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Review: The Ordinary Skincare Products

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Discovering The Ordinary was a bit like finding something incredible in the bargain bin—which I’ve altogether given up on because it’s so picked over and everything good is gone. Not so with The Ordinary, a skincare line (now with makeup!) that sells simple products with straightforward ingredients that work for a price that is shockingly low. Not hyperbole. These prices are cheaper than drugstore. The products come in bottles I want to display. The ingredients are top shelf.

I picked up four of The Ordinary’s skincare products. I’ll go into detail on my favorite, and then touch on the other three.

Note: Even though I don’t love all the products, if you don’t want to or can’t spend money on skincare products, I still recommend you check them out. If it weren’t for other products I love, I’d be using these.

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Let’s start strong. This is the standout product for me, the one that’s found a place in my skincare routine. This product is a “High-Strength Vitamin and Mineral Blemish Formula” to reduce the look of blemishes. It comes in a one ounce glass bottle with a dropper, and with how little I use each time it will easily last half a year.

From The Ordinary:
“Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. A high 10% concentration of this vitamin is supported in the formula by zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid to balance visible aspects of sebum activity.”

I use the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% every night before I apply my Curology treatment. I apply only in my t-zone in hopes it will lessen oil, and I apply directly to breakouts as a spot treatment. This is the only product I use as a spot treatment (otherwise I treat acne with my normal skincare) and it visibly lessens the severity and length a pimple lasts. When hormonal acne starts popping up, this stops it from getting worse.

If you buy any of the products here, make it this one. Oh, almost forgot. The best thing about this product (besides that it actually works) is it costs just $5.90.

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%

This product is a Vitamin C moisturizer. I picked it up to help with my discoloration, but I haven’t used it enough to know whether it works. If you need a moisturizer and dark marks or sunspots are a concern, this one could work for you.

From The Ordinary:
This formula is a light cream that offers 10% pure MAP (very high solubilized concentration). Aside from the general benefits of pure Vitamin C, MAP has been shown to offer specific skin brightening benefits, more so than other derivatives of Vitamin C.

The formula is a thick lotion and it applies to the skin nicely. My problem with it is that I do prefer to use my current products, and there just wasn’t a space in my routine for another moisturizer. I may try to work it in in the future, but for now it sits unused.

The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% comes in a plastic squeeze tube and sells for $9.60.

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

I call this one the Blood Mask—it literally looks like you’ve smeared blood all over your face. It makes for some fun Snapchats!

From The Ordinary:
This combined 32% AHA/BHA solution offers deeper exfoliation to help fight visible blemishes and for improved skin radiance. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture and reduces the look of fine lines with continued use.

I’ve used this mask twice, and I’ll use it a few more times. Although it leaves my skin slightly smoother, I have other masks I like more (like this one from Herbivore). While other exfoliating masks leave me with glowing skin, this one from The Ordinary leaves me feeling slightly rough—not in texture but in look.

The AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution comes in a one ounce glass bottle with a dropper, and sells for the stunningly low price of $7.20.

High-Adherence Blurring Surface Smoother and Primer

This is the only non-skincare product on the list, obviously. This one is a primer.

From The Ordinary:
This formula uses advanced adaptive silicones to act as a matte, hydrating, blurring primer for makeup that looks higher in definition and adheres for longer. The formula can also be used alone as a non-greasy hydrator that reduces the looks of pores and of imperfections.

I stopped using this primer (it should be noted I don’t normally use primers anyway) because I felt it didn’t make a difference when I did use it. I’m trying to lessen the products I put onto my skin, and I don’t want to cover it in something that doesn’t do a thing. $4.90 and comes in a plastic tube.

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