The Ordinary skincare seems to have taken the blogging world by storm. Everyone is raving about their products, not only because of the low prices but also because they actually work! So I decided to give a couple of them a go and see how I get on with them. There are so many serums to choose from, it can be really hard to know where to start. But I did some research first and finally decided on what I wanted to buy.
This was the first The Ordinary product that landed in my skincare collection. I was actually lucky enough to win this in one of Heather’s giveaways (of Beauty and Nothingness). I had seen it floating around in a few blog reviews but hadn’t actually tried it for myself, so was excited to give it a go.
Containing Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid, it helps to fight dryness – which I am all for with all these dry patches popping up around my nose at the moment (curse you hayfever!). The essential amino and fatty acids help to revitalise the lipid layer of the skin. The lipid layer is vital for maintaining a protective barrier to retain water for hydration. Other ingredients include a blend of phospholipids, triglycerides and saccharides that help ensure your skin stays extra smooth and supple.
The texture of the cream is a little bit weird. It doesn’t look smooth but it definitely applies smooth – it sort of looks a bit curdled (sorry, sounds gross!). But when it comes to applying it to the face, it rubs in really well and just sort of sinks into the skin. It does take a little more work rubbing in than other moisturisers I have used in the past, but it seems to leave my skin smooth after so I’m happy. I can’t wait to see the results after using it for a little while longer.
I’ve also seen on a few blogs that this moisturiser makes a great primer as it leaves your skin feeling a teeny bit tacky after application. This isn’t a bad thing at all, as it isn’t really tacky. It just sort of feels freshly moisturised but in a non-greasy way. I haven’t actually tried it as a primer yet, but will definitely report back!
I am in a constant battle with my skin. It seems that no matter what I do or don’t do, my skin just breaks out and it is such a pain! So when I read Hannah from Hannah Heart’s blog post on it, I knew I had to give it a go.
For those of you that haven’t come across this before, The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution is a concentrated treatment that helps to reduce blemishes giving you a much clearer complexion (can you see why I am totally sold by this product?!). Perfect for oily and congested skin, it uses a pH balanced formula to help exfoliate the interior wall of cells. This basically means that it helps to unclog your pores and get rid of any yucky impurities that cause acne. It also contains a drop of Witch Hazel to reduce redness and help minimise any pain.
It is recommended that you use this both morning and evening as a blemish treatment. It can either be applied directly onto problem areas or over the entire face. As my face is basically one big problem at the moment, I have been going for the latter. It applies sort of like a thicker serum, as it isn’t as runny. But it applies easily and soaks into the skin in a few seconds. I am very, very excited to return back with some thoughts of the results of this. Fingers crossed it clears up my skin!
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution – £6.80
Okay, so I haven’t actually managed to get my hands on this yet as it is sold out absolutely everywhere. But when it comes back instock, I will be on it. I wanted to mention this after reading a number of reviews on it that compared it to the Pixi Glow Tonic. The Pixi Glow Tonic is without a doubt one of my absolute favourite skincare products. The only downside of it is that it costs £18 a bottle, and me being a bit of a stinge, I cry a little every time I have to buy a new bottle… But when I saw that The Ordinary had released a dupe, I knew I had to give it a go for myself, especially at only £6.80 a bottle! So when I finally do get my hands on a bottle of this, I will be a doing a full on comparison of the two.
UPDATE: Have a read of my post on The Pixi Glow Tonic vs. The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution so see what I thought of the two compared…
Have you tried any products from The Ordinary? What are your favourites?