There’s nothing better than finding a new skincare brand that you absolutely l o v e. Not that I need any new skincare, because I definitely don’t. Or at least, I didn’t think I did until I tried products from The Ordinary.
This skincare brand has been part of a hype for quite a few months now, and I’ve been gradually building up a collection of their products. When I first heard about the brand I thought it was too good to be true. Products that actually work and cost less than many high street brands? Surely not.
But low and behold, it is too good but it is true! It may be called The Ordinary but it is certainly no ordinary skincare. With products suitable for tackling various problems such as blemishes, dryness, and ageing, this brand offers a little something for everyone.
About The Ordinary
The Ordinary brand is part of a larger company called Deciem, the mothership to various other beauty and skincare brands. The Ordinary is all about cutting back the fluff and focusing on what is important – the product. It takes skincare back to the basics, stripping it of fancy packaging and false promises and instead creating quality products in basic packaging at extremely affordable prices (the packaging may be basic but this has inadvertently become quite instagrammable).
If you read all about The Ordinary, you’ll notice that they use the word integrity a lot. They’re right in recognising that huge price differences and fancy packaging can confuse us as consumers about what is actually a quality product and what is going to work. The Ordinary are committed to innovative clinical technologies and finding formulas that really help the skin. And does it work? Hell y e a h.
The Ordinary Skincare Regime
The Ordinary website can be a tad intimidating at first glance, but don’t be put off by all of the technical jargon! They have an extremely useful skincare regime guide that identifies the products best suited to you, depending on what it is you want to tackle. Luckily, I don’t have a problem with signs of ageing (yet), skin pigmentation, textural irregularities, etc, so the products that fight against blemishes are most-suited to me.
Based on the guide from their website, I’ve been incorporating the following products into my skincare routine:
- Salicylic Acid 2% Solution,
- Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%,
- 100% Plant-Derived Squalene.
I realise that this might look like total gobbledegook (it does to me) so let’s talk through it…
All three products come with an easy-to-use pipette that allows you to control the quantity of the product through the number of drops. After washing your face, the Salicylic Acid solution gently exfoliates your pores – but not in the normal sense of being an exfoliating texture. The solution is smooth but really helps to improve the visibility of the skin by clearing and cleaning the pores. This is brill for tackling blemishes and works best after using it a few times. I found it to work really well after just a week of using it!
The Niacinamide + Zinc solution is a high-strength vitamin and mineral blemish formula that helps with the removal of blemishes and scarring. Applied after the Salicylic Acid, I press this into the skin to avoid disrupting the solution I have just applied. Both products are really easy to blend and barely any of the solution is needed!
The Ordinary’s Plant-Derived Squalene is the perfect solution for dry skin. If it has been a particularly cold day or my skin is just feeling super dry, Squalene is an oily liquid that absorbs into the skin and hydrates it beautifully. Although an oil, it’s still suitable for oily skin and with the right amount applied (only a couple of drops), it doesn’t feel greasy either. It’s a wonderful plant oil that helps to prevent any damage from dehydration. I’ve actually only been using this on an evening but have found it to really help with rejuvenating my skin and restoring the hydration balances at the end of the day! When I’m not using the Squalene, I have also started using the Natural Moisturising Factors +HA product from The Ordinary. This makes a wonderful moisturiser before applying makeup. The product is a great consistency of not-too-thick-nor-too-runny and blends really well. The Hyaluronic Acid (HA) helps the skin to retain water whilst being lightweight and extremely comfortable on the skin. And as it’s £6.80 for a large 100ml bottle, I think this is going to be my moisturiser for a loooong time.
The Ordinary Beauty Products
The wonders of The Ordinary don’t stop at skincare. They have mastered a £5.90 foundation that is life changing. You might have seen me talking about how much skin complexion and colour changes throughout the year in my previous Winter Skin Detox post. If you didn’t, well… our skin complexion and colour changes throughout the year(!).
The problem with this is that we can sometimes spend up to £50 on a foundation only to find that the colour just isn’t quite right in a few weeks or so. Well, this is certainly a problem that I have and it’s bloomin’ annoying. The Ordinary, however, have hit the nail on the head with this foundation. The bottle is quite small compared to other brands (30ml), but you could see this as a positive as it means that you’re not committing to one foundation colour for too long. The price of the foundation also means that you can change the colour whenever you need! I genuinely think this is the way forward with foundation.
Choosing a colour online is a hard task but may be a must for those who aren’t close to a stockist of The Ordinary. Luckily, my mum had bought the foundation from the Deciem store in London and so I was able to try hers. Now, my mum’s complexion and skin colour is completely different to mine. However, she was advised to try the 2.0N Light Medium neutral colour and rather shockingly, it is the perfect colour for my skin right now. Reading reviews online, many people say that the colours are quite ‘forgiving’ and blend into your skin really well. For those unsure about the colour, a neutral shade is the safest option, but there are also colours specifically for yellow or pink undertones.
The product itself is really blend-able, doesn’t sit in creases or make you look cakey, and also has a good coverage. It’s a really natural look that sits well on the skin throughout the day – 10/10 would recommend to anyone wanting to try a new foundation. I mean, it’s only £5.90 so you have very little to lose. The only downside is that they sell out really really quickly, so stock up when you can!
High-Adherence Silicone Primer
Before I go any further, this product is £3.90… you’re welcome.
Find a good primer and you’re sorted day in, day out – it means that all of your application and makeup efforts aren’t put to waste and actually stays in place at the end of the day. Ideal!
When you first start to blend The Ordinary’s silicone primer it feels as though it’s going to have a tacky consistency. However, when you start working it into the skin it starts to feel much more smooth and it leaves your skin feeling super duper soft. The primer does mattify the skin but not too much – I personally don’t like my skin to be too matte as then it can look dry and cakey, but I also don’t want to be shiny either (not too much to ask, surely). In my opinion, this silicone primer has got the balance just right. It minimises pores, provides a good base, evens skin tone, and feels extremely lightweight.
I’ve read mixed reviews on this primer but as with all skincare, some products work better for some and less for others. But at £3.90 I definitely recommend giving it a try.
Have you guys tried any of The Ordinary’s products? I’m definitely going to be adding more to my collection and would love to hear any recommendations. Equally, let me know if you have any questions about any of the products I’ve mentioned! I’m by no means a skincare or beauty expert but I certainly am a skincare fiend.
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