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THE ORDINARY VS INKEY LIST: Retinol Two Ways

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femmefindings
What is Retinol? Retinol, a derivative and milder form of prescription tretinoin, has been a holy grail ingredient in my quest to achieving smoother, tighter and firmer skin. A fat-soluble vitamin, retinol (Vit A), has some of the strongest research backing its claims of wrinkle reduction, cell turnover and other anti-aging properties. Common Usage Concerns Can be used AM and PM- there is no research that shows its harm upon sun exposure although it may increase photosensitivity and irritation to some. ✨ Can be used with other actives like niacinamide and vitamin C. Whether it causes skin irritation depends person by person. ✨ Should be phased out PRIOR to getting pregnant. Teratogenic. The Ordinary - Retinol 1% in Squalane
6.70 for 30ml Most retinols from The Ordinary and other skincare lines deliver Retinol in a oily “anhydrous” (water-free) suspension. Percentage depends on your skin tolerance but if you don’t have sensitive skin, you can go straight for the higher % rather than ease into the product. Just use fewer drops! I like that this is formulated with squalene (oil that acts like sebum), which kills two birds with one stone as the oil also acts as an ideal hydrating anti-oxidant for dry/combo skin types. This is a marginally cheaper and longer lasting product than the Inkey List’s retinol serum as 2-3 drops go a long way! It brings that glowy shine to the face, softens blackhead areas, and has completely halted more fine lines from growing on my face. THE inkey LIST - Retinol Serum
9.99 for 30ml More like a moisturizer method of delivery, this retinol is thicker in a oily lotion suspensión. It dispenses yellow and kind of smells like fish oil! The ingredients are impressive- has humectants, retinol and HPR (another derivative form of Vit A), Vit E and Squalene. So this has more goodies than TO’s oil suspension! On application, this dries way more matte than the Retinol 1%. It layers just fine with other serums. I am really appreciating how it blends effortlessly into my existing routine. The packaging is also way more leak-proof than the dropper application so it’s great for travel. For the extra couple bucks, I’d give this a shot if you’re looking for retinol and light moisturizer in one tube! Cheers 🥂
Jul. 9
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CheriePickLove the comparison!!
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Hyram Approved😍The Ordinary or The Inkey List? Which is the BEST?
The Ordinary and The Inkey List are getting a lot more popular recently because of how affordable they are. In this post, I will give you the answer from Hyram through the ingredients evaluation and his own experience. Niacinamide: treats so many skin problems, such as redness and sensitivity, dark spots and hyperpigmentation, controlling the oiliness in the skin, etc. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%($6) VS. THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum ($7): Ingredient Winner: The Inkey List: in addition to Niacinamide, it contains a lot more incredible ingredients, like Radish Root Ferment to soothe sensitivity, Squalene to hydrate the skin, Sodium Hyaluronate is a concentrated form of hyaluronic acid, Soybean Oil to retain skin moisturized Experience & Performance Winner: The Ordinary: super lightweight and sinks into the skin easier, great for people who have combination to oily skin. Whereas The Inkey List product has a thicker consistency with a heavier layer on the surface of skin, great to dry to normal skin. You can choose any from them based on your own skin type.  Retinol: a powerful ingredient to repair multiple types of damage within the skin, including acne scars, pigmentation, fine line, aging, sun damage, etc. The Ordinary - Retinol 0.5% in Squalane($6) VS. THE inkey LIST - Retinol Serum($10)Ingredient Winner: Tied. The Inkey List claims to have 1% retinol but actually 0.5% retinol and 0.5% hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, with is an ester of retinoic acid (an extremely powerful anti-aging and repairing product)Overall: The Ordinary is better because of how many options of retinol at different concentrations they have for a variety of skin types. Retinol can cause a lot of sensitivity if you’re not careful with the concentration Experience & Performance Winner: The Inkey List: No heavy feeling, easy to spread, very effective but non-sensitizing. However, The Ordinary products don’t feel very easy to apply.  Hyaluronic Acid: helps to hydrate and condition your skin THE inkey LIST - Hyaluronic Acid Serum($8) VS. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ($7)Ingredient Winner: Tied. The Inkey List contains Peptides to help soothe and plump the skin, Glycerin to draw in moisture, and radish root ferment. The Ordinary has Ahnfeltia Cocinna Extract to hydrate the skin. Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): brighten pigmentation and dark spots, protect against free radical damage throughout the day. While it is a very unstable ingredient, it could be very effective when it’s put in a stable formula. Ingredient Winner: The Ordinary - Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone($7): It’s a water-free formula, but also has squalene, coconut alkanes, which is great for hydrating and moisturizing the skin. Experience & Performance Winner: THE inkey LIST - Vitamin C Brightening Cream($10): very lightweight on the skin, and Hyram never had sensitivity while using this product.  Glycolic Acid: dissolves all the dead skin cells off the surface of your skin to make your skin glow and hydrated Ingredient Winner: The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution($9): the primary ingredients have Glycerin, a bunch of different amino acids, and Panax Ginseng Root Extract to support the health of the skin Experience & Performance Winner: THE inkey LIST - Glycolic Acid Liquid Toner 100ml($11): no sensitivity reaction but still effective for exfoliating the face  Cleaners: The Ordinary - Squalane Cleanser($8)THE inkey LIST - Salicylic Acid Acne + Pore Cleanser($10), THE inkey LIST - Oat Cleansing Balm ($10), THE inkey LIST - Oil and Water Double Cleanser($10)Ingredient Winner: The Inkey List Experience & Performance Winner: The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm ($10): incredible for moving sunscreen, oil, and dirt from the face  Moisturizers: Winner: THE inkey LIST - Hemp Oil Cream Moisturiser ($13): good for reducing redness; THE inkey LIST - Snow Mushroom Hydrating Gel Moisturizer($10): great for reducing sensitivity; THE inkey LIST - Multi-Biotic Balancing Moisturizer($13): great for healing the healthy bacteria count on your skin The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA($8): it is good but in comparison to The Inkey List it just doesn’t stand out  Check the link below to watch more from Hyram, and let me know if you have any thoughts.💖💖 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Znd29c8mTo&feature=emb_title
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HyramSaveMySkin
2019-2020 skincare journey!
Hey girl hey! This is my first post on the Cherie app and I am so excited to share my skincare journey. Sis when I tell you it was a journey... girl. It was THE journey. My oily/acne prone skin and acne scars and I have been through it. We still have our days here and there. (Thanks Covid for making “maskne” a thing. 🙄) But we are FINALLY in a good place now. 😂 I’m excited to share my ride or die products with all y’all! Cleanser: URBAN SKIN Rx - Even Tone Cleansing Bar : Thank you tik tok for introducing me to this product! This overall is a great cleanser. It makes my skin feel squeaky clean after every use and I honestly think it has helped with my dark spots. However I give this 4 out of 5 stars just because I’ve been using it for a while and I miss gel/liquid cleansers. I’m thinking about switching to La roche or Cerave once this runs out. Morning toner: Glossier. - Solution Exfoliating Skin Perfector I LOVE THIS TONER! I use this in the morning and has been a ride or die for me. Love the light pink packaging however the pump can be a little hard to use just cause it can spray everywhere if you cover the pump too much. But this toner has been a favorite of mine and will be a part of my skincare routine for a long time. Night toner: The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ OBSSESSED. If I could use this in the morning, I totally would. But my skin would hate me so I reserve her for my nighttime routine. This toner is a GAME CHANGER FOR ME. I used to use my witch hazel toner and I regret those days. 😓 But I’m so glad I made the switch. This has helped with my acne and acne scars. 100% recommend to add to your routine! Morning serum: The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% : A vitamin C serum that finally works for me!!! I love using this as a serum for my morning routine. I’ve tried so many vitamin C serums including ones from the ordinary and this is the only one that has worked! THE inkey LIST - Caffeine Eye Cream : Eye bags who? This magic trick eye serum makes me look like I’ve had a good night sleep. The trickery of this eye serum? Sis. Buy this and thank me later. Nighttime serums: The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% : ❤️ I call this serum my ol’ reliable. I love this serum so much that I bought the big boy bottle. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 : Another ol’ reliable serum. Get this serum for your own good. THE inkey LIST - Retinol Serum : I use this twice a week and i can say bye Felicia to future wrinkles. THE inkey LIST - Vitamin B, C, and E Moisturizer : there’s a reason why this is sold out on Sephora. Buy it now. These products have transformed my skin for the better. If y’all want to see a in-depth skincare routine, let me know in the comments below!!
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Which serum is worth it? B-hydra vs the ordinary
Which serum is worth it? B-hydra vs the ordinary
Listen up! It appears that not everyone understands that people have different skin types and live in different climates which need different products and methods. If I negatively review a product that you like, I’m not lying or trying to attack you—that’s just how it worked in my routine. I don’t mean any negativity or harm by reviewing these products together. SO! These serums are similar but do not have the same formulas, I know. But they give me similar results with one obviously beating out the other. But let’s see WHY: Products: The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Retails for $12 for a 1oz bottle. DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum Retails for $52 for a 1.69oz bottle. Product claims: They both claim to hydrate the skin and improve skin elasticity/bounce. Scent: TO: No scent. DE: a subtle natural scent, might be fruit or floral. *neither bother me. Texture: Both are sticky and sink in OK but B-hydra is thicker. Price point: TO: $12, comes in a glass bottle. DE: $52, comes in a plastic bottle. My experience with each: Starting with DE first, as I used it before TO: I jumped on the Drunk Elephant hype train in early June 2019 after falling in love with Protini in November 2018. I started using more of their products together, only introducing one at a time to my routine. I used this as a hydration serum/booster in addition to my moisturizer. At first, this was working very well for my skin, but after a while (specifically after the weather change) I noticed my skin getting worse with texture and breakouts so I promptly took this out of my routine in Oct 2019. Within a couple of weeks my skin was looking and feeling way better and I had a lot less redness (yes I kept everything else in my routine the same). Enter TO’s Hyaluronic acid + B5 serum: I ordered this during deciem’s Black Friday sale and promptly began incorporating it into my daily routine. I was expecting it to make my skin react like it did with B-hydra but that day never came! I’ve been using it almost daily for 4 months now and I regret nothing. My skin texture and overall appearance has improved and this is one of the products that helped me get there—no bs, no nonsense, just a super affordable serum!! Overall thoughts: Overall, here’s what I truly believe. B-hydra has a ton of awesome ingredients but I think it’s just overly complex for what it is, hence the price difference. If it works for you, that’s awesome! I’m happy for you. But as a sensitive skinned lady who is very acne prone, I don’t think this is for everybody. I was forcing myself to continue using B-hydra because all I saw on Instagram were positive reviews and praise and I thought it might be something else in my routine, but it wasn’t. The Ordinary’s no-nonsense Serum was a godsend for me and allows me to pick and choose whatever other ingredients I want to put on my skin. My final say is that TO’s serum is more worth it.
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relpixela
B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
DRUNK ELEPHANT-B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
When You Need that Extra Refresh
When You Need that Extra Refresh
Today I woke up feeling quite blah and wanted to feel more refreshed. I don’t currently have any apparent issues with my skin but I wanted to make my skin look and feel more awake. Do you ever wake up feeling just dull and wanting to give yourself that boost, even if it’s just something small like taking the time to do your skincare? I randomly picked out the products I thought would be perfect for making my skin feel refreshed and this is what I came up with. Of course you should pick any products you feel will do the trick for you :) 1). I first cleansed my skin (and skipped the toner today) 2). I applied the The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 I always apply this all over my face, including under my eyes because it’s so hydrating and gentle. 3). Next, because niacinamide is the unicorn of all skincare products and mixes well with everything, I chose to add that next. It’s great if you have any noticeable redness or blemishes. 4). I applied The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG to depuff my eyes. 5). I then followed with OLAY - Eyes Brightening Eye Cream for that extra hydration (as if I didn’t get enough from the hyaluronic acid haha). 6). Then I applied REN CLEAN SKINCARE - Glow Daily Vitamin C Gel Cream I know some online articles say not to mix vitamin C with niacinamide as they think they counteract each other’s benefits, but there’s no proof that this actually happens. With that being said, I love this vitamin C gel cream because it smells amazing and it makes my skin look nice and bright. 7). And just because I felt like it, I finished with a tiny bit of The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA Although my skin isn’t dry, I felt the more moisture the more refreshed I’d feel. I love all of these products and highly recommend everyone to try them out, even if it’s just a sample. I have nothing bad to say about any of them. If you’re ever just feeling dull, blah, or needing a pick-me-up, it’s nice to just take the time to treat your skin. Use the products your skin agrees with, of course. I have normal skin and I’m thankful all of these products agree with my skin.
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Stacym
Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
The Ordinary-Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
Rapid Reviews: The Ordinary Serums
Rapid Reviews: The Ordinary Serums
The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% My absolute favourite vitamin c serum, with a boost of alpha arbutin. Amazing at lightening PIH and uneven tone. It does have a slightly unpleasant slick texture that is 100% worth the quick results and gentleness. It’ll be hard for me to pay to try another vitamin c serum considering the affordable price and wonderful results I’ve experienced. The Ordinary - Retinol 1% in Squalane I used the various levels of TO’s Retinol in Squalane to slowly adjust my skin to retinol. Love them! They soaked in well during autumn and winter, with zero irritation and minimal purging. I did find they absorb better applied alone. Didn’t help my acne much but I did see scar texture improvement! It’s so silky and softening, I can’t imagine another retinol being better for those with dry skin. The Ordinary - Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% I honestly don’t notice a difference when I use this serum. It’s for long-term skin health so I didn’t expect much in the couple months of use, but it feels slick on skin for an unfortunate length of time so I dreaded applying it. I prefer my Paula’s Choice antioxidant serums. The Ordinary - 100% Organic Virgin Sea-Buckthorn Fruit Oil This stains tf out of shirts and pillows. Your face will be rusty orange for a couple hours. It smells kind of weird. But it is the most calming, nourishing oil I’ve ever used- moreso than rosehip, marula, jojoba, squalane, even from luxury brands. I’m going to order a refill for my tretinoin journey! It heals extracted blemishes beautifully and leaves skin silky by morning. I can’t recommend this enough for anyone with dry skin and those that pick at their face/acne. The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA If your skin dislikes vitamin c (or you already have a vitamin c serum) but you want to fade hyperpigmentation and uneven tone? This stuff has been a favourite in my routine for years until I switched to the (first) mentioned sister product. It applies light, soaks in quickly, caused no irritation, and I saw rapid results compared to vitamin c. Not as quick as Azelaic Acid, but close! Love it. The Ordinary - "Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1% Not pictured but I love it so immensely. It takes a million years to absorb (expect tacky skin until it does) but the soothing, healing aspect has me dreading when my bottle runs out. For a seriously packed peptide serum, it’s pretty affordable- $28.90 for 30 mL. The inability to mix it with acids is annoying but my blemishes are always so much less red and disappear very quickly when I use this serum. It does have a somewhat metallic scent but I happily deal with it and recommend its sister product (The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' ) as an intro the peptides and this for anyone looking to try out copper peptides for their improved healing properties!
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Skinsitive
"Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1%
The Ordinary-"Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1%
NOT A DUPE!!🧴

They aren’t du
NOT A DUPE!!🧴 They aren’t dupes but I like them both. These products are on two ends of the spectrum when it comes to price but I wouldn’t say they are as opposing when it comes to results. I’ve used both for a long time and get similar results when using either of them after applying actives and before a moisturiser. They are both humectants with hyaluronic acid and Vitamin B5. Looking at the first 5 ingredients for comparison sake: The Ordinary is a simple formula made up of Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, and Glycerin etc. But at a basic level it has similar emollients and humectants to B-hydra. It has a fine texture and dries quickly so it’s important to seal it in with moisturiser- it’s nice and light and does the job in the morning. I’d say it’s more suitable for oily skin than B-Hydra, however some people do find it a bit sticky. drunkelephant’s B-hydra Contains Water, Coconut Alkanes, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Glycerin and Pentylene Glycol etc. Despite having some of the same humectants/ emollients it has a more advanced formula and a longer inci list claiming to bring more to the table for example with texture improving ingredients like pineapple ceramides. I feel it’s less sticky and slightly more hydrating on its own, taking longer to dry down. Final thoughts? I prefer the drunkelephant but I would still rate them both equally at 7.5/10 considering the large difference in price £44 vs £5.90. I would recommend getting whichever is in your budget, either one is a good choice in my opinion.
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sparklesandskin
B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
DRUNK ELEPHANT-B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
Retinoids just don’t mix well with others!
Retinoids just don’t mix well with others!
Vitamin C & Retinol: this is the biggest no no! Retinol doesn’t mix well with a lot of ingredients and it should stay far away from Vitamin C serums. Vitamin C helps to boost collagen, help the premature signs of aging, and keeps the skin bright and helps even the texture. Retinoids help with reducing fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen. Using them together could create irritation, peeling and redness. Combining them increases the skin’s sensitivity to the sun, which means there is a higher risk for burning and UV damage. Note- as pictured since I don’t own a retinol. I believe this serum from Herbivore may mix with other serums better.
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thatskincarejunkie
Budget Brand or High-End: $6.80 vs $48
Budget Brand or High-End: $6.80 vs $48
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a wonderful ingredient for its hydrating and soothing properties, offering plump dewiness without making skin oily. It prevents irritation from dehydration and is an all-around great ingredient to incorporate in a skincare routine. But, how much should you pay for an HA serum? These two serums are often considered interchangeable- The Ordinary’s being touted as a “dupe” since they both feature two hyaluronic acid derivatives and vitamin B5. But, that’s about where the similarities stop. Let’s break them down: The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ($0.23 USD per mL) is a tacky, thick serum that takes a while to soak in. I had issues with pilling when applying products over even a small amount of the serum. The ingredient list is pleasantly simple, with some hydrating hitters: sodium hyaluronate (HA derivative), propanediol (humectant that helps products absorb), sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer (HA derivative), panthenol (B5, humectant), glycerin (humectant), and a variety of glycols that serve as further humectants. Unproblematic, simple, hydrating. But, that simplicity leaves something to be desired in my opinion, unless I’m using this to dilute another product. I did see more hydrated skin immediately, though no long-term effects were visible even after using 2.5 bottles. DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum ($0.96 USD per mL) is a light gel serum that soaks in quickly and offers no issues of pilling in my experience, regardless of what I layer over it. And the ingredient list is packed: every hydrating ingredient I mentioned in the Ordinary’s quick review is in B-Hydra, with the exception of propanediol. But B-Hydra incorporates niacinamide (B3, skin-soothing), sodium PCA (humectant), marula oil (moisturizing emollient), dipotassium glycyrrhizate (skin-soothing licorice extract), wheat amino acids (skin-restoring humectant), and a variety of fruit extracts (versus the Ordinary’s one singular fruit extract). I saw similar immediate hydration effects, but actually experienced long-term effects as well in the form of reduced oiliness. Breaking that down, the added benefits understandably have an added cost. This makes B-Hydra superior to me, though the texture superiority and lack of pilling alone makes it worth it since I apply it in the AM as well as PM.
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Skinsitive
B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
DRUNK ELEPHANT-B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
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