If you read my recent post on an excellent silicone primer then you’ll know that recently I’ve discovered The Ordinary. Not heard of the brand? Well, it was created by Deciem who have also created the likes of NIOD and Hylamide. The difference between The Ordinary and these brands is the prices of each product. The most affordable product from the brand is just £3.90. The reason why the products are cheap is not to do with poor ingredients. They are affordable because they use compounds that are in demand. The brand then splits them across their products. They also keep their margins low meaning that consumers can experience great products without paying an arm and a leg.
Now when it comes to the range it can be a little confusing trying to find out what products to buy for certain skin types. However, from doing a little online research I decided to put three products to the test. In terms of my skin, I suffer from dehydration particularly on my forehead and on my cheeks. Following The Ordinary’s dehydration regime I purchased three products.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
The first product I purchased was The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. This is a Water Solution that you apply before cream and oils. I use this product both in the morning and at night as the first step in my routine, after I’ve cleansed of course. Now when it comes to Hyaluronic Acid it can apparently attract 1,000 times its weight in water. It is found in the skin naturally but its function is not to hydrate the skin. The Ordinary state that many products on the market claim it will hydrate the skin. However, this is not true as the molecule is too big to penetrate the skin.
The formula offered by the brand offers three forms of Hyaluronic Acid with varying molecular weights as well as a Hyaluronic Acid cross polymer. This offers multi-depth hydration and visible plumping without drawing water out of the skin solely to improve temporary surface. I personally use a couple of drops and I am left with a slightly plumped up and glowy appearance. This is particularly good in the morning when I want my skin to appear healthier and more awake. As for the price, a bottle of the affordable Hyaluronic Acid will set you back just £5.90 for 30ml. The texture is slightly thicker than a normal liquid but absorbs fairly quickly and feels good on the skin.
The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane
The second product I purchased was The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane. This is an “oil” that you apply to the skin after you’ve applied water solutions. I use this on an evening as the second step after I’ve applied my Hyaluronic Acid. Much like HA, Squalane also is found naturally in the skin. It prevents hydration loss which in turn improves the skin’s suppleness. Squalane is great for all skin types as it is non-comedogenic. It can even be applied to the hair to add shine and decrease breakage potential.
Like previously stated I apply a couple of drops of Squalane to my skin on an evening. A bottle of the affordable Squalane will set you back a mere £5.50 for 30ml which is pretty impressive. The texture is a little runnier than the Hyaluronic Acid and takes a little longer to absorb. However, as I apply this on an evening right before bed I don’t mind at all. The product feels ever so slightly greasy and gives the skin a shiny appearance but in the morning my skin feels great.
The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA
The final product from the brand that I’ve been trying out has been The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA. This is an emulsion and should be applied as the last step before applying primer. I use this product in the morning after I’ve applied my Hyaluronic Acid. This product contains things like 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.
When applied to the skin it just adds a boost of hydration which can be felt immediately. The creamy textured product is not greasy in the slightest and sinks nicely into the skin. The only thing I will say is that when first applied it does give my face a slight white cast. However, this does go away as the product absorbs into the skin. A tube of the affordable NMF emulsion will set you back £4.90 for 30ml which is a great deal as you only need a small amount with each use.
Has my skin improved after using The Ordinary skincare?
I’ve been using this small range of products for just under a month now. I’ve tried many affordable skin care products but none have impressed me quite as much as these three from The Ordinary. Since I began using these products there is no denying that my dehydrated areas have improved. They’re still there but they appear and feel a lot better which I am over the moon with. My skin just looks so much more hydrated, supple and healthier.
Despite using these products religiously for almost a month the bottles are still pretty full. At £16.30 for the lot, I seriously urge those who have the same skin concerns as me but perhaps don’t want to spend a fortune on complicated and pricey products to check The Ordinary out. I’m not saying the brand makes absolutely amazing products that will make your skin concerns disappear over night. However, out of all the affordable skincare products on the market, I for one think The Ordinary products are truly the best. I will most definitely continue using my selection of products and cannot wait to see how my skin has improved after another month or two of use.
Have you tried any products from affordable skincare the brand? What did you think?