Wednesday, 18 October 2017

My Guide to The Ordinary-Hits and Misses

I've written about The Ordinary before and how much I have embraced this ridiculously affordable, results driven, scientific, skincare range which has really kicked the higher end beauty market up the backside. And about time too. Why should looking after your skin and treating it to quality ingredients that actually work only be for the rich?

I've been using lots of different products from The Ordinary for a while now and so can give you my honest thoughts. I have to say my thoughts on some items have changed and maybe I got swept up in the hype of this range, and the long waiting lists but overall, for your and my money, I still love the concept and range and will continue to try out new serums and acids.
(I've included information from The Ordinary website on the individual skincare products in italics below).
Coverage Foundation and Serum Foundation
I've tried both the lighter coverage (more like a BB cream) Serum Foundation and the Coverage Foundation, which is a thicker medium coverage. The Serum was great in the summer and when I still had a bit of tan on my face, it doesn't feel heavy and doesn't sit in a lines or crevices.
The Coverage Foundation is a slightly thicker consistency and gives a fuller coverage. Although it sits nicely on my skin, this is the second shade I've tried (this one after being colour matched in store) and it definitely oxidates on me as the day goes on. Oxidation is when a product reacts with oxygen and with foundations, when oxidation happens, the shade goes darker, almost orangey. And this is what has happened with the Coverage foundation for me. So although everyone has raved about this, particular because of its bargain price, and I loved it at first, it's now a miss.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha Lipoic Acid is a highly potent antioxidant and can restore a renewed skin appearance, improving visible skin texture and tone when applied topically. This formulation uses an exceptionally high 5% concentration of high-purity Alpha Lipoic Acid. 
This is a serum to "brighten and target signs of age". As this is highly concentrated, you should only use it 2-3 times a week. Well firstly, I keep forgetting to apply it. I'm not very good with 2-3 times a week things. All or nothing or it falls off my radar. Can't say I've seen any significant difference to my skin. But maybe I need to use it consistently. Can't justify as a miss but I personally won't be repurchasing.

AHA + BHA Peeling Solution
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. 
I've already written about this acid mask in my recent Making and Faking Glowing Skin post. It works, I love it, I will not be without it. 

Glycolic Acid Toning Solution
I really like this. I've been using glycolic as a toner step and to exfoliate for a while now. I used a couple of different brands but this affordable and large sized bottle is my favourite by far and I kid you not, on first use I could see my skin glowing.
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. 
Azelaic Acid Suspension
This is another acid but in a cream solution. It's easy to use - twice a day under moisturiser. The aim of the Azelaic Acid is to brighten and improve skin texture and help to clear spots and blemishes. This is a nice to have/princess product. I like how it feels, it's not heavy or tacky on my skin but again I'm not sure it brings anything extra to the table. It's one of those products I like using but I'm not sure why. So it's a hit but not an essential hit.
Found in grains, Azelaic Acid is produced naturally by yeast that lives on normal skin. It brightens the skin tone while visibly improving the evenness of skin texture and reducing the look of blemishes. It is a multi-functional support ingredient for all skin types and also acts as an effective antioxidant. This formula offers a very high 10% concentration of high-purity Azelaic Acid in a lightweight cream-gel system.

High-Adherence Silicone Primer
This primer is targeted at those of us with oily/combination skin. But I don't rate it, for my skin anyway. And for the past few days, I've stopped using it and my skin has been less shiny and looks slightly better, even at the end of the day, without it. Maybe this is due to the time of the year/change in weather or that I'm consciously trying not to overload my skin. Miss.
This formula uses advanced adaptive silicones to act as a matte, hydrating, blurring primer for makeup that looks higher in definition and adheres for longer. The formula can also be used alone as a non-greasy hydrator that reduces the looks of pores and of imperfections. 

Vitamin C Suspension
I've read so many articles about how Vitamin C is a proven ingredient in reversing/slowing down signs of anti-ageing. But I really didn't get on with this. The texture is very gritty and oily and then I got quite a few spots each time I used it. So for me, it's a miss as my skin just didn't like it.
Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant and its pure form of L-Ascorbic Acid has been shown to reverse multiple signs of skin ageing while brightening the skin when applied topically. This water-free, silicone-free formula provides 23% pure L-Ascorbic Acid which remains completely stable due to the absence of water. The system is supported with addition of dehydrated spheres of Hyaluronic Acid to offer visible surface smoothing alongside the benefits of Vitamin C. This treatment is ideally applied at bedtime.
Hyaluronic Acid
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.
Says it all really doesn't it? Why would you not want to use hyaluronic acid, twice a day, every day. This formula is light, non sticky and soaks in quickly. Hit.

Salicylic Acid
Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. This 2% treatment solution helps exfoliate the inside walls of pores to fight the appearance of blemishes and for better visible skin clarity with continued use. 
I've been using Sudocrem on spots for years and it works - put some on at bedtime, wake up the next morning and no spot. Salicyclic acid is the ingredient for spots and blemishes and this clear serum can be applied for day wear, and without the tell tale white thick cream you get with Sudocrem. This works well, clears spots and now and then I will apply all over for a pore clearing treatment. Hit.

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. A high 10% concentration of this vitamin is supported in the formula by zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid to balance visible aspects of sebum activity.
This sounds like a wonder product and I've read a few rave reviews from people who have seen great results with this. For me, not so much. No adverse reaction but just not enough of a significant improvement to my skin to want to re-purchase.
Advanced Retinoid
This water-free solution contains 0.2% pure Retinol, an ingredient that can reduce the appearances of fine lines, of photo damage and of general skin ageing. While Retinol has been studied extensively, it is irritating to the skin and newer technologies exist that mimic the visible effects of Retinol without causing skin irritation.

Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
This formulation uses 100% pure Rosehip Seed Oil that is both cold-pressed and organic. Rosehip Seed Oil is rich in linoleic acid, linolenic acid and pro-vitamin A, all of which degrade when the oil extraction process involves heat. While cold-pressed extraction is complex, it preserves all of the quality of this important oil which has been shown to reduce signs of photo-ageing and many other skin conditions

These two are my dream duo. Most nights I will apply the Retinoid (does not irritate or peel like some Retinoids you may have read about) and then follow by patting on the Rose Hip oil. I wake up with clear, hydrated and fresher looking skin. This Advanced Retinoid solution is a great entry level product if you want something to specifically target ageing skin.

So those are the products I've been using from The Ordinary. These reviews are for my skin so you may find something that doesn't work for me, is a wonder serum for you. Do enjoy The Ordinary, it's a brand that is bringing scientific skincare to us mere mortals.

Some of these items were kindly gifted to me from The Ordinary. xx


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