Skincare: The Ordinary & beyond

For the past few months I have introduced a new skincare line into my routine. I had been wanting to try The Ordinary for quite some time, so when the products became available in my city, I decided to try them out. I can be a creature of habit sometimes and don’t often change products too often, however I really wanted to dedicate more time to taking care of my skin and myself. Therefore, I wanted to step up my routine a little and introduce more products, that will take my skin to the next level.

Part of improving my skin was also to actually dedicate time to doing it properly, as well as trying to eat healthier, since as we all know great skin, starts from within. I am a big lover of natural skin care, but for a different change of pace, I wanted to see what else was on the market.

I feel that I can talk about my experience with using this now, as it has been a few months of truly testing the products. So keep reading if you did want to know more about The Ordinary and my thoughts. (P.S… I know the names are a little crazy but they do work wonderfully)


 

Morning Skincare

Though the majority of the products can be used both morning and night, I was advised by a member of staff to start out with using certain products in the morning and others on my Nighttime routine. I have stuck to that for the past few months. I think this is a good idea as it was a whole new product range I was using on my skin, I didn’t want to overwhelm my skin with too much.

In the morning and at night I use a face wash, either a natural soap that was gifted to me by a friend, or most recently I’ve been using the L’Occitane Fig and Honey cream to foam wash. After this I then will use my The Ordinary products.

 

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

High-strength vitamin and mineral blemish formula

 

I start out with a small amount of the Niacinamide. Simply taking a few drops and rubbing this all over my face. *With all of the products I never use them too close to my eyes*

This serum is applied to help reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion.

I like this product because it feels like it’s adding a little moisture back to my skin, which is exactly what you want after a nights sleep. I also like that this particular serum doesn’t feel itchy or produce any bad reactions.


Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%

Brightening hydrator with stabilized vitamin C derivative

One problem I had with my skin was definitely that it always seemed a little dull and I have always had dark circles. I think dull skin can really make all the difference in how awake you look. As someone who enjoys going make up free, I really wanted to brighten my skin. This cream has Vitamin C, which is known for its brightening properties.

This goes a long way, and again this feels very soothing on the skin. I do feel that this has helped improve my skin brightness.


 

Natural Moisturising Factors +HA

With any great skincare routine, you of course need a great moisturiser. I really enjoy using this moisturiser. It’s very lightweight and sinks into the skin very quickly.

The Ordinary confirms the product contains 11 amino acids, phospholipids, alpha/beta/gamma fatty acids, triglycerides, sterols and sterol esters, glycerin, ceramide precursors, urea, saccharides, sodium PCA and hyaluronic acid. This is a really great moisturiser for me, and feels very lightweight.

I would say that I prefer this as a day cream. For a night time moisturiser I personally like a thicker cream. It can be used at night, but just as personal preference, I would probably just use this in the morning.

 


Evening Skincare 

Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%

 

This is a great product, although I would say you do feel a slight stinging when it is applied. It is also a brightening product too, containing Vitamin C and Alpha Arbutin.

This serum also helps to reduce dark spots and uneven skin tone, which is perfect for me. I would personally start off with using this once a day, and allow your skin time to get used to it.


 

Azelaic Acid suspension 10%

This product again helps to brighten the skin (can you see a theme here ?) and improves skin texture as well as reducing the look of blemishes. I apply this after using the Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%. The cream really helps to take away any sting away. I also really feel like all of the products I use in the evening do work very well, as I wake up with my skin feeling so soft and bright.

 


Caffeine Solution 5% +EGCG 

Reduces appearance of eye contour pigmentation and of puffiness

As mentioned, dark circles have always been a problem area for me. I started using this product, usually only at night, but sometimes during the morning as well. As you only need a small amount under the eye, I would say it is good value for money and it will last.
The caffeine also helps reduce looks of puffiness around the eyes, so that’s what makes it a great product for A.M or P.M.

 

As well as the above, in the evening, I will use a face wash again and also use the moisturiser, or a heavier cream on occasion to finish off my nighttime routine.

I am a really big fan of this brand, and so far I am enjoying the results. What I really like is that the products are all very affordable, especially given the high quality of them. These are great skincare brand to try. I wouldn’t let the names intimidate you, as I remember feeling overwhelmed by them at first.

If you want lovely skincare at a great price, then why not give The Ordinary a try.

 

Love

 

 

 

P.S…I have only recently started using the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning solution, therefore, I can’t give a review, as it wouldn’t be fair. As a first impression, I can say that this does have a sting to it, but overall I really feel it working.

 

 

 

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