I know the title may sound like I’m telling you not to and buy The Ordinary skincare but it’s supposed to be more like “it’s anything but ordinary!” I may have dropped the ball with that one.
The Ordinary is a skincare brand that’s been gaining a lot of momentum over the past few months, they have a very unique take on skincare and I think that entices a lot of people. The names of their products are the scientific names, but they do tell you in the descriptions on the websites what each product can actually be used for. Most people have said that they don’t like the scientific names, and I can kinda see why because it involves more work to see what you actually use it for, but I love it. It helps me to realise what specific products work for my skin and what to avoid, without having to go and heavily research it all. I’ve been accumulating a small collection of The Ordinary products, each of which I’ve been using for long enough to give this incredible brand their own post.
So I have 7 The Ordinary products that I use regularly and completely love – I find myself always torn between keeping my skincare routine ridiculously simple and using products to help the condition of my skin get better. I usually opt for using all my luxurious products because I like to feel like I’m helping to improve the condition of my skin, because I don’t drink a lot of water or eat particularly well, skincare is all I have. 2 of them, the foundations, have been reviewed in a post of their own which you can find HERE!
The first The Ordinary product I ever purchased was the 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil. What a mouthful. This has been a favourite of mine for a really long time, I preach about it to everyone and I have definitely included it in more than one favourites post I bet. I use this almost every night and I always wake up with visibly clearer skin, plus it just feels so nice to basically slather my face in oil and know it’s actually doing it some good. I do have oily skin but this doesn’t make it worse during the day or anything – I only put it on at nighttime and don’t find it makes a difference to the condition of my makeup the next day, if anything it makes it better. Absolutely one of my holy grails.
In a post I did a few months ago about my box swap with Rosie, I mentioned that she got me 2 new The Ordinary products which, to be honest, kick-started my obsession and prompted me to buy even more stuff. She got me the Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% and the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution. If you have no idea what I just said, don’t worry, I’ll clear it up for you. The Lactic Acid is the best shit I’ve ever used, no kidding; Max was a bit worried when I said I was putting Lactic Acid on my face but it’s really diluted so it’s all good. Since using these, I’ve noticed a visible reduction in the amount of massive spots I get and when I don’t use it, I do notice my skin getting worse. It does smell a little bit funky, but it’s a small price to pay for significantly nicer skin. The AHA + BHA is a little scary because it looks a lot like blood, but it leaves my skin ridiculously soft so I love using it. I prefer it to facemasks because it only takes 10 minutes and there’s a lot less mess, and I find the results a lot better.
After seeing how amazing the products Rosie got me were, I placed another little cheeky order on Beauty Bay and I got the Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA and the Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%. More confusing words and numbers that make no sense. I’m not entirely sure what effect the Alpha Arbutin is having on my skin because I’ve been using it alongside the other completely amazing products, but it claims to reduce dark spots and hyperpigmentation which is something I definitely needed and something I feel like is happening and I’d put it down to this. I really love the Vitamin C Suspension, it’s ever so slightly exfoliating and the HA makes my skin feel so so soft, BUT I’ve had to stop using it because it’s been fake tanning my hands. I couldn’t figure out what was causing it until I smelled it and then googled, turns out the Vitamin C is reacting with my skin and making it fake tan and making it smell like fake tan. If it could just fake tan my face now, that would be lovely.
Have you ever tried any The Ordinary products?