So, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have no doubt heard about The Ordinary. A brand under the Deciem umbrella, that has quickly become a cult favourite for it’s amazing active skincare products at very affordable prices.
I’ve been wanting to revamp my skincare routine for a while, but had no idea where to start. I know that I have problematic skin. It’s extremely oily normally, I have redness, hyper pigmentation, blemishes and acne scarring. I have very acne prone skin and find that some of my regular skin care products can make this worse once spots appear. I also do not have much of a budget, so The Ordinary was an extremely affordable option for me.
For someone who is so used to just cleansing, toning and moisturising with products from the drug store, I was well out of my comfort zone when I visited The Ordinary website. Although there is a small guide on there, I decided to research a little bit about the products and found some great advice in this post from Victoria Health amongst others.
One of the main things I was able to get my head around was the difference between AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acids) exfoliants and how these might benefit my skin. The biggest difference is that AHA’s work on the skin’s surface and that BHA’s work on the surface and in the pores.I was able to read the information and choose products which I thought would be best suited to my skin type and would help to improve the things I wanted to target.
I thought I would go through each of the products that I chose and then at the end I will share with you my new skin care routine. I will then update each month with how I think the new routine is going.
Salicylic Acid 2% Solution – £4.20 for 30ml
This was one of the few The Ordinary products I had already heard of. People online were raving about its capabilities and how it had worked wonders for their blemish prone skin. On the website, The Ordinary states that this BHA works deep inside the pore to fight the appearance of blemishes and give better skin clarity.
I have read that this can be used as part of the daily routine, but also to target spots or blemishes so I knew this was a must for me.
Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% – £5.80 for 30ml
This was a product I had never heard of until I started to look into The Ordinary products more in depth. The Lactic acid is an AHA containing Tasmanian pepperberry. It exfoliates the top layer of the skin. It helps to stimulate cell regeneration, reduce pigmentation and improve overall skin texture.
This one also contains Hyaluronic Acid, which helps to keep skin moisturised. This was a must for me, as I can tend to get quite dry patches when I’m using everything under the sun to combat oiliness!
Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% – £5.50 for 30ml
There was no way I was not going to use this when I read about what it can do for the skin!! It’s a dicarboxylic acid, which can treat rosacea by decreasing the swelling and redness of the skin.
I tend to suffer with cystic acne and the Azelaic Acid is supposed to work on white and blackheads and cystic blemishes by inhibiting the growth of bacteria. It also helps with the production of keratin skin cells that allow the acne bacteria to flourish. On the box it states that this suspension can help with uneven tone, dullness and textural irregularities.
This one is slightly different to the others as it comes in a silicone based cream formula.
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% – £5.00 for 30ml
This was another one of The Ordinary products that I had already heard of. I had read that it works wonders for people with oily skin. How? Well from what I can gather, this increases the production of ceramides, improving the performance of your lipid barrier (helps to retain moisture in the skin) and when your skin can retain its own moisture, there is no need for excess oil production. So this was another must for me.
I also invested in the High Adherence Silicone Primer – £3.90 for 30ml which as we all know is great for smoothing out the surface of the skin before makeup application and the Coverage Foundation – £5.90 for 30ml which I may do a seperate review on another time.
So how am I going to incorporate these products into my skincare routine? Here is a little look at how I will be using them.
I managed to devise this routine by looking at other blogs and finding out what other people with my skin type were using. I’m not a skincare expert by any means so I am really looking forward to trying this out and seeing what results I get. Let me know what you think about my new routine, I am always open to suggestions. Make sure you check back next month for my first update.
Do you use any products from The Ordinary? What are your favourites?