A few weeks ago when I published My Current Skincare Routine, I mentioned how much I was loving a product from The Ordinary and that I had ordered a few more of their products to try. A few people have asked about how I’d got on with them so I thought I’d do a whole post dedicated to the brand and the products I tried as the whole experience from beginning to end has been so easy and stress-free.
DISCLAIMER: This review is not sponsored, I purchased all of the products myself and I have used them as directed, for about six weeks. All views are my own and what works/doesn’t work for me might be different for you.
The Ordinary is a brand owned by Deciem. At the time of writing, they do not test on animals or sell their products in China where such testing is necessary. If you want to find out more about the company, their principles and all-natural ingredients I’ll link their information page here.
One of the main things that I loved about purchasing from this company is that you can email them and they will recommend a skincare routine based on your concerns. They didn’t even bat an eyelid about helping me when I said I wouldn’t be purchasing directly from them as I could use my student discount at ASOS; which brings me on to the next topic, In the UK, you can purchase various selections of The Ordinary products from BeautyBay, Cult Beauty and ASOS, if you don’t want to order direct from Deciem. However I found the best selection was actually at ASOS who stocked all of the products I wanted to order.
I introduced 4 new products into my skincare routine, making 5 The Ordinary products all together.
- AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling solution. £6.50
I use this twice per week, as the instructions state. You apply it all over the face, apart from the eye-area and leave it for 10 minutes before washing it off. It is really obviously exfoliating my skin every time I use it and My skin feels as smooth and soft as anything afterwards. Unless this is something you’re concerned about you could probably leave this out of your routine and just use the other serums but I love it.
2. Advanced Retinoid 2%. £8.00.
I only use this before going to bed. It is supposed to help with anti-aging which is something I hope I don’t need to worry about it yet but I find it really soothing after the peel and it is making my skin feel firmer but still soft.
3. Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%. £6.00.
This is another product that is only used of an evening. It helps to shrink large pores and reduce oil build up. There is also a 5% version for 50p less which I plan to move onto once I have used this bottle up but I thought it would be best to start off with the stronger one. The only downside to this product is the smell. I can’t describe it, but it isn’t particularly pleasant. However, it can’t be smelled after the product is absorbed.
4. Salicylic Acid 2%. £4.00.
I use this product both morning and night. It can also be used to shrink pores but its main purpose is to clear spots. I use it mostly on my nose and chin as thats where I get the most oily and tend to breakout but it can also be applied directly to any breakouts to reduce redness. This is a good starting point if you’re looking for just one product to purchase.
5. Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. £5.00.
This is the product I began with. I’m actually on my second bottle. It has really helped to clear my skin up but the Zinc provides a small amount of sun protection which is SO important in everyone’s skincare routine.
Overall, I love the products I have tried and I am so excited they’re starting to branch out into makeup too. They are so affordable and the most effective skincare I have ever used. My skin has always been a bone of contention for me, with acne breakouts, scarring and redness and although this hasn’t completely eliminated the redness and scaring, I haven’t had any major breakouts since I have been using these products in my daily routine. I really recommend that anyone who is interested in trying out some new skincare products contacts Deciem to receive recommendations about which products would be best for your personal skin concerns.