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The Ordinary Skincare Range
This review may seem long but bear with me, it’s worth it! Both your skin and your purse will be very happy! So make yourself a cup of tea or pour yourself a glass of wine, make yourself comfortable and read on 🙂
It was around midnight on a Sunday night when I was looking for something completely different but typed the word “Ordinary” in to my Google Search Bar and lots of websites came up reviewing a new skin care range that was taking the world by storm. I soon forgot what I was actually looking for and began reading the reviews about The Ordinary Skincare range instead and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some myself. Great products at an amazing price.
The Ordinary is a brand from a Canadian company called DECIEM http://theordinary.com/
They have a store in Covent Garden and Old Spitalfields Market but you can purchase all of their products through their website (delivery worldwide). You can also purchase online through VictoriaHealth.com https://www.victoriahealth.com/ who also offer worldwide shipping and several other online websites.
I wasn’t sure which products to buy and so contacted both Deciem and Victoria Health letting them know my age, skin type and my concerns and both replied within a couple of days suggesting the same products. Good start!
Here’s an extract from the Victoria Health email listing their recommendations for my The Ordinary skincare regime and why:-
“…….Here is a regimen for you listed in the order of use which you may wish to consider.
AM: Buffet; Hyaluronic acid + B5; Caffeine Solution (eyes); Natural Moisturizing Factors
PM: Buffet; Caffeine Solution (eyes); Advanced Retinoid 2%; Rosehip seed oil
Buffet contains peptides which have been shown to help prevent and soften fine lines and wrinkles.
Hyaluronic acid helps hydrate the dermal layer since dehydration is a major cause of inflammation leading to excess oil production in part and dryness in part.
Caffeine Solution around the eyes helps enhance circulation to remove darker pigments and eye puffiness whilst firming eye tissues.
Natural Moisturizing Factors helps to provide surface hydration without clogging pores.
Advanced Retinoid – the gentlest yet effective form to enhance cell turnover and reveal softer, smoother skin.
Rosehip seed oil restores natural lipids in skin to restore elasticity……”
I bought the whole recommended skin care regime, made up of 6 products and the total price came to £53.10 (brilliant price for so many products).
Originally I was going to review the products as soon as they arrived but I think it’s worked out better as I’ve been using all of the products now for over a month and so can give you my review on what’s worked and what hasn’t.
You may think that this seems a lot of products to apply every morning and it will take a long time but it really doesn’t. Cleanse face, apply Buffet to face and neck and Caffeine Solution to eye area (Brush teeth), apply Hyaluronic Acid to face and neck (get dressed), finally Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA…… So you can fit in applying several skincare products very easily, allowing them time to absorb in to your skin before applying the next product.
Buffet by The Ordinary (30ml) – £12.70.
Great! Still using it and continue to do so.
Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG by The Ordinary (30ml) – £5.80.
I never saw any difference to my eye area and I was trying to combat the bags I get so after a month I’ve stopped using this product and will replace with another product.
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 by The Ordinary (30ml) – £5.90
Brillliant! (I was using Dr Sebagh Serum Repair (Hyaluronic Acid) before costing £69 for 20ml before so huge saving!) Feels similar to my previous product and I will definitely continue to use this product.
Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA by The Ordinary (30ml) – £4.90
I didn’t like this at all. It.s a thick white cream and I felt like it was dragging my skin when I was applying it. Stuck to using it for a month but will be changing back to my Estee Lauder Advanced Time Zone Hydrating Gel
After a month I’ve changed the Evening Regime slightly so I firstly apply the new kid on the block….
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution by The Ordinary (240ml) – £6.80.
An exfoliating toner which brightens, tones and helps improve skin texture. Unlike other exfoliating toners I’ve previously used which have made my skin red, this one has been fine, no red and no reactions to it and it’s a toner and exfoliant in one. Will be continuing to use this product.
Advanced Retinoid 2% by The Ordinary (30ml) – £8.00
Again brilliant! Where as other retinoid products have made my skin red, I apply this every evening and have had no redness or other problems. Will definitely be continuing to use this product.
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil by The Ordinary (30ml) – £9.00
Not for me. You apply a few drops to the entire face and neck area but it was literally an oil and I hated the way it sat on the surface of my skin. So I won’t be continuing to use this product.
So I finish my Night Regime after the application of The Ordinary Retinoid 2%.
I don’t know what more I can say then it’s a brilliant skincare range at a brilliant price. It’s saving me money and my skin has never looked better. Apart from 2 products, the others have been cheaper and made my skin look better than the previous more expensive brands I’ve been using. And don’t be put off by the small bottles – I’ve been using them for a month now and the bottles with the products I use the most are still half full. I like the non-frilly packaging too.
I’m about to order one of The Ordinary Vitamin C products for night time – I’ll let you know how I find it.
Prices correct at time of writing post.