Which one should I get?
Hey y’all! Today I will be getting my first product from The Ordinary which I am SO excited about! But I don’t know which serum to get! Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% or Lactic Acid 5% + HA? ✨my skin is oily in my t zone and dry on my cheeks. it is slightly sensitive to physical exfoliation as well. i have some breakouts, texture, and blackheads. i also use amzeeq and tretinoin ✨the niacinamide would help with oil control, my congested pores, and my acne prone skin. i would use this in the morning, but i don’t know if i can use it at night because i don’t know how it would react to my tretinoin ✨the lactic acid would help with the texture on my face, hydrate my skin, and would exfoliate the dead skin cells. i would use this 2-3x a week at night, but i still don’t know how it would react with my tretinoin:( let me know your thoughts down below!! i would LOVE to hear them!!💓💓
Serums for clogged pores
Oil control face serums
Exfoliate dry skin
Apr. 9, 2020
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✨A Buffet for your Skin✨
I love using this product for my daily skin routine to add little bit of hydration. The "buffet" from the ordinary has multitasking water-based serum which cleverly targets multiple signs of skin ageing and improves overall skin health. It helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, boost hydration, fade pigmentation, brighten dull skin, and firm and smooth skin texture. The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' ✨Don't forget to like and follow for more✨ also follow my Instagram page at @sweet_citrustea
I'm on the Fence, What do You Think? ✨
Food for your skin? Haha maybe, the name is inspired by those amazing restaurant phenomenons that seem to have disappeared during the pandemic😉. This is because it contains more ingredients than the usual single ingredient products Deciem offers through this line. It has a lot of appeals, but let's address some issues with this and see if a solution is possible. The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' It's a little acidic and tingly for a serum. I like a serum that gives me a soothing sensation and this definitely does not. It is supposed to tingle a little bit because of the peptides, but it's not something I want to experience every day! I don't like how this sits under makeup, it begins to pill and feels like it sits on top of my skin, so it prevents my makeup from absorbing properly. There are a lot of people reviewing this saying that they see no results. I think they should double check the interactions of other products they may be mixing with this. There is a do not mix list of ingredients to note while using this. The following ingredients may affect the performance of the peptides or cause irritation, so get these out of your skincare routine if you try this! Vitamin C Direct acids such as glycolic acid or lactic acid or salicylic acid. Niacinamide (what!? My fave ingredient!?) Retinol Considering this list, I had to change my daily moisturizer which is also my SPF that contains Niacinamide and lactic acid. Is it worth it? I'm not sure yet lol. I'm thinking because it also doesn't sit well under makeup, It might become a bedtime serum for me. Letting this work its magic overnight seems more appealing and then I can follow it with a soothing serum in the morning 🙂. This works for me, but if you are a religious retinol user it might not fit into your routine. Overall, this product is trickier to use than it may seem. They advertise it as an all in one miracle, but you can't mix it with many products. You need to be strategic to see results. There may be a solution to the tingling. Possibly diluting it with a basic moisturizer like you can do with The Ordinary Vitamin C serum... But most tingling products do this for a reason, so idk. It's a “find what works for you” kind of product and although I don't think it's a bad one, I also think it depends on your skincare routine and objectives. If you prioritize certain ingredients like I do (Niacinamide and lactic acid) then maybe it's not worth it to you? P.s Some deeper info on this products key workers! Peptides – Peptides are the proteins and molecules that make up the building blocks of skin, and keep it feeling smooth, firm, and bouncy. They send signals to cells which encourages them to produce more collagen (which our bodies loose as we age). Matrixyl – Matrixyl is a powerful peptide blend which is formulated to have really long-lasting results. It specifically targets collagen production and repairs damage. Probiotics – Prebiotics are a food source for probiotics (‘good’ bacteria). By feeding and increasing the amount of probiotics, they lead to a stronger skin barrier and improved moisture retention. Amino acids – Amino acids work to strengthen skin, maintain hydration levels, improve resilience, and contribute to an overall healthy appearance. They also protect skin from free-radical damage that can lead to signs of ageing. Hyaluronic acid – Hyaluronic acid acts like a magnet to draw moisture into the skin. Each molecule can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, so it massively improves skin’s hydration levels.
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Reviewing My Followers Skincare Routines pt. 4
Hey ya’ll! In part 4 of Reviewing My Followers Skincare Routines we’re reviewing @Raks and @juliachristine’s skincare routines. Starting with @Rakswho reached out to me via Cherie message because she started skincare about a year ago because of her upcoming wedding. She starts by cleansing with theThursday Plantation - Tea Tree Face Wash Foam which costs $8.99 for 5.1 fl oz. This cleanser is very basic. It has tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil. My issue is with the eucalyptus oil, which is a very irritating essential oil right up there with lemon oil and peppermint oil. If this doesn’t irritate your skin then it’s a great cleanser, but I can’t recommend it to those with sensitive skin. Then she goes in with 4 serums. First is thepura d'or - 20% Vitamin C Serum which costs $14.99 for 4 fl oz. This is a really good serum. It has aloe vera juice, glycerin, jojoba oil, and argan oil which are hydrating ingredients, and then it has hylaronic acid, retinol, and Vitamin C. I love it! Then she uses#The Ordinary - Nicinamide Serum[products]#[FiveStars] which costs $5.90 for 1 fl oz. We’ve talked a lot about this serum, it’s very good. Next is the#Tree Of Life - Hylaronic acid serum[products]#[TwoStars] which costs $10.95 for 1 fl oz. I don’t like this serum. It started off good with hylaronic acid, aloe vera juice, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C, but it contains way too many Essential oils and irritating extracts. And her final serum is theSkinMedica - LYTERA 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum which costs $130.90 for 2 fl oz, which is very expensive. This is not worth the price. It has nicinamide and glycerin, and then some not very researched acids. I don’t recommend continuing use of this serum. Then to moisturize she goes in with theOLAY - Regenerist Regenerating Day Cream which costs $29.99 for 1.7 fl oz. I don’t like this moisturizer. Let’s start with some positives. It has nicinamide, glycerin, and Vitamin B3. Now it has a lot of bad ingredients also. It has Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which is a harsh cleansing agent, as well as fragrance being the 6th ingredient. The she uses a Neutrogena sunscreen, and occasionally usesThe Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution which costs $7.20 for 1 fl oz. This is a great exfoliant. I think @Raks is using too many serums. I would stick to only the Pura D’or and The Ordinary serum, and ditch the other two. Keep the cleanser, and maybe try a different moisturizer. You asked for mineral sunscreen reccomendations for dark skin tones that don’t have a white cast, so I got you girl! I have light skin, but I did some research and I’d recommend the#First Aid Beauty - Weightless Mineral SPF 30[products]#[FiveStars] which costs $34 for 1.5 fl oz, and the #Biossance - Squalane Zinc Sheer SPF 30[products]#[FiveStars] which costs $30 for 1.7 fl oz. Both of these have minimal white cast, and Skincare by Hyram recommends them. Next is @juliachristine’s night routine. She starts off by cleansing with the #Vanicream - Unscented Gentle Cleanser[products]#[ThreeStars] witch costs $8.99 for 8 fl oz. This a nice basic cleanser with glycerin. Next she uses the#OBAGI - Tretinoin 0.025% Cream[products]#[TwoStars] which costs $84 for .7 fl oz. This cream has tretinoin which is a Vitamin A derivative which can treat acne, as well as retinol which also Vitamin A. I don’t think it’s worth the price, but it’s okay. Next she uses the #The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%[products]#[FourStars] which costs $7.99 for 1 fl oz. Along with azelaic acid, it has dimethicone which is a great moisturizer for dry skin. Next she uses theCeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin which costs $17.99 for 15 fl oz. Y’all know I love this product! Finally she finishes off with theVERSED - ZERO-G Smoothing Eye Cream witch costs $17.99 for .5 fl oz. Eye cream is definitely not necessary but this one is great! It has glycerin, algae extract, and olive oil which are hydrating, along with shea butter and a blend of peptides which can help firm the skin and increase collagen production which can help reduce fine lines around the eyes. Overall @juliachristine your routine looks great! That’s it for this post please cheer for this post if you liked it, comment your opinions on these products, and follow me for similar content. Upcoming posts include a 1 month Curology review and unnecessary skincare steps you don’t need. -Mae
Suggestions help?? 🥲
I’m still having trouble with my acne, at first it was clearing up then all of sudden it keeps getting worse, any recommendations will help ! 😣 Cetaphil - Cetaphil Gentle Foaming Cleanser epielle - Black Charcoal Peel-Off Mask The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Sometimes I would use .. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% but if I don’t I would skip it and use .. The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%
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The Best Advice For Choosing Skincare Products
Hey Beauty’s 🙋🏽♀️ So I’ve recommended a lot of products and thought I’d share some advice on how how I select skincare products these days. ☺️ Thanks to @babesandbeauty on Instagram for the advice. ￼Products that you consistently use I noticed that I consistently use TruSkin - Vitamin C Serum which has Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E as my day Serum. I also have The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 for my night routine. I’ve started using Truskin’s Super Serum at night and now alternate between using a natural Retinol or Vitamin A Moisturiser and the Truskin Super Serum which has Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, and Retinol. I now can’t live without my FORMULA 10.0.6 - Rise of the Foam Blemish Busting Cleanser I use this because of the salicylic acid and hemp oil as part of my double cleansing routine. I’m currently trialing products for my first cleanse. 😄 I noticed the ingredients are ideal for my issues which are rough texture, larger than average pores, dullness and my wrinkles and fine lines. For reducing the appearance of my fine lines and wrinkles I ❤️ hyaluronic acid!!!! ￼Products that are ideal for your skin type I’m a little lucky in the fact that I have combination skin and can use a range of products for my issues. Treating the wrong skin type can lead to irritated skin, breakouts and premature aging. Choosing the correct skin care routine for your skin type is essential for making your skin appear youthful and healthy. ￼Products that do not cause irritation to your skin barrier Our skin is the largest barrier against infection that we have. Keeping our skin healthy and moist helps keep this barrier strong. Using the proper skin care products for your skin type can help preserve this important protective layer. ☺️ ￼Products that fit your budget and life The Ordinary creators have totally changed how we think about and buy skin care. Its allowed us to understand ingredients and offered them in ridiculously cheap formulas. It’s championed transparency in an industry that wants you to think expensive products are better. Nothing costs more than $20. In fact, the majority of it ranges at less than $10. This is largely in part thanks to The Ordinary's dedication to transparency, resulting in prices that aren't significantly marked up. Although if you can afford to spend $150 I’d recommend purchasing a Serum rather than a cleanser or moisturiser. Drop me a line about what you consider when you purchase skincare products. Is it the beautiful packaging, ingredient list or that you just saw a review and want to try it. ☺️ Have a wonderful day or evening Jade 🥂
When hydration is needed 💦
I am a dry skinned girl so I am always on the look out for hydrators and moisturizers. This is especially the case as I like to use actives in my routine and they can further dry out my skin. Hyaluronic acid is one of my go to ingredients as it draws moisture into my skin and it works well with other ingredients. The ordinary offers this serum which is great as it is super affordable and it works well with my skin. What is it: This is a hyaluronic acid serum with 3 different weighted molecules so that it can penetrate and hydrate different layers if the skin. Hyaluronic acids is a humectant meaning it absorbs moisture from the air and draws it into the skin. This serum also has b5 which helps nourish and soften the skin. Texture: This is a goopy and cloudy serum that is easily absorbed into my dry skin. Price: This sells at Sephora for $6.80 cad for 1 oz or $12.20 cad for 2oz How I use this: I use this along with my steamer to make sure that the air is moisture rich in order to draw moisture to my skin. This ensures I get the best result. Pros 👍: ￼affordable ￼2 sizes available ￼accessible ￼effective ￼cruelty free 🐰 Cons 👎: ￼some people don’t like the texture ￼you shouldn’t over use hyaluronic acid (check other products) The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 this is a super simple serum that has really helped my dry skin
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The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution My Favorite 😍
I see my face different, cleaner and my spots are disappearing. Recommend this two product. The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
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Why does my skin react different night vs day?
Over the years I have gone through hundreds of products figuring out what works for me. I have finally found a good set of products that I love, but sometimes when I use certain products in the daytime (such as Bio-Oil - Multiuse Skincare Oil and certain facemasks, I breakout so much worse than I do when I use the same exact product at night! I am confused by this so I have been wondering if it’s related to my oil levels throughout the day or what? Should I be using more drying products in the day time and hydrating at night? The only ones that really work for me day and night are The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and THE BODY SHOP - Jumbo Tea Tree Oil although I know Hyram has said oils are not for the face
getting off makeup and clear skin with rosacea!
okay... so I know I've posted this before, and Cherie is (devastatingly) closing down, but I thought I'd share one last post. This really works. one is a prescription and there are a couple items missing, so I'll add them to the pictures. Here is the order they say to put on skincare (as depicted) 1) makeup remover/wash (I use Queen Helene cold cream that I SWEAR by, sometimes BURT’S BEES - BURT‘S BEES Sensitive Facial Cleanser ) 2) Facewash/second face wash (I use DERMA•E - Sensitive Skin Cleanser and Joeseph anti Acne soap 10% sulfur) 3) Toner (I use THAYERS - Rose Petal Facial Toner ) 4) Serums (I use a few... my prescription Amzeeq, mostly The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% , and DERMA•E - Blue Light Shield Concentrated Serum ) 5) Spot Treatments (Murad - Invisiscar Resurfacing Treatment , tea tree oil when needed) 6) Eye Cream (not pictured - DERMA•E - Firming DMAE Eye Lift Cream ) 7) Moisturizer (2 different kinds depending on how dry I am- pictured: Alba Botanica Aloe Green tea moisturizer, not pictured: skinfix - Barrier+ Triple Lipid-Peptide Cream ) 8) Retinol: Now, because I have rosacea, I use a retinol alternative. The best one for sensitive skin I found is The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion use at night only) 9) Face Oil: HEAR ME OUT: If you have oily skin, it's not the WORST thing to use an oil. As a matter of fact, it may work well. BEST ONE BY FAR IS ROSEHIP OIL. I can't tell you how amazing it is The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil , and JOSIE MARAN - Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment during the day) wear sunscreen during the day, and put it in place of retinol. I use Glossier. - Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen it's a great light moisturizer, too. And at night in the winter if it's super dry, I'll put petroleum jelly around the corners of my eyes and lips. The results don't lie, Cherie babes (: comment below I'd you know of a better eye cream.
A quick post on my The Ordinary items. I have been using since August 2018. 💡 The Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 2% was recommended to me as a way to fight against congested pores (something i suffer with on my chin). This worked great and achieved all the right results (less congestion / cleaner pores!! ) but it definitely didnt work in combination with other oils, or my morning routine of multiple facial products. It flaked. Using it once a day, at night after a cleanser and before moisturizer was enough to get results without flaky, peeling product. I don’t use it when I use my night oil. 💡The Salicylic acid 2% solution I use for individual spots. its the same ingredient which can be found in the clean and clear cleanser I use. It dissolves skin debris that clogs the pores! As with all acids less is more...as it could dry out and over sensitize the skin. I dab on spots and dont use at times when skin is clear. it is v. effective. 💡The Azelaic acid suspension I got on a whim. it helps to reduce inflammation, fights acne and rosacea, & helps with skin pigmentation.. none of which I have atm. but the package claimed it would refine the skin's surface, and reveal a more even skin tone, so im trying it as I have some broken vein capillaries on my cheeks that can sometimes look red! no results yet.. but its early days. i like it enough to keep using it until it runs out.
The Ordinary-Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
Pore Minimizing Serum - The Ordinary
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% This serum is marketed as a high strength vitamin and mineral blemish formula that is used to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. It also is used to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and balance the overproduction of oil. This is a liquid consistency with the tiniest bit of ‘stick’ to it, that sinks in easily and smoothly. I’ve been using this product for a few months now, and this is my second bottle of it. It’s easily become a staple for me! For the price point, I think it’s almost impossible to beat. I picked this up when my skin was really congested after seeing a recommendation on Instagram. I have definitely seen results in my skin, especially in my clogged areas like my chin and cheeks. I would highly recommend this to people with clogged pores and issues with excess sebum. It is definitely worth the price, and a little goes a long way. I’d rate it 5/5.
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
PORE MINIMIZING SERUM
Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and helps exfoliate the uppermost layers of the skin. It results in smooth, refreshed and refined skin, which ultimately leads to smaller pore size. The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid is the first acid serum I’ve ever tried and I still consider it one of the best ones out there. It’s also super affordable and you absolutely can’t beat the price ($7)!!! Prior to introducing this product to my routine, I remember having a lot of dry, rough patches. But after a few uses it immediately made my skin so much smoother, more supple and it overall helped reduce breakouts! I’m assuming it’s because it was removing my dead skin cells, which prevented them from clogging my pores and causing break outs. I experienced tingling when I first used it but my skin has since adjusted and it’s been completely fine. I have also been able to use it everyday (I started with every other day). It has a very thin texture, almost water-like, but I never had any trouble with application and I always use my fingers. Overall, I really like this serum! If you’re new to skincare and have been interested in trying out an exfoliating acid, then I highly recommend checking this product out! It’s also available in 5% which is more gentle and for perfect newbies (nobody wants to burn their faces off 🤣). The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA
The Ordinary-Lactic Acid 10% + HA
BLACKHEAD REMOVING SERUM!
The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% PRODUCT FUNCTION blackhead removing niacinamide and zinc serum! TARGET CONCERNS blackheads, acne, dark spots TEXTURE/CONSISTENCY lightweight, watery, gel that sinks into the skin incredibly quickly MY THOUGHTS The blackheads on my nose have appeared to be smaller thanks to this product! I have been using it for almost 3 months now, and I absolutely love it! I like it because I saw results within the first week of using it, and continue to see results the more I use it. I would totally recommend it to everyone because it is incredibly affordable and fragrance free! Definitely worth the price! Definitely a must-try!
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
The Ordinary...Inexpensive but Mediocre
I bought some of The Ordinary’s products to test them out. It is inexpensive and “trending” in a way, so why not? Here’s what I have to say about the products - I used the products pictured above and the Squalane Cleanser. If the squalane cleanser was pictured, I would rate it 1 star. My face did not feel clean after using this product, and I would feel the need to triple wash my face, especially if I was wearing make-up. If you are looking for a cheap cleanser, there are better ones out there. I have another post about Dr. Jart’s Dermaclear face wash, which is a little pricier, but I am obsessed and recommend that instead. I can’t speak to whether the Hyaluronic Acid works well, because I have only used it a couple times. It is very sticky, which is not how I prefer my face to feel as I’m getting in to bed, so I haven’t used it very much. I have been using the Ascorbyl Glucoside and the Buffet for about 3 months now, one in the morning and one at night. Both feel great on my face, they aren’t sticky, and they sink into the skin well. I got a bit of acne after using these everyday, so I reduced my usage to about 4 days a week, and use a calming serum morning and night on the other 3 days of the week. I will say that I have gotten better results from other products in a shorter amount of time, but for the price of these, I would say they are worth a shot. Now, the one product I highly recommend is the AHA peeling solution. This stuff works. I don’t have sensitive skin at all, so I have not experienced this, but I have read that some people have gotten chemical burns from it, so please be careful and know your skin! If you are like me, and your skin isn’t sensitive, I would definitely purchase this. It is so inexpensive and you can feel the burn when you are using it. After I use it, I put Dr. Jart’s Tiger Grass Cream on to reduce redness and I wake up to my best skin days. I only rated it 4 stars, because I wouldn’t say I’m “obsessed,” as I am with many other products, but it works well and it doesn’t break the bank 💥 The Ordinary - Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
PORE MINIMIZING SERUM | TO Granactive Retinoid
The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion Another The Ordinary review! ✨ This time for the granactive retinoid 2% emulsion. This is marketed as a “next-generation retinoid active” for reduction of fine lines and appearance of pores. It is recommended for all skin types. You can see the texture is thin and spreads easily on the face but not too thin like a liquid. I decided to try this because I wanted an introduction to retinoids without a prescription or “heavy duty” product. This is an amazing way to get your skin introduced to retinoids while minimizing the drying effect retinoids can have. I do enjoy this! It is easy to apply and doesn’t have an unpleasant smell. It does feel a BIT sticky after it dries down but the stickiness goes away if you apply a moisturizer after. I usually use this at night to limit my sun exposure with retinoid products. I initially wanted to try this to minimize pores and help my skin texture. I do think that it minimizes pores but only short term. I think I’ll have to use this more consistently to see better results but so far so good! This product did not break me out (which is amazing for me 😂) and it’s not drying like many other retinoid products. I would recommend this product to those who want to try a retinoid but are scared of the “purge” that can happen! This is great for pore minimization as well. I have a feeling that the results happen slowly over time but at $9 this can’t be beat! The Ordinary is so affordable I say this is worth the try!
The Ordinary-Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
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