I’ve always struggled with my skin. For as long as I can remember I’ve been self conscious about my spotty, red and scarred skin and it’s been something I’ve been trying to fix for years. Cue, The Ordinary.
I’ve spent the last 3 or 4 years trying to perfect a skincare routine that works for me and it’s been a long road of trial and error and an expensive one at that. Being in the blogging industry I see every suggestion on the market but when I read about The Ordinary it finally felt like a brand I could get on board with.
It’s a super affordable skincare brand with most items being around the £5 mark (and cruelty free!), which considering most other brands cost anything starting from £10-15 a piece, you can get a whole routine for essentially the same price as one item. The website has a lot of helpful information that I admit is a little intimidating at first but if you take a little time to figure out what skin concerns you have, it’s easy to put something together.
My first order came to £25 and I got 5 bottles to play with, 5 whole bottles! I decided to pick up some potions to target aging, hydration and blemish prone skin.
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Nick bought me a Magnitone cleansing brush for Christmas which I’ve been using to double cleanse morning and night, add in the combination of a new skincare routine and my skin has never looked so good. , I thought all of the new things I’d added to my skincare would be too harsh on my skin, but it’s taken it like a trooper and my skin is clearer.
The first thing I use after cleansing is Buffet, this is one of the more pricey items, but it has a combination of 11 ingredients to target aging. I haven’t seen any miracle over night cure for my wrinkles but my skin has definitely been plumper and more hydrated.
I then go in with Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% all over to help prevent blemishes by helping with oil production and congestion.
I then finish with Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 to add moisture and hydration back in.
Then if I have any particularly bad under the skin spots I dab a little Salicylic Acid 2% Solution on them over night to help reduce the swelling and the redness. You can also use this over the entire face but the exfoliation is a little too much for my sensitive skin so I don’t do this very often.
This little routine has helped give me the clearest skin I’ve had in such a long time. My make-up goes on so much easier and stays on better, I’m less oily and spotty and generally my face feels so much softer and hydrated. I’ve used all of these bottles daily since Christmas and they’re probably gone down a 5th? So for £25 I’ve got an entire skincare routine that will last about 4 months? Bargain right?
I’ve actually been so impressed I’ve ordered some more items, including both of the foundations (serum and coverage) and some eye cream solutions which again came to about £25 ish.
I’m so happy I’ve finally found a brand that makes me feel good about my skin again and not cost the entire earth to do so, that’s vegan and cruelty free. It’s almost too good to be true, right?
Have you used The Ordinary products? If so, what do you recommend because I’d love to know!