If you are into skincare then you have definitely heard about The Ordinary. A Canadian brand (DECIEM) that definitely reshaped the skincare industry by offering products containing active ingredients, very minimal packaging and super affordable yet high quality. I discovered The Ordinary about 2 years ago, and ever since then I’ve been hooked to it. Many of their products can be find in my skincare cabinet so I decided to share my review on all the products I have tried so far (spoiler alert: I just made a new order, so expect this review to be extended soon)
AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution– this is the first ever product I purchased form The Ordinary and ever since then it is one of my cult skincare products. Containing 30 % alpha-hydroxy acids (glycolic, lactic, tartaric and citric acids) and 2% beta-hydroxy acid (salicylic). As well as hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5 and Tasmanian pepperberry to calm the reduce irritation and provide hydration to the skin and black carrot, which is an antioxidant. This product MUST be used ONLY AT NIGHT, and the following day make sure to wear sunscreen, I personally would not recommend using in the summer months (but it is a personal choice). I use it 1-2 times a week, and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, beware it might sting at first and it will take time for the skin to grow tolerance on this product so start by leaving it on for a few minutes and then work your way up to 20 minutes. After the peel your skin will be super glowy, soft and healthy looking which is honestly surreal. This is probably my favorite The Ordinary product.
Lactic Acid 5% + HA– is a chemical exfoliator, their mildest acid exfoliator. Besides lactic acid it contains Tasmanian pepperberry that helps reduce irritation. Lactic acid is an AHA but much gentler and more hydrating than glycolic acid. I never used lactic acid so I went for this formula and next I will move up to the 10% one. I use it 2-3 times a week in my PM routine, only on my t-zone. I haven’t noticed a drastic difference, probably due to the fact that my skin is used to stronger chemical exfoliators, however for summer time, when I avoid doing a lot of exfoliating and peels this one is great.
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5– is probably one of the most affordable hyaluronic serums out there that it is also great quality. Great for hydrating and plumping the skin. Hyaluron is most famous for hydrating the skin, setting up a moisture barrier and reducing fine lines. It also contains vitamin B5 that is anti-inflamatory. I use this every other day in my routines (sometimes AM sometimes PM depending on my skin situation), but there is no harm in using it everyday even twice a day. You apply it on damp skin, and to have the best effect lock it with a moisturizer. The only thing that I don’t like is that the texture is kinda sticky and it takes some time to absorb, apart from that I love it.
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%– meant to balance the sebum activity and reduce the appearances of blemishes and breakouts. Quite a high percentage of niacinamide for a wide market usage. I like that it contains Zinc (which is a natural SPF protector). However, I am not that amazed with the product. The texture is very sticky (and it didn’t use to be), and honestly I didn’t see that big of a difference on my skin and I used it every day for at least 5-6 months.
100% Niacinamide Powder– I was very excited for this product (by the fact that their vitamin C powder is so highly rated). Unfortunately, I found this product very unpractical to use, when mixing with water most of it goes away…I tried mixing it with hyaluronic acid, mixes a lot better but it’s very thick when applied on the skin and leaves this barely visible but still there white layer. So I will definitely go back to upper niacinamide.
Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG– reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles. There are some studies that show that caffeine improves circulation and might reduce puffiness and dark circles. However, in my case it didn’t do much for the dark under eye circles, to some extent it does reduce puffiness. But, when it comes to dark circles products with peptides and vitamin C do a better job, at least for me.
High-Adherence Silicone Primer-this is probably one of the cheapest primers out there, I bought it because of the price and I needed a primer and didn’t feel like splurging money on it. But I was very satisfied with this product, it looks thick however when you apply it it’s very light weight, it smoothes out the skin and it is a great base. Foundation and concealer look fine even after a whole day of wearing them.
Hope this review helps with your next The Ordinary purchase, I get my products either in store from Deciem or their online shop and/or Beauty Bay. In conclusion, I love this brand, love their formulations, products and packaging. When comparing price to value I think they are more than equal. I will keep updating this list as I purchase new products.