A brand that claims to be ordinary took the beauty world by storm.

The Ordinary really started to surface about two years ago, but in the last year it’s popularity has skyrocket. The skincare brand slogan is “clinical formulations with integrity”, integrity regarding the pricing and communication of the products. The Ordinary was created to provide “clinical technologies” or clinical products at a lower and more humble price without compromising the quality of the product. 

Like most, I’ve battled with my skin for many years. Whether it be acne, oil, or dryness, my skin and I have been at odds since I was fourteen. I’ve tried a myriad of products and regimes, and some worked, but other did not. I thankfully have never had super bad skin, but it definitely wasn’t anywhere near great. I have combination skin and I get very red around my nose and chin. Most of my acne congregates on my chin and around my nose, so the skin is also often inflamed.

When I started to hear about The Ordinary and it peeked my interest because it’s rare that skincare in the $10-15 price range makes such a big mark in the beauty community. When it comes to skincare, unfortunately there is is often the correlation between a higher price and better quality. With the Ordinary, that stereotype is 100% untrue. I figured that since the products were so cheap and had such a goos rep, I needed to try them out. After what felt like forever because the products were always out of stock, I managed to order two serums. 

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
This was the one product I was dead set on getting when I started looking at the Ordinary brand. This product is a serum that is made to “target breakouts, minimises pores and decongests confused complexions”which basically just sounds like a dream come true. I’ve been using this product for about a week and I can already see a huge difference in my acne. My acne has been reduced and then redness has massively gone down. I was a little nervous on how to use this product because I’ve never really used a serum like this but it’s actually so much easier than I was anticipating. Every night, before I go to bed and after I’ve taken my makeup off, I use the dropped to place the serum on any spots that have already emerged or look like they’re about so surface. I wait a few minutes for it to dry, and then I apply my cream moisturizer over it and call it a night. If you struggle with acne or red patches, I seriously recommend trying this product. It’s cheap enough that if it doesn’t work out, it isn’t a big loss, but if it does work out, it’s a diamond in the rough. 

Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%
Ah, an acid. I was nervous about this product simply because it’s an acid. Thinking about putting acid on my face isn’t the most comforting idea but I suppose over time I will get used to it. I’ve only used this product once so far but oh Lordy it’s powerful. It’s described as a peeling solution for a reason. If you have super sensitive skin, this may not be the best product for you because it certainly does the job. I have rather uneven parts of my face, simply from scaring and inflammation, so I’m hoping with continual use of this product, those areas of my face will even out. I sued this in basically the same fashion that I used the other serum, the only difference was I diluted this serum per the instruction. This made the peeling a little less extreme and will allow me to build up a tolerance to the product.

Overall, I’m quite pleased with both of my purchases and I’m excited to explore the brand The Ordinary more over the next year. I’ve already decided that I want to try their foundations next, so if you have any experience with them, let me know what you thought!


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