Thursday, November 12, 2020

I tried The Ordinary Skin Care...

 Hey what is up hello! This post came about because my sister posted that I spent 9 months on a Deployment trying to find the best skin care routine, which was not entirely wrong haha. And I think I got a pretty great routine, so the hard work has paid off. After I tried Drunk Elephant, I was intrigued by The Ordinary. My full skin care routine is about 95% The Ordinary, and has been for a little more than a year. 

There are a ton of things that are interesting about The Ordinary, which might bring up a lot of questions, not to mention their countless scandals from years past (If you do not have time to read this, basically they liked to run attack ad campaigns against other skin care brands #BeautyScandal). But here are some things to clear up about The Ordinary.

*Skip down a couple of steps if you are here solely for skin care recommendations*

1. Why is it so cheap// Comparatively to what is on the market, The Ordinary is significantly cheaper than its competitors. There are a handful of reasons why this is. 1. The packaging is all the same, it is a standard packaging that many companies use, and it never changes. This helps with the supply chain, creates less spending for package design. Also notice how everything is black and white. 2. No advertising, ads, celebrity collabs, or influencer marketing. That means minimal marketing cost. 3. It is a sister company under the Deciem umbrella, so it is coupled with more lux brands. 4.On their website they mention that they are not fans of huge markups so they are making a profit, they are just cutting cost and giving that to you 5. The formula.... 6. The buyers....

2. What is the formula like// The Ordinary is a one ingredient bottle. You are getting one aspect of the skin care routine. Unlike a daily moisturizer with different vitamins or ingredients you are getting ONE thing. You are not getting a morning routine cocktail,  you have to buy all the ingredients to make it yourself. So yes the items are cheap, but you do end up having to buy more than one item. 

3. Who are the buyers// The rumor is The Ordinary head hunted buyers from other lux companies, so they were able to use some of the same suppliers (Rumor has it they took buyers from Drunk Elephant). They were also bought out by L'OrĂ©al which is the largest cosmetic company, so they have a huge buying power, which again means you benefit price wise.

This is my routine, and I had a couple of goals with my skin care routine. Because I am in my late 20s #ugh, I want wrinkle prevention and reduction. I wanted to have bright and radiant skin. If any bumps or texture pop up I want that gone stat. So here we go!

100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil// I have no clue why this is such a hot ticket item, but this oil is moisturizing! I have dehydrated oily skin, so my skin drinks up any moisture I put on it, and my skin drinks this up. "Marula oil offers antioxidants, hydrates the skin and is claimed to help restore a radiant tone." It for sure brightens your skin (which I never understood what that meant, but dull skin just looks tired for various reasons: skin cell build up, dryness, slow cell turnover).

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5// The HA serum is told to either go on before or with the marula oil. "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."  Basically this is clear serum that really helps your skin have that youthful bounce.

*This is where my skin care gets different everyday*

Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% // Now let me tell you a Vitamin C is strong, you really should not mix this with anything other than a moisturizer. Your skin also ends up building a tolerance to it, so I do not use this every single day. I use it about once a week, or as a spot treatment for acne. A vitamin C is suppose to brighten and improve uneven skin tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hydrate and smooth. This gives a tingle/itch but should not burn! It works as a mild exfoliant, so it helps with cell turn over to give you a glow and helps with the appearance of firm skin. You can also use this at night if the tingle is too much.

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution// I use this about once a month. You can use this in the morning or at night, but I always use this in the morning. This is a chemical peel mask. Fun fact I knew nothing about skin care, but as young blood I always knew if I was breaking out I should use my mom's moisturizer not mine. Little did I know my mom's moisturizer had AHA in it which helps exfoliate you skin and... you guessed it, helped with cell turnover. (Also another item to not mix with anything harsh, would not use it in the same half day as a vitamin C or Retinol).

*At Night*

Retinol// You either love it or you hate it... Well you either love it, or you are too scared to try it. Retinol works by causing enhanced collagen production, skin smoothing, and an evening of pigmentation. There are a handful of reasons to Retinol can be scary to some, "Rather than removing dead skin cells as many other anti-aging and acne products do, the small molecules that make up retinol go deep beneath the epidermis (outer layer of skin) to your dermis." Which makes it great to aid with cystic acne. I will tell you, when you use this the first week, your skin feels like it is peeling from the inside out, but after it is straight up magic, and really feels like your skin is revamped. I do not use this every night because your skin builds a tolerance, but you should also not use this with anything else. Even a moisturizer will mess with how this works. Start with the lowest percentage you can find (.2%) and work your way up. (I will note that this is a powerful/harsh ingredient... but this does not feel like anything on my skin. It doesn't burn, itch, or tingle.)

What I do most nights// Honestly I take my makeup off most nights, and leave it at that. If I do anything I most likely throw on marula oil, and leave it at that. You can also throw on a vitamin C serum if you aren't using anything else. 

Honorable mention// I am not a big or fancy face wash person, I have tried probably every single trendy facewash, and really have not been overly impressed or thought anything was extremely magical. (would love to hear if someone has a holy grail). That being said I do not feel like I am the most qualified to give a recommendation (who am I kidding I am a girl with a blog, I am not qualified at all). I have heard, if you have normal skin/ combination skin a gel cleaners is the way to go. My only qualification that it be free of parabens, sulphates, and mineral oils. I do love Alba products, and although I do not love the beads, I am loving the Hawaiian Detox Cleanser (also love the Pore Purifying Pineapple Enzyme), I have no clue how the cleanser works, but I have noticed I have no dirt texture on my skin after using this so 9/10 in my book. 

Also please note I am not a skin care expert. Some of these products are not for everyone. This is a skin care routine I created for myself, and this works for me.
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