My daily skincare routine
It has been a month (and a few days, to be exact) since I started using “The Ordinary” skincare. Not a lot of time to make a solid opinion, but quite a bit to establish some thoughts. I decided to share them with you in this post because of several requests.
I got acquainted with this skincare line through the social media platforms. Everyone and their mother seemed to rave about their price-quality ratio. I became thrilled with the idea that this skincare brand could potentially treat my skin after so many unsuccessful tries in the past.
As a result of my thorough research on the products the brand offers (there is quite an overwhelming amount of them), I went with Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, Lactic Acid 5% + HA, and Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution . I ordered mine from the official website, although ASOS was also an option had they not ran out of stock with the majority of the products.
Let me start with the one I was the most excited about – “Niacinamide”. The brand states that “Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. A high 10% concentration of this vitamin is supported in the formula by zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid to balance visible aspects of sebum activity.”
I found the description extremely accurate. It indeed has decongesting properties, which, over some period of time, have also improved my skin’s texture. I was also surprised to find out that my skin did not feel particularly oily by the time I wake up the next day.
After a few days of using the first product, I introduced the second product to my routine – “Salycilic Acid”. “Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin. This 2% treatment solution helps exfoliate the inside walls of pores to fight the appearance of blemishes and for better visible skin clarity with continued use.”
I am familiar with this type of an acid – have been using it on and off for the last five+ years. The reason I used “on and off” is because I have a love-hate relationship with it depending on the formulations. If speaking about this brand’s formulation of salicylic acid – I am not disappointed. It is mild enough to use it all over your face (I do not recommend doing so if you are new to this acid – apply it locally and wait until your skin builds up some tolerance). At first I was afraid it would dry out my skin (the reason I do not use “acne” marketed products on my face), but it was not the case. Props to the brand! Right now I am in the “clear of acne” state of my skin (ladies, you understand what I mean), so I will give it a little more time of consistent use to notice substantial improvements.
The third product I tried out was “Lactic Acid”. I was hesitant to let it a go since it is not something I have ever tried, but the brand’s description gave me the needed push – “Lactic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin. This 5% formulation offers very mild exfoliation and is supported with a purified Tasmanian pepperberry known to reduce signs of inflammation and sensitivity that is often associated with exfoliation.”
I decided to alternate between the above mentioned acids to keep my skincare balanced and effective. The Lactic Acid does offer a bit of exfoliation, although not to the point when your skin peels (once again – depends on your skin’s sensitivity and tolerance to AHA and BHA acids). I suppose that because of the Tasmanian pepperberry my skin reacted to the product well and did not become irritated. When I run out of it, I will most likely purchase the 10% version of it just to have some more noticeable results.
The last on my list is the Glycolic Acid, which, according to the website, “..is an alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin. This 7% toning solution offers mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance and visible clarity. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture with continued use.”
I have come such a long way with my skin that I was simply too scared to ruin my monthly results with some bumps often caused by this type of an acid. For that matter I decided to give it a try on my back for the time being. It has not been that long since I have started using it, hence why my opinion is not fully formed yet. Once I incorporate it into my daily facial routine, I will make sure to update you on that.
My skincare routine in order of applying:
Morning – Vichy Moisturizer, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Evening – Vichy Moisturizer, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Salicylic Acid 2% Solution OR Lactic Acid 5% + HA
P.S. Keep in mind that these products are not expensive, which means that you should not expect from them a luxurious texture and a noticeable scent. With that being said, they definitely do their job if enough time is given (I am yet to use them longer to see even better outcome).
And, also, a nice bonus is that the brand makes sure to state ingredients as well features of each product whether it’s water-free, alcohol-free, oil-free, silicone-free, nut-free, vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free and its pH balance, which is handy and good to be aware of.
If you have tried these or other products from this brand – do let me know what your thoughts on them are. What are your holy grail skincare products you cannot live without?
Image credit: Klawe Rzeczy on Behance