Saturday, October 7, 2017

Review: The Ordinary Skincare


For a long time, we all spent fortunes on all-in-one skincare products that weren't targeted towards one skin concern and promised to solve all our issues - but did these products achieve the desired results?That’s questionable. I have been introduced to The Ordinary skincare through YouTube, in which many influencers claimed these products were more targeted than regular ones and it gave them prominent results - while each product costed them a few bucks. So, I was immediately drawn into buying a few serums to try and this is what I’m going to review for you today - after using them for over a month.

In most of my reviews, I like to give an introduction about the brand explaining where it originated from and the science behind it. However, no one can explain products better than the company itself, so this time I will link the Ordinary’s page here for you to know the full story of the brand and the owners behind it.

I have chosen four serums to tackle skin issues that I have been struggling from such as: Dullness, dark circles, old acne scars and minor signs of ageing.The serums has extremely long scientific names but thankfully there are descriptions to explain what each one of these name mean. All these serums are supposed to contain the main ingredient mentioned on the packing, with certain percentages of course and there is nothing hidden between the lines. As a disclaimer, these products were bought with my own money and all opinions are my own. 

1- Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% (Vitamin C serum): 
This serum is supposed to brighten the skin and reduce any signs of ageing. The serum barely has any scent to it and feels cooling as soon as you apply it on the face. I like to apply it every morning after cleansing my face and before applying my sunscreen. The serum instantly brightens my complexion, fills in visible lines on my forehead and makes the skin look healthy. However, you need to work it fast into the skin as it dries down quite quickly. I’m a fan of this serum because it gives a boost of energy to my skin in the morning, but it’s nothing miraculous as many serums does the same. That being said, when you compare the price point of The Ordinary to other vitamin C serums from different brands,you will find The Ordinary way cheaper and lean towards buying it since they it functions the same way as high end ones.

2- Caffeine Solution 5%: 
this serum is supposed to be used under the eyes and it helps reduce dark circles, puffiness and under eye bags. This serum looks like an oil as soon as you apply it, but once again you need to distribute it under your eyes quickly because it dries down in seconds. The serum instantly smoothed my under eye area and made it look less tired and puffy. So, in a nutshell this product works like your morning coffee as it makes your under eyes look more energized and awake. On the other hand, I haven’t seen any improvement on my dark circles, but this can be due to working for long hours behind computer screens. I use this product before my eye cream and recommend it to any one with severe puffiness and under eye bags.

3- Advanced Retinoids 2%: 
As most Retinoids, this serum is supposed to tackle signs of ageing and reduce them over time. The texture of this serum is not like the other one, this one is more milky and has a weird scent to it.  The good thing about this product is the gentleness as it doesn't irritate the skin or increase it's sensitivity - unlike other Retinoids. However, you still need to apply a potent sun screen every morning especially if you have extremely sensitive skin. This Retinoid won't show much of a difference on your skin if used alone, you need to pair it with a good night serum and moisturiser. However, I was quite disappointed with the results as I haven't seen anything miraculous from this product and there are probably more potent Retinoids in the market. 

4- Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%:
I'm totally new to exfoliating acids so I was worried when I first bought this serum. The serum is supposed to exfoliate dead skin cells and reduce signs of sensitivity and inflammation. Once again, with acids you need to use a strong sun screen and limit your exposure to the sun. So, if you're someone who tans regularly this product and other acids might not be the safest serums for you. I like to apply this products once or twice a week to mildly exfoliate my skin and reduce old scars and pigmentation. The product tingles at first but it doesn't cause any irritation or redness to my skin. Also, the next morning my skin feel extremely soft with less visible fine lines and a healthy glow. However, this needs to be paired with a good moisturiser because it's described as a peeling and exfoliating product. This was my favourite product of them all and highly recommend it if you're new to acids and want a gentle one. 

Overall opinion:
The ordinary products were a great addition to my skincare routine, but they definitely need to be paired with other products for more prominent results. The two products I would repurchase again are the vitamin C serum and Lactic Acid because they transformed my skin and I'm curious to try other products from this brand. As for the Caffeine and Retinoid, these are what I call "Okay" products but I wouldn't repurchase again because there are far more potent serums in the market. I highly recommend exploring the wide range of products The Ordinary has to offer, especially if you're on a budget and looking for problem solving products.

Note: The Ordinary products are available on Asos.com

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