Beauty | The Ordinary – Acids, Vitamins & Retinoids

I’m back with another skincare post, this time something a little more chemical – it looks like I’ve been playing scientist, I can assure you nothing of the sort has taken place. Let me tell you a little more about the brand The Ordinary, it is part of the larger Deciem group which has other major skincare brands under its belt such as Hylamide and Fountain – for those beauty geeks you will have seen these brands all over Boots. However, The Ordinary is a little different in terms of price and what it has to offer. The brand first exploded in September 2016 and being me I caved and within minutes of them circulating the press I bought these 3 little treats all for under £20 I think it was! I was shocked – I couldn’t believe how ‘cheap’ skincare could be, surely I was about to burn my face off, or break out or just something – bad was going to happen. But in actual fact I got quite a pleasant surprise, they are now breaking all boundaries within the retail world and they have become cult pipette glass jars in beauty bloggers and editors bathrooms all over the world.

First up…

Advanced Retinoid 2% £8

Yes, you read correctly just £8. So ‘Retinoid’ what exactly is it? Retinoid’s are derivatives of the Vitamin A family and the ingredient is best used to unclog pores, boost collagen levels, smooth skin and increase cell turnover – all in all flawless skin. This serum is to be used at night time, and SPF in the morning is an absolute must – I don’t care if it is snowing outside, UV rays are still hanging about. Previously there has been a lot of ‘fear-mongering’ surrounding Retinol products, people typically have thought that the skin can become dry, red and flaky. But advanced Retinoid formulas don’t do this. Having said all of this, if you have super sensitive skin then this is not the product for you my friend! I used this over the course of 4-6 weeks and noticed a difference in my skin within 2 weeks, it was definitely smoother and plumper. (I wasn’t using this for fine lines and wrinkles, because I simply just don’t have them – yet! But Retinoid is a key ingredient for anti ageing). I am a big fan of the pipette style packaging as it makes me feel like some sort of chemist when all my pots and lotions are out. But from a beauty point of view, the packaging isn’t ideal, a lot of oxygen can still get to the product due to the pipette style therefore the formula, smell and strength can change over time. This is best used up within 3 months and then move on.

Buffet £12.70

This is a little more expensive, I think their highest selling product – but I mean really come on? Not really a break the bank product. The Buffet is a Multi-Technology Peptide Serum – it contains lots of skin loving ingredients and is meant to be an all in one. I think this is probably the product I was disappointed in the most. The formula was a little sticky and wasn’t the nicest smelling, but hard facts I didn’t notice much of a difference in my skin. I kind of think an all in one product just never works, especially when it comes to skin you should be targeting specific problems, I mean you wouldn’t put all of your clothes in the same wash cycle! You get my point … I think.


Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% £5.50

Again – another low priced product. I will start off by saying this is my favourite one, and a definite repurchase. I have dehydrated skin, and this little glass bottle is packed with ingredients that feed my skin moisture – but not without exfoliation first. (Read Winter Skin Essentials for some more info on skincare during the colder months). The main ingredient in this product is Lactic Acid:

  • Lactic Acid – so this is actually found in sour milk and also within our bodies when we work out. When applied to the skin it helps exfoliate away dead skin cells and reveal new healthy ones which in turn will help your skin glow. It also helps with the reduction of acne scarring, age spots and pigmentation, whilst firming skin as it promotes collagen growth in the deeper layers of the skin;

This created a smoother base for my make up and reduced the amount of small breakouts I sometimes get. The main hydrator is the infamous Hyaluronic Acid which I have spoken about before here. As the weather started to become cooler this was the perfect pick me up for my dehydrated skin, but I didn’t find it as effective as my Chanel Hydra Beauty Sérum Hydration Protection Radiance, but the price difference is incomparable.

Has anyone tried any other products from The Ordinary?

Agnes D.



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