I wouldn’t say I am a skincare expert. I am starting to get into skincare because a good skincare routine is essential for your skin and body, especially since I’m not getting younger anytime soon. I’ve read a lot of reviews from The Ordinary skincare range and have wanted to get my hands on these goodies for quite some time. When I did, oh boy, I was not disappointed: I’m super impressed! The brand is jaw-dropping affordable and does the job beautifully. In my honest option, I think Ordinary, which is a Canadian brand, has already revolutionised the beauty industry with its affordable active ingredients and no-frills packaging. So, I thought I’d go through the products which I’ve bought and absolutely adore. Everyone’s skin is different: I would recommend patch testing any new product before adding it to your routine.

The Packaging is very simple but sleek, and travel size friendly. The product usually comes in a 30 ml bottle. I love the way it’s a pipette applicator! As a former scientist, I have a strange addiction towards pipette applicators.

My Skin Type
Before I go straight into the blog, a little bit of information about my skin type. I have normal to combination skin, which means my T-Zone gets greasy around the nose and central forehead and sometimes I have dry patches around my cheeks (depends on London’s weather mood swings).

The Products
Below are the 5 products which I’ve purchased from The Ordinary skincare range. This assembly of products is all about hydrating and nourishing, especially when your skin needs a little TLC. I’ve been using these products for a month and a half now and I can’t see me stop using it anytime soon!

1| Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% 30ml £8.90 ★★★★ 4 out of 5 stars. 

What it is: Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% is a lightweight, water-based brightening serum with a stabilized form of a vitamin C derivative.

What it does:
Vitamin C helps brighten the skin tone and diminishes signs of aging.

Targets: Dullness, Uneven Tone, and Signs of Age.

When to use and how to use it: Apply a few drops to your skin in the morning and at night before oils, moisturizers, and creams. After I use my toner, I usually apply 2 drops on my palms and pat it on my face. I tend to use this in the morning because I have a different night routine. I have noticed my skin is kept hydrated from the cold winter weather and I have less drying patches. Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% contains a non-irritating form of vitamin C in a lightweight, water-based serum, so it functions with most skin types. It may induce a slight tingling sensation in the sensitive skin.

2| Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG 30ml £5.80 ★★★★★ 5 out of 5 stars.

What it is: Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG is a lightweight, water-based serum with caffeine and EGCG, which are extracts of green tea leaves with a blend of caffeine to tackle dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.

What it does: This product visibly diminishes the presence of dark circles, under-eye bags, and puffiness in the eye contour area.

Targets: Puffiness and Dark Circle.

When to use and how to use it: Apply a drop to your skin in the morning and at night before eye creams. I use this in the morning and at night after toning. I would apply 1 drop into my palm, dap my index finger and apply to both, under the eye and around my eyes. Afterwards, I’ll wait a few minutes before applying eye cream. I absolutely adore this product. It’s my favourite by far and I will be repurchasing it. Since I get up so early to work now and don’t get enough sleep, I’ve noticed my eyes are more prone to puffiness than ever before. The Caffeine, which is an antioxidant helped firm, tighten, and brighten the under-eye area. I can see a slight reduction in the amount of puffiness under the eyes, which is a positive! I noticed when I stopped using this product for 3 days from my skincare routine and sure enough, the puffiness did come back a little bit, so to me, that was enough proof that this product actually worked.

3| Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% 30ml £5.00 ★★★ 3 out of 5 stars.

What it is: Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is a water-based serum with niacinamide (vitamin B3) and zinc.

What it does: This product diminishes the presence of blemishes, redness, enlarged pores, uneven tone, and oily skin. It promotes clearer, brighter, and smoother skin while balancing sebum production.

Targets: Regulates Sebum and Minimizes Pores.

When to use and how to use it: Apply a few drops to your skin in the morning before oils, moisturizers, and creams. This product should not be used at the same time as treatments containing pure vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Unfortunately, this product did not work as well for me compared to the other products. I didn’t notice my skin clearing up, nor became any smoother. However, reading reviews, it worked for bloggers. Many proclaimed they definitely saw a considerable difference in the appearance of marks and blemishes from using this product.

4| 100% Plant-Derived Squalane 30ml £5.50 ★★★★ 4 out of 5 stars.

What it is: 100% Plant-Derived Squalane is a lightweight, non-comedogenic oil that is found naturally in the skin.

What it does: This product hydrates and restores a soft, supple texture to all skin types. It inhibits moisture loss with regular use.

Targets: Hydration.

When to use and how to use it: Apply a few drops to your face after toners and water-based products as needed. The Squalane works on my skin by helping it increase the surface hydration, without needing a huge amount of product and without any shine or stickiness. Instead of decanting the product onto the back of my hand and then using my fingers to apply to the skin, I just simply 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 with this product. Over the past month, I’ve noticed the dry patches on my skin has reduced after using this. I’ve been applying this both in the morning and evening.

5| Serum Foundation (2.0 YG) 30ml £5.70 ★★★★★ 5 out of 5 stars

What it is: Serum Foundation 2.0 YG is lightweight medium-coverage with yellow undertones and a golden luminous sheen. These foundations offers moderate coverage that looks natural with a very lightweight pigmented serum feel.

What it does: A serum-textured natural coverage foundation that softens undesirable hues and visibly reduces imperfections.

When to use and how to use it: This is the first serum foundation I’ve ever used and bought. This foundation offers buildable natural-looking coverage with a semi-matte finish. It is the best £5.70 I’ve ever spent on any foundation and is available in a comprehensive shade range across 21 shades. I always prefer lightweight foundations with light-medium coverage, so this was perfect for me since I’m not a high coverage type of gal. I would lightly shake the bottle before use and pump out a small amount into the palm or the back of your hand. I would use this with a foundation brush because the formula is watery, not as thick as other foundation I’ve used, whereas a beauty blender would absorb a large amount of product due to the formulation of the serum foundation. Using the brush, I would smooth the foundation onto my skin, blending outward from the middle of your face. The photo below shows me wearing the foundation and I must say it is worth the hype with its affordable price and formula.

Final thoughts
The Ordinary is an amazing brand, under a very reputable owner. I love the way they have a wide range of skincare and shades in foundations. All the products are super affordable and very good quality, money worth spent. No wonder so many bloggers, vloggers, beauty gurus hyped this brand of skincare. Go give The Ordinary some consideration, I promise you won’t regret it. I’ve linked you with The Ordinary regimen guide so if you do consider in buying some of these goodies so you know when the best time to use.

I hope you enjoyed this blog and comment below if you’ve ever tried any of the The Ordinary skincare products, which you loved and would like to recommend me or others to try.

Cindy xo

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