Hyaluronic Acid, the Super Ingredient!
Hyaluronic Acid, or seen as just HA, is probably one of the trendiest super ingredients in my humble opinion! It’s seen on tv commercials, in magazine ads, and all over social media platforms! HA is known for its skin benefits especially “alleviating dry skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and spewing up wound healing,” according to an article on Healthline. The main take away is that HA will promote healthier skin! Just last week I about the new Glow Recipe HA product, so as you can see it is very popular! For reference, I am in my late 20s and want to focus on preventive care before I reach my 30s and 40s. I have oily combo skin with some patches of dry skin due to the changing weather on the east coast. At the moment I only get an occasional breakout and most deal with large pores. The two products I will review are the The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
Fine lines and wrinkles treatments
Pores face serums
Serums for dry skin
Clogged pores treatments
Oct. 12, 2020
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Overhyped products; didn’t see a difference
I’ve used these products consistently over the period of a couple months (not necessarily in combination with each other). I haven’t noticed a difference and realize I don’t particularly love the feel of serums and oils. Here’s my review of each product individually and one ordinary product that I do feel like makes a difference. PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator I was super excited to try and love this product and was mainly wanting help with blackheads on my nose. I haven’t noticed a difference even when using the product twice a day for a couple months. The product is very oily and it’s easy to get all over the bottle. Not a toner that can be used without a cotton pad The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 I don’t love the textures of these products and am disappointed not seeing a difference after using consistently and over half the bottle is gone. dear, klairs - Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drop This product is very oily. I want to include vitamin C in my skincare routine but just didn’t enjoy this particular one. e.l.f. - Happy Hydration Cream I love all of elf’s products and bought this thinking I would love it. It leaves a white cast and I don’t like the feel when I put this moisturizer on, because of this I have been using it just at night I order to not waste the product. Elf has much better products than this one for sure! One product I do like: The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution I’ve started using this once a week and believe it is helping with my blackheads. It is drying and I have sensitive skin so if you’re like me I would suggest only once a week for 8 min and consider a hydrating mask afterwards.
SKIN UPDATE #3 🙌
my skin is looking so glowy so far! But still some acne and dark spots. My acne is definitely decreasing! Especially the ones deep under the skin. I also have a almost completely new skincare routine which I will be making a separate post on but I linked all the products in this post too!
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Nightly Skincare Routine
After trying a few skincare products by The Ordinary in September 2020 and really enjoying them, I decided to expand my collection a bit when they had their Black Friday sale. In the evening, after I cleanse, I apply The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 on my damp skin. It can be sticky if you use too much, a little goes a long way. Once that sets a bit, I massage in The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane I chose this particular retinoid because I tend to have sensitive skin, more so in the colder months. Once I’m finished with this bottle, I may try a more potent retinoid. I then apply a liberal amount of The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA I really love this moisturizer. Some say it’s to heavy, but on my aging skin it’s perfect. Once that has soaked in a bit, I add a nice layer of The Ordinary - 100% Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalane to lock in the moisture. It soaks in pretty quickly and I don’t stick to my pillow case at all. Then of course I slather on some e.l.f. - Ride or Die Lip Balm in mighty mint. I wake up with my lips nice and moist. Once the cold months hit, I generally suffer from peri-oral dermatitis. But this year, because of my deeply moisturizing skincare routine, I have not suffered from it. This products have been a game changer. Especially at their price point.
My “Ordinary” Journey
My skincare routine needed a revamp but I didn’t know where to start. I wanted to use products with good ingredients but I know many companies “green wash” to make you believe all their ingredients are great. I did lots of research and decided to give The Ordinary a try. A little background on my skin: I have aging skin (I’m pushing 38) and it’s been on the dryer side since having kids. I also tend to get peri-oral dermatitis every winter. Then of course, I still get occasional breakouts! Yay hormones 😜 In September, as I was running out of my current skincare products, I replaced them with The Ordinary. I chose HONEST - Gentle Gel Cleanser as I didn’t want anything to harsh or stripping on my dry skin. After I cleanse, I mist my face with HERITAGE STORE - Rosewater Spray then apply The Ordinary - Matrixyl* 10% + HA Because this contains HA, it should be applied to damp skin. On top of that I apply The Ordinary - "Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1% I gave this 4 stars because it’s sooooo sticky and takes a while to dry down before I can move to my next step. After that drys, I go for The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I may not have clear skin all of the time, but when I do get blemishes, they clear up very quickly. This stuff is amazing! I follow that with The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA and COOLA - Classic Full Spectrum 360 Sun Silk Drops SPF 30 Since starting this routine, my skin looks so much better when I apply makeup and when I don’t wear any, My skin tone much more even. And this year, as winter approached, I did not develop peri-oral dermatitis. My skin retains moisture so much better than it ever has.
Current Favourite Night Serums 🌌
I’ve really been loving these 2 night serums lately! And it’s pretty hard to resist The Ordinary’s prices. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I’ll be honest.. I first got this serum probably a year ago and I never really got into it until now. I had really bad acne at the time and got frustrated with anything that wasn’t giving me instant improvement so I think I tried it for about a week and then gave up on it. But recently I felt like I should give it a second chance and now I love it!! It is keeping my face clear and even and I really enjoy how it goes on. I’ll be repurchasing this from now on!! The Ordinary - Mandelic Acid 10% + HA I did a lot of research on The Ordinary’s products lately in search of a new favourite. Mandelic Acid is advertised as an AHA similar to glycolic acid - only more gentle and suited for sensitive skin. This product also has hyaluronic acid to replenish moisture. This combo feels AMAZING on my skin. It instantly feels so smooth and soft. I love that it is a chemical exfoliant that I don’t have to worry about it irritating or drying out my skin and I can use it every night. It is smoothing and evening my skin out and I really enjoy and look forward to using it
The Ordinary-Mandelic Acid 10% + HA
The Ordinary is the BOMB!
I am sure everyone has already heard of The Ordinary right? At first, I would watch YouTube videos about skincare online and see this brand name being thrown around. Another skincare guru YouTuber uses The Ordinary and basically promotes it to the T, calling it “the holy grail of affordable skincare.” So what exactly is The Ordinary and does it actually work? The Ordinary is a subsidiary of Deciem who also sells high-quality and high-end skincare products. Products are made in Canada and are certified cruelty-free, which means they do not test on animals and does not sell in China. Note to cruelty-free/vegan consumers: please check that any brand you buy has the verified Bunny/Does Not Test on Animals label. Also, make sure the company doesn’t sell their products in China. China has a mandatory law that makes it required to test all products on animals before selling there. Be aware. At the beginning, I was skeptic to try TO’s products simply due to the fact the prices were so low. Majority of brands price their products mark their products up to 200% due to their name and extensive list of ingredients they use. A lot of cruelty-free skincare I’ve looked up will cost minimum $20 for a small bottle or tube. I’m a student who only works part-time, so I’m not willing to spend $50 on a small item that might not even work well on my sensitive skin. Current issues: hyperpigmentation, dry skin, contact dermatitis (sensitive skin), uneven texture, redness, occasional oiliness, loss of elasticity in the eye area, fine lines, clogged pores and light acne. I looked up TO’s prices and I was like “wow!” One ampoule can cost as low as $4-5 CAD. I was amazed, so I decided to buy two things. I bought The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + 5% Zinc serum and Pycnogenol 5%. The niacinamide zinc serum is water-based and a clear colour. It doesn’t really have much of a scent (if any). It’s not as oily as I expected it to be. This is used for dark spots, acne scars and pores. It can also help manage light acne as well. This isn’t a product meant to cure worse acne. I massage this into my skin this after cleansing and toning in the morning. Pycnogenol serum is pure antioxidant with a brownish red colour, in an amber bottle. It smells slightly like acetic acid (white vinegar), but the smell is not obnoxious. It does have a slight oily feel, but so far it doesn’t feel gross. I put it after the niacinamide. Put this after water-based serums and before any heavy oils or creams. I add moisturizer/sunscreen after this serum. The results are amazing. The niacinamide serum has made my skin less oily! I also have more moisture and my redness is going down. Pycnogenol has helped my skin feel softer as well. They don’t really help my fine lines, at least not yet. Same with my freckles and scars. I think I didn’t use them long enough. I also purged using them at first. I recommend these products to you all seriously! Don’t knock it till you rock it. :)
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)
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Fave or meh? The Ordinary
The Ordinary is a brand that offers products with active ingredients, in simple packaging and at low prices. If you like skincare, you probably already know this brand. Most of its formulas are simple and offer only one ingredient. I have tried some of their products, here is my opinion. The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA Is one of the mildest AHAs, which helps with fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture and dullness. Its a good option for glycolic acid, since lactic acid is softer. It leaves my skin soft and its not greasy. It is a good alternative to Sunday Riley's lactic acid. The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution It is an exfoliating peel to brighten, fights acne and even out skin tone. Its color is beautiful and many people have tried it. It works very well, you see subtle results from the first use, it leaves the skin glowy and clean. If you don't have sensitive skin, you should give it a try, maybe it will become your favorite peel. The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' It contains 5 different peptides to combat the first signs of aging. Leaves skin soft and fresh. I bought this product for my husband and we both liked, it has Matrixyl 300 and argirelox. I don’t use it daily, because my skin tends to be acne-prone and this serum is a little greasy. I didn’t buy it again because I have many creams and serums to try. I think that due to its ingredients it is a very good option for mature skin, it is also an economic product. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Control excess oil, fights acne, reduces hyperpigmentation, reduces facial redness and hydrates. It definitely helps control acne breakouts. It is an excellent alternative to combine with retinol and reduce its irritating effects. The Ordinary - Squalane Cleanser Gentle cleanser and makeup remover for all skin types. Has a cream texture that turns into oil when you rub it between your hands. I bought it for its low price and because it contains squalane and I don’t regret it. Leaves the skin clean, soft and fresh. I think it is a good brand, with affordable prices and good results.
BE ATTENTION 🔥DO NOT MIX BOTH INGREDIENTS 🔥
I'm combination dry skin. Since high school, I've had acne all over my face, resulting in acne marks and lots of pimples. In addition, I didn't know how to maintain my skin at that time, so my skin looks very lifeless. In addition to moisturizing and fade my acne marks, how to brighten the skin tone has become my focus point. I have studied the cosmetic ingredient list carefully and found that two ingredients have very similar efficacy on brighten the skin tone. One is glycolic acid, the other is retinoic acid. But if you mix them up, it can get worse. First of all, glycolic acid can make the lipid on the surface of the skin become soft, which is conducive to removing old horniness, accelerating cell regeneration and reducing skin wrinkles and scars. But what attracted me most is that it can shine skin feel. Because glycolic acid belongs to the smaller molecule in the acid family, it is easier to penetrate into the skin. As for retinoic acid, its first effect is to improve the dry skin and make the lackluster skin look more transparent and healthy. It can also help us clear the dirt accumulated in the pores, shrink the pores, and have antibacterial effect. These two ingredients are proven to be effective. However, once mixed together, it will result in a result of 1 + 1 less than or equal to 0. Because glycolic acid can make retinoic acid inactive. About this question, I have consulted dermatologist. One advice she gave me is using them separately, one in A.M and the other in P.M. For example, Dior Capture Total and Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion. Dior contains glycolic acid and Ordinary has retinoic acid. You can use different products morning or evening, but if you put them together, not only will it not work, but worse, you may get red skin and allergies. DIOR - Capture Totale C.E.L.L. Energy High-Performance Treatment Serum-Lotion The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
DIOR-Capture Totale C.E.L.L. Energy High-Performance Treatment Serum-Lotion
All about The Ordinary
Since starting my skin care routine in 2019, I have found myself to love The Ordinary skincare line. I have pictured my 3 favorite products from their line currently: The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution The Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is a must for toner in your skincare routine! Glycolic acid is an AHA used to exfoliate the skin, removing the outermost layer of skin on your face to reveal newer, brighter skin. It’s usually used to treat scarring, skin discoloration and even to help with the process of aging. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% As I stated before, the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum is my holy grail for serums. This serum helps reduce skin congestion while balancing the sebum production in your face ( basically controls the oils in your skin). Some more benefits of this serum is the reduction of pore “size” and even reduces the redness you’re skin can produce during and after the cleansing of your skin! The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution This peeling solution is a must in my skin care. This is another great form of exfoliation as the chemical peel will bring fourth your new, brightening skin after the first use! I use this product if I have a bad break out or too much texture on my face! Overall, The Ordinary skin care line doesn’t have to be expensive to work miracles! The Ordinary only uses necessary ingredients in their products, keeping the price of them low. I would 11/10 recommend these products, let alone the whole skin care line!
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
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