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A skincare brand that’s based on evidence-backed ingredients, a skincare brand that is affordable in a market full of price-hiked products, a skincare brand that uses simple formulations but doesn’t compromise on quality and effectiveness? That’s what you get when you try The Ordinary skincare.
‘Clinical formulations with integrity’, The Ordinary is part of the parent company ‘Deciem’ which no doubt you’ve heard of. Founded in Canada, Deciem is an umbrella of brands that are focused on advanced functional beauty. Deciem prides itself on it’s team of experts specialised in biochemistry and materials chemistry to bring you simple formulations with advanced ingredients that are evidence-backed, yet with honourable prices (prices range from $8.80AUD-$24.90AUD).
The products from the The Ordinary however, I feel are marketed towards those who are skincare-knowledgable and know exactly what they want and how to customise their skincare routine. For example, their products are named so after the particular active ingredient in the product like ‘Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%’. No hiding behind fancy and ambiguous titles here, the product name tell it like it is however, is light on information for what the product actually does for our skin. But a downside to this is that many people are left confused by the massive product range, and constantly say they don’t know what to buy because they don’t understand what the products are meant to be used for unless they perform research themselves (which you should do anyway but many say they just don’t have the time to do). So, I’m here to give you a bit of a rundown on some of the products from The Ordinary, what they do and how to use them.
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ($12.90)
I’ve talked in depth about Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in a previous post, so make sure you click here if you want a heap of info about it. But basically, HA is naturally occurring in our own body and in high concentration in our connective tissues to maintain the structure and hydration in our skin, joints and organs. It has amazing water retention ability and this is why it’s targeted as a skincare ingredient. Our skin needs both oil and water to keep hydrated, so those with dry skin should be using HA as well as an oil-based moisturiser. Those with oily skin like me can still be dehydrated (there is a difference between ‘dry’ and ‘dehydrated’), so should be using HA even if they think their skin doesn’t need any extra hydration because it will aid in water retention.
This particular HA has three different forms of HA with different molecular weights (it’s also vegan for those who are conscious about this). If you read my previous HA post, you’ll know there are some issues with the molecular size of HA and it’s depth of absorption into the skin. So this one has three different forms to ensure our skin is soaking up all the goodness of HA in different depths of delivery. It also features Vitamin B5 that helps to enhance water retention and surface hydration.
How you should use it
Because of the absorption issues of HA (and also the water retention properties), HA should be used as follows:
- Cleanse – any type of cleanser will do here but ensure it’s not one that strips the skin. You can opt for an exfoliating cleanser as this will improve the absorption of active ingredients into the skin
- Mist – use a hydrating, water-based facial mist and ensure your skin is coated in a light layer of the spray. This will help the HA bind to water and pull the hydration down into the skin. Using HA on dry skin could make your skin even more dry on the surface so always ensure you follow this step
- HA serum – Use the dropper tool to dispense 1-2 drops of the serum and massage lightly into the skin
- Follow with other serums if needed and then moisturise
Ascorbyl Glucoside 12% ($21.90)
Ascorbyl Glucoside is water-soluble and highly stable form of the skincare god Vitamin C, which in it’s truest form (L-ascorbic acid) is highly unstable. If you want to get clued up on Vitamin C in skincare and the various forms it takes, you can read up on my previous ingredient spotlight post here. Ascorbyl Glucoside is considered a ‘gold-standard’ form of Vitamin C due to it’s stability and ease of use however is not as potent as L-ascorbic acid. It is packaged in a UV protective bottle to minimise the oxidation of the active ingredient during storage. The benefits of Vitamin C as a skin antioxidant range from skin brightening, reducing hyperpigmentation, increasing production of collagen, and protecting against photoaging (although it’s not a UV ray absorber). It has so many benefits to our skin that it really should be included in everyone’s skincare routines (except some can exhibit some sensitivty to it).
How to use it
Vitamin C serums usually come in the form of ‘boosters’, meaning they need to be activated with other serums before applying to the skin. Because of this, I always mix a drop or two of this Ascorbyl Glucoside in with my HA serum and then apply to my skin, following the steps above.
Natural Moisturising Factors + HA ($9.80)
Despite what the name suggests, this is not a product with naturally derived ingredients. Natural Moisturising Factors (NMF) is actually a thing! It’s a little complicated, but NMF is a collective term for an array of goodies in our skin that prevent hydration loss in the surface of our skin. This covers molecules like amino acids, triglycerides, urea (amazing for dry skin), ceramides, phospholipids, glycerin, saccharides etc etc, you get the picture, basically all the things that make our skin healthy, hydrated and beautiful. NMF is found in all skin types, and so this product is suitable for all skin types but especially useful for those with dry skin.
This product isn’t a greasy formula, it’s got the consistency, look and texture of a usual moisturiser but has the special effect of repairing impaired NMF in our skin through the 11 amino acids and other goodies it provides.
How to use it
You can use this as you would your usual moisturiser which I love it so much. It’s so different to the regular moisturiser but you can apply it just as easily. As a tip, use this after the application of your serums and other water-based products but do not apply an oil or other creamy moisturiser beforehand as this will impair the absorption of this into the skin.
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil ($18.90)
Rosehip oil has been super popular in skincare over the years for its hydration and anti-aging properties. However not all are cold-pressed. The importance of using cold-pressed rosehip oil lies within the fact that heat during oil extraction can denature and destroy the beneficial components of rosehip oil such as linoleic (which apparently is reduced in those suffering from acne), linolenic acid, and pro-vitamin A, the former two being beneficial fatty acids for our skin. The process of cold-pressing oil will reserve those beneficial molecules as well other antioxidants in rosehip oil. It’s great for moisturising, but also has many purposes in addressing skin concerns like acne, scarring and reducing the risk of photoaging.
How to use it
Rosehip oil should be used after the applications of any serums and moisturisers, because generally oils can penetrate through moisturisers, but most moisturisers can’t penetrate through oils. However, I generally do not use both because my skin isn’t dry enough to need the power of both a moisturiser and a facial oil. So I alternate the use of each. However, this particular rosehip oil is quite thick and potent so I only apply at night before bed to avoid my face looking greasy throughout the day.
That completes this post! I hope my post helped to shed some light into some of the products from The Ordinary skincare line in terms of what they actually contain, what they do and how to incorporate them into your skincare routine. The thing I love most about The Ordinary is that most of their products only contain one or two active ingredients which means you can easily customise and optimise your skincare routine to really target your skin concerns. Simple formulations, super affordable as well so it gets a massive tick from me. You can pick up the whole range of products straight from ry.com.au!
Have you tried The Ordinary? What products are your favourite? I’ve also got both their primers so let me know if you want me to review and compare them!
*These products were sent for editorial purposes but has not influenced my opinions or material presented. The Beauty & the Geek is not a professional expert so please do not take opinions expressed as a professional advice.