Skin care is all about progression over perfection. Because, perfection doesn’t exist. Today, I want to share with you a skincare routine made up from only The Ordinary products, mainly because this is a super popular brand, that’s super affordable, and easily accessible as well, to most people. But I also want to clear up how I feel about The Ordinary products. So of course, The Ordinary are an iconic skincare brand, that completely changed the world of skincare as we know it, and how us, as consumers, look at ingredients. I feel like we all feel that little bit more knowledgeable just from knowing the ingredients that.The Ordinary has introduced to us.
As I said, they have some amazing products, some decent, and some not so great but they’re all at a really affordable price. I personally, in general, and moving away from single-ingredient products, all those that lack what I feel is a fuller formulation with a mix of beneficial ingredients, and in all honesty, a nicer feeling formulation, which I’ll talk about in a bit. But I do still use some of The Ordinary products, and I will continue to buy them, and always have them in my stash, because they are good. So here is a nearly full routine using only products from The Ordinary.
Let’s start off with the cleanser, this is the Squalene Cleanser. This is an extremely, extremely gentle cleanser, that obviously contains squalene as its key ingredient. A skin identical ingredient, meaning it’s found naturally within our skin, and it’s essentially a lightweight moisturizing ingredients. So, along with Glycerin in here, Lipophilic Esters, so essentially fatty acids. This product helps give your skin a really nice cleanse, whilst not stripping it, or over drying it. They do actually primarily promote this as a makeup removing cleanser, I actually don’t think it’s that good at removing makeup. I really don’t think this is particularly that good at removing makeup but, with my layers of sunscreen throughout the day, it does a very, very good job. And for me, it does work absolutely fine as a double cleanse. So the oil cleanses you put in the palm of your hands, kind of like break it down into an oil, massage that over the face, wash it away, reapply. I do in all honesty think you need to get the bigger size of this, this is, do they do a bigger size? Yeah. So the next size up the 150 milliliters, because I do feel like you need a little bit more of this than your average cleanser, and it’s also just really nice. Like once you use it, you’ll be using it like morning and night. Especially in Summer when you do want to wash your face properly in the morning. I often found myself running out of it quite quickly, and not having a backup, so yeah, I would I would go for the bigger one. And it really is great for all skin types as well.
SALICYLIC ACID 2%
Next up, we have the Salicylic Acid 2% Masque. Now, I don’t particularly enjoy clay masks that much, and this is essentially what this is but I do think a lot of people will enjoy this, and I do reach for this when my skin is looking particularly congested. So this is basically a clay mask with Charcoal, and Salicylic Acid as well.
ABHA, to help even skin tone, and texture, and help remove impurities in the skin. We of course know, that Salicylic Acid is oil soluble, it’s a BHA, so it goes into those pores, and really gives you a good deep exfoliation. And alongside Kaolin Clay, and Charcoal, it’s going to kind of like, take away all that excess sebum, and just leave your skin looking very nice. It’s great for people with oily skin or people whose pores often look enlarged, because of their oily skin. I in fact only use this on my nose when it’s looking particularly congested, when it’s over producing sebum. So again, mainly in the Summer. And I would 100% count this as one of my weekly exfoliation steps. So, I tend to exfoliate two to three times a week, mainly two. So I would use this, and then a BHA toner throughout the week. It’s good, I would be careful if you have sensitive skin, my cheeks that are quite rosacea prone, get quite sensitive, and this didn’t work very well on my cheeks but in my t-zone it’s really, really good. So, no toner as far as hydration goes but what we do have is, what one is it? The Marine Hyaluronics. This is an amazing hydrating serum. This contains Marine Derived Vegan Water Reservoirs, AKA Pursue. Pseudoalteromonas Exopolysaccharides. Basically they act like Hyaluronic Acid, holding onto that hydration, that water. Then we have Algae in here, which is going to help trap all that in, and leave you with this nice kind of, very lightly moisturized feeling on the skin. We also have Fermented ingredients in here, so that’s kind of like your anti-aging ingredient, nice barrier repairing, and protecting ingredients as well. This is overall just a nice hydrating serum. It does disappear very quick on the skin, so unlike a hydrating toner, or like your other ordinary Hyaluronic Acid serum, your face feels hydrated. You can feel the kind of like, the ooohhh-ness of it but you don’t get that glow that I like to get from Hyaluronic Acid serums, and toners.
ALPHA ARBUTIN 2% + HYALURONIC ACID:
Oh, next up we have Alpha Arbutin 2% + Hyaluronic Acid. Alpha Arbutin is an ingredient I know, for me, will effectively help fade dark spots, hyperpigmentation. As well as to help even out my skin tone. You can use this all over, it’s not going to change your skin color. I get asked that a lot with Alpha Arbutin, it’s not gonna do that but what you probably would want to do instead, is just use it as a direct spot treatment on the areas of hyperpigmentation that you want to concentrate on. Drop in the morning, drop in the evening usually does the trick for me. It’s a good product. It takes time, it does take time, like with anything, to see results but I do find that this already kind of like a boost, alongside using AHA’s, Azelaic Acid, I found quite useful recently as well.
NIACINAMIDE 10% + ZINC:
Okay, so now we’re getting on the tackier sides of The Ordinary serums. This is, everyone knows this one, they’re very, very popular Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. Niacinamide has a whole list of benefits. Skin barrier health, evening out skin tone, dark spots, redness, helping to balance out sebum production, generally overall brightening your skin tone. Then we have the Zinc in here, which is great, again, for helping control excess sebum production, and with little breakouts as well.
For me, this is the serum, along with Neogen’s Micro Ferment Essence, that really introduced me to Niacinamide, and did, in all honesty, transform my skin from often quite dull, to brighter, and a lot healthier looking, and a lot, not shinier but I feel like my skin looks like it’s awake now. The majority of people can use this safely, twice a day but a lot of people do complain about getting a tingling sensation from this product. Now, Niacinamide is effective at 5%. You don’t really need to go to a 10%, so this is essentially a higher strength Niacinamide serum. I didn’t notice this but on the bottle it says, ‘High strength vitamin and mineral blemish formula’. I don’t remember it saying that, I feel like that’s a new addition, because 10% is a lot of Niacinamide. So if you’re finding you’re having this issue, don’t completely cut out Niacinamide, don’t push it under the rug and think it didn’t work for you, I would drop down and try and find, you get serums, essences, and even toners with Niacinamide from 2 to 5%, which is still relatively effective, especially 5%. So definitely try the Micro Ferment Essence from Neogen.
So as I mentioned, this is on the tackier side of the serums, and this is a problem that I personally have with The Ordinary, and a lot of other people do too, is their products can sometimes be a lot of effort but you’re paying for the cheaper side of formulations, so the fact that this is a little bit tacky, and sticky kind of doesn’t matter, considering how affordable it is, and effective it is. A lot of people find that they can’t wear makeup with this, because it peels off their skin. I found a very specific way of using this where it didn’t feel tacky on my skin at all. I would always have to apply this to slightly damp skin, and use three drops exactly, exactly three drops, any more it will be ruined. I’d have to kind of like put it on my neck, and try again, and that really helped to counteract the stickiness, and then help with the moisturizer kind of settle on my skin, along with the sunscreen without any of that horrible pilling stuff.
AZELAIC ACID 10%:
Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% very quick. I do not like this product. Just because I don’t like it, doesn’t mean you won’t love it. My only problem with this is it left me very, very matte skinned, and I felt very tight in the skin but I love Azelaic Acid for redness, and breakouts as well. I keep this as a direct spot treatment now, just when I get a spot I put like a whole bunch of it on that one particular area, and it clears the spots up pretty quick,
I do not like any of The Ordinary moisturizers, I do not like them, I don’t like them at all. I in fact, really, really hate them.