I haven’t talked about The Ordinary in a couple of months (with the exception of favourites and empties post) so I thought now would be the perfect time to update you all on my continued experience since my last post.
So far, I’ve been mostly impressed and it gives me joy that word has gotten around about this amazing brand. I’m almost sure that it needs no introduction now because it’s really taken the industry by storm. ‘Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself’, they say. That sums up The Ordinary’s situation; just that it may have happened much sooner than anticipated! They have done the unthinkable.
Featured in this post:
Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%
Advanced Retinoid 2%
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
I will say though – the ONE product that I haven’t continued use with is the Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%. [See review here] I find it difficult to include this in my routine and have no patience to research how best to use it either since the texture and absorbency rate is just not for me.
With regards to the following information on each product listing featured above, it’s important to state that The Ordinary advises to wear SPF daily as certain products are particularly sun-sensitive. Not doing so would reverse the effects and maybe make your skin worse off than before.
FYI – I have combination/oily skin that sometimes has a tendency to be dehydrated and/or congested.
A new ingredient in my dictionary and will be to many others too. Arbutin is more typically featured in Asian whitening and brightening products whereas its place within Western beauty is quite minimal (but growing). Its main benefits are in brightening the skin, so particularly those with hyper-pigmented skin and acne scars will be turning heads at this. It’s not an overnight miracle by any means; you really need to be patient with this one but it makes for a great skincare booster and sidekick to other skin treatments. For the price point, do give it a go, along with the Advanced Retinoid 2%; as together they work fantastic.
(That’s another thing: I find that serums work best if they compliment the rest of your skincare routine! A good serum shouldn’t be a stand-alone does-it-all product; and in this case, The Ordinary allows you to choose key ingredients as your serums where you may apply 2 or 3 per routine as opposed to 1.)
I liked this but I didn’t love it; for the simple reason that I’m not at an age to see the effects! I was curious by its name which suggests that it’s full of ingredients – little bit of each (though of course, not quite an all you can eat buffet…that would be overload!). It’s a multi-peptide serum which means it’s full of amino acids that helps give skin its plumpness. For me, I liked it because it was hydrating however for a few pounds cheaper, I feel that I can turn to the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 instead. There’s also some controversy in the industry over peptide serums too as the molecules of these are too large to be absorbed by the skin. Having said that, this is perhaps the most serum-like because it’s made up of various ingredients. I’ve seen a few who love this but personally, I could do without it.
One of my favourites! Also, one of the first products I tried from the brand whereby I’ve devoured 2 bottles already. Prior to using this, I wasn’t necessarily very spotty but I was definitely breaking out monthly, some cases worser than others. This product (along with the Retinol) really changed everything for me. My skin tone evened out a lot. My skin got better, to eventually not breaking out for the longest time…it was clear. Even my blackheads felt less. On top of that, it also hydrates the skin! If you have acne-prone skin, oily skin, stubbornly congested skin, I’m recommending this one to you.
I didn’t give up on Vitamin C just yet; hence this product and MAP (see below). This is a water-soluble derivative of Vitamin C; which makes it much more stable than L-Ascorbic Acid, a name we’re more accustomed to seeing. This is my favourite Vitamin C product from The Ordinary, so much so that I featured this particular one in one of my favourites post. I’m probably sounding like a broken record now but this absorbs well into my skin. It helps to brighten it, even it and reduce signs of ageing without any irritation. It’s very gentle! I even think it has helped with my blackheads – I don’t know how but it definitely has! It’s the serum I’m currently using, along with the Salicylic Acid 2% Solution.
Another Vitamin C goodie! The consistency of this is more like a light moisturiser so depending on your preferences, you have a lot of Vitamin C choices at The Ordinary (total of 5 now). I’m a gel moisturiser type of girl but I really loved the formula of this! It’s not greasy and blends nicely into the skin. I felt that it perked up my skin when it was feeling dull and helped to fade my acne marks. I think this did pill on me though (or perhaps it was when I put a sunscreen on top? I can’t quite remember) so just be mindful of how much you apply. Personally though, I don’t like applying too many moisturiser-like products on my face so I’m choosing the Ascorbyl Glucoside over this.
I’ve only used this a handful of times – literally. But I feel that I have a good enough opinion to talk about it overall – it’s really not going to change much (if I use it more). As a combination/oily girl, oils are not particularly my thing but I like to keep my options open. It’s a golden oil that’s not greasy. Actually, it’s rather nice to massage this into the skin. Of course, it takes a bit longer than the other serums to absorb but nothing ridiculous. I guess this is what you’d classify as a ‘dry oil’.
I would personally recommend this more to dry skin types however I’m happy to keep this in my cupboard for those skin emergency moments. Rose Hip Oil was all the rage at one point that sometimes I question why I don’t use it more often because this really is brilliant at reviving the skin and making it glow! Perhaps it’s because I just have no patience for oils (yes, including dry ones too).
A chemical exfoliant and one of the solutions that’s not colourless – it has more of a yellow tint to it. A lot of The Ordinary products don’t remotely smell of anything but this does have a slight sour scent to it – though not unpleasant. I find this is great if you suffer from acne and/or recovering from it. The first time I used this, I had some mild peeling. That’s when I knew it had sloughed away my dead skin cells, therefore brightening it. Of course, I am using the 10% version, but there is a 5% version too if you are sensitive or just starting out with chemical exfoliation.
When I ran out of this, I freaked out. This to me would be desert island status along with a good SPF! I have since purchased a new bottle and feel more stable now. 😂 This is a magic potion to me. It’s so brilliant at brightening and re-texturising the skin. Breakouts come and go, but improving the texture of your skin can be very difficult. It was the one thing I had trouble really improving…that is, until I tried this. What’s special is that this increases cell turnover and encourages elastin production so your skin ends up looking bright and brand new. Boy, did my skin feel and look brand new!This one’s at the top of my list. I had no irritation using this but some sensitive individuals may, so start slow from 1x a week.
[Note: This product has been replaced by Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion! The Ordinary have also recently added various other retinol formulations to their line.]
Whether you’re new to The Ordinary or skincare as a whole, I would always recommend this product and this ingredient to you, to everyone. Its consistency is a tad thicker than niacinamide and a tad sticky but not tacky. It quenches skin’s thirst and it’s as simple as that. If you don’t know where to begin with The Ordinary, begin with this! I would always argue that a lot of skin types – whether you’re oily, dry, combination or sensitive, are put off-balance and made worse due to dehydration. Add this to your routine and you’ll notice a difference to how plump your skin is, to how it feels from the inside to out. It just feels comfortable with no irritation.
Other than the Vitamin C Suspension, this was the other product that I didn’t really like but oh boy, has it been a 180 degree turn-around! I kept with using this and ended up really liking it in the end. The reason I didn’t like it was due to the irritable feeling (which is completely normal and is stated on the website). It’s a tingling sensation that lasts for a little while and though very bizarre, it’s not painful or burning; it just takes some getting used to! The formulation is really unique – you’d have to try it to understand but it basically dries down in almost no time to a velvet matte finish (I’ve seen some people use this as a makeup primer). I no longer get the tingling sensation now.
Azelaic Acid is in basic terms, a yeast extract that is naturally occurring. It helps tackle multiple issues such as redness to acne to hyper-pigmentation, and so would be perfect for problematic, blemished skin. For me, I saw a real difference in pore clarity, oil control and skin brightness. When I was breaking out, it helped to stabilise it to eventually me being breakout-free for the longest time (along with niacinamide). At its worse, my skin can get really congested and bumpy but this seems to halt that by cleansing the pores from the root. It’s really something extraordinary. (See what I did there? 😝)
It’s important to note however, that this does contain silicones which is perhaps a contributing factor to how it pills on top of certain skincare. I found this easiest to use in the PM.
This post is quite overdue but it’s one that I wanted to get up no matter what; as I know that The Ordinary is a hot topic and definitely one of my most popular posts on the blog. There is honestly something for everyone for problems X, Y or Z and whatever it is – they’ve got your back!
Next, I will perhaps show you how I team up certain The Ordinary products together as a routine?
What are your thoughts on The Ordinary so far?
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