The Ordinary Skincare Review

I’m always on the look out for new skin care products to try. I’ve heard a lot about The Ordinary brand; cult products for next to nothing cost-wise, but they’ve been notoriously difficult to get hold of. 

From what little I know about them, they’re revolutionizing the beauty industry with their active skin care ingredients, simple packaging and low costs. When I was browsing through Cult Beauty a few weeks ago I stumbled across a number of their products that weren’t sold out, and after reading several of the (very positive!) reviews for a number of different items, and a lot of research into what the various long-winded product names were, I made a large(ish) purchase!


The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% (RRP £5.90 for 30ml)
I have to confess I know very little about using acids as part of your skin care regime and I certainly haven’t tried any up until now, so this was a shot in the dark. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know that I tend to buy skincare products that target the early signs of aging, so it will come as no surprise to find that this particular product received rave reviews about brightening the skin, improving texture and – you guessed it – anti-aging abilities.

From what research I conducted into ALA’s it appears that it has started to become a lot more popular in skin care products for a number of High-End brands. It is considered a ‘universal antioxidant’ because of how it absorbs through the various layers of the skin, targeting several areas such as fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, and puffy and blotchy skin.

Due to its potency Deciem only recommend using 2-3 drops every couple of days, so with that in mind I did exactly that; applying it just after cleansing and toning. It has a very lightweight and watery texture, not oily like I expected. At first it had a very warming feel to the skin, and started to tingle as it absorbed. I thought this was the sign of an allergic reaction and was certain it was going to cause redness, but this subsided after an hour or so, leaving my skin the softest I think I’ve ever felt it.

After using this for a few weeks, I can say that my skin is noticeably brighter and clearer, and that was an instant reaction too. The delicate skin under my eyes is noticeably clearer, and the pores that are more noticeable across my cheeks and forehead have visibly reduced. I’ve had quite a few comments recently about how clear my skin has been looking, so that’s always a good sign a product is working!

I have read that it’s wise to apply an SPF to your skin when using acids, as the acid can make your skin more light-sensitive, so I’ve been applying a light coat of sunscreen before I do my makeup each morning.

I would say that this is NOT a product for those with sensitive skin, though. Usually my skin isn’t bothered by products like this, and although I had no adverse reactions to it, I have been using it sparingly in case it causes any irritation. I would also say if you are inexperienced with acids then this acid isn’t for you either. Whilst I’ve had a very positive experience with it, it’s definitely a lot stronger than I would have gone for. I thought 5% meant it was a less concentrated form of acid, but it’s actually the other way around and 5% is highly concentrated. I would suggest doing a little more research into what concentration to go for.

That being said, my impressions on this particular product are very positive, and I would absolutely recommend this, and would definitely repurchase again.


The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% and B5 Serum (£5.90 for 30ml)
According to reviews for this product, Hyaluronic Acid is supposed to hydrate the skin, creating a smooth and plumper appearance. As it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, it gives the skin a much-needed boost in hydration and creates the appearance of a firmer surface. Our bodies contain around 15 grams of Hyaluronic acid naturally, but as we age this decreases – hence why skin sometimes has the tendency to ‘sag’ when it cannot hold as much water. Products containing Hyaluronic Acids are heralded as a fantastic way to minimize the appearance of fine lines or boost dehydrated skin.

B5 is also known for its water retention which makes it an ideal combination to moisturise, heal and soothe damaged skin. So far, so good.

Again, I haven’t had much experience with Hyaluronic Acids, but I was very impressed with this product. The effects were instantly noticeable; I found that it did give my skin a much-needed boost in fluids, and it definitely felt smoother and firmer. The product itself was extremely lightweight and soaked into my skin instantly, and I didn’t need a lot in order to cover my face. Quite a few people have commented on a ‘chemical’ smell with this product, but I cannot say I’ve noticed a strong scent; in fact, it’s pretty non-existent to me.

I don’t have anything to compare it to, so I cannot say how effective the Hyaluronic Acid 2% is compared to similar products on the market, but if you are on a budget or looking to experiment a little more with Hyaluronic Acids then this is definitely a product to start with.


The Ordinary High Spreadability Fluid Primer (RRP £5.50 for 30ml)
I do love trying a new primer. As someone with oily skin I find that a primer is my absolute basic necessity when it comes to making my makeup last all day. I have so many primers that I’ve tried over the years, so I always order a new primer anytime I come across something new.

With reviews saying that it uses advanced adaptive silicone to mattify, hydrate and blur imperfections, this sounded like everything I look for in a primer. When you apply it, it’s very easy to see that it contains silicone; my skin became instantly matte and velvety, drying down instantly and becoming noticeable blurred. My foundation applied beautifully with both a buffing brush and a beauty blender, and looked flawless.

I find that the biggest test of a good primer is throughout the day when my makeup tends to slip and fade around my T-Zone, but this one kept me looking matte all day. My makeup stayed as fresh as it did when I first applied it, and there was no fading or shine at all, with minimal touch-ups through the course of the day.

Usually I find that mattifying primers can leave my skin looking a little flat, but I didn’t get this at all. I’ve received so many compliments about having a ‘healthy glow’, that I single-handedly put that down to this primer. It does create a radiance that I can’t quite explain, and I love the way it makes my skin look.


Final Thoughts
From what I’ve seen of this brand so far, they are a force to be reckoned with. I’ve been so impressed with the quality of the products I’ve tried, and the affordability is incredible. What they’ve done is made skin care a little bit more accessible to those who can’t afford to spend a fortune on products, and especially those who thought that looking after your skin was an expensive past-time.

I’ve spent a lot of money taking care of my skin, and despite it not being wasted money, it just shows that you don’t have to spend a lot in order to find a half decent product. From my experiences with The Ordinary so far, I will definitely be repurchasing the products I’ve tried, but will also be investing in a lot more of their range.

If you’ve tried anything from The Ordinary, please let me know for future purchases!

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