When it comes to beauty, skin care is something I have absolutely no qualms about splashing out on. I think that normally, you pay for quality ingredients and products that are more effective. So when Deciem (the brains behind Hylamide – a brand I know and love) released over twenty new products under the name ‘The Ordinary’, I had to get in on the action. The company’s tag line is ‘Clinical Formulations With Integrity’; one glance at the product list and you can spot all of the important active ingredients, and one glance at the price list will have you picking your jaw up from the floor. Seriously, The Ordinary offer their lotions and potions from as little as £4.00, making quality skin care affordable for the masses. I was sent a selection of their line up from the babes over at ASOS Beauty, and have been testing them out for just over a month now. Spoiler alert, I love it all…but here’s the low down on the brand which is anything but Ordinary.
I thought I’d start off with the ‘easy’ product because we all know what a primer is, as opposed to an Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution for example, but more on that later. I use this as the last step in my skin care regime in the mornings; it smoothes out the surface of my skin to allow for flawless application of make up. The texture is quite gloopy with it being silicone based, so if you don’t like that kind of thing this isn’t the one for you. Personally, I don’t mind it but tend to use it for evenings out or special occasions during the summer months (I prefer something a bit lighter such as the Too Faced Hang Over Primer for day-to-day use). For a silicone primer, it feels light-weight on the skin, glides on almost like a serum and leaves you with a beautiful dewy finish. A layer of this will avoid foundation and concealer settling into fine lines or clinging to dry skin, and it really does keep your make up on your face for a lot longer. An absolute steal at the price, when compared to the likes of Benefit or Smashbox, so you can prime to perfection every single day without an ounce of guilt.
So the skin care is where you have to start doing your research with The Ordinary. The brand offer very little in terms of simplistic explanation as to the actual benefits of each product, and the names can be particularly mind-boggling (just take a look at the next paragraph for a prime example). So unless you know your lactic’s from your salicylic’s, or your Vitamin C from your Vitamin F; be prepared to do your homework. It’s all about knowing your skin and what works best for you, but once you find your match…wow. My face loves lactic acid. A chemical exfoliator, it helps to improve the texture of your skin, targets fine lines and even sun damage when applied topically. This offers a ‘mild’ exfoliation, but if you’re new to acids I would definitely recommend going in with the gentler 5% version of this product. My skin seems to be able to take whatever I throw at it, so I haven’t experienced much peeling or irritation, perhaps due in part to the inclusion of Tasmanian pepperberry (to counteract the potential inflammation) and Hyaluronic Acid (to soothe the skin with a moisture boost). I have been applying this three evenings a week, after cleansing, and have definitely seen a big improvement. My complexion looks naturally clearer and even a little smoother too. I think acids should be an essential part of everyone’s skin care routine, and if you put in the time finding out which one suits you the best, you’ll find the right one for you within this range. One word of warning though – always wear your SPF when you’re using acid treatments as they increase your skins sensitivity.
What on earth is this? How do I use it? How do I even pronounce it? Just a couple of questions that came to mind when this little beauty landed on my doorstep. Let me make it pretty simple; this is basically a beautiful face oil which brightens up your complexion. I am never going to be able to pronounce it, so from here on in it will be known as ‘that Vitamin F face oil’. And while we’re at it…what is Vitamin F? It is, in fact, not a vitamin at all, but rather a name used to represent essential fatty acids. Confusing, right? Enough of the complicated stuff already, because this oil packs a punch of Vitamin C, in the form of Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, which is one of the most hyped ingredients in skin care at the moment. It is an antioxidant, enhances natural radiance and tackles the dreaded signs of ageing. In this form, the Vitamin C is in one of its most stable derivatives, meaning it can be used in much higher concentrates. I’ve been using a couple of drops every evening and after trying many different face oils, I have finally found one that lives up to my beloved Midnight Recovery Concentrate by Kiehl’s. And at under half the price. My skin has that healthy kinda glow going on, even before I’ve reached for the highlight. Coming in at the highest price point for the entirety of the brand, I still believe it’s an absolute bargain for the ingredients (consider the price of Clinique’s recent Vitamin C products).
Is The Ordinary worth the hype? Absolutely. How is it so cheap? By stripping back all the frills (no unnecessary added scents or fancy packaging here), and only using ingredients that are scientifically proven to be effective. It may not be your lavish La Mer, or luxury La Prairie, but damn it works well. I’m itching to try out more from this company, so if you have any recommendations please do leave them in the comments!
*This post contains PR samples. As always, all opinions are my own.