THE ORDINARY SKINCARE | WORTH THE HYPE?

19.4.17





In my previous post I mentioned that I found some fabulous skincare that really helped to clear my skin when I used it in conjunction with the magnitone face brush, not to say that these don't work alone because they do but I got better results using the two together as I feel that the face brush was cleaning my skin and all of the serums I applied after had a better chance of working their magic on my skin. 

The skincare brand that I want to talk to you about today is The Ordinary, I feel like everyone knows about this brand now as every beauty blogger has mentioned it in one way or another. The biggest asset of this brand is the price of their products. Honestly, you are really getting your moneys worth when buying pretty much anything from them as everything is about £6 and I think the most expensive serum that they have is a little under £15. Which is amazing as most brands that use the same ingredients charge more than triple the price sometimes. I ordered quite a few things from them as I couldn't really decide and in all honesty I just couldn't say no for the price. I ended up picking up Niacinamide 10% with Zinc 1%,  Hyaluronic Acid 2% with B5, Alpha Arbutin 2%, Vitamin C suspension 23% with HA spheres 2%  and the two strengths of the Lactic Acid only because I had a delivery mishap as they sent out the wrong item but were kind enough to replace it with the original strength I ordered and let me keep the wrong one that they sent out. 

If you have no clue what some of these products are or how you use them and what their benefits are, don't worry. The Ordinary has a really helpful regiment guide, it tells you exactly what product to use in what order and which product combinations don't work together. Also, they have product combinations that target different things, so lets say that your skin is dry and dehydrated they recommend the hyaluronic acid the squalane and natural moisturising factors. Additionally, if you need to find out what a particular product does and what its uses are they have clear and detailed product descriptions under each product, so you'll know exactly what every product is meant to be used for and what it targets. 

Now, let's get onto the products I tried out. First and foremost I saw the biggest changes in my skin with the hyaluronic acid serum. I have quite dry and dehydrated skin and I found that my skin looked more radiant and healthy because it was properly hydrated. I'm not going to lie I was a little bit sceptical about the quality of the ingredients that are in the serums because of the low price and thought that I would see very small changes if any, but I was very pleasantly surprised when I started using these products. The hyaluronic acid serum is my favourite out of all the products that I ordered and I have been using it with no exceptions every day. I will 100% repurchase once I am done with this one to make sure that I am never without this product.

Next up the lactic acid serums. I have both the 5% and 10% strengths. I originally just ordered the 10% one but when I opened my package I saw that I was sent the other one instead. I emailed the company and they resolved the issue very quickly, so no harm done and at least I know they have good customer service. I prefer the 5% serum as it's not as harsh on my skin, I'm not quite sure what I was thinking ordering the 10%  as I have sensitive skin. So what it does is basically chemically exfoliates your skin, it reaches deeper than any scrub. I do find that this helped to clear up the small spots on my face that I was suffering from but it did also dry my face out so the hyaluronic acid serum was a must for me after using this. I only use this once a week or even less than that sometimes as I do find that its a harsh product and I don't want to put my skin through something that it can't handle.

I picked up the alpha arbutin serum because I researched that's it's really good for any redness and it helps with pigmentation issues. I have some redness on my cheeks left from breakouts. I can't say this completely got rid of everything because that's not the case but I have been able to see a slight difference in the colour of the discolouration on my face. I haven't been using this serum as much as I have the others so it's maybe my fault that I can't see a lot of results with this, overall though I can see a slight change so I'll try to use it regularly and maybe then I'll have better results.

Niacinamide is something I have never heard of before but it has completely changed my skincare! I remember watching a Youtube video and hearing about the amazing properties of Niacinamide. Its basically meant to shrink your pore size and I do struggle with that on some parts of my skin, especially on my nose and cheeks. Again, I'm guilty of not using this to its full potential but I can see a difference in my skin. It is very minimal when I look at it but I can tell when I'm applying my makeup as my foundation doesn't sink into my pores anymore, my foundation just looks flawless and uber smooth. Last but not least is the Vitamin C suspension serum. I think that this is the product that I saw the least changes with but this might be because its not suited my skin as I have read reviews of people who really swear by this stuff. For me, it didn't do what I wanted it to do. Its meant to be a brightening cream which helps with the overall appearance of the skin and brightness, honestly, I saw more radiance and plumpness in my skin with the Hyaluronic acid serum so I think I will stick to that but perhaps I'll incorporate it into my skincare another time and give it another shot.

And that concludes my review of The Ordinary! Let me know if you have tried out any of the products from this brand and if you love them or not. I know I definitely do and they have become a staple in my skincare routine. I will definitely be repurchasing my beloved Hyaluronic acid serum and I have also been eyeing up their Glycolic acid toner which looks amazing.

Dominika xx


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