Today, I’m going to show you my not-so-recent The Ordinary Skincare haul. I’ve actually only just started using some of the products two weeks ago so I can’t really give a first impressions (at least not for everything) but I know the brand is of interest to many people (it’s currently my most viewed post-series).
It’s definitely not your average skincare brand, and though the prices speak drugstore it certainly doesn’t feel that way. The products are ground-breaking, scientific and should be used in a certain way so I’ll speak a little about that too. If anything, this post is of benefit to me as much as it is for you if you decide to be a future user. I’m still in the midst of figuring out many of the brand’s products!
Featured in this post:
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (repurchase)
Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%
Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 (repurchase)
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
- FYI, I purchased everything from Victoria Health but I know ASOS and BeautyBay have recently started stocking some of the brand’s products though it is limited compared to what VH has to offer.
- It’s also important to note that many of the products require you to wear sunscreen in the AM as some ingredients can make your skin extra sensitive towards the sun.
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%: A repurchase as featured in my first The Ordinary haul and follow-up review. I don’t want to talk too much about this because I’ll be repeating myself. But in the absence of niacinamide in my routine, my skin slowly started to secrete more oil (hence blackheads) and I did have a few spots when it became that time of the month (though nothing horrific). So case proven – this stuff does help keep my spots away and rebalances it in the process! I even think it does an amazing job at smoothing the texture of my skin.
Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%: Despite my less-than-pleasant experience with the Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% as featured in my Follow-Up Review on The Ordinary Moisturisers post, I haven’t given up on Vitamin C yet. This is a water-soluble derivative from Vitamin C as opposed to the suspension which has no ingredient of water whatsoever. Technically speaking, although this is less potent, it should be easier absorbed and much more friendlier to use. There then lies the question: Is ingredient potency key in achieving desirable results? I’ll have to test and compare!
Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA: A skin treatment serum for excess melanin. To be honest, I don’t know how well I will be able to test this product out as I wouldn’t say I have hyper-pigmentation. However, I’m interested to see if it does anything else such as improve acne-prone skin/even out and lighten acne scarring.
Buffet: Just as its name suggests, this is a serum with multiple benefits and multiple peptides to help tackle signs of ageing. It’s perhaps one of the more technically-formulated serum in the brand’s product portfolio. Again, I’m not sure how I will be able to test this for ‘signs of ageing’ but I guess time will tell. The main reason for purchase was because I heard using the Buffet after applying the Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% is really nice and I wanted to give the latter the benefit of the doubt. Again, another future experiment noted!
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5: Another repurchase which was also featured in my first The Ordinary haul and follow-up review. I highly recommend this if you’re completely new to skincare and/or The Ordinary. Excellent for hydration and a highly-regarded ingredient across skincare.
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%: A water-soluble derivative of Vitamin C in the form of a light emulsion. As a whole I’ve heard magnificent things about Vitamin C as an ingredient but am much less familiar with it so the experimentation continues. I’ve actually tried this already and can confirm that it is wonderful on the skin. It’s very light so it’s easy to layer with and you won’t find this greasy on the skin which is always a huge plus for us combination/oily users! I’ve yet to monitor any major changes if I’m honest but I like it enough to use day-to-day so far, even underneath makeup.
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil: One of my best friends bought this and praised it. There have also been multiple people talking about the oil and its benefits so it’s been a long time coming, but I’m finally in the midst of trying it out! In the past, I’ve been a bit so-so about face oils because I can’t stand how long it takes to absorb; but this stuff is fantastic. It actually absorbs quick so it’s possible to call this a ‘dry oil’. It’s too early to tell for now its overall effects, but it definitely helps with hydration!
(Currently, I am using the Rose Hip Seed Oil after I have applied Hyaluronic Acid and Retinoid in my PM routine as suggested in The Ordinary Regimen Guide, helpful for dehydration. It would be useful to refer to this guide if you’re stuck on how to incorporate the products into your routine.)
Have you tried The Ordinary yet? If so, what do you like or dislike? If not, what brand are you currently trying out? ⬇️⬇️⬇️
Take care and speak soon! 🙂
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