I had an email arrive this week celebrating the one year anniversary of The Ordinary skincare, which made me think now might be a good time to write my thoughts on the range. I was very late in the game with jumping on The Ordinary hype, but in the relatively short space of time I’ve been using their skincare I’ve converted quite a few other people onto using them, which I guess is testament to how effective the products have been!
The biggest selling point of The Ordinary is that they are a no nonsense, no frills, affordable skincare range which allows you to create your own bespoke skincare regimen. Each tiny glass bottle begins at an incredibly affordable £7.
The products I purchased from The Ordinary were:
I will begin this by stating ALL the products are good. However the products that I feel contributed to the largest difference in my skin was without a doubt The Ordinary Argireline Solution 10%, The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil and The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution.
Argireline is an ingredient touted as botox in a bottle! So essentially you apply to any areas you might consider having botox. Whilst admittedly I don’t have any noticeable wrinkles, for perhaps the last ten years I have felt a small crease between my brows. A slight formation of a baby line. It was so minor, very much in its early stages, but I would often bizarrely stroke it at times of stress, feeling the groove where it dipped in (really odd behaviour, I know). After three months of using The Ordinary Argireline Solution 10% on that area, twice a day, I can no longer feel that groove. The area is plump and smooth. All signs of that baby wrinkle have diminished! I will never stop using this product!
My second favourite product is The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil. It’s hard to know exactly how my skin has benefitted from this oil as opposed to another of their oils, but I use it after the serums at night time before bed, and my skin is smooth and hydrated by morning. It just really is a lovely, nourishing treatment for dry, dehydrated skin. Rosehip has calming and healing properties which help reduce inflammation, making this ideal for irritated skin – especially good after use of the product below! Of The Ordinary facial oils, this one is targeted for anti ageing purposes.
The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution is a tricky one for me. It’s essentially an incredibly strong chemical peel, and I’m not 100% sure I’m sold on the results but I like using it once a week, and find the slight stinging sensation rather satisfying. I do worry that it’s probably quite dangerous for the skin long term, due to skin increased sensitivity to sun exposure, but at the moment I’m throwing caution to the wind and continuing with it! My skin is very bright afterwards, and I think the effects are accumulative so with time results will become better and better, but at the moment I’m not finding the results drastically different than any other chemical exfoliator I’ve used. Plus the panic of accidental sun exposure before you had a chance to put on your daily SPF is a constant and frequent worry, which isn’t great. But overall, for the price, I’d recommend.
This is the only product out of all the others that I frequently use all over my face and neck, including eye area. It’s really difficult to try and pinpoint how this has helped my skin, but considering it’s the only serum product I use all over, every day – sometimes twice a day – I have to assume it has contributed to the overall smoothness and tautness of my skin. Lots of people in the last few months have commented on how I don’t appear to have any lines or wrinkles, so I guess this has played a part!
A product aimed at hyper pigmentation – I’m pretty sure it works, I only use it at night time, but I still have a couple of pigmentation freckles that it hasn’t managed to remove (yet!) so the jury is still out on whether I recommend it.
Would I repurchase?
If I was to make another order, which I am about to do as I have finally emptied one bottle! Having learnt better how each product works and its target area, I would make a few minor changes to what I initially ordered. I would skip purchasing the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 (which I haven’t gone in to detail about here because I haven’t really got an opinion on it) simply because after applying my anti wrinkle products such Matrixyl and so on, I felt using this as well was just too much for my skin, leaving it feeling tacky. I find one serum is enough for me, otherwise my skin feels overloaded. I would still purchase The Ordinary Argireline Solution 10% (ofc!), The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil, The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA Peeling Solution, but I would switch the Matrixyl for The Buffet serum – just because I’ve read rave reviews about this Buffet product and feel it’s something to be used instead of another anti-ageing serum, not alongside. I would also like to try another oil, perhaps the Marula Oil, just to see if I’m as impressed with it as I was the Rose Hip Seed Oil.
When I consistently use these products, my skin looks great. And one pesky wrinkle has even disappeared! Which is pretty damn impressive for a budget priced skincare range.
You can buy the complete The Ordinary range directly from their website, or you can do what I do and pick bits and pieces up as and when needed via ASOS (as I have a premier account and get free next day deliveries, so it’s very easy to buy one or two products).
What are your favourite products from The Ordinary? Anything you think I should add to my list?