Honest ordinary review
Let’s start with the The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
Toners for sensitive skin
Sensitive skin products
Combination skin treatments
Sensitive skin face serums
Apr. 26, 2020
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The Old and the New... Serum edition
The Old and the New... Serums for hyperpigmentation/texture edition The Old: The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% This serum had more of a creamy moisturizer consistency, with a bit of a silicon-like feel. I know the texture is a turn off for some, but I actually liked it. Azelaic Acid brightens the skin tone while visibly improving skin texture and reducing the look of blemishes. It is a multi-functional support ingredient that also acts as an effective antioxidant. The new: GOOD MOLECULES - Discoloration Correcting Serum The main ingredient of this serum is tranexamic acid. It is also formulated with 4% niacinamide. This serum claims to improves the appearance of age spots, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage. I’ve only used it twice, so not enough to give a review but I can say the packaging is not awesome. It is in a dropper bottle, except the dropper doesn’t work.
So I thought I would do a skin update. All the products I’ve been using have been tagged in the first photo. I’ve started this new regime a while back when my acne got really bad after I tried oil cleansing. And it’s been a long and difficult road since then and I noticed my skins needs have changed a little bit so I decided to update my routine. I have combination skin and the skin on my forehead is really dry and so is the area around my mouth but my nose and my cheeks are super oily. So I’ve decided to start usingThe Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5to help combat this as well as The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oilto further hydrate my skin. I also need a new sunscreen because I wasn’t a fan of the Neutrogena ultra sheer. The sunscreen would take a really long time to rub it in and if I got the sunscreen on my eyebrows or any of my hair it would turn white and flake, which wasn’t fun. So I’ve decided to try the Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Water Gel Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30. I’ve also started icing my face recently and I’ve noticed that it helps reduce inflammation from acne. And I’ve also noticed that my facial features have become a little bit more defined but only when I ice my face consistently. While I don’t have much acne around my cheeks anymore, i’ve noticed that I keep getting acne in my upper lip area in the same spots. Although I still don’t know exactly what’s causing this acne I did read that certain toothpaste can contain sodium lauryl sulfate, which can clog pores if you get toothpaste on your skin. So I’ve become hyper aware of toothpaste getting on my skin when I brush my teeth now but I haven’t been paying attention long enough to notice a difference yet. And because of the consistent acne around my lips I have hyper pigmentation and that area is kind of getting dark now. I’m using vitamin C and Azelic acid to treat the hyper pigmentation but I’m not seeing results as fast as I would like. Does anyone know of a way to get faster results or how to treat it more effectively?
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Reviewing My Followers Skincare Routines pt. 3
Hey y’all! Today’s post is part 3 of 4 of my Reviewing My Followers Skincare Routines series. In today’s post we’re covering @geralorentas and @robynkenner ! Starting with @geralorentas. She starts out by cleansing with theCeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser which costs $13 for 8 fl oz. This cleanser has super gentle exfoliating agents, as well as glycerin and Hylaronic acid which are very hydrating. Next she uses theRENÉE ROULEAU - Rapid Response Detox Toner which costs $41 for 6 fl oz. This toner, as far as toners go, is pretty good. Its main draws are Salicylic acid and Lactic acid which are great for dealing with acne. Next she uses theSKIN GRAMMAR - Super Good Repair Essence which costs $38 for 5.7 fl oz. This essence has Nicinamide and glycerin, as well as a ton of ceramides. Unfortunately it has orange peel oil. Citrus oils a extracts are extremely irritating to the skin because they are acidic, so I have to say no to this essence. Next she uses the RENÉE ROULEAU - Vitamin C&E Treatment which costs $69 for 1 fl oz. It has glycerin, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C, but again it has citrus oils and extracts which make this another no for me. Then to moisturize she goes in with the#Dr. zenovia - Peptide + Ceramide Moisturizer[products]#[FourStars] which costs $79 for 1.7 fl oz. This moisturizer has ceramides and glycerin. Finally she goes in with theLA ROCHE-POSAY - Anthelios XL Anti-shine Dry Touch Facial Sunscreen SPF50+ which I couldn’t find the price for. It’s a really good basic sunscreen. So that’s @geralorentas routine. For her I would recommend getting rid of the essence and the treatment, but otherwise the products seem great! Moving on to @robynkenner. She starts with a double cleanse, and we’ll talk in a minute about what she’s doing wrong. She starts with the The Ordinary - Squalane Cleanser which costs $7.90 for 1 fl oz. The main ingredients in this are squalane and glycerin. A lot of people complain that this cleanser is so gentle is barely cleans, but it seems to work for @robynkenner. Then she uses theMurad - Clarifying Cleanser which costs $32 for 6.75 fl oz. The main draw for this product is Salicylic acid, but again it’s a no because of citrus oils and extracts as well as fragrance. Now I mentioned that she’s double cleansing wrong. Double cleansing isn’t just using 2 cleansers, it’s specifically using an oil based cleanser and then a water based cleanser. (Check out my post on double cleansing for more information) In this case, @robynkenner is using 2 water based cleansers which can be stripping to the skin, and isn’t considered double cleansing. She mentioned she started doing this because her skin didn’t feel clean with just the first cleanse, and I think this might be because the Squalane Cleanser is too gentle. Next she uses theNeutrogena - Hydro Boost Eye Gel-Cream which costs $25 for .5 fl oz. First off, eye cream should be at the end of a routine. The eye cream itself is great though. Next she usesThe Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution which costs $8.70 for 8 fl oz. I talked about this product in pt. 1, but in short it’s really good. And finally she uses the FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Cream which costs $36 for 6 fl oz. This is a nice super thick basic moisturizer. So in conclusion @robynkenner, I’d try to find a new cleanser, then just add your eye cream after moisturizer instead of early in the routine. That’s all for pt. 3! Please cheer for this post if you liked it, comment below your favorite cleansers to help out @robynkenner, and follow me to join the family and for similar content. -Mae
As 2021 gets started, I wanted to dig into what I’m rebuying and what I’m ditching with the dumpster fire of 2020. DERMA•E - Scalp Relief Conditioner NOT A REBUY While I appreciated the more neutral scent and formulation of these products, I found that this conditioner didn’t provide enough moisture. My hair was feeling a little straw like. DERMA•E - Scalp Relief Shampoo NOT A REBUY I liked the shampoo more than the conditioner since it gave you that cooling feeling. It didn’t exacerbate my dry scalp or cause more dandruff for my bf (he gets eczema on his scalp and major flake), however it made my hair a little squeaky and messed with my natural wave texture. PACIfICA - Kale Luxe Oil-Free Multi Cream NOT A REBUY I’ve said my opinions on this one in a previous post, but it wasn’t my favorite moisturizer. The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution REBUY This is the only toner I’ll be using for the foreseeable future. It definitely helps clear up acne and scarring. *chefs kiss* DR. BRONNER'S - Peppermint Organic Lip Balm REBUY I like this lip balm a lot. It’s not very occlusive and includes a lot of nourishing oils. It’s good for every day and I’ll definitely get another.
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Skin update! Swipe right for progress!
Hey beauties! Just here to touch base again and show you guys how my skin has been doing. As I stated in my last post I did have a little flare up and didn’t know what was causing it since so many things had changed. (I added new products, that time of the month, and I stopped my doxycycline) I am still faithfully using CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin as my one and only cleanser and I truly love it! Still leaves my face feeling clean without that dry feeling. My The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% bottle fell and broke😭 so I have to purchase another one. But I have not been using for the past week so I wanted to keep it transparent with yall! I decided to treat myself to a facial (thanks to my bf for getting it for me 🥰) the medical dermatologist first did some dermaplaning, which is the concept of using a sharp blade to remove peach fuzz, hair, and the top layer of dead cells. It is always advised to have a professional do such procedure because you can cut yourself or spread bacteria. She did a few extractions and followed with an almond cherry mask that smelt like a cherry now and later. She recommended I use an exfoliant after I told her my regimen and recommended ZO SKIN HEALTH - Exfoliating Polish every other day starting tomorrow. I will keep posting weekly updates to show you how its working out! Morning ☀️ CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin CeraVe - Skin Renewing Vitamin C Serum Night 🌙 CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin CeraVe - SA Lotion For Rough & Bumpy Skin CeraVe - SA Lotion For Rough & Bumpy Skin Thank you to all who have been following me on my journey and cheering for me for the past month you guys are great and you keep me motivated to keep pushing forward 🥰🥰🥰🥰
oily skin & don’t know how to manage? I got you
this post is for all the people who have oily skin and sometimes just don’t know how to deal with it! well i’m here for some tips! I have oily/combo skin and I’ve learnt some important info during my skincare journey that I would love to share with you all 🤗 1. still moisturise ￼it is super important for people with oily skin to keep up with moisturising ! you may think that your skin is hydrated and doesn’t need any extra moisture, but it still really does. if you don’t moisturise, or use products to keep your skin hydrated, your skin can overcompensate with releasing it’s natural oils, which in hand, can make your skin more oily 2. don’t be afraid of oils ￼whether this is oil cleansing or any certain type of oil (rosehip, squalane etc), don’t be hesitant to use these products just because of your skin type. for me, oils have made a huge difference to my skin, especially oil cleansing! one thing to remember with oil cleansing, is that oils attract oils, and therefore are oil soluble. products like this help to get rid of grease, blackheads etc and can be great for oily skin! 3. use products targeted for oily skin ￼I know that this one is quite self explanatory, but here are some products that helped my oily skin become more manageable! - niacinamide. this ingredient is amazing for oily skin ! it helps to decrease oil production from within the skin. my fav product is NATURIUM - Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% , but I also don’t mind The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% -exfoliation. now with this I don’t mean physical exfoliation, but chemical exfoliation! my favourite exfoliant has to be PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator this one is my HOLY GRAIL product of them all ! I have many posts on this product so be sure to check those out for an in depth description. - clay face masks. these are good for absorbing oil and giving your face a matte finish. some of my favs are PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask AZTEC SECRET - Indian Healing Clay I hope this helps and if you have any questions, feel free to comment 🌟🥰
This Combo Is Quite Disappointing😖😖...
I have combination-oily skin and whitening is my top priority all year round. I chose to follow a combination that is popular on the Internet: The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%and Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream for Night. I have used this combination for around a month and the The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is already almost empty. It has a watery consistency but it's a little sticky when spreading it on the skin. It creates a very small amount of white foam but not an extremely gluey texture as some say online. I haven't seen see any obvious whitening, but my acne marks are significantly lighter. However, niacinamide is strong, so it's not recommended for sensitive skin. Those who try it out for the first time will need to build up skin tolerance beforehand.🧐 I personally think there's nothing special about the Neutrogena anti-wrinkle night cream because I have not see any obvious results. 🥱🥱It has a smooth creamy texture and spreads easily. However, I didn't see any anti-aging, wrinkle-reduction, or whitening results. It is just refreshing and spreads easily. I've used products containing retinol before, so it didn't irritate my skin, but if you haven't built up skin tolerance, you may experience some tingling. However, you can use the Avène Thermal Spring Water to ease any irritation. Have you used this combo? What is your favorite combo? 🤭Let me know!
Neutrogena- Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream for Night
Tips & Tricks To Glowing Skin
One of my biggest skin issues is dullness. Aside from the complication that is combination skin, I really dislike how lackluster my complexion can be sometimes. It can be really noticeable in photos which is part of the reason why I’m not really fond of taking selfies. What really helped me achieve a nice glow is niacinamide and glycolic acid. I discovered this by searching for skincare guides online and trying out different products. Honestly, I was a bit scared to experiment at first but I was also really excited, especially when I started seeing the effects. Simply put, glycolic acid strips away all my dead skin, revealing the fresh skin underneath. Meanwhile, niacinamide gradually lightens my dark spots. This results in fresh, glowing skin. It’s an amazing combination that really made my skin change for the better. I’m using a total of five products for my ‘glowing skin’ routine: 1. The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution 2. Nacific Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence 3. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% 4. Mimi White AHA Serum 5. PASSION & BEYOND - Phyto Aqua Cream Take note that I don’t use all of this within the same routine. That’s because not all of them are compatible with each other, specifically niacinamide and AHA. Using them in the same routine can cause flushing and redness. In addition, it will also raise the pH of the AHA which will make it less effective. It’s simply not worth using them together. For instance, I use TO Glycolic Toner, Nacific Phyto Niacin Essence, and TO Niacinamide Serum at night. Meanwhile, in the mornings when I’m not planning to go out, I take one scoop of Phyto Aqua Essence into my palm and add a few drops of AHA serum. When I do have to go out, I don’t use the AHA serum because it can increase my chances of getting sunburned. Try these products and see if they work for you too! 💋
PASSION & BEYOND- Phyto Aqua Cream
I need help with my textured skin
My skin is extremely textured especially around the cheek area. I use glycolic acid to exfoliate and niacinamide as well. My skin is very dry but I do get black head and white heads The Ordinary - 100% Plant-Derived Hemi-SqualaneThe Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning SolutionThe Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
The Ordinary-100% Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalane
The Ordinary has changed my routine 😊
Ive always has decent skin but would get random breakouts. I also started breaking out when stressed and was having some dullness and dehydration! To jump in : The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution I really like this toning solution! It doesn’t dry me out and is actually quite moisturizing. It’s great if you experience irritation because the aloe vera in it really provides soothing properties for irritated skin. It helps with gentle exfoliation when I use it at night and I get the exfoliating cotton pads from Target and that helps add some extra penetration to my skin! My face has visibly gotten a more even texture. The only reason it has 4 instead of 5 stars is because you can only use it at night because it doesn’t react well to sun exposure. The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution I am in love with this peel! It visibly improves blemishes and has lightened my dark marks a bit! I love that it’s something I can do at home and still get my deep exfoliation I need. My skin feels and looks radiant. I will say start only using this once a week as it can sting a bit. After you feel you have adjusted you can up it to two times a week depending on how you need it! I’ve currently upgraded to two times a week. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 If you suffer from any sort of dryness this is for you! I’m combination skin but can get dry around my cheek area and just wanted overall more moisture. This is a God send. From the first day I used it my skin was so hydrated. Because Hyaluronic Acid absorbs so much in water this is best used on wet/damp skin. I use it after cleansing AM and PM. I put my moisturizer on directly after so that way more moisture is being sucked in to my skin. Definitely a game changer. The Ordinary - 100% Plant-Derived Squalane I wanted to love this product but I really just like it. For my skin it seems to make me feel too greasy. I use it as my step before my moisturizer and it was just ok. I hate to feel oily and this can make my skin feel that way if I use any more than one drop. Now I mix one drop maybe two in my moisturizer at night. It’s less overwhelming for my skin that way. Once I started using it that way it gave an extra boost of hydration to my nightly routine. All in All has really helped my skin! SIDE NOTE: All of these products are vegan and cruelty free!
The Ordinary-100% Plant-Derived Squalane
$6.99 VS $5.90, Affordable Niacinamide Products Competition!!!
Today, let's compare two affordable niacinamide products. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%and THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum I have combo skin with enlarged pores. Niacinamide's main function is to brighten your skin, reduce dark spots and acne scars, control oil and maintain hydration, and improve enlarged pores. Price: both serums are about 30ml, prices are also similar-The Ordianry $5.90 VS. The Inkey List $6.99 Texture: Very similar. Both serums look like liquid glue. But they are pretty light, easy to spread out. It feels a little bit sticky but can be absorbed easily. The Ordinary's serum is more sticky than Inkey's. Ingredient: The Ordinary includes 1% Zinc. And it is oil-free. Zinc is good for pimples and oil control. InkeyList has 1% Hyaluronic acid. It also has Squalane. This formula ensures hydration for people with dry skin. Effects: After using both serums, my skin looks brighter and more even. I can also see my enlarged pores getting better if I look closely into my skin. However, I do feel differently when I am using these two products-my skin feels more comfortable and hydrated when using Inkey. Overall, both niacinamide serums are pretty good, especially at this price level. Inkey is good for combo-dry skin, and The Ordinary works better for oily skin. But both serums have a high concentration of niacinamide. ⚠⚠⚠If you have sensitive skin, be cautious! Build up your tolerance before you use them! What’s your favorite niacinamide product? I’d love to hear 😊😊
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
The Ordinary Buffet and Niacinamide- are they any good?
The Ordinary Buffet Multi Technology Peptide Serum I once hated The Ordinary when it gave me pimples about 3 or 4 years ago when I tried its Morrocan Oil serum on my face. I guess I can take a bit of blame for that because I didn’t do any research before creating a concoction on my dry combination, sensitive skin. So after that incident, I stopped buying their products and stuck to the tried and tested beauty brands that are known to be gentle and/or effective. A good friend told me everything good about this Buffet Multi Technology Peptide Serum product, and so I thought I should give The Ordinary a second chance on my shelf. And knowing me, I cannot just buy one product especially when it’s this cheap. So I did not hold back and let myself buy a couple more other serums along with the Buffet. I put it on that night, wishing and believing that it will do good for my skin. I double cleansed my face, put on my usual toner, and applied this serum. I even skipped the essence because I was scared that I will put too many layers of products on my face, and that I might have breakouts. The next day, I woke up with redness all over my cheeks and a couple of pimples on my chin and forehead. The Ordinary is just not right for me. Maybe I’m doing it all wrong, maybe it’s not supposed to be mixed in with specific products and ingredients. I don’t know what went wrong but it’s just not for me. Thank God it’s an affordable serum. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% This serum didn’t make me break out unlike The Buffet, but I honestly don’t really know what it does to my skin. I don’t really observe anything different or extraordinary when I apply this on. My skin did feel smooth after every application but apart from that, I notice nothing remarkably different.
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