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The Ordinary Skincare Everyone Wants



You may have seen this skincare flying around the internet as of late. The Ordinary by DECIEM has definitely taken the beauty world by storm and everyone wants to get their hands on it! After trying it myself, I can understand why.

I've been using The Ordinary on and off for about three months; I was sent a bottle of the Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% by a friend to try out. Trying that one product was enough for me to go ahead and splash out on some of the other skincare in their range. It was an awesome product. And with that, let's dive into the selection I've picked up this month.


100% Plant-Derived Squaline

This stuff is incredible. It is essentially a brightening moisturiser, but don't let that dull description loose your attention.The Squaline works on the skin in a way that increases the surface hydration, without needing a huge amount of product and without any shine or stickiness. 

The pipette is the perfect applicator, I find. With most other products I'm so used to decanting it onto the back of my hand and then using my fingers to apply to the skin. With this there's no need, just fill the pipette with a small amount of the product and use it directly onto the face after cleansing. A small amount goes a long way, so please be aware of that.

The signs of this working are very minimal, but they are there. I've noticed a slight brightening around under eye area, as well as my forehead. I'll update this if anything changes.

Ingredients: Squaline


Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

From what I understand about Niacinamide, it's a vitamin B3, which are great to reduce marking and signs of blemishes on the skin. In this product, it's used alongside the zinc in order to help with reducing congestion within the layers of skin. Zinc is a great balancing ingredient, to help control the build up of natural oils your skin gives out. 

Their website states that while this product will help in the reduction of blemishes and visible oil build up, it is not a treatment for persistent acne. Please see their website for full details.

For me, I have definitely seen a considerable difference in the appearance of marks and blemishes from using this product. I was pretty amazed by it, to be honest. 

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Zinc PCA, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Xanthan Gum, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin


Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

Caffeine has always been a factor in my skincare, from face masks to body scrubs. Caffeine works to reduce puffiness around the eyes and evens out discoloration or dark circles. This product also contains Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) which they get from green tea.


When I first got this, I was a little skeptical as I have tried other products similar, which are designed for the use around the eyes and they've all been a massive let down. I had seen reviews that this one, however, was pretty good. I've used this a far bit so far and I'm keen to see how well it works over a longer period. From first glances, I can see a slight reduction in the amount of darkness under the eyes, which is a positive! Great product so far. 



As for the puffiness of the eyes, I am safe to say this product has banished it to the darkest recesses of the universe. I did a mini experiment by missing it out of my usual skincare routine for two days and sure enough, the puffiness did come back a little bit, so to me, that was enough proof that this product actually worked. Since it did start to return, it's a clear sign that you would have to keep repurchasing the product, but for the price, I'm not mad about it. I'd buy another. 

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Caffeine, Propanediol, Maltodextrin, Glycerin, Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside, Gallyl Glucoside, Hyaluronic Acid, Oxidized Glutathione, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Polypodium Vulgare Rhizome Extract, Cetraria Islandica Thallus Extract, Sphagnum Magellanicum Extract, Urea, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Xanthan gum, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Propyl Gallate, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ethoxydiglycol, Benzyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.


Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

If you're looking for an exfoliator from The Ordinary, then this one is for you. At 2%, this stuff works pretty well! The product works by exfoliating the inside walls of the pores, reducing the appearance of blemishes and helps clear the skin with continued use. 


I have seen the clarity of the skin improve from using this for sure. You can feel it work, which is what I like. My skin has never felt so smooth in a long time. I do however worry that, in the long run, it may make my skin have issues. I love my natural exfoliators such as sugar, salt and ground almonds, so this is a little alien to me. I do like it, however.



As with the Niacinamide, it states that this is not a medical answer to acne.


Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Hamamelis virginiana leaf water, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Salicylic Acid, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Triethanolamine, Ethoxydiglycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.


Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%

I picked up some of the Alpha Lipoic Acid as I've heard great things from a friend. She said that this product has changed her skin so much that she now can't live without it and I have to say, I'm right there with her. It's SO good.

The use of the product is to renew the appearance of the skin and it also acts a source of antioxidant. The website states that it also helps to improve the visible texture of the skin and helps with the tone of the skin too, but I've not personally seen that just yet. Time will tell, I guess.

Their website also lists some 'notes', which I'll list now. 


1. Alpha Lipoic Acid is highly sensitive to sunlight. Please do not expose to direct sunlight. Application to face is recommended at nighttime only. 


2. Alpha Lipoic Acid is less stable in formulations that contain water and use of formulations of ALA containing water is highly discouraged. This formulation is water-free and may feel slightly "oily" for a few seconds after application.  



3. This formulation contains an extremely high concentration of ALA. Daily use is not recommended since such a high frequency of use can cause skin sensitivity. Please follow suggested use frequency.

Ingredients: Propanediol, Thioctic Acid.


Final Thoughts

The Ordinary are a GREAT brand, under a very reputable owner. This skincare is super affordable and very good quality for the money you pay. No wonder this brand blew up on blogs and vlogs over the past year or so. They really are great!

They're also releasing a selection of foundations, which i'm pretty excited about. From a first glance, they look to be fairly good. I'll be picking them up, i'm sure!


Go give The Ordinary some consideration, I promise you won't regret it.