If you havent been living under a rock for the past few years, you'll know or have heard of the skincare line The Ordinary, under the DECIEM umbrella including NIOD, Hylamide, The Chemistry Brand and Fountain.
The Ordinary is their biggest seller by far, and it's not hard to see why due to the idea to offer clinical skincare at affordable, honest prices with to each product a 'hero' ingredient divided into Vitamin A's (Retinoids), Vitamin C, Cleansers, Antioxidants, Sun Protection, direct oils and hydraters! Here I've covered the products which I'm asked about the most!
Ill start by covering the vitamin A's...
So The Ordinary retinoids are listed really well in terms of results and irritation.
In terms of irriation, the granactive retinoid 2% emulsion is for sensitive skin types , you then have the 2% & 5% in squaline. The difference between the granactive and the squaline is that your not going to feel an overall huge difference within your skin compared to squaline however this still is fairly soft forumula. The good thing about the oridinary is it doesnt depend on what you're willing to spend, but more what results you're wanting to achieve with your skin. Like I mentioned all the irritations are listed. The retinoids are ok, they do the job required of them.
Be wary that if you are a newbie to vitamin A's its recommended to start on a low percentage! They should be used as apart of your evening skincare routine alongside a full UVA and UVB broad spectrum SPF50 included in your morning routine.
AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution...
In a professional opinion you'd need a pescription to purchase this peel. So I'd rather explain how to use it so you don't burn your skin, literally! AHA's are a group of exfoliants which dissolve the glue that holds the skin cell together so they can slough away. An acid cocktail of glycolic, lactic, tartaric and citric acid. Great for deteriorating sun damage and resurfacing to unveil fresh, glowing skin. The catch... potentially extremely irritating at SMALL doses... let alone 30%! Removing superficial layers is a deep exfoliation, but removing too many inteferes with the skins protective barrier, drys, irritates aswell as making you more susceptible to sun damage! Its best to start with small concentrations and build up use gradually.
BHA 2% refers to the salicylic ingredient that penetrates the pores. They knew this solution would be irritating to some skins so they added Tasmanian Pepperberry which has anti inflammitory properties but in my opinion its only here to reduce the chance of a bad reaction. There should be more anti inflammitory properties in this case! The Ordinary state that this is for expert acid users only. In my opinion this person would go for regular peels and know how to handle high doses, despite stating for expert use only, if you have the expection of a higher percentages would give a better result- then you dont make a hasty decision! The right way to look at these kind of products is by asking yourself can my skin tolerate this? Don't purchase if you dont know what this product is OR if you are buying it because your 'skin might need it', if you want quick results or if you have sensitive skin, any open sores, even suffer with the herpes simplex virus flares. Going to do it anyway? Follow instructions to the exact, half the amount of time suggested, only use once a week. MUCH safer and effective home peels are the Peel2Glow solutions which I retail alongside a consultation to choose the right ingredients for you followed by thorough aftercare! These are great if you were due an exfoliating, resurfacing facial with me or you're looking for a skin boost to allow for better home product serum and moisturiser penetration!
A variety of Vitamin C serums are available... The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone brightens the skin tone and reduces the appearance of signs of aging. Since it has a silicone base (no water), it is also more stable and oxidation-resistant however the high silicone content does interfere with the vitamin C absorption. The silicones will also feel heavier on the skin and may aggravate acne, which is why if your skin is quite congested I would avoid. The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% formula is silicone-free, which means you're getting complete exposure to the L-ascorbic acid. The Isodecyl neopentanoate, which is said to be an alternative to a heavy silicone I think this one can cause breakouts, so if you are acne-prone, you may want to steer clear.
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid
Exfoliates the skin and inside the walls of pores to fight acne and improve clarity. Contains witchhazel which is irritating for sensitive skin. Contains two percent salicylic acid at a pH of 3.2-4.0 so a fabulous product really for the overall cost.
The most gentle of the AHA family, can be used as a low percentage to begin with then built up over time!
Protects skin from the sun. Slightly low in active ingredients, but better than most sunscreens. For ultimate UVA and UVB protection, I like to see at least 15 percent zinc oxide and at least 7.5 percent titanium dioxide. Again high in silicones! A medical grade SPF I'm really loving as an alternative is Exuviance Full Spectrum SPF50 retailed by myself.
ANY skincare lover would be impressed by their concept of simple, affordable, ingredient-focused serums! If medical grade is outside your budget, these are really too affordable NOT to try. If they don't work for you, it's not too bigger deal! Make sure to be cautious when looking for ingredients within products and you know what products you are using and WHY! This is just an open opinion from a facialist.