Thursday, 22 February 2018

The Ordinary skincare review

Welcome back!

Fortunately for you guys this week is strictly business, there will be minimal pointless chat from myself.
I’ve been using The Ordinary products for almost a month now, I wanted to make-sure I really like them before I started blabbing.  I hadn’t heard anything about them before, I was just having my hourly scroll through ASOS and came across the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution which I had previously read was a dupe for the PIXI Glow Tonic. So, as you do, I spent the next two hours scanning every beauty website for advice.

Oh, and because I love anything that contributes to my laziness the ‘free from’ banner at the top of every page is a great touch.

For me this is what works best - My skin is reasonable. I breakout all the time but it’s never horrendous. I have really dry skin, but it gets super oily with some products. I’m also quite sensitive and sometimes a little red.

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG à AM & PM
Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution à PM
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% à AM & PM
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 à AM & PM

High-Adherence Silicone Primer à Before make-up 

This is unbelievable. I’m a bit lapse when it comes to eye and anti-ageing products, so I’ve never really had much to say about either before now.
The website says: “Reduces Appearance of Eye Contour Pigmentation and of Puffiness” and well, I gotta say, they’re not lying. I would highly recommend this, I use one drop morning and night and my eyes no longer look like they’re retreating back into my skull.

I’m probably the only ‘blogger’ that hasn’t tried the PIXI Glow Tonic, so sadly I can’t compare the two, BUT this is the stuff. It’s like it’s dried up all my spots (gross, I know. Soz)
It says not to use if you have sensitive skin, which I do, and it stung a bit the first few times but other than that nothing. It works really well though as far as exfoliation, my skin is clear.
I just drench a cotton pad and smother my face (avoiding the eyes of course) be sure to only use it once a day though!

Now, the next two I found a bit confusing at first, I wasn’t sure what they were actually doing and I’m, I’m not gonna lie, I don’t know if they’re working or not but they’re not making it worse so what the hell, I’m in.
The Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is supposed to reduce the appearance of blemishes, so I guess my recent spout of clear skin may be down to this and not just the toner?
It’s twice a day for this little guy, all over the face. I just use my fingers – I’m sure this is wrong and you’re all going to bash me in the comments, but I have no idea how to apply something like this especially from a pipette.
P.s I do the same with the next two products. Woops.
The Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 is used for hydration and brightening, this is mega important for me because my skin get super dry with some products, especially the acids. Although I haven’t noticed a difference in appearance, it’s been necessary to lock in some moisture.  If you’re combination I would definitely include this one in your regime – AM and PM ladies and gents.

I also bought the Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% but I’m not a huge fan, so I haven’t included it in the regime. It’s supposed to brighten the skin, but it left my face quite sore and no matter how I applied it, it would always end up in my mouth and it tastes nasty.

With the more acidic products they sometimes advise you not to use them for a week prior to sunning yourself on hols. I’ve stopped using these bits for a week because we fly out Monday. I’m probably being over cautious but one to bear in mind.

This is where those that came for a quick tour are flagging, if so, hit eject my friends. No hard feelings. But if you could leave a quick comment with your favourite skincare brand first then we’re totally even.

For those of you sticking it out, thanks very much, I’m almost done!

The Ordinary is a brand from DECIEM. The have lots of individual brands as well, they describe themselves as an “umbrella” of brands which is friggin adorable and they focus on practical and efficient beauty products with conscious pricing.
All products across all brands including are free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, benzalkonium chloride, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury and oxybenzone. Oh, and they don’t test on animals!

According to their website the brand was created to “celebrate integrity” and I’d say they can give themselves a big ole tick for that.
Majority of the products are named after the ingredients and they’re one of the only brands to make their percentages so apparent on the packaging.

They even have a section for you to suggest products you would like to see added to The Ordinary range. What? Amazing.  Psst, it’s à here

Okay I’m done – just as a round-up I think these are quality products with budget prices and there is something for everyone to squeeze into their routine. If you’re looking for a product to target a specific problem I’m almost certain they will have it.
And they’re all cruelty free!

Check out all the products and advisories here - The Ordinary

You can pick up The Ordinary products at ASOS House of Fraser, Feelunique, Cult Beauty and Beauty Bay. They don’t stock all products, so you might need to make a couple of orders.
There’s also a shop in James Street, Ldn.

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