When The Ordinary Skincare launched it was fair to say that beauty bloggers and beauty columnists went into a bit of a tailspin. Finally – high-quality skincare products with scientific ingredients that deliver results and won’t break the bank. Has to be a catch, right?…
…I was a little sceptical too, but the fact that my collection started with just two serums and has rapidly grown is a testament that they are really rather good. I’ve been using these products for around 5 months so feel that’s long enough to give a good opinion of them.
The Ordinary products that I think are definitely worth the hype…
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
What’s it for? Put simply, hyaluronic acid holds 1,000 times its weight in water which in skin care terms, means if you apply moisturiser on top of this, your skin will be really well hydrated.
Is it any good? Yes. I did use another Hyaluronic Acid serum which is £16. This is just £6 and does as good a job. It’s one of those products where you don’t think it does anything until you don’t use it – then you realise how great it is.
Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
What’s it for? A way to exfoliate your skin without using harsh scrubs. Just soak cotton wool pads and use like a toner to reveal fresher glowing skin. Not one to use every day, but once a week to every other evening is perfect for waking up with a glow.
Is it any good? Yes. Prior to discovering this, I used the Alpha-H Liquid Gold which is a 5% Glycolic Acid toner and I swore blind that this transformed my skin, making it possible to enjoy makeup free days as the skin is clearer, brighter and I don’t run the risk of people asking, “Are you ill?“. At a cost of £6.50 vs. the £34 of Alpha-H, I won’t switch back. This is just as good (and the price point makes it better!).
Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
What’s it for? Azelaic Acid is produced naturally by yeast that lives on normal skin. It brightens the skin tone while visibly improving the evenness of skin texture and reducing the look of blemishes
Is it any good? Yep. I’ve been using this for about a month now and I have noticed my skin looking brighter and clearer with no new breakouts and pigmentation issues. I developed a bit of Melasma on the top of my cheekbones when I was pregnant and I think this is very slowly fading it.
What’s it for? Anti-ageing and also good for acne-prone skin
Is it any good? While I can’t see or feel the benefit of immediate results with this, anyone who knows even a little bit about skincare will know how much retinoid products can cost – some are up there in the hundreds. Again this is cheap at £8, and if you research on retinoid you’ll see the benefits. For less than a tenner, it’s a product I am willing to reuse and repurchase until I feel the need for a more expensive, refined version. My mum also loves this and tells me her skin feels a lot softer and smoother after using it.
The jury is still out…
What’s it for? To reduce the appearance of eye contour pigmentation and eye puffiness.
Is it any good? Sadly I don’t think so. With a busy life and a baby under one if there was one product I wanted to (Hell, needed to!) deliver on what it says it would be this. However, I see no reduction in dark circles. Maybe I was expecting too much but I won’t stick with this and will be on the hunt for other eye creams to try, perhaps something more hydrating.
What’s it for? Rosehip oil is a naturally rich source of essential fatty acids. … It is the essential fatty acids in rosehip oil that quench dry, sun damaged skin and help to improve the appearance of burns, scars, wrinkles and stretch marks.
Is it any good? It’s not so much of a case of this not being that good. It’s more than I find it unnecessary in my skincare routine. I did buy it with the view to use as the last step before moisturiser at night but I always seem to forget. Again, it’s really good value for Rose Hip Oil and I may keep this as an oil to treat burns (I’m clumsy with curling wands!), sunburn and stretch marks and see if it makes a difference there. I’ve also tried mixing it into foundation when my skin is particularly dry or if I’m using a really matte product and like how it performs.
What’s it for? A non-greasy moisturiser to hydrate the skin
Is it any good? It costs less than a fiver. So for that reason, Yes, this is good. It does what it says. As I’m someone who likes to switch up serums and treatments and finish with a separate SPF (Kiehls Ultra Light Daily Defense SPF 50), I always opt for no thrills moisturisers, I just don’t feel I need them. This moisturiser is perfectly fine, it’s just at 30ml you don’t get that much in a tube. At around £7 for 236ml, I’m sticking to my trusty Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion.
Given the price points of these products and the fact that they do (on the whole) deliver, I would whole-heartedly recommend these to people to try. The Ordinary Website gives a lot more information about the products and a regime guide to help you decide which products may work for you.
Have you tried The Ordinary? Do you have a favourite? And do you have an eye cream recommendations please!