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REVIEW: The Ordinary EUK 134 0.1%

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Hello! Today I am very happy to present you with my first review of a product from The Ordinary. Not long ago I shared my opinion about a booster and today I am going to talk about EUK 134 0.1% by The Ordinary, the most economic brand of DECIEM. This booster seems to me a great way to give my skin extra nutrition without much effort, so soon I will tell you about more. Let’s go!

BRAND: THE ORDINARY
PRODUCT: EUK 134 0.1%
SKIN TYPE: ALL
RECOMMEND FOR: UNISEX

You can get the serum The Ordinary EUK 134 0.1% on DECIEM, Beauty Bay (UK), and on Mankind (US & Canada).

Buying through this link you will not pay more, but I’ll receive a small commission to help me with the maintenance of the blog. It is a small gesture that will help me to continue sharing everything I know about cosmetics and skin care, my reviews, routines, etc. with you. Thank you!
 

[This post was originally uploaded on November 2018]

 

The Ordinary - REVIEW: The Ordinary EUK 134 0,1%After getting started in the world of boosters (specific complementary treatments) I wanted to try something from The Ordinary, a brand with quite a reputation. The Ordinary, belonging to the DECIEM group, has become an iconic skincare brand. Throughout this year, the company was involved in a major image crisis that led to an important stoppage of its commercial activity and rumors of final closure. Recently, after all the drama, which ended with the dismissal of the previous CEO and founder (Brandon Truaxe), the company has resumed its activity (in part thanks to the momentum provided by Estee Lauder after acquiring 28% of DECIEM) and they are returning to normally distribute products.

After catching up with the soap opera, we’re going to the really interesting thing: the review. This product specifically stands out for protecting the antioxidants that normally exist in the skin from external agents that damage them and make us unprotected against radiation, cold, contamination, etc. The EUK 134 is a very powerful molecule, so it is usual to find concentrations lower than that offered by this The Ordinary booster.

I have spoken very happily of boosters, but what are they? In summary, they are products that give your skin that extra you may need and that your usual beauty routine does not provide. Most of the boosters that I have tried so far are focused on providing the skin with compounds with antioxidant, anti-aging, anti-stain or illuminating properties. Thus, when applied right after the serum and before the moisturizer your skin is well fed . Of course, each of these products is different and provides different properties to your skin, so the magic lies in combining them properly, according to your needs, to get the best possible result.

So, what makes this product so interesting? It’s simple: antioxidants help your skin fight free radicals. If you let free radicals roam through your skin, they damage elastin and collagen, so antioxidants help your skin stay young and healthy.

The Ordinary - REVIEW: The Ordinary EUK 134 0,1%When I used it for the first time I had to check several times the products that I would combine with it, because the box expressly states that it can not be combined with very acidic treatments (such as ascorbic acid suspensions), since they make the EUK 134 lose all effectiveness. Maybe this point made me hesitate several times before I started using it. Once I lost my fear I incorporated it into my morning routines and I use it a couple of times a week (in fact it is recommended to combine it with other treatments to increase its antioxidant capacity).

When opening the package we can see a liquid product, copper colored and odorless. Its texture is very light and not oily. Once spread (I do it after a water-based serum like this one) I like to let it be completely absorbed before applying the moisturizer. It absorbs very quickly and leaves me with the sensation of greatly moisturizing the skin. During the rest of the day I look better, I do not know if it will be a matter of the results it gives or if it is self-love, but I assure you that it shows.

It is worth mentioning that it does not include water among its ingredients. The EUK 134 fights free radicals (providing antioxidant effects) and prevents the loss of water and oxygen from the skin. In addition, it reduces redness and protects against ultraviolet radiation. This product does not contain fragrances.

The packaging is very similar to the others of this brand, taking great care of the aesthetic. The cardboard box is simple and minimalist, in black and white. The bottle is made of dark glass, to protect the product from ultraviolet radiation. The applicator is dropper type.

I liked the experience of getting started on The Ordinary products. I believe that providing extra nutrition to my skin will be positive to better combat the effects of pollution (which is everywhere in Barcelona), cold and radiation. In addition, by providing support for the skin’s natural antioxidants, they degrade more slowly, thus fighting aging. At the moment I still have a lot to learn about these types of treatments, but I think they are an excellent measure to give extra help to our skin. Soon you can read new reviews about other boosters.

 


HOW TO USE:

After washing and toning the face, this product can be used after a water-based serum or even by skipping that step, right before the moisturizer. I do use the serum before applying it and let it work and absorb for a minute. It can not be used with other highly acidic products, such as those containing glycolic acid or vitamin C.

INGREDIENTS:
Propanediol, Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride.
 

 

You can get the serum The Ordinary EUK 134 0.1% on DECIEM, Beauty Bay (UK), and on Mankind (US & Canada).

Buying through this link you will not pay more, but I’ll receive a small commission to help me with the maintenance of the blog. It is a small gesture that will help me to continue sharing everything I know about cosmetics and skin care, my reviews, routines, etc. with you. Thank you!
 

 

What do you think of The Ordinary boosters? What is your favorite? Soon I will continue posting posts about other boosters with different properties, if you want me to talk about one in particular do not hesitate to leave me a comment.

 

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8 Comments

  1. MiMi

    I have a question…
    I’ve purchased the ordinary EUK 134 and am finding it difficult to incorporate it into my skin care routine because it’s not supposed to used with other acidic products.

    Can you define “highly acidic products” in “It cannot be used with other highly acidic products, such as those contain glycolic acid or vitamin C”? I’ve read the ingredients of the serum I’m using as well as other serums on store shelves, most of them contains different types acids. So am I suppose to use EUK 134 as a serum alone before moisturizer?

    • Nacho · The Moisturizer

      Hi Mimi!

      Welcome to my blog! It’s a pleasure to find other people who share my interest and love for skincare and beauty 😊
      When I mention highly acidic products I mainly mean suspensions of ascorbic acid (such as this one) and other acid suspensions, such as the Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%. Also, it shouldn’t be mixed together with retinoids or solutions of acids (although they can go along the same routine as long as it’s in different steps).
      Generally speaking, I prefer not to combine EUK with those acidic products, since EUK 134 is quite unstable and I prefer to go the extra safe way. When I use EUK 134, I normally use it in my AM routines after a hyaluronic acid serum (like this one).
      Check my guide on using acids in your skincare routine if you want to keep on learning about them 😊

      If you have any other questions about product combinations just let me know, I hope I helped you! 😉

      All the best,
      Nacho.

  2. Mimi

    Hi Nacho,

    After reading your reply, I now have more questions. Is hyaluronic acid not an acid? Can I really use it with EUK 134? I do want to pair the two since I bought them together, along side with resveratrol 3%+ferulic acid 3% and 100% L-ascorbic acid powder. I am just hesitant because of the recommendation not to use acid with EUK 134.

    I’ve started using the hyaluronic acid but haven’t touched the EUK 134 because the serum I’m using has stearic acid, ascorbic acid and dehydroacetic acid in it and these 3 acids appear in the ingredient list in that order.

    Also, another serum I purchased has glycerin and something called acrylic acid copolymer in it. Isn’t glycerin an acid? Again, not sure if I can use this serum with EUK 134.

    I’m no chemist so I’m only scanning the word “acid” in the list of ingredients to determine if a certain product contains acid. Admittedly, that’s not a good way to identify acid because I’m guessing some acids don’t bear the word “acid” in their name.

    Sorry, I’m rambling! I’m very interested in establishing a AM/PM skin care routines that targets hyperpigmentation, even/brighten skin tone, and general anti-aging. I’d appreciate anything you have to suggest.

    Thanks for all your help!

    Mimi

  3. Mimi

    Hi Nacho,

    Thanks for the information and the suggested routine. Would I need to worry about the pH of the mixture between 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder and my serum? I’ve applied this mixture a couple of times, 3 to 4 drops of serum to ~1/8 small spoonful of 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder in which the small spoon was package together. After the mixture was spread on my face, there’s no tingling or any special sensation. Should I use more than the 1/8 small spoonful?

    Also, I want to share with you an article I’ve stumbled upon a few days ago on the effect of resveratrol from https://theskincareedit.com/2017/08/04/the-ordinary. This url takes you to the skincareedit page authored by Michelle Villett. Somewhere on the page in the resveratrol section, there’s a hyperlinked to the actual article. You can also go there with the following url, https/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC28446, though I find the article too scientific for my consuming. I just scrolled all the way down to the “Discussion” for the layman language. Basically, Michelle wrote that “resveratrol has been shown to have estrogenic action”.

    I’m all ready to return my resveratrol to DECEIM but thought to see what you think!

    Thanks for your help!

    Best,
    Mimi

    • Nacho · The Moisturizer

      Hi Mimi!

      About the combination of 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder and your serum, since I don’t really know which serum you’re using I don’t know how they can work together. However, the combination with Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% is, in my opinion, the best combo with ascorbic acid. The amount you use is something you must see, you should be able to progressively increment the amount of ascorbic acid powder, but you should see how it works for you and if you feel like your skin can tolerate it or wants more of it.

      Regarding the article you mentioned on resveratrol, after carefully checking the paper from Gehm, McAndrews (…) and Jameson from 1997, they do conclude that resveratrol has been shown to have estrogenic action, but we must take into account the methodology of that study. In that case, the scientific team inoculated resveratrol directly into isolated mouse cells and found that result. However, that doesn’t mean that applying resveratrol topically (or even after ingesting it, since resveratrol is naturally found on grapes) might affect your estrogen levels. Actually, more recent studies have shown the opposite result to the one you mentioned. There’s a pretty interesting article on the overall safety of resveratrol by John M. Pezzuto from 2019, here’s the link in case you want to have a look at it.

      I hope I was able to solve your doubts and you keep on using and enjoying resveratrol without any worries 😊

      All the best,
      Nacho.

  4. Mimi

    Good morning Nacho,

    Thank you for looking into the article for me. I’ll for sure have a read on the more update-to-date study by John M. Pezzuto.

    Best,
    Mimi

    • Nacho · The Moisturizer

      Hi Mimi!

      You’re so welcome, I’m happy to help you out (especially when it comes to explaining scientific articles that may be a bit overwhelming). Feel free to ask any other questions you have anytime! 🖤

      All the best,
      Nacho.

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