My Review of The Ordinary’s Serums
Niacinamide 10%+zinc 1%: Just like everyone else, I have to give this five stars. I can honestly say I no longer have combination skin- after using this for just a couple weeks I have not had to suffer the dreaded t-zone oil throughout the day. My acne is almost nonexistent (save some pesky hormonal acne) and my scars have faded dramatically. Its made my pores on my t-zone appear smaller as well. The only downside to this serum that I’ve found is that it takes a minute or so to really absorb in the skin. But thats okay because during that minute I usually drink some water and grab out my lotion from my skincare fridge! Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%: I didn’t want this serum. I never thought vitamin C was the end all, be all for skincare, and I have sensitive skin so I was wary of it anyway. But this ascorbyl glucoside solution is a vitamin C derivative, so I could use it alongside my salicylic acid cleanser and Niacinamide serum, and get my skin comfortable with vitamin C since straight vitamin C was too strong for my skin! Despite not wanting this serum at first, I kind of don’t know where my skin would be without it. It has cured my dull skin and gives me such a glow! I also think it’s helped a bit with my acne, since I believe most of my acne is triggered by pollutants! “Buffet”: This is my most recent addition to my Ordinary serum collection. I first bought this a couple months ago, and every time I used it, it tingled and, when it hit any acne, burned. You know when you put on product and it almost feels like its moving by itself on some sort of electrical current? Thats how this serum was. I have ZERO idea what changed, but I’ve decided to try to incorporate this in my routine again and now its awesome for my skin. No irritation, no tingling sensation, just a serum going on some skin. And thank god because this was the serum I wanted most from The Ordinary. Its perfect for future protection- it might not seem like this serum is doing anything now but thats because its gonna come in handy 10-20 years from now when all my friends are looking older and I still have to give the bouncer my ID! I like to use my niacinamide and zinc serum morning and night, followed by the ascorbyl glucoside morning and night. I only use “Buffet” at night because I find that when I use 3 serums in the morning, my sunscreen just does not absorb into my skin. I think the only other Ordinary serum I have left to try that I want is the alpha arbutin 2% + HA because I’ve heard it works wonders for acne scars and dry skin. What’s your favorite serum by The Ordinary??
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Sep. 22, 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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Heyy I just got a new regime for my skincare but I’m not so good at layering. Just wondering if there’s anything I shouldn’t use together! Thanks 😊 PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG The Ordinary - Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% VICHY - Minéral 89 Face Serum LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Duo (+) The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil Elizabeth Arden - Prevage Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum
Simple Look Friday
Hi Cherie! I hope you’re all having a great Friday!! my favorite look is a “natural” look. I love dewy looking skin, but I don’t like looking like I’m wearing so much makeup! My current go-to look has been quite simple! I wash my face with CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin & then I use I'm from - Rice Toner Once that fully absorbs, I’ll lightly pat The Ordinary - Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% over my skin. Finally, I’ll put ELEMIS - Pro-Collagen Marine Cream all over my face & neck. I LOVE this stuff. It hydrates & moisturizes without being too much & it smells amazing!! That’s it for my face. Then I’ll move on to my eyes. I’ll put trèStiQue - Conceal, Cover & Correct Crayon & then use MAYBELLINE - Hyper Easy Waterproof Liquid Liner In Pitch Black in the top corner of my eyes, I do this to highlight the mascara I’ll be adding next. Finally, after curling & brushing out my lashes, I will put MAYBELLINE - Lash Sensational Mascara Full Fan Effect on my top & bottom lashes. Finally, I will use WINKY LUX - Limited Edition Flower Balm on my lips. This goes on clear but then turns this pretty bright pink color! I love it because it always keeps my lips hydrated! & that’s it! My natural makeup routine! Thanks so much for reading & I hope you guys try out my look! Talk to you soon! 💖💋
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Which Niacinamide would you choose?
This is definitely not a dupe situation. These two formulas are only similar in the fact that they contain the same amount of niacinamide (as well as some texture and preservative agents). I’ve been a longtime user of The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and it does work, but I felt after my first bottle I wasn’t getting any continued results. I was also left unimpressed and looking for a different option due to the fact that this is a very tacky formula that can be difficult to work with. TO includes zinc in their formula which they state can reduce acne and can be anti-inflammatory. At $6 you’re getting your 2 active ingredients; niacinamide and zinc. PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster includes the same 10% of niacinamide but doesn’t stop there. They also add vitamin C and a BUNCH of calming, hydrating and restoring products that your skin needs (see attached ingredient list). It’s been a controversy whether or not vitamin C and Niacinamide can be used together, even The Ordinary suggests that their Niacinamide not be used at the same time as vitamin C. Many brands and consumers have disagreed. Paula’s Choice adds the protective ingredients to ensure you’ll have less of a chance of irritation. Paula’s Choice serum is a lightweight watery formula that leaves no residue and I find easy to work into my routine. I wasn’t quite prepared for the thin formula as The Ordinary has more of a tacky texture. I found it best to add it directly from the dropper to my face, versus my hands then face. When it comes to the price difference it does seem that The Ordinary would be the obvious choice. I’m not one that believes that quality skincare has to cost more. But Paula’s Choice formula offers much more than Niacinamide. You’re getting several ingredients that are not found in The Ordinary, hence the price difference. Once I’ve emptied my bottle I’ll be better able to determine if spending 4x’s the amount is worth it. I could choose to use a less expensive option and add the antioxidants and other skin-replenishing ingredients found in Paula’s Choices formula, but I have to admit, I do like the simplicity of fewer steps in my skincare routine. 😉 There are also several other options available that I’ve not yet tried. I have tried The Inkey List and it is just a tad bit less tacky than The Ordinary. Other brand options I’d be open to try are: ￼Good Molecules $6 - formula looks similar to TO and TIL with the only active ingredient being niacinamide ￼Naturium $16 - 10% niacinamide and 2% zinc ￼Good Molecules $14 - similar again to TO and TIL I LOVE how Paula’s Choice lists their ingredients. Behind each one you’ll find out how it benefits the skin. This saves me a TON of time and effort when doing my reviews! Individual reviews on The Ordinary and The Inkey List Niacinamide can be found on my page. What’s your favorite Niacinamide to use? ❤️🍒
Current Products I'm Using
I have oil/combo skin and been struggling with hormonal acne for a few years now which is mainly around my chin. I have noticed some positive changes but also some negative ones, for example I have more blackheads in areas besides my nose which I never had before. Here are the products I've been using lately. AM Routine I don't cleanse in the morning just splash water on my face and pat dry, then I apply PAULA'S CHOICE - Resist C15 Super Booster after I apply moisturizer e.l.f. - Holy Hydration! Face Cream - Fragrance Free then sunscreen Supergoop! - Play Everyday Lotion SPF 50 With Sunflower Extract PM Routine During the day I don't wear much makeup just some mascara so I just use GARNIER - SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Water for my first cleanse, then I go in with PAULA'S CHOICE - Pore Normalizing Cleanser which I am just about out of so I will be using CeraVe - Salicylic Acid Facial Cleanserwhich I haven't tried before but decided to buy it because of all the hype! Than I apply my toner and depending on my skin at the time I will either use PAULA'S CHOICE - Pore-Reducing Toner or I'm from - Rice Toner I have just recently purchased and starting using The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% then I moisturizer with THE inkey LIST - Peptide Moisturizer I use PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator twice a weeks and PAULA'S CHOICE - 1% Retinol Treatment with Peptides + Vitamin C 3 times a week. My skin is still breaking out so I'm gonna try eliminating certain products to see if I can pin point what is causing the breakouts and blackheads. I recently purchased a cleansing brush and I'm gonna start by eliminating the Paulas choice BHA Exfoliator and start using the brush 2 or 3 times a week instead. If that's not the problem then I'm gonna try taking out the Vitamin C. If anyone has any advice or tips I am all ears!!!
I tried The Ordinary hyped products!
The Ordinary has always been an amazing brand - everyone knows it. Over the course of the past year I have been testing and trying out their products. Let’s start with The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% this is probably the most raved about product from The Ordinary and there is a reason for it. Niacinamide is a perfect little serum for those who are experiencing large pores, excessive serum/oiliness and hyperpigmentation. I must say, Niacinamide definitely lives up to the hype! The morning I woke up after using Niacinamide the previous night, I noticed my left over marks and scars from acne had already looked like faded and much lighter! My redness was much less visible and I was struggling with severe redness at the time - I now barely have any due to finding my perfect skincare routine (which includes niacinamide!). I have dry skin and this didn’t feel too dry on me but I already know oily-combination guys and girls will love this! I also don’t have large pores but I noticed mine were even more less noticeable. And to mention, Niacinamide usually fits well in conjunction with other skincare products. I really love how versatile it is! The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 is also an amazing product I have found for my skin! I believe it’s such a good product if you just need that extra plump + hydration for your skin. This acid can feel quite dry sometimes depending what your method of application is. I personally have notice dampening my skin with water on a reusable cotton pad before applying the acid works perfectly! I find that with this method, it applies more easily and evenly over my face and gives me that dewy glow. I can find sometimes it does get quite a bit sticky if over applied (which is my fault) or it’s not versatile with many other products. However, this works really well with niacinamide! The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA is a chemical exfoliant and I use the 10% version and find that it works best with my skin. I personally did not use the 5% before hand as I could not find it in stock however I do recommend testing out that one before as irritation can occur with the higher percentage. I believe you would be best working your way up from the 5% to 10% to ensure you do not risk irritation. I use lactic acid nightly twice a week and have seen great results. My skin was slightly textured before using this and I have seen such great improvements, this acid is definitely perfect for those struggling with texture. I also noticed my makeup applied much better with this chemical exfoliant in comparison to the physical scrub I was using to exfoliate. My foundation applied much smoother and looked flawless without noticing the texture of my skin which I LOVED! This acid also keeps my skin looking much brighter when it is looking quite dull and I also noticed my skin was less congested! It’s great when you need a good skin revamp! I definitely can say with confidence you will not regret investing in the brand! It’s amazing and so affordable!
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Long Awaited Review Part 2!!
Hey everyone! As I mentioned in my previous post, my skin was dull, I had acne scares along with acne too and uneven pigmentation. However, this next product saved me from all of that! The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution! You have probably heard how tremendous this product is and I’m here to give you more of that! I was stuck and I really thought my skin was never going to get better. Being an insecure brown Indian girl who is constantly trying to fit society’s “norms” is really difficult. Although this product helped with my insecurities, it made me realize I’m beautiful. My skin is amazing and sure, I still have acne and some problems but I’m on my way to triumph! My skin has never been better. I was a bit intimidated by the colour of this product and how deep the red was. I’ve heard it’s also called “the Blood mask” and that really woah-ed me! The smell of it was a little bit funky to me as well. Honestly the only downside of this in my opinion was the unpleasant scent of it. The scent comes from 2 ingredients included in the solution: Black Carrot and Tasmanian Pepperberry. Sounds crazy right? The scent threw me off, however it was tolerable but it may or may not be tolerable for you. It wasn’t too strong for me but really it depends on your nose. When I thought of all the benefits this solution would provide me, it immediately outweighed the scent for me. I applied this to my face from the finger tips of my hands. You can apply this directly from the dropper however be careful as to not let the dropper come in contact with your skin. This prevents any cross contamination. It was kind of warm I believe but that may just have been from the consistency. It was very liquid-y. The consistency of it made it easier to apply and again, a little goes a long way! I only used about 4-5 drops which I think is the normal amount of product to use on your skin. You’re not supposed to rub it into your skin, you’re supposed to gently apply it with the ends of your fingertips or even a silicone applicator. It didn’t burn for me as I’ve seen in all of the other reviews I’ve read and watched. It itched a little bit but there wasn’t any uncomfortable sensations. If you have sensitive skin or want to be safe, I recommend applying the product for 5 minutes the first time and adding a minute for each time you apply the mask in the future. NEVER exceed 10 minutes though! The second after I washed off the mask, I felt like a brand new person. It was amazing! My skin was glowing and it looked so incredible. It was at that moment that I realized this product was going to help my skin improve beyond belief. After a month of using it (only 2 times a week), my skin cleared up so well! It was too good to be true. I never thought my skin would reach this level of clarity. This mask helped me so incredibly much. 10/10 recommend! Please try this product out. It works wonders! The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
The Ordinary 10% Niacinamide + zinc 1%
Niacinamide is great for reducing oil and sebum production in the skin. Niacinamide is also a brightening agent which will help calm down redness and irritation in the skin. The zinc will also help reduce redness and ideation in the skin. - I like to use this product a couple times a week. After using this product for about 4 months I have seen less redness in my skin. This product really helps my acne scars and I notice that the spots go away within a couple of days. I’m almost out of this product and I already have a back up.
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin
I have been trying the alpha arbutin 2% + HA for about a month now. I use it about 2-3 times a week a night. Alpha arbutin is suppose to help uneven skin tone and dark spots. I got this because I wanted to see it compared the their Niacinamide because Niacinamide also helps with uneven skin texture. I’m really liking the alpha arbutin texture and how it feels on my skin. The Niacinamide can sometimes feel a little too dry on my skin. I’ve noticed that the dark spots from previous acne on my chin has lightened up but that’s about it. I will continue to try this out.The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
The Ordinary-Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
My favourite 2020 cult classic | 😱👏🏻🔑
The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% We all know by now that The Ordinary and their clean, well-priced, no filler line is here to stay. This product seems to have blown up almost overnight, taking the stage and being crowned 2020's most cult coveted skincare item (a close second to Cerave face wash due to Hyram's own fame)...and for good reason. Their Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum is incredible. I use this guy as part of my night time routine and my pores have been obsessed with it for nearly two years now. What I love about it: ✨ Niacinamide, particularly when partenered with zinc, is a tough match for visible pores, blemishes, and oily little sebum glands who leave those annoying bumps on our faces. ✨ This stuff is gentle but effective. Suitable for many skin types, it doesn't leave a residue for those with oily spots, but won't leave you dried out, and has a low risk of causing irritation. ✨ Niacinamide is also effective in brightening skin tone, so not only will you be removing acne and reducing pore size, but this powerhouse can also help brighten up dark spots and deeper scarring. Truly a one hit wonder that covers all bases. ✨ Zinc, while in lower quantity in this product, is super important for your skin. It's an active anti-inflammatory that assists in protecting and regenerating your precious collagen. It can be a game changer when it comes to wound healing, so slathering it onto blemishes that got a little irritated is key. This stuff has been flying off of shelves and out of stock at Sephora more often than not, but absolutely try to get your hands on it. You'll be happy you did, and despite a possible short-term purging stage when you're becoming acquainted, it'll end up the most loyal skincare BFF you have. 👯♀️ Have you guys tried this out? What do you think? How about any other 2020 cult favs or Hyram-approved products? 💊
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Why you need Niacinamide
Also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinamide, Niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin that works with the natural substances in your skin to help visibly - *minimize enlarged pores *tighten lax pores *improve uneven skin tone *soften fine lines and wrinkles *diminish dullness, and strengthen a weakened surface I don’t think there is one person out there needing help in at least one of these areas!! Niacinamide + Zinc @ $6.00 This water-based serum is has a light gel texture that absorbs quickly and layers perfectly – loads of people rate it as a primer because it instantly makes skin super smooth. Ideal for oily skin, apply it twice daily and you’ll soon notice you skin balancing out. Plus, it has the added bonus of zinc, which helps with healing blemishes. Zinc aids in healing the skin and prevents acne by regulating the activity of the oil glands. Zinc promotes a healthy immune system and the healing of tissues. It is also an antioxidant which helps to fight and prevent the formation of free radicals. Niacinamide can aid in reducing inflammation, which can help with acne, eczema and other inflammatory skin issues. It also helps regulate our natural skin oil production. And the benefits just keep coming...Niacinamide can help slow down the production of Melanin and lighten existing dark patches of skin. Additionally, Niacinamide has been shown to boost collagen, improve skin hydration levels, and even strengthen the skin to protect against environmental pollutants. When working with Niacinamide you want to use it early on in your skincare routine. Always remember- “thinnest to thickest.” Niacinamide is a serum and think of serums as extra treatments that address individual skin concerns outside of regular cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. So Niacinamide should be after toning but before moisturizing. Like most skincare products you are not going to see immediate results. Visible results can take up to 8 weeks, although you may notice a change in your skins texture. I like to use a product for 2-3 months before deciding to keep on with it or move onto something else. For me, Niacinamide will always be apart of my skincare routine. I’ve noticed positive changes in my pores, reduced acne and overall I feel it pairs well with the other products I use, boosting their effectiveness. I especially like to add mine after Cleansing, toning and then applying it after my Hyaluronic Acid. Then I follow up with my other products. There has been debate whether or not Niacinamide is safe to use with Vitamin C, but more and more information is coming to light that it is indeed safe and the two actually pair well together. It was said that Niacinamide cancelled out the effectiveness of Vitamin C, but research now indicates that unless you have overally sensitive skin, the two can be used together. Just be sure to test patch an area of your skin if you are prone to sensitivity. (Some of my facts and info were taken from: www.healthline.com)
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