If you’ve spotted a surge of snazzy skincare products that look like they belong in a laboratory, you’ve probably laid your eyes on The Ordinary brand. When I first saw their products, with its drip dispensing packaging, I assumed that their products would be those one-off purchases that you would recklessly splurge on when payday comes around. Much to my money-saving delight though, their product price range starts from as little as £4.20!
The monochrome simplicity of the product packaging (also what keeps the cost of the products low) conveys how the brand values honesty and integrity as it clearly states the potent ingredient that’s in its products and the percentage of it on the front label. For us mortal, non-cosmetologists however, how do we figure out if we need 20% of Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution in our lives? *crickets*
Well, today I’m going to introduce you to three of my favourite The Ordinary products that I use in my daily skincare routine and the issues that they target.
For Hyper-Pigmentation – Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, £7.00
So how I got into the brand myself was when my best friend said she wanted to try out The Ordinary as part of her birthday present but she wasn’t sure which product could help treat her skin discoloration. So I did a quick google and came across this super helpful regime guide from the brand themselves. The Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA was recommended, a safe skin-lightening ingredient that reduces melanin production to fade the appearance of dark spots and hyper-pigmentation. After my best friend added it to her skincare routine and said she felt her skin tone had become more even, I had to get one for myself.
I’ve always had a bit of hyper-pigmentation along my cheekbones (shout out to the Smashbox makeup artist who called it natural contour) and I’ve always wanted to treat it to prevent it from getting worse. Hyper-pigmentation is often hereditary and very common in darker skin tones due to more melanin. If you want to stop relying on heavy foundations and concealers to cover darker patches on your skin, I really recommend this product as it’s helped to fade mine. It’s a lovely gel-like serum that’s not too thick nor too watery, so even if you put a drop on your finger (which is all you need), it stays put so you can dab it on your problem areas. I use the Alpha Arbutin daily in my night time skincare routine and sometimes in the morning dependent on time, but do note that I was advised to put sunscreen on top of if I were to go out with it applied on.
For Dark Circles – Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, £5.80
The absolutely flawless Jorja Smith did a video for Vogue on her night-time skincare routine and she used The Ordinary’s Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG to treat her dark circles. I’m always on the look out for products to banish my dark circles so I was immediately drawn to buying this, especially as it was so reasonably priced. I find with eye creams that they can be way too strong and actually cause my eyes to water but this solution isn’t packed with irritable fragrances and feels really soothing for tired eyes. According to The Ordinary, studies have proven that the topical use of caffeine and EGCG can help reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles in the eye contour. Out of all the eye creams and serums I’ve tried in my life, this is the only product I’ve used that I’ve actually seen a noticeable improvement in the dark shadows under my eyes, not just the puffiness. I use a drop of the Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG religiously every morning and night and it’s amazing how long it lasts! It’s definitely worth every penny.
For Scars and Dull Skin – 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil, £9.00
Ever since a sales assistant at Kiehl’s told me about how rose hip oil got rid of her chicken pox scars, I’ve been repurchasing rose hip oil as it miraculously clears up any marks on skin left from spots, wounds and even burns. I’ve always loved the rose hip oil from Triology but it is a luxury to buy with it being £20.00 for just 20ml. When I saw The Ordinary sold 30ml of rose hip oil for just £9.00, I swapped brands. People are often scared to use oil on their face because they think it’ll clog your pores and make it spotty. This is just not the case; oils like coconut, olive and almond are amazing for your skin and rose hip oil in particular contains essential fatty acids and antioxidants which regenerate skin cells, reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles and helps uneven skin to regain its natural tone. I put a couple of drops of rose hip oil on a cleansed face at night and I honestly wake up with more radiant skin, that’s how effective it is. I highly recommend this product for anyone that would like to get rid of scarring left from acne or eczema and also for more mature skin that would like a brighter and more youthful, plump texture to their skin.
So, that wraps up my top three favourite The Ordinary products at the moment. I’m sure I’ll find more as I try more of the range. For example, I’ve got my eyes on the Salicylic Acid 2% Solution to treat breakouts as this is a common ingredient used in blemish-fighting products. Like my mum always said, it’s worth investing in skincare products to treat problem areas rather than just using makeup to conceal everything. Luckily with The Ordinary, that’s an affordable investment too.
Thanks for reading!