Browsing around YouTube recently I happened upon a video by Wayne Goss who introduced me to a company called The Ordinary. They offer skincare solutions at the fraction of the price of more premium brands. As someone who is constantly trying to fight the ageing process and make my skin look as good as it possibly can look I was intrigued. So let’s take a look…
I purchased 3 products: Advanced retinoid 2% (not to be confused with retinol); niacinamide 10% & zinc 1%; and hyaluronic acid 2% & B5. The total cost of my spend was a bargain basement £18.90! In a market place when you can spend upwards of £40 for any one of these products with a fancy brand name I had to ask myself…what’s the catch?
Advanced Retinoid 2% (30ml, £8) – This is presented as an emulsion to help combat signs of ageing. Not to be confused with retinol which they will be stocking soon. It can be applied to the face in the evening after water-soluble formulas and before heavier creams, just make sure that sunscreen is used during the day as it can make you sensitive to UV rays. It soaks in quickly leaving no residue.
- “This formulation combines two forms of next-generation retinoid actives in a combined concentration of 2% by weight. Both forms of retinoid used avoid the irritation associated with retinoid (including retinol) use while delivering better visible results against signs of ageing.”
Niacinamide 10% & zinc 1% (30ml, £5) – This is presented in a water-soluble gel-to-liquid formula and can be applied to the entire face morning and evening before heavier creams to help reduce the appearance of pores and blemishes. There is a slight tingling sensation on application which goes almost immediately and it soaks in quickly leaving no residue.
- “High-Strength Vitamin and Mineral Blemish Formula. Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. A high 10% concentration of this vitamin is supported in the formula by zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid to balance visible aspects of sebum activity.”
Hyaluronic acid 2% & B5 (30ml, £5.90) – This is also presented in a water-soluble gel-to-liquid formula. It can be applied to the face morning and evening before heavier creams to increase hydration to the surface of the skin. Ir soaks in quickly leaving no residue.
- “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.”
Mixing products – If applying alone I pat (not rub) 3 drops of whichever product I am using onto my skin and that covers my whole face extending down under my jaw line. If mixing hyaluronic acid & niacinamide I use 1.5 drops of each and mix before patting (not rubbing!) onto my face. I use retinoid after niacnamide and hyaluronic acid and pat (not rub!) 2-3 drops into my face and jawline. If you want to mix any of the solutions then The Ordinary provides advice on how to set up a regime here.
So does it do what it says on the tin? Well so far I am liking these products and they seem to behave identically to more expensive products on my skin. I am definitely going to keep using them and I will do an update in a few months’ time.