I uploaded a post recently reviewing two makeup products I picked up from The Ordinary. That didn’t go too well but you can give it a read here if you’re interested. The original reason I was ordering from Deciem was for their skincare as I read the lovely Gabys post about some products. I haven’t been quiet about my skincare struggles recently and how it’s been increasingly difficult to combat them. The medication I’m on makes it so hard to control it but I’m really hoping to find something that will keep it at bay at least a little.
I tried some natural olive-oil products before buying these and it resulted in reduced redness and general well-being of my skin improving but not getting rid of blemishes or scarring. As The Ordinary products are more acid and chemical based, I thought these might do the trick.
These are the products I ordered and a little more about them…
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution // £4.20 for 30ml
This product is vegan aswell as being oil, alcohol and silicon free. To my understanding of this, it’s like a bit of a chemical peel as it’s advertised as an exfoliator and said to visibly improve blemishes. I need all the help I can get with blemishes and blackheads as they just seem to keep popping up. I’ve been getting on really well with this. It’s super easy to apply, has barely any scent and the solution sinks in instantly.
The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA // £7 for 30ml
This product is vegan, alcohol free and silicon free and is used for the reduction of hyperpigmentation and spots. It’s a highly concentrated serum and also contains hyaluronic acid too which is known widely to be good for evening out skin tone. I bought this as because I have trouble with bouts of blemishes, they leave behind terrible scarring too. I want to treat my skin as early as possible so I hopefully won’t end up with long term effects that are too drastic. Using this one, I found it a little more difficult. Its consistency is thicker than the acid and it tends to dry on the face leaving a tacky and uncomfortable residue for a few minutes. Although it eventually disappears, it’s something I truly dislike about the product.
The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA // £6.80 for 30ml
This product is vegan aswell as being alcohol, oil and silicon free too. The website states that it “offers non-greasy hydration that acts as a direct topical supplement of impaired NMF components”. NMF are components of the skin that keep it looking and feeling fine. This product is essentially a cream to refill the batteries of any areas of the skin that are running low on juice. As fancy as it sounds, I didn’t really have a motive behind buying this one. I just wanted a moisturiser from The Ordinary to test alongside my acid and serum.
I’ve been using these as a 3 step routine for a month now. Before applying I’ve been using the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm to cleanse my face. I didn’t really know what order to use these in so I just guessed from previous experience to use the salicylic acid first. Following with the alpha arbutin and then of course the NMF as the ultimate product.
I was doing this regime at least once a day, sometimes twice depending on my routine and the time I had.
Before Using The Ordinary Products
Most of the issues are on the right side of my face around the jaw and chin area. I do get blemishes elsewhere too so I’m using the products all over my face.
After Two Weeks Use
There was an initial period where my skin got worse. This is completely normal when using products of this nature though, as it’s supposed to rid the skin of any toxins before properly treating it. After a good few days of break outs, I did notice my skin really start to calm down. The blemishes were less angry and protruding, hurt a lot less and I felt better about going makeup free.
The marks on my face left behind from vicious breakouts started to look less noticeable too. I have no complaints about the hydration of my skin either, the NMF cream was really helping and on the occasion I did wear makeup, it was a fabulous base for application. I really started to feel like my skin was clearing and my boyfriend even said the words ‘wow those new products are really working’. So as an initial opinion after two weeks – fantastic!
After Four Weeks Use
Unfortunately about half way through the third week, it seems as if my skin hit a bit of a brick wall. I started coming out in more blemishes that just weren’t budging and the products didn’t seem to help. Nothing had changed in my regime or in my general life either. Despite this, I powered through and have continued using the products.
I haven’t really felt like much has changed since that point and the progress has been stagnant. I’m still really enjoying the NMF cream though. The texture is lovely and my skin soaks it up so well. I feel like it makes my face look plump and healthy even though the blemishes affect my confidence.
My Overall Verdict
The affects of these products to begin with were brilliant and very promising. They’ve definitely gotten me to a better point with my skin which was my goal. I just wouldn’t say they’ve done quite enough so far for me to warrant them as products I’ll be repurchasing. I am tempted to stop using them for a week or so to see if my skin goes back to its angry state or whether they have just stopped working for me. But I will be continuing to use these until the bottles are empty as I am intrigued to see if they do help any further, long-term. I’ll keep you all updated on my social medias (found at the top of the page) if you’re interested.
So unfortunately my skincare struggles are indeed not yet solved. Have you tried anything from The Ordinary yet? I really want to buy their new SPF cream!
Til Next Time,