In August 2016 I ordered my first batch of The Ordinary products. I’d just watched beauty vlogger Fleur De Force’s Youtube review on the brand and I was instantly overcome with a burning desire to try it for myself.
More than six months and 10 products later and I can’t imagine my skincare routine without The Ordinary.
The general ethos of this ‘abnormal beauty company’ is about honesty and integrity. They say their products contain effective ingredients at an affordable price – both of which I can absolutely get around.
There are 101 guides on how to mix The Ordinary, which products you should use when and what’s best for your skin type. But the best advice I can give you is to go to their website, read the product descriptions, mark down which products you think might suit you then go and read reviews on those specific products.
I can only tell you about the products I have and what works for me. I have dry to combination skin type and tend to look for hydrating and skin brightening properties in my skincare, as well as the occasional exfoliant. So if you have similar skin concerns, then these products may be winners for you.
AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
This is one of my holy grail skincare products. It’s a 10 minute exfoliating facial that leaves your skin feeling like an actual baby’s bottom. It’s so great for removing pesky dead skin, especially around the nose, chin and forehead. The alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA) exfoliate the top surface of the skin to give a brighter and more even appearance. Meanwhile the beta hydroxyl acids (BHA) help clear pores. It also contains Tasmanian Pepperberry derivatives to help reduce irritation that can occur when using acids. I use this about once a week in the evening and it just makes all of my subsequent skincare and makeup go on so much better. In. Love. With. This.
Lactic Acid 5% + HA
This is a mild lactic acid that very gently exfoliates the skin. It’s kind of like a mini-version of the AHA + BHA peeling solution, as it also contains alpha hydroxyl acids to exfoliate and Tasmanian pepperberry to reduce inflammation. Obviously if you’re using the peeling solution, don’t use this one at the same time. That would be like double exfoliating your face. I use this only occasionally and always in the evening, when I’m having a bad skin day and want to ward off any pimples that may be arising. Make sure you always wear sun protection the day after using this.
Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone and Reservatrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%
I will only talk about these two products together as I only ever use them in combination. Vitamin C is an exfoliant and is the best for brightening and evening skin tone. This one is combined with silicone in order to make the formula feel more smooth. When using this, I always combine it with the reservatrol as this is a high-potency antioxidant and when combined with Vitamin C gives the best results. I love the effect this combo has on my skin, but I don’t like the silicone feeling in the Vitamin C. I find it clogs my pores and can lead to some congestion. Next purchase I will look at the silicone-free formula. Only use this in the evening and always wear sun protection the day after use.
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Hyaluronic acid, besides being one of the hardest words to pronounce ever, is kind of the wunderkind ingredient of the beauty world. It can attract up to 1,000 times its weight in water which means it’s f***ing amazing at hydrating. I use this day or night, whenever necessary, to give my moisturiser an extra hydration boost.
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
I am a huge fan of face oils and this is one area of my skincare where I prefer to use natural ingredients. This oil is 100% organic and has rose canina seed oil and omega fatty acids to hydrate the skin and help reduce signs of ageing. I like to keep this by my bed as the last step in my evening skincare routine before I go to sleep.
Although I’ve heard mixed reviews on this foundation, I’ve found it perfect as liquid bronzer. I bought the shade 3.1Y, which has dark yellow undertones, and I apply it with a damp beauty sponge or buffing brush for a dewy summer tan. In general, this foundation comes in 21 shades and is very pigmented – a little goes a long way.
This is a multi-technology peptide serum that’s meant to target multiple signs of ageing at once. It’s one of the pricier products from The Ordinary – although it’s still insanely affordable. I find this to be a really nice serum which I would rather use more often than my more expensive serums. That being said, I didn’t notice any immediate results after using it. I think it would be great for mature skin and is probably one of those products you need to use consistently over a longer period of time to see noticeable results.
Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
This is one of the first products I purchased from The Ordinary as I suffer from hereditary under-eye bags. Pretty much everyday I feel like my under eyes need a cool and soothing wake-me-up and this is often it. It’s seriously affordable and contains an extremely high concentration of caffeine, 5%, so you know it’s gunna do the waking up thing pretty well. Anything that helps reduces puffiness and the appearance of dark circles is a win in my book.
And there you have it! Products I will definitely be re-purchasing include the peeling solution, hyaluronic acid and lactic acid. I’m also planning on purchasing the silicone free version of the Vitamin C and am really excited for the sun care collection to be released.
I hope this review helped you decide which products might work for you! Let me know in the comments if you have any other questions.
Have you tried The Ordinary? Which products do you use and why?
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