Being a beauty blogger does have it’s advantages. For example, a delivery of the brand new products from Deciem brand, The Ordinary. These landed around 12 months ago, and were very quiet up until recently. It’s only been until now where I’ve remembered to get get them on the blog and although I’ve had them for a year, it’s not to say that the products sat untouched for 12 months, oh no. They were used, and used so much that I’ve repurchased them. A sign of a good brand? Indeed, and especially when I get through so much skincare that repurchases are quite rare. I’m happy to say that The Ordinary have hit the levels of superior-ness. I only wish that I’d been able to bring these to you sooner because they are mid hype right now, and getting hold of the full range is pretty tricky.
A bit of background into Deciem, if you weren’t already aware, but they create brands that are about the functional science. Many brands offer ‘groundbreaking’ ingredients with a hefty price tag, whilst the Deciem brand brings these to people with integrity, an honesty and treatments that actually work. The treatments include vitamins, retinoids, acids, molecules, oils and hydrators. It’s a great way to be able to build your own personal skincare routine, however care must be taken as some products shouldn’t be used together. All this, and the most expensive product is £13. This is a wondrous thing if you are into your skin care. My concerns are hydration, slight blemishes and keeping an eye on my skin for ageing. I have put together three of The Ordinary skincare products for a personal plan to help my skin to stay at it’s best, and I do use these along side other products.
First of all, my routine wouldn’t be complete intense hydration in the form of Hyaluronic Acid. As we know, Hyaluronic Acid can attract up to 1000 times its weight in water. Good news for dehydrated skin, as the formulation of low, medium and high molecules of Hyaluronic Acid and a concentration of 2% Hyaluronic Acid means that it goes deep into the skin. The Vitamin B5 also helps with surface hydration and getting the different weights of molecules at multi levels into the skin. The overall effect is plumped skin with great surface hydration and after time goes on, the difference in the skin is quite apparent. Under eyes and tops of the cheeks, and across my jaw line have been my bad areas for dehydration and I don’t really have to worry about them anymore because of how selective I am with the products I use. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 30ml is just £5.90, and it’s also suitable for vegans.
Whilst being sat at home day in, day out, I find that I keep reaching for the junk food instead of being good. Of course, too much junk food is bad for the skin and the occasional blemish does happen. To keep on top of this, I like to use The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, 30ml £5. Niacinamide is a totally new name for me, and I was a bit unsure of what I was supposed to use it for. The high concentration of Niacinamide helps to balance sebum production, so whilst I have been using it, I’ve found that my t-zone areas where I have usually been a lot oilier in the past, have settled into a more controlled and balanced state. I do usually find that each morning after the night before I have used Niacinamide, that my pores seem less congested and the gunk has moved its way to the surface of my skin, leaving clearer skin. It’s a bit gross, but also very very satisfying to see that my pores are emptying without having to do anything more strenuous than smooth some serum across the face. Niacinamide does have contraindictions with Vitamin C so please check the website to see how to balance your products.
The final product from The Ordinary that I absolutely love is ‘Buffet’. Named after how some brands used the collection of expensive formulas and likened it to a buffet table, The Ordinary have taken the best formulas in anti ageing and combined then to make 25.1% concentrate. The Ordinary ‘Buffet’ 30ml is £13, and although it’s wayyyy to complicated to explain what is in it, what I can tell you is that is makes your skin look fresher, and younger. I find that it does bobble on the skin, especially when you rub your face and it feels like a really fine layer of face mask when I apply it. It’s slightly heavier than a serum but not as thick as a gel. It’s a weird consistency but it feels so good on the skin and I love to see the natural glow that I have when I wake up in the morning. It does contain Hyaluronic Acid so I don’t tend to use them both together, but it still gives a good hydration to my skin.
I’m really getting quite set in my ways when it comes to skincare now. I think I really must start to try new things, as I don’t want to start becoming immune to all these formulations. I am really tempted to get The Ordinary AHA 30% Peeling Solution as I’m really intrigued by it. In fact, at the prices they come in at, I may as well pick up a few!