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The Ordinary Skincare Review
I've been researching and using various different skincare ranges for a long time but only started to take it seriously since I turned 30 in February. I decided that since being 30 means that now I am a fully fledged, proper adult, I need to start looking after my skin so much more.
This post is the second skincare review I have written and you can read my Elemis skincare review here. I love testing out new products and sharing the ones that I totally love with my readers. I really don't think anyone will be disappointed with The Ordinary, that's for sure!
What is The Ordinary?
The Ordinary is a skincare range with many different products available. The parent company Deciem, or The Abnormal Beauty Company, has many skincare ranges all with one key message - being authentic, being different, being functional, being beautiful and being sensibly priced, even to the wealthy.
The range is vast with many scientific product names which, without some research, can be a little confusing to the novice. That is why I have done most of the research for you - but, please if you are using this skincare range, or any range for that matter, do your own research and always do a patch test at least 24 hours prior to application.
The Ordinary skincare range is designed to bring familiar, effective clinical treatments to the user at home. Think along the lines of expensive chemical peel facials and treatments all in cute bottle form for a fraction of the price you would pay in a high end salon. This alone is right up my street!
I first came across The Ordinary on instagram and as a sucker for anything affordable which also gives results, I delved a bit deeper and did some research on the products and also myself and what my skincare needs actually were.
If you are unsure on what products to use, you can visit The Ordinary website and speak to the online chat team who are on hand to answer any questions. There is loads of cheat sheets also on Pinterest, which really helped me out. Check out my Skincare Faves board for some of these cheat sheets to help you.
My Skincare Routine Using The Ordinary Products
All of The Ordinary products must be applied to clean dry skin. If you are slightly confused as to which order the products should be applied, if you apply the rule - water based products first, oil based second and cream based last, you won't go too far wrong. This is a very loose rule, but it has worked wonders for me. For more rigid application details and order, consult the website.
The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution 30ml, 10-Minute Exfoliating Facial (Mask)
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This is one of the best face masks I have ever used, and for the small price tag versus the amount of uses you will get out of it, well, it's an absolute bargain! This mask is advised to only be used twice weekly as it is a chemical face peel designed to exfoilate the skin. Once used, ensure you use SPF for at least 4 days afterwards as your skin will be more sensitive to sun exposure post peel.
It all sounds a bit scary doesn't it? It's not though - I can promise you that this will probably be one of the best products you could introduce into your skincare routine. It is designed to improve skin texture, meaning any open pores or acne scares will be improved using this mask. I had open pores on my cheeks and I can really see a difference using this product twice a week for only 3 weeks! I can't wait to see the results improve as time goes on. It is also designed to improve the visibility of fine lines too (us in the over 30's club may want to start considering this soon!).
Overall, I would rate this product a solid 5/5 and a total skincare staple.
(Advice - if you have super sensitive skin, please do a patch test before applying to your face!).
The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% 30ml
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I apply this after I have rinsed off my mask, or after washing my face if it is not face-mask-day. I use this as a serum and it is designed to stimulate cell regeneration to reduce pigmentation, diminish acne scars, age spots and improve overall skin texture. That is a huge amount of promises from one serum, but so far, so good. I didn't really suffer with too much pigmentation but my overall skin appearance and texture is 100% better than it was. My attitude to using skincare products in general is prevention is better than cure!
This acid applies lovely to the skin, you only need a couple of drops and then I use my fingers to spread evenly over the skin. My skin absorbs the product quickly so there is no residue and the skin is dry to touch within seconds. There is also no smell to any of The Ordinary products, but if you accidentally get some in your mouth - it tastes vile, so be warned! :)
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG 30ml
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Another absolute must is this Caffeine Solution. On first glance, you wouldn't know what to use this for, essentially it is an eye serum. Designed to reduce dark circles and fine lines, you really do get so much product for your money. I use a tiny droplet in the contours of each eye only at night-time ( you can use in the morning and evening, though).
The combination of caffeine and green tea makes the solution easy to apply and research shows that this is the ultimate combination to reduce pigmentation, puffiness and fine lines around the eye area - it is also known to reduce cellulite but I've not yet tried this out :)
This has replaced any other eye creams I have used in the past - can absolutely 100% recommend!
The Ordinary Vitamin C Stable Suspension
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I'll be honest, I'd never heard of a suspension in skin care before I started using this. Essentially, it is a really concentrated moisturiser, but instead of having a creamy feel to the skin, its almost a cross between a cream and a serum. I apply this after all my serums but before my moisturiser and the combination seems to have worked for me.
The product is water-free and silicone-free, stable suspension of Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid. It is formulated with 23% of pure Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid, which remains completely stable due to the absence of water), and the formula helps to reverse signs of ageing whilst boosting natural radiance. It's dose of dehydrated spheres of Hyaluronic Acid plump skin with moisture and promote smoother, younger-looking skin. Apply once a day at nightime to give the maximum amount of time to absorb into the skin whilst you sleep.
Although I do think this product is benefiting my skin, I am not sure how. Because it is a product I am not familiar with, I think I probably need to use this for a little longer before I know whether it is an essential product to have in my skincare routine.
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The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA 100ml
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Probably one of the more expensive items (still under £20!) but one that is an absolute must. Think of this moisturiser as the icing on top of the layered cake. The final touch.
This is one of the best moisturisers I've ever used. I absolutely love the feel of it on my skin and use it all over my body and not just on my face. This product includes Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF) which are elements that keep the outer layer of the skin protected and well-hydrated. NMF's are made up of multiple amino acids, fatty acids, triglycerides, urea, ceramides, phospholipids, glycerin, saccharides, sodium PCA, hyaluronic acid and many other compounds that are naturally present in the skin. So adding this moisturisor on top just enhances what is already present on your skin and isn't adding any other nasties which may affectively dry your skin or give you an alternative reaction.
Overall I would highly recommend The Ordinary as a skincare range for you, especially if you are a first time user and do not want to spend a hefty amount of money on products.
All of the products in the range (or at least, most - check before you buy!) are vegan and perfume free. All of the packaging is also sourced sustainably and is fully recyclable, which I love. I am making more conscious efforts to support brands that are eco-friendly and cruelty free now and The Ordinary is such a good choice.
Let me know in the comments if you have used any of the products from this range and what your results are! I'd love to know if you have any other products that you recommend I try from this range too.
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