Recently, a colleague of mine asked if I had heard of The Ordinary. Which, I hadn’t. She is equally passionate about skincare as I am, and is coming from a more mature age perspective, so I trust her judgement. The Ordinary is now taking over the beauty community, and for a good reason. Can you say, “wonder serums that are cheap as fuck”? The Ordinary is a line under DECIEM, “The Abnormal Beauty Company”, and it combines amazing anti-aging ingredients with exquisite design and unnaturally low prices. I ordered a sampling of some products, and I’m here to give you The Ordinary Skincare first impressions.
The Ordinary Skincare First Impressions
Before diving in head first, I figured- better start small. I ordered 3 different serums; Hyaluronic Acid 2% +B5, Advanced Retinoid 2% and “Buffet” Peptide Serum. These were all recommendations of my friend, reviews I had researched. I was particularly focused on solutions to my chronically dry skin, and I’m still patiently waiting on the restock of 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil – (hi, 10$ vs. Drunk Elephant 72$). The company replied on my IG and said the quality of Marula is dependent on the weather, hence their OOS, but they foresee a restock early this month. The products all boast vegan and cruelty-free which is dope, and these 3 choices cost me a whopping $31.40 including tax!
My Regimen and Routine
-As directed, I use a few drops of the Advanced Retinoid nightly after washing my face, followed by the Buffet. They also recommend using an SPF daily in conjunction with the Retinoid, which, duh- you should be doing anyway. I then use the Hyaluronic Acid in the morning with my moisturizer.
Advanced Retinoid 2% is a white, runny liquid with little to no scent. It only takes a few drops and spreads smoothly and evenly over my skin. I focus my application with fingers in my “aging” spots; under the eyes, around my mouth and middle of my forehead. This seems to be helping with fine lines and discoloration a bit as well. The remainder spreads to the rest of my face easily before drying. The bottle is different, a brown glass which states “UV Protective Packaging”.
Without getting all scientific, this is a blend of 2 different retinoids, which fight signs of aging without the effects of irritation from direct skin application. This is not a product recommended for acne prone skin, and should always be used with sun protection. I have to admit it’s a little confusing that the site explains all the reasons that retinol is bad for skin, yet then promotes their formula. It does however have a seemingly high concentration of the good stuff, and for such a great price point at $9.80, I approve.
Hyaluronic Acid 2% – miracle for dry skin?
I first starting using a Hyaluronic Acid when I purchased Glossier’s Super Bounce. Super Bounce is 28$ for .5 ounces, versus The Ordinary’s 6.80$ for 1 whole ounce. At the time of my using Super Bounce, I didn’t think I saw much of a difference in my skin- that is, until I stopped using it. When I ran out, my skin went through a serious phase of intense dryness. I’m talking, flaking off and chapped disgusting skin around my nose and chin. This could be a series of things, traveling, high altitude, dehydration. But for sure the one thing I took out of my routine was Hyaluronic Acid, and I think that is the key to my skin woes.
Allegedly, Hyaluronic Acid “can attract up to 1,000 times it’s weight in water” hence it’s ability to hydrate your skin. What it needs though, is a partnership with moisturizer- the molecules of HA are too big to actually penetrate your skin, instead they rest on the surface, keeping it seemingly moist. But this, can in-turn suck the internal moisture out. The Ordinary’s HA is a pure, vegan, hydration formula blended with 3 forms and Vitamin B5 to keep this from occurring.
Verdict: Positive. The formula is perfect, easy to apply, scentless and leaves skin with a plump, calmed appearance. I find this also to be a great base for starting my makeup for the day!
Super Bounce Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Biosaccharide Gum-2, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Caprylyl Glycol, Peg-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Polysorbate 80, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Octyldodecanol, Isohexadecane, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.
“Buffet” Multi-Technology Peptide Serum
“Buffet” is a formula concocted to fight all signs of aging, with a multi-faceted blend of a bunch of chemicals I can’t pronounce, probiotics and 11-amino acids. The “good stuff” is a concentration of 25.1% in the blend, which is pretty dense and potent. Buffet claims to be suitable for all skin types, and it gentle and scentless as well. I apply this after my Retanoid, and it leaves me with a supple, slightly sticky but not greasy goodness to my skin. This hydrates and nourishes my face, and I can see a definite improvement in my texture and evenness of skin tone. A bit higher of a price point, but nothing to break the bank at $14.80, this is a great moisturizing option for nighttime.
All in all, yes I abso-freakin-lutely approve and recommend The Ordinary. I will be ordering more, so look out for the updated reviews on Rosehip Oil & Marula comparison. These were my The Ordinary Skincare first impressions, and they did not disappoint! If you have any other questions, let me know. Have you tried anything from The Ordinary or DECIEM? Do tell your recs!!