First Impressions: The Ordinary

I’ve heard so many good things about The Ordinary! This brand is range by Deciem who currently have multiple brands under their umbrella including; Noid (their high end skincare offering), Hylamide (mid-range skincare) and The Ordinary (their budget skincare offering). The release of The Ordinary has really mixed up things in the beauty industry as it has lifted the lid on how much skincare ingredients really costs, offering very affordable products to its consumers. There has however been some quite bad press about the founder of Deciem – Brandon Truaxe recently which I will skim over and let you do your own research about, but in my defense I brought these products before this happened.  I had tried so many times to make an order online but often most products were out of stock, so when I stumbled across their counter in Harvey Nichols recently I headed straight over to make a few purchases.

Now, I am really not going to pretend that I am an expert on skincare acids. Everything I have learnt about acids has come from following beauty experts such as Caroline Hirons, Nadine Baggot and other beauty industry people. So before we get into my thoughts about these products, I want to take this opportunity to say  – any questions you may have or if you want to find out more, please head over to Caroline Hirons blog or youtube channel. I am simply just giving my initial impressions of The Ordinary products I’ve recently started trying.

Here’s what I picked up from The Ordinary:

Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane – £7.80
If you’ve heard about using acids in your skincare routine, you are bound to of heard of Retinol. Rentinol is a form of Vitamin A which helps skin renewal and enhances collagen production, helping with signs of ageing and blemishes (dark spots/sun damage). First thing I would say is if you are interested in trying a Rentoid product from The Ordinary – do your research! They offer a whole range of Retinol products all at different strengths and they tend to suggest starting off with a smaller percentage and working your way up. My advice is, if you can make it into their store or counters, do! The staff are very knowledgeable and give you personal advise on which product is right for you.

As I was still fairly new to using Retinol they suggested try the Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane. The Granactive Retinoid is a new formula to reduce any irritation when using this acid. I’ve used this now for two weeks and I noticed the effect of this treatment right from my first night of using it. To use this, you simply apply during your evening skincare routine on cleansed skin as a normal serum (but avoid using any other acids in conjunction with this), and due to the power of a Retinol acid, I only use this 2 or 3 times per week.  The first morning after using this, I noticed my complexion looked brighter and after continued use I am slowly seeing my acne scarring fade. I have experience small peeling when using this, but nothing major or cause of irritation, it simply makes my skin feel a tiny bit itchy the following day. I actually strangely like this though as it’s proof it’s working, but a dose of Hyaluronic acid the following day I’m right as rain again!

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 – £5.90
Hyaluronic acid is the one acid I’m already quite familiar with from previously using the Hydraluron Moisture Serum from Indeed Labs. The main function of this ingredient is that it will hold water 1,000 times its weight meaning it gives your skin a boost hydration. The added B5 within the formulation ensure surface hydration.  I tend to use this up to 3x per week (in between my retinoid nights) in the evenings and when I wake up in the morning, my skin feels soft, glowy and plump. I have also used this during my morning routine as well, on those days when I can be travelling a lot (hopping on and off the tubes/trains) to give my skin some added protection in environments which will tend to dry my skin out, and it’s a real saviour. This will be one product I will definitely repurchasing and keeping on my bath shelf as my skin loves it. And with a great price tag of £5.90, I will happily buy a bottle of this every couple of months.

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution – £6.30
My first impression of this was – scary! I had done a lot of research into this product so I knew exactly what to expect, but the red tone of this peel once applied over my face was still a little startling. Even when my husband read the word ‘peeling solution’ he thought I was crazy to apply it on my skin. I can promise you though, it’s not scary and I found it really works! This product is essentially a 5-10 min face mask which you can use once or twice a week to exfoliate. Rather than me causing any confusion into what this is or does, here is a clear explanation from the Cult Beauty website – Alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) exfoliate the skin’s topmost layer for a brighter, more even appearance, while beta hydroxyl acids (BHAs) exfoliate the skin more deeply to clear pore congestion. Combined in one unique solution, these advanced acids offer extraordinary exfoliation to help battle blemishes and boost radiance.

I’ve only used this twice so far, generally using only once a week to let my skin get used to it. Once I’ve double cleansed my skin in the evening, I apply this serum which is a slightly sticky consistency all over my skin (avoiding the eye area). I then leave this for 5-7 mins and during this time my skin does start to tingle but nothing painful. Rinsed from my face with lukewarm water, I follow up with a night moisturiser as it does leave my skin feeling very tight. Similar to the Retinoid, the following morning, my skin looks radiant and it tends to really speed up the process of getting rid of any blemishes.  

Coverage Foundation – £5.90
In the interest of trying a full selection of The Ordinary, I decided to also try out one of their foundations. I believe foundation is the only make-up item they offer, and currently they have two types – coverage foundation and serum foundation. There selection at Harvey Nichols was however limited as they were expecting a delivery but I ended up being matched with the Coverage Foundation in 1.2N. I’ve used this a couple of times now and there is nothing yet that wowed me. It feels fairly light-weight on the skin and I would say this is more of medium coverage which is buildable. When I’ve played with it a bit more, I will report back!

The one thing I do want to add here is with every acid product  you use, it’s extremely important to use a SPF the following day – I’m currently still loving the Glossier Invisible Shield. When using these products, your skin goes through a lot and can become sensitive and you therefore become more susceptible to sunburn. So if you are thinking of trying anything from The Ordinary, make sure you’re using sun protection – although you should be using one anyway!

Hope you found my thoughts useful. I’ve read so many reviews on The Ordinary products, so hopefully my two cents helped if you are thinking of trying anything. Have you tried anything from the Ordinary yet? Do you have any more recommendations for me?

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