The Ordinary Skin Care… worth the hype?
Yes!! The Ordinary Skin care is worth the hype. First things first, if you can get to the store (The Ordinary Covent Garden) GO. The service and knowledge the staff provide is amazing. I found the ordinary’s website rather confusing and didn’t really understand the science, the effect of the ingredients, the products themselves or even the order in which to use the products… but I do now! I simply explained my skin type and my concerns to the staff (dry skin, eczema, blemishes and milia) and they wrote me a full skin care regime, explain when and how to use the products they advised me to buy. Of course, no one’s skin is exactly the same, but here goes my routine and The Ordinary products I’m loving at the moment.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 £5.90
One of my main concerns was dry and textured skin, I was recommended to start my regime with The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid. Now, I know this sounds scary, but really what it does in simple terms is pull all the moisture and water from the atmosphere towards your skin, resulting in your skin looking plump, youthful and even in texture. I find starting with this skincare product is great as it gives me that initial hit of moisture my skin needs before going in with more products. I use The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid every day AM and PM and I’m loving it!
The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA £5.80
The next step in my regime is a dermal peeling product to help with the blemishes and small bumps (milia) on my skin. I explained that I have extremely sensitive skin, so, naturally, I was a bit worried about applying an “acid” directly to my skin as in the past with spot treatment my skin has not reacted well to them. The Mandelic Acid is the most gentle dermal peeler The Ordinary offer and it’s worked very well with my skin, it seems more gentle than any other dermal peeler I have used, it doesn’t appear to be as aggressive on sensitive skin. Although it is for sensitive skin, I can feel it tinging on my skin with a very mild sting, but I must say, it doesn’t irritate my skin and the slight sting goes away after about 5 minutes. I have definitely seen improvements with the texture of my skin. I use this acid 4 times a week in my night-time routine.
The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% £5.50
When I’m not using the Mandelic Acid I swap it out for the Azelaic Acid which brightens and improves the texture of the skin, minimising the look of blemishes and redness. The texture of this product is lovely, very thick, but doesn’t leave the skin sticky. Oddly, I find this one stings my skin more than the Mandelic acid but again, the sting does not bother me at all as it disappears in about 5 minutes. I was advised with both the acids to avoid the eye area, only to apply the acid as far as the tops of my cheekbones. All in all, my skin generally does look brighter and where my blemishes are, redness is reduced. I have also found that if I do break out, the break outs dry out much quicker, this may not be due solely to this product, but I’m convinced it has a part to play! I do not use this twice a day, only once in my night-time routine.
Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA £4.90 (30ml) £6.80 (100ml)
I then go ahead and add some moisture back into my skin. I have very very dry skin, making it difficult when trying to dry out blemishes and even out my skin texture so I was in defianate need of a good moisturiser after using the acid on my skin. I use the natural moisturizing factors every day AM and PM. There’s not much to say about this moisturiser other than its great! Very hydrating, a lovely texture and does not feel sticky or heavy on my skin, like a lot of other moisturisers do, especially at this price point. On the first couple of uses, I was still noticing dry patches on my skin, which was a bit concerning however after using this product for a couple of weeks now, I have noticed that my skin is very hydrated now and the dry patches are no longer around… bye bye!
100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil £8.10
The final stage of my skincare routine is oil… one of my favourite steps. I use the Marula oil twice a day AM and PM. I use slightly less in the morning before my make-up as I don’t want my make-up to look to shinny and oily, I use around 3 drops in the morning mixed in with my moisturiser which is the perfect combinations for ensuring my skin is hydrated and dewy looking with out being overly oily. In the evening I use around 5 drops, just to get that extra bit of hydration! The Marula oil, is referred to as a luxury oil and I can agree, feels so lightweight yet extremely moisturising without feeling heavy on the skin. The perfect way to end your skin care regime.
The Verdict: The Best The Ordinary Skincare Products
As you may be able to tell, I am thoroughly enjoying using The Ordinary products as my skincare routine. Although my skin isn’t perfect, I have noticed a great difference in my skin so far and I’m excited to carry on using the products every day and seeing my skin improve even more. Repurchasing is definitely on the cards and I highly recommend The Ordinary skincare products to anyone with no doubt in my mind. If your finding it hard to understand the products and are unsure on which The Ordinary products will be best for your skin but can’t access the shop in Covent Garden, try emailing them or contacting them on their Instagram @Deciem as the staff defiantly know their products! There’s also a chat room on Instagram which looks helpful, providing advice, before and after photos, reviews etc… @Deciemchatroom.
If you give The Ordinary a try, I hope you love it as much as I do!