My beauty boot camp introducing several products from The Ordinary skincare brand into my skincare regimen has been quite a journey. It has left my skin a little irritated but nothing more than the usual sensitivity when I introduce new products into my skincare routine.
So far, I’ve tried 10 skincare products to varying degrees. Some of the formulations I thought I’d like the most I’ve decided are not for me. There are a couple that I knew I’d like and several that I’m pleasantly surprised that I love.
How to choose which products to buy:
Assess your skincare needs and choose up to a handful (1-5) of products that specifically target those needs.
Here is my list of favorites (which include more than five) and not so favorites. This list includes The Ordinary potions that I will be re-purchasing and the ones I will not re-purchase. So, let’s get started.
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil – This is my favorite product from The Ordinary brand that I’ve tried so far. It’s plumping, smoothing and gives a radiant glow to my skin without making it shiny. It’s also great under makeup. Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil contains vitamins A and C, and is rich in the essential fatty acid, linoleic, which balances oily skin types while also being moisturizing and nourishing to dry skin types. Costs $9.80 for 30 ml.
AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution – This exfoliating acid is more gentle than I thought it would be. It contains a Tasmanian Pepperberry derivative to help reduce irritation associated with acid use. It has a cranberry color and should be on your face no more than 10 minutes. At the end of that 10 minutes is baby soft, smooth skin that looks refreshed and renewed. Its directed use is once a week. Costs $7.20 for 30 ml.
Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion – I never thought I’d love a retinol product but perhaps because this serum is a new generation retinoid, it makes all the difference. The formula is a creamy emulsion that calms, soothes and heals my breakouts. This is a moisturizing serum without being greasy. It is the first vitamin A skincare product that I plan to re-purchase. Costs $9.80 for 30 ml.
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 – I’m pleasantly surprised by how this serum plumps up my skin and makes it look fresh and hydrated but not greasy. It absorbs pretty quickly too. Costs $6.80 for 30 ml.
Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% – This is a gentle, water-based antioxidant vitamin C serum that promotes even skin tone, brightness and radiance. It contains derivatives of – rather than direct – L-Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) which is good for sensitive skin types. This means that it takes a little longer to see results but it’s a good daytime serum that I’ll probably end up boosting with a pure vitamin C powder by mixing it in with this serum. For now, it’s a re-purchase. Costs $12.90 for 30 ml.
100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil – I love this oil as an all around multi-tasker. It’s nourishing after skin treatments like masks, peels and scrubs. I like to pat a drop or two under my eyes to soften my dark circles. It’s a great cuticle moisturizer and I use it in my hair. The Ordinary’s Rose Hip Seed Oil can also be used in all of these ways but I like to save that one for my face and neck. I initially thought I didn’t really need the Marula Oil but yup, I love it! Costs $9.90 for 30 ml.
Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA – I love this moisturizer. It melts into my skin like water and is comfortable to wear. I won’t know until July if it’s too heavy for me to wear in the summer but for now, it works great. There’s no fragrance added. It’s oil-free and contains no silicones. Costs $7.70 for 100 ml.
I thought we could be together…
Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% – I’ve read that Alpha Lipoic Acid is far more potent than vitamin C in antioxidant properties. It’s seemingly the perfect anti-aging product. It’s helps with brightness, exfoliation and wrinkles. Unfortunately, this serum causes me sensitivity (sharp pangs in my face) even though I’ve not used it more than twice a week. Plus, considering the other serums and plant oils I’m using on a daily basis, I just don’t need the ALA to achieve great results so I will not be re-purchasing it. I will use it up by applying it to my neck and other areas of my body like my elbows and knees. This serum costs $6.80 for 30 ml.
“Buffet” – I had high hopes for this product but it is actually too strong for my skin causing what looks like sores or burns on my face. The “Buffet” is an anti-aging serum that contains peptides including matrixyl and is meant to smooth out wrinkles. I tried using it on my neck but even topping it with an oil, it dried out my skin. I will not re-purchase. Costs $14.80 for 30 ml.
Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% – I was rooting for this vitamin C product but my skin just didn’t agree with it. I could get beyond the gritty, oily texture and the slight tingling of this product if I only used it at night but it kept making me break out. I don’t believe in the purging phase (where a skincare product makes your skin worse before it makes it better). I’d rather use a pure vitamin c powder and fresh mix it with a moisturizer or serum of my choice. Deciem has announced that it will be launching a pure vitamin C powder under The Ordinary brand. The Vitamin C Suspension costs $5.80 for 30 ml.
So, I hope you’re finding my mini-series of The Ordinary skincare brand products informative. Please remember that everyone’s skin is different so my favorite product could be your worse and something I didn’t like might be your holy grail. Feel free to leave a comment about any of the products you’ve tried.