Praised by beauty bloggers and coveted by skincare lovers alike, The Ordinary is an award-winning brand that needs no introduction. One of the biggest breakout skincare brands to date, the hype surrounding The Ordinary stems from a combination of clinical formulations, basic skincare ingredients and attractive price tags. Fast-forward to now and although the hype has seemed to settle you’ll find many of its skincare and make-up products sell out instantly.
When it comes to hyped up products – whether it’s skincare, or make-up – I’m naturally always late to the party. In this case whenever I did want to give The Ordinary a go, the products I wanted were always sold out. Three waiting lists later and here we are – reviewing my first collection of skincare products.
I don’t know about any of you, but I’m the kind of person who associates quality with price and with The Ordinary having such an affordable price tag I wasn’t sure the products were going to make much of a difference to my skin. Before I jump in with my thoughts and opinions on each product, I have to say I love the simplicity of The Ordinary. No fancy-pants names, just basic skincare ingredients. I personally love this style of branding, as I think it’s very important to know what’s inside your products and what you are putting on your face.
Starting with the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. I picked this up because I find the toners I’m using at the moment either just remove leftover make-up, or burn/sting my face. Glycolic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin, improving the overall appearance of skin texture and skin radiance. I have combination skin that’s made up of an oily t-zone and dry areas around my mouth. I’ve used this every single evening since getting it and I’m really impressed with the results. There’s been no irritation, if anything, I find it rather soothing on my skin. Without applying a great deal of force, I find the solution effortlessly exfoliates and since using it I have found my skin feels softer and looks more radiant.
Once I’m finished with the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, I go in with the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. Since my skin is now 26 years old, I’m all about products that help with hydration and anti aging, and Hyaluronic Acid ticks both of these boxes. This product promises to not only hydrate the surface of your skin, but penetrate the deep levels of your skin too. I have to say this is my favourite product out of the whole collection. Every morning and evening I apply a few drops to my hands (a little goes a long way) and simply pat this onto my skin after its been washed. I find the lightweight solution soaks into my sink quickly and since using this I have found my skin softer, plump and overall really hydrated. I believe this is the product is the reason my skin has been looking and feeling so good. I’ve really seen an improvement around my eye area, or should I say the fine lines around my eyes, as well as my forehead.
If you’ve been watching my Insta Stories, then you’ll know I’ve been suffering with fake tan hands. Every morning I was waking up with orange hands that basically looked and smelt like I had rubbed false tan all over them. For weeks it was driving me mad as to what was causing it and it turns out it was this cream. I picked up the Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone because vitamin C is an effective antioxidant that can help reverse multiple signs of aging while brightening the skin. I have to be really honest I wouldn’t buy this product again, as it clearly didn’t work for me. Not only did it leave me with orange patches all over my hands, I don’t think it made much difference to the skin on my face. The Ordinary actually do a vitamin C powder and I think I’d try that next as opposed to this.
In addition to skincare, I also picked up the 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil for my hair. Although argan oil improves the appearance of skin, I like to use it on my hair to add a soft sheen and strength. When I first used this product, I used quite a generous amount – an amount I normally use with a different oil – and I found it left my hair feeling heavy and looking rather greasy. When using this you need only a few drops and I only apply it to the tips of my hair. I find if I apply it to the middle, or roots, of my hair it looks rather greasy, which isn’t my desired look. I’m not a huge fan of the scent, but I don’t hate it either, as I like the fact that it’s a natural one. I usually apply argan oil every night, but with this one I tend to only apply it once I’ve washed and dried my hair. To be honest I still haven’t made up my mind as to whether I like this product, or not. It does what it says on the label, but I’m always applying too much, which makes my hair look greasy!
Overall, I’ve really enjoyed using The Ordinary and it’s definitely a brand I want to try more of. I’d definitely repurchase the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution and Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, as these ones have made a big impact to my daily skincare routine. There’s also loads of other products on the website I want to try too. Have you tried The Ordinary? Is there any products you’d recommend?
Sarah Jayne x