The Ordinary Skincare Review

When it comes to my face, I’m a firm believer in investing money in the right skincare. Expensive products feel luxurious and I like to know that what I slather on my face morning and night is working wonders, or so I’m told by very clever brand marketing.

So when I heard about a brand called The Ordinary by Deceim I was pretty skeptical, especially after seeing how low the prices of the products were. With my combination, spot prone, rosacea ridden skin I’m definitely wary about the skincare I use and a £5 serum did not fill me with confidence.

The Ordinary Review Products

After some reading, I found that The Ordinary shares it’s research and product development with the other brands in the Deciem umbrella, such as NIOD and Hylamide, who offer skincare at a higher price, due to their more advanced formulas – £28 for a serum for example. By taking the basic research from its sister brands, The Ordinary can offer simpler formulas with fewer ingredients to create a range of skincare products that don’t break the bank.

Visiting The Ordinary website feels like a bit of a chemistry lesson and doesn’t use the usual jargon we are so used to from the mainstream beauty market. After some further research, finding out their best-selling products and scouring the brands Regimen Guide, I worked out what to buy and made the purchase on The Ordinary website. I spent £33 on five products, I would usually spend that and then some on one serum.

Based on how long I spent researching I’ve decided to break it down and go through which products to buy from The Ordinary and review them.

The Ordinary Skincare Review

The items I purchased from The Ordinary were:

I’ll go through each product in detail below but just a few things that really stand out across all of these products:

  • All products are vegan and cruelty free
  • Nice smell across all of the products, not chemically just neutral
  • All sink in incredibly well and quickly, meaning anything you apply over the top goes on seamlessly, e.g. foundation or moisturiser
  • You don’t need much, the products go a long way
  • The packaging is clean, professional and to the point

The following verdicts were after 6 weeks of continued use.

Natural Moisturising Factors + HA – Moisturiser

The Ordinary Moisturiser Review

What The Ordinary say: “Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF) are elements that keep the outer layer of the skin protected and well-hydrated. NMF are made up of multiple amino acids, fatty acids, triglycerides, urea, ceramides, phospholipids, glycerin, saccharides, sodium PCA, hyaluronic acid and many other compounds that are naturally present in the skin. It aims to protect and hydrate your skin, it’s a non-greasy formula and has a lightweight creamy texture.”

My Verdict: I have used this every morning since purchasing two months ago and it’s still going strong. It doesn’t react to my sensitive skin and really locks in moisture throughout the whole day, meaning my make up doesn’t dry out but it also doesn’t add oil.

Buy it here from The Ordinary.

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 – Serum

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid Review

What The Ordinary say: “Hyaluronic Acid (HA) can attract up to 1,000 times its weight in water. The molecular size of HA determines its depth of delivery in the skin. This formulation combines low-, medium- and high-molecular weight HA, as well as a next-generation HA crosspolymer at a combined concentration of 2% for multi-depth hydration. This system is supported with the addition of Vitamin B5 which also enhances surface hydration.”

My Verdict: I use it in the evening before my night cream and my skin has never been softer and more hydrated since using this miracle product. My skin is probably best descried as combination, oily in the t-zone but dry around my cheeks and sides of my face. Every morning since using the Hyaluronic Acid, the typically dry bits are so soft and hydrated and the t-zone is not any more oily, I’m in love.

Buy it here from The Ordinary.

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% – Serum

The Ordinary Niacinamide Review

What The Ordinary say: “Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. A high 10% concentration of this vitamin is supported in the formula by zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid to balance visible aspects of sebum activity.”

They note, “While Niacinamide and Zinc PCA reduce the look of blemishes and balance visible sebum activity, neither is a treatment for acne. For persistent acne-related conditions, we recommend the use of Benzoyl Peroxide and/or Retinoic Acid.” It also shouldn’t be used at the same time as any of their products containing Vitamin C.

My Verdict: I used to get the odd spot and have scars from acne in the past, I also suffered from redness on my cheeks and enlarged pores. But no more! I have not had a spot in over a month, the redness and scarring has decreased dramatically and I don’t need to use as much foundation anymore. I use this in the morning before moisturising with the Natural Moisturising Factors + HA and find my makeup applies better than usual. My oily t-zone has also calmed down massively.

Buy it here from The Ordinary.

Advanced Retinoid 2% – Serum

The Ordinary Advanced Retanoid Review

What The Ordinary say: “This formulation combines two forms of next-generation retinoid actives in a combined concentration of 2% by weight. Both forms of retinoid used avoid the irritation associated with retinoid (including retinol) use while delivering better visible results against signs of ageing.”

My Verdict: You’re never too young to fight the wrinkles and although I don’t particularly have many at the moment I think using products to prevent them int he future, is definitely worthwhile. I use the Advanced Retinoid serum in the evening, before moisturiser, a couple of times a week and whilst I haven’t seen any drastic changes, I haven’t gained any new wrinkles and my skin does look visibly plumper.

Buy it here from The Ordinary.

100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

The Ordinary Cold Pressed Rose Hip Oil Review

What The Ordinary say: “This formulation uses 100% pure Rosehip Seed Oil that is both cold-pressed and organic. Rosehip Seed Oil is rich in linoleic acid, linolenic acid and pro-vitamin A, all of which degrade when the oil extraction process involves heat. While cold-pressed extraction is complex, it preserves all of the quality of this important oil which has been shown to reduce signs of photo-ageing and many other skin conditions.”

My Verdict: I bought this because I ran out of my beloved Khiel’s Midnight Recovery Serum (£38), which is a gorgeous silky oil that smells divine and works miracles. I use the Rose Hip Oil every other night after applying the Hyaluronic Acid or the Advanced Retinoid serum but before moisturiser and sometimes mix it with my foundation in the morning. The oil smells lovely and although a bit thicker than the Khiel’s serum, I found it still sank in amazingly well and left me waking up with supple, soft skin. I also get quite dry skin on my neck so love slathering this on it every night.

Buy it here from The Ordinary.

Obviously, everyone’s skin is different and I don’t want to build these products up too much in case they don’t work for your particular skin type or you have a reaction to them, but I am so glad I found them and that they genuinely do what they say on the tin, no bullshit.

I’ll stick with these products as I’m so, so happy with the results, but may try some of the other products in the range or try some from NIOD and Hylamide (which will probably require a revisit to GCSE chemistry revision), but for now I’m staying with The Ordinary.

Whilst you’re here, go check out my review of The Ordinary Salicylic Acid here.

Check out my review of The Ordinary Foundation here.

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Let me know in the comments if you have tried any products from The Ordinary or if you have any questions about the one’s I have used, I’d love to hear your experiences.

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  1. Kimberley
    August 22, 2017 / 8:57 am

    What cleanser/toner do you use alongside these products? X

      • Kimberley
        August 23, 2017 / 4:26 pm

        Great thankyou! Going to give it all a go x

  2. September 21, 2017 / 11:37 am

    I’m doing a makeup course and I ordered the Rose Hip Oil the other day with some foundation palettes. I’m hoping that mixing the oil with cream foundation will make it easier to blend into the skin and less drying. Glad to see you mix it into your foundation sometimes! Do you find it improves how the foundation feels on your skin? x

    • Chloe Beveridge
      September 22, 2017 / 11:11 am

      Ah amazing! Yes I love mixing it with my foundation if my skin feels dry and applying with a beauty blender, as it gives a really nice dewy finish. I just pop a bit of loose powder over the top to stop my t-zone getting oily throughout the day, but would do this anyway with or without the oil! I purchased The Ordinary foundations last week so will be posting a review of those soon. Good luck with your make up course and thanks for getting in touch x

      • September 22, 2017 / 11:41 am

        Thank you! That’s good to hear – I wasn’t sure which of their oils to go for! I’ll have to keep an eye out for your next review x

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