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Sunday, 19 August 2018

The Ordinary - What Worked and What Didn't For Me


As a person who is beauty and skin care obsessed, it is unsurprising that my bathroom cabinet holds more products than an average person would typically have. Not to mention that it takes considerably a long time for me to use up all the products because you know, 'One face' and all that jazz.

But my counter-argument is always all in the name of research. Otherwise, I'll be none the wiser.

Since the first purchase of The Ordinary products about a year ago, a few more items had made it from the store to the basket to my bathroom cabinet. Some items work rather well for me and a few didn't make a difference which I think is fairly normal as our skin needs are different and tends to react differently to different products.


So today, I thought I'd share my experience with the The Ordinary products.

Starting with the first two items that I tried, the Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% and the Natural Moisturizing Factors. The former really delivered what it says on the tin especially when it comes to brightening the skin tone. I brought it during my recent trip to Malaysia and Australia and I use it primarily as a night time solution, although it can be used as a day and evening moisturiser too. My skin looks brighter with more radiant the day after whenever I use this as part of my evening routine. I have finished the first tube and had repurchased it, so I guess it is one that will continue to stay in the bathroom cabinet.

I really wanted to like the Natural Moisturizer Factors as a solution to hydrating my skin. However, I didn't really feel that it makes a difference. To me, it feels like I've applied a very basic and fuss-free moisturiser which doesn't have any active ingredients to combat the dehydration which is one of the skin concerns that I have. So, unfortunately, this one doesn't make the cut.

After reading the Skincare Bible by Dr Anjali Mahto, I decided to incorporate AHA + BHA into my skincare routine. I recently purchased The Ordinary AHA30% + BHA 20% Peeling Solution and with only two tries to-date, I have to say, I am really loving this item. AHA is known as a chemical exfoliator which removes the dead skin on the surface of the skin, which is the primary culprit for dullness. BHA works by going more deeply into the skin to remove any impurities and clear the pores from congestion. The combination of these two helps reduce blemishes or prevents new ones from forming and boost skin radiance. So far I use it as a weekly mask for no longer than 10 minutes and the results afterward is baby soft, smooth and clear skin. Definitely a keeper!

As someone who often stays up beyond my bedtime and having to combat puffy eyes and dark circles on a daily basis, I really had high hopes for the Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG. I genuinely want this item to be my new best friend, alas, it didn't work for me. If anything I find that my under eye dark circle became more prominent to the point that I felt I needed to change the shade of my under eye corrector and concealer that I have been using. I've now stopped using this and gone back to using my regular All About Eyes from Clinique which seems to suit me better.

Have you tried The Ordinary products and how did you get on?

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