Peptides: Drugstore VS High End
🧪 Peptides: What are they? 🧪 Peptides are short strings of amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins. Meaning peptides are the building blocks for both collagen and elastin. Peptides in skincare stimulate the skin to produce more collagen, restoring the skin barrier and plumping the skin. 🧪 The Ordinary Buffet ($14.80) contains matrixyl and peptides for plumping the skin as well as hyaluronic acid to hydrate. This serum is thicker than the Dr Jart and does have a tendency to pill on me. I think this is a good affordable option if you want to introduce peptides into your routine however I didn’t see any mind blowing results with this. 🧪 Dr Jart Peptidin Radiance Serum ($48) contains 8 different peptides as well as radiance boosting peach flower extract. This product unfortunately does contain a pretty high amount of alcohol...4th on the ingredients list and you can smell it when applied to the skin. However I do prefer the texture to TO Buffet. It’s much more of a liquidy consistency and I do notice a beautiful glow to my skin when I’m using this serum. All in all this would be the one I would be more likely to repurchase of the two however neither one of these was really Earth shattering for me and I’m more likely to try different brands after I run out.
Jun. 10, 2020
KochavitHiestandCan you use the Buffet in the same routine with the Ordinary hyaluronic acid 2% + B5? And if yes, which one should be applied first?
Oct. 30, 2020
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Empties: Which one will I repurchase next year?
I have finally gotten through a few bottles of The Ordinary’s products I purchased a few months ago and I can honestly say I am still a huge fan of The Ordinary. They have such affordable skincare and it really does work. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 was a great addition to my skin care and it is a product I would definitely keep buying for many years to come. The Ordinary - 100% Cold Pressed Virgin Marula Oil was great as well and with little fragrance. It is also a product I can appreciate and would definitely repurchase. I am having an issue with The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' that I can’t really understand. When I first started using I saw the effects of it within the week. I loved it and I stood behind this product until about 6 weeks after using it. I felt as though it wasn’t doing anything for my skin. I was so confused on how fast it just “stopped working”. I decided to keep using it because maybe I’m just not seeing any changes because it caused the change I needed it to and was maintaining it. I have decided that I will repurchase this product BUT I will take time off of this product just to see if my skin is worse or better without it. Sometimes you love a product. Sometimes you don’t. I honestly loved all three and The Ordinary as a company.
Breaking up with The Ordinary
I’d always hoped i’d never have to write a poor review for anything skincare related, especially something as hyped up as The Ordinary, which has quickly taken the skincare game by storm... but here I am. Simply put, The Ordinary is just... not so ordinary for me? I would like to preface this by saying I only hopped on this trend 2 months ago, and perhaps I still should’ve waited out the trial and “trusted the process,” however, the breakouts and all around ick I’ve experienced the moment I tried these products to my face I truly cannot endure anymore, especially after receiving loads of helpful advice from the Cherie skincare community to just ditch them and start fresh! My current collection of products from the Ordinary line (with my personal reviews) include: The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 This was the first product from this brand that I introduced to my skin, I had a week long purging phase, however, once it partially cleared up, I honestly did not see much of an overall difference. I think in the moment I thought it was adding a hydration boost, but looking at it now, genuinely not much of a change at all. The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' I appreciate the appeal of this product, as I love any opportunity to use anti aging skincare as early as possible, but this also caused major breakouts for me, which seemed to kinda go away but also linger past a week. Definitely not something i’ll ever purchase again as I really saw no difference. Also left a gross sticky feeling on my face which my hair would always get caught in. Suuuper annoying :( The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Thiiiiiis one right here... I think this product was truthfully the cherry on top of my sudden skin frenzy. I bought it because I had heard nothing but great reviews on its pore reducing properties, as I have colossal pores probably visible from the ISS 😳 however, I have seen zero change in pore size/sebum production, but rather a huge spike in random breakouts in the most inconvenient places. I am currently suffering from the affects of this serum still, hoping that it’ll all soon go away with pimple patches and a more simplified routine... I know that these are only a few of MANY products they offer that I have yet to try, but for anyone out there with combo skin/slightly sensitive skin, I definitely would not recommend the products above. If you do decide to, just make sure you do a firm amount of research before jumping into it. I think a big portion of my issue was user error, using a bit too much product at once, however, I also feel the brand should be a bit more specific on the amount needed to apply, especially when dealing with acids, and other strong serums. I’m adopting a brand new routine soon, and I hope to soon see positive changes!
This is not a skincare product
Like most, I was drawn to the Dr. Jart+ - Peptidin Radiance Serum with Energy Peptides based on the hot pink bottle and neat dropper. But beyond the bottle, there is not much redeeming about this serum. Let’s start with how it feels. It feels like a sticky mess when you apply it. It never dries and felt like a heavy sticky layer on my face. I guess because of this, it does give your face a nice sheen to it which I guess is the “radiance”. So in essence, it does not benefit your skin, it is just a layer to fake a shine. Not about it. The ingredients are somehow worse. Alcohol is way up near the top, it’s LOADED with fragrance, and peptides are the last thing listed. It feels drying after leaving it on for a day. The scent NEVER fades and is honestly migraine inducing for me. My skin never benefited from this, and honestly it made any inflammation I had so much worse. 2 stars because I *guess* it gives radiance (but at what cost u know?) and because the pink bottle is hella cute. But honestly save your money because it’s trash.
Product for Aging Skin
🍒 So I’m 30 years old but I started using anti-aging products around age 27. You definitely will get better results from OTC anti aging products using them in a preventative way versus as a remedy for visible signs of aging. These are some products that I really like for plumping and firming my 30 year old skin. 🍒 Farmacy Very Cherry Bright - a serum with 4 types hyaluronic acid and 4 types of vitamin C. Any vitamin C serum is good not only for brightening but also for plumping and forming. This one I especially like because of the hyaluronic acid. Aging skin tends to be dehydrated which causes it to lose its bounce. This product makes my skin feel significantly plumper, firmer, and springier. 🍒 Dr. Jart Peptidin Radiance Serum - a serum containing 8 peptides and brightening peach flower extract. Peptides stimulate collagen production which decreases naturally as we age. Don’t waste your money on collagen serums as the collagen molecule is actually too large to be absorbed topically. Peptides are where it’s at. This product gives a beautiful dewy plumpness to my skin. 🍒 Drunk Elephant s Protini Polypeptide Cream - another peptide product but a moisturizer! This lightweight gel cream moisturizer contains 9 different peptides as well as waterlilly stem cell extract, soybean folic acid ferment, and acetyl glutamine which all work to plump and repair the skin. This moisturizer sinks in quick and is suitable for all skin types. 🍒 Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream - a 1% retinol treatment that also contains peptides, antioxidant rich winter cherry juice and kale leaf extract and moisturizing passion fruit, apricot, and jojoba seed oil. Retinol is one of the most potent and transformative anti-aging ingredients available over the counter. It also helps with acne, hyperpigmentation, pores, texture, and basically any visible skin concern. Retinol can be drying so it’s important to start slow (maybe once a week then accelerate to 3 times a week then every day or every other day depending on how your skin handles it) and buffer with hydrating, moisturizing, and soothing ingredients. Retinol also can increase sun sensitivity so only use only at night and make sure you wear sunscreen during the day!
These are my go to Niacinimide products but today I specifically want to talk about the Ordinary version with zinc! It’s absolutely unbeatable for the price point and super effective with a high potency of 10% Niacinimide and 2% zinc. It’s one the cheapest yet most effective products I own! I like to use this as my first serum after toner as it is very light weight and sinks in quickly! I then follow up with a vitamin c or thicker serum and end with SPF in the morning! I love the Ordinary for their prices and this is my favorite product that they make! Niacinimide is great to ease inflammation and calm oil production both of which my skin needs! I love this product!
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
3 Best Serums for Hydration, Protection and Brightness
A few years ago (more like 15!) I felt blessed to have such a good skin and didn’t use much skincare at all. Nowadays, I feel like my skin is dehydrated, dull and starting to show premature signs of aging. Well, maybe not premature, considering my age, but it would still be good to keep them off for a little while longer. So, I had to come up with a plan that deals with multiple issues. First, I wanted some brightness, because a youthful complexion always has that special natural glow. Then I needed hydration, and this doesn’t need any more explanation! And, then, I thought some antioxidant protection would be nice (and should help me prevent premature aging!). Here is my choice of products: For Hydration: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + b5 The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 The hyaluronic acid has a liquid consistency and is easy to apply, I use my fingers for this. At first, I was using more than a few drops and it took a few minutes to get it all into the skin. But skin massage is good for blood circulation, so no complains from me. The skin feels plumper after about a few weeks of regular use – I use it both mornings and evenings. The cost is fair, so I will keep buying it and recommending it to other people too. For Antioxidant Protection: The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% The Ordinary - Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% This was a bit of a surprise in terms of how it feels when you apply it to the skin. It was my first time using these ingredients and I didn’t know how my skin will react. While I don’t usually develop allergies, I’m always paying attention when I use skincare products for the first time. This serum is a bit oily, but very fluid. The application is smooth, and it penetrates the skin quickly. It doesn’t leave behind an oily film on the skin, but it does trigger a tingling sensation and some heat. But no redness or irritation, so I guess the heat shows that it is just doing its job! For More Brightness: The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% The Ordinary - Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% Well, this one took me a while to decide to buy it. I wanted vitamin C to correct my dull complexion, but I feared the side effects of using a highly concentrated product. So, after many weeks of deliberation, I went for this vitamin C derivate, which has been absolutely great for my skin. I love it and will get it again; it has done magic with my pigmentation spots. When I apply it, I follow up with SPF cream if it is during the day.
The Ordinary-Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%
Squalane for home pampering - Why I LOVE Squalane
The Ordinary - 100% Plant-Derived Squalane For as long as I can remember (so this would be like at least four, five years), I get a facial treatment every four weeks. I have combination skin and no particular concerns, but my skin can get easily dehydrated, and the dry areas tend to show signs of aging (hello, wrinkles, and fine line!). My beautician is a priceless source of beauty tips and tricks and so up to date with everything. So, when she said that I should try squalane, it took me less than a few hours to choose a product and order it. I got 100% Plant-Derived Squalane from The Ordinary, and now, after about two months of using it, I am pretty sure I can’t live without it. I started using it just for my weekly pampering and facial massage – and it makes my skin soft and smooth and incredibly supple. The texture is oily and liquid, but not very dense. It is fabulous for face massages as you can use a few drops and massage for a few minutes without getting absorbed too soon. After I noticed how amazing my skin feels after the massage with squalane, I started using it in the evenings, too, after cleaning the face with micellar water. It is one of the best (and most affordable) overnight treatments with hydrating and anti-aging properties that I have ever tried. I’m completely hooked now. While I’m a bit curious to try squalane from other brands, I don’t think I’ll get this from another brand too soon as The Ordinary squalane makes my skin very happy and radiant. And I don’t think you can’t beat this price, and I got it for about $8. The product can also be used on the hair if you want more heat protection, but it feels so incredible on the face, I couldn’t bring myself to try it on the hair!
The Ordinary-100% Plant-Derived Squalane
The Ordinary Buffet is a concentrated serum with probiotics, 11-amino acids and multiple peptide complexes. This is a holy grail product for me and targets signs of aging and— at only $14.80 this gorgeous serum is a steal! It layers well and benefits can be seen overtime. I had to use this for about two months before realizing how amazing it was. The first bottle lasted me about a year! When it ran out I had a mini panic attack because The Ordinary was going through a few bumps in the road.
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