Today on the blog I’m going to be talking about a well known & well loved brand, The Ordinary.
The Ordinary are part of the Deciem group and its ethos is ‘clinical formulations with integrity.’ To put this in simple terms – it’s really great formulas and ingredients without the flashy price tag. It’s affordable and their products do come with visible results.
Since the beginning of lock down, there’s been a surge in people looking after their skin and wanting to sit down and really build a skincare routine that’s unique and works for them. Which is great, I am ALL for this – it makes me burst with happiness to see people actually investing in their skincare and realise it’s probably time they stepped away from the St Ives apricot scrub they’ve had for 5 years (DON’T, I’ve been there too).
Over 4 years ago, I initially tried the odd The Ordinary product, which down to my own naivety and not really understanding my skin, didn’t really work out for me. This was entirely my fault – I have really sensitive, eczema prone skin and I was buying formulas that were going to upset my skin. However I wasn’t planning on giving up just yet. Fast forward 4 years, I’m in a much better position of understanding what my skin actually needs and I’ve had the help of reviews by other beauty bloggers and those in the skincare industry which just prove that The Ordinary walks the walk and talks the talk when you know where to start!
I bought the ‘The Daily Set,’ from the actual Deciem website, however, The Ordinary are widely available on the likes of Asos, Cult Beauty, Look Fantastic and they even have their own stand in Beauty Bazaar Harvey Nics in Liverpool! I thought The Daily Set was a perfect place to start with my reintroduction to the brand – a cleanser, a hyaluronic acid and a daily moisturiser. (£15 for the set)
Now I love a cleanser, and I love trying different formulas from the Elemis Rose Balm, to my Dr Barbara Sturm Foam Cleanser. So I was excited to try this cleanser formulated with squalane which makes it an amazing emollient for your skin. Emollients (and lipids) are great for building your skin barrier and for those with sensitive and eczema prone skin like me, our skin barriers can be very weak and therefore we need to look for ingredients that are going to help with moisturising and restoring that barrier. I really like the texture of this cleanser and goes from a balm like consistency to an oil consistency when you rub it in your hands. Rubbing it onto dry skin, it does feel quite luxurious and it doesn’t feel drying at all. My skin feels so soft and clean after using this and doesn’t cause me to have any sensitive skin breakouts. It’s sensitive on the eyes too which is a big deal breaker for me.
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Hyaluronic acid. Why didn’t I have you in my life sooner? Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been using a LOT of other products in my skincare routine from toners, to facial oils and serums but nothing has transformed my skin like this baby. Hyaluronic acid can attract up to 1,000 times its weight in water making it amazing for skin hydration purposes. The extra added ingredient of B5 helps to enhance skin surface hydration too which is great. My skin looks instantly plumped and refreshed using it. To enhance its effectiveness even more, I always spray my face with my rose mist so that my skin is slightly damp before I apply the HA. It’s such an effective part of my skincare AM & PM routine now – I just can’t live without it (dramatic, but I wouldn’t be me otherwise).
Natural Moisturising Factors + HA
After the application of hyaluronic acid, comes the moisturiser to lock everything in. Now. I’m quite fussy when it comes to moisturisers only because I’ve had bad times in the past with seemingly harmless moisturisers breaking me out in horrendous dry, itchy and red rashes across my face and neck. Which sounds lovely. My favourite moisturisers at the minute include the Lacura Moisture Boost which I’ve spoken about in a previous blog post – The EDIT. I also really love Weleda Skin Food Light, which I chat about in my Quarantine Queens post as well as my Dr Organics Manuka Honey Rescue Cream for those days when my skin is saying ‘no thank you hunny.’ The Ordinary moisturiser, for me, is the one that doesn’t get the greatest review. It’s a nice thin consistency but when you rub it on, it sort of leaves a sticky, white cast to my face which I’m not the biggest fan of. In terms of effectiveness, I see more results using a gel like consistency such as the Moisture Boost from Lacura! Or for days when I actually want a moisturiser that I can feel on my skin (and probably won’t be wearing any makeup) I’ll reach for Dr Organics. I’m glad I was able to try it as part of The Daily Set and form my own opinion on it as I’ve seen such raving reviews for it!
Let me know what your favourite products are from The Ordinary and if you think there’s any that I should definitely try.
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