About The Ordinary Skincare
The Ordinary is a skincare company that has becoming increasingly popular over the last few years. They focus on giving you clinical formulas for high-street prices, all from an ethical and cruelty free skincare brand. Not all of The Ordinary’s products are suitable for vegans, but all of them are vegetarian. Although they have officially launched their products in selected Boots stores, it’s difficult to find their products in-store in the UK. All of the products I’ve purchased from them have been online either directly through their website or through Cult Beauty.
Either using their regimen guide or contacting them directly for a quick online consultation, The Ordinary will give you a personalised skincare routine. I opted for their skincare regimen for textural irregularities which includes Azelaic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Retinoid* and an acidic exfoliating peeling solution. (All of these products are vegan).
On first impression, I thought it was unusual not to include any kind of hydrating product in a skincare routine, so I added their Natural Moisturizing Factors hydrator. I’ve also previously used their Squalene Cleanser.
The Ordinary Regimen Review
My first impression of this regimen was that it included too many exfoliating products. Wanting to listen to the experts, I went along with it knowing that the textural irregularities in my skin would need something pretty strong to even out.
Azelaic Acid is something I have used before, prescribed by my doctor, so I knew what I was in for here. It’s a very gentle exfoliator, as well as an anti-inflammatory and an anti-microbial, which both work to reduce breakouts and even skin tone. I wasn’t particularly struggling with breakouts when I began this regimen, so I can’t say I particularly noticed any changes in my skin due to this product. (Having used this ingredient before, I would recommend it to sufferers of mild acne).
The product is white, has a kind of pasty texture and smells like paste too, if you can imagine that! One bottle did last me a while, although I had to cut the tube open to get the last of it out due to its thick texture.
The Glycolic Acid Toning Solution was one I was looking forward to, having been a fan of Pixi Glow Tonic in the past (blog post coming soon). This product is great for exfoliation and cell turnover, but The Ordinary’s 7% is pretty strong and I did find that it stung when applied, especially at first. Again the smell is pretty clinical, and its consistency and application are just like any other toner. Using glycolic acid definitely makes a difference to the complexion and overall evenness of my skin, but it didn’t make any drastic changes to the textural irregularities I have.
Top Tip: When using glycolic acid, always make sure you’re protecting yourself from the sun, even in the winter!
The Ordinary’s Granactive Retinoid solution is talked about like a completely revolutionary product. It’s supposed to have the same benefits as retinol, without the irritation. I have to be honest, it didn’t work for me, at all. When I first started using this regimen I started breaking out, and it took a lot of chopping and changing to realise that this product was the cause.
Although it’s not greasy, the texture of this product is extremely greasy – it feels like putting oil on your skin. It didn’t sting or irritate me particularly, but it obviously did something that disagreed with me! Again, I didn’t notice any benefits from this product and stopped using it as soon as I realised it was making me break out.
The final product in this regimen by The Ordinary was the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution. This product, I really like. It says you can use it up to twice a week, but in all honesty that’s not something I’d recommend, especially to begin with. You can leave this on for up to ten minutes, but I usually succumb to the stinging/itching feeling and wash it off around the 8 minute mark.
Stinging aside, this masque is a great and really convenient way to exfoliate your skin. My skin has honestly never felt smoother than after I’ve used this, and (very un-scientifically) I feel as though it prepares my skin to absorb any moisturiser or nutrients I apply to it afterwards. I usually apply moisturiser straight after using the masque, then again before I go to bed. Because it’s not an every-day use product and it’s used extremely sparingly, the small bottle lasts a really long time and is super economical.
Out of everything, this is probably the only one I would re-purchase from this regimen. Although I didn’t have a great experience with these products, I’ve definitely learned a lot about what my skin does and doesn’t like. I haven’t been put off The Ordinary forever, especially given their low price point.
*has been shown to offer better results against multiple signs of aging than retinol without any of the irritation and drawbacks common with retinol
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