Back in late winter/early spring, I picked up a few items from The Ordinary. (Yes, it took me this long to write this review, because I only like to test one new skincare product at a time, and I like to test things thoroughly for at least 2-3 weeks!).
If you weren’t aware, The Ordinary is owned by Deciem. Deciem as a company owns all these other little (mostly skincare, but also haircare and body care) companies that sell similar products but at different price points. The Ordinary is the most affordable line in their range. I got the Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% serum for $6.50CAD, and the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 for $6.80CAD. They emphasize super affordable and effective skincare in no-frills packaging.
If you want a full line or brand breakdown, Caroline Hirons and Stephanie Nicole have made some very informative videos on YouTube. There’s also a Skincare Addiction subreddit that I have, ironically, become addicted to. It’s a great brand for skincare afficionados because most of the products have one or two star ingredients and are marketed as such (like the Hyaluronic and Lactic Acid serums I picked up), so it requires a little bit of research on your part to figure out what you want your product to do and purchase from them accordingly. One great tip that I think Caroline Hirons gave is to look at your current serums and if they list a particular ingredient – like hyaluronic acid, niacinimide, or vitamin c) high up on the list, pick up the corresponding The Ordinary product with that ingredient.
I’ll start with the Hyaluronic Acid. It’s an acid that the skin produces normally on its own, and its role is to bind moisture to the skin. It’s not a moisturizer itself per se, but it does help whatever moisturizers you put on afterwards sink into the skin and make them more effective. I absolutely love this. Although my skin can get greasy in the summer heat, it’s really more combination now more than ever, with some flakey-cakey business around my mouth/chin/nose area. This helps to combat that situation. What’s more, my oily areas are usually also dehydrated
because I don’t drink enough water and I eat like a teenage boy, so this helps to boost hydration without adding heavy grease.
The Lactic Acid reminds me a little bit of Sunday Riley Good Genes. Lactic acid is a gentle exfoliator, and the hyaluronic acid in this moisturizes and plumps the skin as the lactic resurfaces it. It’s simple and effective, and my skin seems to tolerate it well. The low percentage of lactic makes it a good starting place for chemical exfoliant newbies.
Overall, I’m intrigued by The Ordinary as a brand and impressed by what I’ve tried so far. I hope to try more of their products – their Niacinimide, Glycolic Acid Toning Solution, and one of their vitamin c formulas are on my wish list.