Welcome back to Haley’s Beauty Room! I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday and ate tons of delicious food. So for about a week now I have been trying five different products from the brand The Ordinary.
This brand has been all the rage as of late due to the clinical strength products that are sold at an unbelievably low price. The Ordinary is an evolving collection of treatments offering familiar, effective clinical technologies positioned to raise pricing and communication integrity in skincare. The Ordinary is a brand within the company DECIEM, which focuses on advanced functional beauty. The team at DECIEM specializes in materials chemistry and biochemistry.
I think it is very important to mention that all DECIEM products, across all brands including The Ordinary, are free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, benzalkonium chloride, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury, and oxybenzone. They are also completely cruelty free.
Products & Claims
The Ordinary offers a huge range of products spanning across a multitude of skincare concerns. As mentioned, I purchased only five products, as I wanted to try a few items from the brand. The first item I picked up was the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. From the brand:
“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 system is supported with the addition of Vitamin B5 which also enhances surface hydration.”
I then picked up a bottle of their 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil for extra hydration. The oil can be used on the hair and skin, but I mainly use it on my face. The Ordinary says this about the oil:
“Referred to as a “luxury” oil by some, this antioxidant-rich oil is obtained from the kernels of the fruits of Marula tree. It’s mostly composed of oleic acid and linoleic acid but also contains procyanidin, catechins and flavanoids. Marula oil offers antioxidants, hydrates the skin and is claimed to help restore a radiant tone. This formula contains only cold-pressed virgin African Marula oil that is 100% unrefined.”
The third product I got was the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. This nightly toner has amino acids, aloe vera, ginseng, and Tasmanian Pepperberry in it. The Ordinary explains their product as:
“Glycolic Acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. This 7% toning solution offers mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance and visible clarity. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture with continued use.
This formula contains a studied Tasmanian Pepperberry derivative to help reduce irritation associated with acid use. This derivative is of plant origin and varies in colour seasonally and this colour variation may be apparent in the formula from time to time. The formula is further supported with inclusion of ginseng root and aloe vera for both visible radiance and soothing benefits.”
I also snatched up the highly rated AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution. The brand says:
“Alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA) exfoliate the skin’s topmost surface for a brighter and more even appearance. Beta hydroxyl acids (BHA) also exfoliate the skin with an extended function to help clear pore congestion. 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.
This formula contains a studied Tasmanian Pepperberry derivative to help reduce irritation associated with acid use. This derivative is of plant origin and varies in colour seasonally and this colour variation may be apparent in the formula from time to time. This formula is further supported with a crosspolymer form of hyaluronic acid for comfort, Vitamin B5 to assist healing and black carrot as an antioxidant.”
Finally, the last product I purchased was an anti-aging product, because I want to look 25 when I’m 50, was the Buffet Serum. The brand describes this product as:
“This formula combines a comprehensive array of studied technologies to target multiple signs of ageing at once. The technologies are Matrixyl 3,000 peptide complex (with palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7), Matrixyl Synthe’6 peptide complex (with palmitoyl tripeptide-38), Syn-Ake peptide complex (with dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate), Relistase peptide complex (with acetylarginyltryptophyl diphenylglycine), Argirelox peptide complex (with acetyl hexapeptide-8, pentapeptide-18), Probiotic complex (with lactococcus lactis lysate), in a base of 11 skin-friendly amino acids and multiple hyaluronic acid complexes. The total concentration of these technologies in the formula by weight is 25.1%.”
As I mentioned, the pricing on these products is unbelievable. It is probably the biggest factor in what drew me to try this brand. Everything is under 20 USD. That’s right, clinical strength skincare that is all under $20. As someone who has tried very expensive brands and saw little to no results, I had nothing to lose by giving The Ordinary a shot.
You can view all products and prices on The Ordinary’s site, theordinary.com. Below are the prices and sizes of the products that I purchased.
- Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
- 30 ml for 6.80 USD
- 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil
- 30 ml for 9.90 USD
- Buffet Serum
- 30 ml for 14.80 USD
- Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
- 240 ml for 8.70 USD
- AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
- 30 ml for 7.20 USD
Initial Thoughts & Routine
As I have only had these products for about a week, I cannot speak to the long term effects of these items. However, since I received them they have made a terrific difference in the appearance and feel of my skin.
My desert dry and flaky skin is now hydrated and radiant. It is also much smoother and my blackheads have decreased in number. I feel like continued use of these items will keep my skin looking clear and healthy. I am definitely interested in trying other items as well, especially the highly anticipated foundation!
My nighttime skincare routine with these products is as follows:
- Cleanse using my Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cleanser
- Saturate a cotton ball or pad with the Glycolic Toning Solution and sweep all over my face and neck, avoiding the eye are of course
- Take a few drops of the Buffet serum and spread all over my face, including my under eye and eyelid areas
- After the Buffet has dried down, I then take a few drops of the hyaluronic acid serum and spread over the same areas as the Buffet serum
- Once both products have dried down, I take the smallest amount of the Virgin Marula Oil and also spread that over the exact same areas
- After the oil has soaked in to the skin for a few minutes, I follow up with my Clinique All About Eyes Rich eye cream and my Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm
For my morning routine, I follow the exact same steps, I just cut out the Glycolic Toning Solution, as that should only be used once a day, if not less, and only at night. Twice a week at night, and in place of the Glycolic acid, I will put on the AHA + BHA peeling solution, as a deep exfoliating mask. Make sure to not leave that product on for more than 10 minutes.
Using this routine I have noticed great results and I am excited to see what the longterm benefits are. Hopefully in another month or so I can purchase more The Ordinary products to add in my routine. I will definitely update you all with my thoughts and if anything changes.
As of this point, I highly recommend you all to check out this brand and a few products. I think the prices are fabulous and you can’t go wrong with clinical strength items. It makes me feel good that I am not using “watered” down skincare products, that aren’t full strength like they claim to be.
What have you tried from The Ordinary? What are your thoughts or feelings? Let me know in the comments!
Featured image is sourced from DECIEM.