Review: The Ordinary Argireline Solution 10%

Simple dropper bottle

Where to buy: From the Deciem Website HERE

Volume: 30ml (I run out of this quite quickly)

Price: £5.50

Description: Serum to improve the appearance of dynamic facial lines i.e around the eyes and the forehead area.

Good for: Dehydrated/dry and Oily skin (if you have open sores/acne then this may sting). I would say people with fine lines (not wrinkles).

Note: This formulation is water-based and avoids oils, esters and silicones because water apparently improves the utility of Argireline.

Directions: ‘Apply a few drops on the forehead and around the eyes twice daily before heavier treatments.’

NOTE: Not recommended to use this peptide serum with direct acids, LAA (L-Ascorbic Acid) and ELAA (Ethylated Ascorbic Acid). Also don’t mix with copper peptides and strong antioxidants.

How I use it: I use this on my smile lines, lines around the eyes and forehead. It absorbs so fast that I have to work quickly otherwise my fingers will suck it up!

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Key Ingredients: Water (Solvent) / Propanediol (Solvent, Viscosity Controlling, Viscosity Decreasing Agent) / Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Skin Conditioning, Humectant) / Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate (Chelating Agent) / Gellan Gum (Viscosity Controlling, Viscosity Increasing Agent, Emulsion Stabilising, Film Forming).

Ingredient List: Aqua (Water), Propanediol, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Gellan Gum, Sodium Chloride, Isoceteth-20, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

NOTE: Skincarisma has a product ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: Literally like water. Rapidly absorbs into my skin. I do feel some sort of weird tingling sensation when this is left on the skin. Not a painful sensation but a tingle. Not sticky.

Watery – not gloopy
Completely absorbs – if you can see, the lines are temporarily filled as it hydrates the skin.

Good under makeup?: Yes.

Fragrance: Contains: Ethoxydiglycol (Solvent, Perfuming, Fragrance, Humectant, Viscosity Decreasing Agent) / Potassium Sorbate (Fragrance, Preservative) / Phenoxyethanol (Fragrance, Preservative).

FYI: I don’t really smell anything from this.

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What I like:

  • Absorbs very quickly
  • I feel like this does something – due to the tingle I feel when applied – (Could be a placebo effect). But I do also feel like this may do something about my small lines.
  • Decent price tag
  • Fine for summer / humidity.

What I don’t like:

  • Absorbs into my fingers quite quickly before applying onto my face (so can waste some product). So you’ll waste less product if you drip it onto your face, but could run down your face – so it’s a bit tricky.
  • Not too sure how big the effect is. As people have said that the effect goes away if you stop using this, it means you’ll forever have to use this product to keep the effects – IN THEORY.
  • If your skin is compromised/acne-covered then this may sting.
  • Not a lot of product so you might get it through quickly and have to re-purchase.

How Long have I been using this?: on and off for 3 months.

The Effect?: I have heard from a follower that this really helped with their fine lines and they noticed a difference when they stopped using this product. Other reviewers have stated that this has done nothing for their skin and shouldn’t work. I am torn about this product. It does not make my skin appear worse, it absorbs so quick and fast that basically this product does not get in the way of my routine. I like that I can quickly apply it in the AM when I’m in a rush and dash out the house (after SPF!) Personally for me – I use this product for maintenance and prevention. I’m iffy about the scientific evidence for this product BUT I like using it IN ADDITION with other serums as a safety blanket. It isn’t expensive so I feel like I can use it as an addition to my routine. I would absolutely say this isn’t worth it if it did cost a lot more. But it’s not too expensive, hence why I repurchased another bottle.

I like it, Personally I feel like this does do something for my little lines – but that could be because it’s simply hydrating my skin. If you want to experiment with it and see how it goes for you, then go for it!

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.4~ish/5 – Honestly not a bad product. Just want more validated research on this and if it truly works on wrinkles. I like using this product for maintenance as it does not irritate my skin and absorbs fast (doesn’t get in the way of my routine). I do feel like this helps with the lines, but continuous use is required otherwise the effect disappears.

Would I repurchase?: Yes – I have another bottle I will be using after this one. I like it for maintenance.

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