After a tip-off in September from everyone’s favourite beauty mavern Wayne Goss about a new skincare brand in town that was not only cheap and cheerful but effective too, I jumped online and bought myself a few goodies to test out – see my previous blog post here. I purchased 3 products from The Ordinary: Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (£5.00, 30ml); Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 (£5.90, 30ml); and Advanced Retinoid 2% (£8.00, 30ml). So now that I have been using them for almost 2 months, what do I think?
My skin: Ageing (I’m 40), oily t-zone, large pores, dry cheeks, acne prone, dehydrated. My review is based on how these products react to my skin type. Everyone’s skin is different so make sure you do a bit of reading about your skin type before purchasing these products, 🙂
My regime: I apply all 3 products at night. First I pat a few drops of Advanced Retinoid 2% all over my face. Once soaked in I mix a couple of drops of Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% with a couple of drops of Hyaluronic Acid 2% then pat the mixture all over my face. Once they have soaked in I apply eye cream and moisturiser as normal. Because of the ingredients in these products I wear a sun screen on my face EVERY DAY, even when it’s cold and cloudy.
The application: The water-soluble products (niacinamide & hyaluronic acid) are watery and apply and slide over the skin easily. There’s time to spread them over your face and jaw line before they start to soak in as long as you are fairly quick. The emulsion (advanced retinoid) is like a milky runny fluid which spreads easily over the face. This takes more time to soak in so you do have more time to make sure it is well spread. With all products I always apply a bit too much, although I am getting a bit better at judging the amount I actually need.
The results: My face generally feels great in the morning. It feels hydrated and soft. The texture of my skin has also improved too. I can feel that it’s really smooth especially when I apply my foundation. I have acne and I can honestly say that my new regime is having a really positive impact on it as I am needing to use much harsher topical acne treatments (benzoyl peroxide) far less.
My verdict: All-in-all I am really happy with these products and super happy with the price point! They are such amazing value for money AND seem to do what they say on the tin, therefore I have ordered some more to try. I have re-ordered the niacinamide and advanced retinoid, I think they will both remain in my skincare regime for a while. I haven’t reordered the hyaluronic acid as this is also in both of the new products I have received. The ones I am currently testing are the lactic acid 10% + hyaluronic acid 2% (£5.80, 30ml) and vitamin C suspension 23% + hyaluronic acid spheres 2% (£4.90, 30ml).
I’ll let you know how they work out and how I have been incorporating them into my regime once I have been using them for a bit.