AND THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED
I´ve been wanting to make this post for a month now, just the day after i started using The Ordinary products. But i did it! I waited for a whole month to see how my skin would react to the product after a few weeks of using it.
But first things first. For those of you who don´t know about this brand, The Ordinary is a skincare line from Deciem, The Abnormal Beauty Company. One of the best things about this one is that it´s vegan and cruelty free. It´s also Very lowcost due to the packaging (even though i love the simple and clear lines that it has) but with a WYSWYG (what you see is what you get ) philosophy and you´ll see why in a second.
If you want to buy a product from them you´re not gonna find any fancy names as a label. They sell you bottled ‘active ingredients’ so you can build up your own and personal skincare routine. However, you can feel a bit lost at first if you don´t know what these active ingredients do to your skin.
Since my skin has been behaving for a while now when it comes to acne; i wanted to focus on the texture and scars on my face. After a lot of online research about the brand through some skincare bloggers, i decided to give it a shot to what for me now is my ‘holy trinity’.
I went straight for the direct acids and bought Salicylic acid (BHA), Alpha lipolic acid (ALA), and Lactic acid (AHA).
Before i continue with what i thought was best for me, and since i am NOT an expert, i strongly recommend you to watch this following videos to see which one of the products will work best for your needs and skin type.
Watch this review from GOTHAMISTA, an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G skincare youtuber, where she explains what acids can do to your skin and how to work with them. She has some other videos talking about more products from The Ordinary.
Liah Yoo is another great informant when it comes to this brand. Here you have her review of what she calls the EXTRAORDINARY brand.
Before i tell you more about every product, i´ll show you how my skin looked like before i started this routine. You can see some texture and the acne scars all over.
If you want a quick review, just watch this video i made.
Now, for the good part, the review.
Lactic Acid 5% + HA
Even though you can find this one in a 10%, i bought the 5% formula because i had never used acids before in my skin (everyone recommends to start little by little and i was just too scared of the idea of how my face could melt through the sink of my bathroom).
What lactic acid does to your skin is just a chemical peeling. Gets rid of dead skin and brings back the moisture with the hialuronic acid. It also has Tasmanian Pepperberry to help to reduce irritation due to the acid.
Even though this peeling is soft and it has ingredients to help with irritation, the company says that it should NOT be used in sensitive skin.
Aqua (Water), Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Isoceteth-20, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.
The first night i tried this out, i was really scared because, as soon as i put it in my skin, it hurt a bit and my face turned all red. (This hasn’t happened ever since, i guess it was just my skin getting used to the acid). All my fears went away the morning after, when i touched my fresh and soft face. That was all joy and happiness.
The best thing yet to come that day was the moment i had to do my makeup. My foundation looked so airbrushed and beautiful and that, for me, was worth it.
Alpha Lipoic acid 5%
As a quick introduction to this one, on their website, they say that Alpha Lipoic Acid is a highly potent antioxidant and can restore a renewed skin appearance, improving visible skin texture and tone when applied topically. This formulation uses an exceptionally high 5% concentration of high-purity Alpha Lipoic Acid.
So what i expect from this product is to target signs of age difuse, texture and Brighten my skin.
Propanediol, Thioctic Acid.
This felt like a dry oil. For this, you have to use 2-3 drops and pad all over your face not more than 3 times a week… I didn’t feel anything with this one but It can itch a bit if you have a little wound or maybe a popped pimple on your face. Nothing serious though. I can definately see that it helps fading the acne marks away. I haven´t seen that brightness yet (or maybe it´s just me, it´s hard to tell) Keep in mind that i use this 2-3 times a week, and i have used it just for a month. As for the signs of age, i still don´t really have wrinkles, but i guess it can help to prevent them (fingers crossed).
For this two acids, is a thing of either or, so what i do is alternate then in my night routine. Reason for that being that Alpha lipoic is highly sensitive to sunlight and, as for lactic acid, since it´s chemical peeling, you should do it at pm plus protect your skin the day alter with sunscreen. But as we all know, that’s something you should do anyways.
Last one was SALYCILIC ACID.
Salicylic Acid 2%
It’s a beta hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin. This 2% treatment solution helps exfoliate the inside walls of pores to fight the appearance of blemishes and for better visible skin clarity with continued use.
Aqua (Water), Hamamelis Virginiana Leaf Water, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Salicylic Acid, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Ethoxydiglycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, 1,2-hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.
I´ll use this one whenever i have an ocasional blemish or if my skin has a bad day. It really dries it out and helps to get rid of it quicker. The only problem i have with this one is the texture. It comes as a gel which, at fisrt, can feel refreshing. What i don´t like about it is when it starts to dry . It gets sticky and feels uncomfortable but nothing unbearable, of course. It goes away with time.
It really helps with clogged pores and reduces pimples. Unlike the other two, you can use this one day at night, it doesn´t matter.
And finally, this is the aftermath:
Even though you still can see some scars and texture, everything its kind of fading. My face feels smoother and the little redness that i used to have is pretty much gone now. For a month of using it, i´m quite happy with the results.
However, this exfoliation is very superficial, which means that you have to be consistent with your skincare routine.