, boosting their benefits. It can act as an emollient, making your skin softer. Propanediol can help products last longer by boosting the properties of preservatives within the formulation.

Propanediol is not likely to cause sensitivity and considered safe to use.

It is derived from corn or petroleum with a clear color and no scent.

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The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA contains this as ingredient number 5.

Biossance Squalane + 10% Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum contains this as ingredient number 8.

5
What it does: Masking
Community Rating: Disliked

We don't have a description for Acacia Senegal Gum.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA contains this as ingredient number 8.

Biossance Squalane + 10% Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum contains this as ingredient number 13.

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What it does: Emulsifying, Emulsion Stabilising, Gel Forming, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Disliked

Xanthan gum is used as a stabilizer and thickener within cosmetic products. It helps give products a sticky, thick feeling - preventing them from being too runny.

On the technical side of things, xanthan gum is a polysaccharide - a combination consisting of multiple sugar molecules bonded together.

Xanthan gum is a pretty common and great ingredient. It is a natural, non-toxic, non-irritating ingredient that is also commonly used in food products.

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The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA contains this as ingredient number 9.

Biossance Squalane + 10% Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum contains this as ingredient number 15.

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What it does: Buffering
Community Rating: Mixed

Sodium Hydroxide is also known as lye or caustic soda. It is used to adjust the pH of products; many ingredients require a specific pH to be effective.

In small amounts, sodium hydroxide is considered safe to use. However, large amounts may cause chemical burns due to its high alkaline.

Your skin has a natural pH and acid mantle. This acid mantle helps prevent harmful bacteria from breaking through. The acid mantle also helps keep your skin hydrated.

"Alkaline" refers to a high pH level. A low pH level would be considered acidic.

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The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA contains this as ingredient number 12.

Biossance Squalane + 10% Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum contains this as ingredient number 6.

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What it does: Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Mixed

Ethylhexylglycerin (we can't pronounce this either) is commonly used as a preservative and skin softener. It is derived from glyceryl.

You might see Ethylhexylglycerin often paired with other preservatives such as phenoxyethanol. Ethylhexylglycerin has been found to increase the effectiveness of these other preservatives.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA contains this as ingredient number 13.

Biossance Squalane + 10% Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum contains this as ingredient number 17.

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

53% are loved or liked
27% have mixed ratings
20% are disliked or very disliked
0% have no rating yet
26% are loved or liked
16% have mixed ratings
47% are disliked or very disliked
11% have no rating yet

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Reviews

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The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 15 ingredients

3.3 /5
from 3 ratings

Biossance Squalane + 10% Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum 19 ingredients

4.3 /5
from 3 ratings

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