The Ordinary. Have you ever heard of it before?
The Ordinary is a brand that is taking the skincare world by storm with their quality products at a low price. I have been seeing all of the beauty, skincare accounts that I follow on Instagram rave about all of their products, I’ve seen them in Youtube videos, you name it.
The Ordinary is the shit right now.
From all of the blog and Instagram posts that I have read, and all of the Youtube videos I have watched, I picked out a few products to test out.
First, a little background on the acids and oils and ingredients in these products I am going to be talking about.
First up are AHAs and BHAs. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) are derived from natural substances. Some of these substances include sugar cane, milk, grapes etc. So what benefit does this give us? AHAs work by basically melting the “glue” that holds our skin cells together. They are water soluble and are especially great if you have sun damaged or dry skin because they exfoliate the surface of the skin while hydrating it. AHAs also kick ass on rejuvenating aging skin. Now for BHAs…. Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) is an oil loving acid. So BHAs are great if you have oilier, acne-prone skin since it also treats black heads AND white heads. BHA can get through the oil that clogs pores (which is to die for if you struggle with acne) and it helps normalize the lining of the pore (which contributes to acne). But BHA isn’t just for acne-prone skin. BHA also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
AHAs include: Lactic Acid (derived from milk), Glycolic Acid (derived from sugar cane), and Citric Acid (derived from citrus fruits). Note that these are only 3 of the most common and heard AHAs.
BHAs include: Salacylic Acid (derived from willow bark tree) and Citric Acid (derived from citrus fruits). (Citric Acid can also be an AHA depending on its formulation.)
Rosehip Seed Oil aka the new coconut oil. This is an oil full of vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids which are known for hydrating dry skin, healing itchy skin, and reducing scars and fine lines. One thing to make sure to do when looking at rosehip seed oil is to make sure it is organic and cold-pressed. It makes sure to keep all of the nutrients and benefits in the oil. So I need more reasons why rosehip seed oil so amazing. 1. It is a non greasy and super light oil, so it absorbs easily not leaving your skin as if it has a thick ass layer of oil on it where you can feel yourself breaking out. 2. It is anti inflammatory and an antioxidant which helps decrease environmental damage and soothes the skin. 3. The essential fatty acids in the oil help improve acne and eczema. 4. Some believe it is better than botox. It has skin rejuvenating properties like vitamin C and lycopene (an antioxidant). It is a safer solution repair the skin’s surface, restore elasticity and protects against sun and pollution stressors that can lead to wrinkles. AKA a must have.
Next up is Retinoid. The Ordinary’s Retiniod is made up of Retinol and Solubilized Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate. So what are these? Retinol is a form of vitamin A that already naturally occurs in the skin. So why use this on your skin? When retinol is applied to your skin (topically) your skin enzymes work to convert it into retinoic acid. This has been clinically proven to improve lines, discoloration, and revitalize the skin. But when you use this product, you won’t see a drastic change overnight. It typically takes retinol to turn to retinoic acid, several weeks or 3-6 months. So what is Solubilized Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate? It is apart of the Retinoid family. This has been described as a gentle but influential sister to the classic retinoid. The big deal with this ingredient is that it is similarly active as retinoic acid but without the irritation.
And finally Caffeine and ECEG. Caffeine can help reduce the appearance of puffy eyes in more than one way. Caffeine decreases swelling under the eyes. Caffeine constricts blood vessels under the skin when applied topically, which in return decreases swelling and puffiness. And some studies have found that caffeine may protect your skin from sun damage and skin cancer by blocking UVB rays. Sun damage can cause discoloration of the skin which results in dark under eye circles. So not only could caffeine reverse the the discoloration and puffiness but could also protect your eyes from getting darker and puffier. Overall caffeine is an antioxidant that firms, tightens, and brightens the under eye area. Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG), which is also in one of the products, is a compound found in green tea leaves that provides antioxidant support (so it will support the caffeine in the product).
So lets get in the products now that we’ve broken it down with all of the ingredients…
Now we will get into my thoughts because you know exactly what everything does already.
Number 1: AHA 30% + BHA 2% – $7.20
This product is to be used as a peel. A 10 minute mask or facial if you will. You look as if you are rubbing better juice all over your face, or a really pink, diluted blood. It honestly is a good look. For my thoughts on the product, I really enjoyed this product. It made my skin feel soft and has helped my skin clear up. I noticed my skin texture has been better since using this product as a mask and my skin looks overall more glowing and radiant.
I would purchase this again. I plan on using this on a weekly basis (no more than twice a week) for no more than 10 minutes as instructed. Since it has AHA and BHA in it, I always make sure to apply sunscreen heavily the next morning to preserve my skin from getting sunburnt since there is a higher likelihood of this happening after using this product.
What I also love about this product is the price to product ratio. It is super cheap, effective and you have numerous mask applications in the bottle.
Number 2: 100% Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil – $9.80
I am totally in love with rose hip seed oil. It does it all. I swear this has helped my acne, the overall appearance of my skin and its hydration. I love putting this on my skin after my moisturizer. I take about 5 drops of the oil, rub in between my fingers to warm it up (since products soak into your skin better when they are warm) and press it into my skin. It honestly feels like I get the right amount of hydration every time I go to bed no matter what happen that day. Rose hip seed oil is the answer to any problem you are having with your skin.
I swear that it has even reduced the amount of oil that my skin produces on it’s own. I know that seems crazy but when you use oil on oilier skin you are tricking your skin to not produce acne causing oil because there is already oil on it (for me that is the rose hip seed oil). I swear by this. My oilier skin people, TRY THIS!
Number 3: Advanced Retinoid 2% – $9.80
Even though fine lines aren’t necessarily my main thing I worry about or focus on with my skin, I am all about prevention. I want to prevent fine lines, wrinkles, you name it from happening for as long as possible. This product is great. When I first used this product I only used it a couple times a week because I was worried about how harsh it might be on my skin. In actuality, I probably could’ve even used it more!
This serum makes my skin feel softer, look my glowy, and I can see a slight difference when it comes to my lines!
Number 4: Caffeine Solution 5% + ECEG – $6.70
I will be completely transparent with you about this product in that I haven’t seen really any results under my eyes while using this. I am still hopeful and still using it! But I thought I would put that out there.
And finally the price for these 4 items: Under $35. Is it worth the hype yet?