Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Review Day Tuesday: The Ordinary Skincare

If you want glowing, hydrated, and younger-looking skin without the high price tags, 

As many of you may know, skincare can be EXPENSIVE (just take a look at the first two products from my Sephora haul here). Especially when you have no idea what actually works or does not, and you feel like you're basically throwing crap at the wall, hoping something sticks. However, I am here to inform you about a newer brand, The Ordinary, whose claim to fame is "Clinical Formulations with Integrity." They offer clinical strength products for a fraction of what name brands that can be found in big box stores, such as Sephora and Ulta, are charging.

My main skin concerns are dryness and texture. I purchased four products from The Ordinary in hopes to replace my higher end, wildly expensive products.  I began using them regularly from December until now, so I feel I have used all four products long enough, pretty consistently, to give a fair and educated review about the results. I included descriptions of each products' claims, directly from the website.

1. Vitamin C Suspension 23%+ HA Spheres - "Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant and its pure form of L-Ascorbic Acid has been shown to reverse multiple signs of skin aging while brightening the skin when applied topically. This water-free, silicone-free formula provides 23% pure L-Ascorbic Acid, which remains completely stable due to the absence of water. The system is supported with addition of dehydrated spheres of Hyaluronic Acid to offer visible surface smoothing alongside the benefits of Vitamin C." Cost is $5.80, comparable to Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum ($80)

2. Advanced Retinoid 2% - "This formulation combines two forms of next-generation retinoid actives in a combined concentration of 2% by weight.  These actives are:
a) Solubilized Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate is a highly-advanced form of retinoid... that offers a multi-fold better effect against signs of aging than retinol, retinyl palmitate and nearly all other forms of non-prescription retinoid; b) a sustained-delivery form of pure retinol in a protective capsule system... Both forms of retinoid used avoid the irritation associated with retinoid (including retinol) while delivering better visible results against aging."  Cost is $9.80, comparable to Sunday Riley Luna Oil ($105)

3. Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%- "Lactic Acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. This 10% formulation offers mild exfoliation and is supported with Tasmanian pepper berry, known to reduce signs of inflammation and sensitivity that is often associated with exfoliation." Cost is $6.80, comparable to Sunday Riley Good Genes ($105)

4. Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 "Hyaluronic Acid (HA) can attract up to 1,000 times its weight in water. The molecular size of HA determines its depth of delivery in the skin. This formulation combines low-, medium- and high-molecular weight HA, as well as a next-generation HA crosspolymer at a combined concentration of 2% for multi-depth hydration in an oil-free formula. This system is supported with the addition of Vitamin B5 which also enhances surface hydration." Cost is $6.80, comparable to Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel ($52)

Alright, so now for the honest truth: Is this hyped brand all that it is cracked up to be? Overall, I like the brand, especially for the price!  The two products I absolutely love are both of the acids.  They performed just as good as my higher end products and stayed true to their claims: gentle exfoliation, reduced the appearance of texture, and deeply hydrated my skin.

The retinoid was decent, too! It was not as good as Sunday Riley Luna Oil but considering it is literally a tenth of the price, I would definitely repurchase it again! 

Last, and sadly least, the only product I actually did not care for was the 23% Vitamin C Suspension. It smelled TERRIBLE, it was gritty in texture, and it irritated my skin.  Also, the website suggests using it at night for better absorption but thats counterintuitive: retinoids have to be used at night because they cause sunlight sensitivity but also CANNOT be combined with Vitamin C, because Vitamin C deactivates the active ingredients in retinol/reinoids... so I don't understand how this is supposed to work? **Nerd Alert**

The good news is The Ordinary has TONS more products available, so even if our skin concerns are nothing alike, there is sure to be something for you on their website and always relatively inexpensive.  If you have no idea where to start, they also have product suggestions on their site.  Also, my favorite YouTuber, Stephanie Nicole, also reviewed this brand and put together a more "user friendly" google doc, parsing out what products she recommends for certain skin concerns and what products work best together HERE.

 ** I hope this review was helpful and informative! If you have tried any additional products or want me to, leave it in the comments down below XOXO **

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