It is a truth universally acknowledged that good skincare costs a lot of money. Right? Well, that’s what I thought. Until I came across The Ordinary from Deciem. I can’t quite believe the quality of their skincare products for the incredibly budget prices. Read on to see what I thought.
Being in a skincare rut
Because I have this idea in my head that skincare is really expensive, I tend to buy what I think is best for my budget and stick to it come hell or high water. I started off using Clinique, but I hated the smell of the Dramatically Different Moisturiser. Then I got into serums, acids and oils and wanted to spread my wings from the non-cruelty free big brands.
I sometimes find it hard to tell whether what I’m using is having the desired effect or not so I just blindly carry on with whatever I’m using, desperate not to waste the money I’ve spent on it. So I get stuck into a skincare rut and keep re-buying whatever I’ve been using before.
Enter The Ordinary
So when I came across The Ordinary and learnt about the brand’s history and mission, I knew I had to switch up my skincare routine and try something a little bit different. The Ordinary comes from a company called Deciem, The Abnormal Beauty Company. The founder, Brandon Truaxe, decided he wanted to shake up the beauty industry and created ten new brands to cater for the demands of modern life with modern skincare for different budgets.
The Ordinary sits at the lower end of the budget scale, but you’d never guess it to look at it. The packaging is B-E-A-U-tiful! So well designed, and much more expensive looking than it is, with prices starting from just £4.
The Ordinary describes itself as ever-evolving and I’ve already heard that the foundation it is bringing out has a 25,000 strong waiting list. So what did I pick to try? Well, I’m not going to lie, the products list is a little bit overwhelming, but there is a fabulous Regimen Guide to give you a few pointers. I went for:
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% (£7.80) – a brightening hydrator with stabilized vitamin C derivative.
This is an antioxidant that I use to brighten my skin. I apply this cream after my serum. The vitamin power of this product helps to reduce skin irritation and balances out irregular pigmentation. It absorbs in seconds and doesn’t feel heavy or oily on my skin.
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 (£5.90) – a hydration support formula with ultra-pure, vegan hyaluronic acid.
Every man and his dog has heard about hyaluronic acid now and it’s a fabulous hydrator, making your skin feel plumper. The Ordinary’s version uses different weight molecules, so they absorb into different levels of the skin. I apply a few drops of this with the dropper before my serum. Again, it absorbs really quickly and I can tell it has made my skin feel softer after using it regularly for a few months.
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil (£9) – daily support formula for all skin types.
I’ve only recently got into facial oils – I was worried that they would make my oily skin worse – but I am so glad I have been converted. Rose hip oil has been used for a long time for treatment of scars and reduction of fine lines. I apply this on an evening after I’ve removed my make up and cleansed my skin and find it leaves my skin soft and less red and irritated.
Affordable skincare from The Ordinary
I am so glad I picked up some products from The Ordinary and they have totally whetted my appetite for the other brands that Deciem have created. I love their story and the tagline – clinical formulations with integrity. None of the products are tested on animals and they just prove that a lot of what we pay for with our skincare is the brand name rather than the quality of the ingredients inside.
The Ordinary has taught me that great skincare doesn’t need to be expensive and I’d recommend getting stuck in and trying some for yourself.
Have you ever tried The Ordinary? Do you like the look of any of the products here?
These products were provided to me free of charge, but all opinions about them are my own.
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