For months, I’ve seen people raving and raving about The Ordinary. With their no-fuss ingredients, packaging and ethos showing up all over my social media, I had to try something.
I’m sure you’ve all heard of this brand, but in case you haven’t, The Ordinary is produced by DECIEM – the parent company of an umbrella of brands focused on advanced functional beauty. They aim to provide effective, pioneering treatments at low prices, while still being completely honest about what ingredients they put into their products.
I racked up a lot of points on my ASOS account and nabbed a £10 voucher, so as The Ordinary is now stocked on ASOS, I chose a few products from their selection. While ASOS doesn’t sell the entire range, they stocked enough products for me to have a good choice for my skin type.
I’m no skincare expert, but I do know a thing or two about the main ingredients that I need for my skin.
A bit of background knowledge – my skin is super oily, but dehydrated. I have very few, if any, dry patches, but my skin needs lots of moisture to look healthy, bright and plump. I also get the odd breakout, but nothing that a good foundation can’t hide.
I tend to use the Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% as a serum directly after I’ve cleansed and toned my face. The Ordinary calls this product a “mild lactic acid superficial peeling formulation”, as lactic acid is an ingredient that exfoliates the skin. The acid is balanced out with Tasmanian Pepperberry, which helps to reduce irritation and inflammation. So if you have sensitive skin, don’t let it put you off using this product. It hasn’t caused me any irritation, and the exfoliation isn’t harsh whatsoever.
While this product is mild, I have found that over continued use, my skin is smoother, brighter and spot free. The Ordinary also has a Lactic Acid 10% version, and as my skin is now accustomed to using acids on a daily basis, I might get the stronger one when this runs out.
If you have sensitive skin, don’t use the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution! It hurts. It actually hurts. But I kind of like that because it feels like it’s really doing something, and I know that my barely-sensitive skin won’t freak out using strong products.
The Ordinary calls this product a “10-minute exfoliating facial”, and it is just that. AHAs exfoliate the top surface of the skin, while BHAs clear out pore congestion, so this product gives you the best of both worlds – a brighter, smoother, top layer of skin, and a deeper exfoliation to help with congested skin.
This also contains Tasmanian Pepperberry to help reduce irritation associated with acid use, but from personal experience, I do think that this would irritate anyone with sensitive skin, as it is harsh and painful.
I’ve really enjoyed using this once or twice a week recently. My skin feels really clean and bright straight after use and the texture of my skin has definitely improved as I’ve continued to use it.
I absolutely love using oils on my skin at night. My dehydrated skin drinks them up, and I can really see the benefits of using one the next day.
The Ordinary calls their 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil a “daily support formula for all skin types”, and I can imagine this works just as well for dry skin as it does for my oily skin. Rosehip seed oil has so many benefits, but for me, the stand out is that this doesn’t feel really thick and greasy. I wake up in the morning feeling hydrated and plump, but without a horrible, greasy layer that’s been sitting on my skin all night. It doesn’t break me out or make me oilier either, which is a huge plus for me.
What are your favourite products from The Ordinary? I’m currently trying out their crazy-popular foundations, so will be back with a review on those in the near future!