My 5 favourite products from the Ordinary Skincare

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 London, UK

Unless you've been living under a rock these past few months, you will have heard about the phenomenon that is the Ordinary Skincare. The Ordinary has (and excuse my language here) quite literally, shat all over any other skincare brand on the market at the moment, purely for its offering of groundbreaking, clinical-like products, with skin-changing ingredients at ridiculously affordable prices.

I have to actually give my friend the credit for this one, as she introduced me to the line long before it stormed the beauty & blogging industry, and on her recommendation (and a big old google search on the each of the products) I made my first pretty hefty order. See below

A bit more about the brand:

The Ordinary is an evolving collection of treatments offering familiar, effective clinical technologies positioned to raise pricing and communication integrity in skincare. The brand was created to celebrate integrity in its most humble and true form. Its offering is pioneering, not in the familiar technologies it uses, but in its honesty and integrity. The Ordinary is born to disallow commodity to be disguised as ingenuity. The Ordinary is "Clinical formulations with integrity".

The Ordinary is a brand from DECIEM. We are an umbrella of brands focused on advanced functional beauty. Our team is specialized in materials chemistry and biochemistry, and we have brought pioneering innovation in skincare through our core brands, Hylamide and NIOD.

DECIEM does not test on animals and does not pay others to do so. For this reason, none of our brands are sold in mainland China since such sales require animal testing for registration purposes.

My 5 Faves:

1. Natural moisturisng factors & HA

What is it & what does it do?
Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF) are elements that keep the outer layer of the skin protected and well-hydrated. NMF are made up of multiple amino acids, fatty acids, triglycerides, urea, ceramides, phospholipids, glycerin, saccharides, sodium PCA, hyaluronic acid and many other compounds that are naturally present in the skin. This formula offers non-greasy hydration that acts as a direct topical supplement of impaired NMF components. It offers immediate hydration and lasting results with continued use.

My thoughts:
This moisturiser doesn’t have any flashiness to it, it doesn’t anti-age or minimize pores, but it does what it’s supposed to do REALLY well – and that’s moisturise. It has a thicker consistency, yet goes onto the skin really nicely and doesn’t feel sticky at all. It’s also a great base for makeup as I find it gives your skin a lovely dewy and healthy look and doesn’t feel tight or dry at all.

2.  AHA 30% & BHA 2% Peeling solution

What is it & what does it do?
With 30% Alpha Hydroxyl Acid, the AHA peel exfoliate the skin's topmost surface for a brighter and more even appearance. This combined 32% AHA/BHA solution offers deeper exfoliation to help fight visible blemishes and for improved skin radiance. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture and reduces the look of fine lines with continued use. 

My thoughts: 
This product is bloody amazing, as an acidic facial peel it is not for the faint-hearted (or those with sensitive skin) It goes on like actual blood, and tingles a little once first applied, but I like that as you can feel it working. Once taken off your skin looks and feels squeaky clean and it really does feel as though it’s taken a layer of your dead skin cells off.

3. Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

What is it & what does it do?
Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. This 2% treatment solution helps exfoliate the inside walls of pores to fight the appearance of blemishes and for better visible skin clarity with continued use. 

My thoughts: 
This product is supposed to target problem skin such as clogged pores and acne, and it is probably one of the only products I've ever found that actually does this. I know many others that swear by this genius product also, you should use it sparingly as it is quite a strong acid, so I tend to mainly dot it on my problem areas of an evening a few times a week when I feel I need it.

4. Hyaluronic acid

What is it & what does it do?
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) can attract up to 1,000 times its weight in water. The molecular size of HA determines its depth of delivery in the skin. This formulation combines low-, medium- and high-molecular weight HA, as well as a next-generation HA crosspolymer at a combined concentration of 2% for multi-depth hydration. This formula uses three forms of HA with varying molecular weights, as well as an HA crosspolymer, to offer multi-depth hydration and visible plumping without drawing water out of the skin solely to improve temporary surface hydration.

My thoughts: 
I absolutely swear by this product. With Hyaluronic acid being everywhere ATM it was no surprise that I jumped on the bandwagon, it really just hydrates and leaves your skin feeling and looking so supple and plump – and for the price its an absolute gem of a product.

5. 100% Cold pressed rose-hip oil 

What is it & what does it do?
This formulation uses 100% pure Rosehip Seed Oil that is both cold-pressed and organic. Rosehip Seed Oil is rich in linoleic acid, linolenic acid and pro-vitamin A, all of which degrade when the oil extraction process involves heat. While cold-pressed extraction is complex, it preserves all of the quality of this important oil which has been shown to reduce signs of photo-ageing and many other skin conditions. 

My thoughts:
Rose-hip oil is something I’ve always used on my skin for the last few years – its just a really great way to naturally re-hydrate the skin and target ageing. Using an oil on your skin at night every now and again really just gives it the nutrients it needs to remain youthful and glowing. This stuff is probably the best and cheapest I’ve used so far, and the fact its 100% pressed is so amazing.

You can order The Ordinary products here

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