I recently purchased some skincare from The Ordinary and I have been trying some items out. One of my goals for the year is to not only learn more about my skin, but also try and get into a better skincare routine. The thing that I find the hardest is being consistent with it. The Ordinary has been a hyped brand due to the rock bottom prices so it seemed like a good place to turn for to a routine. I thought I’d go through my thoughts on four items that I’ve been trying out.
Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%
I picked up the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% for the dark spots on my face. I find I have a lot of acne scarring which I haven’t been able to fade properly. Vitamin C products are supposed to be good for this. This is a Vitamin C derivative product which apparently makes for a better serum (compared to pure Vitamin C). I’ve used a couple of other Vitamin C products in the past and there have been so-so results.
I’ve used this on and off for a couple of months and I would say this is alright. I have noticed a very slight difference in my skin, but not noticeable enough to say it’s really doing much. The serum itself is quite sticky. This is similar to other Vitamin C serums that I’ve used. I will continue to use this I think just to see if there are any continued results.
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
The Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% solution is the one that I have been using the most consistently. I think this is a pretty popular serum and I’ve seen many bloggers talk about it. The description of this serum piqued my interested as it’s supposed to “reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion”. They are very specific to say this isn’t an acne solution. I thought this would be best for me as I only have hormonal breakouts now, so this might help the scarring or red spots on my skin.
I’ve been using this at night on a clean face and then apply a thick night cream on top. I find that it has made my skin texture a bit nicer, but I haven’t noticed anything much on the brightness or evenness of my skin. Again, I will continue to use this, but I haven’t experienced mind blowing results.
Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
A direct acid that I’ve been using is Salicylic Acid 2% Solution for breakouts. This is the serum I’ve used the least because I haven’t had too many breakouts. I do use it directly on zits when they appear. I would say if you’ve had results with Salicylic in the past this is definitely a serum worth your money. I’ve had some success with Salicylic (I sometimes get acne, but this does seem to help a bit). Salicylic isn’t a very quick solution to me, but I feel it does end up helping my skin heal.
A little goes a long way with this serum. I find I constantly put a bit too much on when you really need just a drop. I usually apply this at night before I go to sleep. I notice that the area where I apply the serum ends up feeling tighter and dryer which is exactly what I want it to feel when I have an active zit. So all in all, worth it if you’ve had success with Salicylic in the past or want to try an acne treatment.
Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
The Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% was the first product from The Ordinary I bought. On the website, this is advertised as “brightening the skin tone while visibly improving the evenness of skin texture and reducing the look of blemishes”. See a pattern in which serums interest me? This acid is a little different than the others in that it’s more of a cream than the others. I haven’t used this in awhile, and it’s because it really dries out my skin. This was PERFECT in summer as a primer as it completely mattified my skin when I needed it.
Funny enough, I didn’t really notice any of the claims made by this (brightening, reducing the look of blemishes) but this is a really cool primer if you have really oily skin. I think this would be perfect. My skin is oily-combo, so I found that this would dry out my skin too much. I can’t see myself really using this on a regular basis because of this, but I definitely think this is worth a try if you have oily skin.
And there we have four products from The Ordinary’s skincare line! I hope this was helpful if you’re looking into buying any serums and acids. Have you tried anything from The Ordinary? What have been your thoughts?
Thanks for reading! Have a great day!