The Ordinary: Does it Actually Work?
The Ordinary products all over the internet and people seem to really love their products ( and how affordable they are! ) This brand has helped tons of people so I wanted to try it out for myself. 😊 UPDATE: I’ve been using these for 2 weeks and my skin looks SO MUCH healthier and glowy!🙌 I have combination, sensitive, acne prone skin with hyperpigmentation and these are the products that I chose: The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution This is a glycolic acid toner meaning that it is a chemical exfoliant and in my opinion it’s better than a physical exfoliant because you’re not physically scrubbing away at your skin and with that being said, a slight stinging sensation is normal. This exfoliates, brightens, and promotes even tone and texture. You can use it Am + Pm just as long as you wear spf in the daytime. Best part is it’s only $8.70 CAD!🌸 The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% This is a holy grail product for acne. It is a water based serum that greatly improves blemishes, enlarged pores, and oily skin. You can apply this Am + Pm without spf and I can’t wait to see how my skin gets better thanks to this serum! It’s only $5.90 CAD which is amazing for a product this effective!✨ (note: when applying, it does look a bit soapy because it is niacinamide but it blends out nicely) (Do not mix with vitamin C!!) The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% Aka vitamin C.. This has tons of benefits for your skin. It helps with hyperpigmentation, dark spots, uneven tone, signs of age, and it is an antioxidant. It’s an oil based serum meaning it should be applied after water based products and before your moisturizer. You can apply Am + Pm ( with spf ) and remember that vitamin C shouldn’t be mixed with Niacinamide! 🦋 The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA Alpha Arbutin is a brightening serum, it fades hyperpigmentation and dark spots. It’s water based and can be used Am + Pm ( with spf ) and it’s only $8.90 CAD💐 The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA This is a super hydrating moisturizer! It has a bit of a thicker, creamy texture to it and my initial thoughts were that it was going to feel too heavy and greasy on my face but once it was all blended in, it felt pretty good! It’s not too shiny on the more oily areas of my face and it keeps the dry areas nice and hydrated. It’l definitely seal in all the goodness underneath:)💖 UPDATE:The moisturizer as I mentioned is thicker than the ones I typically go for and I noticed that when I apply it and go to bed shortly after, my face sticks to my silk pillow case so it definitely takes a bit to sink into your skin hehe ** Please do your research before purchasing from The Ordinary because their products are at higher concentrations of specific ingredients. Some need to be worn with spf or layered differently and some can’t be mixed with others.**😘
The Ordinary-Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
5 Tips to Start Your Natural Curl Journey
I started my natural curl journey in February of 2019 and although it takes lots of research and experimenting, it is well worth it! My top 5 tips (where to start) to get your natural curls back are: 1. Cut out heat styling If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent most of your adult life trying to straighten your curls into submission. The first tip to getting your curls back is to stop using a flat iron/curling irons on your hair. I know it’s tempting to straighten your hair on a “bad curl day”, but the sooner you cut out heat styling the sooner your curls will bounce back. 2. Use Moisturing Shampoo/Conditioner It is going to take work and LOTS of patience to nurse your hair back to life. I highly recommend OLAPLEX - No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo OLAPLEX - No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner MIZANI - True Textures Moisture Replenish Shampoo MIZANI - True Textures Cream Cleansing Conditioner Bounce Curl - Enzyme Gentle Clarifying Shampoo Bounce Curl - Super Smooth Cream Conditioner The mentioned products are ones I have tried and adore - they will bring life back to your hair. 3. Add Deep Conditioning to Your Routine At the beginning of my curl journey I deep conditioned in the shower once weekly. Depending on the current health of your hair, using heat while deep conditioning may help even more. You may need to deep condition more or less often, let your hair tell you. Some of my favorite deep conditioners are Briogeo - Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask MIZANI - True Textures Moroccan Clay Steam Hair Mask Wild Haven BOTANICA - Botanical Hair Mask 4. Research and Experiment With Curl Methods The Curly Girl Method (CGM) is one that many curly girls all over the world swear by! I personally don’t follow it but I would recommend reading about it and deciding if you want to give it a try! Everyone’s curls are unique to them - meaning your curls have their own pattern and texture and it takes a lot of trial and error in the beginning. It’s all worth it, I promise! Check out my IG page @type_ofbeautiful for examples of curl styling methods. 5. Be Patient!!! Getting your natural curls to be their very best takes time. I started to see improvement in my curls around the 3 month mark (and gradual improvement since) but everyone is different. As time passes, the combination of your hair getting healthy and learning the best styling methods and products will help your curls transform! It is tough, especially in the beginning, but rewarding in more ways than I can count. Have you started your curl journey yet? Let me know in the comments! #CherieCreator #BeautyWithoutBarriers
Wild Haven BOTANICA-Botanical Hair Mask