My Thoughts on The Ordinary Skincare
I have been using a few products from The Ordinary skincare line in my routine for a good couple of months now and I feel I have formed a pretty good opinion on them to share with you all. This popular line has been around for a little while now, and in fact, I am sure you are probably sick of hearing about them. But do you know what, I get the hype. They make great quality products for amazing prices with simplicity and science behind them. I think my biggest and perhaps only issue is their complicated approach to skincare. Don't get me wrong I can see the great ingredients and simplicity of the brand that keeps the prices down, but their product names can be bloody confusing if you're not somewhat of a skincare nerd. All in all, though they are a cracking brand that makes good quality, affordable skin care; a real win in my book.
I am a huge lover of facial oils and with my dry skin, I love to use them daily. The Ordinary offer a few different oils including some favourites of mine, Rosehip and Argan, but what really caught my eye was the 100% Plant Derived Squalane. Squalane is 100% saturated making it a really stable and good for your skin. It is also found naturally in our own skin so was pretty much made to fit into your skincare routine. Its light texture is perfect for all skin types from the super oily to the Sahara dry like mine. I apply it at night before bed and even before makeup as it sinks in so beautifully without ever feeling heavy or greasy. It is also clinically proven to be a nonirritating product making it amazingly good for very sensitive skins. It also naturally has antibacterial and oil reducing properties making it great for acne prone skin. On myself, I have found it has really helped up the moisture level in my skin without clogging my pores or making my t-zone too oily in the summer heat. I give it a huge thumbs up and I know I will repurchase it again and again.
Hyaluronic Acid appears a lot in my skincare as it is so magical on dry skin, so I could obviously not resist the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. This serum with hyaluronic acid boosts the skins hydration and the added B5 enhances surface hydration. I was using it morning and night before moisturiser and I found the results were good, but obviously not great as I say 'was' previously. My issue is that while it really did hydrate my skin and dry patches were diminished, I never really felt like I liked using it if that makes any sense. The texture is between a liquid and a gel and I just wasn't very fond of how it sank in. It isn't sticky or heavy but there was something about it that didn't feel luxe enough for a serum in my opinion. It's good and if you want a basic affordable hydrating serum, then this is your guy. For me, I will still use it now and again, but I always think in conjunction with something a little more powerful. What can I say, I must be a skincare snob at heart.
When it comes to moisturisers I am pretty set in my ways and finding a new one I like doesn't happy very often at all. The Natural Moisturising Factors + HA is a simple moisturiser with a light non-greasy texture and I LOVE IT. The hydrating formula protects and soothes the skin while injecting that much need moisture. I think it is suited a little more for normal to dry skin as it is quite rich, but if you find you like that with combination skin then it is very light in texture so may work. I have found it just works really well. No bells or whistles, just a simple great product for only £5; cheaper than most you'd find in Boots and much better in my opinion.
So The Ordinary gets the thumbs up from me so far... I've just purchased a few more interesting products so you can hear my thoughts on those very soon I am sure. I think they have a great idea and have really found a corner of the market unconquered, so no wonder the have had such sucsess.