I told you that a review solely based on The Ordinary was coming. You know for a cheap and cheerful skincare brand, it really has helped my skin be overall clearer. Whilst I still pick at my blemishes, mainly because I can’t help myself, they’re nowhere near as unmanageable as they used to be.
Where to begin? Probably with the first product I use in my morning and evening skincare routine. The Niacinamide 10% and Zinc 1% solution. This stuff is as valuable to me as gold dust. If I had any need for gold dust that is. It’s honestly the product I contribute to helping my skin calm down the most in the first place, and making it overall less oily. Which means, I need to give you all the details so you can work out if this little miracle product, would be right for your skin. The Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, pretty much works to help reduce the appearance of any blemishes and congestion. That’s the product in a nutshell. Due to the high concentration of Niacinamide which the Zinc balances, it means sebum activity can be controlled. I’ve been using this religiously for the past six months (that’s how long I’ve been planning to come back to blogging), and I think it ticks all the boxes it claims to tick. For £5 too, I think it’s worth a shot, especially because a little really does go a long way.
I recently (about two months ago) added into my skincare the Salicylic Acid 2% and the Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%, and once again my skin is thanking me for it. I apply the Salicylic Acid every morning and evening religiously right after I’ve toned but after the Niacinamide. It works to exfoliate the inner walls of those pores we all have, fighting the appearance of blemishes. This has really evened my skin texture out, and it seemed to help out the Niacinamide perfectly. Whilst I am aware this isn’t a long term solution, I have reduced my two drops each time to one and I’m slowly weaning my skin off this miracle BHA acid so hopefully I can just use it every other night to keep my skin clear.
Finally onto the Azelaic Acid 10%. I’ve not been using this as religiously as the Niacinamide or the Salicylic acid, but by reducing the Salicylic acid, I’m hoping it’ll give this product a chance to shine. Essentially Azelaic acid is produced naturally by yeast that already lives on our skin. It helps to brighten and even out skin, whilst reducing the appearance of blemishes. It’s a lovely, light gel consistency that instantly mattifies, a characteristic I love in any skincare product. Whilst I’ve not used it as much as the other two products I mentioned, I still think it’s pretty damn decent. It doesn’t break me out at all, in fact none of these products have, and my skin feels instantly smooth.
All of the Ordinary products I mentioned are vegan and cruelty free, making them accessible to everyone. I have my eye on the Rose Hip Oil next and I don’t think it’ll be long before it makes an appearance.
Have you tried any products from the Ordinary?